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Karen Davitt is pleased to be extending her professional teaching work at her own Northcote studio, offering classes,and intensive acting workshops specializing in acting to camera for individuals , pairs , or small groups. The studio is equipped with a broadcast quality camera, and the work can be viewed, and taken away on a memory card.
The camera is utilized both to extend an actors skill in negotiating the challenges of working in the professional film and TV industry ( including rehearsal, performance, auditioning skills ,and showreels) and as a tool to explore the craft of acting itself. Karen’s private classes are ideal for working actors who want to rehearse and explore scenes, create show reels, prepare for auditions or brush up on their skills, as well as beginners looking to begin their journey ,or prepare auditions for drama schools.
Auditions and Screen-test preparation.
Screen-tests are a vital aspect of an actors work. Wether or not you get the particular job you are auditioning for , a powerful screen-test stays in peoples minds, and can open doors to future work.
Karen specializes in coaching students and professional actors in rehearsing audition scenes ,and preparing for screen-tests to camera.
She encourage a sense of ease in front of the camera , using strategies such as “mock auditions” to demystify the process and empower the actor to do their best work in the audition room.
Screen-tests can be daunting , effective preparation is key, and working creatively can replace fear with a sense of discovery .
Qualifications and Background
Karen holds a Bachelor Degree in Acting from the VCA School of Drama (1987). She is a graduate of the Philippe Gaulier School in London. She is midway through a Master of Teaching at Latrobe University.
She has an extensive background in the industry, with over 30 years’ experience as a performer/director both in Austral,ia and overseas. Her long and varied career includes lead roles in television (Blue Heelers, Stark, Stingers, MDA, Skirts, A Country Practice, Wildside, Mercury, The Man from Snowy River, State Coroner), film (Quigley Down Under, Ned Kelly, The Ripper, Heaven, A Dancing Foot and a Praying Knee), and theatre (roles with State Theatre Company of South Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company, La Mama Theatre, The Church, and many independent companies).
Karen has worked behind the camera as director, collaborator, art director, latex creature/puppet creator, animator, musical director. She has created her own multidisciplinary theatre and film work, along with festival and touring shows. Notably, she was artistic director of the acclaimed SUBTERRAIN for Melbourne International Festival, and she received an AFI Award and Yoram Gross Award for her short film collaboration Lovely Day.
Karen has 15 years’ experience in acting teaching and coaching, working in a broad range of areas but specializing in training actors in camera work. She has had regular and sessional work across a variety of institutions including over ten years at VCA School of Drama at Melbourne University, VCA School of Film and Television, Sixteenth Street Acting Studio Melbourne, Film and TV International Studios Melbourne, Toi Whakare New Zealand, Royal Court London. Outside of her work in these organisations she has kept up private acting and audition coaching work for theatre, film and television.
Philosophy and Methodology
Karen’s approach is to draw from a deep well of techniques and exercises she has experienced in her own training and professional experience, as well as the unique and highly accessible exercises she has developed herself over her fifteen years teaching acting, and coaching actors of every skill level. Her coaching is highly collaborative and tailored to the needs of the individual. She creates a supportive learning