Adelaide College of the Arts



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We believe that studying acting is studying humanity, and is therefore a rich and life-affirming pursuit. That philosophy brings context to the rigour, and spirit to the muscle of our course.

Students find the study and practice of acting, movement and voice at Adelaide College of the Arts constantly pursued under this philosophy.

We not only help our students to understand acting and how to do it, but why they do it; theatre’s purpose and their purpose as an actor and artist.

This course equips students to take centre-stage in mainstream theatre, film and TV (like graduates Nathan O’Keefe, Renato Musolino, Kate Cheel, Nathan Page, Matilda Bailey, Rory Walker, and many more), and to follow scores of our graduates in creating their own successful and innovative theatre as well as pursuing interests in teaching, directing, producing and writing theatre.

All these things grow from our rigorous actor-training program.

There are many roads to being an actor, but there are very few courses in Australia, like ours, that can afford the 9am to 6pm, Monday-to-Friday focus on the body, voice and imagination of the actor; on essential studio time with high quality feedback from our teachers. The vast majority of successful Australian actors have trained in this kind of context, as distinct from the private studio or university contexts. Our state- of-the-art studios and theatres are situated in a $60m purpose-built performing and visual arts centre located in the heart of the city.

Weaving through the core disciplines of acting, voice and movement are:

  • regular singing classes;
  • a strong strand of teaching and projects in theatre-making, culminating in a third year main stage production;
  • a grounding in theatre history, performance studies and aesthetics;
  • a production schedule throughout the second and third years that sees you rehearsing a sequence of eight shows in our fully equipped theatres, working with the best directors in the local industry and culminating in a graduate show, presented alongside an industry showcase to local and national theatre and film agents and directors;
  • training in the specialised demands of acting on screen, with classes from first year onward culminating exercises in television multi-camera in second year, and short films and professional showreel shoots in 3rd year.

Find out more about our course structure and content. Scroll down this page to staff profiles to meet some of our key people.

For information about our recent graduates and to view their showreels, go to .  

Acting Courses

Award CoursesHelp…   National Code
Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) 10260NAT


Anna Cheney
Kate Cheel

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Staff profiles

Simon Stollery
Jenn Havelberg
Terence Crawford

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Employment Opportunities

Most commonly, our graduates work as professional actors in all areas of theatre, film, television, and related industries. More generally, people who train as actors end up in a myriad of rewarding careers, both inside the theatre and related industries, including teaching and community work. This is because studying acting is studying humanity - one’s own, and other people’s - and this tends to make acting graduates deeply intuitive, sensitive, and emotionally intelligent people with the skills to improvise a career through various fields.


Adelaide College of the Arts

39 Light Square
South Australia 5000

PO Box 1872
South Australia 5001

Email: enquire online
Phone: +61 8 8463 5000
Fax: +61 8 8463 5001

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