Short Courses for Adults

Online Masterclass: Mastering Character Development

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    All skill levels, age 18+

  • Dates

    Saturday 25 May 2024

  • Tuition

    Day course, 10:00–17:00 GMT

  • Location


  • Cost



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Unlock the secrets of compelling character development in this one-day, online masterclass. You’ll explore a range of techniques and methodologies employed by professional actors in the theatre, film and television industries to create authentic and memorable characters. The workshop has been designed to equip you with the tools and insights necessary to breathe life into characters, in turn allowing you to foster a deeper connection between you as the actor and your audience.

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 performance.

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Key Highlights

In acting, detailed character exploration is the key to transcending from performer to storyteller. Within this masterclass, you’ll discover the profound impact of immersing yourself in a character’s world, gaining the ability convey genuine emotions and creating a lasting impression on the audience.

On this course you will:

> Gain an understanding of the importance of script analysis by learning how to extract valuable information from the text to inform your character choice and actions.
> Explore the physical and vocal aspects of character portrayal, learning how body language, gestures, and voice modulation contribute to a character’s authenticity.
> Uncover how to create the psychology of character, gaining insights into the motivations, fears and desires that drive a character’s actions.
> Engage in improvisation exercises designed to unlock creativity and spontaneity and appreciate how improvisation can be used as a tool for character exploration and development.
> Put your newly-acquired skills into practice through exercises and scene work and witness how character development transforms performance.

You’ll receive constructive feedback from both the course leader and your peers. There will be opportunities to collaborate through group activities and discussion with fellow participants to refine and enhance your character development skills.

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Your 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.

As a student, the most important aspect of a course is putting into practice what you've been learning, and we do that constantly. I cannot recommend BOVTS enough - my showreel has never looked better! April Storm Perry, MA Screen Acting Student