The Giles Foreman Centre for Acting (formerly the Caravanserai Acting Studio, based in Ladbroke Grove) is an exciting professional acting studio based in the heart of London, housing some of the top coaches in the country in the disciplines of acting, movement, voice, analysis, improvisation, Meisner and camera technique.
We offer a range of part-time acting classes at all levels, short intensive courses and two 1-year full-time courses. People new to acting can discover the art through our beginner classes and Foundation Acting course three-term intensive ATCL Diploma in London. Those who have acting/directing experience or who have studied at University or other route can participate in our 13-month Advanced Intensive acting course in London (MA/Post-Graduate Acting Course Equivalent) Programme. It is amongst the lowest-priced courses of its kind in the country as we are a private institution, yet still has substantial teaching hours, renowned coaches and class sizes deliberately kept small in order to train people as thoroughly as possible.
The acting philosophy at the studio is broadly in line with that of the original Drama Centre London under Christopher Fettes, Yat Malmgren and Reuven Adiv: a teaching team and school that trained some of the great UK actors of our generation – Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Helen McRory, Anne Marie Duff, Paul Bettany, Lambert Wilson, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Santiago Cabrera, Geraldine James, Frances de la Tour – to name but a few. We celebrate having Christopher Fettes, the founder of the Drama Centre London offering master classes in Character Analysis, directing and classical text analysis at the studio.
The approach is Methodological and deals with realism/naturalism; the work is influenced by the philosophy of Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner. We are one of the very few centres in the world that offers the extraordinary Laban/Jungian technique developed by Yat Malmgren and we have introduced the work of body psychotherapy and Gestalt to further develop people’s psychological understanding both of themselves and the characters they are playing.
The Centre has developed relationships with other similar organisations around the world and offers many exchange programmes.