Acting for Stage – Beginner Level An intensive, week-long course for Acting for Stage
Actors in training performing on stage in Bristol


Acting for Stage – Beginner Level

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    Beginners, ages 18+

  • Dates

    Monday 3 – Friday 7 April 2023

  • Tuition


  • Location

    Downside Road, Bristol

  • Cost


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The intensive, 40-hour Acting for Stage short course has been designed as a practical introduction to the craft of theatre acting. Whether you act as a hobby or are considering full-time conservatoire training, the programme will support you in your development as a performer. You will learn how to effectively analyse both classical and contemporary scripts and acquire the practical tools to develop character independently.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School offers a fun and nurturing environment in which to pursue your creative ambitions. The support and feedback available from your tutor will help you develop your natural talents and confidence in theatre acting.

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Gain a practical understanding of the requirements of a stage actor;

Improve your vocal quality and learn to use your voice correctly and safely;

Harness your physicality to communicate through your movement;

Rehearse and perform classical and modern drama texts to your peers.

This is a full-time, Monday to Friday course. Sessions run from 09:15 to 17:00. This course is taught in our rehearsal studios at Downside Road.

Your tutor

Alec Fellows Bennett

Image of acting tutor Alec Fellows Bennett

Alec is an alum of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in theatre as an actor, director and teacher. He has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange and Birmingham Old Rep, where he was Artistic Director from 2017 to 2022. Alec has taught and lectured widely at conservatoire drama schools and universities across the UK and the United States.

What our students say...

  • “The culture at BOVTS is encouraging, respectful, welcoming and empowering.”

    Lindy, short course participant
  • “You gave me the skills to improve and to increase my confidence in a friendly and supportive environment.”

    Jo, short course participant
  • “Rigorous, exciting, challenging and fulfilling – I highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to find their feet in the world of theatre.”

    Short course participant, 2019
Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student