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Acting for Beginners Classes

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NEW STUDENTS: Use code NEW20 to get 20% off (not available for the 5 week courses)


Stage & the City’s acting classes are ideal if you want to boost your confidence, presentation skills or just want to have fun. Discover the buzz actors feel every time they go on stage, learn how to let yourself become other people and explore. During our courses, you will build up a tool-kit of performance skills enabling you to unlock character, help spontaneity and free your inner performer from inhibition. We strongly believe in the value acting classes for improving self-confidence and life skills, regardless of whether you want to pursue acting professionally.

Our acting classes are designed to offer a progression through the levels of Beginners to Intermediates. You will receive guidance and feedback from your acting coach throughout the course. Once you have attended our Acting for Beginners classes and feel ready to progress onto the next level, or if you have completed a similar acting course elsewhere, you may consider applying for our Acting for Intermediates course.

During the April 2018 term the following Acting for Beginners will be run:

Monday evenings 7pm – 8.30pm at the Courtyard Theatre – two 5 week courses where students can choose to do just one or both courses. The first 5 weeks will concentrate on basic acting techniques, improvisation, drama games and trust on stage exercises. The second 5 weeks will focus on Script Work, auctioning a text and bringing characters to life. There will be a 20% discount for students signing up for all 10 weeks.

Tuesday evenings 6.30pm – 7.45pm or 8pm – 9.15pm at the Pauline Quirke Academy in Kings Cross (however, first class will be held at the American Musical Theatre Academy) – a 12 week course. The course will be split into two halves. The first half of the term will focus on the techniques needed to act on screen (culminating in two sessions on camera), and the second half of the term will specifically look at theatre skills, including vocal projection with a ‘Voice and Verse’ session and a ‘Shakespeare’s Characters’ session.


Acting Course Content:

  • Improvisation – in all forms – for fun, spontaneity, character development
  • Group activities and drama games
  • Movement
  • Devised scenes
  • Actioning a text – how to use the information already in a play to inform character choices
  • Working on scenes from published plays
  • Focus on voice
  • Individual feedback from acting coach
  • Learning the difference between acting on stage compared to acting on screen


Teachers:   Attila Kent (Monday evenings)

Attila trained at the City Lit in London and went on to perform on the fringe in London and Edinburgh. He had parts on TV for the BBC and Chanel 4 as well as extra work for a number of films. Having returned to university to study counselling, his aim is to use the skills he learned as an actor on stage and in classes to help others develop the abilities needed to build their confidence. Attila is also one of the LAMDA tutors at the award-winning Anna Fiorentini Theatre &  Film School.


Claire Louise Amias   (Tuesday evenings)

Claire is a RADA trained actor. She has worked extensively on stage and screen.  She also acts and directs for her theatre company A Monkey With Cymbals. Claire has toured with Handbagged (Eleanor Lloyd Productions) and Funny Peculiar (BKL) on UK No1 tours and played Vivianne in the play Women of Twilight at The Pleasance Theatre. On screen, Claire has played main supporting roles in numerous feature films including Beattie in The Magic Hour, (screened at BAFTA as part of the London Film Festival) and Ms Conrad in Telling Lies, (with Jason Flemyng and Melanie Brown).


Course Fees & Dates :

MONDAYS: 7pm – 8.30pm

23rd April – 4th June  (excluding 7th May & 28th May – 5 weeks)
11th June – 9th July (5 weeks)
23rd April – 9th July  (excluding – 7th May and 28th May – 10 weeks with 20% discount)

TUESDAYS: 6.30pm – 7.45pm  OR  8.00pm – 9.15pm

24th April – 10th July (12 weeks)

If for any reason you have problems paying via this website please e-mail to reserve your place and then we will be in touch to arrange an alternative payment method.


The Courtyard Theatre, 40 Pitfield St, N1 6EU  (Mondays)
PQA Studios London, 242 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross London, N1 9JY  (Tuesdays) apart from 24th April where we will be based at the American Musical Theatre Academy, Europa House, 13-17 Ironmonger Row, EC1V 3QG

Full fees must be paid before the course starts unless an installment policy has been agreed to. Full fees are due on the 20th of April.

New students quote NEW20 for a 20% Discount. Cannot be used on the 5 week course or in conjunction with any other offers.