Events and Workshops...

Ken has trained some of Britain's leading stars of stage and screen including Daniel Craig, Ewan McGregor, Lily James, Paapa Essiedu, Hayley Atwell, Michelle Dockery, Orlando Bloom, Dominic West and Damian Lewis.

He shares many of his insights and techniques in a number of Masterclasses, Lectures and Workshops which he runs throughout the year. These are very popular and places are limited so be sure to book early.

The Outstanding Actor Masterclass

Individuality, imagination and presence in auditions, rehearsals and performance

Sat 17th to Sun 18th March 2018
9.30am - 5.00pm
Guildhall School of Music & Drama,
Milton Court, Silk Street EC2Y 9BH
Tickets: £225 each (see booking details below)

Ken Rea lecture

In this intensive, two-day masterclass, Ken will show you how to step up to the next level of success. He'll take you through the exercises that have made a difference to his most famous students. You'll learn how to bring added confidence and individuality to auditions, rehearsals and performances

Drawing on different cultural traditions and his own unique process, Ken will show you how to achieve a more compelling presence, have greater ownership of the text and maintain a relaxed but vital energy. You'll also learn how to attain more specificity and greater detail in character choices.

Areas covered:

  • Values

    Warmth, enthusiasm, generosity, risk-taking, grit
  • Career

    Setting goals, managing your career
  • Imagination

    Playfulness, individuality, spontaneity, specificity
  • Presence and charisma

    Eastern techniques, centring energy, projecting charismatic energy
Places are strictly limited. To book, send your details, with a brief CV to:

"Ken Rea gives you, like an athlete, a state of readiness so you may seize your moment when it comes: either in character or as yourself. He talks about energy and enthusiasm and how these can be nurtured in you so you will be more hireable 'in the room'."
Damian Lewis (Homeland, Billions)

"The classes with Ken at Guildhall, I consider to be the most important part of the acting training. They are exercises in patience, unpredictability and encouraging students to make utter fools of themselves... Vital for any actor embarking on a life in the profession."
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)

"Ken's classes were some of the most interesting and diverse that I was lucky enough to attend in drama school. He opened the mind to what acting could be. There seemed no end to the possibilities, to the depth, only how far you were prepared to go."
Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Star Wars)


Training the Outstanding Actor

A lecture demonstration by Professor Ken Rea

Wednesday 9th May 2018 6.30pm
Guildhall School of Music & Drama,
Milton Court Concert Hall,
Silk Street EC2Y 9BH
FREE - click here for bookings.

Ken Rea lecture

In this interactive lecture demonstration Ken outlines his discoveries and insights drawing on over 30 years' teaching and research at Guildhall and around the world. With a group of actors, and using video footage and live video playback, he will demonstrate some of the key exercises he has developed to nurture the actor's imagination, individuality and charisma.

For actors, you'll discover a range of powerful, proven techniques. For drama teachers and directors, you'll learn new ideas and exercises that can enliven your classes and rehearsals.

Topics covered include:

  • Doing exciting work as an actor

    Values, risk, danger, playfulness
  • Nurturing the imagination

    Strategies for taking off the pressure
  • Strengthening presence and charisma

    Eastern techniques, keys to presence, the psychology of charisma
  • Having a successful career

    Setting goals, personality, networking
  • Delivering the standout qualities in a drama school

    Setting up the creative environment, motivating actors
Tickets are FREE but numbers are limited. Click here for bookings.

Ken Rea lecture