Training Professional Actors

Since 1993

‘The moment I walked through the doors of The Bridge I knew I’d found my new home. It helped me to find who I really am.’ Suzanne Estevez Graduate

Two Year Professional Acting Course

A two year intensive training for a professional acting career. The minimum age is 18 and there is no upper age limit.

Both courses includes comprehensive career guidance and opportunities to show your work to agents and casting directors through a season of productions and an end of term showcase in London’s West End.

One Year Postgraduate/Post Experience Professional Acting Course

An intensive, condensed course for graduates of any discipline or those with some acting experience. The minimum age is 21 and there is no upper age limit.

Postgraduate students begin individual programmes relating to their needs in voice, movement and auditioning, as well as career-related studies, at an early stage in the course.

What’s covered On both courses

Acting

You will explore a variety of acting styles, gain an understanding of the rehearsal process, and acquire extensive performance skills. Modern and classical plays, scenes and audition pieces are studied, rehearsed, and performed through group and one-to-one teaching. All students are given an individual programme of work tailored to their particular needs.

How can we read actively and translate what we read into dramatic action? Text analysis sessions train our imagination in new ways and you will develop sight reading skills. Extra help available for those with dyslexia.

Voice & Speech

Relaxation and breathing, projection and clarity – you will learn how to use your ‘whole voice’ and to develop expressiveness, power and subtlety. Classical text and verse speaking are studied and you will work on a range of accents and dialects.

Movement

Develops your physical expressiveness, fitness, and spatial awareness. You will learn to use your whole body in performance and be highly responsive to your fellow actors. You will be introduced to stage movement and study human and animal movement. Clown, melodrama and physical theatre techniques are included in this area.

Singing & Dance

Anyone who can speak can learn to sing – it is essential for the actor’s training and hugely enjoyable. You will work on performance skills and technique and work in a variety of dance styles. Period movement is studied in depth. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Shakespeare & Classical

The initial emphasis is on workshops that make the text more accessible, whatever your level of experience. Improvisation, physical techniques, paraphrase, and acting games are used. Detailed studies of the social, historical, and intellectual background of the plays lead to exercises and final productions.

 

Screen & Radio Acting

You will work with experienced actors and directors on acting for camera and for microphone. The technical demands of each medium are examined in both practical classes and projects. As well as being taught about screen acting, students will also be given the chance to record their own showreel.

Stage combat

Both armed and unarmed combat are studied. A range of fighting styles is explored and the work is integrated into productions. Graduating students will take the Academy of Performance Combat Fight Performance Exam.

Professional Studies

Preparing you for entry to the profession, Equity and Spotlight representatives, agents, directors and casting directors work with you to launch your career. Everything from identifying where your casting potential lies to dealing with tax, and from CVs and photographs to Equity membership is covered.

Improvisation

A thorough introduction to this essential skill, working with some of the leading figures in the field. Develop creativity and the ability to go with the flow.