Foundation Course in Acting

Foundation Course in ActingThe Foundation Course in Acting is intended primarily for:
  • students leaving school at 18 and taking a gap year before university or drama school
  • graduates leaving university wanting to develop acting skills by taking formal training
  • older applicants considering a change in career
  • anyone seriously wanting to develop acting skills (especially if you would like to join The Questors' acting company)

The Course

Our teaching is practical, incorporating Stanislavski theory. The course consists of classes in Acting, Body and Movement, and Voice and Speech.

  • important principles and creative techniques
  • the actor's work on a role
  • rehearsal and performance

Body and Movement
  • emotional and physical energies
  • creative physicality
  • the body in performance

Voice and Speech
  • breath control and voice production
  • training your voice as an expressive instrument
  • the use of your voice in acting

You will also have exercises to work on or scenes to rehearse between classes; and you will join production teams, working backstage, in sound, lights, props, wardrobe or front-of-house, to develop your professionalism and familiarity with the complete production process.


Some students continue to drama school to pursue a professional career as an actor, while many continue onto our Advanced Performance Course to develop their skills to an advanced level.

Recent students on the Foundation Course have successfully gone on to gain places at RADA, Guildhall, LAMDA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Drama Centre London, Manchester Metropolitan University, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Arts Educational School, Oxford School of Drama, East 15 Acting School and Drama Studio London.


Classes are held at The Questors Theatre in one of our large rehearsal rooms.

Acting class
Saturdays 3.15 - 6.30pm
Body & Movement class
Tuesdays 7.15 - 8.35pm
Voice & Speech class
either Tuesdays 8.45 - 10.05pm (i.e. immediately after the Movement class) or Thursdays 7.30 - 8.50pm

We can't guarantee that you will have the choice of Tuesdays or Thursdays for the voice and speech class, though students' preferences are taken into account.

Membership of The Questors

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).

Equity Membership

As a student on the Foundation Course you are eligible to join Equity as a student member.


Admission is by audition. Minimum age 18 years on entry. (If you are under 18 on 1 September, then you should apply for Young Studio.)

There is no upper age limit. Most students are generally between 18 and 30, but there are usually one or two over 30 in the group, and you can be accepted at any age if you are able to fit in with the group.

Please follow the links below for current information about dates, fees, auditions and applications.

Click here for Dates & Fees
Click here for details of Auditions
Click here for Applications

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