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Below are some frequently asked questions about our studio, long term and short term study options. The section will give you more insight into how we work, and the options available to you.
FAQS ABOUT BEAT AND THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
I have studied the Meisner Technique at another drama school, how different is BEAT to Meisner?
Beck Emotional Access Technique is derived from the method developed and advanced by Sanford Meisner, widely known as the Meisner Technique. As BEAT practitioners we utilise some exercises from the Meisner Technique, however our foundational approach as well as the philosophy behind BEAT is distinct. At the core of BEAT is the idea that an actor’s emotions can be disengaged from the objects, people, places and circumstances in their world and transported into ‘things’ found in the character’s world. Having previous experience in the Meisner Technique will be useful in understanding BEAT more deeply as you first encounter it. However, in our experience, Meisner Technique students who have trained in the UK, find BEAT very challenging. We welcome you to get in touch in touch with us to discuss your experience so that we can recommend appropriate courses and classes for you. Fay Beck has written about some core differences between BEAT and the Meisner Technique that we suggest newcomers read. For an in-depth understanding of how we do POV repetition differently, read Fay’s article on POV Repetition and watch the videos to appreciate the BEAT philosophy.
FAQS ABOUT LONG TERM STUDY PROGRAMS
Am I eligible to join the 2YR courses if I have never acted before?
Yes! In fact we welcome it. Our programs have been designed to take you from beginners level all the way to graduation.
How rigorous is the training in the BEAT Acting Course?
The 2 YR BEAT Acting Course is a rigorous training program, suitable for actors looking to dedicate their time to training as an actor. While the course schedule allows students the flexibility to work on a part time basis, in the evenings and on weekends, the training requires full dedication to the course mentally.
Can I join the course mid-term?
We are unable to admit students into our 2 YR once the course has commenced. We advise waiting for the next round of admissions and taking short courses and classes in the ineterim.
Do I need to audition for the BEAT Acting Course?
Yes. To be selected into the program applicants must successfully advanced through the following process:
- Submit an online application. Along with your application you are required to submit a short video. On the basis of your submission material, you may be invited to:
- Send a self-tape (a £15 processing fee is applicable at this stage). If successful after this round, you will be
- Invited to meet with Fay Beck via zoom for the final interview stage of the selection process.
Do I need to audition for the Drama Course?
Currently, there are 2 ways to apply to the Drama Course:
There are two ways to apply to the course:
- Apply to the Drama Course, by submitting an online application. Along with your application you are required to submit a short video. On the basis of your submission material, you may be invited to send a self-tape (a £15 processing fee is applicable at this stage). You will be informed of the outcome of your application within a few weeks.
- Apply to the Drama Course, having been invited following successful completion of the Foundations Course. Following successful completion of the Foundations Course, you will be eligible to join the Drama Course without an audition process. Based on our performance criteria, you may be formally invited to join the Drama Course. Invitations are e-mailed within a week of completing Foundations.
I am under 18, am i eligible to join long term courses?
Our 2 YR courses are conducted in an adult environment, which means anyone aged 18 or over. However, if you are aged 16-18, you may be able to attend to join long term study options. In this scenario you will need a parent or guardian to sign our enrolment form granting you permission to attend.
FAQS ABOUT SHORT STUDY OPTIONS
Do I have to be a student at ADS in order to take any masterclasses or workshops you offer?
No. There is absolutely no requirement for you to be a student at ADS in order to take advantage of the short courses, acting classes, workshops or masterclasses we have on offer.
If I am attending a 2YR course should I take any of the workshops?
ADS runs one-off workshops or masterclasses or workshops to supplement actor training. Students currently enrolled in long term study are able to take these as they wish.
I am under 18, can I take your classes or courses?
Our short term study options are conducted in an adult environment, which means anyone aged 18 or over in able to attend. However, if you are aged 16-18, you may be able to join our classes, courses and workshops. In this scenario you will need a parent or guardian to sign our enrolment form granting you permission to attend.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept payment via Paypal, Credit/Debit Card processed via ApplePay, through Stripe and Paypal. We also accept bank transfers.
Do you accept cash?
Unfortunately as we unable to process cash payments.
How do I book a place on one of the short courses, classes or workshops?
Please visit the Book Now section of the website to book your first course.
Is there private coaching available?
Yes. Our tutors, teachers and the studio director are available. Please contact us to enquire or book sessions directly on the booking page.
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