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The best acting classes and workshops in Singapore

Need more drama in your life? Sign up for an online acting class or workshop.

By Jude Elliot Tan and Dewi Nurjuwita
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The most essential aspect of mastering any craft is practice – and acting is no different. But question is, where do you start? Whether you want to be a future Oscar winner, enrol your kids to get them out of their introverted shells, or simply just want to have a little fun and self-discovery, Singapore has got your back. With the rise of the art scene in our little city, it has become too easy to find a class to learn a thing or two on improvisation, or how to properly execute that rift from your favourite musical. 

And while we're all staying home until Singapore's Phase 2 starts, we could all still use a little bit of drama in our lives. So sign up for one of the virtual acting classes in Singapore to keep yourself busy. Prefer to have a face-to-face session? It's never too early to start planning ahead. 

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Online acting classes

Wild Rice
Photograph: Wild Rice / YouTube

Wild Rice Academy

Keep the kids entertained and educated this 'circuit breaker' period with Wild Rice Academy. #FeelingsToTheMax is a brand-new YouTube mini-series designed to help children manage their emotions as they get ready to go back to school. With new episodes launched each week, the edutainment mini-series features Max and his friend Jasmine, as they navigate through different situations that require them to tune into their emotions to make the shots. 

Fees: Free 

The Improv Company
Photograph: The Improv Company / Facebook

The Improv Company's Online Taster Sessions

With its performances and classes forced to be on hold until Singapore reaches Phase 3, The Improv Company has brought its taster sessions online – including a limited number of improv shows via online channels. Called 'Improv for Everyone', the Online Taster Sessions will take place on every third Saturday of the month and be held via Zoom. 

The 1.5-hour mini-workshop is a casual and fun introduction to improvisational theatre, suitable for any level of acting experience. Through the workshop, you'll explore the core principles behind improv, and how they can be applied in daily life. 

Fees: $10

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Method Acting Asia
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Method Acting Asia's Monologue Masterclass

Join Method Acting Asia's interactive online workshop and learn what it means to create an active and engaging monologue. As part of the workshop, you'll get personalised coaching to hone your ideas and express your thoughts on paper. Expect both peer-to-peer feedback, along with private coaching. 

Fees: $200 for 5 sessions 

Centre Stage
Photograph: Centre Stage

Centre Stage Interactive

Centre Stage aims to keep us all connected whilst we're separated with a series of online classes, either through on-demand recordings or live classes via Zoom. Everyone, regardless of age, can join in the virtual classes. Cycle three will run from June 1 to 29, and you can purchase one of the three packages available to sign up online. Bronze allows you access to one course of your choice, silver gains you access to one department of your choice, while gold is an all-access pass to all classes.  

Fees: From $150 for one class

Plan ahead

Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC)

Theatre Rochor

HCAC believes that individuals who are able to understand themselves are happier, more fulfilled, and capable of making the world a better place. Hence, with a focus on Method Acting, a technique in theatre mostly associated with theatre practitioner Lee Strasberg (1901-1982), HCAC aims to help unleash the raw talent that resides in its students, while allowing them to discover their own authenticity through expression and reflection – as well as goofs and giggles.

Whether you’re an actor or someone willing to step out of your comfort zone, there is definitely a class to satisfy your dramatic passion. HCAC offers classes for beginners, such as Fundamentals of Acting – a three-hour workshop, as well as courses for more advanced performers like Comedic Improvisation, Commedia Dell’Art, and many more.

The Improv Company

Theatre Performing arts space Raffles Place

The unexpected are always the best – and often times the funniest. At The Improv Company, you’ll be sure to have a good chuckle from thinking on your feet, while developing skills in spontaneity and open-mindedness. This theatre company, founded by an improvisation troupe from NUS, aims to expand and develop improvisation in Singapore by nurturing professional-quality talents with classes both for those who are new to the technique and experienced performers aiming to refine their skill.

Beginner classes are as cheap as $15, while the more advance classes range from $150-$300. No time to think, sign up now!

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Pink Gajah
Photo: Tan Zexun

Pink Gajah

Art Performance art Marina Bay

Tap into your primal instincts at Pink Gajah. Founded in 2013 as Sharda Harrison's passion project, Pink Gajah is all about the unconventional. The theatre's acting workshop, called Being, is designed for you to resonate with the 'being' of your state, tapping on an unconventional acting training style formulated by Harrison herself. 

The year-long syllabus is conducted in four exciting and dynamic terms – and sees two-hour classes held weekly. Although it comes at a high cost ($1,660 in total), it's a great investment as you'd be learning from one of the most esteemed practitioners in the theatre industry. 

Centre Stage School of Art
Photo: Centre Stage School of Art

Centre Stage School of the Arts

Kids Buona Vista

If you're all for prestige, sign up at one of the earliest drama schools in the city when it was first founded in 1999. While it has since developed into a performing arts centre, Centre Stage still offers classes in drama, dance, music and art and craft. The wide range of courses here include children's acting classes (from $45 per hour), musical theatre dance (from $45 per hour) and adult musical theatre (from $50 per hour). 

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Sing'Theatre

Theatre Performing arts space Rochor

Admit it… you’ve tried belting the scores of Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, or Wicked during one of your diva-filled showers before. So, why waste your talent there? Sign-up at Singapore’s only dedicated musical theatre academy, Sing’Theatre, for top-level musical theatre training and a stage your voice deserves.

With the focus of being a platform that uses music and theatre as a medium to inspire and shape a better future for the Singaporean society – producing musical revues and shows that open relevant social dialogue, classes for both children ($350-$650 depending on age) and adults (499-600 depending on style) are available. 

ACT 3 Drama Academy

Theatre Newton

As Singapore’s leading art company for the young, Act 3 provides our dearest little performers with a platform to properly develop not just their acting and expressing ability, but their emotional maturity and social awareness as well. Taking students as young as 18 months old, it aims to teach children skills, such as the importance of communication, versatility, and taking risks, through theatre games and experiences it has in store for them. Act 3’s Drama Academy offers classes for 18 month-olds to 11 year-olds for $280, and 12 year-olds to teens for $450.

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Bud's Theatre Company

Theatre Geylang

Recognised as an incubator for aspiring and developing young artists and practitioners, Bud Theatre Company acts as the helping hand for young theatre graduates who are eager or interested in pursuing theatre as a career for their endeavors. Offering classes for performers to practice their craft and refine their skills, the Bud’s Youth Theatre (BYT) has an audition-based entry consisting of a short interview and a presentation of a monologue.

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