Perform Australia – Weekly Drama & Acting Programs

Looking for something fun to do? We have some fantastic programs around Canberra in acting, filmmaking and musical theatre. Whether you’re new to acting or an old hand, there’s bound to be something to interest you!

Speech Bubbles Drama Program (ages 4-6)

Perform Australia’s ‘Speech Bubbles’ program is a fantastic weekly 45-minute speech and drama class in school terms designed especially for 4-6 year-olds. We recognise and celebrate that children in this age group have an innate ability to be creative, and we harness and channel that energy towards foundational performance skills.

Class Locations:

  • Tuesday – Gungahlin
  • Thursday – Evatt
  • Friday – Weston



Razzle Dazzlers – Drama (ages 6-9)

The Razzle Dazzlers program is specially designed for children aged six to nine.  Each weekly lesson is one hour long and introduces children to the skills of performance through drama games, exercises, and creative play. ​In this way, children begin to develop the essential skills of the actor, working on their voices, movement, and creating characters.

Class Locations:

  • Monday – Calwell & Gungahlin
  • Tuesday – Hackett, Gungahlin, Pearce & Queanbeyan
  • Wednesday – Yarralumla
  • Friday – Melba


Music and Melodies (ages 6-9)

Want to learn to sing and act at the same time? Join our ensemble singing class for 6-9 year-olds!

Music and Melodies teaches students foundational singing skills, self-expression, and basic harmony skills to actively prepare them for our Musical Theatre Production program from the age of 9. Some students later take up private singing lessons with one of our tutors to enhance their skills as solo performers.

Class Locations:

  • Tuesday – Fyshwick


Musical Theatre (ages 9-15)

Perform Australia is now taking Enrolments for: Aladdin Jr! You’ll love it!

Class Locations:

  • Tuesday – Fyshwick
  • Wednesday – Fyshwick
  • Performance on 4th & 5th July – students must be available BOTH days to perform
  • Cost is $360 per term (2 terms involved)


Acting (ages 10-14)

“Footlights” is our acting program for 10-14 year-olds. In a theatre, the ‘footlights’ are set at the base of the stage and illuminate the actors from below – so this program is all about giving you the chance to shine!

In Footlights, students work on scripts for stage and screen, and in so doing, acquire the important skills of the actor: line-learning, creating characters, analysing text, as well as exploring aspects of producing a good performance, such as embodying a character and using one’s voice more effectively. A fun and social class exploring what it means to be an actor.


Class Locations:

  • Monday – Curtin, Callwell & Gungahlin
  • Tuesday – Hackett, Gungahlin, Pearce & Queanbeyan
  • Wednesday – Condor & Yarralumla
  • Thursday – Evatt, Gungahlin & Fyshwick
  • Friday – Melba, Weston & Fyshwick


Acting (ages 15-17)

When you become a member of Company, you’ll be applying and refining your acting skills in a wide range of theatrical and cinematic styles. You’ll be learning through scene work, improvisation, monologues, acting for camera, mask and mime, and character development.  Screen work involves learning the skills of acting for camera, as well as presenting duologues and monologues which can be watched back and analysed.

Script content varies from term to term, but may involve anything from investigation of current social issues, through to exploring familiar character types and archetypes, heightened language, and how to create believable performances. Actors in company would be well-prepared to move on to our Certificate IV in Acting for Stage and Screen if they so choose.


Class Locations:

  • Tuesday – Queanbeyan
  • Wednesday – Conder
  • Thursday – Gungahlin
  • Friday – Fyshwick


Screen Acting (ages 15-17)

Your world is full of Netflix, Youtube, videos and live streams, right?… And after awhile you wonder, “Could I do that?” The answer is, “Absolutely, yes!”

We’ve developed a fantastic course for teens who are ready to explore acting for the camera. We’ll train you in the techniques required to act for film and television. You’ll come away with a a sound understanding of how this differs from acting on stage, and what you need to do to make your performance believable.

Each week you’ll learn to act by workshopping and shooting scenes in class. You’ll get to watch them back and get feedback on your performance. You’ll work on building characters as well as how to make those characters come alive on screen. Towards the end of the term, you’ll film pieces that you can keep and show your friends.  Some of these will be ‘self-tests’, which you need if you want to audition for film roles in future.


Class Locations:

  • Monday – Fyshwick


Musical Theatre (ages 14-18)

If you imagine yourself on stage in Wicked, Hamilton, The Lion King or even Dear Evan Hansen, this could be the program for you! The Musical Theatre Experience (MTX) is aimed at students who are keen to explore a wide range of musical theatre repertoire.

Taught by industry professionals, MTX helps students develop their individual skills as a performer while also working towards important ensemble performance skills. Your tutor will give you individual coaching in the context of a group class to help you advance quickly as a performer.


Class Locations:

  • Thursday – Fyshwick


Classes are suitable for kids aged 4-18 years – Check the class details for the appropriate class


Perform Australia, 11 Whyalla Street, Fyshwick, ACT

Salvation Army Church Hall, 104 The Valley Ave, Gungahlin, ACT

Mosaic Evatt Church, 8 Chomley Court, Evatt, ACT

Weston Creek Community Centre, Parkinson St, Weston, ACT

St Mary in the Valley, Anglican Church Hall, 17 Webber Cres, Calwell, ACT

St Margaret’s Church Hall, Cnr of Phillip Ave and Antill St, Hackett, ACT

St Margaret’s Church Hall, Cnr of Phillip Ave and Antill St, Hackett, ACT

Mary Help of Christians Church, 35 Murphy Street, Pearce, ACT

Yarralumla Uniting Church, Denman St, Yarralumla, ACT

MURA Lanyon Youth Centre, Cnr Norman Lindsey & Sidney Nolan St, Conder, ACT

St James Uniting Church Hall, 40 Gillies St, Curtin, ACT

North Belconnen Uniting Church Hall, 12 Goldner Cct, Melba, ACT

Queanbeyan Uniting Church, 13 Rutledge St, Queanbeyan, NSW

St Clement’s Church Hall, 17 Church St, Yass, NSW


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