Acting Summer School for Ages 16–17

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Key information:

Course dates:
Mon 18–Fri 29 Jul 2022
Course times:
9.30am-5.30pm, BST (UTC+1)
Age:
16-17
Art form:
Drama
Fees:
£1295
Fees with accommodation:
£2400
Deadline:
9am, Friday 1 July 2022
Level of study:
Short Courses and Summer Schools
Mode of study:
In-person
Venue:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
When:
Summer

Course info

This course is now full. Please join our waiting list and we will contact you if a space becomes available.

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 18–Friday 29 July 2022 (excluding weekends)
9.30am-5.30pm daily, BST (UTC+1)
The course may include some evening activities such as theatre trips. 

About Acting Summer School for Ages 16–17

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

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
  • Use themes to create, write and perform your own self-devised work
  • 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?
  • We will use a set text to be confirmed in advance of the course. Please ensure you have purchased a copy and have read and familiarised yourself with this. We would recommend a physical copy of the text for ease of making notes/highlights etc. 
  • Notebook
  • Pencil/pen
"I found the course to be an incredible experience that has helped me to develop as an actress. All of the sessions were extremely well led and created a safe space for people to experiment and grow. I feel incredibly lucky to have had this amazing experience and cannot recommend it highly enough."

– participant on Acting Summer School for ages 16–17, 2021

Course Fee

Course fee: £1295
Course fee + Bed, Breakfast & Dinner: £2400

Participation Bursaries are available for Care Leavers for this course. (Please note the application deadline for participation bursaries is 13 June 2022).

This course is now full. Please join our waiting list and we will contact you if a space becomes available.

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.

Accommodation

Check-in: 4-6pm, Sunday 17 July 2022
Check-out: 10am, Saturday 30 July 2022

Accommodation is located in Sundial Court, the School's student halls of residence. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Should we not be able to facilitate your booking, you will be notified via email and a full refund will be issued.

    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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