Our Foundation Course in Acting establishes solid ground from which you can extend yourself to further acting training. The course covers fundamental acting principles using a range of techniques – exploring these principles through multiple perspectives and styles.
The Foundation Course will also encourage you to evaluate your own rehearsal and performance processes, and consider the relative success of different acting styles and how to apply them.
The foundation course is limited to 16 students
What you will learn
You will develop a well-rounded knowledge and practical understanding of how to approach acting through the theories and techniques of Stanislavski and his contemporaries. You will work on developing skills that will enable you to interpret text, and apply acting and rehearsal techniques, in a creative and focused way.
The course is multifaceted and adopts an approach that will enable you to explore the relationship between the body, mind and text. It will also heighten your sensitivity to creative impulses and characterisation through ensemble-building exercises. These will help you overcome inhibitions and blocks in a practical way– bringing awareness to any habitual tensions you may experience.
– Acting techniques
– Voice work
– Line learning
– Text analysis
– Audition speech and technique.
Structure and duration
Our course is delivered over 12 consecutive weekends, equating to 16 intensive 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
The course is open to all learners interested in developing fundamental acting skills to prepare for a full-time actor-training programme, or in acquiring entry-level skills for a stage or screen career.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of the course – there is no upper age limit – and fluent in English. 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
– Notebook / sketchpad
– Pencil / pen
– Comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely
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
12 consecutive weekends –
Saturday and Sunday
Sat 23rd Sept -
Sun 15th Dec 2019
10am - 6pm
The Silver Building, 60 Dock Road, London, E16 1YZ