Scene Study 

Cost: $675
Dates: Tuesday 19 July – Tuesday 20 September
Times: Tuesdays 7pm-10pm
Duration: 10 weeks

Teachers: Nisrine Amine
Location: Information and Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta

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Course overview:

So, you’ve finished our Acting for Beginners course (or a similar foundation course elsewhere) and you now want to work more closely on scenes and scripts?

This 10-week Scene Study course – with AWGIE-nominated writer and actor Nisrine Amine – will give actors aged 17+ the opportunity to work on rich and complex scripts taken from plays and screen projects. Students will be assigned a partner and a scene for the duration of the course. Each week, they will be work on analysing and beating out the script, finding character objectives and actions, and then working the scene on the floor while taking adjustments from their teacher. Students are encouraged to meet outside of class time to work on their scenes. In the final week of term, students will perform their scenes to an audience of family and friends.

What you’ll learn:

  • Learn thorough textual analysis
  • Identify the given circumstances and beats of a script
  • Create nuanced and driven characters
  • Understanding character objectives, actions and tactics
  • Learn presence and connection with fellow actors
  • Develop spontaneity and reacting to the present moment

What you’ll do:

Week 1- The Introduction

  • Students will engage in a series of improvisation games and exercises.
  • They will develop peer interaction and confidence.
  • They will work on their bodies and voices.
  • They will have fun and let loose.

Week 2 – The Script

  • Students will be allocated scene and partner.
  • They will begin work on analysing the script.
  • They will ask questions like ‘what are the given circumstances?’

Week 3 – The Script

  • Students will continue work on the script.

Week 4 – The Character

  • Students will begin working on their assigned character.
  • They will ask questions like ‘Who am I and what do I want?’
  • They will investigate objectives, tactics and actions.

Week 5 – The Character

  • Students will continue work on their character.
  • They will introduce production elements like costume and prop to help enhance their character.

Week 6 – The Rehearsals

  • Students will begin brining all the elements of script and character work and being rehearsing.
  • They will work their scenes on the floor.
  • They will listen to, and apply adjustments from their teacher.

Week 7 – The Industry Session

  • An industry expert will be brought in to observe rehearsals.
  • They will give feedback to students..
  • They will share with the students industry insights.

Week 8 – The Final Rehearsals

  • Students will continue rehearsing their scenes and making any final changes.

Week 9 – The Performance

  • Students will perform their scenes to an audience of family and friends.

Week 10 – The Excursion + Wrap-up

  • Students will attend a class excursion to a local play.
  • They will evaluate their journey.

What you’ll need:

  • Bottle of water
  • Notepad/journal
  • Printed copy of script
  • Regular monitoring of emails for important communications
  • Commitment to self and scene partner

What you’ll get:

  • Access to a safe and supportive learning space
  • Ongoing support and feedback from teacher
  • Industry insight from expert in the acting field
  • Opportunity to seek advice from industry guest
  • A chance to perform on a stage in front of a live audience
  • A free ticket to a local theatre show

The Teacher

NISRINE AMINE

Nisrine Amine is an actor and writer from Western Sydney. She recently featured in the Australian feature film Slam and will appear in the upcoming ABC series Frayed as well as FX’s Mr Inbetween and Channel 7’s Australian Gangster. Here other screen credits include Deadly WomenHere Come The Habibs, and Janet King as well as the short films Amir (2018), Candlelight (2017), The Woman on the Top Floor (2012), Broken Time (2013), and The Parisian (2013), the web series I Luv u But (2014) and TAFEWSI’s, Rob’s Campaign (2016). Nisrine received an Outstanding Actor nomination at the 2017 Sydney Film School Award night for her lead role in the short film Maya. Her stage credits include Lady Tabouli (Green Door/Apocalypse/Griffin Theatre Company, 2019), The Girl/The Woman (NTOP/Riverside Theatre 2018), Alex and Eve: The Complete Story (Factory Theatre, 2013) where she played the title role of Eve, The Colour Blind Project (Tap Gallery, 2011), and Arabian Nights (New Theatre, 2012) and has acted in countless playwriting development workshops.

Her short film Apricot received funding by Screen NSW as part of their SEED: Regional Funding initiative and premiered at Flickerfest 2018 and will air on ABC IView in early 2018. In 2012, Nisrine produced and co-directed The Young Creatives Festival of Shorts, a short-play festival for young people from Western Sydney as well as The Wizard of Oz (Our Lady of Mercy College, 2002), Check Please! (Catherine Mcauley, 2010), Evil Shall Not Triumph (Catherine McAuley, 2010) and The Wiz (Ave Maria College, 2015). She also wrote, produced and starred in a web series pilot Whatever After (2013).

Nisrine has worked with a range of national and international acting coaches including Anthony Skuse, Kevin Jackson, Anthony Brandon Wong, Natela Dzuliashvili, Serhat Caradee, Robert Marchand and Doris Younane, and studied at leading institutions including the Stella Adler School of Acting NYC, NIDA, Actors Centre and The Hub Studio.

Nisrine is the co-founder and Creative Director of Parramatta Actors Centre.

Important information:

  • Please read our Centre Policies.
  • Please wear comfortable loose clothing and appropriate footwear.

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@13.210.12.134.

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@13.210.12.134.

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.