CertHE Performance & Theatre-Making



Course Name CertHE Performance & Theatre-Making
Course Qualification CertHE
Course Duration One Year (Full Time)
Course Leader Simone Waller
Course Delivery Full-time
Course Location The Monkey House, London
Training Provider Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company
Degree Awarding Institution Falmouth University (Subject to Validation)

About the Course

Designed for those embarking on their acting journey, this actor training programme aims to establish the foundations for fearless, connected and imaginative artists who are employable, knowledgeable and  ready as both actors and theatre makers to take the next steps in professional vocational training or to enter the industry.
As a Drama School, Fourth Monkey are committed to changing the face of contemporary actor training. This foundation level course offers innovative and inclusive training to empower and develop those embarking on their acting journey through experiential acting technique, movement, voice and collaborative theatre-making. 
The CertHE Performance & Theatre-Making course is in the final processes of course development by Fourth Monkey and ratification by Falmouth University,  this will mean that our students are able to access Student Finance to pay the fees, making Fourth Monkey training accessible and affordable to those who wish to explore life at a drama school, in advance of further vocational training at a higher level.
Training on this programme encourages connections between training disciplines, practices and activities within the field of performance and creation. The course has no academic written work, instead students “learn by doing” in a range of professional vocational classes, workshops, performance projects and public events using the unique Fourth Monkey thematic training structure of ACT, MAKE, MOVE, COLLABORATE.

Course Outline

This training programme is about establishing the foundations upon which the student can build both a bold and dynamic actor as well as an inquisitive and explorative theatre maker. Our students are encouraged to approach the work with a sense of fearlessness, to play and explore with an openness and hunger for discovery. You will sweat, you will laugh and your body will ache but this work establishes the rigour with which you will be expected to work throughout your training journey and beyond as a professional.
Classes focus on specific skills and techniques, whilst holistically developing our students as artists through self-reflection. Ongoing individual developmental support from the Training Team is also core to the Fourth Monkey philosophy, with students receiving constructive feedback on core disciplines throughout their training with Fourth Monkey.
Students are introduced to a myriad of theatrical practices and practitioners to expand their acting and theatre making perspectives all framed around Fourth Monkey’s four pillars of ACT. MAKE. MOVE. COLLABORATE. Shared internal showings of work conclude each study block to give students an opportunity to share and celebrate each others work both in assessed and non-assessed projects.

Course Progression

Students on the CertHE Performance & Theatre-Making course at Fourth Monkey are taught the skills and encouraged to explore life at a drama school, in advance of further vocational training at a higher level. The majority of our CertHE Performance & Theatre-Making students choose to stay on and train further with Fourth Monkey. 
Our training stands all our students in good stead to study professional vocational acting training at a higher level or to enter the industry should they wish, as they will graduate from Fourth Monkey well-equipped to rise to the challenges and rigours of being a professional actor or theatre-maker. 

Training Environment

Theatre and acting is a collaborative art form and we place great emphasis on the individual’s responsibility to the group and the group’s responsibility to the individual. This creates an ensemble atmosphere of mutual respect where creativity can flourish.

Our training ethos is to foster a nurturing environment that creates challenges and opportunities for all our students to have their voice heard and is celebrated. Every student has the opportunity to excel as they are encouraged to be bold and play!

The power of the ensemble group dynamic and ‘play’ in our training is key in helping to shape professionally trained actors and theatre makers fully equipped to thrive in an ever-changing and competitive industry who strive to deliver bold, collaborative work.

Every day, training in the Monkey House has something different to offer and a new challenge for students to face. Core training will be delivered through; practitioner led studio work, collaborative research-led projects, masterclasses, seminars, rehearsals, performances, showcases, films,  feedback tutorials and self-guided learning. Alongside the core training, there are numerous enhancement opportunities which serve to physically and mentally prepare all of our students for the term and tasks ahead, encourage our multi-disciplinary ethos, widen students’ perspective and enhance their engagement with the profession.

The core of Fourth Monkey’s training is delivered entirely at the Monkey House, our home and training base, in Islington, North London. You can explore the Monkey House and it’s range of training spaces with our virtual 360 tour of the building.

Fourth Monkey is very much a family, comprising our collaborative community of our core senior teaching staff, talented freelance practitioners and of course our students. Our core teaching team work alongside some of the UK’s finest practitioners and theatre-makers with our actors-in-training, sharing their passion, enthusiasm, plus specialist knowledge and experience to create a unique, dynamic working environment where individual expression is valued and nurtured and every voice is heard.

To find out more information on our Training Staff, plus our core office team, click the button below.

We have created a variety of training programmes to give you all the tools you will need as an actor and theatre maker working in the contemporary industry. Explore all our training programmes and decide which will be the right fit for you, via the link below.

How to Apply

Fourth Monkey auditions are designed to reflect our training and company ethos, celebrating the individual whilst fostering a sense of collaborative growth and development. We aim to create a relaxed and informal environment so everyone can show their true potential.

Information about Fourth Monkey Application, Audition & Offer process and requirements can be found on our Auditions Page. To apply to audition for a place at Fourth Monkey, simply follow the step by step process below for your opportunity to train with Fourth Monkey:

We look forward to welcoming you to an audition with Fourth Monkey in the near future.

If you would like to experience the Fourth Monkey style of training first-hand, we offer free Taster Workshops on a monthly basis to work out whether we are the right drama school for you.


Led by Artistic Director Steven Green, the workshops are a fun and physical introduction to the Fourth Monkey ethos and training and you can meet and alumni and practitioners and ask any questions that you may have.