Acting & Theatre Courses & Classes in London

We offer a vibrant, vigorous, creative choice of full, part-time and short acting and theatre courses and classes that reach to all adults whatever their background, age and aspiration - from acting to technical production, musical theatre to stage combat and much more. Many of our drama tutors are professional practitioners, offering inspiration to students at all levels, from beginners to professional performers.

Hear from Charlotte Keith who has studied on several acting courses at City Lit and find out more about her experiences of acting, training and performing.

Any questions? Call us on 020 7492 2542 or email drama@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. Improvisation and character

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 16 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improvisation is not making it up as you go along…instead this is an in-depth look at the skills and techniques you need in order to improvise from scratch and within text to portray truthfully-based character and dramatic interaction.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Vocal anatomy: masterclass

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn which bits of your body do what to produce your own unique voice and speech.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00

  3. Classical acting

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Broaden your skills and discover the freedom to act with classical text in a safe and fun environment. Gain the confidence to build truthful characters through various practical exercises and scene work.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Working with methods of great voice practitioners: David Carey

    Course Date: Wed 24 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A practical workshop based on The Vocal Arts Workbook by David Carey, one of our greatest voice teachers. Explore practical exercises around achieving clarity and expression with your voice.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00

  5. Working with methods of great voice practitioners: Kristin Linklater's Freeing the Natural Voice

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A practical workshop based on Freeing the Natural Voice, the seminal 1976 voice book by Kristin Linklater. Explore creative exercises to liberate breath and resonance.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00

  6. Working with methods of great voice practitioners: Michael McCallion

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore practical exercises in breath resonance and clarity from the important Voice Book of 1988; this workshop is particularly useful for non-native speakers but is for everyone who wants to make the most of their voice.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00

  7. Magic workshop

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and see what performance magic is all about through our two day experience masterclass. Here you will explore a range of magic techniques and acts.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  8. Drama therapy: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A taster course in dramatherapy (UK) which gives you a clear and concise insight into the techniques and theories used within the profession. There will be time for questions, discussions and professional advice. You will also experience the use of Forum Theatre in a therapeutic setting.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  9. Meisner intensive: scenework

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This five day intensive will take you through a full introduction of the Meisner Technique, including public solitude, basic repetition, the pinch and the ouch, the knock at the door, preparation and independent activity.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00

  10. Actor summer school: improvers

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  11. Acting Diploma (Level 3)

    Course Date: Sat 14 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting and rigorous one-year part-time training in the core disciplines of acting. Taught by industry professionals, this course will build your craft as an actor and is ideal for anyone intending to enter full time training at drama school. Entry is by audition, and the course is accredited by OCN London, with access to Advanced Learner Loans for the course fee. For more information contact Drama on (020) 7482 2542 or email Drama Department

    Course times: Thursdays 18:15 – 21:30 and Saturdays 10:00 – 17:30.

    The course fee is £2225. If you’re unable to pay this upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the course fee. The Advanced Learning Loan is written off on completion of a Higher Education degree course. A deposit of £225 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans



    For more information, please call Drama, dance and speech on 020 7492 2542.
    Full fee: £2,225.00
    Senior fee: £2,225.00
    Concession: £2,225.00

  12. Alexander technique for performers

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to improve your freedom of movement, breath and speech during performance? This course for beginners will help you release habitual tension with a focus on mind and body.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  13. Stanislavski: beginners

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the system of realistic acting that most professional actors use today — the approach to training, characterisation and rehearsal technique developed by the legendary Konstantin Stanislavski.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  14. Improvisation: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For complete beginners. Have fun acting, with theatre games and basic character exercises. Build your

    confidence, meet new people and discover your potential.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  15. Stand-up comedy: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the main skills you need to write and perform stand-up comedy. Suitable for complete beginners.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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