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 training programme 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.

BA (Hons) Acting

ACCELERATED TWO YEAR DEGREE*

This course aims to create fearless, connected and imaginative artists who are employable, knowledgable and industry ready as both actors and theatre makers in two years.

Through innovation, rigorous actor training, performance excellence and collaboration, graduates are well positioned to meet the needs of this ever-changing and rapidly-diversifying industry. The framework of this course is deliberately designed for each individual to be celebrated, to thrive and to challenge their perception of themselves, their own creativity and the wider world around them in the supportive and nurturing ensemble environment.

Three years training in two, the accelerated degree is exactly that. More accessible, more affordable, with our graduates industry ready in two years. With an industry employment rate of 84% Fourth Monkey is changing the face of contemporary actor training.

*Validation pending for Spring 2020

Year of the Monkey

ONE YEAR INTENSIVE ACTOR TRAINING PROGRAMME

Designed for those embarking on their acting journey, returning to the industry or indeed those changing career, the Year of the Monkey programme creates a diverse, collaborative environment in which to explore what is an intensive year-long actor training programme. The course is structured to enable accessibility and experiential development across a full twelve month training cycle in acting technique, movement and voice as well as the collaborative process of theatre making. Upon completion of the programme graduates are well positioned to take their next steps within the arts, whether that be further training or stepping out into the industry as an actor or theatre maker.

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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