Acting Foundation Course
Acting 1: Acting Fundamentals (20 credits)
This module is an introduction to techniques suitable for acting
for the realist tradition and for the creation of character, such
as psychological truth, subtext, researching and developing a
theatrical character. Students will engage in scene study and
Acting 2: Scene Study (20 credits)
Building on the previous term’s work on contemporary realism,
this module enables students to develop scenework skills including
rehearsal techniques, creating and staging a character, principles
of staging and blocking.
Introduction to Voice and Movement (10 credits)
This module is a systematic and practical investigation of basic
vocal and physical skills for performance. Students develop core
competencies in vocal production and physical awareness and
Developing Voice & Movement (10 credits)
Building upon the voice and movement skills from the previous
semester, this module focuses upon the application of vocal and
physical skills for differing types of theatrical forms, including
Shakespeare and classical text.
Audition Preparation: The Modern Monologue (10 credits)
This module focuses on the selection, preparation, and
performance of modern monologues suitable for drama school or
university auditions. Working closely with the tutor,
students develop the skills to explore and develop a unique
personal portrait of their skills as a performer.
Audition Preparation: The Classical Monologue (10 credits)
This module offers an introduction to techniques for performing
classical text, such as verse-speaking, scansion, scene analysis of
Shakespeare and other classical playwrights. The module contains
the selection, preparation, and performance of classical monologues
suitable for drama school or university auditions.
Improvisation: Creative Collaborations (10 credits)
Workshop-based explorations in the building blocks of
theatre-making: character, dialogue, narrative, and
situation. Exercises build spontaneity and responsiveness,
giving students the basic tools to create their own performance
London Masterclasses (10 credits)
A series of workshops complementing the core curriculum,
including classes, Masterclasses, theatre visits and presentations
by casting directors, agents, writers, designers and other theatre
practitioners. Students will be guided through the
process of applying for drama school or university auditions via a
personal action plan.
The Theatre Experience (10 credits)
This seminar explores how theatre is made and the roles of
directors, actors, designers, and other creatives. It
examines the production process from script to stage and considers
theatre’s place as a creative industry. Theatre visits and
experiential learning augment the taught curriculum.
Stages & Styles (10 credits)
This module extends and develops the student’s understanding of
theatre. Looking at key periods in theatrical history, it
explores a range of plays, their writers, and the contexts which
have informed their production & reception.