Full Time Actor Training

Drama School training on the stage

Full Time Courses

Foundation, 3-year & 2-year fast track

Cygnet Training Theatre has a 40-year history of training actors. Its training takes a learn-while-doing approach, giving live performances to paying audiences from term one. Our students learn how to work as an ensemble, with the opportunity to work with multiple directors and visiting industry professionals. While our school ethos is grounded in the work of our late patron, Peter Brook, the training covers an eclectic mix of acting methods and is also able to accommodate for flexibility if the students show aptitude in other areas such as music and dance. Our courses balance classwork with rehearsal. Tutorials and group classes cover acting, voice, singing, movement, text, film, radio, and stage combat. Cygnet offers an unprecedented amount of one-to-one tuition that the larger schools are unable to offer, as well as the opportunity to study in a beautiful city.

“The Cygnet’s method is eminently practical and reminded me of my own early invaluable experience as an actor in regional repertory companies, tackling play after play through the year. Audiences taught me more than any academic class could. In future, when I am asked what an aspiring actor can do to advance their hopes of a career in live theatre, I shall recommend applying for a place at the Cygnet."

Sir Ian McKellen, 2018

Sir Ian Mckellen visitng the Cygnet Theatre 2018
Sir Ian Mckellen visitng the Cygnet Theatre 2018
Course Photo 1
Foundation Year (with the option of continuing).

Foundation students will have a solid grounding in acting technique as well as the chance to ‘test drive’ some other aspects of the industry such as stage management to consider how they would like to move forward with their career. Students are expected to take the ATCL Diploma (Trinity) with the option to move on to the LTCL if they continue with us. We offer support for auditions with other training providers as well as the possibility to continue training at Cygnet. Continuation of studies will be reassessed at the end of each year.

Two year fast-track course

(For those who have completed a foundation course elsewhere)

This two year fast-track course is for those students who have already completed a foundation course at another drama school. All students in their third year present their work in a London Showcase to an invited audience of industry contacts. Third year students will also benefit from industry preparation and guidance to launch their careers successfully. Students are expected to take the ATCL Diploma (Trinity) with the option to move on to the LTCL if they continue with us. Continuation of studies will be reassessed at the end of each year.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
DSC08067

Three year course

This three year course follows the foundation course path for its first year. All students in their third year present their work in a London Showcase to an invited audience of industry contacts. Third year students will also benefit from industry preparation and guidance to launch their careers successfully. Students are expected to take the ATCL Diploma (Trinity) with the option to move on to the LTCL if they continue with us. Continuation of studies will be reassessed at the end of each year.

To Audition

Professional Development

An initial application by self-tape is requested:

  • 1 x 2-minute monologue by SHAKESPEARE
  • 1x 2-minute monologue post 1980
  • 1 verse and 1 chorus of an unaccompanied song

A short introduction to you, outlining your work, your experience, and your aspirations both of the training and for your career.

Fees and Applications

All courses: £7,500 per year (refundable deposit £2,500 to secure the place)

Entry for all courses is by audition and interview.

PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE
contact [email protected]

To apply you can either call us directly on: 01392 277189, email us at: [email protected]

or...