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International Course - 'Acting English'
This is a new and exciting partnership between ArtsEd and International House. The course is for international students who may aspire to be actors or want to improve their spoken English.
ArtsEd is one of this country's leading drama schools, and International House London is an established and well-known language school, with over fifty years of experience in providing language courses and teacher training programmes. International House London welcomes over 8,000 language students from 150 countries each year.
On this unique course you will develop confidence in using English to communicate thoughts and feelings as well as for everyday conversational use. The use of drama to help improve language skills is an established methodology. This course will offer a specialised approach to developing spoken English. One evening a week you will work with a tutor from International House on language skills that will feed directly into the evening you spend with a industry professional acting tutor.
Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone aged 16+ who wishes to improve their English language skills in a creative way. It is also suitable for those who want to learn English in a Drama School environment.
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate a wider range of vocabulary
- Use that vocabulary in a greater number and variety of settings using playtexts to do this.
- Show more confidence in using English well
- Use the English language intellectually, emotionally as a character
- Use body and voice to enhance communication as an actor
To benefit most from this course, students should be at an intermediate level of English or above - (IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 46-59 or CEFR B2).
If students cannot provide an English level via an established score, students should be prepared to have a brief telephone conversation with the Course Leader to identify their suitability for the course.
Throughout your course you will be supported by a theatre/drama and a language specialist. They will help you develop your English communication skills by guiding you through individual and group activities. You will work in a busy and vibrant performing arts training venue and benefit from the cultural aspects of living and studying in England’s creative capital.
The course merges English language teaching with practical workshops in acting and voice. It provides a unique opportunity for you to work with acting teacher from ArtsEd and language specialists from International House.
The language sessions focus on speaking and listening skills, pronunciation and vocabulary expansion. Specialist acting workshops will partner these sessions by exploring the importance of your voice and body on good communication skills as an actor.
This part time course will offer students a carefully planned language curriculum with equal emphasis on listening, speaking and grammar. You will work on key language skills. As part of your acting lessons you will work on the use of your voice as well as exploring acting practioners such as Meisner and Stanislavski.
In the first 5 weeks of the 10 week course we will be developing your skill base and the second half of the course we will be applying these skills with the goal of performing an evening of short scenes to an invited audience.
The course is all based at Artsed in Chiswick - 5 mins walk from Turnham Green Tube (District Line).
Acting Bootcamp Shakespeare 17+
What is the course about?
Does Shakespeare scare you as an actor? Are you going to audition for Drama School and need your Shakespeare to improve? Do you need to brush up on your approaches to Shakespeare? There is a maximum of 10 places available to ensure participants receive individual support and feedback.
Whether you are a seasoned actor or just starting out, your audition material is your single most important asset once you are in front of a casting or audition panel. Here you will learn how an audition panel sees you and you will work on your audition repertoire building a solid base of audition pieces. We will work on a range of audition material (both prepared and unprepared), primarily for the stage. You will be required to learn new audition material as we progress through this course, so please be aware that you will need to conduct some work from home (this will be valuable time spent).
What will we cover?
- Casting types
- Industry audition processes
- Characterisation and thought processes for audition material
- Behavioural realism: exploring and applying Stanislavskian principles. Uncovering character impulses and connecting to text. Using words as action. The importance of given circumstances and making actor’s choices to create a world. The value of character sensory and emotion memory
- Sight-reading, Verse and Prose speaking
- How to present yourself in the interview and respond to questions
- Getting the most of the audition process
Weeks 1/2 : Group work
Weeks 3/4: Participants work on pieces and audition technique/etiquette refresher
Week 5: Mock audition
What level is the course focused on?
You must have strong acting skills in place to do this course and previous experience is preferred.
Is there anything I need to bring?
Two Shakespeare monologues. You must be familiar with these before you start the course. Please be prepared that the choices you have made might be changed by the tutor if they feel they are not appropriate.