The Actor's Context

A History of Acting, Theatre and Film

Be inspired by the history of your craft...

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Get ready to embark on an exciting journey through the world of acting! Discover where it all began, and explore a wide range of theatre, film, television practitioners that have shaped our industry over time. Uncover inspiring stories from each era and be inspired by their legacy as you learn about the history of acting.

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Class Details

ACCREDITED: Yes, if you enrol as an accredited student and complete the assessments, you will complete NAT10915003 Acquire and integrate knowledge of performance contexts. However, if you don't wish to complete the assessments, you can simply participate in the week-to-week classes.
6pm - 9:30pm, Monday nights, 1 May 2023 through to 19 June 2023 (no classes on public holidays 29/5 & 12/6)
DURATION: 6 weeks
VENUE: 2A Barker St, Griffith ACT 2603
TUTOR: James Scott
COST: $500 (Don't have the money upfront? Simply call our office for a payment plan - on 1300 908 905).

What you'll learn

Learn about the major movements and influences on theatre and film history.

Starting with the ancient Greeks, you'll travel the historical landscape, stopping off along the way at key theatrical moments, like Shakespeare, Brecht, and the Group, as well as exploring the history of cinema. You'll learn from classmates as they research and present on an area of interest.

Learn how to engage in professional dialogue with other actors and collaborators.

Learn the language actors use to speak about their craft - meet terminology from the history of acting and where it comes from; dialogue with your peers, express opinions on the works and texts you encounter as part of your course, and think about how this all applies to your own artistic practice.

Dive deep into an area of interest.

Now's your chance to become an expert! Whether you're interested in film, theatre or television, you'll love finding out more about one particular aspect of history. Select a research topic from our list - there are many to choose from! - and you'll gather your information and make a presentation to the class on your discoveries. You'll walk away with an in-depth knowledge of this and other topics, to support your acting practice.

Why you should do this course right now

Reason #1:  Increase your knowledge

If you're an aspiring actor, it's great to know where it all came from. An understanding of the history of your art form will mean that you bring a greater depth to your craft. You'll have some great discussions and learn about things you've never heard of before.

Reason #2: This course is accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

Perform Australia is a registered training organisation (RTO 40859), which means we are able to issue qualifications. 'The Actor's Context' is one subject within the 10915NAT Certificate IV in Acting, with the unit of study being NAT10915003 Acquire and integrate knowledge of performance contexts. When you join this course, you can opt to enrol as an accredited student, complete the assessments, and at the end, receive a Statement of Attainment for the unit. If you prefer to do 'The Actor's Context' for leisure, that's ok too - but please make sure you attend all the required lessons and contribute where you can.

James Scott

Reason #3: Your tutor is amazing... Introducing James Scott

James Scott is an actor, director and teacher. He is co-founder and Director of Artistic Development at Perform Australia. He holds a Diploma of Performance from the Actors' College of Theatre and Television and a Master of Arts Practice in Acting from Charles Sturt University, as well as a Diploma in Vocational Education and Training. James's performance credits include a wide range of stage and screen projects over more than 25 years of performance. Most recently he has been seen in 'Lies, Love and Hitler' (2010, 2014), 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged' (2015), 'Underneath the Lintel (2015), 'Henry Five' (2016), 'It's A Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play' (2017), 'Mistakes Were Made' (2018), 'The Woman in Black' (2019), 'Danny The Champion Of The World' (2020), 'According to Mark' (2021) and 'Anastasia Krupnik' (2022) - the majority of these with Honest Puck Theatre, a company he founded. He has also recently participated in several play development projects at The Street Theatre, Canberra.

Class Location

2A Barker St, Griffith ACT 2603

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