Application and Auditions Update!


Applications for our part-time Diploma and full-time Advanced Diploma courses are now open. First round (group) auditions will be conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings plus Sundays (daytime) throughout November. Callbacks (if required) and final offers will be made in early December. If you can’t make these days then other dates can be made by special arrangement and/or video auditions can be submitted. There is no application or audition fee (unlike most other acting schools) and VET Fee-Help is available for the vast majority of applicants (ie Australian citizens) so there is no financial barrier to applying for most people. Youth allowance or AUSTUDY is also available for the full-time course for those who meet eligibility requirements.

This is a golden opportunity to train with some of Australia’s best teachers and directors and to spend three years immersed in acting and performing on stage and screen. As an added bonus, our second year full-time students will have the opportunity to travel to Edinburgh in August to perform at the world’s largest performing arts festival!

We look forward to receiving your application soon and to helping you to turn your passion into a profession!

DAY 3 – Certificate in Screen Acting


DAY 3 – Certificate in Screen Acting

[mon-uh-lawg, -log]

1. a form of dramatic entertainment, comedic solo, or the like by a single speaker: a comedian’s monologue.
2. a prolonged talk or discourse by a single speaker, especially one dominating or monopolizing a conversation.
3. any composition, as a poem, in which a single person speaks alone.
4. a part of a drama in which a single actor speaks alone; soliloquy.

Last night students took on a massive challenge of preparing a monologue which several delivered to camera. What we discovered is that it’s easy to “just” learn lines and say them and the hope that we’ll be believable. Unfortunately camera doesn’t lie; it is designed to simply register what is in front of it. So if you are performing a scene to the camera and are not 100% committed to it not only do you feel it’s not working but the camera will play back the image and audio of someone who is not 100% committed. With the use of various exercises and theory based techniques students managed to visually see the differences between “acting” out a scene – encountering “the real” in a scene. — at Sydney Theatre School.

Salvatore Coco

Showreel Preparation Underway!

After a huge weekend of selecting and casting scenes for the talented Sydney Theatre School students, we read through them all today. 
Nice to see faces as excited as ours were when we originally found them all. 14 very cool scenes, to be shot over the coming month….

Script Stage – tick. Casting – tick. Pre-production? Already underway!

Graduate Update


With so many STS grads and teachers doing shows and other exciting things around Sydney and elsewhere it seems like a good idea to do a bulk update:

Pollyanna Nowicki performs the title role in Lady Hamlet at the Figtree Theatre this weekend

Lewis Scamozzi is appearing in The Importance of Being Ernest at the Bordello Theatre, Kings Cross

Alexander Butt and Alex Saloyedoff perform in Enron at the New Theatre, Newtown

Alexandra Afflick is appearing in SHOOT/GET TREASURE/REPEAT  at Sidetrack Theatre

Screen acting tutor Julian Garner is producing and starring in Helter Skelter at the Old 505 venue in Surry Hills

Danielle Maas opens in Say Hello First next week at the Old Fitz

Anthony Sottile continues the European tour as Manuel in Fawlty Towers – The Dining Experience

Matt Lausch recently shot a guest role in the TV series Deadly Women

Brianna Farnham has recently appeared in TV commercials for iSelect; M & Ms & AAMI

Victoria Allen is about to head over to New York to train with the Atlantic Theater Company

Leof Kingsford-Smith recently performed the title role in The Madness of King Lear in Japan

Giselle van der Wiel recently finished filming new TV show Nasty Pieces of Work

Jordan Shea recently signed with actor’s agency Sydney Talent Company.

Please let us know if we have missed anyone!


Irish TV Documentary Crew at STS


On Thursday, Sydney Theatre School was host to a documentary crew from Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE, to film a documentary. The presenter of the show – Vogue Williams (DJ and wife of singer Brian McFadden) – worked with our screen acting tutor Julian Garner and honed her Aussie accent skills with voice teacher Gabrielle Rogers. She also had a brief interview with STS Managing Director Mark Matthews who was very impressed with the acting and accent skills demonstrated by Vouge throughout the day. The show will be broadcast in Ireland later this year.


