Acting the Song

A 10-week course for musical theatre and classical singers to develop acting skills in sung performance. 

Wednesday evenings, 6.30-9.30pm

24thJuly – 25thSeptember

Ainslie Arts Centre, Braddon

This 10-week course will cover:

  • Telling the story of the song
  • Connecting to the emotional subtext of the music
  • Acting on the line/ phrase 
  • Physicalising the song (ie, what do I do with my hands?)
  • Analysing the musical score for theatrical clues
  • Developing a sung character

Each week you will work through exercises designed to integrate physical, vocal and imaginative skills. The second half of each workshop will be conducted as a masterclass with a professional accompanist so that you can apply your skills in a performance context.

Places in the workshop will be limited to no more than 12 participants 

Course cost: $470 for 10 weeks

Tracy Bourne trained as a classical singer at the Queensland and Melbourne Conservatoria and as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts Drama school. She has worked professionally as an actor and singer in theatre, new music theatre and opera and written and directed new music-theatre works. She was Lecturer in Singing at Federation University, Ballarat for 10 years and taught many actor-singers who have since performed in leading roles in national and international productions including Josh Piterman (solo crossover artist, Gerry Goffin in Beautiful, Tony in West Side Story) Sarah Morrison (Lisa Miles in Ladies in Black, Sophie in Mamma Mia), Joe Kosky (Don in Kinky Boots, Alternate Dewey Finn in School of Rock). In 2016 she completed a PhD on the science and pedagogy of music theatre voice through the Sydney Conservatorium. Tracy recently relocated to the ACT region and has developed a busy private teaching practice in Bungendore and Canberra and taught acting and voice for Canberra Youth Theatre, Mockingbird theatre, and Perform Australia. 

To find out more about the course, or register your interest, contact Tracy on 0431 449 692 or tracy.marie.bourne[@]