While the pandemic has produced amazing art, and will inspire much more, it's quite hard to direct actors and teach them over Zoom.
Adam Turnbull decided to move his acting training business, ATA Acting Studio, to Ballarat at the beginning of last year - unfortunate timing, he said.
With the easing of restrictions, he's slowly been building his acting classes back up, including school holiday programs for junior actors.
"I usually have around 120 students - when coronavirus isn't around," he said.
"Online teaching has its difficulties, especially with acting, and I'm teaching little kids as well as older actors - I'm trying to teach them to be as believable as possible through different techniques, and it was a tough slog, it's a hard thing not to do face-to-face."
The youngsters at the school holiday program took over the Buninyong Town Hall this week, learning to read scenes from Stranger Things.
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Mr Turnbull said he was hoping to see the scene flourish.
"It'd be great to see Ballarat bounce back up - I was trained in Ballarat, at the uni in the '90s, it'll be great to see all the local productions getting back and thriving," he said.
"It has that great arts community and I'm looking forward to being a part of it."
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