Investigate the major acting techniques developed by influential practitioners, such as Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and Michael Checkhov 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.
Work in pairs to explore aspects of scene setting, storytelling, character development and relationship dynamics through songs derived from complex and demanding actor-driven musicals.
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.
Examine the development of musical theatre across the 20th century to the present day, from Gilber t and Sullivan through to cutting edge contemporary composers. All major composers and composer/lyricist teams will be covered within the context of their most pivotal and influential works.
Develop proficiency in a range of relevant dance techniques, such as jazz, lyrical, tap and commercial dance, and learn to ‘sell’ choreographic compositions with precision, energy and flair.
Become a ‘triple-threat’ by learning to integrate singing, dancing and acting skills into one cohesive and charismatic performance.
Improve your overall singing technique whilst learning key skills for singing within an ensemble, such as listening, tuning, timing and following lines of harmony.
Master the fundamentals of musical notation, harmony and form, rhythm and sight singing, as well as the physical mechanisms of voice production, from effective breathing through to basic vocal tract anatomy and function.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn to access physical precision, control and co-ordination whilst gaining poise, strength and grace.