Acting in English

Acting in English

Three-week short course

Language forms a significant part of our identity; who am I when I speak another language? How can I use language to portray emotion? How can I use words to help me build a character? Join us this summer to explore these questions and develop your skills.

LAMDA’s Acting in English course is for people who consider English to be their second language and are looking to train as an actor or are already working as an actor in their own country/language. It has been designed to build confidence and communication skills in English through experimentation and dynamic, practical drama training.

Over three weeks, students will take classes in language, voice, movement, improvisation, acting for screen & audition technique and project work, with a focus on speaking and listening skills, vocabulary and pronunciation. Work from these classes will be further developed in project rehearsals where students will focus on short scenes enabling them to use English more effectively. Students will then go on to share these scenes with Drama School faculty members and fellow students in an ‘open rehearsal’ at the end of the course.

Classes are taught by LAMDA staff in a group of no more than 16 students.

This course is not validated by a higher education institution (HEI). It is one of LAMDA’s own range of non-accredited certificates, and students will receive a LAMDA Short Course Certificate upon completion.

In order to apply and to get the most from this course, all applicants should have good levels of English (approximately IELTS Level 6).

This course is now full.


Language work will focus on the building blocks of the English language, exploring grammar and its functions both in literary and spoken forms, as well as pronunciation.Voice

Voice classes will enhance and explore the sounds used in spoken English, providing tools to train the voice for off-stage (warm up, general speaking) and on-stage (support, voice level) work.


Students will use improvised movement to free the body in connection with the voice.


Using a variety of exercises and games, students will learn the basic rules of improvisation and explore a world of infinite possibilities.

Acting for Screen & Audition Technique

Students will use sight-reading, short scenes and mock auditions to understand the differences between screen and stage performance, and to develop their on-screen confidence.

Project Work

We believe observing and listening to the work of others can lead to the development of the student’s own work. At the end of the course, students will participate in an ‘open rehearsal’, sharing their prepared  scenes with the Drama School faculty and their fellow students. 

Additional Events

As well as a trip to Shakespeare’s Globe, there will also be a Professional Preparation Masterclass to introduce students to the UK stage and screen industry.  

The minimum entry age for this course is 18.

Entry is by application form with a short personal statement.

We require a level of English that is approx. IELTS 6.0. It is not mandatory for English language tests to have been taken prior to attending this short course, however we recommend that for non-native English speakers that if you have not completed Level 6 IELTS then you must have the equivalent English language experience.

Applications are open now.

Dates and Fees for 2018

23 July – 10 August 2018

Tuition fee: £1519

Note: In the unlikely event that LAMDA is compelled to close due to a force majeure, no fees can be returned nor compensation made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work as a result of circumstances beyond its control.


There is no UK government funding available for this course. Students must be self-financing. Find out more information on making independent applications for funding.


LAMDA does not have its own student accommodation. Housing is available upon request, and for an additional cost, to short course students aged 18 and over. It is assigned on a first come, first served basis and cannot be guaranteed. Find out more information on Housing.

Visas and Immigration

If you are not from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you will need to obtain a Student Visitor Visa prior to entry to the UK if you are a visa national or upon entry to the UK if you are a non-visa national. It is each student’s responsibility to have the right documentation for study when they arrive at LAMDA.

Please note that you cannot enter the UK on a Visitor’s Visa if your intention is to study on this course. If you do not have a valid visa, you will not be allowed to study at LAMDA.

Please note that you need to bring your passport on the first day of your course.

Visit the UKCISA website for more information.