The Donald Woodburn 

Masterclass:  Magnetic Truth

and Selfishness

A 2 day acting intensive for professional actors

Course Outline | Course Outcomes | Session Details | Apply Now

Great acting is closer to you than you realise and easier than you think. Over the 2 days, you’ll be invited to destroy pedestals and ivory towers in order to recon with the False Gods of Acting that hold you and your work at bay. It’s time to resist defaulting to the belief that acting is complex, challenging or difficult, to embrace a significantly more accessible approach and to recognise that you have automatic access to the full breadth of humanity.

Course Outline

In the masterclass you will focus on Donald’s key work:

  • Rejecting and eradicating false notions and inhibiting beliefs.
  • Prioritising the animal experience.
  • Activating selfish behaviour.
  • Outright incorporation of the Lived Circumstances.
  • Total immediacy and the absolute primacy of the present.
  • Embracing chaos.
  • Incorporating the Ugly.
  • Automatic rapport.
  • Accepting and utilising physics.
  • Powerful idiolectic connections.
  • The potent energy of ‘the undeniable’, ‘the immediate’ and ‘the simple.’
  • Automatic healthy emotional access.
  • Inconstant ‘character’. 
  • Eradicating the public private divide. 


Course Outcomes

The work will help you:

  • Break inhibiting ‘rules,’ beliefs and practices.
  • Embrace ‘the obvious’.
  • Liberate your creative palate.
  • Realise the critical role of ‘the self’ in performance. 
  • Place your inner voice and creative impulses front and centre.
  • Become more grounded and physically freer.
  • Utilise the private realm in the public space.
  • Harness your natural communication skills and work with rapport.
  • Work more viscerally and embrace high stakes.
  • Shift passion away from tension into fluid performance energy.
  • Improve your confidence with converting ‘the text’ to life.
  • Behave like a person, not a ‘character’ or actor.

Session Details

When: 2 full days 

Dates: Friday 14th & Saturday 15th October 2022

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Level 1 – Suite 2 – 21 Shepherd St Chippendale, 2008

Participants: 14

Cost: Non-Members: $285.00 incl GST  (10% off for members)

Payment Information

How To Pay & Instalment Option: The easiest way to pay is by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using the bank details on the invoice (please quote the invoice number in the transfer information), or by simply clicking the ‘pay online’ link also on the invoice (bank fees apply). You will be email an invoice upon acceptance into the program. Payment is due no later than the due date stated on the invoice, however if you would like to pay in instalments please call or email the office to arrange the dates and amounts you will pay. Please note full payment of the course is due by the time the course finishes. You can start payment instalments at anytime upon receipt of the invoice.

Session Details

About Donald Woodburn

Donald Woodburn is an accomplished coach with over 25 years of teaching experience and he is known for his sharp diagnostic ability, provocative content and dynamic practice. He currently teaches across all three of The Hub Studio’s long form programs and at the Actors Centre Australia. He works with Feet First Collective, an independent Perth based production company, runs Woodburn Voice out of Sydney and is a Director at BrandU Media, a boutique international training company. He is currently writing a book on his work.

Donald majored in Acting at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and early in his career worked as a performer in theatre, TV and film. In 1996 he completed the Graduate Diploma in Voice Studies at NIDA and immediately went on to become Head of Voice at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA). In 2010 he was employed by the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where he worked across Acting, Aboriginal Performance, Music Theatre, Opera, Broadcasting and occasionally even Dance. In 2013 he secured residency in Australia as a Distinguished Talent in his field and was later appointed as the Coordinator of Voice at WAAPA. He has also worked with an array of state, national and international broadcasters across several continents. 

Donald’s coaching career, which has seen him train a cross section of performers from vastly different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, emerged from a blend of cultural experiences growing up in rural KwaZulu-Natal and his extensive involvement with professionals operating in demanding environments. He noted how heightened situations, such as wars and natural disasters produce profound immediacy by stripping people of the need for social filters, and that confident outspoken cultures are generally less bound by the social rules that hamstring many actors today. He is obsessed with how the environment and culture impact on the the bodymind relationship, and is driven to help performers strip away ‘the rules’ that inhibit their acting.

How to Apply

Please send an expression of interest including your C.V. to or use the below form. Please note the course is by invitation only. If accepted we shall send out an application form with all the course information. Notification for acceptance will be made no later than one week before course commencement.

If offered your place will only be held once payment is received in full. Failure to do so will forfeit your place on the course.

For more information or queries please don’t hesitate to call on (02) 9212 0522 or alternatively email us on the above address.

Course Application Form

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