Darren Gilshenan 3-Day Comedy Course

Masterclass 3 Days

Brave Studios is pleased to announce an all-new intensive with one of Australia’s most prolific and awarded (Greenroom, Helpmann and more) comedic actors on stage and screen, Darren Gilshenan!

Some people have funny bones naturally, others can be taught funny bones.

Good comedy acting involves delicate dance of ideas. This three-day comedy course will give you the chance to explore the inside mechanics of great comedic acting. You will have the opportunity to test and extend your skills, and pick the brain of one Australia’s comedic greats!

Course Structure

What makes us laugh? Using improvisation, you will explore the following tools and principles that are known to produce chuckles in an audience:

  • Surprise
  • Rhythm
  • Contrast
  • Extension
  • Opposition
  • Inappropriateness
  • Physicality, Struggle
  • Obsession/Oblivion
  • Comic Character Types.

You will then have the chance to put all these ideas into practice, with short duologues in varying styles from:

This comedy course is an immersive three days of process-based play. It will give you the tools to get your ideas from page to stage or film so your next casting can be tricked up, relished, and nailed!

About Darren

We are so lucky to have Darren teach us his tricks and tools of the trade. He has worked constantly on stage and screen since graduating from NIDA in 1988.

Recently, he has been seen on US screens in the hilarious NO ACTIVITY (US) with Will Ferrell, Amy Sedaris & Patrick Brammal, and in Australia on HOW TO STAY MARRIED with Peter Helliar and Lisa McCuneHARROW with Ioan Gruffudd. He has also worked extensively with all major Australian theatre companies on stage. See his credits here.

Do not miss the chance to work with this prolific actor with an encyclopaedic knowledge of comedy!

Check out his thoughts on creating his beloved Terry from The Moodys below:

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Applications & Pre-requisites

This is an advanced/professional level course. Students are required to have a sufficient level of training and/or experience to participate in this course.

Strong command of the English Language

Students will be dealing with difficult concepts that require an advanced level of English language comprehension. Therefore, it is imperative that all students have a strong command of English as there will be constant reading and learning of text. Please feel free to discuss this with one of our staff at Brave Studios should you need clarification.



Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of August 2019
12pm – 6pm


$595 incl. GST

Please note a deposit of $150 is required to secure your position in this course.


Brave Studios

Studio #33A
34/91 Moreland St
Footscray, 3011



Acting Courses AW Level and above

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