Extension Stream

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Our Extension Stream is a chance to work in a class with dedicated coaches like-minded students, and industry professionals to achieve at the highest level. Places in extension are by audition only. Auditions are held each year in December/January. You are encouraged to speak with your coaches in regular classes if you are interested in being nominated for an audition. You can also register your interest below and we will let your coach know on your behalf. Don't let nerves hod you back from an opportunity of a lifetime. 


About Extension Stream 
The Audition  Process



Each level of our extension stream is designed to build upon skills developed in the previous level, including regular classes, while preparing students for a smooth transition into the next stage of the stream. Each of our extension classes adhere to our five agreements:
Take Responsibility | Make conscious choices | Accept Consequences | Choose Kindness |
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Designed for 11-14 year olds, Youth Extension 1 is where the extension journey begins for our youngest extension students. You will find this both challenging and exciting. This will be your first time working at an advanced level. You will work with us to expand your awareness, mind, voice and body beyond what you felt possible. These are the essential tools for any actor to master. You will also be introduced to the concept of personal development and how we can help you hurdle over obstacles in acting and in life.


Designed for 12-14 year olds, Youth Extension 2 students will have either already completed Youth Extension 1, or have auditioned at a very high standard. Youth Extension 2 builds upon your capability to show discipline, focus and work with an ensemble with the added bonus of exploring a whole new acting medium, acting for camera. You will experience a rush of growth during this year as we continue working with you on the five agreements of extension, encouraging you to gain a deeper understanding. You will take skills learnt in Youth Extension 1 and experience them at an intermediate level. 


Extension 1 is where most teenagers auditioning for the extension stream begin. Designed for 14-16 year olds this is often the first time students will have experienced working at a pre-industry standard. The techniques and practices that you will experience throughout Extension 1 would normally be reserved for university students. This is where you really start to find your feet as a professional actor. With an emphasis on building self-discipline, focus and a work ethic, the five agreements of extension are applied at a deeper practical level. Your coaches will work you hard, but you will be incredibly satisfied and impressed by the work you produce throughout the year. Extension coaches truly guide students to develop acting and life skills that will give you head start in the creative industry and in life.


Designed for 15-16 year olds, most students who attend Extension 2 will have already completed Extension 1. While it is rare, it is possible through exceptional class work and auditions to allow you to be directly invited into the Extension 2 ensemble. To start off your intensive Extension 2 experience, we will have you leaning heavily into the five agreements and focusing on practical life coaching skills with the aim in mind to build your strength and resilience in a supportive and encouraging ensemble environment. This shift in focus will give you an overwhelming sense of self belief as we equip you with the skills needed to take on your increasingly challenging work content and school commitments. We then change gears, and move you into intermediate and advanced techniques across the board to help build your acting capability to an intermediate professional industry standard. 


Designed for 16-19 year olds, Extension 3 requires students to have attended Extension 2. The focus of Extension 3 is to make sure you have an in-depth understanding of the creative industry and begin to foster your creative passion and identity. You will begin to find where you fit in and grow your creative personality as we continue to focus on your personal development through this year. We will give you as many performance and practical acting experiences so you feel confident and ready to step into the professional creative industry. You will receive individual guidance and begin to develop a plan on how you will move forward into the industry and into life. Guest instructors are a large part of Extension 3, as we want you to begin to build your industry network and experience as many different styles of coaching and directing as possible.


After being in the extension stream, to have it end abruptly doesn’t seem beneficial for you as you may be wanting to build your professional industry experience and network. Designed for 17-28 year olds, the young adults studio is created for all past extension students to come and continue their training in an ongoing manner. This class will also be open to non extension students from within and outside the academy via an audition process. Classes will occur in four-week commitment blocks, and you can choose to stay for as long as you feel the classes are providing value to your acting and personal growth. In addition to advanced acting techniques and scene work, these classes are designed to help young adults create new networks and encourage you to develop and build your own professional portfolio and body of work. 


Auditioning is one of the hardest parts of being an actor. For many students the extension stream audition is their first audition. We want to make sure it is fun, relaxed and provides students an opportunity to do their best despite any nerves they may feel. 

Put your mind at ease, here is a guide to how the audition process works:

  1. When you arrive, we will all sit together, discuss what is about to happen, and let you voice any nerves. BY the end of this chat, everyone will feel far less nervous.
  2. You will then play some games, and some team building activities. This shows us how well you work with others.
  3. We then give you a chance to refresh your monologue. You will receive the monologue with the audition pack. It is open to your interpretation and allows you to learn it and perform it your way.
  4. Time to perform. One at a time you will perform your monologues. You will love seeing what creative ideas the other students come up with.
  5. We will film this process and then ask you to change some ideas to see how well you can take direction.
  6. Finally we will ask the questions “ If you get accepted into the Extension stream, what would be your biggest fear, and what would be the thing you would be most excited about?”
  7. Then if time we play a warm down game.

    We try to have an answer before the end of the year, so you can start planning. Some auditions take place in January, this will be the latest we notify you. If you get accepted, we take it for granted that you will accept your place, yet we are also happy to answer any questions.

    You will surely feel disappointed but Brendan calls everyone who doesn’t make it and discusses with them where they need to improve to increase chances next year. It should be noted that students who aren’t successful the first time, and hang in there for another year, and work on all the areas they need to improve often become the most successful extension students. We encourage you to not take it personally, as just being invited to audition is a great achievement.
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