Two New Education Programs

Australians & Hollywood is a Canberra-exclusive exhibition celebrating iconic moments in contemporary Australian film and the people and stories that brought them to life. This blockbuster exhibition by the NFSA features beloved cinema moments, rare behind-the-scenes footage and costumes and props from the NFSA collection on display for the first time.

Teacher Preview Night 

The NFSA is excited to announce a special event for ACT school teachers to experience a preview of the Australians & Hollywood exhibition.  

We would love for you to join us for a drink and a presentation on available programs in our theatrette, followed by a tour of the exhibition.  

Date: Friday 28 January 2022 

Time: 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Where: Drinks on arrival in the NFSA Theatrette 

RSVP: Follow this link to RSVP by 14 January 2022

We look forward to seeing you!


Education Programs

To complement our first original exhibition in 2 decades, we are offering 2 brand new education programs: 

Introducing film, story and character 

Be guided through iconic Australian films and explore film structure, narrative and character in a 50-minute theatrette program. Follow up with a self-guided tour through the exhibition for secondary students or, for primary-aged students, take a costume activity back to class with you.

We also provide an educational resource and in-exhibition activity sheet.

Where: NFSA onsite only 

Cost: $7 per student for theatrette program only. $12 per student for theatrette program plus entry into Australians and Hollywood exhibition.

Length: 50-minute theatrette program

Who is it for: this program can be modified and is suitable for Years 5 and 6 and Years 7 to 10. Please contact us to discuss the program for students in Years 11 and 12.

Planning an exhibition visit: To get the most out of your students’ visit, we recommend seeing the exhibition beforehand. Join us at the Teacher Preview Night on 28 January 2022 (details above) or contact us to organise a viewing.

Maximum: 99 students

Please note: only available in terms 1 and 2, 2022.


Screen Acting Workshop

This curriculum-linked workshop will focus on the work of famous Australian actors, screenwriters and directors.  Students will use acting exercises to step into the shoes of some of the most iconic Australian characters and have the chance to perform to camera.

Where: NFSA onsite only 

Cost: $15 per student 

Length: 1.5 hours 

Who is it for: this program can be modified and is suitable for: 

  • Year 5 and 6 primary students 
  • Years 7 to 12 Drama, English, Film and Media students. 

Maximum: 30 students 

Please note: only available in terms 1 and 2, 2022.  


Bookings and further information

Please email us at education [at]

Phone: 1800 067 274 (toll-free within Australia) or (02) 6248 2000


Exhibition content advice

The Australians & Hollywood exhibition covers a wide range of content including: film excerpts, interviews, behind-the-scenes images and audiovisual displays, on-set photography, excerpts from rushes and rehearsal footage, concept art, character and costume designs. The exhibition includes large-scale projections (with and without sound), touchscreens, costumes, film props and images. 

The content has been selected with a broad, general public audience in mind, however the films referenced in the exhibition do range from G classification right through to R. Accordingly, the imagery shown varies and includes vehicle stunts, stunt fighting, the occasional image of a gun, a couple of swear words, smoking and some very 70s sunburn. Please also be aware that there is one touch screen showing concept art that contains a warning related to explicit imagery. 

Meet our Screen Acting workshop teachers

Portrait of Christopher Samuel Carroll

Christopher Samuel Carroll

Christopher Samuel Carroll

Christopher is a professional actor, writer and theatremaker from Ireland, trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin and Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris.

Since moving to Canberra in 2016, he has become one of the city’s most prolific and celebrated performers, winning the inaugural Helen Tsongas Award for Excellence in Acting in 2019 for roles in Twelfth Night, Icarus, Howie the Rookie and Metamorphosis.

As artistic director of Bare Witness Theatre Co., he has produced 10 shows to date in Ireland, the UK, France and Australia, winning a reputation for raw, pulsating theatre that ignites the imagination.

Christopher regularly teaches movement and acting with NIDA Open, Perform Australia and Canberra Youth Theatre, as well as professional masterclasses with theatres in Canberra and beyond.  

Portrait of Jena Prince

Jena Prince

Jena Prince

Jena is a director, movement specialist and teaching artist. She has recently relocated from Sydney to Canberra and is passionate about creating extraordinary theatre with young people.

She has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Drama) from the University of Queensland, part of which involved a semester abroad studying acting at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jena has been working with young people since 2007, and is currently a teaching artist and director with Canberra Youth Theatre, Canberra Theatre Centre, Perform Australia, Imagination Theatre and the Australian Theatre for Young People. She has also directed, choreographed and run many specialty workshops for high schools throughout Sydney and Canberra. 

Portrait of Kate Harris

Kate Harris

Kate Harris

Kate graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a degree in acting in 2007 and worked as a professional actor in television for several years. Her favourite role was playing Robert Taylor’s daughter in City Homicide.

Kate ran the Canberra Acting School from 2018 to 2020, which aimed to give teenagers and children the opportunity to experience the absolute joy of drama.

Kate has a Diploma of Education from the University of Canberra and has taught English, Drama, History and Media in Canberra. She has worked as a Sydney Theatre Company teaching artist for 3 years. Kate has performed at Canberra Theatre with Pigeon Hole Theatre and at Theatre 3 with Canberra Rep and has been a drama teacher at St Clare’s College and an educator at the NFSA. 

Main image: Courtesy Fremantle Australia