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Acting: Audition Preparation

Summer school for adults

Introduction

This intensive five-day summer school is designed for adults aged 17+ who wish to learn more about the acting audition process and increase their experience and confidence for future auditions.

In this highly competitive industry, auditioning for courses and castings can be a daunting prospect, particularly when doing it for the first time. This summer school aims to equip students with the skills and techniques to improve audition performance.

This short course may also be useful for those who wish to audition for vocational acting training, or those working in the industry who will be attending professional auditions.

This course will benefit people who are considering auditioning for vocational acting courses or for actors who wish to improve their performance technique and confidence when attending professional auditions.

By the end of the summer school students should have:

  • gained an overview of audition and interview processes
  • developed technical and creative performance skills including specialist voice work
  • explored how to successfully select and prepare pieces for audition
  • deepened understanding of texts which they have selected and prepared
  • taken part in a mock audition in front of a panel and received individual feedback

The deadline for booking this course is Monday 30th July 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

This intensive five-day summer school is designed for adults aged 17+ who wish to learn more about the acting audition process and increase their experience and confidence for future auditions.

In this highly competitive industry, auditioning for courses and castings can be a daunting prospect, particularly when doing it for the first time. This summer school aims to equip students with the skills and techniques to improve audition performance.

This short course may also be useful for those who wish to audition for vocational acting training, or those working in the industry who will be attending professional auditions.

This course will benefit people who are considering auditioning for vocational acting courses or for actors who wish to improve their performance technique and confidence when attending professional auditions.

By the end of the summer school students should have:

  • gained an overview of audition and interview processes
  • developed technical and creative performance skills including specialist voice work
  • explored how to successfully select and prepare pieces for audition
  • deepened understanding of texts which they have selected and prepared
  • taken part in a mock audition in front of a panel and received individual feedback

The deadline for booking this course is Monday 30th July 2018 at 12pm.

Course outline

Throughout this intensive summer school, you will work with a professional theatre director and specialist tutors to develop your performance skills and improve your audition technique.

The teachers on this course have first- hand experience of sitting on audition panels for degree courses at the royal conservatoire of Scotland, as well as for professional theatre productions, and offer a unique insight into what is required of auditionees.

This summer school will guide you through the process of auditioning and aims to help build your experience and confidence. You will look closely at your own acting, voice and movement techniques and take part in practical exercises which develop creative and technical skills.

You will examine how to select appropriate pieces that are suited to your strengths as a performer and how to identify original and contrasting material. This will cover the selection of both classical and contemporary texts as required for entry to most drama schools. There will be a particular focus on voice work and interpreting Shakespeare’s language.

once you have selected a variety of monologues to work on throughout the course, you will look at the process of researching and interpreting them for audition. You will be supported by the course Leader to choose appropriate material which best highlights your strengths as a performer.

The process of preparing your pieces will challenge you to deepen your understanding of the text you are working with and refine your performance skills. You will also take part in improvisation exercises which aim to get you thinking on your feet and explore the greater world of the character you are developing.

Specialist acting, voice and movement tutors will lead you through a variety of exercises which focus on technique. Your new skills will then be put into practice as you focus on the rehearsal of your selected pieces.

The final element of the course will focus on the actual audition. You will receive valuable advice on how to deal with questions from a panel and learn how to cope with nerves on the big day. The week will conclude with a mock audition which closely resembles the experience of audition for full-time vocational acting courses. This will be followed by a review of your achievements and individual feedback on your performance.

This summer school provides a fun, supportive and challenging environment in which all students can explore and learn.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 





James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

Bafta-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Lifelong Learning.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

More information about the James McAvoy Drama Scholarship.



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Entry requirements

This is an open access course for anyone regardless of prior acting experience.

The course is designed so that motivated students will benefit from the training and our tutors are experienced in teaching across all levels of skill and experience.

Students should be open, honest, generous, respectful, hard-working and will to work as part of a team.

Preparing for your course

You may wish to bring some monologues choices with you, both Shakespeare and contemporary. However this is not essential as much of the first day of the course will be spent selecting pieces using the resources available at the Conservatoire’s Whittaker library, and at this time the course leaders will be able to advise you about the sort of pieces that would suit you.

Students should dress appropriately in loose and comfortable clothing that covers the body and be prepared to work without shoes if required.

Students should bring water as workshop activities in this course will be physical. Students should also bring a pad and pen to make notes during classes.

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look.

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

Teaching staff

Liz Carruthers

Liz is a regular panel member for auditions for the BA Acting at RCS.

She has been a theatre director for nearly 30 years. Her work has been seen at the Citizens Theatre, the Tron, the Traverse, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Finborough Theatre, the Gate Theatre and venues all over Scotland and England. She has directed student and professional productions of Shakespeare plays and led specialist workshops all over Scotland and beyond. She has also directed over 40 world premieres of new work.

Past productions have won the Guinness Pub Theatre Award, the LWT Plays on Stage Award and been nominated for the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland for Best New Play and Best Production for Children and Young People