About Us



We inspire artistic outcomes that build self-confidence, self-growth and acting aspirations.

Our mission is focused on the education of film in the craft of acting. We aim to nurture an individual’s gift through offering a variety of courses and workshops that recreate an ‘on set’ experience to help build and gain the essential skills that go beyond the course and into the real world of the film and television industry. We encourage all performance levels as a  supportive all-inclusive environment to develop the individual’s artistic language.


Acting classes for adults and young people of all ages and levels of experience are taught over four different locations. We run a full time program, term classes, holiday courses, casting workshops and private tuition for screen tests, callbacks or Year 11/12 performances.

Absolute beginners looking for a place to express themselves, professional actors wanting fine tuning, and intermediate actors seeking in depth training can all find a home at our studio.


  • To provide an outstanding level of actor training with courses to suit all performance levels.
  • To support students' development with an individual approach to training.
  • To ensure students work in a caring and professionally supportive environment.


We approach performance training with honesty, integrity and commitment to each student's individual development. It is our belief the art of performance will make your heart soar and enrich you as a human being. Our passion for the craft and our commitment to the personal / professional development of each student are the core motivations behind what we do. Quality education, self-growth, self-confidence and the highest level of training to fully prepare our students for a career in the industry are what defines us. We also support various charitable causes within the local community that help to promote these values that we hold so dear. You can find out more about them on our community work page.


Founder of APS, Naomi Derrick, alongside her late husband Peter Derrick, created the acting school as an extension of our sister companies SmallFry & Derrick Management talent agencies, established over 35 years ago. Naomi & Peter identified a need to offer a high level of training to actors of all ages with equal focus on both stage and screen, something they understood with children of their own training in the performing arts. They imagined a tiered pathway of acting courses. This pathway would cater to each student's individual level. Growing and deepening as the actor's ability grew and deepened. To learn more about the pathway to representation, please go to our talent pathway page.


We frequently get asked by parents and prospective students why APS is right for them. If you have any questions,you can give us a call on 0390781454 or email us at info@apstudio.com.au or you can visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.