Here is information about all of our full-time intensive acting courses, as well as links to separate pages with specific information for each.

Download a pack of course-information and an application form, for either the
ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL INTENSIVE PROGRAMME or
ATCL FOUNDATION DIPLOMA
Our popular 4-day and longer Intensive Winter, Easter and Summer Schools are also shown at the bottom of this page, or please go to our Masterclasses page.

Our current FULL-TIME Advanced Professional Intensive PGIP 

2017-18 START-DATES
Advanced Professional Intensive TERM 1: 29 September – 19 December 2017
9-month ATCL Foundation Acting Diploma (evening & weekend) TERM 1: 26 September – 16 December 2017.
6-month ATCL Foundation Acting Diploma (daytime) 5 January -30 June 2018 inclusive
Further term dates to follow.

Please contact us for further information and individual registration details.

Full-time Acting course – ADVANCED INTENSIVE PROFESSIONAL ACTING PROGRAMME (PGIP): 16-month

Post-Graduate-Equivalent Acting Course: Four terms, from September of Year One to December of Year Two

We are delighted to offer our successful Intensive Programme for Acting, including Actor-Director/Actor-Professional Instructor routes, in the heart of London’s Soho district.

The course is equivalent to the post-graduate offered by many of the major Drama Schools in the UK. However it is in many ways even more intensive and is taught by some of the best acting, movement and voice specialists in the country.

Amphitryon production July 2014

Amphitryon production July 2014

Are you ready to hone your skills on a challenging, industrially-relevant intensive full-time programme? We look for a diverse mix of interesting people who want to develop into professional actors.
Relevant Pre-Course Experience may include (but is not limited to):
– An Honours degree in acting / drama / directing / theatre studies / dance, or similar relevant discipline
OR
– A Diploma from a professional drama / dance / performance school
OR
– An Honours degree in a discipline other than those listed above, and performance-related experience

OR
– If you have experience as a performer this course could be right for you.

Amphitryon production July 2014

Amphitryon production July 2014

At the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting, our acting philosophy developed from that of the original Drama Centre London under Christopher Fettes, Yat Malmgren and Rueven Adiv. It was an institution that produced some of the most exciting actors in the UK today – Colin Firth, Paul Bettany, Anne Marie Duff, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy to name but a few. Our programme has built on that tradition, to create a challenging and professionally-respected four-term intensive programme. We offer it to only a small number of talented individuals each year.

Bacchae production July 2015

Bacchae production July 2015

Our Advanced Professional Intensive Programme (PGIP) involves around 30 hours of regular classes and rehearsal exercises/sessions per week during the first three terms from September to August. During the fourth term from September to December of Year Two, students continue with regular advanced classes and intensive rehearsals tailored towards a high-profile industry showcase, and a range of further performance opportunities. We take only a single cohort of acting students, and the programme is tailored towards the unique mix of talent drawn to our Studio from across the UK, Europe and beyond. We have excellent links with European Casting Directors and opportunities to showcase talent on a wider scale as well as within the UK. We also offer an ACTOR/DIRECTOR’S route and an ACTOR/PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR’s route.

Pentheus and Bacchus

Pentheus and Bacchus

THE COURSE IN MORE DETAIL:
At the heart of everything is the acting class. Here participants learn the Methodological technique, influenced by the work of Uta Hagen, Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg.
Students explore in depth the Laban/Jungian transformative Character Analysis technique of Yat Malmgren that distinguished the Drama Centre London worldwide as a centre for acting excellence; including masterclasses with the man who launched the Drama Centre, Christopher Fettes, as well as leading practitioner Giles Foreman.

Participants have regular Meisner-technique, and a range of Voice-work, Movement and Movement-Psychology classes led by renowned teachers including Liana Nyquist and Janet Amsden plus Ballet and Period Dance with Glen Snowden. On-Camera classes, Stage and Film fight-skills, meetings with a range of top Industry Professionals, and unique industry-related opportunities arise throughout the programme. Rehearsal scenes and showings are built around classical repertoire as well as contemporary film and theatre texts, and take place throughout the course. At the end of terms Three and Four there are public performance opportunities, as well as an industry-acclaimed showcase in Term Four.

