Adult Acting Classes

Whether you’re an experienced actor looking to keep your craft alive, or a beginner actor looking to dive into a new hobby, there’s nothing like an acting course to help you do that.

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Short Courses at PAC

Adult acting classes at PAC are designed to help an aspiring actor build their career, through a range of carefully selected courses that build on the work learned in previous classes.

Acting for Beginners – PAC’s Foundation Course

8-weeks, term-based.

This Acting for Beginners course, open to adults 18+ with little to no acting experience, will teach students to be present, connect with their fellow actors and use the power of improvisation to create dynamic and engaging scenes.

For the first four weeks, students will be guided step-by-step toward becoming more instinctual and brave actors. Through practical exercises, they will understand and apply the basic rules of acting – presence, connection, vulnerability – and most importantly, they will become generous actors who react to, and support their fellow actors every step of the way. In the second half of the course, students will then put this learning into practice through monologue and scene work.

Note: This is PAC’s foundation adult course and must be completed before moving onto the other adult courses on offer. Exception will be made to those students who come to PAC with prior acting experience.

Improvisation I

8 weeks, term-based

This will be your weekly opportunity to let loose, free your mind and body and bring out the child that’s been trapped behind responsibility and adulthood. You will engage in a collection of solo, paired and ensemble games and improvisation exercises that will force you to think on your feet, make bold and impulsive choices, be more engaged and connected, work as a team and most importantly, trust yourself and others. Specifically, you’ll explore things like connecting to the here and now, making and accepting offers, endowing person, place or object with meaning and believing yourself into imagined circumstances.

Prerequisite: None other than an willingness to let loose.

Improvisation II

8 weeks, term-based.

Think Whose Line Is It Anyway or Thank God You’re Here. This course will build on the skills learned in Improvisation I and will go into more detail with things like building and sustaining engaging characters, exploring status, power-play and relationships and working on long-form improvisation routines such as the Harold and Armando. Improvisation II will give students the opportunity to put their improvisation skills to use when they perform in front of an audience in the last lesson of the term.

Prerequisite: Improvisation I or a similar course elsewhere.

Scene Study I

8 weeks, term-based.

In this course, students are given the opportunity to work on short scenes taken from modern plays, film and television. They will learn the basics of unpacking a script and understanding the given circumstances of the scene so as to help them understand the world. They will be taught about the importance of punctuation and honouring the writer’s work as well as using imagination and sense memory to create a truthful and compelling performance.

Prerequisite: Acting for Beginners or a similar course elsewhere.

Scene Study II

8 weeks, term-based.

This course will build on the skills learned in Scene Study I and will see students working on longer and more complex scenes taken from classic texts. Students will delve deeper into textual analysis and start asking questions about subtext and the unspoken motivations behind their character’s words and actions. Students are expected to meet at least once a week outside of class time to rehearse their allocated scenes. Students will also be assigned new scenes and partners every two weeks and so only those actors with an openness to collaboration and a strong work ethic are encouraged to apply.

Prerequisite: Scene Study I or a similar course elsewhere.

Screen Acting I

8 weeks, term-based.

Students will be introduced to on-screen acting techniques and develop skills needed to become a disciplined and compelling screen actor.

Through a range of ensemble building activities and improvisation, students will get comfortable with themselves, their scripts and one another. Then, over the course of the term, students will learn Stanislavksi methods of how to find the given circumstances, beats and character objectives contained within a script.

They’ll apply these skills to short scripts taken from popular films and television shows and perform these to camera. They will have a chance to watch their scenes back and get feedback from their teacher.

Prerequisite: Acting for Beginners or a similar course elsewhere.

Screen Acting II

8 weeks, term-based.

This course will build on the skills learned in Screen Acting I. 

Prerequisite: Screen Acting I or a similar course elsewhere.

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Why PAC?

We’re Award-Winning

Winner Local Business Awards 2018; Best Acting School Sydney, Aus Enterprise Awards 2019; Finalist Aus Small Business Champion Awards 2019.

We’re Family-owned

Siblings Nisrine, Laura and George started PAC in late 2017 and since then, this sense of family and community has spread out into our courses and our students.

We’re Diversity Advocates

We are from the West for the West. We are proud champions of the city of Parramatta and for the diverse faces and backgrounds that make it up.

We’re On Your Journey With You

We want to understand your acting goals and will do what’s within our power to help you achieve them. From industry advice to sharing resources, we’re with you!

We’re Qualified and Passionate

Our teachers are educators as well as working actors, writers, and directors putting them in the best position to guide you along your acting journey.

We’re About Community

From our FB community groups to partnerships with local and metro arts organisation, we’re all about building strong and sustainable community ties.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have no acting experience. Which course is the most suitable for me?

PAC welcomes students from all acting backgrounds; from those who have never acted before to those who are signed to agencies.

For those with no acting experience, we recommend our Acting for Beginners course.

Do you offer weekend classes?

At this stage, we do not offer weekend classes for adults.

Do you offer free trial classes?

We do not offer a free trial class as such as we feel it can distract the flow of learning for existing students.

What we do offer however is an invitation to prospective students o attend the last class of term. This will give them the opportunity to see, first-hand, the class in action.

