Areas of Study

AREAS OF STUDY

Acting for Stage

Over the duration of the course students are introduced to different genres, styles and periods. We explore social, cultural and historical influences and key theatre practitioners. Students experience core classes in text, improvisation, devising and classical theatre. Performances range from scene selections and improvised comedy shows to monologue slams and open-air Shakespeare. A one-act play is performed at the end of the first year.

Film and Television

In Film and Television, students get to experience every aspect of filmmaking through practical skills-based sessions. Students are encouraged to be equally active in front of and behind the camera. Screen acting, scriptwriting, directing, camera operation and sound are just some of the elements explored during the course. Projects include creating podcasts, music videos, narrative short films and documentaries.

Singing Technique

Students are taught the key principles of safe and technically secure vocal production. A wide variety of musical theatre genres and composers are studied to introduce our students to varied repertoire. Ensemble singing classes with our resident Musical Director hone the skills of harmony singing and sight-reading. Students study microphone technique and create a recording to experience the demands of studio and session singing. All students are allocated their own solo sections in our annual Christmas concert and acoustic pop evening, and both events feature a live band of professional musicians.

Voice for Actors

A professional performer relies on the quality and reliability of their voice throughout their career. Students extend their understanding of maintaining vocal health and the fundamentals of efficient voice production. We explore how tone, timbre, resonance, accents and diction inform characterisation. Our voice work always links to text, so voice sessions include practical application through monologues, duologues, scenes and poetry.

Radio Acting

Students are introduced to the skills required to perform in radio plays, and how the world and context in this medium is communicated through vocal expression and sound design. Students work with professional writers to workshop and record new material.

Professional Practice and Performing Arts Business

Students develop an understanding of the current professional environment in the performing arts industry and research different jobs within the sector. Industry professionals are invited in for Q&As and students are introduced to the wide variety of options that can make for a fulfilling career.

Ballet

Ballet technique is essential for any dancer as it forms the basis of many dance styles, including musical theatre and jazz. Ballet is also hugely beneficial for actors, as classes improve strength, flexibility and coordination. Ballet requires performers to be highly trained and disciplined, with hard work and dedication. Students explore a range of classical ballet techniques, and this work feeds into choreography and actors’ movement.

Commercial Dance

Commercial Dance is the most dynamic and contemporary of dance forms and responds to current music, culture and social issues in a way that few other art forms can. This style of dance features heavily in popular culture on TV, in music videos, and is increasingly seen in new musicals. Students are encouraged to display their own creativity in class and express themselves whilst learning core technical skills.

Body Conditioning

Delivered by our specialist tutor, body conditioning includes muscle strengthening, toning and relaxation using techniques from Pilates and yoga. This hour-long session comes at the end of the week and is very popular with students, who find it soothing and enjoyable before the weekend.

Community Arts and Children’s Theatre

In the first year, students research, create, rehearse and perform an immersive, interdisciplinary theatre piece which is based on a specific brief, usually provided by a local charity.

In the second year, students form an ensemble theatre company and develop a piece of children’s theatre that is performed at local primary school King’s Cross Academy.

Technical Theatre and Stage Management

It is important for any performer to develop an understanding and appreciation of the skills and responsibilities of the backstage team. Students learn the basics of lighting, sound, costume, make-up, props, set design and stage management.

Audition Technique and Repertoire

During the course, students are given advice on how to approach auditioning, both for drama school entry and professional work. All students receive individual coaching and guidance on choosing audition material and are fully supported with applications for graduate destinations.

Jazz

Jazz dance is at the heart of musical theatre performance. Jazz showcases a performer’s skills as it demands a high level of technical skill, rhythm, dynamic movement and stylistic interpretation.

Tap

Tap dance is a highly popular form of dance seen in musical theatre and specialist dance shows such as ‘Tap Dogs’. Tap skills form part of any professional dancer’s skill set and can be a useful addition to an actor’s CV. Classes will build a foundation in Tap skills and are tailored to suit students of all levels of experience.

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