Screen Actors Group Ōtautahi

Screen Actors Group Ōtautahi Classes

Our classes run in six-week blocks, with one 2.5 hour class each week. Click on the read more link to see full details including dates, times, cost, and the enrolment form.

Each director/tutor plans the structure of their block, but in general you can expect to spend at least some time in front of the camera each week.

Important: each block is its own distinct course. We just number the blocks for easy reference. So, yes, you can do Block 3 (for example) without having done the previous blocks.


Learning Scripts - Dealer's Choice

Block #5: Learning Scripts - Dealer's Choice

This block is FULL.

Dates/time: Wednesdays, 9 Nov - 14 Dec 2022, from 6:30pm to 9pm

Director: Jonathan Briden

DOP: Rush Jopson

Cost: $195*

Venue: Edgar Room, Risingholme Community Centre, 22 Cholmondeley Avenue, Opawa more info

Enrolment: class is FULL

* = We can provide a discounted rate for those experiencing genuine financial hardship. Please let us know if this applies.

About this block

In this block we will continue to work on understanding our scripts and our characters. Each participant can choose* how they want to spend the six weeks - learning 1 or 2 monologues or dialogues.

You can choose one of the following 5 options:

  1. 1 monologue: Spend the full 6 weeks going really deep on a single monologue piece.
  2. 1 dialogue: Spend the full 6 weeks with a partner on a dialogue.
  3. 2 monologues: Spend 3 weeks each on two separate monologues.
  4. 1 monologue + 1 dialogue: Work on a monologue for the first 3 weeks, and then a dialogue with a scene partner for the remaining 3 weeks.
  5. 2 dialogues: Work on 2 different dialogues.

* not all choices may be available depending on what others have chosen, but we will try to accommodate everyone as best we can.

« read more »


Practise, Practise, Practise

Block #4: Practise, Practise, Practise

This block has ended.

Dates/time: Wednesdays, 21 Sept - 26 Oct 2022, from 6:30pm to 9pm

Director: Jonathan Briden

DOP: Rush Jopson

Cost: $195*

Venue: Edgar Room, Risingholme Community Centre, 22 Cholmondeley Avenue, Opawa more info

Enrolment: class has ended

* = We can provide a discounted rate for those experiencing genuine financial hardship. Please let us know if this applies.

About this block

In this block you're going to be put through you paces. We're pulling back on the theory and focusing on learning scripts, taking direction, and getting in front of the camera.

We're rejigging the class format to give you more of a chance to really learn your scripts, work with a scene partner, and get personalised feedback on your performance.

« read more »


Actor's Guide to Film-Making

Block #3: Actor's Guide to Film-Making

This block has ended.

Dates/time: Wednesdays, 15 June - 13 July 2022, from 6:30pm to 9pm

Director: Rush Jopson

Director's Assistant: Jonathan Briden

Cost: $150*

Venue: NZ School of Tourism, 829 Colombo Street, Christchurch

Enrolment: class has ended

* = We can provide a discounted rate for those experiencing genuine financial hardship. Please let us know if this applies.

About this block

(this is a reboot of the earlier block 3 which was postponed due to covid)

This block takes a look at the technical aspects of filmmaking, and how they can affect an actor's performance - through the eyes of the cinematographer, the editor and the director. Blocking, staging, camera movement, terminology and on-set workflow will all be examined, with practical exercises and some theory, where we will examine some famous examples in cinema and why they work.

please note: Start date has changed from 8th to 15th June.

« read more »


Authenticity in Performance

Block #2: Authenticity in Performance

This block has ended.

Dates/time: Wednesdays, 17 Nov - 15 Dec, from 6:30pm to 9pm

Director: Kim Georgine

DOP: Rush Jopson

Cost: $150*

Venue: Phillipstown Community Hub, Room 1, 39 Nursery Rd, Phillipstown

Enrolment: class has ended

* = We can provide a discounted rate for those experiencing genuine financial hardship. Please let us know if this applies.

About this block

Actors hear about 'being in the moment' all of the time - but what exactly does this mean? And more importantly, what does this mean for you? In this 5 week block, we'll be looking at ways to develop authenticity and deep connections to the world your character lives in.

« read more »


Triggers, Connection, and Engagement

Block #1: Triggers, Connection, and Engagement

This block has ended.

Dates/time: Wednesdays, 13 Oct - 10 Nov, from 6:30pm to 9pm

Director: Jonathan Briden

DOP: Rush Jopson

Cost: $150*

Venue: Phillipstown Community Hub, Room 1, 39 Nursery Rd, Phillipstown

Enrolment: class has ended

* = We can provide a discounted rate for those experiencing genuine financial hardship. Please let us know if this applies.

About this block

We'll be working from a variety of modern screen-plays, both dramatic and comedic. Our focus for this block will be on script analysis, connecting to our partner, and engaging in ways to create a genuine, true-to-life performance.

« read more »