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Acting – An Introduction (Stage 1)

Whether you are a complete beginner to acting or an enthusiastic amateur, this practical workshop will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills, giving you the confidence to act as a believable character in any medium.

Course overview

This practical course is available to study in either our spring or autumn term. Check out the term dates and different course options below.

Wednesday 18 January – Wednesday 22 March 2023

Duration and times

10 Wednesdays 18.00–21.00


Charmaine K



Class capacity


Course details

This introductory course has been written to encourage you to learn from your peers and tutor, whilst introducing you to key theoretical and practical aspects of acting, allowing you to explore your capabilities and realise your potential in a friendly and supportive environment.

Your tutor, Charmaine Parkin, teaches from her experience working as an actor, writer, director and producer. She's worked with a variety of people including children, students, professionals and beginners to develop their acting skills and works in a fun, accessible and approachable way.

You'll be guided through different acting techniques for theatre, television and film and will also receive advice on the realities of being a working actor and how the industry works.

Throughout the course you'll be introduced to a variety of physical techniques to help build your confidence and express yourself freely; these are essential skills to shape instinctual and playful actors who are able to be completely ‘in the moment’ during performance.

You'll work on monologues and duologues that allow you to put you newly learned skills into practice and develop yourself as a performer for future theatre or acting projects.

  • Emphasis is placed on discovering the psychology and emotional life of everyday characters and using skills you may already possess but may not consciously put into practice
  • The essential preparation techniques to ‘be’ a character not ‘act’ a character
  • Understanding the fundamental elements in character development and the essential information required incredible acting
  • Learning how the industry works including acting, casting, scriptwriting, directing and producing
  • Working on monologues and scenes that'll put the skills you're learning into practice in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

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Charmaine K

Charmaine is the tutor for Acting for beginners and Acting and creative theatres short course.

The course aims to:

  • Provide you with the knowledge to be able to create a believable 3-dimensional character
  • Enable you to confidently apply that knowledge in any acting medium
  • Enhance your perspective of what an actor is required to do to be believable whilst discovering and expanding your own self-knowledge
  • Develop confidence, empathy and understanding of human behaviour

  • You'll have developed a basic acting vocabulary and will feel confident putting your skills into practice
  • Your perspective of what acting is will have changed and you'll view acting in film and TV in a different light
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate get in touch with the course team at

As this is an introductory course, no prior experience is necessary. Just come with a desire to learn and develop your skills. Suitable for budding actors aged 18+.

  • A pencil, rubber and notebook
  • An open mind
  • Wear comfortable, practical clothing and footwear

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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