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About This Course.

At a young age it is vital that the right habits and skills are given to bright young minds ensuring they understand the difference between theatre and film. Some habits are hard to break and at Mitchell Actors, hard work and developing confidence is essential to a young actor’s ability and skill. In these classes, young actors will learn how to navigate themselves through scene work, delivering naturalism for camera, the foundations of acting techniques and modern approaches, audition preparation and script analysis. Like most things in life, hard work and discipline is what makes an actor good at what they do. Screen classes at Heesoms are designed to prepare young actors for the challenges they will face in the film industry, both on and off a film set.


Course components:

  •  Understand the subtle nature of realism and naturalism for camera.

  • Explore both the fundamentals and modern techniques of acting.

  • Understand the audition process and learn how to take direction.

  • Learn how to prepare and deliver a scene on a film set.

  • Learn scene analysis and how to create better actor’s choices.

  • Receive guidance and feedback from an industry professional to ensure you are making creative choices suitable to a scene.

Course outcome:

Our goal is to create confident, mature and creative actors who are autonomous and professional in their work, whatever their ambitions may be.

2024 Syllabus:


Please Note: Students can choose to join this ongoing course at the start of any new term, given it is a revolving syllabus.


The commitment of the student is Term by Term, so they can choose to not complete the full 4-Term cycle should they choose.


Term 1 -Acting Techniques and Execution

Understanding the vital foundations to screen acting, realism and the method is essential to every young actor. The focus here is developing both the self awareness and emotional intelligence to tackle the complexities of human behaviour and deliver them in front of the camera.

Term 2 - Screen Testing and Self Testing

Auditioning is a crucial part of the film industry and developing both the confidence and skills to efficiently deliver high quality scene work is essential for every actor. Throughout this term, each actor will be asked to prepare a new scene each week while delivering their work under audition circumstances.

Term 3 - Working on Set and Preparing Scenes

Working on set can be very different to delivering a scene in the audition room. Understanding how to prepare a scene, what to expect on set and how to work with other actors and crew cannot be underestimated to an actor’s career. This term we will create various mock productions where students will not only take part as actors, but as directors, cinematographers and assistant directors.


Term 4 - Acting Techniques and Performance

Recreating and deconstructing well known scenes will allow students to understand the mechanics and logistics of great acting. In many cases students will succeed, but more importantly fail at recreating the magic that defined such a well known scene and thus understand missing ingredients that they must develop and master to reach their goals.




These classes are taught by Don Kountouris who is a NIDA acting graduate, Adelaide College of the Arts Screen Acting Tutor, Former Acting Agent and Director at Mitchell Actors, and former actor with credits in both AUS and US film and television such as: Terra Nova (FOX), The Informant (CH10), Home and Away (CH7), Crownies (ABC), Packed to the Rafters (CH7) and All Saints (CH7)


Important Information:


These course are for ages 13 - 18 years. Develop the fundamental and more advanced skills to tackle auditions and scene on screen.


Both beginners and experienced actors are welcome.

How To Apply / Join the Waitlist.

Please email ASAP at


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Include in your Email: (if under 16, you will need to provide your Legal Guardian's contacts)

- Name

- Email

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- Which Term you would like to apply for

- Headshot or Selfie

- CV or past credits and/or training

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

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Teen Acting
Techniques for Screen

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Course Details:

Course:                  9 week program, per term


Hours:                     Mondays OR Tuesday nights

                                4:30pm - 6:30pm

2024 Dates:          Term 3

                                Mon Class: 22 July - 16 Sept

                                Tues Class: 23 July - 17 Sept


                                Term 4

                                Mon Class: 14 Oct - 9 Dec

                                Tues Class: 15 Oct - 10 Dec

Ages:                       Youth (Ages 13-18)


Experience:           Introductory


Price:                       $385

Enrol/Enquire:      See How To Apply Section

Refund Policy:        Click here

Join the waitlist:

Should you wish to enroll in this course but find it SOLD OUT, please join our waitlist

(click here).


In the event an spot becomes available, we'll notify you immediately. 

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