The Foundation in Acting course is City Academy’s premier acting programme, offering intensive training across a range of core acting disciplines.

The Foundation Course is split into three annual modules, with each bringing its own unique focus, aims and challenges. Modules can be taken individually as a one-off block, or all together to form a truly comprehensive one-year training programme.

Each module is structured as a 7-week part-time course, running from 9.30am  to 5.30pm on consecutive Saturdays. Core skills are developed, before a showing of work is presented to an invited audience at the end of the module.

SPRING MODULE OVERVIEW
‘ACTOR AS CREATOR’

In the Spring module, students will work collectively with diverse and creative approaches to unlock the rich landscape of acting and develop the fundamentals of technique.

Training will be focused on a variety of exercises, tasks and theatre games, designed to unlock creative ways of thinking and learn to approach acting inventive and engaging way.

On the final day of the module, a culmination of the work covered in the previous weeks will be presented to an invited audience in a studio showcase performance.

ACTING CLASSES - SPRING MODULE
VERBATIM THEATRE - TELLING A STORY BY CONNECTING TO PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

In the core Acting classes, students will work on the collective process of creating an ensemble piece of storytelling theatre about a London community using Verbatim text. Verbatim Theatre is a process in which a playwright interviews real people on a topic and issue, records the responses, then use those words exactly as they are to create a performance piece.

Through a devising process drawing from Lee Strasberg methods, characters and scenes will be worked on from several published pieces including (among others) ‘Home’, ‘London Road’ and ‘Little Revolution’.

CLASS CONTENT

- Rehearse text and character through improvisation
- Work creatively as ensemble to devise character, place and story using verbatim text
- Discover how to reflect work and casting type
- Explore different uses of the space, rhythm and movement to create truthful character interactions
- Use personal experience and sense memory safely to re-create a believable performance

VOICE CLASSES - SPRING MODULE
REALISTIC ADDRESS - SPEAKING WITH RHYTHM, PITCH AND PACE

In the core voice classes, students will work on naturalistic communication between characters using selected texts. Training will emphasise the need for understated vocal realism without losing theatrical delivery.

Basic breathing exercises will strengthen the vocal sound working towards a more relaxed and flexible projection ensuring the voice can be carried across larger spaces within a more realistic stage setting.

The foundations of practising good diction will focus on stress, emotion, listening and situation. Training will develop stronger articulation whilst working on the emotional connection needed as an actor when communicating a character’s thoughts and feelings to an audience.

VOICE CLASSES CONTENT

- Practise vocal exercises to strengthen speech muscles
- Achieve clear, flexible vocal sounds more easily
- Gain an understanding of the placement and facial movements of accent
- Connecting the voice, body, feelings and imagination whilst delivering naturalistic text
- Explore tone, pitch and pace of the voice – and learn to use silence to carry meaning and clarity to communication
- Receive personal feedback on speech and accent habits and a plan for further development

PHYSICAL THEATRE CLASSES - SPRING MODULE
USING PROPS AS AN EXTENSION OF THE BODY IN STORYTELLING

In the core Physical Theatre classes, students will be guided to liberate their imagination by working through the body using approaches influenced by practitioners such as Dymphna Callery and Jacques Lecoq. There will be particular emphasis on taking attention away from self with the use of mask, prop and bamboo work.

Through a devised process this module will focus on creative freedom, allowing actors to become more expressive. Mobility, agility and sensitivity are the key aim for actors when moving. Training will consider dramatic tension at a physical level, changing between different qualities of energy in movement: fast and slow, holding and releasing, open and closedhe devised piece will be supported by the work explored in 100 by Petterle, Monaghan and Heimann.

PHYSICAL THEATRE CLASSES CONTENT

- Learn how neutrality is a key principle in actor training, that it is not a passive state but a potent one
- Work collectively to discover how energy relates to performance rhythm
- Discover how the emphasis is on the actor-as-creator rather than the actor-as-interpreter
- Work as an ensemble member to create a themed piece using mask, prop or bamboo
- Understand the importance of body language by creating a new physical vocabulary

ACTING THROUGH SONG CLASSES - SPRING MODULE
ENGAGING, BELIEVABLE AND EXPRESSIVE STORYTELLING WITHIN SONG

In the core Acting Through Song classes, teaching will encourage musical creativity and storytelling skills based on exploration of personal stories. Working in different musical styles and themes, stories will be worked into song.

Basic techniques and vocal warm ups will boost confidence in singing as an actor and support the learning and exploration of the final piece. The work created will develop character relationship and plot: by learning how the changes in emotional quality of a song reflects the mood of the character.

CLASS CONTENT

- Interpret music critically and understand its effect on an audience 
- Develop the skills to consciously notice and use musical information to express the emotional experience of a character more clearly
- Find flexibility and openness when in interpreting story through song
- Devise original lyrics and melody to illuminate a character’s experience
- Consider tempo, rhythm and basic key changes significant to the piece being performed and how they impact on the dynamics of the song

Further Modules

Find out more about the two further available modules on course below. Each module can be taken separately, or all together to form the full programme:

Find out more about the Autumn Module >>
Find out more about the Winter Module >>

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