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.
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 more than 80% 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you ready and prepared for the routines they will throw at you?
We make sure that you are.
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.
Foundation Course Schedule
The College Foundation Course at The Actors’ Workshop is held
on Wednesdays from 4.00 to 10.00pm, on Thursdays 6.30 – 8.30pm
and on Sundays from 10.00am to 2.00pm at our new base in Factory 8
on Upton Road in Bedminster, Bristol. In addition to the core course,
almost all students also take part in extra dance and singing, and
attend our unique industry Masterclass series on Saturdays.
The Course runs from September to June and culminates in a professional
Showcase for representatives from UK drama schools, agents, casting
directors and the public. For this year's dates please refer to the
'When and Where' page link at the top of this page.
4.30 to 6.00pm Singing
7.00 to 8.30pm Voicework,
physical warm-up, impro, games.
to 10.00pm Intensive monologue coaching/any other work needed
to 7.30pm Bodywork/Pilates for actors
to 8.30pm Stress management for auditions
10.00 to 12.00am Monologues/Stage
12.00 to 2.00pm Technical
£2500 (that’s £6 per hour!) payable in ten
monthly instalments of £250
Actors' Workshop Showcase
Students also have the opportunity to take part in our professional
Showcase at the Tobacco Factory Theatres.
After our showcase in June, we collaborate with Gathering Voices gatheringvoices
to devise an innovative performance piece for children, which we then
tour around inner city primary schools at end of June/early July.
This professional project is hugely popular – both with schools
and with our students.
Due to overwhelming demand, entry to The Actors’ Workshop’s
part-time Foundation Course for 2020 - 21 is via audition. Please
email us firstname.lastname@example.org
All the essentials for those
not based in Bristol
Over the years, students have moved to Bristol from all over the UK,
Europe, Australia and the USA to train with us. In our new, straightened
times, we recognise that this is not always possible any more.
Although there is no substitute for working together live in the studio,
Covid-19 has forced us all into a paradigm shift in the way we teach,
inadvertently opening up new perspectives. During lockdown, we have
not only shown that we can successfully deliver the core of our foundation
course online but have become ever-more creative in the ways we are
developing this. With virtual learning becoming the new normal for
many, our new online course will streamline all the key components
of our studio course, bringing the same curriculum, expert training
and support to a much wider demographic.
The Actors’ Workshop’s Online Foundation Course for 2020/2021
is a pared-down version of our hugely popular studio-based offering,
which includes all core classes and also optional extras such as online
masterclasses, extra 1-2-1 coaching and occasional weekend intensives
– all without the need to move to Bristol. Unlike our studio-based
course, our online offering will not include a showcase or theatre-in-education
tour. Weekly hours are shorter (8 contact hours a week instead of
a minimum of 10.5) as is the duration of the course (September 2020
to May 2021). That said, it includes all the basics you need to succeed
at audition, based around a rate of just £6 per hour.
Online Course Breakdown
Our Online Foundation Course at The Actors’ Workshop will comprise
8 hours of live online classes each week plus resources and email
support. Just like our studio course, it will offer intensive training
in essential skills with a particular focus on Shakespeare and audition
Weekly timetable is as follows:
4.00 to 5.00pm Movement
5.00 to 6.00pm Voice
6.00 to 7.00pm Scene Work
Friday – 4 hours
3.00 to 4.00pm Warm-up,
4.00 to 5.00pm
5.30 to 7.30pm
Small group monologue coaching
Hour Weekly stress management for auditions session
Cost £1800 (that’s
£6 per hour!) payable in nine monthly instalments of £200
Entry to our online Foundation Course is by audition.
Please contact us for further information. email@example.com
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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
'A million thank you's. I owe you EVERYTHING !'
Peter - Places at Bristol Old Vic, Royal Welsh, Mountview and
'I would not have achieved this without Clara and the team ! Fantastic
Emily - Graduated from
'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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