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3 Year Professional Diploma in Acting for Stage and Screen

PPA’s Professional Diploma in Acting for Stage and Screen will give you all the skills necessary to become a professional actor. As a professional actor, you can’t rely on adrenalin or luck, you must know how to recreate your performance to the highest level, every single time that you give it. At PPA, you will discover how to do this, no small feat but one which, together, we can achieve.

You will develop a voice and a body, which allows you to assume a physicality that is different to your own and which is sustainable and safe to do for a long run. You will learn how to be free on stage and on screen, to be released and in the moment. You will learn how to approach a script to unlock it, to find the meaning within it and to share it with an audience. You will learn how to research, to explore, and to share your ideas clearly and concisely. You will learn the skills to tell stories, bravely and truthfully.

Your three years at PPA will serve you for the rest of your life. They will be demanding and will ask you to challenge yourself but they will also be massively exciting and rewarding too. You will be taught by a highly qualified and vibrant faculty, all of whom have all worked at the highest professional level In your third year will perform in two plays, a film and a West End showcase to give you the best possible chance to be seen by industry professionals.

3 Year Professional Diploma in Acting for Stage and Screen

PPA’s Professional Diploma in Acting for Stage and Screen will give you all the skills necessary to become a professional actor. As a professional actor, you can’t rely on adrenalin or luck, you must know how to recreate your performance to the highest level, every single time that you give it. At PPA, you will discover how to do this, no small feat but one which, together, we can achieve.

You will develop a voice and a body, which allows you to assume a physicality that is different to your own and which is sustainable and safe to do for a long run. You will learn how to be free on stage and on screen, to be released and in the moment. You will learn how to approach a script to unlock it, to find the meaning within it and to share it with an audience. You will learn how to research, to explore, and to share your ideas clearly and concisely. You will learn the skills to tell stories, bravely and truthfully.

Your three years at PPA will serve you for the rest of your life. They will be demanding and will ask you to challenge yourself but they will also be massively exciting and rewarding too. You will be taught by a highly qualified and vibrant faculty, all of whom have all worked at the highest professional level In your third year will perform in two plays, a film and a West End showcase to give you the best possible chance to be seen by industry professionals.

ACTING

In Acting classes you will be given a toolbox of exercises and methods to help you to create a fully rounded, detailed and truthful performance on stage, on screen, on radio and related media. This will be achieved through practical exercises, monologue and scene work.

You will be given a toolbox of approaches and exercises, which will allow you to unlock meaning in text and to create a character. This will be predominantly based on the System devised by Constantin Stanislavski but will also take account of the refinements and additions to his approach made by Twentieth century practitioners such as Lee Strasberg in his ‘Method’ and by Uta Hagen and Stanford Meisner amongst others.

You will learn how to be present on stage, how to be ‘in the moment’ and to be physically and vocally released. You will learn how to analyse your performance in a critically self aware and specific manner both on stage and on screen.

VOICE

In Voice classes you will learn how to use your voice to its fullest potential. In these classes you will learn how to harness your speaking and singing voice and your body so that you are fully in command of the, so they serve your requirements in a performance rather than limit or prohibit them. Voice will be taught in three component parts, which will, however all inform and be integral to each other.

In Practical Voice you will investigate the anatomy and physiognomy of vocal production and learn how to use your own voice to its full potential without unwanted physical tension.

In Voice and Text you will explore a wide range of texts, modern and classical, prose and verse and explore how to create meaning in performance.

In Speech and Accent you will acquire an understanding of your own specific speech habits and, through this understanding, explore other dialects and accents to use in your work at PPA and as a professional actor.

You will have individual voice tutorials throughout each term, which will focus on your own specific needs and vocal issues.

SINGING

All students on the Diploma in Acting receive:

• Group Singing Lessons
• Technical Singing Lessons`
• Song Presentation Classes (Second and Third Year)
• Repertoire advice

Singing is taught using the Estill method. If students wish to have individual, weekly singing lessons, then that can be easily arranged through PPA’s office.

PHYSICAL SKILLS

In Physical Skills you will develop the physical skills required of you as a professional actor. These classes will include:

• Movement
• Body Conditioning
• Ballet
• Social Dance

You will discover your body’s potential as well as its limitations. You will discover your habitual tensions, weaknesses and idiosyncrasies and explore methods to overcome them so that your ability to physicalise a character increases and becomes more specific and detailed. You will explore how your body moves through space so that you have full command of your body as an expressive medium through which to convey meaning and character, in a way that is both safe and sustainable for the duration of a performance and a run.

You will learn how to be physically released and open, and how to change your physicality to that of the character you are playing. At the end of three years at PPA you will be in control of your body, your body will not limit or control you.

ACTING PROJECT

This module consists of three text-based presentations, approached consecutively on a term-by-term basis in which you will be expected to assimilate and utilise the practical and analytical skills gained from your other modules.

With assistance and careful guidance by your tutor/director, you will collaborate on a text from rehearsal through to final performance. You will work initially on a text with a strong narrative thrust, then on a European Naturalistic play and finally, in term three, on a UK text written before 1950.

You will research and rehearse thoroughly the set text from a contextual and creative perspective and use the understanding that you gain from doing so to make exciting and informed choices as an actor. You will be encouraged to experiment in rehearsal, to be emotionally brave and to adopt a sense of adventure in your approach and in so doing possibly discover a new means by which to create a performance.

STAGE COMBAT

You will have classes in Stage Combat throughout your three years at PPA. You will have classes in armed and unarmed combat which will include sword fighting, knife, smallsword and rapier. You will have the opportunity to gain professional qualifications in armed and unarmed combat at both basic and intermediate levels. These qualifications will be offered through The Academy of Performance Combat.

INVESTIGATIVE STUDIES

In Investigative Studies you will explore the history of acting of theatre and performance so that you will be able to place all the work that you do in the context of the time and the place that it was written and also learn how it relates to the present day.

You will investigate theatre spaces, plays, playwrights, practitioners directors, actors, designers and technicians. In a practical way, you will explore how this knowledge influences or changes the way in which you tackle a text, by looking at certain plays, and speeches in the light of your discoveries. Investigative Studies at PPA will help you to make work that is exciting, detailed and relevant.

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

In your third year at PPA, you will be given roles in three public performances, one at the end of each of the three terms. Two of these productions will be fully-staged, full-length plays. The third will be a professionally produced film. The Agents’ Showcase, which will be held in a Theatre, in London’s West End, will give you the opportunity to be seen by industry professionals- agents, directors and casting directors. The public performances will ensure that you have the best possible opportunities for gaining work when you graduate from PPA.

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