Stage School, in association with KickstArt Theatre

“The professional, creative, yet compassionate way you run classes is unparalleled.  Children come to you with hopes and dreams and you give them a platform to pursue a career in the performing arts. Durban Actors Studio surpasses expectations and it is exciting to be a part of your studio.  As parents, our investment in terms of money and time is yielding great returns and I feel we have invested in a solid, professional, excellent business. “

Young people join Durban Actors Studio for a multitude of reasons; from life skills to stage skills and everything in between. That is why we offer such a diverse programme schedule.

Higher levels of commitment, dedication and time are required when working towards a production or examination and we cannot expect all students to meet the demands of a production or examination schedule. So, for students aged 9 to 17, who want a chance to stand in the spotlight and have their talent assessed to international standards; we run the Durban Actors Studio Stage School, previously known as the Tier 2 and 3 Youth Theatre Project.

Stage School is an annual rehearsal (Production Track) and technique (Examination Track) based training programme via which students can enter internationally certified “London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art” (LAMDA) Performance examinations and/or work towards performing top musical and drama productions. Stage School students also receive VIP access to observe the KickstArt,  KZN’s top professional theatre company, rehearsal and performance process.

Classes take place throughout the year (except during school holidays) and full attendance is expected due to the production and/or examination goal. We understand academic performance is vitally important for all so we stage our semester shows after exam season to ensure late nights do not impact with study time (and beauty sleep). We also want to say performing arts training does increase academic performance (proven via studies in the USA) plus it’s always a good idea to give the analytical brain a rest, at least for a couple of hours a week – so attending Stage School, even during exam time is good for the body, the soul, the brain, oh and the show!

Students can join “Production Track” or “Examination Track” or, to gain technique AND performance skills, both.

Stage School Production Track is about building young performers passion for performance and getting them on stage performing in various musical theatre productions. We impart theatrical skills via rehearsal based technique, the best way to learn. The year is broken down into 2 semesters, semester 1 will see students working towards a scripted musical production, staged at the end of June. Semester 2 will see students devising their own original in studio production, staged at the end of November, both productions will be staged after school exams.

Day and Time – Saturdays, 9 am to 12 pm
2020 Registration Opens in November!

Discount – register for the Examination AND Production Track and get a 10% discount on the combined annual figure.


  • Due to the production element students can only leave at the end of a semester.
  • You do not need to audition to join Stage School.
  • You will audition for roles in the various productions we stage.
  • You will be expected to learn lines outside of class.
  • Please ensure you have read and understood the T&Cs before you register for this programme.
Stage School Examination Track is about imparting the skills needed to empower young people to make qualified and educated acting decisions regarding their character, the scene and the overall performance objective.
Via this programme not only will you receive training aligned to world-class standards but, on successful completion, you will get an internationally certified report, issued by LAMDA, the UK’s oldest drama schools. This can confidently be added to your academic portfolio and given to your school to ensure you get the recognition you deserve. During our time together we will work on solo, duo and ensemble work, scene study, character analysis, and age-specific theatre arts and skills. Durban Actors Studio is the top LAMDA performance training facility in KZN; boasting 100% pass rate, with the majority of students achieving a distinction pass.
Annual work covered: Term 1 – Solo Acting Training, Term 2 – Mime Training (physical awareness), Verse & Prose Training (vocal awareness), Term 3: Group Acting Exam. This means your child will have the ability to enter up 4 LAMDA exams per year we do push for a minimum of 3 exams to be entered via this programme.

2020 Registration Opens in November!

Training Information
  •  Level 1 for ages 9 to 13: Mondays 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm (Grade 4 to Grade 7)
  •  Level 2 for ages 14 to 15:  Mondays 4:45 pm  to 5:45 pm (Grade 8 to Grade 9)


  • Level 1 R 1465 per term
  • Level 2 R 1465 per term
Discount – register for the Examination AND Production Track and get a 10% discount on the combined annual figure.


  • Due to the examination component, this IS an annual time and financial commitment.
  • LAMDA exam fees are not included; these fees are only available from LAMDA in July and payment due by the end of August
  • You will be expected to research and work on your examination pieces outside of class.
  • Please ensure you have read and understood the T&Cs before you register for this programme.

Production Track

Semester 1 PRODUCTION DATES: 12 to 15 June

Semester 2 PRODUCTION DATES: 4 to 7 Dec

Term 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Saturday 19-Jan 26-Jan 02-Feb 09-Feb 16-Feb 23-Feb 02-Mar 09-Mar 16-Mar
Term 2 1 2 Hol 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Saturday 06-Apr 13-Apr 20-Apr 27-Apr 04-May 11-May 18-May 25-May 01-Jun 08-Jun
Term 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 no class 9
Saturday 13-Jul 20-Jul 27-Jul 03-Aug 10-Aug 17-Aug 24-Aug 31-Aug 07-Sep 14-Sep
Term 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Saturday 05-Oct 12-Oct 19-Oct 26-Oct 02-Nov 09-Nov 16-Nov 23-Nov 30-Nov

Examination Track

Level 1 and 2
Term 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Monday 14-Jan 21-Jan 28-Jan 04-Feb 11-Feb 18-Feb 25-Feb 04-Mar 11-Mar
Term 2 1 2 Hol 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Monday 08-Apr 15-Apr 22-Apr 29-Apr 06-May 13-May 20-May 27-May 03-Jun 10-Jun
Term 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Monday 15-Jul 22-Jul 29-Jul 05-Aug 12-Aug 19-Aug 26-Aug 02-Sep 09-Sep
Term 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Monday 07-Oct 14-Oct 21-Oct 28-Oct 04-Nov 11-Nov 18-Nov 25-Nov

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About KickstArt

The company was formed in 2000 by Artistic Director, Greg King, and since the inaugural production of Ben Elton’s PopcornKickstArt has been entertaining ever-increasing audiences, while providing essential project-based employment for talented Durban actors.

In 2003, Greg was joined by Steven Stead as Executive Director, and together they have worked to develop the company’s output and status. They successfully ran the intimate Kwasuka Theatre for three years, and have moved on to collaborations with larger theatres such as the KZN Playhouse, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, and the Liberty Theatre on the Square in Johannesburg.

They have also formed a very strong relationship with celebrated South African impresario, Pieter Toerien, who has co-produced several of KickstArt’s recent successes on tour in Johannesburg at his Montecasino Theatre, and in Cape Town at his Theatre on the Bay. For more info visit