Theater Group

CPD for teachers & Professionals

 
Continued Professional Development (CPD) helps teachers, actors, students and other industry professionals to advance their careers and improve standards in their work.
Our ur CPD training programme is designed for teachers, actors and creative professionals and is designed around practical skill to use in the classroom, in rehearsals or in performance.
 
We also feature programmes for adult learners and those going into, or who are in, university level training.
 
Courses for children and younger students are available here.
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Getting Into Drama School

A five part course led by Jack Tutt, an actor and voice over artist.

 

How do you approach a drama school audition?

Where should you study?

What speeches should you prepare?

How do you pay for it and what happens after training?

 

This professional course will help to inform and dispel some of the fear and myths that have emanated about the drama school application process. A course of five, one-hour sessions including group and one-to-one consultations.

Session 1: Discussion on drama school or university, finding the right course for you, the application process

Session 2: What to prepare, speech and song choices, etc

Session 3: Reviewing choices, rehearsals and preparation

Session 4: The drama school experience – what to expect

Session 5: Life after drama school – Agents, jobs, support networks and how to support yourself

Who For: A-Level & Btec Drama and Performing arts students aged 16+, and anyone considering applying to drama schools.

When: Mondays 6-7pm, December 7th and 14th, January 11th, 18th and 25th

Fee: £50 per person. Maximim 10 places per course.

Early Booker Rate: Book by 15th November save 10%.

 

Jack trained at ALRA and will soon be starting an MA at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His stage credits include MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, MACBETH, THE JUNGLE BOOK, CINDERELLA (GTC), and THE MACHINE (Donmar).

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Marketing for creatives

Marketing For Creatives

An online workshop on marketing for freelancers and creatives.

 

  • Where to start

  • Identifying your brand

  • Recognising what you do and who your clients are

  • Essential platforms

  • Managing Opportunities

  • Pitfalls

 

Marketing is an essential part of being in business, whether you work through a company or as a freelancer. Getting your marketing right can involve a lot of trial and error, and our goal is to help you avoid as many errors as possible to help you find work, build a network and develop partnerships to advance your career.

Who For: Graduates, entrepreneurs and creative professionals across the freelance sector

When: 2020: 24th November, 8th December | 2021: 19th January, 8th February, 8th March 2021

Times: 18.00-19.00

Fee: £15

Workshop Leader: Adam Milford

Adam is an Actor and Theatre Practitioner, and is the Founder and Creative Director for Theatre Workout. He has worked in theatre for over 25 years and has built Theatre Workout into a global, market-leading brand with unrivalled partnerships with West End productions and other arts, educational and travel organisations.

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Socially Distanced Theatre and how to make it

The theatre world is itching to get back to work but with so many unknown factors there are many challenges ahead. Schools too have had little guidance on how subjects like Drama are supposed to function.

Collaboration is essential for everything to work, so this session will discuss and explore various techniques around creating socially distanced work, including:

  • Practical exercises you can use with students

  • Devising techniques

  • Non-verbal performance 'v' text-based drama

  • Verbatim theatre


​Date: Tuesday 5th October 2020,

Time: 16.00-17.30 (BST)
Where: Online,

Fee: £30

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Working With Text

Working with text can be a real challenge. A good script can provide a wealth of material to create diverse characters and deliver an outstanding performance, but sometimes it can be quite overwhelming.

Inspired by our collective decades of professional acting experience including productions in the West End, National Theatre, RSC, UK tours and more, we've collected some of our favourite techniques for text-based work, including Shakespeare and contemporary scripts.

Led by Theatre Workout's founder, Adam Milford, himself a professional actor, this workshop has been redesigned to take place online. It will be a group session via Zoom with group exercises and discussion on techniques, exploring a few classical and contemporary scenes, with text provided in advance by email for use during the session. There may also be some break-away activities with participants paired up to try exercises out. We'll be doing as much as we can to replicate exercises we would use in a live format over this two hour session.

When:  Wednesday 13th January 2021, 17.00-18.30 (BST)
Where: Online - ZOOM
Fee: £25

Early Bird Offer: £15 (Book by 14th December 2020)

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Writing on a Notebook

Playwriting with Max Wilkinson

This five part course will teach you about writing a range of scripts for different performance formats, with creative exercises and the opportunity to develop and review your own work. This may include:

 

  • How to structure scripts

  • Develop dialogue

  • Learn how to bring your characters and imagination to life

  • Fun writing tasks, games and discussions about theatre and film

  • Advice on where to study next if you want to pursue your script-writing career. 

