Adult acting and directing for the stage classes

  • Date: 15th October 2019 - 19th November 2019 (Every week)
  • Location: Mitchell Arts Centre  Broad Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4HG 
  • Cost: £40 to £60

Using a variety of texts, participants will be taken through various professional approaches to directing plays.

This dynamic and explorative course will allow you to build tools in these areas and give you confidence to ‘problem solve’ on the rehearsal room floor.

What will I learn about?

  • What is the role of the director in 2019?
  • Pre-rehearsal prep, research and approaches
  • Creating the ‘world’ of the production
  • To block or not to block?
  • Rehearsal techniques from a variety of methodologies and practitioners to help you in supporting your actors in developing characterisation and working within the world of the play
  • Problem solving
  • Finding your own ‘style’

Who is it designed for?

  • Teachers of English and drama who wish to practically explore directing
  • Actors wishing to up-skill in directing
  • Graduates interested in the directing process
  • Youth theatre directors and theatre practitioners
  • Amateur and community theatre directors
  • Anyone with an interest in the theatre making process

The course is heavily subsidised and is only £40 for the six-week course.

If you wish to do this course and the acting course preceding it, both courses would cost £60 in total saving you £20.

Adult acting course: There are so many acting methodologies that actors can utilise when creating a character for performance. This course gives a flavour of different approaches, which all allow actors to aim to ‘live truthfully within imagined and given circumstances.’

Each week is self-contained based around a particular topic and will use text by different playwrights.

What will I learn about?

  • The role of the actor and their relationship to the text and their director
  • Identifying and perceiving the given circumstances
  • Examining techniques and approaches to ‘creating a character’
  • Approaches to freeing yourself from the text and connecting to and with one another on the rehearsal room floor.
  • Practitioners explored will include: Declan Donnellan, Bella Merlin, Michael Chekhov, Nikolai Demidov and others

Who is it designed for?

  • Teachers of English and drama who wish to develop their acting skills
  • Actors wishing to up-skill and refresh
  • Graduates
  • Youth theatre directors and theatre practitioners
  • Amateur and community actors
  • Anyone with an interest in the theatre-making process

The course is heavily subsidised and is only £40 for the six-week course. If you wish to do this course and the directing course following it, both courses would cost £60 in total saving you £20.

Who is the lead tutor?

Robert Marsden is associate professor at Staffordshire University in acting and directing and is artistic director: theatre at the MAC. He has worked as a director across the UK and Europe in subsidised and commercial theatre since 1999. His book, Inside The Rehearsal Room will be published by Bloomsbury in 2020. You will occasionally work with a guest tutor.

Call the box office on 01782 409307 or email customerservice@mitchellartscentre.co.uk to book your space.