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. Drama club for adults

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy playing with acting skills, and meet like-minded people, as part of this fun and interactive community, with a flexible, drop-in structure. Break week: 8 May 2020 (75th anniversary of VE Day)

    You can pay for the whole course up front, or pay £19 for individual 2-hour sessions. Single session bookings can only be made through our Eventbrite page: Book Now

    You can enrol for the whole course, which works out cheaper per session: online for the first two weeks, and after that by contacting the Drama Department.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £159.00

  2. Drama therapy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the role and function of Dramatherapy 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 Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre as methods for engaging with others. Fun, insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  3. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  4. Viewpoints: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 1 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fundamental part of actor training in the US and rapidly gaining popularity here, Viewpoints is an acting technique with a focus on time and space. Viewpoints disrupt vocal and physical habits to bring freshness to engagement with text. Suitable for actors, movers, directors and the creatively curious.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Comedy: writing and performing for TV and online

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write comedy scripts and uncover the craft behind narrative comedy such as Frasier, Fleabag, and This Country. Under the guidance of a multi-award winning comedy Director and Producer, you will create new ideas, and formats for your projects. Explore classics and new forms of narrative comedy - by identifying key techniques behind their success – on television and online.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. Meisner workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your ability to act freely, moment to moment, as you work with Meisner's foundation principles on text-based work.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  7. The art of negotiating

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 3 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Negotiation is a communication skill essential in solving problems and reaching your goals. Learn to prepare well and to feel confident using logical and emotional tools to achieve great outcomes.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  8. Acting advanced: the whole play

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Practise and develop your acting skills by rehearsing scenes from a modern play 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.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  9. Improve your speaking voice

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence by improving your communication skills in the workplace. This course is not for non-native speakers, who should enrol onto Pronunciation and Self - Presentation for Speakers of Other Languages.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  10. Introduction to acting

    Introduction to acting

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 8 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to know more about the process of acting? Perhaps you have always wanted to try it or you would like to return to acting after some time away. Improve your overall confidence in yourself and in performing as you explore a range of acting exercises in a safe and exciting environment.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  11. Drama therapy: intermediate

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 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 Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre as methods for engaging with others. Fun, insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  12. Alexander Technique for performance training: CPD for teachers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 12 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is about the role of the Alexander Technique (AT) in the development and training of actors and performers. It is for anyone involved in performance and in the training of performers; AT teachers as well as acting, directing, movement, dance, music and singing teachers/coaches. We will focus on how the AT teaches skills to empower the actor/performer to improve freedom of movement, breathing and vocal production to facilitate creative expression.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  13. Improvisation and character

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jul 2020
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  14. Acting improvers: exploring text

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take a closer look at the world of the play through detailed text analysis and improvisation. Continue your development as you explore games, exercises, and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes from great writers. Consolidate skills and deepen your understanding in a safe, supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Drama therapy: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A taster course in drama therapy, taking you through a typical drama therapy session. There will be time for questions, discussions and professional advice. You will also experience the use of Playback Theatre in a therapeutic setting.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

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