A Master Class in Acting

Diving into acting in a meaningful way takes time and an expert guide.

This two day weekend Intensive sets up participants with key acting skills and techniques used by actors internationally. Drawing on the approaches used by Stella Adler, guest teacher Alice Beaver Clapham will share her global experience with participants. Designed for intermediate to advanced level performers, drama teachers, actors and teaching artists the focus is on finding deeper levels of focus and characterisation in the Realism style of acting used in the film and theatre industry.


Meet your instructor, ALICE CLAPHAM

Alice Beaver Clapham grew up in Tennessee, USA. She received her BA in Theatre Arts at Rollins College, Florida and her MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences at Arizona State University, Arizona.  She studied acting at RADA in London and at the Stella Adler Studio in NYC.  Alice has worked professionally as a performer, playwright, director, and arts educator for the past 20 years in the USA (Childsplay,) Honduras (teatro la fragua,) Hong Kong (Faust, HKYAF, AFTEC, S4A) and Singapore (Faust.)  She has worked on several community-based theatre projects ranging in communities such as foster kids to social workers to entire towns.  She has worked and studied with renowned community-based theatres Cornerstone Theatre in Los Angeles and Sojourn Theatre in Portland, Oregon.  Alice is also an accomplished voice actor working for companies such as Disney, Cartoon Network, Animax, and V-Tech.  After recently relocating to Australia, Alice created Catbird Theatre Company to provide high quality theatre for young audiences.  She also joined D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective as an ensemble member.  Alice is very much looking forward to working with Perseverance Street Theatre Company.

Early Bird Price

$180 (Before February 18)

Regular Price

$220 (After February 18)

Feel welcome to come into our office during working hours to buy a spot in person or email us at info@perseverancestreet.com.au.

FAQs About Our PlayHOUSE

1.  How will my child benefit from engaging in PlayHOUSE workshops at GPAA?

The emotional, mental and social benefits of performing arts experience are countless and well documented: from increased understanding of each other, stronger critical thinking skills, mental wellbeing and decreased stress levels; to significant public benefits such as social connection, self-expression and healthy childhood development. Studying drama, voice and acting builds communication, confidence and collaboration skills – these are the most transferrable skills to any future career. We start with where you are at. We find out your goals and then work with you to achieve them.

2. Why should we enrol in more classes…Don’t children and young people learn about the arts at school?

In the crowded school curriculum, the arts are often the first subject to have its time cut. Yet, it is the creativity, communication and collaboration skills, so integral to the live nature of the performing arts, that many employers value and seek. These skills take time to develop and hone. They also need regular practise to sustain. Dedicated Arts teachers do their best but there is simply not enough time in the school day.

3.  How will you cater to my interests and ability level?

During the enrolment process, we work this out with you before we even start in the workshop space. You tell us what you want to achieve through the classes. We tell you how we’re going to achieve it. And then we get started. Along the way it will be a two way communication where we all work together to achieve the outcome.

4. What do participants wear?

Due to the often-physical nature of our workshops, it is important to dress accordingly. You will need to wear stretchy durable clothes, plain black. Uniform is to be modest with no slogans or logos. Avoid anything too short or low cut. This requirement allows participants to better create and showcase character development and personality. The imagination therefore can take centre stage.  Please wear closed in soft soled shoes and socks, preferably all black (sneakers are fine). Shoes may be removed for some exercises however participants must wear shoes to and from the studio.

5. How are the fees structured?

We are not-for-profit organisation. Fees cover costs such as insurance, rent, production expenses and teacher fees. It’s important to note that our fees are all costs inclusive. There are no hidden stage levies here!

6.  I’m not sure if I will like it. Can I try it out?

You sure can. Not only that, but we are so confident you will have a great time that we will offer you a FREE TRIAL to get started. Again, absolutely no risk to you! If you attend the first lesson and decide it is not for you, it will cost you nothing. Trials are available in week one of each term only.

7. Do you have professional qualifications?

All of our instructors have a drama or education degree. All our staff have Blue Cards of course and we have a registered Child Protection Policy in place. Our GPAA program director, Dr Sharon Hogan has had over a decade of experience as a leading drama educator and a professional theatre director. Sharon oversees all of our curriculum and the training of our teaching teams.

8. How long have GPAA Been Around?

GPAA is new, this is our second year… however, the people running it have been doing this for a long time.  We’ve been doing it for over 10 years and we’ve been teaching children and young people for well over 40 years. Good news is, we don’t see the finish line either – we plan to be here for a long time doing what we love!

9. Are there expectations around behaviour?

Trust, empathy, respect, and connection are our core values at GPAA. We require all participants and facilitators to adhere to these values. Please see our terms and conditions for more information.

10. What if we’re late?

Time is our most precious resource. Please remember to be punctual so that sessions can start and finish according to the timetable. However, if something unexpected happens occasionally, don’t panic, we would rather see you at class if you are running a little late than not see you at all.