Challenging and intense, this four term course is for international actors who wish to develop their craft through an in-depth exploration of the classical canon. Prioritising ensemble work, it will build upon your prior experience and encourage growth through conservatoire training.
Based on a contemporary investigation of Shakespeare’s plays, the course also explores works from the Jacobean, Spanish Golden Age, Restoration and French Classical Theatre periods, culminating in a public production in London.
After completing our MA, students who are eligible to work in the US will also have the opportunity to take part in showcases in New York and Los Angeles.
The course is delivered through a combination of classwork, scene study and workshop performances, which are closed to the public. Classes – including acting, voice, movement, textual analysis and contextual studies, stage combat and historical dance – strengthen students’ existing skills and prepare them for the rehearsal process. Scene study focuses on integrating technical skills with the exploration of language and action.
In the final term, students perform a public production of a classical text in The LAMDA Linbury Studio. Agents and casting directors are invited to attend. In addition, as their thesis presentation, students devise and perform their response to a classical text for an internal audience.
Students attend masterclasses and lectures with visiting actors, agents, casting directors and other industry professionals throughout their course. Those who are eligible to work in the USA can participate in LAMDA’s showcases in New York and Los Angeles in the autumn following graduation.