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The Theatre Academy London (TAL) program at the Florida State University London Study Center is a training program that enables students to study with some of London’s leading theatre artists and earn academic credit toward their degrees. TAL offers a uniquely wide range of conservatory-style courses, from acting, to playwriting; from stage combat to directing; and from movement to Shakespeare.

What's Included?

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Pre Departure Services

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Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Housing

Breakfast on Campus (class days)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Portfolio or audition reel (as applicable)
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents for stays under 6 months or valid passport with student visa for stays over 6 months

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API London programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Harlaxton Manor

    UNIQUE, EXCLUSIVE API EVENT!
    Escaping to the countryside, students will experience what life is like at a stately Manor House. They will spend an afternoon at Harlaxton Manor, where they will take a tour of the manor and learn more about the history of the buildings. In addition to this, students will be treated to Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory and enjoy a very English lawn sport, Croquet in the grounds of the manor. This is an exclusive excursion just for API as Harlaxton Manor is usually closed to the public.
  • Canterbury

    Kent, located to the south-east of London, is affectionately known as ‘The Garden of England’. Kent is also home to Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here students will have the opportunity to visit one of the most-visited and oldest sites in England, Canterbury Cathedral. During their free time, students can explore the town used as the backdrop for Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’.

  • Peaks, Plague, and Puddings

    Escaping the hustle and bustle of London, students will head north to the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Nottingham, with its links to the legend of Robin Hood, is one of the largest cities in the East Midlands. You can enjoy the National Justice Museum, the Robin Hood Experience, or enjoy all the boutiques and cafes Nottingham has to offer. A journey to Derbyshire is not complete without a stop in Bakewell and a chance to sample one of the UK’s most popular puddings (dessert), the Bakewell Tart. Students will stay in Eyam, also known as the plague village. In 1665, when plague broke out, the villagers chose to isolate themselves, preventing infection from spreading. These days Eyam is a great base for outdoor activities, taking in the beautiful landscape of the national park. Before heading back to London, students will have a chance to explore a stately home that was once home to the rich and famous of English history
  • Oxford

    The story of Oxford’s beginnings is a mysterious tangle of fact and legend. A Saxon princess and nun called Fridewide established a monastery here 700 AD on the site of Christ Church. A small community grew up around the monastery by the oxen ford (river crossing for oxen) from which Oxford takes its name. During the 12th century, a university gradually evolved within the defensive walls of the market town. Now Oxford is known for punting on the river, picnics, and poetry. The first colleges of Oxford University were Merton College, University College and Balliol College which were founded in 1249-80.

  • Harry Potter Studio Tour

    The Harry Potter Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology, and talent that went into making one of the most successful film series of all time. Students have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes to props and animatronics. Students explore a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes, and props. Some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics, will be revealed.

  • Wales Weekend

    Wales has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Every hill, church or standing stone has a story all of its own. Cardiff, the capital city is the location of many Dr. Who scenes, and the Welsh countryside is home to picturesque abbeys and castles painted by many artists through the centuries.

  • Harlaxton Manor

    UNIQUE, EXCLUSIVE API EVENT!
    Escaping to the countryside, students will experience what life is like at a stately Manor House. They will spend an afternoon at Harlaxton Manor, where they will take a tour of the manor and learn more about the history of the buildings. In addition to this, students will be treated to Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory and enjoy a very English lawn sport, Croquet in the grounds of the manor. This is an exclusive excursion just for API as Harlaxton Manor is usually closed to the public.
  • Cambridge

    Though best known as the home of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge was important long before the University existed. In the first century BC an Iron Age Belgic tribe built a settlement on what is now Castle Hill. Around AD 40 the Romans took over the site and it became the crossing point for the Via Devana which linked Colchester with the legions in Lincoln and beyond. The first scholars didn’t arrive in Cambridge until 1209 and another 75 years passed before Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, founded Peterhouse, the first college. Today Cambridge is the city of crocuses and daffodils on The Backs, of green open spaces, and of cattle grazing only 500 yards from the market square.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 per semester

The Theatre Academy London (TAL ) program at the Florida State University London Study Center is a training program that enables students to study with some of London’s leading theatre artists and earn academic credit toward their degrees. TAL offers a uniquely wide range of conservatory-style courses, from acting to playwriting; from stage combat to directing; and from movement to Shakespeare.

