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.

WINTER MODULE OVERVIEW
‘ACCEPTANCE OF SELF’

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 - WINTER MODULE
DISCOVER CHARACTER THROUGH A PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL JOURNEY

In the core Acting class students will be working on the individual process of practically creating character, exploring background and physical personality traits, gestures and body language that often communicate more to an audience than the text itself.

Using selected monologues, students will develop the world of the character through improvisation and character research. Working with fundamental questions influenced by Stanislavski’s methods, students develop a truthful character with believable gesture and movement under imaginary circumstances.

CLASS CONTENT

- Rehearse character traits and gesture within context of the selected monologue using exercises developed by Stanislavski 
- Explore character as actor using mental investigation, animal study and imagination
- Work physically with the fundamental Actor’s Questions; Who am I, where am, what am I thinking, what do I want and How do I get it?
- Engage with observation, concentration and relaxation skills to bring a character to life
- Identify different physical interpretations of the same character. Work independently at analysis and blocking a monologue

VOICE CLASSES - WINTER MODULE
CREATIVE LANGUAGE – AWAKENING THE INDIVIDUAL VOICE THROUGH THE EXPLORATION OF WORDS

In the core voice classes, students will work on elementary vocal exercises to gain control over nervous energy within the voice. Specifically, honed exercises will maximise vocal range and connect the voice more effectively to body language and gesture. Using poetry, for delivery skills will be improved to create a clearer, more compelling and dynamic vocal presence.

The foundations of good diction will be encouraged in a variety of styles and settings. Training focuses on developing speech for stronger articulation whilst working on the emotional connection when communicating a character’s thoughts and feelings to an audience.

CLASS 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
- Understand how words are always signposts of character and story
- Work with technique and imagination to express language with energy, emphasis, thought and feeling
- Receive personal feedback on speech and accent habits and a plan for further development

PHYSICAL THEATRE - WINTER MODULE
OVERCOME FEAR AND BUILD TRUST THROUGH PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL COLLABORATION IN AN ENSEMBLE

In the core Physical Theatre classes, students will work with intuitive theatre methods and movement based exercises influenced by the ethics of ‘Frantic Assembly’. Working as a company of actors, bold theatrical movement pieces will be devised through a process of connecting energies physically and emotionally.

The physical theatre classes in this module will focus how a character’s environment or change of environment might affect interact with other characters. Music may also be a creative stimulus in this piece.

CLASS CONTENT

- Learn to collaboratively tell a story through movement to music
- Mark the moment through either still image, key line, sound collage etc.
- Explore the dramatic pause Work as an ensemble member to build a themed piece to others
- Use mime and narration individually and as a company

ACTING THROUGH SONG - WINTER MODULE
CONSIDER SITUATION AND SETTING AROUND A SONG, FINDING A NEW ANGLE ON HOW TO TELL THE STORY

In Acting Through Song classes, students will study and devise scene and setting leading into the song using Pop & Rock musical genre. A deeper level of understanding about the character relationship outside of the lyrics and music will be explored.

Basic Technique and Warm Ups will support the learning of the songs. Teaching will guide the students through understanding and deciding on the story of the songs and the various characters throughout. Answering questions like ‘how do we tell this story all together or differently to how it’s been told before?’ Improvising techniques will be used to lead into and out of the song to gain a further understanding of the story being told and improve performance.

CLASS CONTENT

Will work through given circumstances of the scene and character relationship to find new layers of storytelling within and around the song. Learn how emotional states are a consequence of working to achieve what the character wants in the face of resistance. Working around the song students will look for larger needs and bigger problems, by raising the stakes of the situation. Develop a sense of the given circumstances, establish relationships, get a clear sense of the character’s objectives and begin acting tactically with others in the scene Work on how to tell the story of the song from different perspectives and situation

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 Spring Module >>

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