Drop in Acting Workshops

Get tips on acting, stand up comedy, performing arts and public speaking

2.5 hours Class size 12 to 100     label $40 ($145 per class surcharge applies for private classes)

These fun dynamic interactive workshops are great for discovering and exploring the journey to delivering a truthful and dynamic performance.

If you are interested in public speaking, stand up comedy or any performing arts then these workshops are sublime fun and essential. You will explore motivational and acting techniques, learn improvisation and how to approach a script and a monologue.

In these workshops you will do improvisation script work, monologues and even some stand up, its all about capacity building, fun trial error and feedback.

The workshops are particularly insightful for self-discovery, confidence building, self-awareness and are a perfect platform to develop a creative outlet.

About John Samaha:

I have been an actor, comedian, producer and writer, director for over 40 years and I teach from beginners to masterclass. I invite you to have fun and learn in a supportive atmosphere and environment. You are free to watch or observe and the workshops can also be a vehicle for many related creative disciplines.

Knowledge required
No prior knowledge required, perfect for beginners and to hone or improve performance for stage and screen or even just personal motivation each class is self-contained you can observe or participate
What you'll get
  • An appreciation of the actor's toolbox, the fun of learning new approaches and skills.
  • The workshops are 10% theory and 90% hands-on
  • Invaluable experiences that can impact positively on other aspects of your life
  • An intro to the improvisational approach and motivational technique
  • If you bring a memory card you can have a recording of your efforts and cut it down into a show reel
What to bring
Wear comfortable clothing bring a memory card if you want to keep a copy of your recorded performances.

John Samaha is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.


The white house 8 min walk from redfern station 8 - Upstairs of the Cauliflower Hotel 123 Botany Rd Alexandria NSW 2015 the nearest criss st is wellingt

Your teacher can also travel within 30 kms of Waterloo for private classes

Your teacher
John Samaha
John Samaha

5.0 (11)

I have worked professionaly as an actor comedian and TV & Film producer for over 40 years . My passion now being a creative mentor for others I teach from beginners to masterclass in Screen acting directing producing public speaking media traning and can work alongside you as a creative mentor to develop your creative pursuits
I teach conflict resolution dealing with difficult people

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Marty Thomas Sep 2020

John was very engaging and personable.
We covered a lot of ground in a short time.
The space was well suited to the class requirements.
The class was very inclusive!

Drama workshop review by Marty Thomas

Mickey Lynch Mar 2020

I did all of John's classes throughout February. I work in the corporate sector and the skills that I've learnt from the classes have been invaluable for my presentations and public speaking.
I highly recommend these classes for anyone who's interested in performance. I now have a solid perspective on how to approach a performance. The classes were so much fun and I enjoyed the sense of Discovery that they gave me.

Elena Marguleva Mar 2020

What was the teacher like?
John is highly skilled and experienced theatre tutor with excellent sense of humour.
How was the venue?
We had classes in the well chosen space with chairs, sofas, professional lighting, cameras and relevant acting materials.
If materials were provided, did you like them?
Great choice of materials and acting technics. I liked themes that we were given.
Was the class good value for money?
What did you do / learn?
We played our parts from scatch and after we were explained how to empathise parts of the dialogue. How to relate to the person in front of us. How to be involved. How to live through the situation and make it believable.

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Moni Theam Mar 2020

What a fantastic experience!
Lots of fun and laughs, lovely people, relaxed and welcoming environment as well as excellent skills taught.
The classes were always interesting, dynamic and fast-paced. As a beginner, I was on occasion challenged beyond my comfort zone but in a positive and supportive way - great for developing self-confidence and learning how to think quickly on your feet.
Thank you John!

Drop in Acting Workshops review by Moni Theam

Devina Bedford Feb 2020

After a mere four lessons with John Samaha I feel ready to progress with my acting in various fields. The classes were small enough to receive valuable attention, but also large enough to try scenes with different partners, a valuable lesson in itself. John really is the most wonderful acting teacher. He is informative, incredibly funny, and kept us on our toes, inviting us to explore all facets of the acting world. He brought out any natural ability we had and offered us the confidence to perform with other actors as though we had known them all our lives. We were taught clear, specific and concise objectives, how to ignore the camera and not be conscious of others in the room. He showed us how to design a thought to create a feeling, therefore creating the behaviour of the character we were playing. I particularly enjoyed the exercise where we started at the end and went back in time to an earlier scene, then forward to the middle of our relationship with the other character. It really set the stage for a believable scenario. Apart from the lessons, the atmosphere of the class was friendly, inclusive, non judgemental, and did I say fun? Yes!

Drama workshop review by Devina Bedford

Cher Salmon Feb 2020

The teacher has long-term experience in the theatre & TV industry & provided lots of helpful tips & insights, while helping us relax into trying new techniques. The exercises & materials were engaging & challenging. My classmates were interesting, & I made good contacts.

Drop in Acting Workshops review by Cher Salmon

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John Lindsay Feb 2020

I attended all the sessions in February it was a totally enjoyable experience the atmosphere was inclusive and nurturing each week will learn different techniques and different challenges I was able to observe others and learn from that as well as demonstrate the Technics myself the classes were very hands-on and interactive and most of all fun and informative the skills you learn a great for any performing arts John is a very animated and entertaining teacher and has lots of industry experience

Drama workshop review by John Lindsay

Norak Theam Feb 2020

Awesome acting workshop, even for a newbie like me. John is an amazing teacher and communicator. He is somehow able to get his students to surprise themselves. All conducted in a welcoming, non-judgemental atmosphere, that encourages expession and exploration. A great way to meet me people and stretch yourself.

Drop in Acting Workshops review by Norak Theam

Bronwyn Delaney Feb 2020

What a brilliant class! So much fun and a great skill building session. I definitely do this course again, the people were great.

Maryam Ghaeni Feb 2020

John is a fabulous teacher with the ability to dramatically change the quality of performances with simple, easy to understand instructions; performances become more believable within minutes. The venue was comfortable and the lights and camera gave it the sense of a set. I would highly recommend it for beginner and professional actors, directors, and public speaker; anyone who wants to get out of their comfort zone.

Drama workshop review by Maryam Ghaeni Sydney

Kitty Beale Feb 2020

A very enjoyable class. John is very knowledgeable and puts all his students at ease. Techniques are clear and concise. I felt confident and had so much fun!

Drama workshop review by Kitty Beale

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