Our classes

Students are given the opportunity to learn about the dramatic arts through a practical, hands-on approach to performance.  Students are able to develop self esteem and confidence in a nurturing and positive environment. All classes and productions are directed by qualified and experienced drama teachers and industry professionals.

Classes focus on developing skills in various theatrical styles including:

Improvisation            Audition preparation
Playbuilding            Physical theatre
Mask                Voice work & speech
Mime                Technical productions
Circus skills Performance
Script work  Stage craft
Social development  Individual tuition
Musical Theatre  Acting for the camera

A typical lesson may include a warm-up game aimed at encouraging students to mix and work together, a focus exercise teaching students to maintain concentration, an activity exploring one of the elements of drama and performance, an opportunity to create a short performance in small groups with a given stimulus and a chance to both perform in front of the class and participate as a part of an appreciative audience.

Class PerformanceOlder groups extend on these exercises as they develop performance techniques and also critique each others work. This helps students learn to understand what makes a quality performance in an environment built on trust and mutual respect.

At UpStage we recognise the sense of empowerment a student feels when they are given the opportunity to perform. Students are given the opportunity to perform every week during class and twice a year in auditioned productions which are performed in a variety of outdoor settings such as Maddies of Bolwarra and Tocal Homestead. Once a year UpStage also presents a One Act Play Festival showcasing the work of students prepared in class.