LAMDA: Acting

Kathryn Bilverstone, Amanda Linden and Anne Wilde

Centre des arts, La Grande Boissière

These courses run from 11 September 2017 to 15 June 2018. 

The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is a world-class drama and music school based in the UK and is a leader in graded examinations, setting the standard for speech, communication and drama around the world. The top LAMDA qualifications, at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, are recognised by UCAS and are also looked on favourably by UK universities. LAMDA courses are open to all students at La Grande Boissière from grades 4 to 13 (ages 8 to 19). 

LAMDA Graded Examinations in Performance: Acting are designed to develop the skills necessary to communicate dramatic text to an audience. 

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LAMDA Acting Entry/Junior Level

Mondays, 15:40-16:40 / Theatre
Wednesdays, 13:30-14:30 / Drama Studio
Open to students with little or no previous LAMDA or performance experience, typically years 4-6.
 
Students prepare one monologue / song ranging from 1-2 minutes long. They explore memorization, character description, discovery of emotions in their pieces and movement development.
 

LAMDA Acting Intermediate Level

Mondays, 16:45-17:45 / Back Stage
Fridays, 15:45-16:45 / Theatre
Open to students who have some, if limited, experience of LAMDA and/or of performing, typically years 6-10.
 
Students will prepare two monologues ranging from 2-3 minutes long. They will explore memorization, character analysis, discovery of emotions in their pieces and movement development.
 

LAMDA Acting Senior Level

Mondays, 15:30-17:00 / Drama Studio
Thursdays, 16:45-18:15 / Back Stage
Open to students who are already familiar with LAMDA or have performed regularly, typically years 9-12.
 
Students will prepare two monologues ranging from 3-4 minutes long. They will explore memorization, character analysis, discovery of emotions in their pieces, movement development, and staging areas.
 
 

LAMDA Acting Medals

Mondays, 16:45-18:15 / Drama Studio
Open to older and advanced students, typically years 11-13. 
 
Students prepare two / three monologues each 4-5 minutes long; They explore memorization, script analysis, character analysis, discovery of emotions in their pieces, movement development, and technical terms relating to acting and singing, and acting practitioners.
 

Prices*

LAMDA Acting Entry/Junior Level
Yearly fee for EIG: CHF 600
 
LAMDA Acting Intermediate Level
Yearly fee for EIG: CHF 712
 
LAMDA Acting Senior Level
Yearly fee for EIG: CHF 998
 
LAMDA Acting Medals
Yearly fee for EIG: CHF 1111
 
*The annual costs indicated above include exam fees.
 

Registration

Registration EIG: https://eca.ecolint.ch/
 

Teachers: Kathryn Bilverstone, Amanda Linden and Anne Wilde

Kathryn Bilverstone trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London where she studied a degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. This degree focused on how theatre can be created and used for change, education and rehabilitation. During this course Kathryn worked on several devising projects including a full-scale production at the Minnack Theatre in Cornwall. Kathryn is a trained stage performer, training in LAMDA, Musical Theatre and Classical Dance from an early age. Since moving from London to Switzerland in 2010, Kathryn has worked with early-years students teaching English through creative play. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences in Lausanne.
 
Amanda Linden is starting her fourth year at Ecolint- La Grande Bossiere. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Education with a specialization in Theatre and Speech communications from Missouri State University in the USA. She has worked professionally in costuming and wardrobe crew at the Opera Theatre St. Louis and scenic artist at the Springfield TENT Repertory Theatre. She previously worked for Simply Theatre as a drama teacher and LAMDA coordinator. She then was hired in the fall of 2014 at Ecolint, LGB to teach LAMDA and direct a number of highly successful productions for the drama department such as: The Wiz (2015) -- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2105) -- Jekyll and Hyde (2015) -- Picasso at the Lapin Agile (2016) -- Seussical (2017).
 
Anne Wilde is an American actress, voiceover artist and presenter. In addition to performing, she has also worked on projects throughout Europe as a writer, broadcast journalist, and director. Her background includes film, television, web TV, corporate films, institutional films, documentaries, TV/radio commercials, animated cartoon series, video games, motion design, radio imaging, live theatrical performance, event coordination and workshop facilitation. She received her training from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Atlantic Theatre Co.), Circle in the Square (Broadway Theatre Conservatory), Temple University (Radio/TV/Film Program – Philadelphia & London) and the American Film Institute Professional Training Division – LA. Anne is a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA); Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), as well as Swiss Association of Professional Voiceover Artists (VPS/ASP).