16th Street Actors Studio is passionate about the craft of acting and is committed to further developing the unique potential of every actor who comes to the studio by encouraging them to be fearless in a pursuit of excellence.
16th Street Actors Studio was founded by Artistic Director, Kim Krejus, through her desire to provide an environment for actors to develop technique, a work ethic and a respect for acting. Kim has built a studio supported by Australia’s finest industry professionals and teachers who train actors in specific acting techniques devised by some of the greatest acting teachers of our time. 16th Street acknowledges the acting teachers who have been trailblazers. We are grateful for the legacy they have left us we see the commonality between them and the inspiring differences that set them apart.
We have crafted intensive professional training programs for actors on a full-time and part-time basis, as well as offering on-going training through our Technique Classes classes and Private Coaching.
We acknowledge a range of approaches to the craft of acting. We honour the uniqueness of each technique we teach, while valuing the commonality between them.
The techniques we teach have been developed by world renowned master teachers in the craft of acting.
Each teacher who works at 16th Street has been extensively trained in these specific techniques or have worked with some of these masters directly in the dedication to their teaching practice.
Technique builds a bridge between your talent and your humanity. 16th Street is proud to bring this work to you.
To sustain a dynamic career, we believe artists must continue to grow and be challenged. As such, we provide professional development programs for experienced actors with international Masterclasses and Workshops.
We believe actors can forge a successful career when they combine their talent, will-power and dedication with integrated and skills-based training.
“16th Street Actors Studio is one of the most exciting acting studios in Melbourne, and in Australia generally. A dedicated, passionate and generous staff, led by my gifted colleague Kim Krejus. The international program that has seen Masterclasses from such excellent acting teachers as Ivana Chubbuck and Larry Moss has been truly inspirational, and helps to make 16th Street special and unique.” – Tony Knight, Former Head of Drama, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
“Our connection with 16th Street Artistic Director Kim Krejus and noted actress and tutor Kerry Armstrong, dates from their work here with our founders Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof. 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
Who We Are
Kim Krejus, Artistic Director
Kim is the founder of 16th Street Actors Studio. She is known and respected as one of Australia’s most esteemed acting teachers.
Kim began her career as an actor in film receiving an AFI Best Actress nomination and has worked for all major television networks and theatre companies across Australia including Nimrod, MTC and QTC.
Kim has also worked in theatre in the United States, including touring Broadway productions, and in repertory theatre across the United Kingdom.
Kim was a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Sydney, The HB Studio (NYC), The Atlantic Theatre School (NYC) and is a graduate of the Drama Centre, London. Kim received a prestigious Churchill Fellowship and has trained under some of the most highly regarded acting teachers in the world including Yat Malmgren & Doreen Cannon in London, Uta Hagen in New York and Ivana Chubbuck in Los Angeles; Kim is accredited to teach the innovative Chubbuck Technique.
“Acting is the most intimate of The Arts. Acting is a craft that requires respect and dedication and is learned and refined over years of practice. In a world that is obsessed with the cult of celebrity, actors must be reminded to do what is required to be a great actor. They must be willing.” – Kim Krejus
Deborra-Lee Furness, Patron
“I am so proud to be the Patron of the exemplary 16th Street Actors Studio in Melbourne, Australia. I have had the great honour of knowing Artistic Director Kim Krejus for many years. Kim has created a studio from her boundless passion for the craft of acting and the support of actors in training. Actors who have spent time with Kim and at the studio will always be better artists for the experience” – Deborra-Lee Furness
“I am proud to introduce you to the Patron of 16th Street Actors Studio, actress Deborra-Lee Furness. I cannot imagine being in better company than with this wonderful woman. Deborra-Lee trained in New York before returning to Australia to make a considerable contribution to the landscape of the Australian film and television industry. What strikes me most about Deborra-Lee is her determination to fight for what she believes in. She has never taken the opinions of others to restrict the scope of her vision and the expansiveness of her dreams. Deborra-Lee is a shining example of a woman and an actress who lives her life with curiosity, fearlessness and generosity of spirit. 16th Street is honoured to have Deborra-Lee as our patron” – Kim Krejus
Peter Cooper, Philanthropic Partner
“Rumi said “When you do things from the soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy”. 16th Street Actors Studio is an organisation with soul, spirit and an obsession for a values-first approach to the industry. Kim Krejus and 16th Street have a passion and dedication for teaching actors and are on a mission to bring deep knowledge and artistry to a wide audience. The studios finest virtue is the way it simply cares and places students squarely on a pedestal so that they shine – it’s all about giving them the best possible experience and transforming actors in a profound and deep way. 16th Street Actors Studio at its heart is about dealing with the human condition i.e. standing fearlessly on life’s stage in full scrutiny of an audience is to bear ones soul.” – Peter Cooper
Peter Cooper is Managing Director / Chief Investment Manager of Cooper Investors and proud philanthropic partner of 16th Street.
Colin Firth endorses 16th Street Actors Studio
“Kim Krejus and I trained together at the Drama Centre in London. We were fortunate to train with Christopher Fettes and Yat Malmgren. Our acting teacher was Doreen Cannon, who had worked with Uta Hagen. When Kim graduated from the Drama Centre, she went to NY to study with Uta Hagen at the HB Studio. It is of real benefit to Australian actors that this work has been incorporated into the training at 16th Street.” – Colin Firth
Emily O’Brien-Brown, Studio Manager
Emily has a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts from Unitec, Auckland, and is a graduate of the first Full Time Program at 16th Street. Emily has performed with Auckland Theatre Company and Silo Theatre, Auckland. Emily has produced independent theatre in New Zealand and made her directing debut for Exhibit A Theatre in Melbourne in 2013.
As Studio Manager, Emily manages our Full and Part-Time Program student experiences from audition to graduation and everything in between, as well as managing participant and teacher experiences for our Workshops and Masterclasses.
“Emily is the heartbeat of 16th Street. Having graduated from the school and worked in the industry she’s the perfect fit for the studio. I think she’s a wondrous creation: highly sought after, no mission is impossible, a titan in the field of making things happen.” – Alkinos Tsilimidos, Filmmaker/Theatre Director