Acting and Performance Making, BA (Hons)
Acting and Performance Making, BA (Hons)
Acting and Performance Making, BA (Hons)
Acting and Performance Making, BA (Hons)

Explore different styles of acting and gain the professional know-how needed to make your mark in the performance industry.

BA (Hons) Acting and Performance Making trains you to be a versatile, imaginative and employable performer. Its embodied approach develops graduates, adept at working in a variety of genres across the classical and contemporary repertoires at the forefront of industry.

Performances take place throughout the year in public venues, encouraging professional working relationships and networking skills vital for future employment. Advice and guidance on developing an online presence, including the application of social media, complements your professional training. At the heart of programme are the essential practical and creative skills and rigorous theoretical enquiry which prepare you to become independent thinkers, self-motivated artists and freelance practitioners

On this course you will also benefit from being part of Creative Arts Weston. Here you will join our exciting and passionate creative community, and you will be perfectly placed to join the arts industry, leading the way as part of the next creative generation.

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Duration:
Full Time: 3 years (5 days per week) Average scheduled teaching per week: 26 hours
Start date:
September 2022
Location:
UCW Academy of Performing Arts at Knightstone Campus
Course codes:
Institution: B20
Course: UCW4
Campus: C
Course fees:
Full-time: £8,900 per year
Additional information about this course:
Students on this course will need appropriate clothing and footwear for performing. Additional expenses may apply to some scripts, props and costumes, and optional trips and visits. We also recommend that students on this course pay to join the Equity trade union.


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This intensive, exciting course encompasses practice in the variety of acting techniques and skills expected of versatile practitioners in today’s creative industry alongside a theoretical exploration of classical and contemporary repertoires. You will develop your skills in a range of styles and get lots of opportunities to perform original and devised work in a range of venues.

The course is taught in the recently-refurbished UCW Academy of Performing Arts, which has five dance and movement studios with fully-sprung floors and mirrors, three black box studios, a recording studio and a studio theatre with 100 seats.

It is taught by industry professionals who all have significant experience and professional links across the UK and abroad, and in recent years visiting lecturers have included; Brave Bold Drama, Jack Norris of Poetic Fools and David Glass Ensemble, Howard Coggins of Living Spit, John Hazlett Dickinson, Neil Haigh of Cartoon De Salvo, Gill Simmons Artist in Residence at Tobacco Factory Theatres, From The Mud, Ramshaclicious, Theatre Orchard, Natalie Ann Jamieson and acting for camera specialists and agents.

Please get in touch with the course leader Eloise Hodder or UCW’s HEART student services team if you have any questions. And we’d love you meet you and show you around at our next Open Day.

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Explore different styles of acting and gain the professional know-how needed to make your mark as in the performance industry.

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Abigail Green
Lecturer - Voice, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre

Abigail is currently Head of Voice and Singing at University Centre Weston (UCW). Abigail teaches on the BA Hons degrees in Musical Theatre, Performing Arts and Dance for Commercial Performance which are validated by Bath Spa University. Abigail has also worked as a guest lecturer at other institutions around the UK. Abigail holds a BEd Mus (Hons) from the University of Plymouth, is an Estill Master Trainer (EMT) and has a MA Ed from the University of the West of England which focused on the vocal health of Musical Theatre undergraduates. Abigail is also a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the British Voice Association. Abigail is a self-confessed voice anorak, with a passion for the human voice and its development. Abigail is fascinated by vocal research and vocal scientific developments and regularly attends courses, summits and symposiums in both the UK, Europe and Australia. Abigail is committed to instilling confidence in her students and believe everyone can sing; it is just a matter of giving them the tools to do so!
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Eloise Hodder
Programme Coordinator - Performing Arts

Eloise Hodder is the HE Programme Co-ordinator for BA (Hons) Performing Arts - Acting at University Centre Weston (UCW). Eloise delivers on the BA Hons degree in Performing Arts which is validated by Bath Spa University.  Eloise also works as a guest lecturer and examiner both nationally and internationally encompassing a range of institutions from The Brit School, to consultant Actor/Director at L’Ecole d’Architecture Universite de Montreal. Eloise trained as an actor and holds BA (Hons) from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Franchise University of South Wales) and has a Postgraduate Diploma from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Applied Theatre specialising in Directing. Eloise is also a member of Royal Academy of Dance and the Institute for Learning. Eloise is an actor, director, interdisciplinary performer and educator. She has worked as the director/creator of Trapped (Donmar and Endeavour), received the Jack Petchey Youth Community Project Award for Delicate Rose tour and has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for Gannin’ Yem. Eloise has been an Education Associate for the Donmar, Bush Theatre and Michael Grandage Theatre Company.
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Kyle Davies
Programme Coordinator - Musical Theatre

