What makes your Programs and Courses different?
Our Programs are wholly original; conceived and developed by the Artistic Director Kim Krejus and 16th Street’s tutors. We have sourced – from Australia and beyond – the finest teachers in their specific disciplines. We believe in excellence in training and also aim to provide actors with access to existing industry professionals, who not only teach, but also work in their craft as actors, directors, filmmakers, writers and technicians across all platforms and media.
We take pride in our attention to detail with regards to Program and Class development, organisation, the sourcing of material, appropriate casting of actors as well as ensuring that our facilities provide an environment where actors are supported as unique and creative beings and mentored on the approach to industry and the business of acting.
We believe that this framework is what truly makes 16th Street Actors Studio a new approach to actor training. Our actors often comment that not only are they receiving premium training, but are also part of an artistic community, at the hub of creation and the development of new works.
What technique or techniques do you teach?
At 16th Street, we employ specialist teachers across many different approaches and techniques in order to give Australian actors the most cutting edge and comprehensive actor training. As every actor is unique, we do not believe there is only one approach to the craft of acting. To support each individual actor’s access point into the work, we offer a variety of techniques utilising different approaches to the craft of acting (principally the work of Lee Strasberg, Susan Batson, Uta Hagen, Ivana Chubbuck, Bill Esper and Stella Adler).
I am an actor of considerable professional experience. Do you provide classes for me?
Yes. 16th Street is committed to supporting working actors. Overseas, seasoned professionals frequently attend Term Classes, Workshops and Masterclasses to continue to hone and refine their craft. Our classes are designed with this in mind, where you can be challenged and inspired, in a creative and supportive environment. We are very mindful in our selection procedures to ensure a sophisticated learning environment.
Can anyone apply for international Masterclasses?
Our Masterclasses are designed to provide professional development for trained and experienced actors. Anyone is welcome to apply, however, we receive many applications for these programs and therefore the selection process is competitive. It is for the benefit to all involved to have the greatest level of experience ‘on the stage’ to ensure a truly inspiring learning experience. This selection process therefore means auditors have the experience of watching accomplished actors work with world-renowned teachers.
Do you provide classes for beginners?
We offer Term Classes at beginners to intermediate level.
The term classes are designed to give you the opportunity of continuing to hone your craft in a class or a series of classes every term. You will have the opportunity of attending an Artistic Directors Session where Kim Krejus, our Artistic Director will give you feedback about what class or classes she believes are most appropriate and beneficial for you at your particular stage of development.
How old do I need to be to apply for Programs and Classes at 16th Street?
Actors must be at least 18 years of age to commence training at 16th Street. School leavers who will be 18 years of age at the commencement of the class are welcome to audition, however, please note that our Programs and Classes are intensive and do require a high level of commitment and emotional maturity.
Do you offer any classes for children or teenagers?
At this stage, 16th Street does not offer acting classes for children or teenagers. However we are able to book Private Coaching sessions for children and teenagers, please contact our office for details.
What is your audition process?
All of our existing Programs and Classes require an audition or interview. Once you complete an application form for your chosen class, you are asked to prepare a 2-minute scene from a play or film (not a monologue) of your choice that you believe best serves your acting talent. A reader is provided at any audition. It is expected that you read the entire screenplay and have prepared the scene thoroughly.
What are the typical class sizes?
Class sizes vary across our Programs and Classes. Our Full Time and Part Time Programs take a maximum of 24 actors per year, while our Term Classes have fewer than this.
What is auditing?
The term auditing refers to the ability for actors, writers and directors to sit-in as audience members on some of our Workshops and Masterclasses. Much learning occurs from observation, and we encourage actors to audit our Masterclasses to learn not only from these teachers, but also from the experience and know-how of the actors working through the process. Many actors in the United States audit acting classes as an opportunity to improve their acting craft and gain a thorough insight into an acting technique. Auditing is not simply an act of watching performers work but rather an active process in which fellow actors thoroughly experience and learn a technique through observation and analysis.
Do you have a detailed outline for your Programs and Classes?
More detailed information regarding our Programs and Classes is available on this website. Simply click the appropriate heading under Training on the Home Page.
Do you have any classes in other capital cities across Australia?
Most classes are run from our studios in Melbourne however we do take masterclasses to Sydney a few times a year. Please join our mailing list to be updated with any classes or masterclasses that may be coming to your area.
Are your fees competitive with other training institutions?
Yes. If you break down our classes to an hourly rate, you will find they are competitive. We believe in quality actor training. Our point of difference to other institutions is outlined in the question above.
Weekly Scene Study Questions
What material do you use for scene work?
We take a good deal of time sourcing a breadth of well-written material from theatre and screen, and specifically cast our actors in roles that compliment and challenge them as artists. Our actors work in-depth on the material with detailed critique from our tutors to keep advancing their craft.
What are the expectations for rehearsal and homework?
Actors are expected to rehearse with their scene partner up to three times per week as well as working on preparatory homework and research. A commitment of 6 hours per week is the average, not including class time.
What happens if I have an absent or less committed scene partner?
If you have a scene partner who is not displaying the level of commitment to the work outlined above, we encourage you to speak to the office or your teacher to voice your concerns.
If your scene partner is away or unavailable, you will be allocated a new scene partner or provisions will be made to ensure your scene still gets up twice within the month.
What happens if I have a professional commitment during the Term Class or Program?
We encourage all actors to gain professional experience where possible however, once you have accepted a place in any of our classes or programs we do not offer refunds or credits. You will need to assess your priorities accordingly.
What is the Chubbuck Technique?
Renowned US master teacher, Ivana Chubbuck, created the Chubbuck Technique.
“The Chubbuck Technique shows actors how to use their emotions not as an end result, but as a way to empower a goal.” If you are interested in taking our Chubbuck classes, it is advised that you first read Ivana Chubbuck’s book, ‘The Power of the Actor’, which serves as the handbook for this technique. The book will give you a great insight into what will be required of you in these classes and will help you decide if the Chubbuck technique is for you. We have copies of Ivana’s book The Power of the Actor for sale in the office or you can order it online.