Concentrating on process and development, the course nurtures students’ versatility as actors – preparing them to gain and sustain employment in the industry.
Technical classes represent 60% of the course content in the first year. Students undertake classes in acting, improvisation, voice, movement, singing, textual analysis and interpretation, Alexander Technique, physical theatre, dance and stage combat. Many of these classes focus on developing intuition and instinct. Workshop performances cover Jacobean, Restoration, Russian naturalism and contemporary texts; they are closed to the public to encourage exploration and experimentation. Television and film work begins at the end of the first year with an intensive introduction to screen acting. Students also embark on a New Writing Project, which continues for the duration of their course. Unique to LAMDA, it introduces students to a professional writer and director with whom they create a new play to perform publicly during their final year. Previous collaborators include James Dacre, Lisa Evans, Ella Hickson, Doug Lucie, Tim Luscombe, Amy Rosenthal, Josie Rourke Jessica Swale, Ché Walker and Steve Waters.
Technical classes in the first term concentrate on disciplines and skills specific to the contemporary performance industry. Students train with professional directors, editors and sound and camera operators to create original short films; they also have screen audition practice. Alongside this work students prepare for a workshop performance of a Shakespeare text which then tours schools, in preparation for future public perfromances. During the remainder of the year, students perform public productions in LAMDA’s state-of-the-art theatres – some of these productions tour to venues across the UK and abroad. Technical classes support students throughout the final stages of their training.
Agents and casting directors are invited to attend all public productions and film screenings. In addition, graduating students present an industry showcase in a West End theatre each year. Those eligible to work in the USA are also able to participate in LAMDA’s showcases in New York and Los Angeles in the autumn following graduation. All students who graduate from our FdA Professional Acting leave with a professionally-shot show reel and a voice reel. Students attend lectures, masterclasses and open auditions with visiting industry professionals. Career guidance is provided by LAMDA’s careers team and an independent industry consultant, Sarah Trevis.