The course joins Central’s MA Voice Studies and MA Movement Studies to create a cluster of postgraduate programmes aimed at high-level training practices for theatre and performance. Please note the course does not offer training to become an actor, but enables students to work more effectively as an educator, coach or director of actors.
Students are introduced to the principles and practices behind the training, education and support of actors. The course addresses various practice and theory interfaces of contemporary acting and brings a variety of methods into creative fusion. Students may expect to encounter work associated with, for example, Chekhov, Lecoq, Grotowski, Meisner, Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Suzuki, and Viewpoints. Students will also explore ways of developing aptitude in the fundamentals of performance and relate these to a range of production contexts.
Teaching methods include tutorials, group seminars and workshops. Practical sessions are designed to enhance understanding of acting processes and skills in pedagogy, together with associated study of acting techniques and issues of performance including theatre, film and television.
Students will develop: advanced interpersonal, facilitation and coaching skills; pedagogy skills, including how to research, plan and deliver courses; knowledge of a wide-range of acting methodologies and practices, as well as some movement and voice; education and support of actors; research skills –both as an individual and through group research; presentation skills; and an ability to plan, conduct and critically reflect on their own practice as an actor trainer.
Students undertake a teaching/coaching placement whilst on the course, as well as placements to engage with different acting and production contexts. The duration ranges from eight hours to three months. Placements are a vital part of the course and enable students to develop pedagogic experience and hone their skills as an educator.
Students have benefitted from working both on other courses (undergraduate and postgraduate) at Central and in other outside institutions including Central Film School, London Film Academy, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Arts Education, East 15, Guildford School of Acting, Drama Centre, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Rose Bruford College, Kingston University, Royal Holloway University of London, Bangkok University, London Metropolitan University, Hampstead Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, Clean Break Theatre Company, Theatre Venture, Yellow Earth Theatre Company, the Roundhouse, the Actors Centre, and London Bubble Theatre Company.