Bath Theatre Academy

The Bath Theatre Academy began development in 2017, drawing on the strengths of the academic successes and educational understanding of Bath College in partnership with the world renowned Theatre Royal Bath.

Who are Bath Theatre Academy?

Bath Theatre Academy began development in 2017, drawing on the strengths of the academic successes and educational understanding of Bath College in partnership with the world renowned Theatre Royal Bath.

Drawing on 10+ years of the egg’s creative endeavours, plus years of educational expertise from the college, our collaboration strives to create the optimum conditions for art and learning to thrive.

In response to what is quickly becoming a national crisis, where arts subjects are being side-lined and the creative industries are being pushed to their limits, we felt, as a national leader in arts education and Theatre for Young Audiences, that we had a responsibility to invest in the theatre makers of the future.

It is our ambition to contribute to an already thriving narrative about creativity in Bath, championing emerging talent in the South West. Our location in the heart of Bath offers us access to excellent theatre being made in Bath, Bristol and beyond into the rural heart of Somerset.

Who are Bath Theatre Academy?

Bath Theatre Academy began development in 2017, drawing on the strengths of the academic successes and educational understanding of Bath College in partnership with the world renowned Theatre Royal Bath.

Drawing on 10+ years of the egg’s creative endeavours, plus years of educational expertise from the college, our collaboration strives to create the optimum conditions for art and learning to thrive.

In response to what is quickly becoming a national crisis, where arts subjects are being side-lined and the creative industries are being pushed to their limits, we felt, as a national leader in arts education and Theatre for Young Audiences, that we had a responsibility to invest in the theatre makers of the future.

It is our ambition to contribute to an already thriving narrative about creativity in Bath, championing emerging talent in the South West. Our location in the heart of Bath offers us access to excellent theatre being made in Bath, Bristol and beyond into the rural heart of Somerset.

Where is Bath Theatre Academy?

Bath Theatre Academy students benefit from two campuses in the heart of town: the Bath College City Centre campus, and the purpose-built theatre spaces at Theatre Royal Bath.

Theatre Royal Bath is a historical building comprised of three auditoria. Centuries’ worth of actors have trodden the boards of the Main House; the Ustinov Studio is deemed a theatrical powerhouse, presenting highly-acclaimed programmes of world and UK premieres; and the egg is recognised internationally as a hub of innovation, creativity and artistic development. Led by the Chair of TYA UK, Kate Cross, the egg has pioneered projects such as School Without Walls – a radical educational intervention which allows for a fluid and non-outcome-led approach to learning, with students working alongside artists and teachers to explore their fascinations.

Drawing on the influx of creative talent and teams that pass through this building, we have ambitions of engaging with visiting companies including Headlong, The National Theatre, The RSC, and Frantic Assembly, amongst others.

Timetable

College days rarely follow a timetable as regular as young people will have been used to during their time at school.

The course is delivered across the two campuses over a three/four-day timetable. Following the terms found in academic study, we will work to three terms in a year, breaking for Christmas, Easter and summer – with half-term breaks for study (and rest!).

Providing students with the best opportunities to succeed in their course is best achieved through a combination of classes, seminars, rehearsals, specific tutorial sessions and self-directed study.

The course delivery is broken down into a structured timetable mirroring a drama school model. Our sessions are divided as follows:

Weekly time and space to work with a practitioner on a specific part of the course; this could take the form of developing a devised piece, working towards a directed performance, understanding auditions, or a specific piece of theatre is being created for that term. These sessions will take the form of a rehearsal, and will follow the techniques of the visiting director/practitioner.

It is our belief that in order to be the best theatremaker, you need to have access to as many discrete skills as possible. Our skills sessions aim to equip learners with a diverse and robust range of theatremaking techniques. Working with specialists enables our students to begin to understand where their own particular interests lie.

Our course is structured and designed to encourage students to be the best they can be; equipped with skills they may not have had previously.

Our movement sessions with contemporary dance practitioners are structured around the idea of acting through movement. Students learn to understand their own movement style, the ways their bodies work, and the tools they are using. They will be challenged to think about their movement as an extension of their acting, and pushed to explore all forms of movement.

A weekly class in a core strength practice (Pilates or yoga) offers our students a way to develop their own core strength, a skill that is key to the success of a performer. This session also allows students to develop an awareness of their own mindfulness techniques.

Theory sessions can take the form of: a one-to-one session; small group discussions; or larger seminar styles. These classes give students the support they need to access the academic elements of the course. Theory tasks will be explored and unpicked to aid the understanding of the units being studied.

There will also be a chance for students to have access to a tutor, who they will meet with at least once a week. The role of the tutor is to look after the pastoral needs of the students, ensuring they have access to any support they need to aid their learning.

Our professional tutors will always begin their work with our cohort by explaining their route into the industry and the path they have taken to become a professional. Not only do we support our students through steps towards further education, we also support varied routes into the industry.