The Italia Conti Academy has strong links in all areas of the profession and recognises the importance of preparing all of its students for the world of work. In the ever changing professional environment it acknowledges that the more skills a graduating student has, the better their chances of employment. In all Academy courses 'Performance' is considered a priority and students are encouraged and helped to fully develop all their performance skills in order to launch successful careers.
The Academy's two theatre spaces and audio and video facilities are an invaluable asset to its students and allow them to participate in a wide range of productions throughout their courses. Public performances regularly take place and give students the opportunity to 'showcase' a full range of performing arts skills from musical theatre and straight plays to cabaret, concert, dance and musical events and drama evenings. Please click on the News & Calendar link for full details of our up-coming performances. In-house, devised and lunchtime performances are also encouraged. The majority of our students are extremely musical and many play instruments to a high standard and will often provide the musical accompaniment for various entertainments. All performances are rehearsed and presented in a professional manner and final year productions are usually directed by professional theatre or television directors. The end of year production is normally performed at a professional theatre venue. Potential employers are often invited to attend many of these performances.
T.I.E. & FRINGE THEATRE LINKS
The Academy has strong links with The Complete Works Theatre Company and has, in association with them, arranged for graduating performing arts students to perform in short professional T.I.E. tours. Acting Degree students often perform at the Edinburgh Festival. We are also closely linked to the Landor Fringe Theatre and students often present highly successful productions at this venue.
The Academy is frequently invited by the profession to appear at prestigious and charitable events. Students have proudly participated and performed in numerous Royal Variety and Children's Royal Variety Performances, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's 40th Anniversary and Golden Jubilee Anniversary Celebrations. HRH Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother's 90th and 100th Birthday Celebrations, the Andrew Lloyd-Webber concert, The Millennium Service for Londoners at St. Paul's Cathedral. The Children In Need Appeals – BBC TV, The Duchess of York's Children in Crisis Appeal Concerts, The Lord Mayor of London's Show, The Royal Masonic Charity Shows at Drury Lane and The Service of Remembrance at the Royal Festival Hall to name but a few.