Franziska, July 2015

Franziska, July 2015

ACTOR/DIRECTOR route: Directing demands multiple skills and personality traits. It requires intellectual abilities, intuition and access to emotions. A capacity to work with many different types of artists – actors, writers, designers, musicians and production staff. This course is designed to help the student develop an understanding of technical and creative theatre skills, and places particular emphasis on gaining experience of the acting process as part of the acting cohort. From term 2 onwards, Actor/Directors direct scenes; they build their understanding of how to work with actors in rehearsal, and are tutored by Giles Foreman with a focus on all the above. In term 3 they assist him and other directors. In the final term they are assessed on a play that they direct.
ACTOR/PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR route: This is designed for those individuals who might wish to develop as a professional acting coach. It develops an understanding of a range of theories and approaches to the art of acting. From term 2, Actor/Instructors are tutored by Giles Foreman with a focus on all the above. In term 3 they assist him and other coaches in a series of classes and workshops. In the final term they are assessed on a workshop that they design and deliver to an invited student body. They are offered advice on gaining further experience in the field.

Deniz Barazi and Marie-Helene Boyd in Sugar and Spice

Deniz Barazi and Marie-Helene Boyd in Sugar and Spice

FOLLOW-ON:
Following the course, we offer continued membership of the studio to successful graduates of our full-time programmes, plus subsidised classes and industry opportunities to help them sustain their development in the period following full-time training. To date, we have had huge successes*, and 60 – 70% of our acting alumni are regularly acting.

* Short-film Stutterer, featuring post-graduate alumnus Richard Mason, won the Oscar in the Best live-action short film category, 2016. Short-film La Femme et le TGV, involving post-graduate alumnus Lucien Guignard, was Oscar-nominated for Best live-action short at the 2017 Academy Awards.

FINANCES:
For 2017 entry, the four-term (15 month-programme) fee for PGIP is £11,900 – ie under £8,900 per year. This is an incredibly advantageous rate for such an intensive taught curriculum, and is considerably more affordable than other institutions.
The actor-director strand within PGIP provides bespoke Directing Tutorial guidance as an additional unit, and is £12,500.
The bespoke Actor-Director’s Diploma – PGIAD – costs £12,900, providing full Directing Tutorial leadership by Sue Dunderdale.
* For those without an equivalent Level 4+ qualification, we offer the ATCL Diploma in Speech & Drama (Performing, or Teaching) to be taken by the end of term 3. This is subject to an additional fee for examination under the auspices of Trinity College London, for whom we are a registered centre. Further details upon request.

We are registered with the Professional Career Development Loan scheme, and also allow termly fee payment or, by agreement, monthly bank transfer. We also offer one half-scholarship each year.

HOW TO APPLY:
For each September entry, auditions are offered between November and July.
All our audition-dates are listed on the front-page Post on the website: NEW! Events, dates, prices coming up.
The application form is available to download below – email it back to us and we will book you in, with full details on what we would like to see. There is an audition fee of £30 (in 2017). In brief, our panel ask to see a classical and a modern monologue, and we provide opportunities during the audition for exploration and for feedback. We audition all applicants, and aim to advise on the result promptly.
Auditions are held at our Dean Street base, Studio Soho in London. We can also, by arrangement, audition in our Centres in Paris, Zurich and New York.

Download an enrolment form
PGIP programme in detail
Link to the page: PGIP Acting
Link to the page: PGIP Directing

9-month FOUNDATION ACTING DIPLOMA ATCL LONDON

Three-Term Intensive Course: September to July (evening & weekend)

The Centre is pleased to offer its successful* Foundation ATCL Diploma course, in conjunction with Trinity College London. We are registered with TCL as an examination centre, and the award provides 90 credits at Level 4 of the QCF (Qualifications Credit Framework).

