Actors College of Theatre and Television

Actors College of Theatre and Television

The Actors College of Theatre and Television is the only independent performing arts college to have a formal articulation agreement that creates a pathway from a vocational acting course to a degree. This is a new degree developed by the University of New England, Armidale, in consultation with ACTT and is only available to ACTT graduates. This new pathway to university is a fast track to even greater career opportunities, such as acting, education, writing, directing or production.

Also, for the first time in 2008, ACTT has created a second chance for all those interested in pursuing training in the performing arts with the opening of mid-year enrolments for their highly regarded Advanced Diploma of Arts in Stage and Screen Acting. Auditions are open now for this course which commences on the 4th August. For all those who do not wish to commit to full time study at this stage, mid-year enrolments are also now open for the ACTT CORE part-time course, which commences the 28th July.

This is the chance for all those who have realised they are not happy with their first choice at uni, and wish to pursue something more creative. However as one of Australia's most innovative creative training grounds, ACTT also offers their graduates viable pathways into further education, for anyone who hopes to achieve formal qualifications through study.

Since 2006 ACTT has offered their students who complete the three year Advanced Diploma of Arts in Stage and Screen Acting direct entry into university to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Stage and Screen Acting in just one year. Students can choose to either study on campus, or to complete the degree at their own pace wherever they may be living. They must choose 8 subjects from a range of 19 units, including Directing for Stage, Arts Criticism, Journalism and Screenwriting.

In 2007 Ella Darveniza became the first graduate of the ACTT Bachelor of Arts in Stage and Screen Acting. She has since used her Bachelor degree to gain entry into the Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery at Notre Dame University, Sydney.

"Doing the course at UNE really enriched my knowledge base and furthered my understanding of acting and the arts in general. Aside from the value of gaining a degree, I developed a new insight into the acting process by approaching it from an academic perspective, which added to the very 'hands on' approach offered by ACTT."
Ella Darveniza - ACTT Diploma 1999; UNE Bachelor of Arts 2007

The Actors College of Theatre and Television has taken their commitment to offering the best options for their graduates another step as in 2008 the college expects to become the first private acting school in NSW to be eligible for FEE HELP for vocational courses, applicable to the 3 year diploma course. All full-time courses are approved for Austudy, Youth Allowance and for student bank loans.

To date seven graduates of ACTT have taken this pathway to further education, pursuing their dreams of acting while still following a practical course of education.

Bachelor of Arts in Stage and Screen Acting

ACTT Pre-Requisite: Advanced Diploma of Arts in Stage & Screen Acting
Course Length: 12 months full time or up to 3 years part time
Study Options: Full time or part time, 100% distance learning option
Units of Study: 8 units, out of a choice of 19
Fees: HECS and Full Fee paying places are available

Enrolment Information

Phone: 02 9212 6000

Information Night Mid-Year Enrolments

Here is the opportunity to find out more about the unique training offered at the Actors College of Theatre and Television. Opening their doors for an in-depth Information session, all budding actors from HSC students to those looking for a change in career, will be able to ask those burning questions before choosing to jump into the challenging, creative and ultimately rewarding Diploma of Arts in Stage & Screen Acting or the CORE part-time course.

Date: Tuesday 20th May
Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm
Location: Cleveland Street Theatre
Address: 199 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
Price: FREE!
As a special offer, all those attending the Information session will have the chance to see the ACTT final year students in action, for a special discount price. The Jungle by Louis Nowra is the latest production from graduating students at ACTT, with tickets available on this night only for $10 (normally $25).

The Jungle by Louis Nowra

Directed by Pete Nettell
Dates: Friday May 16th - Sat May 24th
Time: Tues - Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm
Tickets: 25 / $15
Bookings: 02 9212 6000

This graduate show of Nowra's hard-hitting play The Jungle, Directed by Pete Nettell, is based on real life characters in Nowra's stomping ground. Nettell's direction of this Brecht-meets-Tarantino style blackest of comedies provides the ultimate arena to showcase the talents of these excellent performers.

Actor's College of Theatre and Television

The friendly staff is a team of committed and experienced industry professionals, active in the wider community as Directors, Producers, Writers and Actors. Students at ACTT benefit from such tutors as John O'Hare, Acting Course Director, who has also acted and directed for the Sydney Theatre Company, the Bell Shakespeare Company, Griffin Theatre, and the Queensland Theatre Company, as well as co-founding the Sydney based O'Punksky's Theatre. Gavin Robins, ACTT Head of Movement currently works with the Sydney Theatre Company and the Bell Shakespeare Company as Movement Director, and Stephen Helper, who has directed on and off Broadway, at the Sydney Opera House and the Theatre Royal to name a few, are just three of the exceptionally talented and active tutors ACTT students benefit from.

Students have gone onto securing many diverse acting roles, with notable graduates including Leeana Walsmann (Love is a Four Letter Word, Jessica, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, $9.99 (in production - animation starring Anthony LaPaglia, Joel Edgerton and Claudia Karvan), Chris Baker (Kokoda, Ned Kelly, Changi ) and Matt Holmes (Sea Patrol, Blue Heelers).


Lesley Watson, ACTT Director and founder, has developed ACTT's teaching philosophy through the key elements of nurture, innovation and discipline in a truly professional environment. Lesley founded ACTT in 1992, drawing on her past experience in the industry working with actors, directors and acting students, enabling her to facilitate the development of the current teaching philosophy. She has become increasingly passionate about acting and training in the current environment. An extraordinary team of dedicated professionals have been drawn to ACTT as a result of her commitment to these values. She has also represented education in the performing arts on government and industry performing arts boards and committees.