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

16 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | 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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