Time: 19:30 - 21:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DRA071
Duration: 5 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course will build on and develop your improvisation skills, creativity and general acting. We will focus on greater levels of truth and being in the moment in this stimulating and supportive environment.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Developing and exploring characters and relationships
Exploring and developing situations
Building and developing scenes.
The Meisner technique. This technique brings a sense of reality to improvisation. The technique is about noting the real emotional states of your scene partners.
Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Play with greater levels of integrity
• Create characters and relationships with greater emotional commitment
• Develop and perform confidently in a range of improvised scenarios.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be able to work well with others and have a willingness to play and take risks.This course is ideal for those who have completed a course in improvisation or acting before. In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen and respond to instructions and feedback.
• Communicate clearly in discussion and drama practice.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Work alone, within groups and in pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group, pair and some individual work.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you
could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Comfortable clothing for freedom of movement should be worn.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue on to DRM071 Comedy Improvisation, in the second half of the term. You could consider a general acting or physical skills class.
Mark Phoenix is an actor, improviser, and teacher. He teaches acting, from script to physical theatre, Meisner, Uta Hagen, Michael Checkov and improvisation techniques. He has developed his own style of performance- improvisation which he is now adapting to online work; improvising whole plays becomes improvising whole movies. Mark is also UK champion of Argentinian Tango (2016,17,18 salon category and 2019 scenario category.) His film and television work includes roles in "V for Vendetta," "The Bank Job," "East Enders," "Prime Suspect" and "The Windsors." Mark has taught at City Lit for over twenty years on both accredited and non-accredited courses.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.