TCA Workshops and Short Courses

Upcoming Workshops

School Holiday Workshop

Booked Out

We are delighted to announce Alicia Gardiner (Actor), Megan D’Arcy (Casting Director Nick Hamon Casting) and Rosie Traynor (Casting Agent Chameleon Casting) will make up a fantastic line up of tutors this October. Suitable for ages 9-18. Learn more about our tutors below.

TV Scenes | Monologues | TV Commercials | Professional Casting

Workshop Details: Saturday 5 October, 2019 (9:30am – 4:30pm)

Price: $120*

Location: Stage School Brunswick Studio, 23 Allen St, Moreland VIC 3058

What’s on offer

School Holiday Casting Workshop

These outcome-driven workshops will see students learn important audition techniques and on-camera skills in a fun and professional environment. These workshops are open to everyone – you do not have to be a current TCA member or Stage School student to participate.

* TV Scenes * Monologues * TV Commercials * Professional Casting

“Doing the casting workshop was really great for my confidence working in front of a camera.  It was cool to meet a professional Casting Director, see how I looked on TV, and to get feedback straight from her about my performance.”

Camera & Screening Acting Short Courses 

TCA’s Short Courses are a great way for young people to gain intensive, concentrated learning in Screen Acting techniques.  With personalised classes in groups of no more than 14, these weekly sessions provide specific instruction in particular areas of acting.  These classes are great for both Drama and Musical Theatre students to learn more of what it takes to succeed on the large and small screens!

These courses are open to everyone – you do not have to be a TCA member or Stage School Australia student to participate.

Past Workshop Tutors

Alicia Gardiner


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Alicia Gardiner

Alicia Gardiner is an Australian actress who has performed in numerous television, film and theatre productions. Alicia majored in classical voice at The Victorian College Of The Arts and drama at Monash University. Her television credits include Redfern Now, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Jack Irish: Bad Debts, Last Man Standing, Kath & Kim, Dogwoman, The Secret Life of Us, and as the lead role Carmel McCaffery in the ABC miniseries Queen, Kat, Carmel & St Jude. She is probably best known to Australian audiences as nurse Kim Akerholt, after being part of all seasons of the award-winning show Offspring.

Alicia’s theatre credits include “Moliere’s” Love Is The Best Doctor, Into The Woods, and the original Australian production of Mamma Mia! in the role of Ali. She featured in the web seriesFour Quarters, and has been involved in many children’s TV series including Fergus McPhail, Noah & Saskia, and Short Cuts. Her feature film credits include Downriver.

Most recently Alicia can be seen in the miniseries Wolf Creek, based on the popular movie franchise, and one of the first Australian drama series to be made for streaming service Stan. In 2017 she starred in Offspring’s latest season, its spin-off web series St Francis, and the latest Australian production of Mamma Mia!. Most recently, she guest starred in the final series of Get Krack! and has just completed shooting My Life Is Murder for network Ten with Lucy Lawless.

Alicia co-wrote Offspring’s web spin off series and is currently writing a screenplay.

For over 20 years Alicia has taught many children and adults in voice and drama in both private and group settings with students going on to gain roles on television, film and musical theatre. She has held hundreds of workshops around Australia within the corporate sector focusing on group facilitation and public speaking and has been highly involved in training and assisting students at multiple schools and universities including the VCA, BAAPA, Melbourne University, Monash University, Swinburne, Mentone Girls Secondary College, Kilbreda and Xavier College. Alicia is an experienced public speaker and presenter, recently MC’ing Village Roadshow’s short film competition and awards evening.

Sarah Alekna

Casting Agent

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Sarah Alekna

Sarah is currently a Casting Director with Highway Casting who work with big brands like Kraft, Kmart, Ford and Nissan to name just a few.  Sarah’s longstanding involvement in the casting game is driven by her continued passion for what she does. While the benefit of experience and longevity have often illuminated the swings and round-a-bout nature of the industry, Sarah wouldn’t cast herself in any other role.  “To be constantly interacting with invested, passionate people who genuinely love what they do, whether actors or creatives may not be a youth elixir but it certainly serves to keep me inspired every day. I’m extremely lucky and for the record not actually bad at endurance either!”

Hannah Monson


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Jenna Eriksen 

Jenna Eriksen is a female filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist from New Zealand now based in Melbourne and working as a Casting Director for TVCs and Film at Catapult Casting for brands such as Ford, Mini, Medibank and Specsavers to name just a few.  Jenna has spent the past 4 years working in commercial casting on a variety of projects, and learning under the esteemed Australian Casting Director Fiona Dann of Casting Sugar.  She has recently been engaged to co-direct the webseries Mixed up in collaboration with Polyglot Theatre and its 5678 Arts Program. Whilst also working as a freelance filmmaker she has an extensive skillset from working on a range of commercial content, short films, music videos and NZ on Air funded videos as director, assistant director, producer, art director, cinematographer, and post production colour grading.

Previous Short Course – SCREEN ACTING 101

Interested in acting for Film, TV and commercials? Acting for the camera is vastly different from performing on stage and being proficient in both stage and screen acting is imperative for young actors wanting to excel in the entertainment industry.  The course also provides students with practical skills to manage nerves when auditioning and performing to build confidence, resilience and the tenacity required to succeed.

This 4-week course with Australian actor Hannah Monson (Winners & Losers, The Leftovers) will give students a strong grounding in the fundamentals of performing in front of the camera.

Tutor – Hannah Monson

Star of the Netflix hit drama series Glitch, which is now in its third season, Hannah reprises her role as Kirstie in this award-winning series, for which she earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2015 AACTA Awards and the 2016 Silver Logie Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer.

Hannah’s other television credits include the HBO series The Leftovers and Seven Network’s Winners & Losers.

Hannah graduated from the Arts Academy in 2013.

In the Screen Acting 101 learn about:

  • set etiquette
  • taking direction
  • script analysis
  • character development
  • camera technique


6-week short course – New dates TBC


Stage School Australia Studios
23 Allen Street, Moreland

Intermediate $240
Senior $300

10% discount for TCA members
Places are limited to 14 students per class.

To book call 8199 8343

Payable by VISA or Mastercard at the time of booking.

Terms and Conditions:  Once payment has been made there are no refunds for withdrawal from a workshop or short course or sessions missed due to illness, injury or any other reason.