Investigate the major acting techniques developed by influential practitioners, such as Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and Michael Chekhov, and discover how to apply them to your own work in performance. Developing authenticity, emotional connection, imagination and commitment are central aspects of this work.
Explore the history of texts from pivotal stages in theatrical history in a practical, hands-on way and apply skills explored in acting classes to develop clear, rounded characters and dynamic relationships within selected scenes.
Deepen your knowledge and understanding of the history and development of theatre in the West from the Ancient Greeks through to cutting-edge contemporary drama, as well as discovering radical yet influential practitioners, such as Peter Brook, Brecht, Meyerhold, Grotowski and Artaud and key aspects of world theatre.
Learn to free your body of tension and inefficient patterns of ‘self-use’ to find a flexible, connected, authentic and healthy voice that is fully expressive and capable of communicating complex thoughts and deep emotions with clarity and power.
Combine a solid grounding in textual analysis with exploratory embodiment techniques to unlock and deepen your connection with various forms of writing from Shakespearean verse through to narrative prose and poetry.
Discover your body’s expressive potential as you untangle yourself from old physical habits and embrace a way of working that is anchored in authenticity, vulnerability and honest, impulsive reactions to texts and other stimuli.
Investigate the theories of some of the 20th and 21st centuries’ most prominent movement practitioners through lectures and somatic interrogations, and uncover the potential that these paradigms hold for the emotional and physical lives of the characters created by the physical actor.
Gain a basic understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and phonetic notation as it per tains to two of the most fundamental accents in the actor’s tool kit: Received Pronunciation and General American.
Improve your overall singing technique whilst learning key skills for singing within an ensemble, such as listening, tuning, timing and following lines of harmony.
Continue to explore the expressive potential of your body through innovative choreography. With strong links to physical theatre, contemporary dance gives you a whole new medium through which stories can be told.
Develop proficiency in a range of relevant dance techniques such as jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop, and learn to ‘sell’ choreographic compositions with precision, energy and flair.
Learn to access physical precision, control and co-ordination whilst gaining poise, strength and grace.