*To date, our students have achieved an average mark of 77% (over two-thirds being awarded a Distinction).

Foundation feedback session

Foundation feedback session

9-month: The timetabled sessions are based around evening and weekend attendance, so are designed to allow people to hold down a job while taking their acting to the next level. Students take part in 19 hours of core-classes and preparation each week, as well as rehearsals and examination coaching.

They are expected to make themselves available for rehearsals outside of normal timetabled hours, and are also encouraged to see as much theatre and film as possible. Includes intensively-coached sessions in Acting, Meisner Technique, Voice, Movement, Improvisation, On-Camera and Audition-preparation, taught by the Centre’s teaching team of leading professional coaches.

Foundation rehearsal feedback

Foundation rehearsal feedback

The course is ideally suited to those wishing to prepare for application to Drama School or University courses in Acting and similar performance-related subjects (including those offered by GFCA), and those wishing to explore the subject in more depth before deciding on performance as a possible future career.

The course is ideal – for young people in their gap year who are interested in developing a future in acting – and for older people seeking a change in direction – who would like to gain a thorough appreciation for what it means to train as an actor. Everyone has the opportunity to dramatically improve their skills under the guidance of top experts in acting, movement, improvisation and voice.

The course prepares students for the Trinity ATCL examination in July [or December] and a whole lot more! 
We offer audition-coaching and support throughout the course, for those who wish to continue their education at higher level. This course is equivalent to a Foundation in Acting at any of the main conservatoire drama schools here in the UK, and many of the students to go on to train at one of those drama schools; or continue with us, opting for the studio training approach.

Blood Wedding - July 2014

Blood Wedding – July 2014

In the Method-based training that is offered at the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting, the acting class is of central importance. Students learn a rigorous process for opening up emotionally, learning to trust their impulses and how to analyse a script thoroughly. They learn to de-construct characters, to discover the core motivations, and to develop clear character thought-processes. They also take part in intensive movement and voice classes in order to gain a degree of mastery of their instrument from a technical perspective, and also improvisation classes to expand and test the limits of their imagination and spontaneity. 

The analysis class introduces them to the history of drama from the Greeks to the present day, and most of the major philosophical and technical influences on the art form.

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Students constantly rehearse scenes and monologues, and there are other performance opportunities during the year; there is a full-length stage production before the course ends, as well as the ATCL examination. Most of the teachers teach or have taught at the major UK drama schools, and continue to work professionally; some are renowned in their fields.

Students take part in 19 hours of core-classes and preparation each week, as well as rehearsals and examination coaching. They are expected to make themselves available for rehearsals outside of normal timetabled hours, and are also encouraged to see as much theatre and film as possible. The timetabled sessions are based around evening and weekend attendance, so are designed to allow people to hold down a job while taking their acting to the next level.

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Entrance is by application and interview; please contact us for further information. 
Interviews for the course are held between May and September.

Download the enrolment form.
Link to the page: Foundation ATCL Acting

6-month FOUNDATION ACTING DIPLOMA ATCL LONDON

6-month Intensive Course: January to June

This course provides the same curriculum-content as our very successful* 9-month (evening and weekend study-mode) Foundation ATCL-accredited Diploma, and is taught in intensive daytime sessions Monday to Friday with one evening session per week, over 2 terms from January to mid-June.

The course is ideally suited to those wishing to prepare for application to Drama School or University courses in Acting and similar performance-related subjects (including those offered by GFCA), and those wishing to explore the subject in more depth before deciding on performance as a possible future career.

Intensively-coached sessions in Acting, Meisner Technique, Voice, Movement, Improvisation, On-Camera and Audition-preparation, taught by the Centre’s teaching team of leading professional coaches.

