Advanced Scholarship award!
The Giles Foreman Centre for Acting are delighted to confirm the details of their annual half-scholarship, offering an actor or actor/director a subsidised place on the 16-month Post-Graduate-Equivalent advanced Professional Intensive Actor / Actor-Director Programme, and training from some of the world’s leading acting coaches. It can be applied for, via an online submission process, for those not based within easy travelling-distance from our Centres.
Actors and actor/directors are invited to submit a one-to-five minute video-audition; a shortlist of 10 will be invited to an audition-day in London with a panel including Giles Foreman. The person chosen gains a scholarship granting them a place on the postgraduate course for 50% of the standard fee, worth over £5,900, and access to some of the finest acting training available.
GFCA is set up on a not-for-profit basis, and actively seeks to open up its training to all, despite being a self-funded institution. GFCA is keen to reach out to talent irrespective of the financial or social background.
It was set up by Giles Foreman, one of the foremost acting coaches, who taught for many years at the original Drama Centre London, where many of today’s leading actors trained such as Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Ruta Gedmintas (Che, Heroes), Helen McCrory, Emilia Clarke & Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) and Santiago Cabreras (Borgias). Giles was trained by Yat Malmgren and Christopher Fettes, co-founders of Drama Centre who trained actors including Colin Firth, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Tom Hardy and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Richard Listor was the recipient of the 2013 year’s scholarship and said: “Being offered the Giles Foreman scholarship was massive. Before, I had all but written off the idea of post-graduate actor training as something entirely inaccessible to me. Now I’ve had the opportunity to train with fantastic teachers, to get equipped and get prepared for life as a professional actor.”
On the scholarship, Giles Foreman said: “The scholarship has been very successful, and we’re offering the same opportunity each year in order to reach out to young actors, irrespective of their personal circumstance or location. Whilst we’re a self-funded institution competing in challenging times, we’re aware that incredibly talented actors slip through the net due to their personal means. We hope that the scholarship can enable those from all types of backgrounds to apply.”
The acting philosophy of the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting is broadly in line with that of the original Drama Centre London under Christopher Fettes, Yat Malmgren and Reuven Adiv: a teaching team and school that trained some of the great UK actors of our generation – Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Helen McRory, Anne Marie Duff, Paul Bettany, Lambert Wilson, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Santiago Cabrera, Geraldine James, Frances de la Tour – to name but a few. Until recently, Christopher Fettes continued to offer master-classes in directing and classical text analysis at the studio.
Submissions open in February each year and close on July 6. Those shortlisted will be invited to an audition day at the studio in July. The decision is announced by 1 August. For further information, please visit www.gilesforeman.co.uk.
• Choose a monologue / extract – it need be no more than 1 minute in length – record and send via Wetransfer or videolink to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Giles Foreman Centre for Acting Scholarship Submission’. We encourage those submitting to send a link to their video files, or to upload via YouTube / Vimeo (videos can be set to private on both). Actor/ directors should also provide a statement about their directing experience.
• Download the application-form from the ‘Full-time Courses’ page on the website [or we will send out by email] and send the completed form via email or post.
• Videos will not be judged on production quality, but due to the predicted number of submissions, please ensure the audio-visual is of a good enough standard to be appropriately assessed.
• In order to draw up a shortlist, we may require follow-up evidence of financial status, so please be ready to supply this.
• Those shortlisted will be given at least 10 days confirmation of the audition in London.
• A decision will be made on the scholarship no later than 1 August, with the successful candidate expected to take up their place in September of that year.