The Actors Lounge was created in 2006. Director, Jules Tyler, is passionately devoted to nurturing young talent and helping them to develop the self-confidence and social skills that will assist them in claiming their places in the adult world.
Check out our YouTube Channel to view some of the students work.
Enquire now about our 2022 Courses and School Holiday Workshops!Enquire
We encourage students to enrol for a minimum 1 year course.
Example of course content;
- TERM 1 – Assessment term, improvisation, basics of acting.
- TERM 2 – Acting for camera include practical time in front of the camera.
- TERM 3 – Character development and script analysis.
- TERM 4 – Stagecraft and rehearsals for play especially written for each class for end of year showcase in professional theatre OR blocking and rehearsals for end of year film shoot with professional crew premiered at a movie cinema!
- TERM 5 – Preparing for professional work.
*Additional workshops in voice overs and voice acting, presenting, film making, play-writing, directing and other courses will be offered from time to time.
For a more detailed rundown of class / course content,
please call our Director on 0418 338 756
Mal FrawleyView Bio >
Malcolm Frawley is a writer/director/teacher & actor with over 35 years of professional experience. His plays &/or productions have been performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Byron Bay & Darwin.
Malcolm trained @ The Independent Theatre School but devoted the next 25 years to writing & directing. Returning to acting in 2000 he has played Knife, one of a club of serial killers, in the horror feature The Seventh Hunt, now released on DVD in the USA & UK, plus major supporting roles in the features Rollover & Sum Of Existence (broadcast on Channel 9) & character roles in I Wish I Was Stephanie V & Next Door To The Velinsky’s. He played the title role in the short film Reubens & major roles in The Game, Product, Rose, The Griever & Faith. He played the recurring character of Bluey Waterhouse in ABC TV’s Out There.
Malcolm has directed productions @ Belvoir St Theatre, Stables Theatre, King St Theatre, Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Sidetrack Theatre, Darlinghurst Theatre, Fig Tree Theatre, Tom Mann Theatre (all Sydney), Universal Theatre (Melbourne), Her Majesty’s Theatre, Festival Centre (Adelaide) & Canberra Playhouse. His most recent production Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? was a Ferknerkle / Jordy Shea Theatrical co-production that played @ STS Theatre in December 2014.
As a playwright Malcolm has won the Banjo Patterson One Act Play Competition & The Australian Performing Group’s Playwrights Competition which resulted in the production of his play Thank God It’s Not Xmas in Melbourne. One Of The Girls, Malcolm’s theatre-in-education play about peer pressure, was published subsequent to it receiving an AWGIE Award nomination.
Malcolm worked for some years in serial television, writing & script-editing series including Neighbours & E Street.
More recently, he moved into screen-writing & worked as script editor with young film-maker Christopher Weekes on his feature film Bitter And Twisted that earned Noni Hazlehurst an AFI Award nomination for Best Actress. His screenplay One Small Step is currently being developed by director Jody Dwyer (Dying Breed) & his screenplay Never Too Late is being developed by producer, Nina Hayter in L.A.
He recently accepted a commission from Excelsia College to write two short films for its graduate students.
Malcolm was co-director of NIDA’s screen acting programme for Third Years from 2000-2003 (inclusive). He currently teaches Restoration Comedy and Stanislavki technique at Excelsia College and Improvisation and Devising at Sydney Theatre School. He has also taught screen acting, audition technique, stage-craft, text analysis, improvisation & characterisation at Screenwise, Actors College of Theatre & Television (ACTT), Theatre Nepean, Screen Actors Workshop, ADASA, Ed5, Kick & Gala Studios. He has directed students many times at many of these organisations, most recently Glimpses and Imaginary Creatures at Sydney Theatre School and Julius Caesar at Excelsia College.
In 2013 he acquired his Certificate 4 in Training & Assessment.firstname.lastname@example.org
Tash BeaumontView Bio >
Natasha brings to her classes over 15 years experience as a stage and screen actor in Sydney and London as well as a firm belief in the intrinsic benefits of creative expression, especially for young people. Her own acting career began after attaining a BA in Communications at CSU. She started in small theatre productions around Sydney and quickly began securing regular television work. She has had the good fortune to appear as a series regular in a number of hit series; All Saints, Water Rats, Farscape and Eastenders, as well as securing leading theatre roles with the Sydney Theatre Company and the Birmingham Theatre Company. In London Natasha is best known for her work as a regular on the BBC series Eastenders and also her appearance in the cult BBC comedy Peepshow. However she also played the lead in hit children’s comedy My Spy Family for several years on the Cartoon Network channel Boomerang. Since her return to Sydney last year Natasha has appeared in ABC’s Crownies as defence lawyer Ellie Cavanaugh and enjoyed a critically acclaimed run of the Jenny Schwartz play God’s Ear at the Seymour Centre.
