Founded in 1911, the Italia Conti Theatre Arts School is Britain's oldest Performing Arts School. Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey is one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in the UK with a vibrant community of performers, performance makers, creative practitioners and technicians graduating from our wide variety of programmes each year.
Structured in such a way that it enables the students to work and train at the same time, this course appeals to a wide variety of individuals who create a rich tapestry of actors in training who are enriched by the diversity and varied life experiences of their peers.
You will be asked to perform a two-minute monologue of your choosing (classical or contemporary) and be interviewed about your interest in the course and your possible routes for development beyond graduating.There are also opportunities on these days to take part in a group workshop, meet the whole staff team, other students already on the programme and tour the facilities.
Throughout the course there are opportunities to compete in various industry competitions, including the Carleton Hobbs Competition for Radio, organised by the BBC, the acting classes London Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, and the Sondheim Performer of the Year Competition, organised by the Society for West End Theatres.
Alex prepared an excellent line-up of activities for the week, including discussions with high profile actors, directors, casting directors and agents, giving us photo shoot and showreel footage, and working with us on our CVs We've worked on some fantastic scenes on camera, on green-screen set and as live performances, and have had excellent support all the way through.
We believe our course helps nurture independent-minded, creative individuals - actors such as the RADA-trained Takunda Kramer, who shone while at the University of East London and has gone on to star with various professional companies as far afield as New York, Dar Es Salaam and Nairobi.
The City Lit does have professional classes aimed at working actors such as sessions on the Alexander Technique and preparing for auditions, so if you'd rather stick to those then keep your eyes peeled, but many actors enjoy getting stuck in with a range of participants.
In recent years graduates of the One Year Course have secured their first acting jobs with employers such as BBC Television, ITV and BBC Radio and on stage for The National Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket, English Touring Theatre, Royal Court, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Chichester Festival Theatre, Theatre Centre, Barbican Centre, Bristol Old Vic, Glasgow Citizens Theatre and Eastern Angles.
The first half of this module (Semester 1) explores the acting theories explored in your Acting and Performance classes and might include the work of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Strasberg, Hagen, Meisner, Michael Chekhov, Grotowski, Barba, Boal, and Mamet.