Training Opportunity

Year of the Monkey - 1 Year Intensive Actor Training

Fourth Monkey’s Year of the Monkey Intensive Actor Training Programme is our original programme of study, and forms the philosophical origins at the heart of the school’s core training principles. Through a programme driven by playful exploration, movement and physical discipline, our actors-in-training rigorously explore the four Fourth Monkey training pillars of ACT. MAKE. MOVE. COLLABORATE.

Training on this programme encourages connections between the various disciplines, practices and activities within the field of performance and creation. The course has no academic written work, instead students “learn by doing” in a range of professional vocational classes, workshops, performance projects and public events.

Founded on the principles of ‘ensemble’, the Fourth Monkey Year of the Monkey Intensive Actor Training Programme is unique in its form and composition. The programme offers numerous performance projects both internally and externally, culminating in a season of work in repertory.

Core Modules:

ACT: Classical & Contemporary Text, Acting for Camera & The Actors Toolkit

MAKE: Puppetry, Playground, Performance & Devised Ensemble Projects

MOVE: Laban, Le Coq, Corporeal Mime, Grotowski & Commedia

COLLABORATE: Ensemble Performance, Devising Project & Professional Preparation

Our students are expected to playfully explore and openly engage in their work both as individuals and as generous members of a functioning, collaborative ensemble. Students will focus on developing specific skills and techniques, whilst using self-reflection to further their personal training journey as an actor and theatre maker.

The Year of the Monkey programme is designed to allow experiential development in acting technique, movement and voice, as well as the collaborative process of theatre making with an extensive delve into the world of the performance and original work creation while exploring storytelling in its many forms.

"The Fourth Monkey ethos is world class. It was clear it was important for me to be myself." - LUCY, 2020 ALUMNI

Training is delivered in a nurturing environment that creates challenges and opportunities for all students to evolve as actors and theatre makers who are also connected, fearless and imaginative artists equipped to thrive in an ever-changing and competitive industry.

The course is structured to enable accessibility, so students are able work and train at the same time, aiding those who wish to transition from another career or educational setting within a professional training experiential and vocational structure.

APPLICATIONS: Audition Dates will be announced and Applications will open in October 2021

COURSE DELIVERY: One Year (Full-time)


LOCATION: The Monkey House, London