You are taught the principles of a Stanislavskian action based technique. The principles are explored through play, improvisation and text-based work, including both contemporary and classical texts. Actors’ movement skills appropriate to a variety of forms are developed across a number of dance and movement styles. Your vocal training includes relaxation, respiration, resonance and articulation and their application to both spoken and sung text. Singing and Dance technique are also integral to the course and a Musical Theatre module explores the fusion and application of all of these skills. In addition to these practical strands, you also importantly focus on developing an understanding of current professional practice and audition technique. Your year culminates in a final performance project.
Teaching and Assessment
The programme is taught over our full teaching year (currently 30 weeks) and is delivered via a combination of practical workshops and classes and rehearsals with some lectures and seminars. The first half of the year focuses on teaching the skills and techniques required to be an actor. In the second term we look at the application of those skills in a variety of contexts, including auditions. This largely practical programme is assessed through practical tasks, performances and some written assignments.