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There is nothing more exhilarating than feeling totally alive onstage in every moment.

Can you count on arriving at this feeling every time you act?

Erica is a seeker of truth. She will help you find and hold onto your own truth, for actors and also on a holistic level for people feeling they need to get in touch with who they are and what they want. And she does this in the most beautiful, unassuming and safe way. Her beautiful energy and gorgeous smile make you feel special. She is a rare human indeed. Erica helped me to find my way back to sanity! I’ve regained a love of my craft and also a love of myself after a difficult time. She is a true angel.
— Nikola Dubois (Last Man Standing, Neighbours, Secret Life of Us)

Acting with Passion

Based on the latest research from the fields of neuroscience and mind body psychology, Acting with Passion offers a revolutionary new approach to the age-old problems of the actor: dealing with nerves, engaging the body, quieting the inner critic, auditioning and even playing comedy.

“This unique work is based on the mind/body concept that our emotions are trapped in subtle muscular tensions that cause us to feel tight onstage. Instead of “being in the moment,” we find our heads taking over with nonstop critiques and we are consumed with effort to “make things happen” – Niki Flacks.

Actors who have struggled with ‘visualization’ and ‘emotional recall’ can learn an alternative method of accessing feelings through the release of chronic, subtle muscular tensions that connect into the brain at lightning fast speed and can actually produce emotions on cue.

You will find yourself acting with a joy and ease that often seems out of reach. You will leave the workshop with a set of physical and vocal cues that give you the confidence, even under pressure, to be fully alive and ‘in the moment'. Many actors have described it as ‘magic' — finally giving you access to 'emotions on cue.’

Please arrive with 2 monologues securely memorised.


Erica is one of 2 teachers in Australia (the other being our very own Kate Skinner) trained by Niki to teach her work. A teacher, actress and choreographer for 20 years, Erica is thrilled to empower actors to find ‘truth’ in their work with ease and the principle of ‘do no harm’. She is also a qualified Kinesiologist, Life Coach and Holistic Therapist.

"Erica Chestnut brings her joy, her generous heart and great intuitive understanding to my approach to acting. I am thrilled that she will be teaching my Acting with Passion" - Niki Flacks



Acting with Passion

AUGUST 23rd, 24th, 25th
Friday 6pm - 10pm
Sat/Sun 10am - 4pm

  • Price includes a copy of Niki Flacks' book, Acting with Passion.

  • A non-refundable $150 is required to secure your place.

  • Course cost $350


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2019 dates TBC

I’ve done a lot of acting and acting technique throughout my 25 years of being an actor so I feel in a really good place when it comes to preparing for roles and then acting them on stage or on screen. What I learned from the Niki Flacks approach and particularly through Erica who is a born teacher and facilitator of this technique, was a quicker and deeper way to be performance ready
— Richard Taylor Stables
The Acting with Passion work was completely new to me. I found the work freeing and its effect of connecting me to my emotions and a ‘state of aliveness’; immediate. I always enjoy working with Erica, and love what she’s brings of her own experience as an actor and teacher to whatever it is that she’s teaching.
— Lauren Bailey, Actress (In Life Today, Cuckoo, Act of Storytelling podcast)