“Actors who find the engine of a scene find their dignity through purpose, they find courage because of desire, they are liberated from doubt through discipline, they become psychologically resilient through catharsis and they step into substance through the ancient ceremony of fighting for what is important.”
Iain Sinclair, Head of Acting
The Actor Experience
Empowered actors are employable actors.
The 16th Street Full Time Program has a reputation for producing generous and courageous acting graduates, and we are proud to continue our decade-strong commitment to developing authentic, reliable and resilient professionals.
Our training is bespoke and tailored to the specific needs of the individual actors we work with.
An accelerated program, we maximise time in real, on the floor acting experience. All elements of craft are integrated, our teachers work alongside each other to address vocal, physical and acting technique issues holistically.
Leading the way in a new approach to actor training in Australia, 16th Street integrates the very best of American and British techniques with new thinking in psychological resilience and interpersonal communication. We recognise there are many paths to the same destination and honour the uniqueness of the actors we train.
At the heart of our year-long training program, lies a core belief in the values of compassion, artistic excellence and community, instilled through our founder and Artistic Director, Kim Krejus. 16th Street supports an actor’s artistic development and professional aspirations through extensive mentorship and individual guidance.
Our newly appointed Head of Acting, Iain Sinclair is an acclaimed and gifted theatre director. In addition to our existing high-quality training, Iain will be injecting a revitalised sense of rigour, and practicality, into the curriculum. Interweaving the shared values of the British and American acting techniques with exciting new thinking in the areas of social science and interpersonal neurobiology, Iain’s vision for actor training gives actors a renewed sense of dignity and purpose. He has built a reputation as a director who supports actors to create authentic and powerful performances through finding a true and profound connection to story.
There is a difference between performance for stage and for screen – we offer a program structured to prepare actors for both mediums and the craft to live dynamically and inventively on stage and screen.
However, we believe the fundamentals of great work remain the same, regardless of medium.
16th Street graduates will enter the industry exceptionally well-trained across a wide variety of techniques and psychologically resilient, equipped with the most advanced interpersonal communication skills needed to have the artistic edge in such a highly competitive field.
Actors forge connections at 16th Street with industry professionals as they embark upon or continue their career as professional actors. Actors who train through 16th Street have secured representation within esteemed agencies worldwide and have performed on stages and screens in Australia and internationally.
Entry into the Full Time Program is based on audition and interview.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
May 31st – June 6th
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.
Modules of Study
- Alexander Technique
- Movement (Michael Chekhov and Laban)
- Script Analysis
- Story and Dramaturgy
- Scene Work (actions and intentions)
- Uta Hagen Technique
- Meisner Technique
- Chubbuck Technique
- Character-Based Improvisation
- Film Acting and Screen Audition Technique
- American Acting – Dialect, Culture and Pilot Season
- Psychological Resilience and Applied Performance Psychology
Whilst we base our training on these methods of actor training, we also provide access to some of the best creatives from across Australia and around the world through Intensives, Workshops and Masterclasses. Some of our offerings have included:
- World-renowned voice expert, Patsy Rodenberg.
- Master acting teacher, Elizabeth Kemp, The Actors Studio, NY.
- Master acting teacher, Larry Moss.
- Master acting teacher, Carol Rosenfeld, HB Studio, NY.
- World’s best ensemble theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago.
- Acclaimed improvisational comedy company, Groundlings, LA.
Together with our in-house faculty, guest teachers enrich the students’ experience and provide an even wider scope to develop their individual practice.
“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 2013 Full Time Program Graduate – Lead Actress: Wolf Creek, Home and Away
“Kim Krejus has developed the ideal training ground for actors. 16th Street Actors Studio is a place where one can both sharpen their artistry and skill, while always being reminded to stay curious about humanity and the world around them. Here actors will learn the importance of specificity in performance and character, and that one absolute all great acting aspires to: the truth.”
Jacob Collins-Levy 2012 Full Time Program Graduate – Lead Actor: The White Princess (Netflix)
“I have been in numerous rehearsal rooms with Iain Sinclair over the last 20 years and he inspires actors to front up with fire in their bellies. Iain’s rehearsal room is full of passion, humour and fierce intelligence, creating honest work that best serves the writer. Affectionately known as the “actor whisperer”, this director is not afraid of actors. Working with Iain requires courage and a willingness to play in the shadowlands. He is not interested in vanity or artifice only truth. The truth is what touches people. So if you want to learn from the best, work with Iain Sinclair.”
Anita Hegh Actor: AFI Award – Best Supporting Actress in Television (MDA), Helpmann Award and Sydney Theatre Award (The Wild Duck: Belvoir Street Theatre), Sydney Theatre Award (The City: STC)
“Working with Iain has been the closest I have ever come to real magic. He has the ability to conjure things within you that you didn’t know existed. His dedication to storytelling and his ability to generate electricity between you, your scene partner, and the audience, is unmatchable. 16th Street actors are in the presence of greatness, with Iain at the helm. Do whatever you can to be in their Full or Part Time Programs, he is a true master of his craft. “
Zoe Terakes Winner of the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Newcomer (A View From the Bridge: directed by Iain Sinclair)