Coaching for Actors

As an experienced professional actor, director, writer, acting teacher and performance coach, Steve has a wealth of knowledge and professional experience which he offers to actors and acting students, through both one-on-one coaching and classes (face-to face and online).

"Find all the best teachers and study with them. Get involved in acting to act, not to be famous or for the money."


Are you ready to challenge your potential and capabilities as an actor?

Whether you are already working in the industry or are just starting out, a series of coaching sessions or classes with Steve will revitalise your skills and knowledge of the acting process (stage and screen), provide you with high quality feedback about your work, build your confidence and motivation, as well as comprehensively prepare for your next audition, screentest or role. You may also benefit from coaching in respect to your career goals.


Steve has been on the staff of numerous drama schools including NIDA, Actors Centre Australia, Sydney University, Western Sydney University (Nepean), VCA, Charles Sturt University, Unitech (NZ), AFTT, Adelaide College of The Arts and ActWorldWide (Paris), as well as conducting his own Acting Masterclasses. He holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Sydney University.

"Everybody has to know for themselves what they are capable of."


Students who have attended Steve’s classes include Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, The Aviator, Blue Jasmin, Carol ), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, The Gift, Loving, Boy Erased) Jason Clarke (Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby, Chappaquiddick, First Man) , Jacqueline Mackenzie (Romper Stomper, Angel Baby, The Water Diviner ), Miranda Otto (What Lies Beneath, Human Nature, Lord of the Rings, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Matrix, Game of Thrones, The Babadook), Daniel Henshall (Snowtown, The Babadook, Turn: Washington’s Spies, Acute Misfortune).

Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarities in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.


Get in touch with Steve for more information about one-on-one Coaching sessions and Acting classes

"It’s got to do with putting yourself in other people’s shoes and seeing how far you can come to truly understand them. I like the empathy that comes from acting."


Steve -allow me to thank you and commend you for your wonderful work. The confidence, imagination and artistic achievements of your students are remarkable. Your spirit, vision, skill, your love of teaching and your belief in the power of every individual is unique.

Dean Carey,

Artistic Director, Actors Centre Australia.

In lightning speed, Steve is able to focus on what every actor needs to take themselves to the next level. He is a skillful, masterful teacher and director.

Paul Mitchell,

Colleague, student

Acting classes with Steve Matthews could well be the most important course you ever do. Steve has a wealth of experience as an actor, director and teacher and truly knows how to communicate. He creates a positive, constructive environment and works with great clarity and precision. Students are met at their level, challenged and supported in their growth as actors. You can literally see terrific improvement from individuals as the course progresses. The one-on-one coaching session, working with a transformational process, provides access to an acting tool that is a real revelation and one I am deeply grateful for having been exposed to.

Matthew Charleston,


Steve is a committed teacher and coach who has the ability to both nurture and challenge his students, with a focus on not only improving their acting skills but also expanding their creativity and power. Steve encourages his students to take risks and discover new ways of acting and responding. There is depth and intelligence to Steve’s work that demands an honest response from the student. I highly recommend him as an acting teacher and coach.

Tony Knight,

former Head of Acting, NIDA

Coaching sessions can take place face-to-face or via Zoom or a combination of both.

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