In The Frame – Nadia Townsend




The Director/Actor relationship is crucial to the success of a project. Much like a functional relationship the director and actor need to be communicating effectively and be able to understand each other on a deeper level.


This course is designed specifically for film directors – a chance to work with professional actors, analyse and expand your current practice, gain the necessary tools to run a comprehensive and ethical rehearsal process and find a practical language with which to communicate effectively actors.


Lead by Nadia Townsend, one of the country’s leading film dramaturgs, known for her practical and effective approach to  working with actors.  Nadia’s credits include: Little Monsters, Mad Max – Fury Road, Hardball, Go Karts, Secret Daughter.


About the facilitator Nadia Townsend

Nadia started out as an actress and has been working in film, TV and theatre for the last 20 years. In the last 5 years or so Nadia has been brought on to local and international productions as a dramaturg to rehearse actors from all levels of experience, background and ability. Her credits as dramaturg include, Little Monsters, Secret Daughter, Love Child, Brock, Mad Max Fury Road. She is known for her practical and tangible approach to rehearsals and the process of acting. Nadia teaches the language and process of acting for directors and producers at the Australian Film and Television school (AFTRS).


Directors will be be teamed up with SAC actors and will be required to rehearse, shoot, edit and present 3 scenes of the directors choice throughout the course.

Course format


The course runs for 1 full Sunday and 3 Saturday mornings.


 SUNDAY SESSION (31st March 10am to 7pm)– 

This class will be directors only.  At the end of the day the actors will arrive and the directors will have the chance to meet and begin work with their actors.

The day will focus on the directors current process, going deeper into the fundamentals and language of acting. Using small one page scenes the directors will work with each other, to gain an experiential understanding of the work they will be engaging in with the actors.

Directors are required to come to the Saturday class with 4 scene options for the course.



SATURDAY (20th April, 4th May 19th May(Sunday)) – 9am to 12.30pm

These classes will be used to watch all the scenes. All actors and directors will be present. It’s a chance to analyse what worked, what didn’t and try to understand why.

Time permitting, scenes will be further workshopped in class.

Directors will deliver 3 scenes throughout the course.



VENUE: SAC Studios 299 Enmore Rd Marrickville.


This is a fantastic hands on course for directors. Not only is it theory based but also practical as directors are expected to shoot and deliver scenes. Directors will get to work with actors who are very experienced and versed in the craft of acting.  There is no better way of mastering the art of directing than getting your hands dirty and shooting!


SAC is proud to offer this innovative course for directors. SAC has had many successful directors such as Nash Edgerton (Gringo), Rowan Woods (Rake), Tony Rogers (Wilfred), Rachel Ward, (Beautiful Kate), Wayne Blair (Cleverman) and more conduct masterclasses and support us in our venture to train the new generation of Australian film makers.

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