Sharpen your performance skills…

pre teens acting class rehearsal


Comprehensive weekly workshops aimed at exploring different acting techniques. Actor training and extend into characterisation and scene work. Interpret and deliver some of the most exciting writing that has shaped theatre as an art form today.

Taught by NESA (NSW Educational Standards) accredited teachers.


Venue: St Mary’s Anglican Hall, 68 Church Street, Maitland
Dates: 8 Wednesdays per term
Time: 6.00pm
Duration: 90min
Price: $250


Ann Croger Drama Teacher
Jess Rose Drama Teacher

Meet Your teachers

Ann Croger BA Dip Ed.
Teaches: All age groups and classes! Adults too.
Co- director of UpStage

When Ann was a little girl she used to be teased by her brothers for performing to herself in front of the mirror. Thankfully she was able to funnel her passion for performance into a way of life.

Ann has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama and a Diploma of Education. She has over 25 years extensive experience in teaching K – 12 students in NSW State and Catholic schools and loves connecting with students creatively through drama.

Ann has been responsible for helping to implement and facilitate such performing arts programs as Hunter Drama Camp and the Creative Arts Camp for the Dept of Education. She also helped co-ordinate auditions for Hunter School of the Performing Arts, where she was a permanent member of staff for 10 years.

Ann has been in theatre for most of her life and has directed almost 20 productions for Young People’s Theatre, University of Newcastle, Hunter School of the Performing Arts, Tocal Homestead and UpStage Youth Theatre, collaborating with some of the Hunter’s best creative and performing artists. 

When Ann’s at home she likes a cup of tea and a good book (and can sometimes be caught quoting Shakespeare in the mirror!).

Jess Rose
Assistant Tutor

Jess Rose has been a committed member of UpStage team for 15 years. Starting as a student, then tutor, before progressing to roles both onstage and off, her passion for theatre is clearly evident. She also loves how UpStage gives back to the community she lives in. 
As an actor, some of her favourite productions with Upstage include Midsummer Nights Dream (2009) and Much Ado about Northing (2017). 
She has also enjoyed co-directing shows such as Dags (2014), Living with Lady Macbeth (2016) and Helly’s Magic Cup (2017). Working both as an actor, back stage crew, stage manager and director has provided Jess with considerable experience in a variety of areas within the performing arts. She has also had the opportunity to work with industry professionals from dance, stage fighting to lighting and is always ready to learn more. 

With a Bachelor of Arts/ secondary Education, Jess spends her spare time as an English Teacher and is currently undertaking her Masters