With a wide range of part-time courses on offer for all ages, Arts Educational Schools London is once again teaming up with The Stage to offer 15 free places this year, writes Paul Vale
Following the success of last year’s association with The Stage Scholarships, Arts Educational Schools London will again be offering a series of places for 2019 across a selection of its part-time courses.
There is one place available on both the Excelerate Acting 18-plus and Musical Theatre 18-plus evening courses. There are also places on offer for a selection of 13 Summer 2019 – Arts Ed On the Road short courses for ages seven to 17-plus, featuring titles such as Youth Actor’s Toolbox, Musical Theatre Audition Technique and Make a Movie. The total value of the courses available with The Stage Scholarships from Arts Ed is £12,000.
Jonathan Goodwin, director of Arts Ed Extra, introduced a selection of courses to The Stage Scholarships in 2018 and managed to fill the places several times over.
“Last year, we had we had between one and three students on every course in the summer with a scholarship. Once we hit our target, we said: ‘Okay, let’s make this bigger.’ We had quite a lot of applications from a certain age group for musical theatre, so we extended the numbers available. So, in theory, every one of our summer course places last year was taken. We had scholarship students on both our musical theatre and our acting Excelerate Courses, and we added some extra ones for our part-time courses as well.
“We had more applications than we originally had places, but we tried to facilitate as many as possible by offering a 70% discount. Some students who have done the summer courses are now coming to audition here for the three-year BA (hons) courses.”
This year, the courses are running slightly differently due to major building works at Arts Ed’s headquarters in west London. As a result, it has not been able to offer so many places to very young children, as there isn’t room to accommodate them. There is no formal summer school, but there will be a series of On the Road summer scholarships at venues in Richmond, Acton and Catford. There are courses for various ages including Putting on a Musical, Become a Film Star and Junior Drama Company for seven to 12-year-olds, There is also Musical Theatre School and Audition Technique for older students.
“Courses incorporate our own alumni, who work with students to put a show on,” says Goodwin. “They’ll come in and teach routines from the shows that they’ve been in and then they’ll present that to parents at the end of the week. This way, scholarship students will have a first-hand taste of life at Arts Ed.”
Among the other courses available is the Youth Actor’s Toolbox for 12 to 15-year-olds, in which an industry professional will come and work on a range of skills for young people, as well as film acting and musical theatre. With an emphasis on performance skills, the Youth Musical Theatre course aims to put on a musical in a single week.
“We may not have the breadth of courses that we had last year, simply because we haven’t got a building,” says Goodwin. “Things aren’t set in stone, however, and we may try to offer two places where appropriate. We’re just swinging things around a little this year in terms of what we offer.”
Applications for scholarships in association with The Stage are initially made online and full details of each of the summer courses and Excelerate courses can be found on the Arts Ed website.
Courses: Excelerate acting / musical theatre (part-time evening courses, ages 18-plus); summer courses in acting / musical theatre (ages seven to 17-plus)
Number of scholarships offered: One full scholarship on 15 courses
Value of scholarships: £12,000
What costs are covered? Fees
Location: Various venues in west London
Audition dates: Auditions are appointed via online application.
How do I apply? Audition dates and courses vary. To apply in the first instance, email your contact details to the director of ArtsEd Extra, Jonathan Goodwin: firstname.lastname@example.org