About BA Acting and Community Theatre
This course is for students who believe theatre is for all and wish to train for a career in theatre practice that is focused in the community. BA Acting and Community Theatre graduates will be professional performers who also have additional skills as workshop leaders and project managers with the musical, technical, video and web-based experience needed for community theatre practice today.
BA Acting and Community Theatre is a dynamic and active course for people who want to influence their world through theatre. In an intensely practical, professionally-oriented course, a broad range of acting and performance skills are developed through projects with people in the local community. This is a professional route into the world of theatre in which actors can create theatre for, with and about the communities in which they will live.
All student study takes place in Southend-on-Sea, taking advantage of the new University of Essex campus there. They gain essential aspects of the unique East 15 approach to the acting process. Development of voice, movement and singing skills is offered across the three years.
Second year students work in conjunction with professionals to create theatre based on the stories of local people, make new work with schools, make and edit videos, learn clowning and puppetry, develop workshop facilitation skills with young people and create exciting outdoor theatre and street theatre in one of the most appropriate of settings - a popular seaside resort! During this year students are also placed with a professional company as an intern to develop an understanding of the community theatre industry and to forge professional links.
In this year students work on theatre projects in health, social services and the justice system, develop a political theatre project, learn web-based performance and create their own large-scale community theatre event. Students further develop their skills in the production, marketing and management aspects of their projects. Students work extensively with communities and professionals throughout their training, making for a seamless transition to a professional career. At the end of the year, students showcase their graduation projects to theatre companies and industry professionals.
After East 15
Graduates will be trained actors, who also have a proven commitment to working with young people and local communities. They will have additional skills in project management, technical and web-based skills and the ability to generate their own projects in an increasingly competitive industry.