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The Actor's ToolBox (16+ years)

Whether you are a new actor looking to start good habits early or a working professional looking for a means of staying in good artistic shape, this course is for you. 

Actors Toolbox acting class TAPAC
Acting & Drama
Kalyani Nagarajan , Justin Rogers
TAPAC class

This course is designed to hone the performance skills of adult actors and develop the voice, body and habits of a professional performer.

Please note, this course is not running in Term 4 2019 but will be back for Term 1 of 2020. 

You can sign up for any term, but each session builds upon the previous one.

Term 1 is all about releasing restrictions and fears. By dissecting the techniques of ‘Le Jue’ from French theatre master Le Coq, students will learn where they are most charming as actors and learn a set of tools to approach auditions and work more fully and playfully.

In Term 2, students will learn how to analyse text. Working with contemporary screen texts and plays, you will learn tangible techniques to find your character and mould your craft quickly and effectively.

Term 3 explores the classics in depth, including Shakespeare, Brecht, Pinter and Mamet. You’ll learn comedy and tragedy and how to place your performance in terms of tone, scale, and timing. You’ll also learn body techniques and sensory work.  With an emphasis on character development, you’ll work with architypes and how these characters can transcend into almost all roles you will play.

Term 4 is a culmination of all of the new skills learnt and how they can work for improvisation. You will perform rehearsed texts, film a screen test, and improvise to an audience as your final goal.

"“Kalyani's passion and dedication to the art was monumental in maintaining such a high calibre of tuition. She has been amazing.” – Actor’s Toolbox (Adults 16+) student, Term 3  2019


Teaching artist

Kalyani Nagarajan TAPAC

Kalyani Nagarajan

Kalyani is a graduate of Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School. She has been acting from a young age and studied Mask, Moliere and Melodrama at Ecole Phillipe Gaulier in France. She has been a part of workshops with clown Dr Brown and has a passion for comedy. She has worked with Indian Ink and has practiced Bharatha Natyam (Indian classical dance) for many years.


Teaching artist

Justin Rogers TAPAC

Justin Rogers

Justin graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 2015. Since then he has played Jamie in the two-hander musical The Last Five Years and toured the show Matariki with The Court Theatre. Justin has also worked with Auckland Theatre Company touring the show Maui Me Te Rā and  in their production of The Cherry Orchard at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Justin played Hone Ropata in the Auckland production of Shortland Street: The Musical. Most recently, Justin starred in Indian Ink’s new two-hander play Mrs Krishnan’s Party which toured the USA in 2018 and Canada in early 2019. Some of Justin’s screen work includes the docu-series American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story and short films including For Heaven’s Cake, The Magic Show and Jigsaw. He has taught acting, improvisation and magic at Wellington's Rata Studios and was a guest tutor at Miranda Harcourt's acting school for teens. His areas of expertise include: acting technique, script analysis, screen acting, voice and signing techniques, improvisation and magic.