Some courses may require additional fees for theater visits, course materials, labs, equipment, etc. These fees are not included in the program cost and will be billed separately.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive an official transcript from Florida State University upon successful completion of the program. Florida State University is a four-year, fully accredited U.S. university in Tallahassee, Florida.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Kelsey Patton

    Kelsey Patton will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - kelsey.patton@apiabroad.com

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    Heather Lees

    Heather Lees will be your Resident Director in London and a resource for you on-site.

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    Anna McCole

    Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!

COURSE OFFERINGS

The academic focus varies from the fall to the spring semester. The spring semester offers a unique Dramatic Writing track that focuses on writing for stage and screen, as well as courses in the history and development of drama, and its cultural and political contexts. The fall semester offers a Performance Studies track that focuses on actor training, including an introduction to London theatre, Shakespeare, movement, and scene study.

MASTERCLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

Every semester, TAL brings in professional artists from the ever-changing London theatre community to lead brief sessions on a variety of stage skills. Each session provides practical application and insightful feedback on students’ work.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Florida State University’s London Study Center is accredited by Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and issues credit according to the American system, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits each.h

BROAD CURRICULUM COURSES

In addition to the TAL courses, students may also enroll in courses drawn from the larger liberal arts curriculum of the FSU London Study Center campus.

SUBJECTS AVAILABLE

  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • European Studies
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Performing Arts (Drama/Theater)
  • Photography
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology

Masterclasses and Workshops

Every semester, Theatre Academy London brings in professional artists from the ever-changing London theatre community to lead brief sessions on a variety of stage skills. Each session provides practical application and insightful feedback on students’ work. Whether directing or acting, classical text or contemporary, these master classes and workshops offer insight into the Theatre as both Industry and Art Form.

The following is a brief representative list of masterclasses provided at TAL in addition to the regular class schedule:

Original Shakespeare/cue scripting

With Patrick Tucker (The Original Shakespeare Company)

Voice Acting

With JP Orr (The Showreel)

Women’s Roles

With Patricia Doyle

Casting Actors of Colour

With Leo Wringer

Improvisation

With Patricia Doyle

And one-day workshops:

Royal Court Script Development Day

By special arrangement with the Royal Court Theatre: includes script meeting, dramaturgy, and acting scenes from a new play

The Showreel Studio

Students rehearse and produce their own showreel voiceover demos.

Michael Pennington

In addition, Michael Pennington is available to offer a private performance of his one-man show, ‘Sweet William’. Michael has toured this award-winning show in Europe and the US. A captivating hour of Shakespeare’s life and works from one of the greatest of British Shakespeareans.

Language of Instruction: English   

THE3061 Introduction to London Theatre

This course is a theatre audience course and consists of theatre-going, the discussion of plays, their theoretical background, historical context, and criticism. In addition, students will make backstage visits to the National Theatre and the Globe and attend talks given by theatre practitioners and invited guest lecturers. The aim of this course is to introduce students to as wide an experience of London entertainment as possible whilst providing them with the basic vocabulary of critical terms for thinking about plays in performance. Additional fees are required for this course, which will cover the cost of between 8 and 10 theatre performances. Textbooks to be purchased in London.

Language of Instruction: English   

Gender, Race, and Performance

This course is an advanced introduction to contemporary theories/practices of the performance of race/gender on stage and in everyday life.

Language of Instruction: English   

THE4935 Scene Study

This course offers students the chance to rehearse and perform duet and ensemble acting scenes from both contemporary and classical dramatic canon, with some of London’s best actors and directors.

Language of Instruction: English   

TPP3510 Movement Techniques for Theater

This class is a practical exploration of the craft of writing for the stage. It emphasizes form and the mastery of form in order to empower the writer to turn imagination into a unique and satisfying dramatic work to present to an audience. Students will write their own short dramas and learn how to rewrite them in response to critical feedback from the rest of the class. Textbooks to be purchased in London

Language of Instruction: English   

TPP4730 Dialects for the Stage

This course provides a practical introduction to stage dialect, including RP and at least two regional U.K. accents.

Language of Instruction: English   

TPP4531 Stage Combat

This course focuses on creating the illusion of violence for stage and screen. A basic introduction is given to rapier and dagger, single sword and unarmed combat.

Language of Instruction: English   

Masterclasses and Workshops

Every semester, Theatre Academy London brings in professional artists from the ever-changing London theatre community to lead brief sessions on a variety of stage skills. Each session provides practical application and insightful feedback on students’ work. Whether directing or acting, classical text or contemporary, these master classes and workshops offer insight into the Theatre as both Industry and Art Form.

