This two-week course offers a stimulating and inspiring introduction to actor training and includes class work with many of the School’s experienced graduates and some core staff members. It is designed to appeal to various levels of experience, including beginners and improvers and those who wish to pursue full-time drama training.

Some of the course will be delivered at the City of London Girls School, which is located close to the Guildhall School’s Silk Street building and the Barbican Centre.

The course comprises two weeks of intensive tuition and rehearsals of Shakespeare and contemporary plays. Students have group classes for half of the day (including Acting, Voice, Movement and Audition Technique) and work on scenes in groups with a director for the other half. The rehearsed scenes are presented at the end of the course before an audience of students and staff (not open to the public). This course aims to give a challenging insight into acting in Shakespeare and modern drama.

Students work as an ensemble in groups of not more than eighteen.

Craft-based classes and workshops include:

  • Acting – using exercises that explore some basic techniques of acting*
  • Voice – developing techniques that are fundamental to interpretation and vocal health
  • Movement – exploring actors’ movement based on Laban and Litz Pisk
  • Improvisation – employing exercises that illuminate character and truth
  • Character Mask – developing a physical approach to character

*Please note that the Drama Summer School does not include the techniques of Lee Strasberg or Sanford Meisner.

Theatre Visits

Two visits to attend performances in London theatres are included in the fees of the course.


A certificate will be awarded to all participants who complete the course.

Participant Requirements

  • participants must be 16 or 17 years of age on the first day of the course. Unfortunately, this is something for which we can make no exceptions.
  • there is no formal qualification in English required; however, a fluent standard of spoken English is essential (fluency is considered equivalent to at least a 7.5 overall score in the IELTS PTE Academic Examination). Please note that translation assistance is not available.
  • participants are required to sustain high levels of physical and mental stamina in order to manage the long hours and the intensive collaborative nature of the Drama Summer School. Participants will be required to demonstrate high levels of maturity whilst on the course. The Guildhall School reserves the right to withdraw any student from the Drama Summer School if they are found to be in breach of the School’s Code of Conduct, or their behaviour is such that it seriously impedes the progress of other participants.


Monday 16 to Friday 27 July 2018 inclusive.
Schedule: 9am to 5pm daily (approximately) with some evening and weekend activities.


Deposit – £350
Course fee – £1250
Accommodation (bed, breakfast and evening meal) – £756

Payment Schedule

Fees and accommodation and meals (if applicable) are payable by deposit followed by two equal monthly instalments.

The payment dates for the deposit and instalment payments will be advised upon confirmation of a place on the Drama Summer School (16 to 17 Years).

Scholarships and Grants

Unfortunately, we are not able offer any scholarships or grants for the Drama Summer School (16 to 17 Years).

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London EC2Y 8DT


Dates & Times

Date Start End
16 Jul 2018

Cost: £1250.00

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