Foundation Course in Acting 2020-21
Learn the craft of acting at an institution that’s trained performers for 70 years
Due to COVID-19, we are not taking applications for 2020-21. Details on how to apply to our 2021-22 course will be posted here in the coming months.
Course dates and fees:
The course starts in September 2021. Full details of dates and fees will be available shortly.
If you want to take the art of acting seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously, then our intensely practical part-time course is for you. Each week you’ll take specialised classes in Acting, Body Energy in Performance, and Voice and Speech.
Our hands-on course is aimed at those who want to make a commitment to becoming an actor – either to pursue a professional career, or to develop their skills in stage performance.
Unlike many other training providers we deliver our training in a working theatre which produces 15-20 professional-standard productions each year.
The course receives overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, and is recommended by tutors at many leading drama schools.
Module 1: Acting
In your acting classes you’ll be rehearsing and performing scenes every week. You’ll gain an all-round practical understanding of the art of acting, enabling you to approach theatre from Greek Tragedy and Shakespeare to Ibsen, Chekhov, Brecht, Beckett and a range of modern playwrights.
Developed from Stanislavski, our course will train you in the actor’s art of creation and expression – the ability ‘to create the inner life of a human spirit and to express it in artistic form’.
You’ll develop your imagination in order to create believable characters, your emotional sensibility to respond to dramatic situations, and your capacity to understand human motivations and behaviours.
An essential part of your training will involve interplay – working jointly with other artists to create pieces of theatre. You’ll support fellow actors, and engage with directors, designers, sound and lighting technicians, and stage managers.
Module 2: Body Energy in Performance
Dedicated body and movement classes will train you to understand the relationship between emotional and physical energy and how these energies are responsible for the development of character.
In life, the body is hot-wired to react first and think later. By harnessing this power you will be able to create the strongest performance in the most natural, holistic and truthful manner.
The Body Method will train you to read body language in others and to discover the powerful possibilities of true emotional interplay.
Module 3: Voice and Speech
In this class you’ll learn how to yell for hours without losing your voice. You will also learn how to speak quietly, but still be heard from the back row.
Voice work helps build an instrument that has power and stamina, flexibility and expressivity: a voice that effortlessly reveals the character’s inner world.
Freedom from physical tensions, alignment, breath, resonance and articulation work are the corner stones of the voice curriculum.
You’ll gain an understanding of your own voice and speech habits, so that you can free yourself of habits that limit you in rehearsal or performance and craft new mannerisms for the characters you portray.
As a Questors student you enjoy all the facilities and benefits of membership of The Questors, including free tickets to all productions by The Questors during the year (except the Christmas show).
As a student on the Foundation Course in Acting you are eligible to join Equity as a student member.
What can I do after this course?
The majority of students who complete the Foundation Course in Acting apply for the Advanced Performance Course, to further develop their skills in acting in front of public audiences in our working theatre.
Recent graduates have also gained places at RADA, Guildhall, LAMDA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and most other leading drama schools. Others have gone on to careers on stage and screen.
Many graduates join our theatre company and act in Questors productions performed in our Judi Dench Playhouse and Studio Theatre.
Prior training in acting is not necessary. All applicants attend an audition and interview where they can demonstrate their acting potential and commitment to developing their performance skills.
Minimum age is 18 years. Although most students are aged 18-30 you can be accepted at any age.
How to applyOnce you apply, you will be invited to an audition and interview. We want to assess your talent and commitment and find out what your experience is. It doesn't matter if you have no experience at all if you have the potential and the right attitude.
You should start preparing for your audition as soon as you have applied. For your audition you should prepare two short pieces, each lasting about two minutes and contrasting in style. These pieces should be from a play, and preferably a single speech. There is no requirement that one should be Shakespeare. Choose pieces that appeal to you and which you feel you can get into – and learn them by heart. You will also be asked to act an impromptu scene.
The main audition period will be between the end of August and the beginning of September.