Training Philosophy

No mystification, no academia, just pure vocational actor training.

The Fourth Monkey Way

We work with body, breath and impulse in an ensemble setting, creating work that celebrates the collective as well as the individual. Everyone has a voice and everyone matters.

Fourth Monkey’s unique training practice focuses on nurturing the actor’s ability to work from their impulses. Our teaching develops the students’ skills in connecting with their body and breath; key elements to accessing impulse. We then transfer this impulse from the physical to the emotional through the extensive study of the Meisner technique.

At Fourth Monkey everyone has a voice and everyone matters.

Core Approach

CORPOREAL MIME

A physical theatre practice that focuses on the body as the central tool for storytelling.

MEISNER TECHNIQUE

An approach to acting developed by the American theatre practitioner, Sanford Meisner, focusing on getting the actor ‘out of their head’ and acting using their impulses

GROTOWSKI

A theatre practice where the actor explores physical movement with the specific aim of ridding themselves of automatic reactions in order to get to a character’s essence.

Ensemble

Every training discipline included in our programme is designed to generate a rigorous discipline in our actors. This is how our students become versatile, full of stamina and invested in the collaborative environment. The training is designed to develop physically and mentally fit actors who work on impulse. They become performers who use the connections within their body, breath and voice to embody honest characters and create robust connections with their fellow actors through our ensemble philosophy.

Although we cover a range of core acting practitioners and practices in our training Fourth Monkey’s main actor training technique is Meisner. We are the only school in the UK using it as the central acting practise of our training pedagogy. It is coupled with our core physical practices – Corporeal Mime and Grotowski – to foster the most rigorous physical training that enables the actor to seek out physical truth and specificity.

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