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Introduction to Acting Short Course


De Montfort University (DMU) has been recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts – an accolade that also reflects our commitment to innovative and excellent teaching and learning. 

This short course has been developed to engage and widen participation in the performing arts, and is suitable for anyone who is interested in acting but who has little or no experience. This course is available to organisations looking to book a minimum of eight people.

Students will be introduced to the basics of acting, and classes will include voice, acting technique, text analysis and audition preparation.

Students will utilise the text: Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, translated by Michael Frayn. 

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Who the course is for

This short course is open to anyone who is 18 years and over, with a passion for acting.

This course is available to organisations looking to book a minimum of eight people.

Recommended prior knowledge

No acting experience is necessary for this course, but applicants must be fluent speakers of English.

Students will need access to the Internet by a laptop/desktop/tablet with a microphone and camera.

Key learning outcomes

This short course will help you to:

  • Increase your confidence in public speaking
  • Boost your creativity
  • Enhance your understanding of acting

What you will achieve

Successful students will be given a cerificate of attendance.

Our experts

Alice Nicholson

Alice gained her undergraduate degree in Drama at The University of Hull before attending The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she gained an MA with Distinction in Classical Acting.

A former dancer, Alice began working as an Assistant Choreographer and Movement Director in Film and TV shortly after graduating, coaching the likes of Scarlett Johanssen, Natalie Portman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dominic Copper, and Alex Kingston to name but a few. Her credits include; Sense and Sensibility (BBC), Lost in Austen (ITV), Little Dorrit (BBC), Inkheart (Newline Films), The Other Boleyn Girl (BBC films). Alice acted professionally in theatre and TV for a number of years before turning her focus to teaching and continues to do voiceover work alongside this.

Alice has taught for many leading London Drama Schools such as Italia Conti, ALRA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama as well as outreach work for English Touring Theatre, creative consultancy for QCA, and work in primary and secondary schools across the UK and many of the franchised stage school brands. Alice assisted Director Kate Saxon on the Trafalgar Studio and Shared Experience production of Jane Eyre and went on to do outreach work connected to the production.

Alice founded her own company, Shine On Stage, in 2008 and has coached hundreds of young people who have gone on to gain places both at Drama school and on performing arts degree courses at leading universities as well as successfully auditioning and performing in West End productions


Learning will be delivered online via Zoom.


This course is available to organisations looking to book a minimum of eight people, and costs will be discussed upon enquiry.

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Our expert and course tutor (pictured below):

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