This 15 month full time programme is aimed at the older student or graduate wanting to make a career change. Focusing on skills and techniques needed for today’s professional actor, the programme encourages you to view your practice as continual development and to further your particular strengths.
- Acting and Performance Studies – Classes in Acting Technique, Acting for Camera, Acting for Radio, Improvisation, Approach to text. Scene Study includes – Shakespeare, Chekov, Ibsen, Greek Tragedy, and Contemporary writers.
- Voice Studies – Classes in Voicing Text, Technical Voice, Articulation and RP, Choral.
- Movement Studies – Core and Alignment, Creative Movement Stage Craft and Characterisation
- Contextual Studies – Adaptation, Character Research, Research Methodologies Muscianship, Professional Practice, Practical Research Project.
Teaching and learning
The first three taught terms consist of practical skills classes in acting, voice and movement together with scene study rehearsals. This practical work is supported by theory in contextual studies. The programme is designed so that you build your skills base and knowledge in a methodical way to allow you the ownership of practice expected of you in your two public terms.
Contact time is 36 timetabled hours a week.
ALRA tutors are both trained teachers and professional practitioners. Term 3 and 4 directors are professional theatre or television directors.
Classes are practical involving group, pair or solo exercises; you will be asked to research, reflect and share your discoveries in occasional presentations. Rehearsals can be workshops, script analysis and traditional rehearsals.
Scene Study presentations take place twice a term.
Extra curricula workshops take place at the end of every term.
In terms 4 and 4 you will:
- Record a 10 minute film which will be streamed on the ALRA website
- Perform in a play which will tour the local community in collaboration with a professional theatre company
- Perform in a play in the ALRA Theatre
- Perform in a Showcase in both London and Manchester to industry professionals
- Present a solo piece of work in the ALRA Theatre
Upon successfully completing the Post Graduate Acting Programme you will be awarded –
- MA Professional Acting (validated by University of Greenwich)
- Diploma in Professional Acting Level 5 (validated by Trinity College, London)
In addition you will be entitled to Full Equity Membership through our NCDT accreditation and join Spotlight at the start of term 5.
Selection made by audition. In addition you must be:
- Be at least 21 years old at the start of the course (there is no upper age limit).
- Have an undergraduate degree or equivalent - or considerable life experience with exceptional ability.
- Be fluent in English - if English is not your first language.