You will gain insights and many useful life-skills, with practical application to many walks of life.
The course includes:
• weekly acting, movement, voice, Meisner technique and rehearsal exercises
• regular programmes of improvisation, analysis, scene-study, on-camera technique
• HE course application-support, references, examination- and audition-coaching throughout the period
• continuous feedback, and coaching in small groups for maximum benefit
• the option to enter for the ATCL-accredited Diploma in Acting examination, at the end of June (100% examination success-rate to date, with an average mark of 81%).
• the option to participate in a final-term combined Foundation production, during July.
• the option to audition without charge, for the GFCA Intensive Advanced programme.

ACTING SCHOOL IN DECEMBER / APRIL / ACTING SUMMER SCHOOL

Monday to Friday in DECEMBER; APRIL & AUGUST 10:30 – 5:30 pm, we run our successful intensive 5-day ACTING SCHOOL, taught by core members of the teaching team at GFCA.
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Monday to Friday in APRIL, AUGUST & DECEMBER 10:30 – 5:30 pm, we run our successful intensive Drama-school* audition-preparation course led by top acting coach Giles Foreman, and sessions with leading coaches from the teaching team at GFCA, including Voice, Improvisation, Meisner, Audition-skills and on-camera presence with casting-director Simone Reynolds CDG.
*The final day includes an opportunity to audition for our post-graduate programme.
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Monday to Friday in AUGUST 10:30 – 5:30 pm, we run our successful intensive ACTING SUMMER SCHOOL for 5 days, taught by members of the teaching team at GFCA.
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With sessions in Voice, Movement and Improvisation as well as core skills in acting, you develop your range and confidence. 
Here you can learn exactly what acting is from many perspectives. You are introduced to the technical skills needed to expand your imaginative powers, learn how to use yourself and your experiences in your acting, how to breathe life into characters, how to break down a script and much much more!
Who knows, by the end of the course you may well decide to explore acting on a deeper level in regular acting classes at the Centre. Even if not, you will be able to apply many of these skills in other walks of life, and hopefully, will feel far more confident in your ability to communicate in public.

The Centre is one of the best institutions for studying acting in London, and the technique taught is drawn from that of the great acting teachers of the world from Stanislavski through to Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler. No interviews required before starting, but book early as places fill fast.

INTERNATIONAL ACTING SUMMER SCHOOL

The Centre runs its successful International Summer School each summer in AUGUST, led by Giles Foreman.
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Giles Foreman takes advanced participants through a process developed by him which draws on various interpretations of the Method and fuses them into a practical cohesive whole, providing the participants with a powerful pathway to achieving astonishingly authentic, layered, complex characterisation.
The course is intensive yet fun, and participants leave with many tools and discoveries to add to their own methodologies. Running daily from 11 am to around 6 or 7pm, there is also time to go and see shows and experience the vibrant cultural and entertainment scene in London.

The course in detail:
• Initially we look at ways of opening up and revealing the self so as to achieve real intimacy in performance. We plumb the actors’ resources, opening them to parts of themselves they had previously not accessed for their acting work. They also discover methods which assist them to dramatically increase their creativity in rehearsal, by developing instinct and the ability to surrender to impulses.
• This is followed by a rigorous system of textual and character analysis influenced by the work of Christopher Fettes and the Yat Malmgren system of Movement Psychology.
• We then move on to developing truthful characterisation through a series of exercises – the character object exercise, character private moment and the character interview.
• We work on monologues of the participants’ choice, and scenes from a common text to be announced once we know the basic make up of the group.

INTERNATIONAL YAT MALMGREN CHARACTER ANALYSIS ADVANCED SUMMER SCHOOL

The Centre runs its successful Summer School at the end of AUGUST, led by Giles Foreman and experienced colleagues, for those who have studied the 4 stages of Yat’s work and want to bring the ideas and learning into closer focus, through further practical application.
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FEES AND ARRANGEMENTS:
• Please see prices page. Payment to be made 4 weeks beforehand; we send all details about how to pay by bank transfer into the Centre’s account, or by credit or debit card over the phone; a deposit of £120 will reserve a place.
• We endeavour to assist people in finding accommodation during their stay in London, possibly with current Centre members, or we can provide links to local budget hotels.
Please email us if you require any further information.