Performing arts

Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London and Online

City Lit offers performing arts courses in the heart of Covent Garden in Central London during the evening, daytime and at weekends. Explore our range of subjects including acting(including accredited acting courses)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic theory and history

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist advisor to help you choose the right level. If you would you like some help or advice:

For music courses email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email drama@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. Stage management and technical theatre production
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lucy Ellis
    This course is designed for students who have an interest in learning stage management and technical theatre skills. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience in our in-house theatre, supporting the CL Theatre company's production of Macbeth. Suitable for beginners or those with previous experience.







    Overall course dates: 20 May to 16 July.



    Session times: Mon and Fri's 18.30 - 21.30. Sunday's 10.30 -16.30.



    Please see the full list of course dates below.







    DRA142 City Lit Theatre Company course outline on our website.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £199.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. Directing theatre: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Broaden your skills and explore your director's voice in greater depth. Work on various modern and classical pieces, and select your own material.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  3. Radio presenting: beginners
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    What makes a good radio presenter? From getting the script off the page and ad-libbing to music presenting and news reading, develop an on-air identity, working as live ‘on mic’ each week. This course will be online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: improvers
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Explore microphone techniques and demands across different areas of acting work on radio. For those who have completed a beginners’ course or have previous relevant industry experience. This course will be delivered in our media studio.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  5. Voice technique: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    This course will support your extended vocal development with a focus on resonance, tonality and pitch. Open to those who have completed at least one voice course previously as well as professionals looking to refresh their skills.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  6. Drama therapy: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dan Skili
    Investigate the role and function of drama therapy as a working model on this interactive 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 £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  7. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: advanced
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Seeking work in Radio Drama? Explore microphone techniques and acting skills for radio at a higher level. For those who have completed Acting for Radio Beginners and/or Improvers courses or have previous relevant industry experience. This course will be taught in our media studio.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Acting: text intensive
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Spend three days exploring and rehearsing scenes from a non-naturalistic modern play with an experienced theatre director, sharing a work-in-progress performance in the final afternoon.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £122.00
  9. Sing Broadway
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Learn to perform your favourite songs from popular Broadway shows, from standard classics to modern musicals. Gain confidence in performing, and enjoy singing solo and in ensemble.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
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    100% of 100
  10. Cabaret workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Develop your cabaret performance skills in this lively, engaging workshop. Learn to transition between speech and song and to create a meaningful cabaret sequence. If you are new to this class you need to be assessed in an advice session. Please click the pink 'start your interview' button on the right, or contact the music department to arrange an appointment on 020 7492 2630 or music@citylit.ac.uk.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  11. TV presenting for beginners (intensive)
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Grant
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a TV presenter, but been unsure where to start? Discover your TV presenting potential. Learn how to present to camera, read autocue, memorise a piece to camera, interview and talk to time. All this in one weekend!
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £108.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Radio presenting: advanced intensive
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    This is a new opportunity to take your love of radio to the next level. The course supports you with a tutor-editor to craft a pre-recorded radio programme or extended feature on a subject of your choice, mixing interview clips, music and sound effects into your own production. This course will be delivered 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 £108.00
  13. Music theory: diploma topics 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Consolidate your knowledge of music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Exam technique and preparation. Break weeks: 02, 09 and 30 May 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  14. Drama therapy
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 7 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dan Skili
    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 develop some of the essential skills and use a range of methods to engage with others. Fun and insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 8 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    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 £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100

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