Masterclasses & Workshops

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Please also see our INTERNATIONAL page for details of special workshops in other locations in Europe and the USA!



ACTING in FEBRUARY / JUNE / OCTOBER, ideal for those wanting to focus intensively for FOUR full Saturdays EG 3, 10, 17, 24 June in 2017. The course is a useful grounding for anyone wanting to build a strong foundation and hone skills; each Saturday 10.30 – 6 pm.
It is a total of 28 taught hours, and it follows the successful model of our 5-day Acting workshops [April / August / December, see below], in that it includes intensive but enjoyable acting classes each day, plus improvisation, voice, movement and Meisner technique classes all taught by our leading coaches. We have pegged the fee at £290, the same as the evening Introduction to acting!

Following the course, students are invited to join our successful Monday evening acting course, or other workshops and courses run by GFCA.

5-DAY ACTING INTENSIVE with members of our specialist coaching team
In April, August, December
With sessions in Voice, Movement, Meisner Technique and Improvisation as well as core skills in acting, you can develop your range and confidence in these five intensive days!
Learn more about acting, 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!

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. Suitable for age 17+, with no upper age-limit.

The Centre is one of the best institutions for studying acting in London, and the techniques taught are drawn from that of the great acting teachers of the world, from Stanislavski through to Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler.

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ACTING 2-DAY MASTERCLASSES for Professionally trained, experienced Actors. One WEEKEND each month, 10 – 6 pm

5-DAY AUDITION SKILL-BLITZ! with Giles Foreman and members of our specialist coaching team
April dates tbc
Really work your audition and presentation skills, especially before that important drama school audition!
More details, please enquire!

Would you like to learn about Acting? Are you a complete beginner? If so, why not come and try a short course with a great coach, in a friendly, comfortable environment in Central London.
Find out about the basics, and see if it’s for you.
You’ll learn a lot, and have fun!
Get in touch and we can tell you more…
It deals with one of the most fundamental questions actors in character ask: “What do I want?”
Over the course of the workshop, Laurence Mitchell leads the group to an understanding of what an objective is, how indispensable it is to an authentic performance, and how to attain it. This is designed for people who are just starting the journey

Laurence Mitchell trained at Drama Centre London and has been working as an actor in the UK for over 17 years. Theatre work includes National Theatre, Young Vic, Old Vic, Almeida Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Soho Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Exchange Manchester, among many others. His TV credits include Kavanagh QC, Spooks, Summerhill, Never Better, Heartbeat and Pompidou.
Special Fee: only £120

Part 1: dates tbc
Part two dates to follow.
These intensive Meisner workshops at GFCA are designed so that the four days’ content parallels what would be about a month of Meisner’s class-work, so the process is both intense and deeply insightful. Over the course, Dannie works with actors from the ‘bare-bones’ up – the first day of Sanford Meisner’s technique, which he developed in response to actors continually being hijacked by their self-consciousness, and their lack of ability to really listen to what is going on around them as they work.

During the first workshop, Dannie addresses the art of listening; how to begin acting truthfully moment to moment, investing in the reality of doing, and public-solitude work. During the first day students are introduced to the famous ‘repetition’ exercise.
She further breaks down the concepts – working to invent nothing, deny nothing and work only (yet fully) with impulse, whilst training the attention to stay on the other actors and activities. The second workshop introduces actors to the three-moment game and looks at how to really sharpen technique with the ‘essential call’, however Dannie works responsively with those on the course, tailoring the level and intensity to suit.

Dannie is an actor, director, writer, consultant and public speaker. She specialises in The Meisner Technique and the work of Stella Adler. Her credits for both acting and directing include roles such as Morli in the Dalek Empire series, Banquo in an all-female production of Macbeth, Livingstone in Agnes of God and Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa. As a director she has worked on several Arthur Miller, Brecht and Tennessee Williams productions amongst others. More recently she has set up a production company, Flaming Poppy, and has had her first book Brilliant Assertiveness published by Pearsons.
Fee for 2 days: £160*
*Fee for 4 days: only £280!

It deals with one of the most fundamental questions actors in character ask: “What do I want?”
Over the course of the workshop, Laurence Mitchell leads the group to an understanding of what an objective is, how indispensable it is to an authentic performance, and how to attain it. This is designed for people who are just starting the journey

ANIMAL-WORK into CHARACTER with Liana Nyquist
The workshop focusses on how the actor can discover and acquire the physical essence of a character using Animal Work.

By studying the behaviour of an animal in detail we become aware of the animal’s world and of its instincts. The animal’s instinctual complexity is an essential driving force of its physicality and therefore a key component to be developed for the character.

Liana Nyquist explains the reflective relationship between the physiognomy (and behaviour) of the Animal and that of the Human, which can then be extended to characters: (predators-preys, heavy-light, fast-slow, majestic-agile, encaged-free, etc). Liana shows how to use our human spine to capture the animal’s way of moving through space. Once we understand how to capture the animal’s physical essence, Liana teaches how to develop it, using our own body to give it to our character.
Please have a character ready, with a monologue you have prepared or would like to work on.

Liana Nyquist studied at the Drama Centre and became the assistant to the founder of the Drama Centre Dr Yat Malmgren, in the Laban analysis of character movement. She is a vanguard figure of physical theatre, and gives workshops in Movement and Analysis of Movement all over Europe and beyond.
Fee: £160*

SINGING, FOR ACTORS with Lindsay Richardson
This workshop is ideal for actors who wish to develop their voices for flexibility, range, confidence, support and control. Many actors feel inhibited when singing – the inner critic steps in! This 2-day workshop gives support and space to explore each person’s vocal USP, and the opportunity to try out different song repertoires.

Using group exercises for physical and vocal dexterity; articulation; vowel-placement, relaxation and breath-support, pitch-awareness, dynamic range and resonance. We work in whole-group, small-group, pairs and individually; involving both spoken and pitched sound and harmonisation, and analysis of how sound is produced. The whole is designed to build confidence and range, and to be stimulating too!

Lindsay Richardson is a professional singer and actor, who trained classically at Trinity College of Music, London and in musical theatre at City Lit. She has performed as a soloist at many of Britain’s major venues and festivals, recorded both on CD and DVD, toured and performed across Europe. Radio broadcasts include Radio 3′s In Tune, Danish Radio, and Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour. She has directed opera; and devised, coached and staged modern musical drama for school students. She provides individual vocal coaching for singers and actors, performance workshops for choral societies and theatre groups, and teaches on both the full-time courses at GFCA.
Fee: £160*

All our Masterclasses & Workshops are taught by experienced practitioners – see our Teachers and Visiting Tutors pages for detailed biographies.