Youth Program 2021


16th Street Youth Program Term 4 Extension


Discover the power of the heroes’ journey in cinema in this 8-week course.

Young actors will play the role of the hero in film and television scripts and discover the power of facing fear and prevailing over adversity.

New to acting? New to 16th Street? Explore what our studio has to offer with this exciting new Term 4 Extension Program, starting in October.

Or perhaps you’ve completed one of our Youth Programs (congratulations) and you’re keen to develop your craft further with this new course, we have carefully constructed this program with new and experienced actors in mind.


Course Overview: 

In this module of training, The Hero’s Journey: Character and Story Arc in Performance, young actors will embody heroic characters and discover the joy of script analysis in great writing.

Actors will traverse hero stories from the ancient to the modern: citing their own favourite theatre, television and/or film stories. They will be encouraged to take ownership of their own hero’s journey and bring this to the work and the characters they play.

Open to ages 13-16. Limited Spaces.

The course will be facilitated online (4 weeks) and in the studio (4 weeks) to accommodate the current restrictions. As the industry moves towards online auditions and casting, this is a great opportunity to find your power in the online medium.

Program facilitator: 

Kate Ellis, one of Australia’s leading acting coaches for teenage actors.

Young Actors Kate has mentored include; Australian actress Lucy Fry (currently starring in 2021’s Godfather of Harlem), Australian actress Aisha Dee (currently starring in American TV series The Bold Type) and Canadian actor Connor Jessup (currently starring in the American TV series Locke and Key).






Our 2021 Youth Program, has now concluded, for information on the 2022 Youth Program click here

We are committed to developing the unique acting potential of young people in an exciting and supportive environment. Our aim is to provide teenagers with the acting skills and confidence to pursue their dreams in the theatre, film and television industry. 

The Youth Program empowers young actors to find and use their voice to tell stories they are passionate about. 

The Youth Program nurtures talent, courage and resilience in the actors we train to have the confidence to be uniquely themselves and be as expressive and creative as they have the capacity to be. 

We foster positive and healthy self esteem in young actors so they are capable of meeting professional and personal challenges with balance and grace. 

16th Street Actors Studio is an internationally acclaimed training studio and actors are exposed to the world’s most highly regarded acting techniques. 

16th Street Actors Studio’s patron, Deborra-Lee Furness and her husband, Hugh Jackman, passionately support our studio and young people in the arts. Like us, they believe in supporting young people to develop a healthy relationship with themselves and to give them every opportunity to develop a sense of fulfillment and to have a successful future in the arts and in life. 

Our Programs are run and taught by experienced industry professionals. 

The Youth Program is a 24 week professional training program for talented young actors. It is spread across three 8 week terms, that fits in with the academic school year. The Youth Program is for ages 12-14 and 15-17 years.

Term 1

  • February 7th – March 28th

Term 2

  • May 2nd – June 27th

Term 3

  • July 18th – September 5th

The classes are held on Sunday and are 3 hours in duration. 


  • Character Creation 
  • Scene Study
  • Script Analysis
  • Acting for Camera
  • Screen Testing
  • Audition Monologues
  • Acting Technique (Imagination and Imagery) 

Entry into The Youth Program is based on audition and interview. You will be given a choice of audition scenes to select from. 

Places are limited.