Intensive Advanced Professional Acting Training (PGIP)
is equivalent in level to Post Graduate study: the training is designed for those from any background who have the capacity, ability and motivation to enter the Industry.
The programme involves around 30 hours of intensive classes and rehearsal exercises per week, taught by top-level specialist coaches each with extensive professional experience.
Plays are presented during the final two terms. During the fourth term, from September to December of Year Two, students continue with regular advanced-level classes, Industry events and intensive rehearsals tailored towards a high-profile industry showcase, and a range of further performance opportunities, which continue after the conclusion of the formal training.
We take only a single cohort of Intensive-Route acting students each year, to provide a focussed training designed to bring out individual strengths, and we welcome applications from people from a wide variety of previous backgrounds and experience.
The programme is tailored towards the unique mix of talent drawn to our centrally-located Studio from across the UK, Europe and beyond. We have excellent links with UK and European Casting Directors, as well as a new base in New York, and offer many 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, explained in more detail below.
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 has distinguished the Drama Centre 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 classes, and a range of Voice-work including Song, Movement and Movement-Psychology classes led by renowned teachers including Liana Nyquist, and Janet Amsden, 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, including two song showings; these take place at intervals throughout the course. During terms Three and Four there are a range of public performance opportunities including an industry-acclaimed showcase in Term Four. Production stills and filmed scenes are made available to use for Spotlight Graduate membership from term Four.
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 learn to 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 employment in the field.
Following the course, we offer continued membership of the studio to successful graduates of our full-time programmes to help them sustain their development in the period following full-time training. To date, they have already achieved huge successes*, and 60 – 70% of our acting alumni are regularly acting.
* Short-film Stutterer, involving post-graduate alumnus Richard Mason, won the Oscar for Best live-action short film at the 2016 Academy Awards. 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.
For 2017 entry, the four-term (15 month-programme) fee is £11,900 – still under £9,000 per year. This is an incredibly advantageous rate for such an intensive taught curriculum, and is considerably more affordable than other institutions – we are able to do this because we are an independent organisation.
We are registered with the Professional Career Development Loan scheme, and also offer payment by instalment for fees, either termly or by monthly bank transfer. We are able to offer one half-scholarship each year.
* 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.
HOW TO APPLY:
For each September entry, auditions are offered between November and July. All dates are listed on the front-page Post on the website: Dates and special events coming up.
The Intensive Actor:Director 16-month programme in detail is available to download – 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 brief, our panel ask to see a classical and a modern monologue, and provide opportunities for exploration and for feedback in the session. We audition all applicants, and aim to advise on the result promptly.
Auditions are held at our Dean Street base, Studio Soho.