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London Program

LONDON SUMMER ACTING INTENSIVE

MEISNER & NEW INNOVATIONS IN ACTOR TRAINING:

For us, teaching in London is a thrill. We love the influence and the pulse. The city is steeped in history, and we found it to have a profound effect on the students. Our London program uses traditional Meisner training combined with modern advancements from the conservatory taught alongside international master teachers of movement, voice, and speech.  

Rose Buford College, the leading college for international programs in England, offers the perfect setting with a beautiful campus and wonderful studios.  A twenty-minute train ride from downtown London, the location can’t be beat.  

Particularly unique was the international combination of students in one classroom.  American students were very affected by studying abroad.  Lessons were needed by the European students, who had wonderful skills in many ways, as well as high intellect; they needed to sink into very deep work, and it landed beautifully on them.  The American training traditional was beneficial to them, and many advances were made.

We look forward to our upcoming London program in July. We’re currently interviewing prospectives to ensure the right mix of talent and promise in this very special international training program.


 
 

Course dates

Monday, July 10 to Saturday, July 22, 2017

The course is designed for those with previous performance experience or training who want to develop their practice. Students will study in depth the first module of the Sanford Meisner Technique. The course leaders, Master Teachers Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole, will bring this work into the 21st century with augmented lessons.

Founded in 1950, Rose Bruford College is one of the UK’s leading Drama schools in the University Sector and has an international reputation as a center of excellence. A high proportion of Rose Bruford College graduates make successful careers in the live performance industries, including working in theatre, concerts, festivals, fashion shows and corporate events. Our alumni include Oscar nominee Gary Oldman, Olivier Award Winner Katie Brayben (Best Actress in a Musical for Beautiful, the Carole King Story), writer and actor Mathew Baynton (Horrible Histories, The Wrong Mans), and award winning contemporary playwright Roy Williams. More information about our notable alumni can be found on our website - www.bruford.ac.uk/careers- industry/famous-alumni/

Rose Bruford College is just 20 minutes from downtown London and is set in 18th century landscaped parkland with excellent 21st century facilities. The summer masterclass program is offered to enable students from around the world to enjoy and experience the outstanding facilities and reputation of Rose Bruford College.

Course Content

The course will include a program of intensive, stimulating and challenging classes, rehearsals and practical workshops. The lessons are clear, sequential, specific, and imaginative. In-depth development in observation, rich responsiveness, and vivid objectives will deal with the specific uniqueness of human behavior.

The classes include exercises and scene work to:
• Develop effortless, spontaneous responsiveness to others
• Discover how to use oneself simply and truthfully, poetically and expansively
• Explore specific actions in the theatrical world of the dramatic imagination
• Create behavioral connectedness in relationships and to life-altering circumstances

In this workshop, the students will work 8 hours each day with evening rehearsals, 6 days per week. The class work require discipline and the motivation to excel in one’s own artistic development. In addition, training in movement, voice, on-camera technique, dramatic imagination, and action/verbs will be included.

By the end of the program, the students will have completed an extraordinary journey. They will have integrated and mastered some essential skills necessary to build a solid foundation in Acting.

Through visceral access to the imaginary world, students will become more specific with their choices and implementation of their actions, objectives, and justifications. Through sensorial immersion into the imaginary world, they will become more emotionally connected and expressive. Through vivid connections to the imaginary world, they will become more fluid and responsive to their interactions with other actors on stage. Their physical and vocal technique will support and enhance their work in performance. They will be a more confident and self-assured artist and will be prepared to move into a more advanced training context.

This workshop will give a very strong introduction to the Meisner technique as well as develop a number of other
areas of acting training that includes:

- On-camera work;
- Analysis through script work
- Exercises working on drilling ‘actions’;
- Work on developing a deep emotional life for the actor;
- Developing the dramatic imagination.

The workshop will off er about 100 hrs of instruction with the classes running from 8:30am to around 7pm with a
lunch break and some time before each class to prepare. Each evening students will be given some assignments to
prepare for the next day and they will need to rehearse with a partner.

Refreshments

The Rose Café in the College will provide lunch during the day - your fee covers the cost of this. Additional refreshments can be purchased throughout the day from the café. If you have advised us of any special dietary requirements those details will have been passed to the Manager of the Rose Café.

International Students

Applicants who have English as a second language should be able to understand and communicate effectively in English. Students will improve their command of English through the study of play texts and practical work.

It was an incredible experience. The teaching was so in-depth and intensive. All the students were so talented and motivated. The setting was remarkable, intimate and enjoyable. Coming from the USA to be part of the summer programme was a special time and something I’ll always cherish.
— Wolfgang Novogratz from Los Angeles, USA
It was an extraordinary experience to learn from Kathryn and Rick. I’ve never met an acting tutor or a director with such an exceptional ability to sense people, hear their truest intentions and reveal the actor’s potential.
— Sophie [recent graduate of RADA - Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts]