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A Tutor's Statement:

" There have been times in my career where the Actor has transported me to a place where the audition room melts away. Where the level of work has been so profound, so authentic and so arresting that I quite literally find myself forgetting how to breathe...or even call cut! For a Casting Director these are the moments we live for. And 98% of the time, these are the Actors that get cast in the role. 


That's the deal when you walk into the audition room or send through a tape. Because being "good" just isn't enough. There are too many talented Actors in Australia all vying for the same few roles and when opportunity is limited and supply is great,  "good" won't cut it. It won't seperate you from the pack. It won't land you the part and most importantly, it's not going to feed you creatively. 


My job as a Casting Director is to get the absolute best performance I can out of each Actor. My job as a teacher is to give you autonomy over your own craft and challenge you to find new levels of freedom within your work - to allow your talent to show up and not just your clever choices. 


You will be astounded at how simple changes in your preparation and technique will allow you to take your craft to an entirely different realm.


​Together we'll explore how you can take your work from being generally "good" and elevate it towards that of the truly gifted. Performances brimming with authenticity, potency and simplicity and you're able to intrigue, enchant, provoke, stimulate, delight and surprise.


And if you can achieve that within your work you will not only start landing auditions and topping shortlists, but you'll actually start working to your true artistic capacity and rediscover the joy of this wonderful craft."

WHAT DOES THIS COURSE COVER? Join multi award winning Casting Director Lou Heesom as we deep dive into the craft of auditioning, selftapes and screen acting technique. "We'll go behind the scenes of the casting process, what Casting Directors receive vs what we expect, the tips and tricks to making your work standout & importantly how you, the Actor, can delve deeper into the material, elevate your craft, reignite passion, break habits, find your authentic voice and open the doors to the vast artistic range sitting inside of you.


Looking at various film and television scripts across multiple genres, I'll teach you how to hone your craft, build upon your established technique, correctly break down the audition material, delve deeper into the inner world of the character, identify the trappings written into each and every script, break through your acting habits, relish in the not knowing...and that's just to start. Importantly, we will celebrate what's already strongly working within your technique and build upon it to push you well beyond your comfort zone and achieve true artistic growth. I want to introduce you to an entirely new way of working. One that economises time, maximises creative output and allows you to discover just how powerful, self-sufficient and versatile you can be as an Actor."

- Lou Heesom (Casting Director)


NOTE:  This is an intense program designed specifically for those who are serious about strengthening their craft and are already working in or wish to pursue a career in the film and television industry. 

How To Apply: See below.


Applications Close: CLOSING EARLY. Final application cut off is now Friday 19th July!.

Course Details.

Course:                  2 DAY MASTERCLASS 


Hours:                     9:00am - 4:00pm (both days)

Next Courses:       August 2024 

                           Day 1: Saturday 17th August
                                 Day 2: Sunday 18th August

Location:                Adelaide  
         Adults (18+)

                                 NOTE: Due to the themes of some

                                       of the scripts, this course is not

                                       appropriate for younger participants

Experience:           Intermediate




Price:                       $480


Venue:                     Heesom Casting Offices

                                 Adelaide Studios

                                 1 Mulberry Drive

                                 Glenside 5056    

Refund Policy:       Click here

Tutor:                      Casting Director
                                 Lou Heesom

How to apply:        SEE BELOW

About Lou Heesom

The multi award winning Casting Director, 40 Under 40 recipient and listed as one of South Australia's  50 most influential women, runs Heesom Casting alongside her Casting Director mother Angela. Film credits include Australian Casting Director for Mortal Kombat 1 & 2 (Warner Bros.), International Emmy award winning First Day (ABC), The Hunting (SBS), Aftertaste (ABC), Wolf Creek 2, Anzac Girls (ABC), Pine Gap (Netflix), Deadline Gallipoli (Foxtel), Storm Boy, The Pack, The Dustwalker, Danger 5, and the soon to be released indie feature Kangaroo Island.  Lou has now also cast well over a hundred TVCs yet none can surpass her casting work on SA Tourism’s ‘Barossa - Be Consumed’ TVC that took the Cannes Festival award for world's best tourism commercial.


In order to give her an added and quite unique understanding into the ​Actor’s process Lou also undertook the full-time actor training at the prestigious Howard Fine School of Acting (Melbourne) working personally with Will Smith's, Hugh Jackman's and Chris Pine's private coaches as well as completing her study at the Company of Rogues in Canada. 


This training has enabled her to further her already honed casting skills into a fresh and highly specialised approach to casting, acting for the screen, and the audition process for Actors. Lou is already running these workshops across Australia and in territory institutions and is most passionate about presenting these in her home state and for local Adelaide actors.



To apply, please email with the following information:

Email Header title:    

"Lou Heesom - WEEKEND MASTERCLASS (Insert name/age)"


Include in your email:         

  • Name, Age, Mobile & Email and Agent (if any)

  • Professional Headshot or Selfie

  • Your Bio and/or CV (if any)

  • Showreel and/or a selftape that demonstrates your work/range (if any)

  • Optional: Why you are applying and/or what you hope to get out of this workshop

IF SOLD OUT: Actors are welcome to join the waitlist for notification of all future dates.

How To Apply / Join Waitlist:



Screen Acting Masterclass
with Lou Heesom
 (2 days) 

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