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Screen Acting Workshops with House of Cards’ Damian Young and Goodfellas’ Welker White (and rub shoulders with Sigrid Thornton)




“Training with master teachers has given me some of the most exciting experiences of my working life. It recharges the batteries and streamlines the continuous process of education and growth that is the essence of performance work”  –Sigrid Thornton

New York actors Damian Young and Welker White have been working in film, TV and on and off-Broadway for over 30 years. Daily Review is thrilled to announce that they will conduct two exclusive events for our readers — their “On-Camera Audition Workshop” and their “Coming Alive on Camera Workshop” on their first visit to Australia. Both will be held in Melbourne on Saturday, February 4 at Melbourne Theatre Company’s Southbank Theatre, The Lawler.

In an era when actors can be anywhere in the world and uploading their audition tapes to producers and casting agents on the other side of the planet, an understanding of how to audition on camera with little (or no) guidance is crucial for survival.

That’s one of the reasons screen and stage star Sigrid Thornton has signed on as a student in the On-Camera Audition workshop this weekend.

Between them Damian and Welker have over 100 US film and television appearances, as well as maintaining a consistent presence in New York theatre. Damian has starred in dozens of movies and TV shows, and in a leading role in House of Cards as Aiden MacCallan (pictured above), the (dancing) data scientist who debuted in Season 4 and is a continuing character in the upcoming Season 5. His most recent Broadway role was in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons with John Lithgow and Katie Holmes, directed by Simon McBurney.

Welker’s film breakthrough was as the unforgettably manic, drug-dealing babysitter in Goodfellas. Since then she has appeared in numerous TV guest roles including Law and Order and Sex and the City as well as roles in many films including Dead Poet’s Society and Eat, Pray, Love.

Welker is also a theatre director and is adjunct professor at Brooklyn College where she teaches a range of acting classes, including ‘The Art and Craft of Acting in Film and Television’ for Masters of Fine Arts’ students.

Welker White with Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love
Welker White with Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love

These two Daily Review workshops in association with Melbourne Theatre Company, both jointly conducted by Welker and Damian, are devised for actors of all abilities and experience in stage and/or screen but who want to build on their skills and confidence in front of the camera. Those who would like to attend both workshops can do so for a combined reduced price (details below). These classes are not open to observers.

These classes are a rare opportunity for up-close and intimate tuition from two of the most experienced characters actors working in the US film and TV business. The two Melbourne workshops on February 4 will be Damian and Welker’s only Australian workshops.


As all actors are aware, the audition is a necessary evil. Not quite an interview and not quite a performance, this unique exercise demands the actor bring their full self into a room of strangers.

This two and a half hour closed workshop (limited to 10 participants) aims to strengthen your on-camera auditions. Whether you are already making your living as an actor, or just dipping your toe into the world of film and television, auditions can be a vexing challenge. Through managing nerves, making strong choices, and finding ways to stay present and alive, this workshop aims to provide tools to unlock the the mysteries of this unique process.

Participants will have a chance to work on simulated auditions on-camera, with film or TV sides made available in the week prior to the workshop. Through active participation actors will come away with new confidence to help them navigate the audition experience.


*getting off the page
*bringing your authentic self into the room
*creating a world and living in it
*overcoming nerves
*remaining open, alert, and ready

COST: $250

Price includes: refreshments, a copy of your audition tape, booking charges and GST

What to wear/bring:
Whatever you are comfortable in and a notepad




This three and a half hour closed workshop (limited to 8 participants) aims to expand the actor’s range of expressiveness and ease working in front of a camera. Coming Alive is an investigation into the working world of film and television and learning to make necessary adjustments in acting technique to suit both the constraints as well as possibilities in filmed performance. The workshop will demystify the technical obstacles that get in the way of delivering a compelling filmed performance.

Each actor will have an opportunity to work on-camera in a close-up or medium shot with Welker or Damian off-camera, as well as receive feedback and adjustments. Participants will be given selected TV or film scripts prior to the workshop.

*living vs. acting
*translating common directions
* how to prepare with no rehearsal
*personalising the material
*acting off the lines, when to throw away language
*gain a working knowledge of film jargon

COST: $350

Price includes: refreshments and a copy of your on- screen tape, booking charges and GST

Combined price per participant for both classes on a first-in, first served basis: $500 ($100 saving)

What to wear/bring:
Whatever you are comfortable in and a notepad


Damian Young is one of the most sought-after character actors working in television today. Damian is known for his early work in the films of Hal Hartley (Amateur, Simple Men), and has gone on to work as a regular or supporting character on numerous television shows: Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Damages on Amazon, USA’s The War Next Door, Showtime’s Californication, HBO’s The Comeback as well as recurring and guest roles on shows such as The Good Wife, Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter, Blacklist, White Collar, Person Of Interest, Sex and the City, Numb3rs, Third Watch, CSI: Miami, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Law and Order, and many others. Upcoming films include Catfight, We Only Know So Much, and Todd Haynes’ (Carol, Far From Heaven) film Wonderstruck alongside Julianne Moore. Damian currently stars as Aiden MacCallen on the Netflix series House of Cards.

Damian Young in ‘Californication’

Welker White is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches a range of acting classes, including The Art and Craft of Acting in Film and Television for MFA acting candidates and The Audition. Welker also teaches privately, most recently bringing her on-camera teaching to the esteemed NYU Graduate Acting program to help inaugurate their new Film/TV acting initiative. As an actor Welker is well-known for originating roles by major playwrights Lisa Kron, John Patrick Shanley, Craig Lucas, Mac Wellman, Howard Korder, David Ives, Amy Freed, Joanna Murray-Smith and many others. Her film work includes roles in GoodFellas, Dead Poet’s Society, This Is My Life, Eat Pray Love, Morning Glory, I Think I Love My Wife, as well as numerous television guest appearances in shows such as Sex and the City, Smash, Law and Order, among others.

Welker White in ‘Goodfellas’

2 responses to “Screen Acting Workshops with House of Cards’ Damian Young and Goodfellas’ Welker White (and rub shoulders with Sigrid Thornton)

    1. Hi Sharon,
      We’d love to do the workshops in Sydney but Welker and Damian are only visiting Melbourne at this stage. If there was enough interest in Sydney we’d love to hear with a view to see if something could be scheduled before they return to the US. Cheers, Ray Gill


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