With her wealth of experience and natural rapport with children Natasha has been easily drawn towards the highly rewarding experience of teaching; initially as a volunteer worker in London and now as a full-time academic studying for a Master of Teaching at Sydney University. Having worked alongside such outstanding acting talents as Cate Blanchett, Garry Macdonald, Georgie Parker, Wendy Hughes and even Leonardo Di Caprio; as well as directors the calibre of Christopher Nolan, Rowan Woods, Alex Proyas, Cherie Nolan and Brendan Cowell, Natasha is more than equipped to pass on to her students a high quality professional work ethic. Her studies also afford her the advantage of intimate knowledge of high-school curriculum drama and English needs.
Aside from her current teaching studies, Natasha has experience working as a teacher’s assistant at PLC Croydon, Brent St and Glen Street schools. She is also a certified Relax Kids teacher and has worked as a Hackney Young Carer with the London charity Action For Children. Natasha regularly donates her time as a tutor with The Sydney Story Factory.
Shae BrewsterView Bio >
In addition to her extensive voiceover experience Shae has also spent many years as a presenter gracing our screens on Saturday Disney, Kid’s Detectives, The Great Outdoors, Sydney Weekender and Weekend Sunrise, and co-hosting Drive and Top 30 for ARN’s The Edge 96.1.
When she’s not pimping out her vocal chords in the studio, you might catch Shae teaching TV Presenting and Voice at NIDA, and TV Presenting at The Actors Lounge.
Hannah HilliardView Bio >
In 2010 Hannah Hilliard won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival for Franswa Sharl, as well as being selected across all sections of the Berlinale as a Teddy Award nominee. The film also screened at other high profile festivals including Aspen Shortsfest and Edinburgh and was awarded Best Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Audience Award for most popular film at Flickerfest. Franswa Sharl was based on a true story that surfaced when Hannah was conducting an interview session for a documentary she directed about a gay couples marriage in South Africa.
Hannah is an AFTRS directing graduate who has directed some of Australia’s most exciting emerging acting talent including Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre, The Kid’s Are Alright), Callan McAuliffe (Flipped, The Great Gatsby, I Am Number Four), Jay Ryan (Top of the Lake, Beauty and the Beast), and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street).
In 2011 Hannah joined global transmedia company @radical.media. Soon after she directed two short documentaries for the Intel Visibly Smart campaign – Jogja Jip Hop Foundation and Batik Fractal. Shot in Indonesia, these spots generated a lot of publicity worldwide for their intimate cinematic portraiture, and put Hannah firmly on the map as a commercials director.
Hannah is the inaugural recipient of the Screen Australia Acclaim Fund, which supported the development of her feature projects. Flores, a WWII drama set on a remote Indonesian island, about Hannah’s pearling family, and Golden People, a comedy about a 16 year old swimming champion who tries to break free from the clutches of his winning obsessed mother.
Jules TylerView Bio >
Director and Teacher, Jules Tyler, scored her first professional acting gig at the age of six then went on to land lead and guest roles in both film and television and appear in dozens of TV commercials by the time she had finished high school. As an adult she moved behind the camera and has produced, written, directed, filmed, edited, marketed, organised, liaised, and managed talent ever since. She managed a major acting/singing/dancing school for children and teens for three years before slipping comfortably into the role of Voice Casting Director at Australia’s premiere agency RMK Management and is also the Manager of RMK Actors and Presenters.email@example.com
“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.”
Our daughter has been participating in acting classes at The Actors Lounge for the past two years and just loves it. Not only has she developed her knowledge of the technical aspects of film and theatre acting but her confidence and interpersonal skills have really been boosted. We have had the opportunity to watch her perform in front of the camera and also on stage and are incredibly proud of her abilities. The staff at The Actors Lounge are very supportive and work with your child to bring out the very best in them whist at the same time fostering the importance of teamwork on the stage – allowing the kids to support each other.
Jacinta & Sean Petroni
The Actors Lounge was the perfect way to transition from my University Performance degree into my first professional year in the industry. Having no previous professional experience, I left the course feeling confident and fully prepared for any opportunity that came my way. Malcolm Frawley was a wonderful tutor, sharing invaluable knowledge and experience which I have been able to take with me into my acting and presenting roles.
In particular, improvisation techniques taught by Malcolm have been advantageous, not only in my presenting for Disney Channel, but also for my communication skills in every day situations.
Ashleigh Wells, Actor / Presenter on Disney Channel / Voice Over
My son has been attending The Actors Lounge for the past 3 years and in that time we've watched his communication, imagination and self confidence grow. One of the highlights was making a film with a professional crew, working with professional adult actors and then attending the premiere red carpet event at The Dendy Cinema, Opera Quays! Such a thrill to watch him on the big screen and he absolutely loved the whole process. Can't wait for the 2018 Film Festival!