Acting & Theatre Courses & Classes in London and Online

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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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.

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  1. Combining voice and Pilates

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This innovative course shows you how to integrate modified Pilates movements with voice training as a holistic approach to voice, starting at breath release and progressing into phonation and resonance. Through this combination you may begin to find a link between body and voice through the core muscles of support. This term the course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  2. Audition ready

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how an audition panel sees you in order to maximise your chances of success. You will work on your audition repertoire to build a solid base of classical and contemporary audition pieces.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Voice technique: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve the quality and clarity of your voice through posture, breath capacity and control, articulation, resonance, forward placement and pitch. For anyone who wants to make the most of their voice. This term the course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  4. The Acting room: developing potential

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This comprehensive acting course is ideal for anyone who may require a little more time, support and adjustment as you engage in the acting process. All levels are welcome. Develop your potential through text, improvisation and scene work.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Acting advanced: scene work

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Practise and develop your acting skills by rehearsing scenes from contemporary plays in depth, with the option of performing to an invited audience at the end of the course. This course is suitable for students who have completed a broad range of our acting courses at beginners and improvers level or who have gained suitable experience elsewhere.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  6. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    All cultures respect the world of Story. The ability to tell Stories, in a variety of settings, is a skill that has seen a strong resurgence both in the workplace and in contemporary performance. Come to gain greater confidence in your communication skills and wider experience. This course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  7. Acting for fun

    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain confidence and lose your inhibitions in this practical class for complete beginners. Make friends and improve your communication skills while having fun in this safe and friendly environment.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  8. Acting workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Enjoy developing your acting skills as you meet like-minded people, in this fun workshop.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  9. Drama therapy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the role and function of drama therapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will explore aspects of drama therapy story enactment and how to work with Archetypes in a drama therapy setting, Forum Theatre as a method for engaging with others is also a part of this course. Fun, insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  10. Self-presentation skills for business people

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your effectiveness as a communicator on this fun but intensive Saturday workshop. You'll learn powerful self- presentation techniques and life skills from a Voice specialist and Body Language expert.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  11. Actor's voice: beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and expressiveness. This course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  12. Actors: how to earn a living

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course covers a range of essential skills that all performers need to know in order to establish themselves in the industry.Taught by a theatre producer, this course covers a range of essential skills, from how to get more work through networking to managing your taxes.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. Movement for actors

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An actors most important tool is their body!

    Having an awareness of space and presence and utilising the body to help carve engaging, full-born characters is vital in theatre, whether this be during improvisation, delivering a monologue or throughout the process of a performance. It's important to have the tools to do this!

    This course aims to give every member an introductory “toolkit” you can take away with you, freeing your body, exploring character technique, enhancing your improvisational and performance intuition and becoming confident in your craft.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.

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    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. Foundation in Drama (Extended Certificate Level 2)

    Course Date: Fri 9 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to be an actor? This intensive and practical one day per week course provides classes in the core disciplines of acting, voice and movement, working towards a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts awarded by OCN London. Entry is by audition and these are currently being held online using Zoom.

    Classes will be held face to face in the College.

    Please use the links below to find any further information. To apply you will need to download and complete an application form and provide a passport-sized photo.

    Download application form here Application Form

    Further information about the audition Drama Audition Advice 2021

    Further information about the course Guide to Foundation in Drama.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £1,599.00
    Senior fee: £1,599.00
    Concession: £1,087.00

  15. Laban: The Eight Efforts

    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rudolf Laban was a movement theorist, choreographer and a dancer; today his work is a core element within actor training. Laban has Eight Efforts to explore and are used as a way to extend an actor’s movement vocabulary and ability to play characters physically. His Effort work can be thought of as a way of identifying the ‘quality’ of our movement during action.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

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