Academy offers new courses for actors

Los Angeles- based The Australian Film & Television Academy (Tafta) is introducing two new programs later this year, one designed to coach teenage actors, the other involving workshops with top casting directors.

In another innovation, the Academy is opening its La Experience course, which started several years ago to enable Australian actors to display their skills to managers, talent agents and casting directors, to international students from around the globe.

The Teen La Experience will run twice a year, based on the La Experience but condensed to 10 days and aimed at teens aged 12-17 years.

The Casting Director Intensive (Cdi) workshops will enable actors to sharpen their audition and cold reading skills and time management over two days in six individual sessions with six different casting directors, including David Rapaport and Lyndsey Baldasare.

Founded by John Orcsik in 1994, Tafta is dedicated to teaching and helping develop the craft of acting in
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