“We salute and admire in our 16th Street colleagues the values we hold in common: a deep commitment to craft, an understanding of the courage and agility it takes to perform at a professional artistic standard, and a deeply held conviction that acting brings us in touch with our own humanity.” – Edith Meeks, Executive and Artistic Director, HB Studio New York
The Actor Experience
In the one-year program at 16th Street you will develop your skill, craft, artistry and humanity. Your growth as a person is inseparable from your growth as an actor. 16th Street fosters a spirit of generosity, a dedicated work ethic and a respect for the craft of acting. We believe that actors must have the skill and ability to work in all mediums of our industry.
Artistic excellence is possible when technical mastery is achieved. This is the foundation from which inspiration soars.
“Kim Krejus and all of the teachers at 16th street, empower their students to be their own unique, self sufficient and dynamic instruments. Constantly searching for truth in the work is always of primary importance, and is reiterated in every moment during classes.” – Kestie Morassi, Lead Actress Wolf Creek, Satisfaction and is currently on the Full Time Program 2013-2014
You will develop the vocal, physical and imaginative vitality to live fully on stage. In the second half of the program, you will learn to integrate these skills with an intimacy that is required to be a great screen actor.
The program is informed by the work of Uta Hagen, Lee Strasberg, Ivana Chubbuck and Bill Esper, amongst others, led exclusively by acclaimed teachers who have studied under these masters. Stella Adler’s approach to script analysis is integrated into the actor’s experience by teachers who have worked with Ms Adler or been influenced by her work.
We nurture your artistic development and your professional aspirations through extensive mentorship and individual guidance. You will apply your craft to a professional environment through collaboration with screen industry professionals in an on-set experience. Scenes will be chosen to highlight your unique talent in a graduating screen project.
At the end of the program, you will go with your fellow colleagues on a 2-day retreat to reflect on your purpose for being an actor, the values that will serve you in your professional lives and the contribution you wish to make in our industry and community.
The 16th Street Full Time Program has already gained a reputation as leading the way in a new style for actor training in Australia. You will graduate with confidence in your craft and feel a part of an artistic community. You will forge connections with industry professionals as you embark upon or continue your career as a professional actor. Our graduates have secured representation within esteemed agencies worldwide and have performed on stages and screens across Australia and internationally.
Entry into the Full Time Program is based on audition and interview.
June 21st – 27th
Please fill out an online application form and we will be in touch with you to book your audition time.
Once you’ve paid the $50 administration fee, your audition time will be confirmed and we will email you with the audition requirements.
You will discover the connection between breath, thought, emotion and text to express the unique voice of your character for stage and screen performance. Courses integrate the work of Patsy Rodenburg, Kristen Linklater, Cicely Berry, and David Carey. Working with Shakespeare’s language, you will develop your physical, vocal and imaginative capacity.
The Alexander Technique
The purpose of this technique is to help you develop a balanced state of alignment conducive to a creative state of being. The Alexander Technique supports you to find ease in performance and movement, through letting go of tension. You will build strength and endurance to create powerful characterisations without strain through this globally recognised and fundamental training technique of the actor’s craft.
You will gain awareness of your physicality. Using a variety of techniques you will develop the ability to embody character with authenticity, detail and rich imagination. Through psychological gesture, animal work, music stimuli and direction of your energy, you will find the intimate connection between the physical life and psychology of a character.
The Method – Lee Strasberg/Susan Batson
Working from a state of relaxation, quelling the analytical mind, and exploring the physical senses to allow the body and emotions to be free in performance, students discover emotional memory as the key to the actor’s creative process.
“Acting… is the ability to react to imaginary stimuli…it requires unusual sensitivity and extraordinary intelligence in the ability to comprehend the workings of the human soul.” – Lee Strasberg
Uta Hagen Technique
You will learn how to bring yourself fully into the characters you play and identify with the character’s given circumstances. You will understand how to do the level of work that great actors do, to create characters that are complex and reveal a truth about our humanity. You will work on a series of craft based exercises devised by Uta Hagen as taught at the HB Studio in New York to illuminate acting principles.
Ivana Chubbuck Technique
When you have the courage to use your own pain to fuel your character’s objective, and to overcome obstacles, you will develop the will to win and to fight for what your character wants and needs.
This cutting edge technique, devised by Ivana Chubbuck, one of America’s most respected acting teachers, teaches actors a 12-step acting technique that reveals the primal needs that drive human beings.
