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Calling all year 12 actors and musicians

Calling all HSC students interested in a FREE masterclass with tools and tips to help you create a dynamic and engaging devised performance!

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

HSC Drama Masterclass: Discover what makes a group performance engaging and memorable!


Groups often wonder:

  • What makes devised theatre dynamic and exciting?
  • What are the underlying tools and techniques to make the story surprising but seamless?
  • How do we make images that stay in the minds of the audience?


Movement specialist Fiona Gentle will apply several techniques to work with you and your group to improve transitions, explore the power of rhythm and temporal shifts, and explore transformational objects/props.


Group Performance

Tuesday 18 April 10AM - 2PM

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.

Testimonial from last attendee:

2022 Participant: Nominated for OnStage: Monologue

I can’t express how helpful our sessions were, I gained so much inspiration and insight from your teaching. Thank you very much for all your guidance. 



Concepts of Music

Wednesday 19 April 11AM - 11:45AM

Online Event

This masterclass is designed for both music 1 and 2 HSC students who are needing that extra exam preparation in the Concepts of Music and Aural Skills giving you that peace of mind and confidence once it’s time to sit your HSC exams! It is FREE so why not invite your classmate to register with you!

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

Excelsia Excellence in Teaching Award (2021) recipient

Dr 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

Declan Montgomery on his Pinch Me film nomination

Declan Montgomery is a Bachelor of Dramatic Art alumnus from Excelsia College and has been nominated for best actor for his role in Pinch Me, which has also been nominated for best Australian film 2022 at AFIN International Film Festival run in Brisbane. 

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

Excelsia College is delighted to announce that internationally recognised director Michael McLennan’s short film, A Tea Party for Sad People, was awarded the prestigious prize of Best Comedy at the Italian Assurdo Film Festival. Assurdo is an international cinema festival celebrating alternative and independent cinema.


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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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Excelsia graduate a finalist in local business award

With intelligence, thoughtfulness and a strong sense of self, Monique Warokka’s distinct creativity and drive has helped her carve out her own identity in the music industry. Since graduating from Excelsia with a Bachelor of Music, Monique set up her own business ‘Roar Music’.

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