The following is a brief representative list of masterclasses provided at TAL in addition to the regular class schedule:

Original Shakespeare/cue scripting

With Patrick Tucker (The Original Shakespeare Company)

Voice Acting

With JP Orr (The Showreel)

Women’s Roles

With Patricia Doyle

Casting Actors of Colour

With Leo Wringer

Improvisation

With Patricia Doyle

And one-day workshops:

Royal Court Script Development Day

By special arrangement with the Royal Court Theatre: includes script meeting, dramaturgy, and acting scenes from a new play

The Showreel Studio

Students rehearse and produce their own showreel voiceover demos.

Michael Pennington

In addition, Michael Pennington is available to offer a private performance of his one-man show, ‘Sweet William’. Michael has toured this award-winning show in Europe and the US. A captivating hour of Shakespeare’s life and works from one of the greatest of British Shakespeareans.

Language of Instruction: English   

THE3061 Introduction to London Theatre

This course is a theatre audience course and consists of theatre-going, the discussion of plays, their theoretical background, historical context, and criticism. In addition, students will make backstage visits to the National Theatre and the Globe and attend talks given by theatre practitioners and invited guest lecturers. The aim of this course is to introduce students to as wide an experience of London entertainment as possible whilst providing them with the basic vocabulary of critical terms for thinking about plays in performance. Additional fees are required for this course, which will cover the cost of between 8 and 10 theatre performances. Textbooks to be purchased in London.

Language of Instruction: English   

THE4923 Theatre Encounters Workshop

This is a practical course in theatre-making, in which students will devise and perform their own works.

Language of Instruction: English   

THE4935 Voice Wheel

This course presents an in-depth examination of various topics not covered in the regular course offerings. It is intended for seniors and juniors who have completed at least fifty percent of their major requirements.

Language of Instruction: English   

TPP2710 Voice I

This course introduces student actors to the basic principles of voice training. Group and individual exercises are designed to stimulate and develop the imagination, physical and sensory awareness, creativity, and the ability to work as part of an ensemble. The focus is on alleviating individual tensions in the vocal musculature that restrict the natural voice. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

Language of Instruction: English   

TPP3510 Movement Techniques I

This course utilizes exercises for self-awareness, physical strength, flexibility, and versatility for the actor. It may be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

Language of Instruction: English   

TPP4113 Acting Techniques III: Acting Problems in Genre and Style

This course is an acting workshop oriented to particular problems the actor confronts in dealing with historic periods in dramatic literature or material of post-realistic and contemporary styles and thought. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

Language of Instruction: English   

TPP 4600 – Fundamentals of Playwriting

This class is a practical exploration of the craft of writing for the stage. It emphasizes form and the mastery of form in order to empower the writer to turn imagination into a unique and satisfying dramatic work to present to an audience. Students will write their own short dramas and learn how to rewrite them in response to critical feedback from the rest of the class. Textbooks to be purchased in London

Language of Instruction: English   

TPP4531 Stage Combat

This course focuses on creating the illusion of violence for stage and screen. A basic introduction is given to rapier and dagger, single sword and unarmed combat.

Language of Instruction: English   

TPP4712 Voice Techniques III

This intermediate course in voice focuses on increasing vocal stamina, breath capacity, range, and freedom on the stage. The course introduces speaking Shakespeare and offers practice with the use of complex language in acting classical texts. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

Language of Instruction: English   

Masterclasses and Workshops

Every semester, Theatre Academy London brings in professional artists from the ever-changing London theatre community to lead brief sessions on a variety of stage skills. Each session provides practical application and insightful feedback on students’ work. Whether directing or acting, classical text or contemporary, these master classes and workshops offer insight into the Theatre as both Industry and Art Form.

The following is a brief representative list of masterclasses provided at TAL in addition to the regular class schedule:

Original Shakespeare/cue scripting

With Patrick Tucker (The Original Shakespeare Company)

Voice Acting

With JP Orr (The Showreel)

Women’s Roles

With Patricia Doyle

Casting Actors of Colour

With Leo Wringer

Improvisation

With Patricia Doyle

And one-day workshops:

Royal Court Script Development Day

By special arrangement with the Royal Court Theatre: includes script meeting, dramaturgy, and acting scenes from a new play

The Showreel Studio

Students rehearse and produce their own showreel voiceover demos.

Michael Pennington

In addition, Michael Pennington is available to offer a private performance of his one-man show, ‘Sweet William’. Michael has toured this award-winning show in Europe and the US. A captivating hour of Shakespeare’s life and works from one of the greatest of British Shakespeareans.

