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Acting Beginners Course

Acting Beginners Course

Our Acting Beginners Course offers an introduction to acting in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Ideal for those with little or no acting experience, this beginners acting course provides the chance to explore acting technique in a playful and practical way. 

Whether you are an aspiring performer; wish to revitalise your creativity; or simply want to try something new and build self-confidence, you will find this course active, fun and rewarding.

This course includes movement and physicality but can be adapted for accessibility issues, please email info@city-academy.com for more details.

Acting Beginners Course Content

Exact course content may differ according to the course length and students' needs. Topics covered include:

  • Group exercises, drama games and improvisation
  • A range of approaches to acting technique
  • Understanding and developing characters
  • Rehearsing a scene from a play
  • Exploring the use of voice and body through vocal and physical exercises

Each class will provide plenty of opportunity to practise your new acting skills under the friendly guidance of an experienced tutor, ensuring you feel comfortable and get the most out of your course.

See also The Debut Theatre Company, offering a longer course at Beginners level which includes a studio production performance to an invited audience.

Our Approach

The City Academy Acting Department takes what we like to call a ‘rainbow’ approach in that we do not adhere to just one school of thought on technique. You will experience various styles such as Method, Stanislavski, Meisner and Augusto Boal. Our acting coaches are all working, professional actors and directors who bring to bear their own expertise, enabling a rounded approach of effective techniques that work for you as an individual.

We firmly believe in the value of Acting and Drama Courses for developing life skills, irrespective of whether you want to pursue acting in a sustained way. Acting techniques are transferable to your working and social life, enhancing communication - learning about yourself and how you relate to others - building confidence and developing your imagination and creativity.

Our acting courses are planned to offer a progression through the levels of Beginners, Improvers to Advanced. You will receive guidance from your acting coach but in general we recommend that students take each level twice, with different teachers, before progressing to the next level. You will not repeat any content and will be challenged with new skills and acting techniques.

Excited to get started?

Professional actor and City Academy tutor Phoebe Sparrow has shared her 10 top tips for beginners starting their acting journey.

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18 Jun - 23 Jul Tue 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Scott Sparrow Umbrella Rooms £238.00
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20 Jun - 25 Jul Thu 19:30-21:30 6 weeks Warren Rusher The Tabernacle £238.00
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26 Jun - 31 Jul Wed 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Linn Johansson Umbrella Rooms £238.00
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29 Jun - 3 Aug Sat 10:00-12:00 6 weeks Karina Fernandez City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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18 Jun - 23 Jul Tue 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Scott Sparrow Umbrella Rooms, Covent Garden £238.00
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20 Jun - 25 Jul Thu 19:30-21:30 6 weeks Warren Rusher The Tabernacle, Notting Hill £238.00
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26 Jun - 31 Jul Wed 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Linn Johansson Umbrella Rooms, Covent Garden £238.00
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29 Jun - 3 Aug Sat 10:00-12:00 6 weeks Karina Fernandez City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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30 Jun - 4 Aug Sun 10:00-12:00 6 weeks Mark Prince City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £214.20
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2 Jul - 6 Aug Tue 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Katie Sherrard WAC Arts, Belsize Park £214.20
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12 Jul - 23 Aug Fri 18:10-19:50 7 weeks Scott Sparrow City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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15 Jul - 19 Aug Mon 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Morgan Watkins Arts Educational, W4 £238.00
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23 Jul - 3 Sep Tue 18:10-19:50 7 weeks Linn Johansson City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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31 Jul - 11 Sep Wed 19:55-21:35 7 weeks Mark Prince City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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1 Aug - 5 Sep Thu 19:30-21:30 6 weeks Morgan Watkins The Tabernacle, Notting Hill £238.00
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8 Aug - 12 Sep Thu 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Mark Prince WAC Arts, Belsize Park £238.00
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10 Aug - 14 Sep Sat 10:00-12:00 6 weeks Karina Fernandez City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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16 Aug - 27 Sep Fri 18:10-19:50 7 weeks Mark Prince City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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20 Aug - 1 Oct Tue 19:50-21:30 7 weeks Scott Sparrow City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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2 Sep - 7 Oct Mon 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Morgan Watkins Arts Educational, W4 £214.20
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12 Sep - 17 Oct Thu 19:30-21:30 6 weeks Morgan Watkins The Tabernacle, Notting Hill £238.00
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21 Sep - 26 Oct Sat 10:00-12:00 6 weeks Karina Fernandez City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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24 Sep - 29 Oct Tue 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Ariella Eshed WAC Arts, Belsize Park £238.00
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24 Oct - 28 Nov Thu 19:30-21:30 6 weeks Morgan Watkins The Tabernacle, Notting Hill £238.00
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2 Nov - 7 Dec Sat 10:00-12:00 6 weeks Karina Fernandez City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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7 Dec - 8 Dec Sat 10:00-17:00 2 days (Saturday & Sunday) Scott Sparrow City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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PAYMENT OPTIONS

You are welcome to join the course up to the second class.

ONLINE & PHONE PAYMENTS

Online – To book your selected class/course online, just click Book Now next to your chosen class/course.

Phone – We would be happy to take your booking over the phone, just call us on 020 7042 8833 .

CASH & CHEQUE PAYMENTS

Cash - You are welcome to pay cash, just come and see us at our office: City Academy, 10 Herbal Hill, London EC1R 5EG.

Cheque - You can also pay by cheque by filling out this form (click here) and posting it to the address above.

10% DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

If you book 2 or more different classes/courses at a time we can offer you a 10% discount. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please enter 2ORMORE in the promotional code box when booking online or quote code when booking over the phone. Please note that this offer cannot be applied when you are booking two or more of the same class/course.

INDUSTRY TUTORS

City Academy tutors are experienced artists and performers that work in the industry. If your tutor's availability changes at short notice, our team will arrange for a suitable replacement and notify you in advance.

CANCELLATIONS POLICY

We offer a full refund or full credit of your original course if you cancel at least 72 hours before the start of your booking.

We cannot offer any refund if you cancel less than 72 hours before the start of your booking, or if you do not attend.

(For more information please see our terms and conditions)

DATE DAY TIME (BST) DURATION TUTOR VENUE PRICE BOOKING
18 Jun - 23 Jul Tue 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Scott Sparrow Umbrella Rooms, Covent Garden £238.00
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20 Jun - 25 Jul Thu 19:30-21:30 6 weeks Warren Rusher The Tabernacle, Notting Hill £238.00
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26 Jun - 31 Jul Wed 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Linn Johansson Umbrella Rooms, Covent Garden £238.00
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29 Jun - 3 Aug Sat 10:00-12:00 6 weeks Karina Fernandez City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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30 Jun - 4 Aug Sun 10:00-12:00 6 weeks Mark Prince City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £214.20
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2 Jul - 6 Aug Tue 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Katie Sherrard WAC Arts, Belsize Park £214.20
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12 Jul - 23 Aug Fri 18:10-19:50 7 weeks Scott Sparrow City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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15 Jul - 19 Aug Mon 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Morgan Watkins Arts Educational, W4 £238.00
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23 Jul - 3 Sep Tue 18:10-19:50 7 weeks Linn Johansson City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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31 Jul - 11 Sep Wed 19:55-21:35 7 weeks Mark Prince City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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1 Aug - 5 Sep Thu 19:30-21:30 6 weeks Morgan Watkins The Tabernacle, Notting Hill £238.00
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8 Aug - 12 Sep Thu 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Mark Prince WAC Arts, Belsize Park £238.00
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10 Aug - 14 Sep Sat 10:00-12:00 6 weeks Karina Fernandez City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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16 Aug - 27 Sep Fri 18:10-19:50 7 weeks Mark Prince City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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20 Aug - 1 Oct Tue 19:50-21:30 7 weeks Scott Sparrow City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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2 Sep - 7 Oct Mon 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Morgan Watkins Arts Educational, W4 £214.20
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12 Sep - 17 Oct Thu 19:30-21:30 6 weeks Morgan Watkins The Tabernacle, Notting Hill £238.00
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21 Sep - 26 Oct Sat 10:00-12:00 6 weeks Karina Fernandez City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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24 Sep - 29 Oct Tue 18:30-20:30 6 weeks Ariella Eshed WAC Arts, Belsize Park £238.00
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24 Oct - 28 Nov Thu 19:30-21:30 6 weeks Morgan Watkins The Tabernacle, Notting Hill £238.00
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2 Nov - 7 Dec Sat 10:00-12:00 6 weeks Karina Fernandez City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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7 Dec - 8 Dec Sat 10:00-17:00 2 days (Saturday & Sunday) Scott Sparrow City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £238.00
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PAYMENT OPTIONS

You are welcome to join the course up to the second class.

ONLINE & PHONE PAYMENTS

Online – To book your selected class/course online, just click Book Now next to your chosen class/course.

Phone – We would be happy to take your booking over the phone, just call us on 020 7042 8833 .

CASH & CHEQUE PAYMENTS

Cash - You are welcome to pay cash, just come and see us at our office: City Academy, 10 Herbal Hill, London EC1R 5EG.

Cheque - You can also pay by cheque by filling out this form (click here) and posting it to the address above.

10% DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

If you book 2 or more different classes/courses at a time we can offer you a 10% discount. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please enter 2ORMORE in the promotional code box when booking online or quote code when booking over the phone. Please note that this offer cannot be applied when you are booking two or more of the same class/course.

INDUSTRY TUTORS

City Academy tutors are experienced artists and performers that work in the industry. If your tutor's availability changes at short notice, our team will arrange for a suitable replacement and notify you in advance.

CANCELLATIONS POLICY

We offer a full refund or full credit of your original course if you cancel at least 72 hours before the start of your booking.

We cannot offer any refund if you cancel less than 72 hours before the start of your booking, or if you do not attend.

(For more information please see our terms and conditions)

All City Academy tutors are experienced professionals from theatre, film/TV and performance industries. So whilst they're training you they may also be rehearsing for a West End show or working on a movie. We like that and we do believe it makes a difference in class.

ACTING SUMMER SCHOOL

Our Acting Summer School offers a wide range of acting masterclasses and workshops from screen acting and Shakespeare across five full days of tuition.

SCREEN ACTING SUMMER SCHOOL

Learn about camera technique, casting types, character building, audition technique, monologue and duologue work, and about the industry and getting work in our Screen Acting Simmer school.

Continue your journey

After you have completed your course - we recommend continuing your journey on one of the following courses:

ENJOY WITH FRIENDS OR COLLEAGUES

City Academy delivers bespoke workshops for groups and teams! Enjoy this course at a time and place to suit you. Whether you're a group of friends or a team looking for a creative activity, get in touch to explore ideas today.

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