Year long youth acting program 2020

professional training for young actors

The Howard Fine Acting Studio One Year Youth Acting Program introduces young actors to the world of professional actor training, giving them the opportunity to explore the award-winning technique training developed by Howard Fine in Los Angeles, and studied by actors the world over.

The one day a week, year-long program is designed to be fun, rewarding, challenging, inspiring and confidence building. It has been created specifically for young people aged 14-21 who are passionate about acting or are professional young actors.

The program is taught by members of the Howard Fine Acting Studio faculty and current industry professionals.

For those interested in our Youth Program, The Studio will be hosting a series of free sample classes throughout 2019. To attend please email the office.

course content

In hands-on, weekly classes, students will explore acting techniques through monologues, practical exercises, scene work and vocal work (please see below for a term by term breakdown of course content). Throughout the course, students will develop skills in script analysis, character development, effective rehearsal, self-evaluation, and by the end of the course, we hope that students will be able to approach any script or role with confidence. The course also has industry based components, including camera acting and students will have the opportunity to work with a professional casting director. Students will also hear from industry guest speakers, as well as having the option to attend two of Howard Fine’s Master Classes as an audience member (included in the course fees and valued at $395 each).

These courses are designed for anyone with a passion for performance, but will be particularly beneficial for those who are professional performers or are considering a professional acting career during or after school or university.

Keep reading for a full description of the course curriculum.

contact hours & term dates

Classes will take place on Sundays from 2-6pm. Dates below are taken from the 2019 program and are purely indicative.

  • TERM 1: March 3 - April 14

  • TERM 2: May 5 - June 23

    • optional (but encouraged): Howard Fine Master Class July 4-7

  • TERM 3: July 14 - August 25

  • TERM 4: September 15 - November 3

course content

TERM 1 - Introduction to Technique

In Term 1, students will be introduced to The Studio's award-winning technique training, as well as the teachings of Uta Hagen, which form the basis of much of Howard Fine's training. 

Students will work on monologues and short scenes, as well as exploring Uta Hagen's 'Object Exercises', which are designed to help actors overcome performance challenges, such as self-consciousness. At the end of the term, students will learn about Howard Fine's '8 Steps for Script Analysis and Role Preparation', which will inform their work in Term 2. 

TERM 2 - Application of Technique to Text

During Term 2, students will begin to apply what they have learned in Term 1 to text, through partnered scene work. Through this process, students will learn how to analyse a script, research a role and develop a character, and how to rehearse effectively. 

Term 2 will end with an open class to which students may invite friends and family. 

TERM 3 - Application of Technique to Text

During Term 3, students will continue to explore what they have learned in Terms 1 and 2 through more text and scene work. This will allow students to deepen their understanding of technique training, as well as to develop invaluable self-evaluation skills. 

Term 3 will end with an open class to which students can invite friends and family. 

TERM 4 - Application of Technique to Industry

During Term 4, students will take the acting technique principles that they have learned, and begin to apply them to camera acting. Students will learn the basics of acting to camera, as well as critical industry skills such as 'self-taping' and screen testing. Students will have the chance to undergo a mock screen test in front of a professional casting director. 

Term 4 will end with an open class to which students can invite friends and family. 


COURSE FEE: $2260 (or four termly payments of $565)

To apply for the Youth Program, you will need to fill out the application form on the right hand side of this page and attend an audition.

Interested in being an actor?

Click below to view a message from the originator of the Youth Program, Shane Savage. Shane now lives and works in Canada, but his message still reflects the course perfectly.

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Participation in the Howard Fine Acting Studio Youth Program is by application and audition - we look forward to welcoming you to The Studio.

Name *
Date of birth *
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Please indicate any previous actor training and relevant experience in theatre, film, television, etc.
Please write a paragraph (no more than 250 words) in answer to the question - why do you wish to train as part of the Youth ensemble at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia?
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