The course stretches students physically, emotionally, intellectually and creatively – preparing them to meet the highest demands of the profession.
Students undertake technical classes in acting, improvisation, voice, movement, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, Alexander Technique, physical theatre, stage combat and dance. They are also introduced to screen acting. Technical classes represent 80% of the course content; the rest is dedicated to scene study work on comedy, Jacobean, Greek and contemporary drama. Students present four workshop performances, which are closed to the public to encourage exploration and experimentation.
Classwork represents 60% of the course content and includes intensive audio and screen acting modules. In addition, students rehearse and present workshop performances of Shakespeare, Restoration drama, 19th century Russian naturalism and musical theatre. These performances are closed to the public. Second year projects include our Make Your Own Film module and the LAMDA Long Project – in which students collaborate with a professional writer and director to produce the first draft of a new play. This may become a public LAMDA production in their final year. Robin Soans’ Mixed Up North – originally developed as a LAMDA Long Project – went on to tour the UK as an Out of Joint and Octagon Theatre Bolton production.
Students perform public productions in LAMDA’s state-of-the-art theatres – some of these productions tour to venues across the UK and abroad. Students complete the final phase of their screen acting, voice-over and microphone training. They create a professionally directed and edited short film, record a radio play, complete a professional voice reel and continue to develop their on-camera audition technique. Technical classes support our students throughout their final year.
Agents and casting directors are invited to attend all public productions and film screenings. In addition, graduating students present an industry showcase in a West End theatre each year. Those eligible to work in the USA are also able to participate in LAMDA’s showcases in New York and Los Angeles in the autumn following graduation. All students who graduate from LAMDA’s BA (Hons) Professional Acting leave with a professionally-shot show reel and a voice reel. Students attend lectures, masterclasses and open auditions with visiting industry professionals. Career guidance is provided by LAMDA’s careers team and an independent industry consultant, Sarah Trevis.