My teaching method is to learn through doing - with a fun but professional focus. I look firstly at what the student wishes to get out of the sessions, then we'll form a plan together of how we can achieve this. If the student is working on monologues for drama school audition we will explore pieces which fit both the criteria and will show the student off to their advantage. I have an excellent knowledge of plays as well as being a professional playwright.
I have been a professional actor since 2000 and I have worked on stage in the West End , Number 1 Tours and Regional Theatre, and on screen in feature films, TV and commercials. I have always taught Acting alongside my performance career. I have had students who have gained places at drama schools as well as students who have become successful feature film actors. I have taught acting one-on-one for drama school entrance as well as at stage schools for professional young performers, evening classes for adults as well as higher education establishments. Additionally I have coached GCSE and A Level English Literature students in Shakespeare texts, one-on-one, for the company Learning With Success.
CLAIRE LOUISE AMIAS
MA Text and Performance Studies, RADA / King’s College London (2011)
BA (Hons) Theatre Acting, Bretton Hall (2000)
Develop Your Playwriting, National Theatre (2000)
September 2016 – present, Stage and the City
Teacher of Acting for adults: Laban Movement, Commedia Dell'Arte, Meisner Technique, Improvisation, Stanislavsky, Voice, Text, Devising, Screen Acting and Radio Acting. I have also directed plays and showcases with students, including 'Whale Music' by Anthony Minghella, 'Stags and Hens' by Willy Russell, and '13' by Mike Bartlett.
May 2012 – present, ATG:
Leader of workshops to accompany various West End plays in ATG theatres, including 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time', 'Old Times', 'Posh', 'The Woman in Black' and 'A Winter’s Tale', plus various other workshops alongside Shakespeare’s Globe productions. Also workshops for the Open University on the Shakespeare: Text and Performance module and University of the 3rd Age on Acting in Pinter.
April 2016 – present, Anna Fiorentini Stage and Screen School
Teacher of Drama for a Saturday Stage School of 8 to 19-year-olds. Focusing on stage acting. This has included teaching devised theatre, Shakespeare, mask work, mime, physical theatre, Laban Movement, Voice, Stanislavski technique and working on contemporary monologues. Recently I have taught lessons online, including videos on puppetry, storytelling and audiobooks.
May 2015 – March 2017, Pauline Quirke Academy, East Barnet and Enfield
Teacher of Comedy and Drama at a Saturday Stage School of 8 to 17-year-olds. Stanislavski, voice and movement skills. Trinity exams.
October 2010 – 2015, DreamArts
Teacher of Acting to a Saturday Stage School of 8 to 12 and 13 to 19-year-olds. Also, I have directed 'Macbeth', 'Chicago', 'Singin’ in the Rain' and 'Hairspray' with them at the Playhouse Theatre, London.
Acting for Screen Teacher
April – July 2014, Anna Fiorentini Stage and Screen School
Teacher of Acting for Screen for a Saturday Stage School of 8 to 19-year-olds. Focusing on screen acting and audition technique.
November 2012 – January 2013, Donmar Warehouse
Leader of workshops to accompany the all- female production of 'Julius Caesar', directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
September 2013 – October 2013, Shakespeare Schools Festival
Co- facilitator of cast workshops to give pupils appearing in Shakespeare plays the skills necessary to perform classical text.
September 2009 – January 2012, The Institute
Teacher of Acting for adults: Laban Movement, Commedia Dell'Arte, Meisner Technique, Improvisation, Stanislavsky, Voice, Text, Devising, Verse.
September 2007 – December 2009, Top Hat Stage and Screen School
Coaching professional 7 to 17-year-old actors in voice and movement, including work on Meisner, Laban, Stanislavski and improvisation.
Screen Acting Coach
May - July 2006, Private Tuition
Coaching of young actress for a leading feature film role: scene study, screen-test technique for feature films, sight-reading skills. Creation of her showreel.
Teacher for LAMDA exams
September 2002 - April 2006, Dramarama
Stage School Teaching of weekly workshops in drama, preparing students for LAMDA and Guildhall exams. Directing/writing/devising plays.
Communication Excellent group work skills, ability to hold class focus, excellent administration and session planning. Very good Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills.
First Aid Certificate - First Aid Certificate renewed in March 2020.
Acting - Has worked for many years as a professional actor on stage, screen and audio, including work on Number 1 Tours, Regional Theatre, feature films, and TV. See my Spotlight CV for details: (concealed information)
Movement Skills - Specialist training in Mime and physical theatre (Desmond Jones), Laban Movement (Jean Newlove), Commedia Dell’Arte (John Rudlin). Stage Combat certificate.
Voice Skills -Specialist vocal training with Mel Churcher and Caryll Zeigler.
Directing - Has worked as a director in professional plays as well as stage school productions. Taught by Sue Dunderdale and Andrew Visnevski.
Writing - Has had two professional plays produced about the Restoration Playwright Aphra Behn – The Masks of Aphra Behn (at the So & So Arts Club and on tour) and Oranges & Ink (Tristan Bates and on tour). Oranges & Ink also received an OnComm Award from Off West End. Recently taught by John Donnelly on the National Theatre’s Develop Your Playwriting course, as well as play structure and adaptation by Paul Sirett at RADA.
Perfect! My 14-year-old daughter has been taking acting lessons with Claire for 3 weeks now. In this short time, I have noticed that my daughter has become more confident and noticeably filled with more enthusiasm. Claire has an impressive amount of acting experience and generously shares this through her teaching. My daughter enjoys her lessons a great deal as they are both fun and effective and she can see herself the rapid progress she is making. I would highly recommend Claire if you are looking for help with improving your acting.
This student is very polite, dedicated, prompt and a quick learner.
Claire has been my acting teacher for over 2 years and she has been absolutely brilliant! I really enjoyed all her classes! She is always so great at giving feedback for you to grow and give your best! And she always creates new content for you to work on. Claire helped me a lot and I'd definitely recommend her.
Claire is a fantastic teacher, extremely talented, creative and encouraging in her direction and analysis. She brings out the best in everyone and is incredibly hard working and supportive. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
I've taken weekly acting classes with Claire for years which in itself already says a lot about Claire, as I wouldn't have done so had I not liked her style of teaching. Being an actress herself she is very good at illustrating acting techniques, but she is also equally good at judging scenes from a director's point of view thus giving valuable input for developing scenes. She's able to find the right approach for each and every student, while always being friendly and professional. I would totally recommend taking lessons with her if you want to improve your acting skills.
Claire is very professional. Great time management which I found rare with other tutors teaching acting, her lessons start on time and are packed with lots of practical learning, there is no waste of time as she is well organised and she has a clear plan for each lesson. Claire is focussed on the results and goals and her critiques are always constructed and balanced. Her enthusiasm and motivation is easily passed to the students. I strongly suggest Claire as a tutor, you will learn a lot, practically and theoretically.
acting lessons closeby? Here's a selection of tutor listings that you can check out.
Superprof can also suggest improvisational theatre lessons to help you.
Learning isn't a problem, drama school entrance lessons for all!
|at her home||at your home||By webcam|
|1 hour||Not available||Not available||£30|
|5 hours||Not available||Not available||£150|
|10 hours||Not available||Not available||£300|