2019 Screen Acting


10.00am to 4.00pm
Friday 11 and Saturday 12 January 2019
Tura Marrang Library & Community Centre

15 Tura Beach Drive TURA BEACH
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Minimum participants: 12
Maximum participants: 16
Cost includes 2 day workshop, morning and afternoon tea:
Adult     $30 / $25 earlybird
Youth aged 16-25  $25 / $20 earlybird
This workshops is not suitable for younger age groups
Bring your own lunch (or buy at Tura Shops)


This workshop has been made possible thanks to Footprint Theatre, the Pambula & District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, South East Arts and StageFlight.


Participants will be given a step by step process for performing as an actor on screen. This will involve looking at the fundamentals of acting, including the differences between stage vs film/television, script breakdown, creating character and creating an effective performance on camera.


  • introductions and warm-up games
  • Impro exercises, looking at endowment, relationship and connection to the other actor
  • working with a basic text


  • Understanding the camera/camera technique
  • Basic scenes on camera (filmed with tutor/class feedback)


  • Warm up/games
  • Creating character using given circumstances, Laban and Enneagram
  • Rehearse scenes


  • Filming scenes with feedback
  • Debrief/Q and A



Sam Haft grew up in London, where he worked on the BAFTA Award winning TV series Roger and the Rottentrolls as well as various other appearances for the BBC.

Graduating from NIDA in 2002, he has since appeared in The 24 Hour Play Project  and Sleeping Around  (Downstairs Belvoir)  Jim Sharman’s production of What The Butler Saw (Company B),  The Homecoming, The Birthday Party, Black Milk and Bent (Company B/B Sharp)  Broken Dreams (Griffin), To The Green Fields Beyond, Poster Girl, The Highway Crossing and Lenny Bruce: 13 Daze Un-Dug in Sydney (Tamarama Rock Surfers), The Hothouse (Shaft Productions) The Pugilist Specialist and Pool (no water) (Darlinghurst Theatre), The Fabulous Punch & Judy Show (Café Debris), Car Gods Burn  (Q Theatre), Hamlet (Harlos Productions), as the voice of Audrey 2 in  Little Shop of Horrors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wild Rumpus/Centennial Park), The Libertine, The Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, All’s Well That Ends Well and The Tempest (Sport For Jove), Titus Andronicus (Cry Havoc/Under the Wharf), Breaker Morant (The Theatre Troupe) and Elegies (Seymour Centre). Sam also performed in the National Tour of The 39 Steps (Hit Productions).

For Alchemy Theatre Company, of which he was a founding member and creator of The Lock Up Theatre, he appeared in Romeo and Juliet, Some Voices and The Pull of Negative Gravity.

As a writer, Sam’s plays have been performed at NIDA, The Sydney Theatre School, the Darlinghurst Theatre, Short+Sweet and The Sydney Opera House Studio and he has written and appeared in over 20 short films.

Directing work includes Green Tea (Award Winner at The Sydney Fringe Festival), The Shape Of Things (Under The Wharf/Pantsguys), Spring Awakening (Core Productions), The Anarchists and The Black Dog (STS) and Assistant Director on A Doll’s House (Sport For Jove).

Film and TV work includes Rake, A Place to Call Home, 110% Tony Squires, The Cut, Out Of The Blue, Underbelly 2, Tough Nuts, The First Australians, My Place, The Kangaroo Gang and Where Ya From, Mate? Feature films include Bitter And Twisted, Maya The Bee, The Bet and Peter Rabbit. Short Film work includes For Crying Out Loud, The Bad Luck, Old Friends, Nobody’s Perfect and the Tropfest Finalist film Call Me Al.

Voice work includes Hamlet and This is How for ABC Radio Arts and various voiceovers for national advertisement campaigns on both radio and television.

Over 20 years, Sam has become one of the most respected and sought after Acting coaches in Australia. He has taught in a number of institutions across Australia and New Zealand, including The National Institute of Dramatic Art, The Actors Pulse, The Australian Theatre for Young People, The Australian Institute of Performing Arts, Brent Street Studios, The Australian Performing Arts Grammar School, Newtown High School of Performing Arts, Centre City Music Theatre, Auckland, Pacific Opera, The NIDA Open Program (Sydney and Touring) and various workshops in Sydney and across Australia.

He was a core tutor for The Full Time Course at the Actors Centre Australia and teaches regularly with their Power of Performance course as part of the part-time program. From 2011-2013 Sam ran the Acting Course for the Opera Students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and was Head of Acting at Brent Street Studios between 2007-2011. He was also the co-founder and director of the The Sydney Screen Actor’s Group, based in Sydney’s Fox Studios and is currently director of The Sydney Actors Association. Sam recently took his work over to the UK, where he taught for The London Academy, Sylvia Young and The Actor’s Centre, London.

Sam is on the advisory panel at The New Theatre and has been a judge for Short and Sweet on various occasions. His plays have been performed by students and professionally in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.