No mystification, just pure vocational, professional actor training at undergraduate and postgraduate level
The Fourth Monkey Way
Our training courses are designed to develop fearless, versatile actors and theatre makers, who are invested in the collaborative environment and are capable of using connections within their body, breath and voice to embody honest characters and connect with their fellow ensemble members.
To do so, we cover a range of core acting practices and practitioners, with Meisner Technique at the heart of our actor training ethos and Corporeal Mime and Grotowski at the heart of our physical training and practice, and all of which are intended to foster performers who work on impulse whilst they act, make, move and collaborate.
Our training courses have been created to provide our students with the tools required as a modern working actor and theatre maker. Students on all training courses at all levels of study “learn through doing” to gain the skills they will need as a professional performer and to create their own opportunities when they step into the industry.
Designed for those looking to forge a career as a professional actor and theatre maker, this course aims to create fearless, connected and imaginative artists who are employable, knowledgeable and industry-ready in just two years, offering a more accessible and more affordable route into a professional career as an actor and theatre maker.
The MA Collaborative Theatre degree provides a unique opportunity to explore and develop the skills relevant to professional contemporary collaborative theatre practice, delivered in association with internationally-renowned partners and practitioners. Delivery is offered as a flexible learning framework, and is designed to be inclusive and affordable.
Designed for those embarking on their acting journey, the CertHE Performance & Theatre Making course aims to establish the groundwork for fearless, connected and imaginative actors and theatre makers, and this course provides a natural pathway onto further professional actor training, including onto the BA (Hons) Acting degree following successful completion of the CertHE Performance & Theatre Making course and subsequent successful audition for the BA course. What is more, students on the CertHE Performance & Theatre Making course have access to Student Finance to pay course fees.
Designed for those embarking on their acting journey, returning to the industry or indeed those embracing a new challenge and changing career, the Year of the Monkey programme creates a diverse, collaborative environment in which to explore this unique, intensive movement-based actor training programme, and as such, the teaching delivery is designed to allow students to work and train at the same time to better facilitate accessibility to those transitioning from another career or educational setting. Upon completion of the programme, graduates are well-positioned to take their next steps within the arts, whether that be further training or returning to the industry as an actor or theatre maker.
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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.
Our Pillars of Training
Fusing acting and vocal technique in pursuit of dynamic performance excellence
Creating the next generation of pioneering theatre makers & creatives
Synthesising technique and physical practice toward total embodiment
Celebrating the individual within the ensemble and the practice of we over I