Introduction to Acting: Stage and Screen


  • Adults (Part-time)


This course runs on Monday evenings, 6.30-9pm.
The course fee is £199.

A fun practical acting course created for those with little or no acting experience.
Using a range of acting techniques and exercises you will learn some essential acting skills in areas such as; improvisation, text, character, using your voice, and developing spontaneity and imagination.

You will also have an introduction to screen acting, delivered in our dedicated TV studios. Here you will apply some of your newly gained acting skills, focused specifically for the camera. You will learn some of the technical aspects of camera set-ups such as: types of shot, camera angles, hitting marks and continuity of action and how they impact on your performance. Students will also learn to create a self-tape using their mobile phone.

Session 1  

Introductions and building the group
We will start with acting exercises and drama games to free the imagination, develop spontaneity and build confidence, and lose any inhibitions in a fun, safe and supportive group environment. 

Session 2

Through improvisation exercises students will explore acting essentials such as objectives. 

Session 3

Ways into text
Students will work on script analysis and develop a range of skills on how to break down text to reveal sub-text, character and relationships.

Session 4

You will continue to work on scripts, looking at ways to bring the text to life.

Session 5

Students will be able to bring together some of the work covered in the course and apply it to their chosen text or improvisation, in an informal sharing to each other in our theatre studio.

Session 6

Introduction to Screen Acting
Covering essentials such as camera angles and set-ups, hitting marks, continuity of action and spontaneity of performance, students will have the opportunity to gain valuable camera acting skills and techniques.

Session 7

Using your mobile phone, you will be given the opportunity to rehearse and film a section of either your short scene or monologue, applying some of the screen acting techniques you have learnt.

Session 8

In this final session you will use your mobile phone to create self-tapes for auditions, and be give some practical advice on your next steps. 


David Baker is an experienced actor, director, acting tutor and drama practitioner with over twenty years experience of working professionally in film, theatre and Radio and Television. He was an Artistic Associate and Director of Creative Learning at Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith and has also taught acting for Hammersmith and Fulham Adult Education Service and for companies such as

For further information and to apply, please email

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Acting, Creative Arts, Film production, Television

Entry Requirements

Some experience of acting is desirable.