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Summer Acting Intensive '19Off the back of the success of the last two summers, the SUMMER ACTING INTENSIVE is on its way! This challenging two day intensive is not for the faint-hearted; You will be working with new material for a new work by Pasvolsky Actors Studio. This intensive will require actors to dive into extended improvisation, text analysis, ensemble acting and play-building. It will move fast, be immensely rewarding for participants and provide a high level of professional training.

Spaces are strictly limited. Actors must be a minimum of sixteen years of age to participate. There is no upper age limit.

St. John’s Church Hall, Cooks Hill
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of JANUARY, 9am – 4pm

The Intensive is for performers who are serious about acting and ready to commit to immersive training in a professional environment. Punctuality is essential. Participants must bring water and wear comfortable clothing that enables unrestricted movement.

•   LUNCH:
Cafes and takeaway shops are available on Darby St around the corner, but participants are encouraged to bring their own food.

•   COST:
The Intensive costs $275 for 13 hours total of training, devising, rehearsing and performing. An Early Bird Special of $250 applies if full payment is received by Wednesday DECEMBER 19th 2018

•   APPLY:
Applications close on Thursday the 3rd of January, 2019. Acceptance is based on previous training and acting experience. Limited places are available.

For Bookings or Enquiries, contact CLAIRE:
Call 0412155950
Email clairepasvolsky@gmail.com

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The 2018 Spring Acting Intensive was a challenging one-day intensive, which involved working with new material for a new work by Pasvolsky Actors Studio. The actors explored unseen stimulus materials, and used their devising and physical storytelling skills to delve into major character work (incorporating dialect), and the intense process of devising new theatre. The intensive moved fast, and was immensely rewarding for participants as it provided a high level of professional training, and a safe place to creatively experiment and produce drama.


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During the 2018 Professional Acting Summer Intensive, performers worked closely with Director Claire Pasvolsky to complete a series of immersive workshops – including Movement, Characterisation and Devising, and Voice with International Vocal Coach Patricia Browning Oshea. The sessions also consisted of rehearsals of an original piece, which culminated into a final performance on the last afternoon.

The actors began the course by immersing themselves into the tone of the work. After the morning workshop, they completed a one hour Voice masterclass with International Voice Coach Patricia Browning-Oshea.

Over the course of the day, using the theme of ‘Crime’ the actors developed their own movement sequences, wrote their own monologues, created their own characters, and devised their own scenes.

One the second day, the actors devised more scenes and focussed on developing and extending their characterisation. They also workshopped new physical scenes based on the monologues they wrote on the day previous.

In the afternoon, the actors synthesised all of the scenes they had produced into a final 45 minute performance, which they them performed to a private audience.


Pasvolsky Actors Studio periodically runs intensive acting workshops with leading practitioners from the fields of Performing Arts and Entertainment. In 2017, the first ever Professional Acting Summer Intensive took place. The comprehensive 30-hour training process was rigorous, and students worked under professional conditions. Information about the program structure and the outcomes of this course are detailed below.

The Professional Acting Summer Intensive saw committed, disciplined actors in Newcastle work with nationally and internationally renowned practitioners. This course consisted of 30 hours of immersive, intensive training to catapult performers to an extreme level of artistry.


The morning master-classes with esteemed industry professionals were designed to extend and refine the actors’ performance skills:

  • MONDAY Scene Work with Award winning writer, director and acting coach Claire Pasvolsky – Analysing text and character, creating dramatic tension, and refining key performance skills.
  •  TUESDAY Movement with Melbourne-based physical theatre expert and performance artist  Lauren Cruickshank – Movement isolation, clowning, Butoh dance, and physicalizing affection and rejection.
  • WEDNESDAY Voice with International Voice Coach – (Webber Douglas, LaSalle) Patricia Browning O’Shea – The larynx, the breath, posture, and projection; a physical approach to the voice.
  • THURSDAY Screen Acting with Oscar nominated film director and screenwriter Steve Pasvolsky – Film industry insight, screen tests, technical skills and terminology, and camera angles.
  • FRIDAY – Final Rehearsals and Performance!


The afternoon sessions consisted of rehearsals of an original piece, which was performed on the final afternoon. Performers worked closely with director Claire Pasvolsky, assisted by Naomi Dingle, to create original content, characters, storylines and plots.

The final private showcase performance was comprised of two segments. The first piece, Master of My Fate, was an ensemble performance which was derived from monologues written by the actors. The monologues were based on evocative stimulus images and excerpts from Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, and subsequent immersion exercises into the world of the text.

The second segment included performances of scenes from notable films and television programs. The actors used all of the skills they gathered and refined over the previous five days to workshop and rehearse these scenes to a more practiced, powerful and dynamic level than the first scene studies they completed on Monday morning.

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