Short Courses, Masterclasses, Workshops
5-DAY ACTING-SCHOOL INTENSIVE with members of our specialist coaching team: Offered in April / August / December. Dates, Fee
With sessions in Voice, Movement, Meisner Technique and Improvisation as well as a strong core of 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.
SATURDAY ACTING-SCHOOL! 4 full Saturdays, 1030 – 6 pm, with members of our specialist coaching team: Offered in February / May / Oct-November. Dates, Fee
With sessions in Voice, Movement, Meisner Technique and Improvisation as well as a strong core of acting, develop your range and confidence!
CHARACTER ANALYSIS / MOVEMENT PSYCHOLOGY COURSES
YAT MALMGREN / LABAN TECHNIQUE
The work is taught by Giles Foreman, Janet Amsden, Barbara Fischer and others: Teachers. Taught in an intensive series of 5-day workshops across the year, at our Centre in London – and also in bases in major cities across Europe.
The technique of Movement Psychology was developed by Yat Malmgren (see below) from the work of Rudolf Laban and William Carpenter
GFCA offers a series of four 5-day workshops in London, in which the internationally renowned technique of Yat Malmgren is taught.
This set of intensive 5-day workshops is devised for actors, directors and others wishing to learn and then explore in-depth the technique developed initially by Rudolf Laban and his assistant William Carpenter; later completed by Yat Malmgren and taught by Christopher Fettes, founders of Drama Centre, London.
Having further developed the teaching in collaboration with Christopher Fettes and others during the last seven years, Giles Foreman is now a leading contemporary exponent in the UK and across Europe. He leads the workshops along with expert colleagues.
The workshops involve the progressive unfolding of the constituent parts of the technique, followed by opportunities to embody what has been covered through practical exploration and in acting exercises. The stages follow the sequence of the book written by Christopher Fettes; A Peopled Labyrinth, published by GFCA.
This technique is based on the psychological theories of Carl Jung (Sensing, Thinking, Intuiting and Feeling) and the work of Rudolph Laban. Laban was the architect of European Contemporary Dance who essentially conducted an extraordinary comprehensive analysis of human expression.
Yat Malmgren recognised that this would prove to be a powerful tool for the actor and went on to complete Laban’s theory. He extended Laban’s ideas by creating a psychological typology which brings together Laban and Stanislavsky. Inner motivation and outer expression leading to the detailed and accurate construction of character.
This work was placed at the heart of Yat’s original acting studio in London and later at the Drama Centre London. The technique is familiar to all the students of Yat including Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Anastasia Hille, Colin Firth, Helen McCrory, Tom Hardy, Tara Fitzgerald, Michael Fassbender, John Simm, Simon Callow – and many other accomplished actors taught over the course of 50 years’ work.
The sequence is:
Part 1 – The Core Components
Part 2 – The Inner Attitudes
Part 3 – The Externalised Drives
Part 4 – The Confluence of Externalised Drives.
£100 deposit will reserve your place, instalment plans available*.
For dates or further enquiries, please enquire
MOVEMENT PSYCHOLOGY FOR MOVERS
as developed by Yat Malmgren & taught by Janet Amsden
A 3-stage course to introduce YAT MALMGREN’s movement work to movement practitioners who have a strong interest in the education of actors – with the possibility of continuing the work beyond Stage 3, as we are looking for people to continue the body of work into the future. Each stage corresponds to the specific work developed in one year of a 3-year specialist drama training.
It deals with the creation of character through raising to consciousness the factors of weight, space, time and flow, that shape gesture in the body and speech for the stage and screen: developed by Yat Malmgren on the basis of Rudolph Laban’s Movement Psychology.
Yat Malmgren was one of the great solo artists of European modern dance and later became a legend in British actor training having been the creator of the Laban-Malmgren System of Character Analysis.
He was an international dancer and soloist, winner of the Gold Medal at the Concours International de la Dance in Brussels 1940, who first met Rudolf Laban when he was invited to join the Ballets Jooss at Dartington Hall. Following an injury in 1954, Yat began teaching at the International School of Ballet, London. He was invited to join the staff of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court by George Devine, and also invited by Laban to join the staff of the Art of Movement Studio, Addlestone. Laban subsequently confided to him all his unpublished material on the Theory of Movement Psychology for its development in the context of acting. Yat opened a studio in West Street, off Shaftesbury Avenue attended by Peter Brook, Bill Gaskill, Tony Richardson, Sean Connery, Harold Lang, Diane Cilento, Brian Bedford, Gillian Lynne, Anthony Hopkins etc. The studio only closed with the founding of Drama Centre, London in 1963. From 1964 – 2002 Yat developed the theory of Character Analysis and Dramatic Composition based on the work of Rudolf Laban and William Carpenter.
IMPROVISATION AND MASK-WORK, 2 day course* with Christopher Simpson
MEISNER INTENSIVE 2 + 2 day courses*, with Dannie Lu Carr
MOVEMENT ‘ANIMAL-WORK into CHARACTER’ for ACTORS, 2 day course* with LIANA NYQUIST
SINGING, FOR ACTORS, 2 day course* with Lindsay Richardson
ONE-DAY ACTING TASTER – INTRODUCTORY LEVEL, with Laurence Mitchell.
3-SESSION INTENSIVE SCENE-WORKSHOPS FOR ACTORS, WITH ROBERTA WALLACH – 3 SESSIONS
CASTING INTENSIVE, for INTERNATIONAL ACTORS with top German Casting Director IRIS BAUMÜLLER
CHARACTER PSYCHOLOGY – THE ENNEAGRAM 3 Stages, each of 4 Days full-time – Lorena García de las Bayonas
INTENSIVE WEEK WITH LORRIE AND DIANNE HULL, 6 Days full-time
We endeavour to assist people in finding cheap accommodation if travelling from abroad or outside of London, and we maintain a list of local budget hotels and hostels.
Please contact the Centre to register:
Tel: + 44 20 7437 3175