Training and learning at ArtsEd is as engaging as ever, even though we’re not in the same building, let alone the same room. Well-laid plans are paying off and the live remote learning show opened very smoothly first thing on Monday morning!
Dance classes, singing lessons and drama sessions have continued right alongside Maths, History, English and the rest of the academic curriculum. Virtual school has got off to an excellent start with both students and staff navigating this brand new territory with the great assurance and the spirit of adventure that is typically ArtsEd.
“Thank you for finding such imaginative ways to continue classes! I cannot begin to understand the complexities involved in doing this, but the fact you were able to inform everyone the week before, and were all set to go with timetabled lessons by Monday, is surely such a monumental achievement.” – Sixth Form Parent
“The focus that the lessons provide is invaluable, during a period where almost everything else is so fluid and unpredictable. The lessons have engaged our daughter and she is continuing to work very hard.” – Day School Parent
On Monday our 3rd Year BA Acting students started virtual rehearsals on their final productions, Katie Spencer Did A Good Thing by Vivienne Franzmann and Babel by Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen. Our annual New Writing commissions, these two new plays are being directed by Ameera Conrad and Mingyu Lin respectively and the productions will be launched online in June. More details to follow…
Director, Mingyu Lin Tweeted:
Virtual rehearsals for @ArtsEdLondon have been a blast thanks to an enthusiastic cast and a brilliant script by @LucySheen
Meanwhile, the 3rd Year BA Musical Theatre students have had Zoom workshops with industry professionals including Janie Dee, Matthew White, David Grindrod and Harriet Thorpe, gaining fascinating insights into the profession from experts right at the heart. One 3rd year student Tweeted:
Actually had the best day of virtual @ArtsEdLondon classes! Feeling very blessed at the opportunities they are still putting in place for us even in a pandemic!
Our Foundation Acting students have also enjoyed working with specialists, enjoying a Zoom masterclass with Paul-Ryan Carberry from Iris Theatre! Paul was delighted to have met the next generation of actors and Tweeted:
Thanks to @yusuf_khamisa & @ArtsEdLondon for asking me along! A huge pleasure to share some time with such a passionate bunch of young artists and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they create in the future.
Our MA Acting students are hard at work on their self-tapes this week, guided by our Senior Screen Acting Tutor Mark Street. We look forward to seeing results in the next few weeks!
And to keep up the good vibes, we’ve invited everyone to suggest songs to add to the ArtsEd Lockdown Playlist on Spotify. Check it out and Tweet your suggestions! ArtsEd are ‘virtually’ unstoppable! Why not keep up with us on Twitter?