12-Month Teenage Acting Course for Film and TV


Brave Studios is excited to announce the second iteration of our incredible intensive and comprehensive study of acting for the camera for teenagers.

This course enables teens who would like to do professional acting work to be trained at an advanced level, whilst they are still at an ideal age to be introduced to the industry and gain representation.

Throughout the course, teenage students will not only gain a valuable insight into the industry, but also a deep knowledge of themselves in order to create grounded, truthful performances. In doing so, they will not only learn about acting but also about themselves, how to process their emotions and to express themselves fully.

This course was created by Brave Studios’ owners Elle Mandalis and Damien Fotiou, industry professionals who understand the demands and expectations of what it takes to be a working actor. Having worked in the industry for over two decades, both Elle and Damien have extensive experience as performers and peformance training facilitators. Their close connection and involvement ensures that students receive the highest quality training in a safe and nurturing environment.

Brave Studios prides itself on the personal attention we give to each and every student. In order for our students to receive individual attention and extensive hours working on the floor, we cap our class sizes to 12 students – A rare and luxurious opportunity!



Teens are assigned scenes throughout the course, teaching them how to take a script and translate it into a solid performance in front of the camera in our fully-equipped studio. All footage is then made available for our students to watch in their own time for self-critiquing. This teaches our students a valuable lesson in self-reflection that will stay with them after the completion of the course.

We pride ourselves in creating a safe environment to work in as we believe the best performances come from feeling safe enough to take risks and play.

Our Scene Study teachers include highly reputable actors and acting teachers Damian Walshe-HowlingMark Hennessy, and Lyndelle Green.

All teachers independently offer unique techniques and methods of training, including Meisner, Practical Aesthetics, Chubbuck and Stanislavsky. This enables students to pick and choose from which method resonates with them the most once they have completed the course.


Vocal training is one of the most critical aspects of actor training. This class, taught by Leonardo Canales, will enable you to learn how to access their voice properly, improving their vocal clarity, diversity and power.

By training the voice, the actor is able to access emotions, use their breath and deliver a stronger, more confident performance.


The advent of self-testing for international projects has dictated the necessity for all Australian actors to perfect the US accent.

NIDA-trained actor Tyler Coppin will not only teach students the phonetics of the accent, but also practicing self-testing in the accent on camera. He will help all students prepare for the US Self test audition with LA casting Director Caitlin Wells.


Teenagers especially spend a lot of time on their computer or looking down at their phone. This fills their bodies with tension through straining their neck and shoulders and disconnects them from the world around them. Through the Alexander Technique, students will reconnect with their bodies and find their natural alignment and centre of gravity.

Leonardo Canales will guide students through every aspect of the technique, which has become absolutely indispensable for any serious actor.
Learn more about the Alexander Technique here.


Our movement training component is run by the renowned teacher Anne O’Keefe. Her extensive knowledge of movement techniques and work from some of the worlds greatest teachers gives students a complete and integrated physical training.

Movement for actors enables them to be free and expressive in their body. Anne is incredible in teaching this method which enables actors to connect to characters through physical positions. This enables actors to get out of their heads and into the experience of someone else’s life and feelings.


Brave Studios’ director Damien Fotiou will teach the auditioning component of the 12-Month Acting Course. With more than twenty years experience both auditioning as a professional actor and also casting and producing self tests, Damien is able to provide a unique prospective on the casting process from in front and behind the camera.

Students will also have the opportunity to work with Casting Director Megan D’Arcy from Nick Hamon Casting. This will give them a truthful insight into how the casting industry works and what to expect as an actor. Megan’s extensive knowledge and experience of the casting world is invaluable for all acting students wanting to know the ins and outs of the industry.


Students have the exclusive opportunity to be a part of two, full-weekend Masterclasses throughout the year:

  • Ana Kokkinos Masterclass – Australian Filmaker and Director
    We are privileged to have one of Australia’s most acclaimed Film Directors, ANA KOKKINOS teaching our students her method of direction. This is an exclusive opportunity for participants to work with Ana and learn her unique process for bringing a script to life; a process which can be transferred and used with any script from audition through to performance.Over the last twenty years Ana has firmly established herself as one of our most innovative and creative film makers. With titles such as ‘Only the Brave’, ‘Head On’  and ‘Blessed’ to her name Ana has firmly stamped her mark on the Australian film making landscape. Her television credits have garnered her widespread acclaim from actors for her directing process and eye for detail, something which is sadly lacking in today’s industry.


    US Selftest Workshop with Caitlin Well

    Students will spend one day Skyping with Caitlin Well, a successful Hollywood Casting Director working as a Casting Associate for the Warner Brothers’ feature casting department. Credits include BATMAN VS SUPERMAN (2016), MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015), TARZAN (2016) and THE GREAT GATSBY (2013), Click here for more. All students will record self tests for Caitlin in our studio followed by a live Skype session to receive direct feedback and honest, constructive criticism. The teens will be taken through the casting process from not only the actors perspective, but also the standpoint of the decision makers.


    Casting Workshop with one of Melbourne’s top Casting Directors
    Students will also have the chance to work with one of Melbourne’s leading Casting Directors, to be advised. This workshop will cover auditioning skills and techniques to help you better your audition process. You will learn how to approach a script and receive invaluable insights from a casting director’s perspective. Many actors leave from an audition never knowing why they may not have won the role. This is a great way for you to receive feed back from a casting director to help you move into the right direction. All students will work with one of Melbourne top Film and TV casting directors.


To ensure students are ready when they graduate, a showreel and headshots are vital. A video production team will film and edit a professional showreel for each student and include stunning headshots by our extremely talented photographer Pier Carthew. This is to help students approach industry professionals on completion of this course and to help them showcase their work for potential auditions.


The culmination of twelve months of hard work is a showcase  screening of our students final showreel scenes.

The Showcase includes a live filmed “screen-test” and screening of each students showreel filmed professionally in Term 3. All these filmed components will be sent to Casting Directors and acting Agents Australia wide for potential representation.

COURSE DATES 2018 -2019


Term 1:
29th July – 23rd September 2018

Term 2:
14th October – 9th December 2018
Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of December – Ana Kokkinos Directors Workshop

Term 3
3rd February – 24th March 2019

Term 4
28th April – 23rd June 2019
3X Saturdays for Headshots and Showreel Filming

Showcase Viewing
Saturday the 29th June 2019

*Applicants are expected to commit to all course dates listed above.


Please call the office asap on 03 9687 6220 if you are interested in auditioning for this course. We are still accepting applications for 2018/19.


$4,725 (inc GST)
Can be paid in 2 instalments of $2362,50 per semester
$500.00 deposit is required to secure your place.


*Applicants must complete one or more of the following pre-requisites. Auditioning with one of the school directors is strongly recommended

  • By audition at Brave Studios with one of the Acting School Directors.
  •  Please send your CV and showreel if you have one to admin@bravestudios.com.au to be assessed. You will be asked to audition should your submissions not be sufficient.

View our recommended reading for the course here.


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33/91 Moreland St
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