The Actor's Process

Script Analysis Technique Course

Develop a process you can use every time..

Girl on stage as character

Some actors run on instinct alone - and are left faltering once they hit an obstacle and can't 'find' their character'.

But there is another way.

The actor's job is to portray a character using the script and their own ideas - and then refine and play that character under the director's guidance.

To do this, you need technique - a process you can use to nail down your ideas and create something that's faithful to the script.

This course will teach you how to do just that - how to mine a script for clues to your character, then how to translate those clues into a full-bodied character for stage or screen.

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Class Details

ACCREDITED: Yes, if you enrol as an accredited student and complete the assessments, you will complete NAT10915002 Use text to create character. However, if you don't wish to complete the assessments, you can simply participate in the week-to-week classes and the performance.
6pm - 9:30pm, Monday nights, 13 February 2023 through to 3 April 2023
DURATION: 8 weeks
VENUE: Perform Australia HQ, 2A Barker St, Griffith ACT 2603
TUTOR: Caroline O'Brien
COST: $1,110 (Don't have the money upfront? Simply call our office for a payment plan - on 1300 908 905).

What you'll learn

Actress reading script

How Scripts Work

You'll learn to examine scripts inside out - scripts will become so much more to you than words on a page! As a blueprint for performance, you'll begin to notice the conventions of different types of scripts and how to read a script as an actor approaching a professional role.

Group acting class

Understand "given circumstances"

Learn the language actors use around 'given circumstances', and how that's a key tool for developing your character from a script. Learn how to find your character's given circumstances, and how to translate these ideas into a living, breathing character for stage or screen.

Actors in a scene

Apply your knowledge in performance

You'll apply your knowledge to both a monologue and a scene performance, embodying the characters you've developed through a thorough script analysis process. Your tutor will work with you over a number of weeks to refine your performance, which you'll present to family and friends during the course.

Why you should do this course right now

Reason #1:  Get a head start on your year

If you're looking to audition for roles this year, this 10-week course will help you develop your own process as an actor - a technique that you can apply every time you come to a new script. You'll be able to approach every acting challenge with the confidence that you know where to start and how to prepare yourself for the role ahead.

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 Process' is one subject within the 10915NAT Certificate IV in Acting, with the unit of study being NAT10915002 Use text to create character. 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 Process' for leisure, that's ok too - but please make sure you attend all the required rehearsals and performances as part of your commitment to the course.

Caroline O'Brien

Reason #3: Your tutor is amazing... Introducing Caroline Simone O'Brien

Your tutor is Caroline Simone O'Brien. She is an actor, writer, director and puppeteer.  Since graduating from the Actor’s Centre Australia she has worked in Sydney, London, Cornwall and Los Angeles.  When in the US she is represented by Malaky International.

In Los Angeles, she has had roles in prestigious theatre productions such as A Time To Kill, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Disinherit The Wind, as well as many screen roles, including in webseries such as Culcha Club and The Good Peoples. 

You may also recognise her as the character of "Joan", as brand ambassador for Office Choice, which included 14 commercials, print materials, radio commercials and public appearances.
In terms of acting technique, Caroline has studied the work of Ivana Chubbuck to Master level and is an accredited Chubbick coach. She has also trained in improvised theatre through The Second City and Upright Citizen’s Brigade in the US.

Caroline is pleased to be the one to take you step-by-step through your first introduction to acting!

Studio Location

2A Barker St, Griffith, adjacent to the Shoprite supermarket in the Griffith shops precinct. Accessible by public transport and free parking front and rear of the building.

This unit is closed for enrolment.

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