GSA Summer School

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Why GSA Summer School?

GSA is one of the leading conservatoires in the UK and has built an international reputation for delivering high-quality training.  GSA has been successfully running summer schools for over 20 years

A stimulating, challenging and exciting experience awaits you at GSA this summer.  There’s something for every age from 8 to 25 years and each course is tailored specifically to your age group.  

Summer School Programme overview

GSA runs a dynamic and inspiring programme of Summer Schools for young people from 8 to 25. 

Led by Gerry Tebbutt (Musical Theatre) and Michael Toumey (Acting) who are members of the GSA teaching staff and supported by industry professionals, GSA graduates and other visiting specialists, our courses provide an intensive, fun and inspiring training experience which aims to bring out the best in everyone taking part.  Our Summer Schools take place at our stunning purpose built GSA studios on campus at the University of Surrey, located on the outskirts of Guildford. Courses in Acting and Musical Theatre are available, tailored specifically to your age group.  

If you are considering applying to drama school, and would like a chance to develop your skills and have a taste of professional training; or if your child is showing a spark of potential that would benefit from specialist nurturing in a creative environment; or perhaps you are a young adult looking to refresh your skills, GSA has a Summer course that will be perfect for you.

At a GSA Summer School you will be encouraged to work hard to gain the full benefit of rehearsing and performing, you will have a chance to develop your skills in a fabulous educational environment, you will have the chance to meet other people with a wide range of theatre interests and backgrounds, and for those over 17 you will have the option to stay on campus for the duration of your course. We offer a warm and welcoming environment whilst taking training seriously. 

Everyone who attends a GSA Summer School will receive a certificate of achievement from GSA on completion of the course.

GSA at the University of Surrey is a short walk from Guildford Railway Station (35 mins from Waterloo) or just off the A3 for those travelling by car.

 

Course content

Musical Theatre

Juniors 8 – 11 years

This course is for young performers who enjoy all three elements of Musical Theatre: Acting, Singing and Dance. It is designed to stimulate the creativity of the performer and aims to build key skills in team work, communication and confidence whilst building friendships and having fun.

Youth Theatre Summer School is designed for young people from 12 to 15 years who enjoy performing. The course introduces you to various disciplines of theatre: Acting, Singing and Movement. Everyone is able to develop at their own pace, no-one is forced to perform and there are opportunities for you to explore performance techniques. Students will develop key skills in teamwork, communication and confidence whilst building friendships and having fun! 

Teens 16 – 17 years

This course is designed as a stepping stone for 15 - 17 year olds who need more of a challenge but are too young for Senior courses. There are classes in the three disciplines; Acting, Singing and Dance. The course is ideal for those wanting to explore performance in a safe and friendly environment whilst developing new skills. 

Seniors 18 – 25 years

The Musical Theatre Summer School provides students with a huge learning experience in the performing arts and is aimed at those who wish to top up their skills or learn new ones. The GSA Summer School is exciting and inspirational for anyone wishing to increase their knowledge and explore the art of performance in depth. We take the art of training for musical theatre very seriously and although this course is fun it is also hard work. You will learn and understand the commitment and focus that is required to access professional training and the industry. By the end of the course you will have developed your technical ability in all areas of performance. We aim to create an atmosphere that supports your needs whilst giving you confidence to experiment and try new ideas. There will be classes in Acting, Voice, Singing and Dance and you will work on a mini production that draws all disciplines together. This will be performed to family and friends on the Saturday. Students work closely with members of the faculty, professional directors, choreographers and musical directors.

Acting

Teens 16 – 17 years

This course is designed to give young aspiring actors an insight into what it takes to train as an actor. Through intensive practical sessions students will look at voice, movement and text analysis with focus on the actors neutral listening and responding and storytelling based ensemble work. These will be put into practice through short duologues and ensemble text. 

Seniors 18 – 25 years

This course is designed to give aspiring actors an insight into what it takes to train as an actor. Through intensive practical sessions students will look at voice, movement and text analysis with focus on the actors neutral listening and responding and storytelling based ensemble work. These will be put into practice through short duologues and ensemble text. On the final day there will be a short presentation of the work undertaken throughout the week. 

2018 Summer Schools

Musical Theatre

Week Monday 23rd July – Friday 27th July

Juniors 8-11 years                   5 days             9am – 4pm                       £225

Youth 12 – 15 years                5 days              9am – 4.30pm                 £250

Week Monday 30th  July – Friday 3rd August

Teens 16 – 17 years               5 days               9am – 5pm                       £300

Seniors 18 – 25 years            5 days                9am – 5pm                      £350

Week Monday 30th  July – Saturday 11th August

Seniors 18 – 25 years            11 days                9am – 5pm                    £600

Week Monday 6th August – Friday 10th August

Teens  16 – 17 years              5 days                 9am – 5pm                     £300

Seniors 18 – 25 years            5 days                 9am – 5pm                     £350

 

Acting

Week Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd  August

Teens 16 – 17 years              5 days                    9am – 5pm     £300

Seniors 18 – 25 years           5 days                     9am – 5pm     £350

GSA staff

Summer School staff comprises a team of skilled, qualified and dedicated teachers and professional performers. All highly successful in their particular field, many form part of the GSA main school faculty.

In addition to the regular GSA team, we have a large network of specialist professionals upon whom we can call for advice and assistance with any individual needs or challenges, whether of a vocal or physical nature or advice about your future career options.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available for students 17 years and over. The cost is £280 for 6 nights (Sunday - Friday night  inclusive). Students can book an extra night (the Saturday night) for £40

Students on the 2 week Musical Theatre programme pay £560 for 13 nights’ accommodation (Sunday night to the Friday night of week 2).

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Entry requirements


  • There are no entry auditions for GSA Summer School programmes but places are limited so early application is advised. Age requirements apply for each programme.

Contact us

For more information contact us on:

E. gsasummerschool@gsa.surrey.ac.uk
T. 01483 68 4047