East 15 Acting School offers students the opportunity to train to become actors, directors, producers and theatre technicians for stage, TV, film and radio at two campuses in Loughton and Southend.
East 15's training emphasises a balance between personal discovery, intuition and technical skills. The aim is to give students the basic awareness and confidence that will allow them to continue to learn and perfect their craft in the years to come.
The main aim of the movement programme at East 15 is to encourage confident, focused, flexible, imaginative and physically expressive actors. Content includes dynamic alignment (Alexander, Bartenieff, Pilates), characterisation techniques (Laban, Grotowski, Lecoq and Chekhov based work), dance (jazz, ballet, tap) and stage combat (resulting in a foundation certificate from The British Academy of Dramatic Combat).
The voice teachers at East 15 aim to equip students with the skills required to release their full vocal potential beyond the limits of "habit" voice, combining emotional truth with theatrical energy using techniques derived from leading physical and vocal practitioners like Laban, Chekhov, Berry and Linklater.
Actors must have a good feel for music, even if they can not sing a note! Students at East 15 will learn to understand the rudiments of music and be able to approach a song with confidence and feeling. Students with musical theatre potential will be encouraged.
Students with the ability to play musical instruments are encouraged to develop those talents and there are numerous possibilities to play in ensembles for private and public performances at East 15.
East 15 students are introduced to the techniques and disciplines of acting for the camera and microphone.
Preparation for the industry
Guest lectures and workshops are given by industry specialists, which helps to prepare East 15 students for the complexity of working in theatre, film, TV and related areas.