Kyle has worked extensively as a freelance director in the US and UK and is the associate director of the State of Play Theatre. Recent directing credits include A Christmas Carol starring Paul Nicholas at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool; Puss in Boots and Cinderella at the York Theatre Royal’s De Grey Ballroom; The Fantasist’s Waltz, The Revenge of Mr Trout! and The Unholy Trinity for the State of Play Theatre; and RashDash’s The Ugly Sisters at the Soho Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse. In New York, his work as a director includes the development and world premiere reading of Howard Emanuel’s Last Supper, Survived By… at Theatre for a New City, and the creation of the cabaret review There Goes the Ballgame: The Music of Kander and Ebb for two of New York’s preeminent cabaret venues, The Duplex and Don’t Tell Mama’s. Kyle worked as an assistant director on the Emmy Award-winning production of Sondheim’s Passion, and his direction on The Ugly Sisters was nominated for a Total Theatre Award in 2012. Along with receiving a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, he attended L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and is also a graduate of their Laboratoire d’Étude du Mouvement.
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      Abigail Green
      Lecturer - Voice, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre

      Abigail is currently Head of Voice and Singing at University Centre Weston (UCW). Abigail teaches on the BA Hons degrees in Musical Theatre, Performing Arts and Dance for Commercial Performance which are validated by Bath Spa University. Abigail has also worked as a guest lecturer at other institutions around the UK. Abigail holds a BEd Mus (Hons) from the University of Plymouth, is an Estill Master Trainer (EMT) and has a MA Ed from the University of the West of England which focused on the vocal health of Musical Theatre undergraduates. Abigail is also a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the British Voice Association. Abigail is a self-confessed voice anorak, with a passion for the human voice and its development. Abigail is fascinated by vocal research and vocal scientific developments and regularly attends courses, summits and symposiums in both the UK, Europe and Australia. Abigail is committed to instilling confidence in her students and believe everyone can sing; it is just a matter of giving them the tools to do so!
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      Eloise Hodder
      Programme Coordinator - Performing Arts

      Eloise Hodder is the HE Programme Co-ordinator for BA (Hons) Performing Arts - Acting at University Centre Weston (UCW). Eloise delivers on the BA Hons degree in Performing Arts which is validated by Bath Spa University.  Eloise also works as a guest lecturer and examiner both nationally and internationally encompassing a range of institutions from The Brit School, to consultant Actor/Director at L’Ecole d’Architecture Universite de Montreal. Eloise trained as an actor and holds BA (Hons) from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Franchise University of South Wales) and has a Postgraduate Diploma from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Applied Theatre specialising in Directing. Eloise is also a member of Royal Academy of Dance and the Institute for Learning. Eloise is an actor, director, interdisciplinary performer and educator. She has worked as the director/creator of Trapped (Donmar and Endeavour), received the Jack Petchey Youth Community Project Award for Delicate Rose tour and has been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for Gannin’ Yem. Eloise has been an Education Associate for the Donmar, Bush Theatre and Michael Grandage Theatre Company.
      Student - Kyle Daviess image
      Kyle Davies
      Programme Coordinator - Musical Theatre

      Kyle has worked extensively as a freelance director in the US and UK and is the associate director of the State of Play Theatre. Recent directing credits include A Christmas Carol starring Paul Nicholas at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool; Puss in Boots and Cinderella at the York Theatre Royal’s De Grey Ballroom; The Fantasist’s Waltz, The Revenge of Mr Trout! and The Unholy Trinity for the State of Play Theatre; and RashDash’s The Ugly Sisters at the Soho Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse. In New York, his work as a director includes the development and world premiere reading of Howard Emanuel’s Last Supper, Survived By… at Theatre for a New City, and the creation of the cabaret review There Goes the Ballgame: The Music of Kander and Ebb for two of New York’s preeminent cabaret venues, The Duplex and Don’t Tell Mama’s. Kyle worked as an assistant director on the Emmy Award-winning production of Sondheim’s Passion, and his direction on The Ugly Sisters was nominated for a Total Theatre Award in 2012. Along with receiving a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, he attended L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and is also a graduate of their Laboratoire d’Étude du Mouvement.
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        BA (Hons) Acting and Performance Making trains you to be a versatile, imaginative and employable performer. Its embodied approach develops graduates, adept at working in a variety of genres across the classical and contemporary repertoires at the forefront of industry.

        Performances take place throughout the year in public venues, encouraging professional working relationships and networking skills vital for future employment. Advice and guidance on developing an online presence, including the application of social media, complements your professional training. At the heart of programme are the essential practical and creative skills and rigorous theoretical enquiry which prepare you to become independent thinkers, self-motivated artists and freelance practitioners

        On this course you will also benefit from being part of Creative Arts Weston. Here you will join our exciting and passionate creative community, and you will be perfectly placed to join the arts industry, leading the way as part of the next creative generation.

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