PAC is also proud to offer a 100% money-back guarantee on all classes. Should you not enjoy the first lesson of a term (we’re pretty confident you will though!), then we will happily refund the full amount of the course.

Does PAC offer payment plans?

PAC’s policy is that full payment is to be made before the commencement of a course. We are happy, however, to discuss a payment plan with a student who might be experiencing temporary financial hardship.

How many students are there in each class?

We like to keep our class sizes quite low so as to guarantee personalised attention for each student.

Our maximum class sizes are as follows:

Acting for Beginners, Improvisation – max. 15 students

Scene Study, Screen Acting – max. 12 students

Note: A class will not go ahead unless there is a minimum of 6 students enrolled. On the rare occasion that a class has to be cancelled due to low numbers, paid students will be notified in advance.

What should I wear to class?

We encourage all students to wear loose and comfortable clothing to all lessons so as to free their ability to move and explore.

I'm running late to a class. What should I do?

In the event of running late to a class, please call the centre on 1300 828 144 and inform management. Alternatively, send an email to info@parramattaactorscentre.com.au.

I can’t make class. Can I get a refund?

PAC does not offer a refund for missed classes.

Can I start a class in the middle of a term?

In order to get the most out of the course, students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes.

For this reason, we do not take enrolments after the commencement of the first lesson.

Where do you run the acting classes?

Our classes are run out of the Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) in Parramatta.

The address is 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta. Corner of Victoria Road and Villiers Street.

If you’re driving:

We recommend parking in the carpark of North Parramatta McDonalds next door and walking over.

If you’re catching public transport:

ICE is a 15-20 minute walk from Parramatta train station. Walk all the way down Church Street until you hit Prince Alfred Park. Cross diagonally through the park and ICE will be on the corner across Victoria Road.

On the rare occasion that a class will be held elsewhere, parents will be notified in advance.

I can't commit to a weekly course. Do you have weekend intensives or masterclasses?

Yes.

Keep an eye out on our Adults course page for for future intensives and masterclasses.

Do you offer any industry advice?

Of course. Our co-founder, Nisrine Amine, is both an educator and working actor giving her plenty of insight into the acting industry. As are all of our acting teachers.

Feel free to organise a meeting with the team to chat about your needs.

Email info@parramattaactorscentre.com.au.

Is PAC affiliated with any acting agencies?

Although PAC can suggest names of Sydney Acting Agencies to keen students, they are not affiliated with any of them.

Any advice or recommendations given by the team at PAC regarding acting agencies are personal opinions of the team members themselves.

While staff at PAC may pass on audition notices to actors, they in no way receive payment (monetary or otherwise) for doing so.

How are PAC's short courses delivered?

Each short course runs for 8 weeks.

Every lesson is 2 hours long and runs weekly for the 8 weeks.

Testimonials

A nice and local place to get acting experience. Welcoming to all levels and the team, especially Nisrine help create a relaxed learning environment. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

Started the Adult acting classes a few weeks ago. Within minutes all my nerves were washed away. You can instantly tell Nisrine has a passion for both acting and for teaching and that just flows through the entire class. Can’t speak more highly of my experience so far and looking forward to it continuing.

Enjoying every moment of learning at the Centre. It’s a fun, safe and encouraging space to get creative and those master those acting skills!

Class just keeps getting better and better week after week. Such a safe and fun environment to get out of your comfort zone. It has helped me stimulate my mind again and just be in the moment, not overthink stuff just say what you feel, how you feel just being able to let it all out without being judged. I just wished I would of done it sooner. Nisrine never stops helping us if it’s during or after classes she will response within minutes and give her absolute best advice.

I’m having a brilliant time. I’m learning a great deal about being in the moment and keeping energy and momentum. Nisrine is incredibly knowledgeable and strives to challenge and stimulate us. Every success is met with encouragement and every struggle is met with sound advice and support.

Missed being there for the last class but really gratetul for the last 8 weeks. PAC turned in to my weekly zen zone where I could just discover and re-discover myself. Thank you everyone for all your amazing company and collaboration through it all. Thank you Niz for being so incredible and making acting feel like such a treasure to tap in to 😊

This course is great! I’m having so much fun getting out of my comfort zone and learning a lot of new and different techniques involved with acting. Nisrine is a great teacher! She is always trying to help us improve and advance in what we do, and encourages us at all times!!

Nisrine is a GREAT teacher. Well structured classes, challenging and something new each time!

I would love to see where your journeys go from here and share with you my journey as well. Thanks for a great course Nisrine. I will definitely be preaching the praises of PAC to anyone I run into that is looking for classes in Western Sydney.

We all had different drivers and goals but we gibbered, threw imaginary balls and laughed like we had known each other for years!!!

Thank you so much!!! I was going through some stuff at sign up time and almost didn’t. My life is so much better for having studied (played with purpose?) with you all!

Upcoming Classes

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16/05/19 Acting for Beginners (Thursdays)
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Thursdays, 7.00pm - 9.00pm, 8 weeks $320.00
13/05/19 Screen Acting I
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Mondays  7.00pm - 9.00pm, 8 weeks $360.00