STS at The Sydney Fringe


Sydney Theatre School’s first-year Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) students will be performing at The Sydney Fringe Festival in September! The show they will present is a world-premiere devised show (untitled at present) currently being developed with the expert guidance of acclaimed director Michael Pigott. The performance will be staged at The Forum Theatre in Leichhardt on Friday 13th September at 7pm. Further details including booking information will be available on this website and on our Facebook page soon!

STS Meets with NSW Minister for Small Business


STS Managing Director Mark Matthews met with the NSW Minister for Small Business Katrina Hodgkinson this morning at the launch of a new online business advisory service. She was very friendly and interested to hear all about Sydney Theatre School’s recent expansion into full-time training; VET Fee Help approval and our exciting plans for the future!

New Staff Appointment


We would like to welcome the newest member of our teaching faculty Dr Dominique Sweeney who will be our Theory and History of Theatre teacher for the Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) course.

Here is a brief overview of his qualifications and experience:

Dominique trained and works as a performer and work has seen him on stages, screen and other locations throughout Australia. He is a core member of Theatre Kantanka and Fine Line Theatre. Dominique’s education includes the two-year Diploma from L’ecole de Theatré Jacques Lecoq, Paris; B.Ed in Drama/Dance/Philosophy from Deakin University (Rusden) and a Ph.D. from ANU. He has worked as a performance studies and theatre teacher and lecturer at UWS; Sydney University; ANU; Macquarie University; Griffith University and the Institute for Dramatic Art and Cinematography in St Petersburg, Russia.



Teacher Appointments 2013

We have assembled a top-notch team of teachers for our full-time Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) course which starts on 30th January. It’s not too late to apply so fill in an application form today to have the opportunity to learn from the best teaching faculty in the country!

Here’s the line-up…

ACTING: Jerome Pride & Malcolm Frawley

Jerome graduated as an actor from the V.C.A. (1994) and has been working in the industry, in all media, since that time. His many stage credits include: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Bell Shakespeare) and ‘Macbeth’ (MTC). Jerome has also worked extensively as a narrator of audio-books and specialises in authentic UK accents.

Malcolm is a writer/director/teacher/actor with over 30 years of professional experience. His plays and productions have been performed extensively throughout Australia. Malcolm was co-director of NIDA’s screen acting programme for Third Years from 2000-2003 (inclusive). He has been teaching at Sydney Theatre School since 2007.

VOICE: Gabrielle Rogers

Gabrielle holds an Honours Degree in Literature from the University of Sydney, a Licentiate from Trinity College London in Speech as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is a graduate of NIDA’s prestigious post-graduate Voice Studies diploma and has taught at: Actors Centre Australia, Actors Studio Australia, Bell Shakespeare Company, NIDA, Sydney Theatre School and The Actor’s Pulse.

MOVEMENT: Daniella Lacob

Daniella has an Honours in Dramatic Arts (Cum Laude); Wits University, South Africa (2003) and Post-Graduate Diploma in Movement Studies at NIDA (2008). She is the Executive Director of Sydney Performance Studio and a Performance Coach for NIDA’s Corporate Theatre and Open Program (2008 – current). She was recently Movement Director and Choreographer of Under Milk Wood and Assistant Choreographer for Spring Awakening for Sydney Theatre Company and Choreographer for Brothers Size for Griffin Theatre Company and Every Single Saturday at the Glen Street Theatre.

SINGING: Prudence Holloway

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Prudence Holloway holds a bachelor of Music in Classical Voice (VCA), has completed postgraduate studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and more recently completed acting training at The Actors Pulse, graduating in the Meisner Technique. Prudence is a highly skilled and consument Singing Coach in Sydney with students gaining entry into prestigious educational institutions.


Michael is a director, actor, teacher and writer. He was Shopfront’s artistic associate in 2012 and has worked with the company as Season Director/Mentor for RAW since 2006 and with the ArtsLab program since 2008. He has taught and run programs at Macquarie University and the Belvoir St Theatre and is currently performing with Sport for Jove Theatre Company.

All Performances & Events for 2012 Calendar Added


The school has updated its online event calendar to include all student performances and events for the remainder of the 2012 calendar. Please review our student performances and industry events here, and stay tuned for more information on what we’ve got planned in 2013.