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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, accessible 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.

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.

A few words from our students

Charlie

Lotte was a very engaging, enthusiastic and kind teacher...For a beginners course it was exhilarating.

Isla

I came to the class without a strong interest in acting. I've left wanting to pursue it semi- professionally.

Sara

Katie is extremely enthusiastic and supportive of all in the class, she makes it a real pleasure each week to attend.

Jason

The tutor's enthusiasm was infectious and her love for the subject so obvious. Great energy!

Steven

I felt challenged but not overwhelmed which was perfect. The tutor was always helpful, very approachable and gave good feedback.

Sharon

The tutor was approachable and patient. She was also passionate and managed to cover so much in a short space of time.

William

Amazing tutor! Very patient and throughout the course I really grew in confidence. I can’t wait to do the Improvers course.


Excited to get started?

Professional actor and City Academy tutor Phoebe Sparrow has shared her 7 top tips for beginners starting their acting journey.

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19 Jul - 23 AugMon19:00-21:006 weeksLinn JohanssonOld Diorama Arts Centre£238.00
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24 Aug - 28 SepTue18:30-20:306 weeksJack McMahonThe London Irish Centre£238.00
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27 Sep - 15 NovMon18:15-19:458 weeksEmma CunniffeOld Diorama Arts Centre£238.00
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5 Oct - 9 NovTue18:30-20:306 weeksMark FieldThe London Irish Centre£238.00
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11 Oct - 29 NovMon19:55-21:258 weeksKatie MorganOld Diorama Arts Centre£238.00
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6 Nov - 11 DecSat12:10-14:106 weeksKarina FernandezArts Theatre£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, 38 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RN
Cheque - You can also pay by cheque by filling out this form (click here) and posting it to the address above.

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)

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.

DATEDAYTIME (BST)DURATIONTUTORVENUEPRICEBOOKING
19 Jul - 23 AugMon19:00-21:006 weeksLinn JohanssonOld Diorama Arts Centre£238.00
Sold Out Add to waiting list
28 Jul - 1 SepWed18:30-20:306 weeksScott SparrowUmbrella Rooms£238.00
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5 Aug - 16 SepThu18:00-19:457 weeksJack McMahonOld Diorama Arts Centre£238.00
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10 Aug - 14 SepTue18:15-20:156 weeksMark PrinceOmnibus Theatre£214.20
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24 Aug - 28 SepTue18:30-20:306 weeksJack McMahonThe London Irish Centre£238.00
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27 Aug - 1 OctFri18:00-20:006 weeksScott SparrowCity Academy at 38 Rosebery Ave.£238.00
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28 Aug - 2 OctSat10:00-12:006 weeksKarina FernandezArts Theatre£238.00
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2 Sep - 14 OctThu19:55-21:407 weeksJack McMahonOld Diorama Arts Centre£238.00
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8 Sep - 13 OctWed18:30-20:306 weeksScott SparrowArts Theatre£238.00
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15 Sep - 13 OctWed18:30-21:005 weeksMark PrinceAssociated Studios£238.00
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21 Sep - 26 OctTue18:15-20:156 weeksMark PrinceOmnibus Theatre£238.00
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23 Sep - 4 NovThu18:00-19:457 weeksJack McMahonOld Diorama Arts Centre£238.00
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27 Sep - 15 NovMon18:15-19:458 weeksEmma CunniffeOld Diorama Arts Centre£238.00
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5 Oct - 9 NovTue18:30-20:306 weeksMark FieldThe London Irish Centre£238.00
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9 Oct - 13 NovSat10:00-12:006 weeksKarina FernandezArts Theatre£238.00
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11 Oct - 29 NovMon19:55-21:258 weeksKatie MorganOld Diorama Arts Centre£238.00
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6 Nov - 11 DecSat12:10-14:106 weeksKarina FernandezArts Theatre£238.00
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18 Nov - 20 JanThu18:15-19:458 weeks (no class 23 & 30 December)Scott SparrowArts Theatre£238.00
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4 DecSat10:30-17:301 dayPhoebe Blossom SparrowCity Academy at 38 Rosebery Ave.£139.00
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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, 38 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RN
Cheque - You can also pay by cheque by filling out this form (click here) and posting it to the address above.

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)

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.

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:

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