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Calling all year 12 actors and musicians

These dedicated masterclasses allow students to utilise the skills they have been learning at school by being involved in a challenging and stimulating music and drama program. For students to get the most from their HSC exam, they must be prepared. We have put together these interactive masterclasses to help illuminate some of the unknowns and get students on their way.

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What you'll learn on the day

Discover your superpower as an actor – To be outstanding, you need to know how to stand out!
HSC Drama Masterclass:

Actors often wonder:

  • What makes one actor more engaging than the next?
  • What lifts a performance out of being ‘technically good’, to being INSPIRING?
  • What makes this magic happen?

Embodiment and movement specialist Fiona Gentle, will work with you to create an outstanding monologue by giving you the tools to:

  • Increase your presence on stage
  • Achieve a more powerfully connected and embodied performance
  • Discover how the inner story of your character, can be expressed through your whole body

This masterclass gives students the opportunity to perform their HSC practical examination performances in a safe and nurturing environment.


Please prepare and bring copies of your individual monologues of your performances on the day.


Tuesday 12 July 9:30 AM

Registration: 9.30am  |  Masterclass: 10am  |  Lunch: 12pm |  Masterclass finish: 5pm


free !!!
Fiona Gentle
Presenter:  Fiona Gentle
Associate Lecturer & Academic Support Adviser

Excelsia Excellence in Teaching Award (2020) recipient

Fiona teaches Movement, Story and Academic Skills. She has worked professionally for over 20 years as a performer/puppeteer, movement director, director and writer. She has performed with renowned theatre, film and television companies, such as Sydney Theatre Company, Theatre of Image, Opera Australia, ABC and BBC, Sesame Street, Jim Henson Company, Nickelodeon and Kennedy Miller Productions.

Rebecca Kellahan, Production Manager
Presenter: Rebecca Kellahan
Production Manager

Rebecca is a theatre and film actor, stage manager and producer. She has worked in the stage management team for numerous theatre productions. In 2021, she performed in the world-premiere of The City, a physical theatre production featuring voice over and soundscape, which was staged at the Sydney Opera House. Her other performance credits include theatre productions Wit (Joining the Dots Productions) and Windy Gully (Merrigong Theatre Company), short film The Whole Package (Dorothy Creatives) and video series Before it Starts (Hustle Media). 


Wednesday 13 July 9:30 AM

Registration: 9.30am  |  Masterclass: 10am  |  Lunch: 12pm |  Masterclass finish: 5pm


free !!!

We are offering you detailed and rigorous preparation for your HSC music performance through our Masterclass. We provide a safe and comfortable practice platform to perform your HSC pieces with Excelsia’s session musicians to accompany your performance , while receiving constructive feedback from our industry experienced tutors. These workshops offer an excellent opportunity for Year 12 Music 1, Music 2 and Extension students, working with experienced tutors to develop their skills and knowledge around the concepts of Music and improve marks in all areas of HSC Music. Please bring copies of music scores and chord charts of your performances on the day.

Presenter: Christine Carroll
Music Program Director, Lecturer, Research Supervisor

Christine Carroll has many years of experience teaching in both Music and Education, within tertiary and secondary contexts. A classical flautist and contemporary vocalist and worship leader, Christine’s work and research interests focus on effective pedagogies and knowledge-building practices for 21st Century musicians.

Christine Carroll | Music Program Director | Excelsia College

Awards to our students and alumni

A Tea Party For Sad People – Italian Film Festival | Best Comedy

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Standby - Prestigious Award at the European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA)

Excelsia College is delighted to announce that Michael McLennan’s short film Standby was awarded the prestigious prize of Best Drama Film at the European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA) August 2020.

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