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College Foundation Course Getting into Drama School has never been so tough
With the rise in uni fees, and the availability of student loans for most of the drama schools, more and more students are competing for the 300 yearly places at accredited colleges. To beat the odds (currently about 1:5000) you need thorough professional preparation and an insider’s understanding of the audition system.

The Actors’ Workshop is the only part-time foundation course in the south-west which guides you through the whole process – from choosing the right drama schools all the way to the final recall. We have a proven record of excellence: every year around half of our students are offered BA/MA places at top drama schools.

As working actors/singers/dancers ourselves, all our teachers understand the changing demands of the profession and know what the colleges are looking for from year to year. We are dedicated to helping you put together the right ‘package’ so you can achieve your personal best.

Choosing the Right Colleges
Every college has a unique perspective with individual areas of excellence. We help you find the ones which match your skill set.

Personal Statements
Forget the formula you might use for university: a personal statement for drama school is a very different animal! We know what they are looking for and help you stand out in an incredibly competitive arena.

Speeches
Finding the right speeches can be daunting. We know which ones are overdone, how to negotiate the college lists and how to pick the right ones for you. Our extensive library of modern plays and our detailed knowledge of Shakespeare and his contemporaries are excellent resources.

Songs
For acting, you may need an unaccompanied song; for musical theatre, you will need to focus equally on your songs and your speeches. Expert and appropriate vocal coaching (Estill-based) is one of our great strengths. We will teach you how to avoid the clichés and perform a song that is as technically accomplished and truthful as your speeches.

Dance
Are you ready and prepared for the routines they will throw at you? We make sure that you are.

All the Extras
From audition and interview technique to devised pieces and theatre reviews, we are there to prepare you, helping you understand what works and why. Our extensive alumni network (we have ex-students in practically every accredited drama school in the country) is also available to you for advice and support.
'A wonderful Showcase
and 1000 times better than any I have seen in the West End recently.'
Paul Byram, (Paul Byram Associates) commenting on our recent College Class Showcase at the Tobacco Factory Theatre.


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  The Actors' Workshop - Annual Showcase  
College Foundation Course College Foundation Course Schedule
From September, our College Foundation Course at The Actors’ Workshop will be held held on Wednesdays from 4.30 to 10.00pm and on Sundays from 11.00am to 2.00pm at our new base in Factory 8 on Upton Road in Bedminster, Bristol.

The Course runs from September to June and culminates in a professional Showcase for Agents, Casting Directors and the public. For this years dates please refer to the 'When and How' page link at the top of this page.

Wednesdays
4.30 to 6.30pm Singing for Actors/Dancing for musical theatre/Movement for Actors/Acting through song
6.30 to 7.00pm Break
7.00 to 8.00pm Technical skills session (anything from audition/interview technique to Shakespeare, movement/text/character work etc.)
8.00 to 9.00pm Scene Study
9.00 to 10.00pm Intensive monologue coaching/any other work needed.

Sundays
11.00am to 12.15pm Warm-up and essential skills session
12.15 to 12.30pm Very quick lunch/tea break
12.30 to 2.00pm Class splits into small groups for intensive monologue coaching

Cost £2000 (that’s £7 per hour!) payable in ten monthly instalments of £200

The Actors' Workshop Showcase
Students also have the opportunity to take part in our professional Showcase (at the Tobacco Factory Theatres) in May. We do not audition for the College Class Foundation Course, since we know from experience that only those who wholeheartedly commit to the work and make it their life will complete the course and have a realistic chance of winning a place at Drama School.
The Actors' Workshop - Annual Showcase
The Actors' Workshop - Annual Showcase 'The College Course gave me the technique to handle professional
auditions and the right speeches and songs to succeed.'
Cellen - Graduated from GSA,now on National Tour of
Jesus Christ Superstar


'I seriously wouldn’t have done it without you. If it wasn’t for the College Class,
it would be another gap year for me ! You’ve made such a difference in my life.'
Joe - Scholarship at Mountview

'A million thank you's. I owe you EVERYTHING !'
Peter - Places at Bristol Old Vic, Royal Welsh, Mountview and
Rose Bruford


'I would not have achieved this without Clara and the team ! Fantastic !!!'
Emily - Graduated from LAMDA

'Thank you for your amazing help and support. I really could not have got to where I am without you. I miss the College Class terribly !'
Siobhan - Graduated from ArtsEd

'I would never have pursued (and achieved) my dream without your splendid teaching and loving encouragement. You are heroes !!'
Hannah - Royal Academy of Music Post-Grad MT course

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