Performing Arts: What are Drama Schools Looking For?
Course Length: Four weeks
Date(s): 9, 16, 23 and 30 September 2013
Time(s): 7pm - 10pm
Location: International Students House, 229 Great Portland St, London, W1W 5PN
Course Cost: £160 for all four workshops
Minimum Requirements: Year 12 +
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A practical course spanning four evenings, breaking down the often mysterious Drama School audition process and equipping participants with all the tools necessary to gain a place on a full-time course at an accredited Drama School. This course culminates in the presentation of speeches and interview in front of a mock audition panel. Detailed feedback is given throughout, and two appropriately contrasting speeches will be selected for each participant.
The course is taught by professional actors and directors currently working in the industry and at Drama Schools throughout London.
Participants are required to have learnt a modern speech (from any play written after 1960), and a Classical Speech (Shakespeare or his contemporaries) to take part in the course.
Monday 9 September:An insight in to the audition process
Presentation of speeches: Participants perform both their classical and modern speeches that they have prepared.
First round audition: Workshop on which speeches to choose both classical and modern and, more importantly, what to avoid for the first round.
Monday 16 September: Recall audition
Workshop on what to expect at a recall audition and how best to equip and present yourself, particularly in group situations. Practice also on sight-reading, redirection and interview technique.
Speech selections: Participants are given new speeches, or another which may compliment their original choice. These will be required to be learnt and performed on Evening Four.
Monday 23 September:A Drama School Day
Participants are introduced to what a timetabled day is like on a three-year acting course at an accredited school. Classes will include; Acting, Movement and Voice.
Throughout these classes, participants will work with their new speech choices.
Tutorials: Individual tutorials to identify what stage each participant is at in preparing for the audition, feedback on original speech presentation, and advice in selecting which Drama Schools to apply for.
Monday 30 September:Mock Audition Panel
Participants present their new speech choices individually in front of a panel made up of industry professionals, and course leaders from Drama Schools across London. This will be followed by a short interview and verbal feedback from the panel.
Q & A: An informal session in which participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions to the audition panel members.
Lead Tutor Biography: Jonathan Baker
Jonathan trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating with the Sir John Gielgud Award in 2005. Since then, he has worked in film and television, and in theatres across the country. Work includes; Blue/Orange (Covent Garden), The Prince Among Men (Union Theatre), Playlist (Arcola), The Passion, Magical Tales (both Oxford), Baker and Thompson (Edinburgh Festival).
He is a founding member of The Company Project, a collective of actors and writers developing new work which is performed at venues including Theatre 503 and The Old Vic. Jonathan is also an Associate Artist of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, and currently teaches and directs at Mountview on the BA (Hons) Performance courses, and the Foundation course in Acting, where he also sits on the audition panel.
Jonathan has taught drama and led workshops for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and with special educational needs through the company Artists in Residence, with work particularly based in schools in the Lewisham area. He regularly teaches audition technique for entry in to full-time training, with students gaining places at the major drama schools.