Acting Summer School for Ages 16–17

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Acting Summer School 16-17

Key information:

Course dates:
Mon 17 July – Fri 28 July 2023
Course times:
9.30am-5.30pm
Age:
16-17
Art form:
Drama
Fees:
£1,365
Deadline:
5pm, Sunday 9 July 2023
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools, Workshops & Saturday Centres (ages 4-18)
Mode of study:
In-person
Venue:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
When:
Summer

Course info

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  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Sunday 9 July 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity.
  • Please note that accommodation in Sundial Court isn't available in 2023

Ages 16–17*

*Equivalent to UK school years 12 & 13. Please note we cannot accept any participants over 18 due to safeguarding. We are happy to accept participants who will be in Year 12 in September but will turn 16 in July/August. 

Course Dates & Times

Monday 17 July – Friday 28 July 2023 (excluding weekends)
9.30am-5.30pm
The course will also include some evening activities

About Acting Summer School for Ages 16–17

This two-week course offers an inspirational insight into contemporary and classical actor training for actors aged 16-17.

Throughout the two weeks, you will work with a mix of Guildhall tutors and graduates, as well as leading practitioners and teachers from the industry. Each day will introduce you to a multitude of new skills, from voice to screen acting, movement and audition technique.

Who is the course for?

Anyone aged 16-17 with a passion for acting and theatre and/or might be considering auditioning for drama school.

What can I expect?

You will work with a dedicated course director on scenes and monologues. The course will follow a split day structure, with half of the day spent exploring a range of craft training, and the other half in project rehearsals. You will work in a group of up to 16 participants.

You can expect to:

  • Apply fundamental acting skills, such as a character’s objectives in a scene or speech
  • Learn about screen acting, self-taping, voice and movement
  • Increase your knowledge of verse speaking and iambic pentameter
  • Extract themes from a play through text analysis and learn about the importance of a scene partner
  • Explore the importance of ensemble through contemporary plays
  • Decode and demystify Shakespeare
  • Learn to devise, write, and create your own content, and how to deliver this through a number of mediums
Do I need anything for the course?
  • A set text will be used throughout the course. Please ensure you have purchased a copy and have read and familiarised yourself with it. We would recommend a physical copy of the text for ease of making notes/highlights etc. but the text is also available as an e-book.
  • Please select one speech of any gender of your choosing from the list of speeches provided. This will be used for the exploration of monologue work. You are welcome to bring a different speech of your choice, as long as it is close in age, and you connect with it. Please bring a print-out of your chosen speech to the course. You will be delivering these speeches at the end of the course, so it is advised to learn them as best you can in advance.
  • Notebook
  • Pencil/pen
"I found all aspects of the summer course incredible. I learnt so much in two weeks and came away feeling convinced that this is the right pathway for my future."

– Participant on Acting Summer School 16-17, 2022

Course Fee

£1,365

Participation Bursaries are available for Care Leavers for this course. (Please note the application deadline for participation bursaries is 12 June 2023.)

Book Now
  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Sunday 9 July 2023 or when the course reaches full capacity.
  • Please note that accommodation in Sundial Court isn't available in 2023

Eligibility

*Equivalent to UK school years 12 & 13. Please note we cannot accept any participants over 18 due to safeguarding. We are happy to accept participants who will be in Year 12 in September but will turn 16 in July/August.

    About the Course Tutor

    You will work with a project director and industry professionals appointed by the course leader. These will be confirmed near to the course start date.

    The course has been developed by Aled Pedrick.

    Aled trained on the Guildhall acting programme and has worked as a teacher here for over ten years. He is an actor, theatre director and singing teacher. In addition to Guildhall, Aled teaches at Arts Ed, Identity Drama School and London Southbank University. He is also a guest director at Drama Studio London.

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