Departures - 2019
Performance Preparation Academy is an inclusive and lively community of performers, industry practitioners and facilitators.
We champion a safe and supportive working environment, promoting a strong ensemble ethic allowing individuality and identity.
Our students enjoy long lasting personal and professional relationships formed whilst closely exploring a wide range of learning experiences, rehearsal-based projects and public performances.
We are dedicated to individual development, and a team of industry experienced tutors deliver a rigorous and innovative training programme, designed to prepare graduates for the Acting industry of today, with a dual focus on Stage and Screen work.
Reflection on professional practice is an empowering aspect of the student experience, and in the third year there is the option of a written dissertation or a practical research project.
In addition, there is the possibility of access to the PPA Agency, which has enviable industry links and may promote graduates into the Acting world with access to agents, casting directors and potential employers. Where possible, we encourage students to develop industry links via public performances, auditions, work-based learning opportunities, and the Showcase in London’s West End.
BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen is validated by De Montfort University. To apply for this course you will need to have 96 UCAS points (new tariff) and be over the age of 18 by 01/09/2018.
University Code: D26
Acting Course Code: W411
BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen
PPA’s BA(Hons) 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.
With an importance of self-reflection and by using an inclusive practise of exploring self and cultural identities, you will experience a contemporary approach to actor training. A training built on taking individual creative risks to build your personal journey into the performance industry. What is performance? How do we create it? Who writes, tells and is missing from the stories? How does the performer remain a vibrant force in the 21st century? How can we use ideas and questions raised by theatre, screen and performance to make sense of human engagement across the world? Using an energy encompassing intensity, passion and commitment, we ask what can you bring to your training?
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.
Throughout the course, you will learn skills preparing you for the industry across various modules including:
Physical Theatre including Clown, Actor’s Dance, Stage Combat, Body Conditioning
Improvisation, Project, Acting Skills
How have global theatre practices, theatrical movements, theatre practitioners, plays and performance texts all responded to moments in history and political events? How has societal anxieties, artistic movements and theatrical concerns affected what is expected of us as performers today? How do we think about, write and discuss ideas about acting and performance in a variety of forms?
In your first and second year, you will tackle these questions and many more through the specially designed core modules. The Acting for Stage and Screen Course at PPA will give you fundamental skills that are necessary to become a professional actor.
You will develop your voice and body, exploring identity and learning how to assume a physicality that is sustainable and safe to endure for industry length production runs. 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 to unpack it and to share it with an audience to unleash it. 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.
In your third and final year, you will explore a variety of approaches to creating performances, which may include: studio, proscenium, showcase, community, touring (and site- specific) and proscenium stages; as well as shooting and filming original films alongside industry professionals which may be both screened and for your own portfolio.
You will consider aspects such as characterisation, ensemble playing, staging, genre, narrative structure, performance strategies and experience the role and function of the audience in performance.
Building on the various skills and competencies you have gathered in your first two years, you will put your experience and knowledge into practice with the opportunity to work with professional practitioners and environments. This year, the focus changes from performance preparation within training to performance preparation within a career in the industry.
During your training you will develop key industry skills including:
- Excellent time management and organisational skills to manage your deadlines and research tasks
- The ability to communicate ideas verbally, in writing and practically
- Professional etiquette so you work collaboratively and professionally with peers
- How to research and apply specific theatre methods to the creation of a piece of original work
- How to present performance work for a specific audience or client group
- How to reflect on and evaluate a performance via different mediums
- The ability to apply different research methods
- The ability to operate with an ethical code of conduct
- Transferable skills to apply within other industry professions
- Have the space to be you, do you, for you!
You will have classes in Stage Combat throughout your training at PPA. You will have classes in armed and unarmed combat which will include sword fighting, knife, small sword 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.