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Erik Thomson
(2 days)    


Ages 18+

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About This Course.

Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and artistic growth in our intensive acting workshop, "Unleashing Authenticity."


Led by one of the most prolific actors in our country, Erik Thomson, a seasoned industry veteran with a whopping 550+ hours of TV drama,  and a plethora of feature films and 25 stage productions under his belt, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn from his real-world experience. You’ve seen him play lead roles in shows like All Saints, Packed to the Rafters, Aftertaste, and so many others.  And now is the chance to learn from him in this intimate workshop experience.

Through a dynamic blend of scene work, group discussions, and personalised coaching, participants will delve deep into the essence of acting: trusting impulses, establishing presence, and seeking truth in performance. This isn't your typical acting class – it's a safe and supportive environment where actors can explore their craft with freedom and vulnerability.

Dive into dramatic and emotional scenes chosen specifically to challenge and inspire. Analyze performances, both on screen and stage, to uncover the secrets of compelling storytelling. Learn the

fundamentals of screen craft and apply them to your own work, refining your skills with each scene study.


But it's not just about technique – it's about connecting on a deeper level. Bring along a personal object that holds emotional resonance for you, and share your story in a supportive and non-judgmental space. By tapping into your own experiences and emotions, you'll discover new layers of authenticity in your performances.


Throughout the workshop, emphasis will be placed on teamwork and trust-building. Together, we'll create a collaborative environment where everyone feels empowered to take risks and push boundaries. By the end of the workshop, you'll leave with a renewed passion for your craft and the confidence to navigate the challenges of an acting career.


Join us for "Unleashing Authenticity" and unlock your full potential as an actor. See yourself on screen and get feedback in the moment.

This is an unbelievable opportunity to work with and learn direct, in the room, with one of the Greats! We're beyond excited!

How To Apply / Join the Waitlist.

Applications Close: 5th June 2024 @ 5pm, unless sold out prior.

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Course Details:

Course:                 2 day Acting Workshop 

                                 with Erik Thomson


Dates:                    Day 1:   Saturday, 22nd June 2024

                               Day 2:   Sunday, 23rd June 2024

Hours:                   9am - 4pm (both days)

Ages:                     Adults (Ages 18+)

Experience:         Intermediate, Advanced                              

Price:                     $550

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About the legendary Erik Thomson


Born in Inverness, Scotland, Erik's family emigrated to New Zealand when he was seven.

A love of theatre began at primary school and after completing a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Victoria University Wellington he was selected to attend the national drama school, Toi Whakaari/ New Zealand Drama School. Once graduated Erik worked extensively in theatre in New Zealand before moving to Australia in 1995.


Erik will next be seen in BLACK SNOW with Travis Fimmel, BLUEBACK with Eric Bana and Mia Wasikowska and Kick Gurry's CAUGHT with Sean Penn, Mathew Fox, Bella Heathcote and Bryan Brown. In 2021 he played the lead role of Hoaggie in James Ashcroft's thriller COMING HOME IN THE DARK which had its world premiere at Sundance 2021. Also, Roderick Mackay's debut feature film THE FURNACE, which received critical acclaim at its world premiere at the 2020 Venice Film Festival and the lead in Daniel J. Phillips' horror feature AWOKEN.


He recently completed production on the ABC series AFTERTASTE, which he also produced, and was last seen on screen in the limited series THE LUMINARIES for the BBC in the role of Dick Mannering alongside Eve Hewson and Eva Green. He is in production on the highly anticipated return of the popular series BACK TO THE RAFTERS for Amazon.


Erik's other film credits include Shawn Seet's STORM BOY alongside Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney, Scott Hicks' THE BOYS ARE BACK opposite Clive Owen, Cate Shortland's SOMERSAULT with Sam Worthington, THE BLACK BALLOON opposite Toni Collette, Wayne Hope's NOW ADD HONEY, ACCIDENTS HAPPEN with Geena Davis, BEAUTIFUL and WE'RE HERE TO HELP.


For his outstanding performance in SOMERSAULT, Erik was awarded the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2004 and was nominated for a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2008, Erik was again nominated for an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the multi-award winning film THE BLACK BALLOON. Erik was also nominated for Best Actor in a Feature Film for WE'RE HERE TO HELP, and Best Actor in a TV Drama for THE MILLION DOLLAR CONMAN at the 2008 NZ Film Awards.


Erik was awarded the Silver Logie in 2016 for his performance as 'George Turner' in 800 WORDS and in 2003 for his performance as 'Dr Mitch Stevens' in the television drama series ALL SAINTS. He has been nominated a further eight times for the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor Award and in 2011 he was also nominated for the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor. Erik is well known for his role as the head of the Rafter family in Australia's top rating TV drama PACKED TO THE RAFTERS and his other television credits include the AACTA Award winning first series of THE CODE, Rowan Woods' miniseries THE BROKEN SHORE adapted from the Peter Temple novel, THE ALICE, BLACKJACK: DEAD MEMORY, MDA, THROUGH MY EYES, THE MILLION DOLLAR CONMAN, WILDSIDE, 13 GANTRY ROAD, PACIFIC DRIVE, HERCULES and XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS.


Erik's theatre credits include the sold-out season of THE SPEECHMAKER for the Melbourne Theatre Company; THE SPLINTER for the Sydney Theatre Company; JULIUS CAESAR, TWELVE ANGRY MEN, ALL MY SONS and ANGELS IN AMERICA for the Auckland Theatre Company; and SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, HAMLET and GYPSY for the Court Theatre.

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