Language of Instruction: English   

THE3061 Introduction to London Theatre

This course is a theatre audience course and consists of theatre-going, the discussion of plays, their theoretical background, historical context, and criticism. In addition, students will make backstage visits to the National Theatre and the Globe and attend talks given by theatre practitioners and invited guest lecturers. The aim of this course is to introduce students to as wide an experience of London entertainment as possible whilst providing them with the basic vocabulary of critical terms for thinking about plays in performance. Additional fees are required for this course, which will cover the cost of between 8 and 10 theatre performances. Textbooks to be purchased in London.

Language of Instruction: English   

Gender, Race, and Performance

This course is an advanced introduction to contemporary theories/practices of the performance of race/gender on stage and in everyday life.

Language of Instruction: English   

THE4935 Scene Study

This course offers students the chance to rehearse and perform duet and ensemble acting scenes from both contemporary and classical dramatic canon, with some of London’s best actors and directors.

Language of Instruction: English   

TPP3510 Movement Techniques for Theater

This class is a practical exploration of the craft of writing for the stage. It emphasizes form and the mastery of form in order to empower the writer to turn imagination into a unique and satisfying dramatic work to present to an audience. Students will write their own short dramas and learn how to rewrite them in response to critical feedback from the rest of the class. Textbooks to be purchased in London

Language of Instruction: English   

TPP4730 Dialects for the Stage

This course provides a practical introduction to stage dialect, including RP and at least two regional U.K. accents.

Language of Instruction: English   

TPP4531 Stage Combat

This course focuses on creating the illusion of violence for stage and screen. A basic introduction is given to rapier and dagger, single sword and unarmed combat.

Language of Instruction: English   

Highlights
  • Classes taught in English
  • Courses with U.S. students
  • World-class theater instruction
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Florida State University)

London is a large city, so all students can expect to use public transportation (i.e. tube or bus) to move around the city on a daily basis, both getting to school and for social/cultural activities. It is a part of life in London. Generally, it will take students 20-45 minutes to get to school from their housing. All housing will be located in Zones 1 and 2 on the tube map.

Students will be housed in privately owned student accommodations, that include quality furnishings and areas for socializing. The kitchens are equipped with ovens, stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators. Wireless Internet is provided in all flats. A weekly cleaning service is provided to the communal kitchen/living areas in all API London accommodations.

We are unable to take housing requests. Students will be placed in one of the following three options based on availability and their API program:

Lady Margaret – Kentish Town

The accommodation building is a 4-story, 8-bedroom period townhouse shared among 16 students in double rooms with two single beds in each room. All bedrooms have private bathrooms. The kitchen is a large, shared space with a seating area and TV. Cooking utensils and crockery are provided. Bed linens are also provided but towels are not. There is a free washer and dryer in the building. Students are responsible for cleaning their own bedrooms and bathrooms.

Lady Margaret is located on a quiet residential street within Kentish Town where there are numerous cafes, shops, restaurants, and pubs. All the benefits of the bustling, vibrant area of Camden Town are a short walk away, as are the delights of the large ancient park of Hampstead Heath. The accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the Kentish Town tube stop, where students are able to take the Northern Line into Central London. The travel time from Lady Margaret to the API office is 20-25 minutes, and the travel time to the Westminster Regent campus, Central Saint Martins, and London College of Fashion is 20-30 minutes. Past students have been pleased with this location, as it offers both a quiet neighborhood and easy access to Central London.

Acorn – Bloomsbury

The accommodation buildings are Georgian 18th-century townhouses and are laid out in flats, with 3-11 students within each flat. Standard rooms will be doubles or triples within a co-ed flat or on a co-ed floor. Single bedrooms are extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed. Each flat will have a fully equipped kitchen, including crockery and utensils. Bed linens and towels are provided and there are free laundry facilities in all buildings.

Acorn housing is situated on the Duke of Bedford’s Estate, between Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square and within walking distance of the many attractions of London’s West End including just a 3-minute walk to the British Museum and the API office. The travel time from Acorn to the API office, as well as FSU, is a 10-minute walk, and the travel time to the Westminster Harrow campus is a 45-50 minute tube ride.

Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included. Meals are not included in these housing options.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Aug 24, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019 $14,980 May 1, 2019 May 15, 2019
Spring Jan 3, 2020 - Apr 24, 2020 $14,980 Sep 15, 2019 Oct 1, 2019
Spring Jan 5, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019 $14,980 Sep 15, 2018 Oct 1, 2018