Acting Classes for Kids & Teens

Course Details

Tim Reuben

These boutique classes provide young performers with early access to professional skills and screen techniques with a fun and vibrant learning environment.

Develop confidence and learn skills in communicating, team work, listening and expression.

Improvisation and text based exercises, filled with fun games and engaging activities for young people who are interested in acting and presenting.

You’ll learn practical skills to develop the young actor’s understanding of working on screen. Including scripts; taking direction; building a character and working with others to make a scene work, as well as exercises to develop presenting skills and confidence in audition preparation.

Just like playing a sport, each terms builds on what’s been learnt in the last. This allows young students to refine their skills and develop confidence more and more with each term.

Ages 8-11: Devising for Camera

Learn fun techniques to create your own short performances for the camera. From scenes to stories to our very own advertisements, practice in front of the camera to make your performances come alive on screen. We’ll learn physical, vocal and narrative devising techniques to make fun, skillful performances from any stimulus!

Ages 12-16: Camera Acting Techniques

Explore dramatic techniques to bring pieces to life. Use advanced Stanislavski acting methods to create a depth and breadth in your performances. Study monologue structure and writing techniques to unlock the secrets of a great performance, and refine your camera acting skills to make performances pop on screen.

These boutique classes provide young performers with early access to professional skills and screen techniques within a fun and vibrant learning environment.

Sundays (8 Weeks)

Ages 8-11: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Ages 12-16: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Toni Higginbotham Casting

Upper Level, 57 Queen St

Woollahra NSW 2025



Tim graduated from the Actors Centre (ACA) in 2010 with an advanced diploma in dramatic arts. Since then he has performed in both theatre and film and has started two successful independent production companies that have both made their mark on the industry. The first, Pantsguys Productions, is a theatre production company that has staged over a dozen shows, been nominated for 10 Sydney Theatre Awards and won 3, including Best Independent Production in 2012 with Punk Rock. The second, “I’m With Stupid” is a sketch comedy group that in 2014 was selected as one of Australia’s top up and coming groups by the the ABC and was invited to write, produce and perform in ABC’s “Fresh Blood” program. 

Tim is also an accomplished director, having directed “Oh The Humanity” for Pantsguys Theatre Co. as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival. He has also co-directed the Australian Indie film “Damaged”, which is coming out this year. 

As a teacher, Tim has taught regularly at NIDA and the Sydney Performance Academy since 2011. Tim is particularly excited to bring his unique skills and experience to the Sydney Drama School in 2015. 

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Ana Maria graduated from NIDA in 1998. She then went on to carve a very eclectic career for herself in the industry. Starting with Musical theatre she toured Australia starring in hit musicals such as FAME and HAIR. She was nominated for a Green Room Award for her portrayal of Jeanie in HAIR in 2003.Other theatre credits include Sarah in The Listmaker for Bell Shakespeare Company; Noises Off for Ensemble Theatre Company playing Brooke/Vicki; Connie in Dr Akars Women for Griffin Theatre Company; Fantail in Company B’s production of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie and Annelle in the acclaimed Australian tour of Steel Magnolias. Ana Maria returned to NIDA to perform in Angus Wilkinson’s Graduating Director’s piece, In A Pink Tutu. She has just finished Space Symphony at the Sydney Opera House. Television credits include All Saints, Home & Away, White Collar Blue and in the UK According To Bex and Life Begins. Ana Maria has appeared in the feature films A Cold Summer and The Book of Revelation. She won the Tropfest WOMEN IN FILM award for her short film Things To Do, which she wrote, produced, co-directed and starred in. This short film has been wonderfully received both here and overseas. Her latest short film MAGIC WORDS has just picked up the People’s choice award at The Projects film festival in Sydney.

headshot CwykesCHRISTIE WYKES

Christie is a full time theatrical Director based in Sydney. She has a Master of Teaching (Drama & Languages [Spanish and Italian Studies]) from The University of Sydney and has completed the Director’s and Writer’s Studio: Live Performance, through NIDA. Her recent production of “Company”, by Sondheim, was named Best Fringe Production (Musical) 2014, according to Sydney Arts Guide. After directing “Six Characters in Search of an Author” (SUDS) and a set of 3 one-act plays with two other female directors, “The Pursuit” (TAP Gallery), she has recently enjoyed being part of a collaboration with a playwright on a new Australian work with Shopfront Theatre for Young People, directing both the preliminary reading, “Coffee Art”, and staged reading, “Better Versions of Ourselves”.

Christie wrote and directed a Cabaret, “Show Off!? A History of Broadway Explained” with Hills MTC in May 2015. She is Assistant to Director for “The Diary of Anne Frank”, New Theatre, Newtown, which runs June 9th-July 11th 2015. Christie is looking forward to travelling to the USA to attend the Yale Director’s Program within their Summer School. She will also be directing a short play at the New York Public Library as a part of the Summer Equity Library Theater Play Festival in NYC. Christie will be directing “City of Angels” with Rockdale Musical Society 18th-27th September, 2015. Please feel free to contact her to discuss future directing projects at any stage. Detailed information and images from past productions can be found at 

Term 4