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Training the Outstanding Actor

A lecture demonstration by Professor Ken Rea


Ken Rea, Professor of Theatre at Guildhall and author of The Outstanding Actor: Seven Keys to Success, has trained some of Britain’s leading stars of stage and screen. They include Daniel Craig, Ewan McGregor, Lily James, Paapa Essiedu, Hayley Atwell, Michelle Dockery, Orlando Bloom, Dominic West and Damian Lewis.


In this interactive lecture demonstration he outlines his discoveries and insights drawing on over 30 years’ teaching at Guildhall and around the world.


With a group of actors, and using video footage and live video playback, he will demonstrate some of the key exercises he has developed to nurture the actor’s imagination, individuality and charisma. He’ll also give you a chance to practice some of the techniques.


Topics covered:

  • Doing exciting work as an actor: Values, risk, danger, playfulness
  • Nurturing the imagination: Strategies for taking off the pressure
  • Strengthening presence and charisma: Eastern techniques, the psychology of charisma
  • Having a successful career: Setting goals, personality, networking
  • Delivering the standout qualities in a drama school: Setting up the creative environment, motivating actors


Milton Court Concert Hall, Silk Street EC2Y 9BH, Wednesday 9thMay 6.30 pm.

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