The Performing Arts Department runs courses for budding singers, dancers, actors, directors and other performance professionals. If you want to work in Film, TV or on stage, this is the place for you.
Our company name is Up Stage Right and though our innovative and high quality productions our theatre company is now recognised in the local community.
We believe in developing the Performance Practitioners of the future. We will challenge and develop your teamwork and your creative, industry related and technical knowledge, so that you can either progress into the industry or onto a higher education.
Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff are industry qualified and experienced practitioners, designers, directors, technicians and theatre professionals. This means that we can bring real and relevant experience to you and your work.We also work with other industry professionals who provide specialist workshops in elements such as scriptwriting, stage combat and classical theatre.
The department has excellent facilities including two full-scale Theatres (Black Box and Proscenium Arch), an Acting Studio, a Dance Studio, as well as good quality teaching rooms with Interactive White Boards and networked computers. We also have an extensive scenic workshop for set building and fully-stocked costume and props stores.
Assessment is varied and enjoyable. You will be graded on performances, rehearsals, research, presentations, creative journals, videos, essays, blogs, observation and other creative methods. We understand that you need to be able to express yourself.
Working in and with the industry
We want to give you a real taste of the industry whilst you're studying with us. As a company, we have been out on tour both with a pantomime and self-written Christmas play and know this offers an exciting style of performance. You will also work together in full-scale productions in both onstage and backstage roles, which provides a completely different view of performance.
We enrich your education with theatre visits, both to watch performances and tour backstage. We also receive stage schools such as Mountview and Laban to perform for us here at Nescot. We work with industry professionals, who provide workshops and training in elements such as scriptwriting, classical theatre, commedia dell'arte and stage combat. We also invite guest speakers and past pupils to provide an insight into higher education, the industry and a career path.
A career in performance is an exciting but demanding choice. While our courses develop your talent, we also teach you to become grounded, resilient and determined but, most importantly, to really understand the industry. Success in this field is based on more than raw ability and our courses focus on your teamworking skills while teaching you to harness your creativity to showcase your talent.
Previous students are working and training at all levels in the industry and we pride ourselves in that our students leave Nescot with a clear direction, skills base and grounding to excel in higher education and the industry. We will work in detail help support your choice for stage school or university, ensuring that you are fully prepared for your higher education auditions.
These courses not only give you the cutting edge technical and physical skills you will need but develop your own creativity and your understanding of your profession.
You will learn how to work as part of a company. As a member of Up Stage Right, you will be given an insight into the various performance industries, what positions are available and the skills you will need to get that dream job.
- Darryl Oakley
- Performing Arts BTEC National Diploma Level 3
What school did you go to before Nescot?
The Priory, Dorking
Why did you decide to come to Nescot?
I liked the look of the course and the tutors were knowledgeable.
What do you enjoy most about student life at the college?
I enjoy the cafÃ© where I can sit and talk with my friends. I have also enjoyed the dance classes at lunchtime.
What do you enjoy about your course?
Whilst at school I didn’t feel like I was achieving much, but when I came to Nescot the process of learning was different and so I have succeeded in each module. I have also enjoyed trips to musicals and taken part in the various workshops.
How has your time at Nescot changed you?
Since coming to Nescot I feel I have become more confident and have gained greater belief in myself. I have also learned that the more effort I put into something the more I get out of it.
What are your plans for the future?
I am now beginning to see my career path and I have been accepted to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. From September I will be studying for a BA in Performance.