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1 Year Diploma: Course Structure

Winter Term

During this time you will begin to understand the nature and the language of actor training and what it means to be a professional actor: exploring your creativity, gaining confidence, and finding strategies for dealing with fear and self-consciousness.

Basic skills are taught in technical classes of movement, voice and speech and a whole series of acting classes, followed by short scene study performances. In the TV and Radio studios, you begin to explore screen acting and microphone technique.

In the second half of the term you will start with a Chekhov and/or Ibsen text block and end with full-time rehearsals for a traditional English Pantomime or Christmas themed show, which is then taken on tour by bus to schools in and around Ealing.

Spring Term

The term begins with a two-day Shakespeare Workshop alongside a series of shakespeare text related classes. Please note that beginning your training with a regional/national dialect is a not a barrier to classical training.

With your growing understanding of text and performance, you progress to a Shakespeare serious text block, followed by a Shakespeare comedy text block with increasing production values.

Your TV and microphone work continues with an appreciation of period drama, soap operas, radio plays and commercial voice-over work.

This term is completed with a Comedy of Manners production in full period costume. This genre includes the great restoration plays as well as playwrights such as Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward. A familiarity with these difficult texts and their specific demands will be needed should you ever work in this genre and if you can master them in your training, you will feel more at ease when you audition for anything (from Shakespeare to Sitcom) during your career.

Summer Term

Following a week of workshops with industry professionals, you will film and record TV and radio clips with external professionals. The graduate Showcase takes place in a central London theatre to which agents, casting directors and other industry professionals are invited. The training then culminates in two more projects to which members of the profession are again invited: A new writing/living playwrights project and graduating fully staged productions.

*NB: Course details and structure are subject to change if necessary.

Classes

Teaching includes the following classes. 

Acting Classes

• Approaches to Acting • Approaches to Text • Character • Improvisation • Classical & Modern text • Scene Study • Stagecraft • Storytelling • Sightreading • Text into performance • Devising

Movement Classes

• Movement • Dance • Combat • Laban • Period movement • Physical theatre • Lucid Body • 

Voice Classes

• Voice production • Speech • Singing • Accents • Phonetics • Public speaking

Media Classes

• Screen acting (TV & Film) • Commercials • Microphone technique • Voice overs • Corporate work

Education Classes

• Auditions • Special education needs • Theatre history • Industry Collaboration

Alumni

  • Forest Whitaker

    Forest Whitaker

    Forest Whitaker

    A graduate of our Californian studio Forest is a well known hollywood actor and a UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace & Reconciliation. His recent work includes Black Panter, Arrival, Roots & Star Wars:Rogue One.

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  • Forest Whitaker

    Forest Whitaker

    Forest Whitaker

    A graduate of our Californian studio Forest is a well known hollywood actor and a UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace & Reconciliation. His recent work includes Black Panter, Arrival, Roots & Star Wars:Rogue One.

    Read More
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