Our Training

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.

Our Courses

We have created a variety of training programmes to give you all the tools you will need as a modern working actor. No homework, no essays; just you, on your feet learning the skills you will need as a professional performer. Our actors learn how they can harness the power of their breath, body and voice to tell stories, create characters and generate impactful performances.

The BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree 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 international renowned partners and practitioners. Delivery is offered as a flexible learning framework, and is designed to be inclusive and affordable. As such, it compares favourably to other London-based drama school postgraduate programmes, whilst still staying true to Fourth Monkey’s unique training ethos.

Designed for those embarking on their acting journey, the Foundation Acting: Integrated BA (Hons) Acting training programme aims to establish the groundwork for fearless, connected and imaginative actors and theatre makers. As this Integrated aspect of our BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree incorporates a foundation year of study, unique to London drama schools, this means our students are able to access Student Finance to pay the fees, a significant advantage and favourable comparison against other London-based drama school Foundation Acting programmes.

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.

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, learn more about Fourth Monkey’s approach and how we are continuing to deliver our creative provisions whilst ensuring that the health, safety and well-being of all who use our building remains our top priority.

 

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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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