The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is one of the world’s leading conservatoires. Former acting students include Dame Eileen Atkins, Orlando Bloom, Daniel Craig, Daniel Evans, Joseph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, Sarah Lancashire, Damian Lewis, Alistair McGowan, Ewan McGregor, Ben Miles, Fay Ripley, Clive Rowe, Simon Russell Beale, David Thewlis, Jodie Whittaker and Dominic West. The School maintains its high standards through the expertise of its tutors and directors, who have strong links with the profession.
Our two summer school courses each offer three weeks of stimulating and inspiring training in acting. Both courses include class work or workshops with many of the School's core staff including Wyn Jones (Director of Acting), Patsy Rodenburg (Head of Voice), and Wendy Allnutt (Head of Movement). Students work as an ensemble in groups of not more than eighteen.
The Guildhall School is situated in the City of London within the Barbican Arts Centre, which houses two theatres, a concert hall, cinemas and galleries. It is also within easy reach of West End theatres, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe on the South Bank, Sadler's Wells Theatre and Tate Modern.
Three weeks of intensive tuition, workshops and rehearsals. Students have craft-based classes for half of the day; for the other half they work as an ensemble with a director to explore short scenes from Shakespeare and a contemporary play, investigating the texts through group exercises and improvisation. The aim is to demystify Shakespeare and commit to truthful acting in modern drama. The course concludes with a presentation of work-in-progress to students and staff (not open to the public) which may take the form of a workshop or open class.
Three weeks of intensive tuition, workshops and rehearsals. Students have craft-based classes for half the day; for the other half they work as an ensemble with a director and musical director on a project exploring a selection of scenes and songs. This will involve some musical staging but the focus of the course is upon the craft of acting within the context of song. It concludes with a presentation of work-in-progress to students and staff (not open to the public) which may take the form of a workshop or open class.
Craft-based classes and workshops for both courses include:
Two visits to attend performances in London theatres are included in the fees of both courses.
A certificate will be awarded to all candidates who attend and complete the course.
Comments from Summer 2012
“The best thing I've done for myself as an actor”
“The quality of teaching, patience and expertise was more than I could have hoped for”
"Inspirational, enriching, challenging, fascinating, a life-changing experience"
"I would recommend the course to anyone interested in going into the profession"
Both Summer School courses start on Monday 15 July and finish on Friday 2 August 2013, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (approx.) with some evening activities. Weekends are free.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or over on the first day of the course in order to be able to manage the long hours, intensive nature of the curriculum and adult content of some of the material covered; the work requires that participants have high levels of maturity and life-experience. Unfortunately, this is something for which we can make no exceptions.
A fluent standard of spoken English is essential.
We invite participants from all over the world and they may have various levels of acting experience - including those wishing to be introduced to the craft of acting and those who have already had acting experience.
Sundial Court, the School’s Halls of Residence, offers student accommodation and a canteen serving pre-booked breakfasts and evening meals. The residence is located in the centre of London and is a few minutes' walk from the School. Local amenities, including supermarkets, bars, restaurants and two underground stations are all within easy walking distance. The student self-catering rooms are all single occupancy with shared shower room, toilet and kitchen facilities. Bed linen, towels, kitchen utensils and crockery are provided. Sundial Court also has a launderette, communal TV lounge with satellite TV and 24 hour on-site security. Accommodation and meals are not included in the course fee but the affordable rates are highly competitive for central London accommodation.
The Acting in Shakespeare & Contemporary Theatre and Acting in Musical Theatre courses have the same fee (which includes theatre visits). Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any bursaries or grants for the Drama Summer School.
There is no audition, interview or reference required for the summer school. To help us decide whether our course would be suitable for you, it is important that your personal statement is as comprehensive as possible on the Application Form. In order to support full and diverse participation in our summer courses, and as places are not offered on an applicant’s individual merits, we offer the same number of places to men and women until April after which date all remaining places will be given to applicants of either sex on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no deadline and applications will be accepted until the summer school is full. If there are no places left you will be put on a waiting list. Demand is high, so you are strongly advised to apply early.
We will contact you with the result of your application and, if you have been successful, we will send further information about how to pay the full amount or an initial payment of £350. Any outstanding fees must be paid by Friday 3 May 2013.
Applications for 2013 are open; please apply here now.
A refund of fees can only be issued if written notification for a cancellation is received by Friday 17 May 2013. The deposit of £350 is non-refundable.
It is recommended that students take out insurance cover, including cover for theft and the loss of fees in the event of illness or accident. For international students needing help in finding an insurance company, you might try www.students-insurance.eu/
Should you wish to use your participation in the summer school as credit for a university or college course you are undertaking, this would be a matter for you to agree with your current institution. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer assessments.