Our Principles

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PRACTICE

 

We learn fast when we practice. This notion of applied learning is the cornerstone to our learning approach.

Progress is made through regular presentations of work that encourage a practical understanding of story and song. 

Practice is framed by exercises that focus on specific musical conventions. These exercises build skills and awareness through regular application. Workshop facilitators provide further framing with a professional, working vocabulary.

CHALLENGE

 

We strive for excellence. Our workshop leaders offer challenging exercises that help members to understand and hone their craft. 

As each year progresses, the tasks continue to test the skills and abilities of our members. They offer creative and technical challenges, which also provide an active experience of the collaborative challenge.

Workshop members are encouraged to offer specific critical responses that illustrate their growing technical, musical vocabulary.

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EXPERTISE

We understand what makes the perennial classics tick: the conventions and expectations of musical theatre that will help members to develop a unique voice that is a response to an established tradition.

Our weekly workshops are led by experienced industry professionals who’ve created, performed and lead musical theatre in the West End and beyond. 

 

It's with this kind of support that we encourage professional discipline and practice.

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PEER SUPPORT

 

Our workshops provide a place for like-minded creatives to connect and support each other.

We encourage the development of creative partnerships and supportive relationships.

We work hard to ensure that feedback strikes the right balance between challenge and encouragement, with informed responses that illustrate awareness of tradition and each other.

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CREATIVE SAFETY

 

We work hard to create a safe space to initiate and nurture work.

Our workshops offer a controlled environment where work can be presented to an example audience of experts and peers: testing the success of taste, tone and technique.

Workshop leaders are sensitive to the fresh presentation of new work, and the needs of each members’ learning path. They ensure that critical development is measured and appropriate.

COLLABORATION

 

Musical theatre is recognised as a model of complex collaboration. So our programme is structured to give members the fullest experience of working with other disciplines, and to build work that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Collaboration is necessary for the creation of work, its evaluation, and also its development. 

We encourage all of this to help our members develop their work and themselves as collaborative artists.