Actor’s Development Programme Weekly classes in acting technique
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Short Courses for Adults

Actor’s Development Programme

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    Mixed abilities, ages 18+

  • Dates

    Tuesday 9 January – Tuesday 18 March 2024

  • Tuition

    Weekly 2 hour class, 18:00–20:00

  • Location

    Downside Road, Bristol

  • Cost

    £125 per 10 week term or
    £360 for full academic year

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Join us for our Actor’s Development Programme at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. This one-year, part-time course at BOVTS will give you an insight into our values and practices as a leading drama school. Every five weeks, you’ll focus on a new skill that will help you hone your craft and gain confidence as an artist.

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 acting.

Try before you apply! Enjoy a free taster session on us on Tuesday 21 November.

Book your place or register for free taster

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Course structure

Spring term 2024
Tuesday 9 January – Tuesday 19 March

• Week 1–5: Introduction to acting
• Week 6–10: Voice for actors

There is no session on Tuesday 13 February (half term).

Summer term 2024
Tuesday 23 April – Tuesday 2 July

• Week 1–5: Devising theatre
• Week 6–10: Movement for actors

There is no session on Tuesday 21 May (half term).

Autumn term 2024
Tuesday 24 September – Tuesday 3 December

• Week 1–5: Scene studies
• Week 6–10: Create a play!

There is no session on Tuesday 29 October (half term).

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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
I've worked with visiting professionals this year that I never would have even dreamed of working with. It's been an amazing experience. Thomas Donnan, BA Professional Acting Student