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Established 2000
Location Surry Hills, New South Wales,  Australia
33°54′57″S 151°13′31″E / 33.9158°S 151.2252°E / -33.9158; 151.2252Coordinates: 33°54′57″S 151°13′31″E / 33.9158°S 151.2252°E / -33.9158; 151.2252

Screenwise is an Australian film and television school for actors[1] based in Surry Hills, Sydney. The school, established in 2000 and using only Australian Film Institute Award winners as teachers, is overseen by actor Denise Roberts. By June 2010, Screenwise was considered one of Australia's leading film and television schools for actors.[2]


In 2000 in a church hall in Crows Nest, Australia, actor and director Denise Roberts began giving private acting lessons to around eight students.[3] That led to the 2002 opening of Screenwise, a working industry, film and television school located in Sydney, Australia to provide specialist, career-focused training in acting for film and television.[4][5][6] Noting that she "opened it because there are a lot of students who learn all their stuff about stage, but put them in front of a camera and they're just too big," Roberts limited the teachers to AFI Award winners,[6] including actors Victoria Longely, Tina Bursill, Henri Szeps, Simon Burke, Nico Lathouris, Lucy Bell, Patrick Dickson, David Field and Rowena Wallace, and directors Scott Hartford-Davis and Robert Klenner.[7] Providing courses that devote enough time to film and television, the school is designed to meet the needs of actors looking to sustain a career in acting: "It started out because I didn't think there were enough courses that devoted enough time to film and television. Considering TV is generally an actor's bread and butter, theatre might be the ultimate, but you need television to sustain a career," rather than "spend an age unemployed" after drama school waiting to "work with really fine actors and directors."[8]

In May 2003, Lauren Lillie, a model and actor who was Bartercard Miss Indy 2003 and featured in the top 20 sexiest women for both Inside Sport and Ralph magazines that same year, enrolled in acting classes at Screenwise.[9] By August 2004, the school had become one of Sydney's most productive originators of young acting talent, including Maryann Halpin and Jackie Delmage, and "chalked up an impressive list of TV and screen credits," including placing graduates in top-rating soap operas such as Neighbours, Home and Away and All Saints, and a variety of television commercials.[3] In February 2007, Screenwise Acting School graduate Israel Cannan landed a role Newcastle, a 2008 Australian drama film set in the New South Wales city of Newcastle.[10][11]

In May 2010, Screenwise supported the Dungog Film Festival[12] discover new acting talent with the Screenwise Speed Auditions.[13] By June 2010, Screenwise was considered one of Australia's leading film and television schools for actors.[2]


Screenwise Studios are located at 84 - 86 Mary Street Surry Hills NSW, Australia. Screenwise consists of three working studios that facilitate a learning environment and studio hire. The studio is equipped with a Green Screen.



  • 91506NSW Diploma of Screen Acting (RTO provider code 91699) [14]


  • 2 year Intensive
  • Screenwise Showreel

Short courses[edit]

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • American Dialect
  • Screenteens[15]
  • Master Intensives



Notable past and present tutors include:

Past students[edit]

Notable students from Screenwise include:


  1. ^ "Minor movies". Time Out Sydney. 2006. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Building up a reputation". The Canberra Times. 27 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Natasha Lee (22 August 2004). "Hopefuls act the part". The Sunday Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Accredited Course Diploma". NTIS. 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Kathryn Greensill (26 July 2010). "Young Star Off To Acting School". The Morning Bulletin. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Long road to green pastures for TV star". City News. 18 April 2002. p. 4. 
  7. ^ "Here's your chance for that big break". North Shore Times. 24 May 2002. p. 21. 
  8. ^ Peter Holder; Jo Casamento; Naomi Toy (25 May 2002). "Sydney Confidential". Daily Telegraph. p. 14.  |section= ignored (help)
  9. ^ "Lauren's a model actor". The Gold Coast Bulletin. 12 May 2003. p. 11.  |section= ignored (help)
  10. ^ "Waxhead meets a legend". Central Coast Express Advocate. 16 February 2007. p. 41.  |section= ignored (help)
  11. ^ Joyce, James (30 October 2008). "Newcastle, the movie: you be the critic". Newcastle Herald. 
  12. ^ "Dungog Film Festival". DFF. 2010. 
  13. ^ "Dungog Film festival discover local acting talent". Culture Hunter. 2010. 
  14. ^ "National Training Information Service". NTIS. 2010. 
  15. ^ "Minor Movies - About". Time Out Sydney. 2009. 
  16. ^ "IMDB". 2009. 
  17. ^ "Screenhub". 2009. 
  18. ^ "IMDB". 2010. 
  19. ^ "Tabrett Bethell - About". Tabrett Bethell. 2009. 
  20. ^ "Inside Film news". 2008. 
  21. ^ "Biography for Todd Lasance". IMDB. 2010. 

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