Acting Summer School 2018 - Adults

An opportunity to take your performance skills to the next level.

Our annual Acting Summer School offers the choice of three subject areas; Stanislavski, Shakespeare and Screen Acting. These are week long courses which run Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Depending on the subject there is either a performance, screening or exercise on the final Friday. You are welcome to invite guests to attend final performances & screenings. You can choose to participate in just one or do more (fee discounts apply).

Shakespeare: An Actor's Approach

Booking Closed
Monday 20th to Friday 24th August 2018

Shakespeare wrote his plays to be performed, filling the text with clues, accessible to any actor who is prepared to play. Starting with group work we will explore how rhythm, sound and imagery can release and support the actor. At the end of the week we will show a combination of short scenes and monologues. For absolute beginners and those who need an adrenaline boost.

10am-5pm. Friday Performance 6pm

Stanislavski: An Approach to text

Booking Closed
Monday 27th to Friday 31st August 2018

Most contemporary actor training is based on Stanislavski. This course will look at the core elements of the Stanislavski approach and how this is used by actors of today. This is a practical course that aims to develop and enhance acting skills. There will be script based work and a final showing on the Friday. This course will suit those students wishing to develop their acting technique as well as those who want to refresh their knowledge.

10am-5pm. Friday Performance 6pm

Screen Acting: Acting For Camera

Last few places
Monday 3rd to Friday 7th September 2018

An opportunity to explore acting for camera with an experienced industry professional. This week long course will allow participants to develop confidence and ease in performing for camera as well as covering the technical aspects of working in TV and Film. Participants will work practically as actors with cameras and sound. The Friday showing will allow for screening rough cuts and rushes from the week's work.

10am-5pm. Friday Screening 6pm

The Tutors

Daniel Finlay leads Stanislavski. Daniel has a degree in Visual & Performing Arts and PGCE in teaching. He worked extensively as an actor before transferring his attention to Directing and Teaching. He is Head of Acting at ACT and has run numerous workshops on acting and Stanislavski both in the UK and abroad.

Julian Kerridge leads Screen Acting. Julian began his professional career as an actor in numerous television series including CORONATION STREET (Granada), DANGERFIELD (BBC), THE JUMP and FAT FRIENDS (YTV). In 2008 he graduated from the London Film School. He co-wrote & directed his first feature film SEAMONSTERS in 2010. He also recently directed the internet drama series CELIA AND CHLOE co-produced by Disney. Julian regularly teaches cinematography, directing and acting.

For more detailed biographies please see our Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements

This is an intensive and demanding course which aims to mirror the commitment and rigours of full time professional training. The workshop will be highly suitable for those students who wish to undertake a vibrant and challenging course but are unable to commit to a full time course.

The workshop will also suit those students who are about to embark on full time actor training or graduates, actors or teachers who wish to re-engage with training and hone their existing skills. Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

Some feedback from previous Summer Schools

"The teachers were fantastic." M Vinuesa

"The exercises were great and I enjoyed the lay-out of lessons. The continuity of the course made it easy to follow" A Atkin

"ACT has given me some brilliant tools to exercise my own skills in acting. Just the right amount of play, humour and challenge to make it really safe as well as being challenging enough to make me expand my capabilities. I have enjoyed every moment and would highly recommend this work and its teachers." C Carey


£200 for one week
£350 for two weeks
£450 for three weeks

There is an additional fee of £50 for Screen Acting for technical costs which includes a professional camera operator.

A concessionary rate of £175 (for one week) is available to those in receipt of statutory benefits, student card holders and Equity members. Evidence of eligibility will be required.

To book a place a non refundable deposit of £100.00 (per person, per course) is required.