Mike Leigh Method – Character Based Improvisation (CBI)
You will work with improvisation in a structured and creative way; developing characters that have a rich history of relationships and life events. When placed in situations, the powerful emotional responses that occur, will illuminate your understanding of character and the stories we believe about ourselves in relationship to others. This method of work will give you autonomous ownership over the characters you play. It builds a collaborative relationship with you and the director. It is also a creative process for actors if they are wishing to initiate new work.
Creating Character – Movement Psychology
You will acquire an understanding and experience of different character ‘types’ by understanding the way a character thinks, their strength or lightness in movement, and their relationship to intuition and feelings. You will explore what is concealed and revealed, as the character moves from resistance to vulnerability, from darkness to the light of truth. You will explore characters that are self-devised and sourced from existing texts.This is an approach to understanding and creating characters, informed by the work of Rudolph Laban, Yat Malmgren and Michael Chekhov. The aim of this discipline is physical transformation. Students of this work include Peter Brook, and actors Colin Firth and Anthony Hopkins.
You will gain understanding of various styles of comedy, including farce, commedia dell’arte, theatre of the absurd, black comedy, sketch and satire to comedy of manners, modern sit-com and stand-up. You will create comic characters – from real life observation to impersonations and mimicry. You will be exposed to classic stand-up routines and famous comedy scenes and performances and you will develop and appreciation of the straight role – the unsung hero of comedy. You will discover the fundamental truth of fearlessly “getting a laugh”.
You will study Standard American accent. When you understand the placement and muscularity required for a particular accent, you are able to apply this knowledge in all accents you encounter. The way a character speaks is intrinsic to who they are.
Script Analysis/Scene Study
You will learn how to ‘read’ a script, how to approach in-depth scene analysis where your creative imagination meets the writer’s intention. You will discover how to translate clues and facts, gleaned from the script and your research into inventive acting choices. You will learn how to reveal and serve the meaning of the story. This discipline is derived from the work of Stella Adler.
Screen Performance requires intimacy. You will develop a fearless relationship with the camera. You will develop a willingness to be seen and known by the camera. You will gain the essential tools for the technical demands of screen acting. When you understand these demands and possess the talent and skill, your performance is free, connected and authentic
Elements of our program on Screen Performance include:
- Understanding the structure of a screenplay
- How to utilise this awareness to craft an inspired and illuminating screen performance
- How to plot the character’s journey as they are driven to get what they want and need
- How to build emotional triggers to give the response you need
- How the power of thought and intention create screen presence
- How to sustain a screen performance
- How to rehearse for television and have spontaneity with very little rehearsal
- How to deal with the technical demands of screen acting, including continuity, shooting out of sequence, camera shots and angles
- How to appreciate the role and function of a film and television crew
You will learn how to effectively prepare and practice for auditions for film and television, call backs, commercials and self tests with limited time.
You will develop the attitude of confidence and skills to be at your best in the casting environment.
You will collaborate with established filmmakers and screen professionals and you will challenge yourself and apply your technique and craft in an ‘on-set experience’. Scenes will be chosen or written for you by an established screenwriter to highlight your unique talent as an actor. The purpose of this project is to give you an appreciation of the collaborative experience of filmmaking.
Career Guidance and Mentorship
In this component of the program you will gain artistic career guidance and industry advice through 16th Street’s close ties with agents, casting directors, producers and directors in Australia, The United States and The United Kingdom. Insights will be provided into the differences between these national industries and through seminars with these professionals you will gain an understanding of industry expectations following graduation.
Personal advice through customised service will be offered regarding headshots, show-reels and how to approach agents, casting directors and the wider industry.
With an holistic approach to each individual actors journey, 16th Street will provide personal mentoring regarding your craft, creative development and career throughout the program in the form of an ongoing dialogue with 16th Street’s Artistic Director Kim Krejus, one of Australia’s most esteemed acting teachers. You will also receive specific mentoring from your teachers and guest artists as your program progresses.
Through creative and entrepreneurial support and guidance from 16th Street during the program, students will be encouraged to generate their own performance projects and will have access to space, dramaturgical insight and production support. Students will be encouraged to make submissions to 16th Street’s Lab Series initiative.
Acceptance into 16th Street’s Full-Time Program is by audition and interview.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age.