This ten-week course will introduce you to the process of preparing and rehearsing a scripted scene. The course is designed to help you build on your existing acting skills and take your training up to the next level. You will be assigned scenes from modern and classical texts, as well as non-linear and experimental contemporary material.
Over the course of ten weeks, you will be introduced to a series of exercises based around Stanislavski’s methods as a baseline. You will be expected to undertake extensive research, preparation and rehearsal between classes. This is not a beginners acting class, rather it s a class that will give you the opportunity to hone your acting skills and experience while being directed in a scene.
The lab is limited to 12 students and runs on an eight-week cycle.
What you will learn
You will work at developing a strong technique that will help you find an inner connection to the character and their circumstances, and to choose truthful, effective and lively actions.
– How to make bold choices and tackle the language of contemporary and classical playwrights.
– Understand more about scenes and the creative processes involved
– Develop skills to work independently, take clear decisions and create challenging work
– Work actively on producing two scenes over eight weeks
By the end of this class you will:
– Have developed basic rehearsal skills and be able to identify the core action and spine of a scene – translating this into your character work and rehearsal process
– Be ready to perform your final class in a staged showcase for a live audience
– Be eligible to attend Scene Study Lab 2.
Topics covered include:
– Dramaturgical analysis
– Narrative exposition
– Essential action
– Creating interior atmosphere and mise en scène.
Structure and duration
Our course is delivered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings over ten consecutive weeks, equating to six 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
Scene study is best for actors who already have some training or experience they can bring to the performance of a scene. 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
As part of the training you will be given exercises that will help you develop the appropriate skills to be able to stage and curate your own scenes. Basic props will be available to you. However, you will need to source your own additional props as required.
– Wear comfortable clothing you can move freely in
– Bring a pen and notepad and a script book to makes notes
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.