 

By the end of the course, you'll have your first ten minute play or film, which can be performed in the class. 

Who For: Writers aged 18+ years

When: 26th November, 3rd and 10th December, 21st and 28th January

Times: 16.00-17.00 BST

Fee: £65

Early Booker Rate: Book by 15th November save 15%.

Workshop Leader: Max Wilkinson

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Max is an award-winning playwright, dramaturg and theatre practitioner. His plays have been produced at Theatre 503, the Kings Head Theatre, the Arcola, Paines Plough, and many others across London, and has collaborated with the Wooster Group in NYC, The English Theatre Berlin and the British Museum. 

 

He has run playwriting workshops with The Yard, The Gate and the Southwark Playhouse theatres for several years, and Theatre Workout is delighted to be working with him.

 
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Stage Combat

With the events industry due to reopen on 1st October, this will be our first 'live' CPD workshop with relevant social distancing measures taken into account.

 

Designed for teachers, actors, and other theatre professionals, this session will teach a range of unarmed stage combat techniques and how to develop choreography. It may include:

 

  • Punches

  • Slaps

  • Kicks

  • Reverse/Victim Contol moves such as hair pulls and ear grabs

  • Falls and reactions

 

After learning the basic techniques you will learn techniques then have the opportunity to develop and rehearse choreography around an improvised scene.

 

Date: 27th February 2021

Times: 11.00-17.00

Venue: tbc, central London

Fee: £75-£95

Read our Ts & Cs regarding live workshops and Covid-19 here.

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Devising Theatre

With the events industry due to reopen on 1st October, this will be our second 'live' CPD workshop with relevant social distancing measures taken into account.

 

Designed for teachers, actors, and other theatre professionals, this session will teach a range of devising techniques rooted text-based theatre, physical theatre, clowning, and using a range of stimuli to create characters, scenes, choreography and more. It may include:

 

  • Devising within a social distanced world

  • Physical theatre solo projects

  • Small group text-based work

  • Clowning, mime and imagination

 

The workshop will explore a range of techniques before putting them into practice with the creation of performance.

 

Date: 13th February 2021

Times: 11.00-17.00

Venue: tbc, central London

Fee: £75-£95

Read our Ts & Cs regarding live workshops and Covid-19 here.

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Introduction to Puppetry

How to you breathe life into inanimate objects and make them real?

 

Join us for an introductory puppetry workshop where we'll be making a simple puppet and bringing it to life, discussing various techniques to create characters, introduce movement, and helping it interact with the world around it.

You will need:

  • 5 sheets of A4 paper

  • Sellotape

Dates/Times*: 5th December 2020, 12:00-13:30 | 22nd January 2021, 17:00-18:30

Where: Zoom

Fee: £15-£25 per person

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* Individual workshops, not part of a course

 
Online Workshop

Verbatim Theatre

Tell your stories and put them on the stage.

Verbatim theatre is usuallycreated from transcribing interviews with people who are connected to a common event or subject, which are brought together to form a performance text. It is theatre made entirely of first-hand experiences.

This session will help you devise a body of research, structure lessons or rehearsals, improvise, and create a dramatic, engaging, and moving performance on any topic - plus it's a great way to devise online, remotely, and with social distancing!

Dates/Times*: 11th January 2021, 17:00-18:30 | 23rd January 2021, 12:00-13:30

Where: Zoom

Fee: £15-£25 per person

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* Individual workshops, not part of a course

 
Actress on a Stage

Stanislavski's Three Circles Of Focus

Constantine Stanislavski was a Russian theatre director who’s system is the foundation of modern method acting techniques used religiously by actors such as Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep.

This workshop will explore one of his core acting techniques - the three circles of focus, while also working through some other aspects of his acting philosophy, such as Emotional Memory and the magic 'if'. We may also contrast these techniques to the philosophy of other practitioners, such as Artaud and Grotowski.

Suitable for drama students aged 16+, teachers, public speakers, presenters, and anyone who speaks in public.

Dates/Times*: 7th January 2021, 17:00-18:30 | 28th January 2021, 17:00-18:30 | 7th February 2021, 12:00-13:30

Where: Zoom

Fee: £10-£25 per person

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* Individual workshops, not part of a course