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Corporate Leadership Programme

Delivering world-class conservatoire training and research within a top university environment, Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey is one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in the UK with a vibrant community of performers, performance makers, creative practitioners and technicians graduating from our wide variety of programmes each year. 

Building on a heritage of over 80 years, our Corporate Leadership Programme is delivered by those same industry-leading professionals who tutor on our Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes. A number of bespoke courses may be tailored to your individual needs. 

Voice and Communication Skills

Programme for up to 10 people 

The ability to speak with clarity, confidence and impact is a critical skill in today's uncertain and complex business environment. Leaders cannot simply rely on formal authority derived from their position. Today they need to be able to influence a variety of audiences both in and outside the organisation to shape opinion, break down resistance - and make things happen. 

Speaking as a Leader covers all aspects of leadership communication: formal speaking and presenting and impromptu speaking. It will enable you to: 

  • Project a credible and confident image, and create confidence. 
  • Command attention 
  • Create clear, well-structured and persuasive messages 
  • Harness the power of words. 
  • Develop 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. 
  • Turn round negative perceptions and create shared understanding. 
  • Using vocal dynamics to engage the listener
  • Connecting with a large audience 
  • 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 
  • Sounding convincing and connected to the message. 
  • Managing objections and turning round negative perceptions. 

Vocal Confidence and Presentation Skills

Programme for up to 4 people 

The ability to speak with clarity, confidence and impact is a critical skill in today's media conscious business environment. Leaders cannot rely on formal authority derived from their position and status. The contemporary leader must be able to influence a variety of audiences both internally and externally, to shape and form opinions in pursuit of strategic and operational aims and objectives. 

Vocal Confidence and Presentational Skills, covers all aspects of leadership communication: formal speaking and presenting and impromptu speaking. It will enable you to: 

  • Project a credible, focussed and confident image 
  • Command attention and communicate with purpose and authority 
  • Create clear, well-structured and persuasive messages 
  • Develop strong vocal skills to engage your audience 
  • Deploy vocal dynamics to engage the listener, and maintaining vocal energy, speaking with clarity and confidence 
  • Handle questions effectively 
  • Turn round negative perceptions and create shared understanding. 
  • Connecting with audiences 
  • 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 
  • Managing expectations and perceptions

For further details please contact: Alison Avis, Head of GSA Enterprises a.avis@gsa.surrey.ac.uk

GSA Singers

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GSA Singers is a 24 strong company of performers selected from the 2nd year Musical Theatre and Acting courses. The singers present a fully choreographed and staged programme of material from musical theatre and popular classics and are available for corporate functions, private and charity events and concerts.

Recent performances by the GSA Singers include he University of Surrey 50th anniversary celebrations; as part of 300 voices at The Olivier Awards, Drury Lane Theatre at the Toast of Surrey Awards at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and most recently at Buckingham Palace.

Musical Director: Peter Roberts
Choreographer: Rachael Kerridge

Contact us for more information or if you would like the GSA Singers to perform at your event:

Email Mad Gibb at mad.gibb@gsa.surrey.ac.uk

Call 01483 684048

Become a placement partner

Professional training is an integral part of life at the University of Surrey and is a fantastic opportunity for our GSA BA Dance and BA Theatre & Performance students to extend their programme to 4 years to include a Professional Training Year.

The University’s pioneering Professional Training placement programme has over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. These organisations provide opportunities for students to put their skills into practice and to experience a real professional environment from a wide range of industries and disciplines

Discover more about the University of Surrey Professional Training opportunities.

Professional Training placements are not only beneficial for the students but they also provide the employers with a wealth of new opportunities.

If you would like to employ a BA Dance or BA Theatre & Performance student during their Professional Training Year contact our Professional Training Team.