WEEKLY TRAINING

- THE ACTOR'S DOJO

& YOUTH CLASSES

​EIGHT WEEK TERM BLOCKS

  • Term 1: 4 February - 17 March

  • Term 2: 28 April - 30 June (2 week break May)

  • Term 3: 21st July - 8th September

  • Term 4: 13th October - 1st December 

What does The Actor's Dojo mean?


Actor (noun): A person who performs for an audience in theatre, film or television.

Dojo (noun): A (sacred) space where the physical arts are practiced, and mastery is attained. From the Japanese “Do” meaning “the Way” & “Jo” meaning “Place of Practice”:




What are the core aims?


The Actor’s Dojo was founded by Lynne Bradley with the core aims being:

  • Create an artistic home or community for actors, physical theatre performers, dancers, directors, teachers and students who share a common vision.
  • Provide year-round training in a number of aligned areas/methods with the goal of producing a dynamic well-rounded performer (strong in their physical, vocal, mental and emotional skill-base).
  • Establish a safe space where performing artists and arts students can work on their craft in an honest, open, rigorous environment – away from the commercial pressures of casting, rehearsals, and performance seasons.
  • Foster excellence through quality training & teachers dedicated to creating a learning journey which will inspire, encourage, and aid participants to be the best version of themselves that they can be – both as artists and people.




What is the history of The Actor's Dojo?


Zen Zen Zo's popular Actor Training has been running since 1996 and has been the training ground for many of Australia's best actors. The training offered in The Actor’s Dojo draws on Zen Zen Zo’s four specialty areas, developed over 20 years of studying with the founders of these forms and teaching them all over the world – The Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Viewpoints, Butoh & Composition.





'There is no such thing as good or bad acting, only degrees of profundity of the actor's reason for being on stage.'
- Tadashi Suzuki

THE ACTOR'S DOJO
Venue: The Piano, Centre for Contemporary Performing Arts, Armagh Street Central City

Adult Classes: Tuesday 5:15-6:30pm

CONCESSION $130 / ADULT $150

YOUTH CLASS- YPAT (High School students)

Venue: The Piano, Centre for Contemporary Performing Arts, Armagh Street Central City

Youth Classes: Tuesday 3:45-5pm

$130

PLEASE NOTE: This training course is physically rigorous and mentally challenging. Participants should be in good health and prepared to work hard. However, no previous physical theatre experience is necessary.

Due to the demanding nature of this course, all participants in the adult's dojo must be at least 18 years of age  (or have finished Year 12 with a recommendation from their drama teacher).

In New Zealand Zen Zen Zo physical theatre training is led by Alys Hill. A qualified and registered dance and performing arts teacher, Alys spent 10 years training regularly with the Australian Zen Zen Zo company.

 

Alys is now based in Christchurch where she runs the weekly Actor's Dojo classes in town. However Alys also frequently travels around New Zealand to run Zen Zen Zo workshops and residencies for high schools, professional theatre companies and more. 

ALYS HILL, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR ZEN ZEN ZO NZ
B.ED (PERFORMING ARTS), REG. TEACHER & JOLT DANCE TUTOR

If you are interested in training with Zen Zen Zo or want to be involved in creating performances with the company, please fill out the form or contact Associate Director Alys Hill on 021-029-69260

PHOTOGRAPHY BY SIMON WOODS