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RADA & Stagecoach join forces

Two of the biggest names at the forefront of drama and education have come together in a momentous collaboration. The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and Stagecoach Theatre Arts have created a new Vocational Training Preparation course for young people aged 16+, designed to meet the needs of aspiring performers who are looking to go on to vocational training in professional drama schools, musical theatre academies and universities. This innovative part-time course allows students to continue their academic studies or employment while gaining expertise in all three strands of the performing arts – acting, singing and dancing.

The Vocational Training Preparation course will offer students aged between 16 and 19 the opportunity to learn directly from experts in their fields on a part-time basis at weekends and on specialist workshops held at RADA and Stagecoach’s Head Office. The sessions will include acting classes, musical theatre training, singing lessons, auditioning for drama school, teacher training, Shakespeare and auditioning for musical theatre. Spread across a dedicated two year period, the course offers students the opportunity to understand the demanding disciplines of the professional performing arts whilst still considering their future options; be it vocational training or even a career away from the arts.

In a time of relative instability in the arts and education sectors, Stagecoach & RADA recognise the need to support aspiring performers in achieving a sustainable and creative career path. Through this new course, young people will be able to enjoy theatre for its artistic, educational and vocational opportunities, three benefits that will allow each student to develop into a promising and well rounded practitioner. With three hours rigorous training a week, five intensive workshops during the holidays, lesson time dedicated to preparing students for examinations in teaching, and a final performance at a London theatre, the course will give an in depth experience in dramatic education, giving students a real taste of the busy and dedicated life of a performer or teacher, and showing audiences the amazing and valuable potential of young artists in this country.

Starting in September 2011 the part-time course has space for 32 talented students. The overall course objectives are to:

• Train students in performance skills through intensive classes and workshops
• Equip students with the material and techniques for auditions and interviews
• Deliver students with a deep understanding and expertise in the field of performance
• Develop students’ personal qualities and life skills through both sustained individual endeavour and cooperative learning
• Prepare students for qualifications in performance and teaching

The combined expertise of RADA and Stagecoach will ensure a creative, supportive and informative environment and one where each student will be given every opportunity to flourish and succeed in their ambitions. The RADA/Stagecoach vocational training preparation course will bring to the arts sector exactly what it needs right now; a source of motivated, dedicated and confident young artists who have the knowledge and training to inspire others, sustain the sector and achieve greatness themselves.

Stephanie Manuel, joint MD of Stagecoach said: “It has long been my ambition to offer a course that will extend students’ skills and prepare them to audition for drama school while they continue with their academic studies. The RADA Stagecoach course does that… and more.

For ‘A’ Level students and equally for those who are already in the workplace, this course brings a solution for young people with ambitions to become professional performers. At the same time, by learning the foundations of teaching, students will begin to acquire the essential ‘second string to their bow’.

The RADA Stagecoach course offers a solution to the FAQ of 16 year-olds and their parents ‘What now?’”

Edward Kemp, Director of RADA said: “Every year more and more young people are applying to drama schools and drama courses. There is a growing number of training programmes and youth theatre opportunities for young people from the very earliest age to start to learn about performance and acting. RADA has joined together with Stagecoach, one of the leading providers of pre-vocational theatre teaching, to help to provide a more rigorous pathway for 16-18 year olds who may be considering applying for drama training or who just wish to take their interest in performance to a more advanced level.”


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