Actors’ Lab

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    Mixed abilities, ages 18+

  • Dates

    Autumn Term
    Thurs 3rd October – Thurs 12th December 2024

  • Tuition

    Weekly on Thursdays, 18:00-20:00.

  • Location

    Downside Road, Bristol

  • Cost

    Β£150 per 10 week term or
    Β£17.50 per drop-in session

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We all know that vocal and physical stamina as a performer needs to be maintained. These weekly sessions will give you a two-hour movement, voice and acting limber with a BOVTS tutor.

You will be guided through practical training covering:
– Vocal warm-ups to enrich your vocal technique
– Movement work to bridge the gap between voice and body
– Analysis and performance of classical as well as contemporary text

By completing this course you will gain:

– Knowledge of vocal anatomy and the effect it has on voice production
– A practical toolkit of exercises to take into your own practice
– A wider community of local practitioners and performers

The sessions are suitable for experienced performers looking to re-energise their performances, as well as for emerging performers seeking to develop their skills for professional performance. Actor’s Lab can expand your skill set, whether you are looking to boost confidence in your performance, preparing a monologue for an audition, or seeking to practice techniques you learned in drama school. It is also an invaluable opportunity to meet and network with fellow performers in Bristol and the South West.

There are limited places available and priority is given to those who have booked the term. If there are still spaces in a class, you will be able to book a drop in session seven days in advance.

Autumn Term

Thurs 3rd October – Thurs 12th December 2024

( Thurs 31st Oct off for half term)

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Do I need to be a professional actor or have any prior formal training to participate in Sunday Actors’ Lab?

No, there are no formal training or professional credits required in order to take part. Attendees should be aware that the classes are designed and run like those experienced during full time drama school training and are aimed to be accessible to professionals within the industry as well as those wishing to increase their knowledge. Therefore there are expectations of professionalism during your time at BOVTS. The aim is to bring together performers at all stages of their careers and keep them in touch with fundamental practice.

I am currently an acting student. Is this programme suitable for me?

Yes, you will be trained by a professional voice and acting coach who can guide you on general and specific training.

Ellie Stevens

Ellie is a theatre director, founder of Dark Skies Theatre and Associate Director of Fox and Hound Theatre Company. Originally from rural South West Scotland, she completed her MA in Drama Directing at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2022 and now resides in Bristol full-time. Prior to this, she received a BA in Drama and Performance from Queen Margaret University.

Ellie has a keen interest in gritty and thought-provoking work and her directorial credits include: A Trio of Tennessee Williams which is currently touring the UK, The Strongest Girl in the World which won Entertainment Now’s β€˜Best Theatre Play’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2023, Girl in the Machine at the Wardrobe Theatre, and Pigment of your Imagination at the Pleasance in London. She prides herself in her empathic approach to working and collaborating with the varied and colourful experiences brought by the people in the room. She has obtained certificates in Cultivating an Inclusive Theatre Making Environment and Increasing understanding of Autism, and has worked with Paragon and Performance Collective Stranraer. She strongly believes that inclusivity results in getting the best out of every individual involved, and creates unique and heartfelt performances.

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