Summer Conservatoire Programme overview

We are excited to announce the launch of our Summer Conservatoire!

The Summer Conservatoire takes place at GSA's state-of-the-art facilities, including purpose built studios and performance spaces, which are located on the Stag Hill Campus at the University of Surrey in Guildford. We offer accommodation to students joining us from the UK or abroad aged 16+. This year we are also offering a taste of technical theatre and lighting as well as training for professionals already in the industry that wish to top up their skills. All courses are taught by professional GSA conservatoire tutors and cover a wide range of skills including acting, singing, voice, dance and technical theatre arts.

GSA has been successfully running inspirational summer schools for over 20 years and has built an international reputation for delivering world-class training. Our new Summer Conservatoire has been designed specifically for students that are passionate about pursuing a career in the arts to give them a taste of life within a conservatoire and the rigours and expectations of training. The intensive courses are designed to inspire and prepare you for further training within either a conservatoire or higher education environment in pursuit of a career within the creative industries.

Musical Theatre courses

PLEASE NOTE: BOTH WEEKS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED

This course gives an opportunity to see what it is like to be part of the GSA Conservatoire. You will spend the week working with GSA Conservatoire tutors following a sample timetable of our full time BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme. Classes will be taken in singing, acting, mime/physical theatre and voice. Dance techniques include ballet and jazz. You will be also working on a specific project which will enable you to work effectively with performance technique. This intensive week-long programme is designed to give you a taste of the highly demanding but thrilling training at a full time drama school.

1 week. Choose from Week 1 or Week 2 - both weeks contain the same content

Week 1: 29th July - 2nd August

Week 2: 5th August - 9th August

9.30am - 5.30pm

£400 per week

This course gives an opportunity to see what it is like to be part of the GSA Conservatoire. You will spend the week working with GSA Conservatoire tutors following a sample timetable of our full time BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme. Classes will be taken in singing, acting, mime/physical theatre and voice. Dance techniques include ballet and jazz. You will be also working on a specific project which will enable you to work effectively with performance technique. This intensive week-long programme is designed to give you a taste of the highly demanding but thrilling training at a full time drama school.

1 week

Week 1: 5th August - 9th August

9.30am - 5.30pm

£480

GSA is widely recognised by the entertainment industry as a provider of the foremost musical theatre training in the world and our audition technique courses offer students hoping to gain entry in to drama school invaluable experience and advice. This two day course will help you prepare for your audition into Higher Education or a conservatoire. You will be focusing on audition technique in dance, voice, singing and acting going through a mock audition with advice and feedback from professional GSA tutors. You will need to bring a monologue and a song with you to the course.

2 days

1st August - 2nd August

10am - 5pm

£180

Acting Courses

This course is designed to give aspiring actors an insight into what it takes to train as an actor in a conservatoire environment. Through intensive practical sessions, with professional GSA Conservatoire tutors, 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.

1 week

Week 1: 5th - 9th August

9.30am - 5.30pm

£400

Gaining a place at a conservatoire or Higher Education institution to train in Acting is highly competitive. This two day course will help you prepare for drama school auditions not only at GSA but at other Federation of Drama School conservatoires. You will be focusing on voice, acting technique, presentation skills and delivering monologues. You will need to bring 2 monologues with you which will be heard and developed during the two day course. Professional GSA tutors will provide you with feedback and guidance for your audition.

2 days

29th July - 30th July

10am - 5pm

£180

This 1 day course is designed for Professional Actors wanting to develop their skills in voice and accents. You will be working with GSA Conservatoire tutors to develop these skills further. This course will focus on heightened RP; Northern and Southern Irish; cockney; Lancashire, general American; African accents - Nigerian, Ghanaian and Botswanan.

7th August

10am - 5pm

£150

Technical Theatre courses

This 1 day course is aimed at students interested in gaining an insight into training in technical theatre arts at drama school. You will learn the basics of sound and lighting and create your own dynamic presentation. Working with GSA tutors who have a wealth of experience in professional productions, this will be an exciting and informative day.

1 day 

31st July

10am - 5pm

£75

CPD Courses

Discover GSA's range of CPD courses designed for teachers, schools and those interested in performing arts who are looking for ways to better engage with their students.

This one day course will focus on how you can free your students’ voices. We’ll look at the ideal physicality for your students’ singing, the techniques that produce a healthy sound and how changing their intention can unlock their voice. Across the day, we’ll cover ‘support’ and what that really means for singers; placement; posture; vocal registers, including how to move through head, mix and chest in women and falsetto, head and chest in men; and the vital link between text and singing. All of these topics will include exercises which you can take to your students to engage them in vocal practice.

Tuesday 30th July 10am-5pm £150.00

This one day course will teach non-professionals to put on shows including one look and planning, and practically realising lighting for your school or amateur dramatics performance.

We will use the acronym LESS - Location, Equipment, Subdividing the Stage, and Specials. Which is:

  • Script analysis, scene synopsis, locations with regard to the lighting design – Planning your lighting
  • Selection of lighting equipment, budgets for hiring, advice on where to procure lights. What lights achieve what quality of light.
  • Planning your lighting rig. Dividing the stage for locations. Focusing lights.
  • Achieving those special lighting moments.

Monday 29th July 10am-5pm £150

From one-on-one meetings with your boss to giving a presentation to the whole team, your voice is one of the most important parts of projecting confidence, shaping opinions and influencing others. How you speak determines how people respond to you - friends, strangers, employers, and everyone you come in contact with.

This 3 hour course teaches formal speaking, presenting and impromptu speaking. It will include:

  • Analysis of your voice ad your specific requirements/desired outcomes
  • Methods to project a credible and confident image
  • Developing strong vocal skills to engage your audience. Using vocal dynamics to engage the listener, and maintaining vocal energy, speaking with clarity and confidence.
  • Handle questions effectively.
  • Teaching you to turn round negative perceptions and create shared understanding.
  • Managing flow and focus through use of verbal cues, eye contact and gesture.
  • Dealing with tension and breath under pressure
  • Engaging the audience through variation of pitch and inflection
  • Adding impact through pace and pause
  • Using tone of voice

3 hours 10am-1pm on 31st July £120

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Accommodation

Accommodation is available for students 16 years and over.

Full board accommodation from 28/07 evening to 02/08 morning £350. Breakfast and dinner are provided, as well as a lunch voucher of a value of £6.50 to be used in selected catering outlet on campus.

Weekend accommodation (room only) 02/08 evening to 04/08 morning £70

Full board accommodation from 04/08 evening to 09/08 morning £350. Breakfast and dinner are provided, as well as a lunch voucher of a value of £6.50 to be used in selected catering outlet on campus.

Entry Requirements

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

Non-native speakers of English are requested to provide an IELTS test or equivalent to make sure their level of English is adequate for the course.