Intensive Professional Actor-Director (PGIAD) programme

develops knowledge and understanding of technical and creative theatre skills, placing particular emphasis on experiencing the acting process and building an understanding of how to work with actors in rehearsal. The programme is vocational, and tailored to the individual. It allows students to extend their historical, theoretical and practical knowledge; and expand their knowledge of theatre as a business by introducing them to theatre marketing, box office management, and approaches to fundraising.

The Post-Graduate Directing programme consists of four terms, each of 10-12 weeks duration, plus rehearsal weeks; including teaching sessions, seminars, research, professional work attachments, and working with professional directors on productions.

Chekhov directed by Colin Tierney

Chekhov directed by Colin Tierney

In Term 1, PGIAD students attend all acting classes including voice and movement. They also each have a weekly session on directing process which involves working with each other as actors as well as directors. There are at least two professional masterclasses during the course of the term, which may be held in the evening or at weekends.

During the second term PGIAD students attend selected acting classes, and undertake a design project with a professional theatre designer. They learn about producing, and choose a play to present as a staged reading.

Actor-Director in rehearsals

Actor-Director in rehearsals

In the third term PGIAD students both assist and direct. Each student chooses a short play to rehearse, ready for a week of presentations either at the mid-point or end of the term. Each student also assists another student with their production which facilitates assisting/directing partnerships, so that when directing, the director can focus on casting and rehearsals.

In the fourth term there is a 3-week Introduction to Directing for Film module. Students complete an outside attachment, which is spent assisting with an outside professional Director.

Play-reading in session

Play-reading in session

Portfolios are an important element throughout the length of the programme, as they provide tangible evidence of progress and opportunities to reflect on the training. All students maintain a portfolio to reflect upon their own learning, performance and achievement, and to plan for their personal, educational and career development.

Applying for Post-graduate study at GFCA
Relevant Pre-Course Experience includes (but is not limited to):
– An Honours degree in acting / drama / directing / theatre studies / dance, or similar relevant discipline
– A Diploma from a recognised professional drama / dance / performance school
– An Honours degree in a discipline other than those listed above, and performance-related experience
If you have experience as a performer, director or deviser this course could equally be right for you, if you are ready to hone your skills on a challenging, industrially-relevant intensive full-time programme.
* 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.