An Intro to Acting for Non-Actors with Sunil

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Acting. Is the idea thrilling to you or terrifying? Most have us have done some form of acting during our schooling. As kids and young students we often jump at the chance to play and act and take on different characters. Then as we get older a self-consciousness can creep up that makes the thought of performing in front of others really daunting.

Sunil’s acting workshops are based on improvised theatrical games. There is no right or wrong way to participate – and by showing up you’re a part of the action and the scene. The focus is definitely on having fun, and breaking down some of our own barriers to taking up space and taking on different characters. In this way, acting can be therapeutic, cathartic and relaxing for the body and mind.

This workshop will help you explore your sense of imagination, emotions and physical awareness.So why not step into acting and expression in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment!

This class supports absolute beginners!

What will we cover?

This physical acting workshop uses theatrical games and exercises, to:

  • Explore emotions, character, settings and movement
  • Explore barriers to expression
  • Strengthen observation and imagination, putting ideas into action in a group dynamic
  • Get more comfortable expressing your ideas and being seen and heard
  • Engage your body and movement

What should I bring?

Please wear comfy clothing that inspires you to move, explore characters, and take up space!


  • Wheelchair Accessible Venue
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms
  • Quiet Spaces
  • Discounted Early Bird Tickets
  • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees
  • Auslan Interpreted Upon Request 

    Who will be teaching? 

    Sunil Shanker (he/him) is a trained theatre Practitioner, Actor, Director, and Acting Coach. He has worked extensively with international artists from Germany, Sri Lanka, UK, Italy, India, Romania, and Australia, and is most well known for his experimental and unconventional work.

    A graduate of the National Academy of Performing Arts (majoring in acting), Sunil has an innate understanding of how ‘movement’ in theatre creates visual tensions that, in turn, ably complement the foundation texts of his stage productions. His productions are both funny and thought provoking.

    You can see more of Sunil’s work on Instagram #iamsunilshanker

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