In the Beginning..
The Actors Workshop was established by Lyn Kidd in 1994 at the request of industry stakeholders. After a year of initial classes, demand grew for midterm training focusing on the skills and knowledge required for working in Film and Television. This led to the one year part time, film and television course.
In 1995, the school moved from its original studio in Fortitude Valley to become a tenant in the Metro Arts Building.
By 1998, after continuous review and improvement of the training plan each year, the school identified the need for quality training pathways for students seeking full time training for Film, Television and Theatre Acting.
In 1999, the Advanced Diploma of Film, Television and Theatre Acting was first accredited and listed on the Australian Qualifications Framework. The course was the first of its kind, offering dedicated dual medium application for the entire duration of the course.
In 2000, The Actors Workshop received its Registered Training Organisation status, certifying it as the quality assured organisation that it is known as today.
In 2001, the need for additional space to supply a full time training strategy led to the school moving from its tenancy at the Metro to its current location, Foresters Hall in Trinity Lane, Woolloongabba. 2001 also marked the first enrolment of students in the accredited training delivery, on a part time basis.
In 2002, the first full time, 2 year Advanced Diploma class commenced and in 2003 these graduates entered industry.
2004 was the 10th year of trading for the school and brought recognition from the film and television and training industries. The school’s founder received the prestigious Kinetone Award from the film and television industry, while the school itself was selected as the Small Training Provider of the Year at the Queensland Training Awards.
In 2004 and 2009, the courses were re-accredited as nationally recognised vocational qualifications for the film, television and theatre sectors.
In 2010 Principal Lyn Kidd and Camera Class instructor Mungo McKay were awarded the Media Mates Award from the Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE for assistance given to the students from the Certificate IV and Diploma of Screen Media.
In 2014 the school celebrates 20 years of delivering quality training in film, television and theatre training. In two decades of training, a little over 200 students can say they are genuine graduates of The Actors Workshop.
Today the school casts many short film and commercial projects a year, supplies hundreds of hours of role play services to community and lists over 30 industry awards achieved by graduates and emerging film makers supported by the school.
And no, the school doesn’t subscribe to VET FEE HELP. Our fees are so low, students can pay as they go. Our Graduates graduate without a debt.