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  Teenage Classes  
Teenage Classes Our Teenage Classes provide young performers who have the drive and determination to learn their craft with unparalleled professional training. Taking the drama colleges as our model, we have developed and continue to refine a unique programme which helps our students acquire the skills they need to work in the industry. Sunday sessions (3.00 to 6.00pm) start with a physical and vocal warm-up followed by group exercises to hone focus, imagination and spontaneity. Our students then split into two age-determined groups (maximum 20) and work with our teachers on specific areas of focus.

Understanding relationships and objectives  

Living the character and telling the story. This is approached using a wide variety of techniques. Students are also introduced to the ideas of key practitioners in the field.

How to understand and speak Shakespeare’s verse; how to relate to Shakespeare’s characters and connect our reality with that of the Elizabethan England. Our teachers combine a thorough understanding and deep working knowledge of Shakespeare with personal experience performing and/or directing the plays – for companies like the RSC, Northern Broadsides and Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory.

Contemporary theatre
Brecht, Stoppard, Ayckbourn, Willy Russell, John Godber, Dennis Kelly and exciting newcomers like Laura Wade, Ella Hickson and Nell Leyshon are just some of the playwrights whose work we have looked at in the past year or so.

Singing and Musical Theatre
All students learn the basics of physiologically correct voice production for speaking and singing. In addition we have regular musical theatre sessions, learning to integrate voice and action to tell a story in song.

Making Theatre
What makes a good script and how do we bring it to life? Building on our scripted work, students become extraordinarily adept at creating their own scenes under expert guidance. Our small groups foster an atmosphere of safety and support, where students are unafraid to push their boundaries and take a risk.

Each term also has a core theme. Recent ones include radio drama, Stanislavski and his protégés, physical theatre and a course in film/TV acting, which resulted in a series of short films. In addition, we hold periodic master classes with outside experts. In the past year, we have hosted workshops on stage combat, microphone technique/sound in film and television, contemporary dance, Alexander technique and a song clinic with West End veteran Zeph Gould.

Although we do not teach regular dance (see the  Contact Us  page for links to our recommended dance schools in the area) we do hold periodic workshops with professional dancers and perform at least one specially choreographed dance in our summer showcase.

Performance Opportunities
As well as promoting our students through representation by one of our affiliate agents, we stage two performances a year. Our Studio Show at Christmas is an opportunity for parents to see some of the work we have been doing during the long autumn term. Our Summer Showcase at a major Bristol theatre (carefully timed to minimise impact on exams) is a polished and professional event for the public and invited industry insiders.

Showcases are an eclectic and thematically coherent medley of scenes and songs from Shakespeare and Chekhov to cutting edge modern drama and musical theatre. This format is fantastic because, like the drama college graduation shows, it guarantees each performer appropriate stage time.

In order to maintain our standards, keep our classes small and make sure that students work well together, we audition all applicants for places in our Senior groups. We are not necessarily looking for lots of experience: aptitude, a passion for acting and the willingness to give it your all are the essential qualities for success.

SUNDAY Teenage Classes
All classes (11 to 18 years) are held on Sunday from 3.00 to 6.00pm at our Studio in Factory 8, Upton Road, BS3 1QZ.

Entry to our Teenage Classes is by audition. Please call or email us using the links below to schedule yours.

The Actors Workshop also runs periodic Saturday Masterclasses and courses for teenagers. Look  Here  for our current programmes.
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David Fielding - SID Casting
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Clara Marullo Clara Marullo - Director of The Actors' Workshop, is well known in London and the Southwest as a vocal expert. She regularly trains young actors and singers for professional performances and auditions; her students achieve excellent results at London Drama and Music Colleges. Clara is a qualified teacher in the UK and USA.  Click here  to read her full biography. 
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