CORONAVIRUS

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Updated: 5th January 2020

Following the government’s decision last night to move into a national lockdown, we have updated the timetable of our classes and courses. Under the new restrictions Performing Arts venues are permitted to stay open to deliver education, training and rehearsals (see, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home#businesses-and-venues-which-can-remain-open, and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england). However asking students to leave their homes in order to travel back and from the studio poses risks during a time of rising Coronavirus cases.

As a result, carefully balancing the health and physical wellbeing of our students on the one hand and their future, careers and mental wellbeing on the other, we have taken the following decisions:

Acting Technique 1: Classes will move online until 23rd January which is as long as we would ordinarily spend working on scripts. Face-to-face classes will resume from the week beginning 25th January till the end of the term. Students who feel uncomfortable returning to classes, or who are unable to return to face-to-face classes for any reason, may continue taking online text and scene performance classes till the end of the term.

Acting Technique 2: Classes will move online until 23rd January which is as long as we would ordinarily spend working on scripts. Face-to-face classes will resume from the week beginning 25th January till the end of the term. Students who feel uncomfortable returning to classes, or who are unable to return to face-to-face classes for any reason, may continue taking online text and scene performance classes till the end of the term.

Advanced Acting Technique: Classes will move online until 23rd January. Face-to-face classes will resume from the week beginning 25th January till the end of the term.

Foundations: The start date for Foundations has now been moved to the week beginning 18th January where face-to-face classes will begin.

Face-to-face Drop in Meisner Technique classes: These classes will cease until the week beginning February 15th. Students can opt to join the Online Screen Acting classes till then.

Face-to-face Screen Acting classes: These classes will cease until the week beginning February 15th. Students can opt to join the Online Screen Acting classes till then.

Screen Acting Course Beginners: This course will go ahead at its scheduled time beginning 31st January.

Audition Technique & Camera Workshop London, with Studio Director, Fay Beck: This course is postponed till next term. New dates for this course are as follows: Sunday March 21st 2021, 12PM – 5:00PM, & Sunday March 28th 2021, 12PM – 5:00PM

Voice 1.1: These classes will move online for the remainder of this term.

Voice 2.2: Our decision on these classes is still pending. We will post an update on this shortly.

 

We apologise for the inconvenience caused. Unfortunately the situation is continuously changing and as a result we are forced to make last minute changes in line with government guidelines.

We thank you and hope you have an inspiring term ahead.

 


 

Updated: 5th November 2020

Following a recent cabinet meeting the Government has provided further clarification on which venues and activities may or may not continue to operate during the lockdown. The following is replicated here for your convenience and can be found on the government’s New National Restrictions page: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november. The points relevant to us, are highlighted in orange.

These businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities, including:

  • education and training (including for schools to use sports and leisure facilities where that it part of their normal provision)
  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for children
  • blood donation and food banks
  • to provide medical treatment
  • for elite sports persons (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), professional dancers and choreographers (in fitness and dance studios)
  • for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
  • for the purposes of professional film and TV filming

As it currently stands, our face to classes are able to continue.
We will continue to monitor the government’s evolving response to the current situation.

 


 

Updated: 2nd November 2020

On 31st October the Government proposed a new 4week lockdown scheduled to begin 5th November.
The New National Restrictions updated on November 1st, stipulate that Education and adult Education settings can remain open during the lockdown.
The Actors Door Studio is an adult education setting and as such, face to face classes are currently permitted to continue under the new measures.
The Government has advised that a full list of premises that are allowed to operate will be published on Wednesday 4th November.
Unless drama schools or settings providing drama education are specifically prevented from operating, we will continue to offer in class training during this period.
We will be posting an update following the Government’s own.

During this time, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our continuing priority, and as such we closely monitor and revise our teaching practice and methodology in line with the UK Government, the NHS and Film and TV industry practices.

 


 

Updated: 15th October 2020

Following the government’s decision to raise alert level to Tier 2, we are posting a new Coronavirus update.

Given that the government has made no special recommendations regarding drama schools, we continue, as we have done during the ongoing Coronavirus situation, to follow Government guidelines for schools and universities.

As such, and as per the guidelines for schools and universities, under Tier 2, our face to face will continue to run until further notice.

 


 

Updated: 6th August 2020

Our full Covid-19 safety control procedures:

Personal hygiene practices by staff member
Staff members wash their hands at the beginning of and after classes. Contractors and visitors will be instructed to wash their hands on entrance.

Maintenance of social distancing
Where possible 2m social distancing should be implemented. Where this is not possible 1m+ will be implemented.

Maintenance of existing property equipment (TV / Camera equipment / Furnishings)
All surfaces frequently touched by students and staff members are cleaned with appropriate antiviral cleaning chemicals.

Availability of Antiviral Spray in each room
For the safety of students and staff, we have made available an antiviral spray and paper towels, which can be easily used by students and staff at all times.

Seating layout
Inside the studios, students will follow classes with at least one empty seat separating them, to ensure that there is social distancing at the minimum distance of 1m.

Hand sanitising stations
Each studio is equipped with has a hand sanitiser pump. Upon entry to the premises, students and visitors are invited to use either one of these stations or to proceed straight to the bathroom to sanitise their hands before completing any task including following lessons.

Minimising class sizes
We have set reduced maximum size number in accordance with the space required to allow that acceptable levels of social distancing are maintained.

Ventilation
Each of our studios opens to the outside through a window (Studio 2) and a door (Studio 3). Teachers will keep these open during class to ensure air flows through the rooms.

