Acting Lab 1 will introduce you to the range of acting techniques necessary to approach different texts and performance styles. This will include the demands of classical playwrights such as Shakespeare and Ibsen and acting for screen. You will gain direct experience of designing the dynamic and adaptive methods necessary to explore the rigorous rehearsal processes of the professional actor.
This course will encourage you to investigate the methods and techniques that have influenced actor training, particularly the psychophysical techniques of Michael Chekhov and Stanislavski. Through studio-based exploratory workshops, you will investigate the relationship between text and technique to develop your own unique approach to realising performance.
The course is limited to 16 students.
What you will learn
Learning will take place through work with established practitioners who will share their approach and methods through workshops and masterclasses. This will create a broader context for the study and acquisition of your own technique and acting skill-set.
You will also learn to respond to direction and keep detailed documentation of the performance process and your subsequent development as an actor.
By the end of this class you will:
– Understand key influences in the development of acting technique
– Understand the process of characterisation
– Be able to rehearse and realise text in specific acting styles
– Be able to use appropriate technical language fluently
– Be able to reflect on work and develop individual documentation methods
– Be eligible to apply for Acting 2
Topics covered include:
– Realism and naturalism in acting
– Technical Voice
– Development of sensory, visual and spatial imagination
– Critical reflection through studio practice
– Improvisation and games
Structure and duration
Our course is delivered over ten weeks via two separate options. Option one, is delivered over two weekly evening classes, and Option Two is delivered over a full day on Saturdays. Each option equates to between 6-8 contact hours per week. We continuously assess your work throughout the course and give extensive feedback. You will be encouraged to critically interrogate your own practice through self-assessment and group discussion.
Level and requirements
No previous acting experience is necessary. However, the course is physically demanding and requires commitment and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a group. You must attend all days to be able to participate in the final performances.
You must also be at least 18 years old at the start of the course – there is no upper age limit. If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need IELTS level 6.
There are no additional academic requirements.
What to bring with you
– A log-book or journal that will enable you to keep track of your training.
– Comfortable clothing you can move freely in
About your tutor
Behsat Ahmet is an interdisciplinary theatre maker, practitioner and dramaturge with a strong reputation for creating live performance across diverse media on both sides of the Atlantic. His practice spans theatre, actor training, dance, and somatic movement practices, scenography and authoring for intermedial theatre productions.
Behsat gained an MFA in Actor Training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He also has an MSc [in Dance Science] from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and studied acting for camera in New York City. Behsat currently teaches theatre practice at Kingston University.
Guest Teachers: TBC
Mon 6th May - Wed 10th Jul 2019
Sat 04th May - Sat 06th Jul 2019
6pm - 9pm
10am - 5pm
The Silver Building, 60 Dock Road, London, E16 1YZ