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Academy offers new courses for actors

10 August 2014 7:48 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Los Angeles- based The Australian Film & Television Academy (Tafta) is introducing two new programs later this year, one designed to coach teenage actors, the other involving workshops with top casting directors.

In another innovation, the Academy is opening its La Experience course, which started several years ago to enable Australian actors to display their skills to managers, talent agents and casting directors, to international students from around the globe.

The Teen La Experience will run twice a year, based on the La Experience but condensed to 10 days and aimed at teens aged 12-17 years.

The Casting Director Intensive (Cdi) workshops will enable actors to sharpen their audition and cold reading skills and time management over two days in six individual sessions with six different casting directors, including David Rapaport and Lyndsey Baldasare.

Founded by John Orcsik in 1994, Tafta is dedicated to teaching and helping develop the craft of acting in »

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L.A. Gets a Chance to Train Like an Australian

16 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

The Australian beachhead in Los Angeles is growing, with an actors’ training program based Down Under set to expand. The Australian Film & Television Academy (Tafta), founded by actors John Orcsik and Paula Duncan, has for several years operated a training program that brought Aussie actors to L.A. for a 10-week immersion. Beginning in September it will open its doors in a new location with an expanded course list that caters, in part, to local talent. The school is part of a growing Australian presence in Los Angeles. The recently formed Australian Theatre Company just completed a successful run of “Holding the Man,” a play that was produced in part with a successful crowdfunding campaign. The company expanded its appeal beyond expat Aussies, and Tafta is hoping for the same success. Los Angeles has no shortage of actors’ training programs, but none offer the kind of Australian rigor and frankness of Tafta, »

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