Use of Masks
Students are able to use masks during class when they are not working.

Use of Clear Screens during class exercises involving 2 people
We have installed clear screens as a further precautionary measure so that our students can feel safer working in pairs. The screens function as a physical barrier to droplets reducing risk while also ensuring actors are still working effectively off each other. This is of particular importance during the Meisner Technique exercises.

 

Updated: 24 July 2020

Dear Students,

We are delighted to share news with you of the re-opening of our classes and courses.

DROP IN CLASSES:

We happily announce the resumption of drop in classes from 1st August 2020. Please visit the site to book upcoming face to face drop in classes.

FOUNDATIONS COURSES:

In early March we were ready to welcome a new group of Foundations students to the studio. Unfortunately, we were unable to go ahead with the classes due to the lockdown. We are very pleased to be able to offer these students the opportunity to finally begin their training from early August. We have made alterations to the course so that we now run it over 5 weeks in 2 x 3hr long weekly classes (instead of over 6 weeks in 2 x 2.5hr weekly classes). We felt, that since a number of our students are taking the Foundations course with the intention of continuing on with Core Training, altering the course duration (without reducing the total amount or contact hours) would allow students to complete Foundations in time for the Core Training modules due to begin week of 7th September. Visit the Foundations booking page for updated session times.

CORE TRAINING:

Students enrolled in Acting Technique 1, Acting Technique 2 and in Advanced Acting Training, we are excited to announce the resumption of face to face classes as of September 2020. Please visit the Core Training booking pages from August 3rd, to see updated information for your courses.

VOICE AND MOVEMENT:

We expect Voice and Movement classes to resume from Term 1 which begins 7th September 2020. We are currently consulting on how best to resume these sessions in line with Covid safety procedures. We expect to have an update from August 3rd.

 

COVID SAFETY:

The government has recently published guidelines relating for the performance arts. In line with the recommendations made on these guidelines, we are taking the following precautions to ensure the safety of our staff and students:

  • Availability of hand sanitiser units in each of our studios for staff and student use
  • Availability of anti-viral spray in each of our studios for staff and student use
  • Social distancing during class and in all common areas
  • Limited student numbers per session
  • No contact rule for attendees
  • Availability of screens while students are working on stage

 


Updated: 16 March 2020

Dear Students,

 

We thank you for your patience and for your support during this time.

In response to the current Coronavirus situation, and the escalation of events, we will temporarily suspend all classes and drop-ins until the week beginning 30th March.

 

Whilst the authorities have not yet announced any changes to their official policies since our last update, growing concerns over student and staff wellbeing have led us to our decision.

 

We had hoped to continue providing you with a training program during this uncertain time. Our classrooms are spaces for freedom of expression, dare, passion and drive. We aim for our classes to be areas where students feel free to not hold back. However, the current environment and student and staff’s natural concerns about the Coronavirus situation, freedom, creativity and excellence in performance are compromised. Further, the fear and anxiety caused by the situation is counterproductive to student and staff wellbeing.

 

Of course, given the rate of changes, we will review this decision continuously and post updates on this page as well as email of any such changes.

 

DROP IN CLASSES:
Drop in classes are cancelled until the 30th March. A credit will be issued to all students who have booked a session in for the next 2 weeks. The credits can be applied when classes resume to a time most suitable for you.

 

SHORT COURSES:

For those currently enrolled on Short Courses including the Foundations Course, Body/Movement, Voice and the Screen Acting Course, the start dates for these courses have been revised to begin the week starting 30th March.

 

CORE TRAINING:

For students currently enrolled in Acting Technique 1, Acting Technique 2, and Advanced Acting Technique, the start for these courses have been revised to begin the week starting 30th March. We will be in touch with you in the course of the next 2 weeks to advise you specifically on new dates and on the possibility of organising make up classes. We are also looking into the possibility of organising group classes and discussions online. Please continue reading your assigned texts and we will be with you as soon as we can.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at course@actorsdoorstudio.com and keep an eye on your emails and on this page for future updates.

 

We’d like to wish you a safe and pleasant 2 weeks.


 

Updated: 13 March 2020

 

Dear ADS Community,

 

We have created this page to inform you about the actions we are taking in relation to Coronavirus.

We are making decisions with the wellbeing of our students and staff in mind. Following the advice of the Government and Public Health England (PHE), scheduled classes, courses and workshops for Term 4 will go ahead as planned at this stage. Of-course this is a dynamic situation and we are closely following the Government and Public Health England advice.

In line with the with the Stay at Home Guidelines set out by Public Health England (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection) students and staff should:

  • Stay at home if they experience symptoms of coronavirus infection, however mild. Symptoms include:
    • new continuous cough and/or
    • high temperature
  • Students and staff should stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms started

If you feel unwell, please contact the studio immediately to advise us.

Make up classes will be granted to any student who is too unwell to attend

In line with PHE guidelines for educational settings, (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19) staff and students attending ADS should:

  • wash hands often – with soap and water, or alcohol sanitiser
  • cover their cough and sneezes with a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin.
  • Students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
    • before leaving home
    • on arrival at the studio
    • after using the toilet
    • after breaks
    • before food preparation
    • before eating any food, including snacks
    • before leaving the studio
  • avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

We as a studio, will continue our intensifying cleaning program. We will continue to follow the advice and guidelines as set out by the Government and Public Health England.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: courses@actorsdoorstudio.com or call 020 3488 0947.

Please watch this space for updated information.