Screen Acting – Short Course

Monday 17 June – Friday 12 July 2024 | Level: Beginner


Learn the fundamentals of performing for camera. Discover, develop and hone your fledgling acting skills through practical, confidence-boosting learning experiences facilitated by expert tutors and industry professionals.

This high-energy short course is designed for beginners and budding actors eager to play and experiment with their own bodies and their acting abilities. Leave your history books and written essays behind and get ready for four weeks in front of the camera. This is a contemporary acting course made for the increasingly ubiquitous screen.

Walk away with new expectations of your capabilities and videos of the work you've done to share with others. By the end of the course, you’ll have the basic skills, knowledge and confidence that you need to audition and play a role on camera. 

From getting to grips with how to analyse, break down and work with a script to honing in on a variety of camera acting techniques. From delving into techniques to portray a character to presenting and filming a dialogue scene. You will come out of the four weeks with the fuel to forward your creative journey.

Course details

  • Script analysis 
  • Scene study
  • Character development
  • Working with a director
  • Acting for camera
  • Blocking for camera
  • Contrast between acting for camera and live performance
  • Improvisation
  • Movement
  • Voice work
  • Casting and audition technique

Week 1:

  • Induction
  • Movement, Improv, and Camera Acting
  • Acting for Film
  • Screen Acting Basics
  • Acting Technique
  • Voice

Week 2: 

  • Acting for Film
  • Acting Technique
  • Casting Technique
  • Voice
  • Movement, Improv and Camera Acting

Week 3:

  • Acting for Film
  • Casting Technique
  • Voice
  • Movement, Scene Work, and Camera Acting

Week 4:

  • Casting Technique
  • Acting Technique and Scene Work
  • Voice
  • Acting for Film
  • Acting Technique and Scene Work
  • Screen Test with panel 
  • End of Summer School celebration

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • have a basic understanding of how to analyse and breakdown a script
  • become proficient in the foundational aspects of how to utilise a variety of acting for  camera techniques 
  • use the tools of actions, obstacles, beats, objectives and tactics to portray a character
  • understand the casting process from both an actors and casting agents perspective
  • have an understanding of how body consciousness contributes to greater freedom of an actor
  • recognise the fundamentals required to play a 2 person scene
  • select appropriate text memorising techniques
  • present and film a monologue in the context of a mock audition
  • present and film a dialogue scene
  • participate in the filming of a monologue

This course is designed for two audiences.

The first audience are those looking for a productive way to spend 4 weeks developing their acting skills to support their own projects and meet like minded people to work with. For this audience the likely progression routes are:-

  1. Returning to their own projects with a new set of skills
  2. Returning to Catalyst to take one of our other short courses.

The second audience are those students wishing to progress onto one of our longer courses whom require some practical experience to help prepare them for the longer course. The most likely courses they would progress onto are:-

  1. Acting HE Certificate (1 Year)
  2. Acting BA (Hons) (3 Years)

Students who wish to enrol on both a short and long course will receive a discount on total tuition fee - please request this to our Admissions team when applying.

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Our team

Our tutors are industry experienced with a passion for passing on their knowledge to others. Here are a few of the experienced and friendly tutors that will be supporting you throughout your learning process.

About Catalyst Berlin Screen Acting Short Course Lead Sebastian Matthias Weißbach
Sebastian Weißbach

Sebastian is an actor and director with classical theatrical training and a degree in film studies and literature from FU Berlin. Sebastian will lead workshops giving a practical overview of the historical approaches to acting techniques and the technical aspects of camera performance.

Mille Knudsen

Danish born Mille will be drawing from her knowledge of both screen and stage acting to guide you in dialogue work and acting technique. She is a Catalyst alumni and has studied classical theatre at Cours Florent in Paris. Mille will tutor you on accessing your emotions and exploring the depth of a given script.

Screen Acting tutor Trevor Silverstein's headshot
Trevor Silverstein

Trevor will lead workshops in improv and casting technique, he has a background in improv comedy and is part of the Berlin comedy scene and studied at NYU TISCH - Trevor’s style in anchored in joy, experimentation, and comedic exploration. After class, you may catch Trevor on stage at Comedy Cafe Berlin.

Stephanie LeBolt

Stephanie LeBolt is all about championing emerging writers and realising stories that deserve to be told. Stephanie works as a director and choreographer and has a Master’s degree in directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.

Stephanie will lead workshops based on viewpoints and scenic analysis, teaching physical approaches to intellectual problems. 

An international creative community

Catalyst is a thriving creative learning community of tutors and students from more than 75 countries. 

Studying here is a golden opportunity to meet up and collaborate with like-minded peers from around the world. A key part of our approach to learning involves working with others whether as peers, mentors, collaborators, audience or fellow travellers. Passion is always better shared!

Student work

In the end it doesn’t matter what we say or do. What matters is what our students are doing during their time with us. Watch one of our favourite videos directed, shot and edited by our filmmaking students, starring their fellow acting colleagues and decide for yourselves.

Essential information

The most important prerequisite for attending any course at Catalyst is that you must be passionate about building and developing your skills as an actor.

Our short courses are designed to be accessible to anyone so we do not require any level of academic certification to apply. To qualify you should usually be aged 18 or over. If you're coming from outside the EU a holiday/travel visa will usually suffice.

For more information, please contact a member of the team. We love to chat! Please reach out to us at or call us at +49 30 2900 9052.

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UPDATE: There are limited places still available for this course, so we are currently still accepting applications. Places are filling up fast, however, so apply now!

Course dates: Monday 17 June – Friday 12 July 2024

Course length: 4 weeks

Application deadline: Friday 17 May 2024

Enrolment fee*: €495

Course fee: €1,755

Total: €2,250

If you decide to enrol in both a Summer Short Course and an undergraduate course (HE Certificate or BA) with us, you will receive a discount of 500€ on the total tuition.

* Note- Enrolment fee is non-refundable.

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Get a feel for Catalyst and our courses at a range of both online and in-person events. Join us at a Virtual Open Day or an Open Day at our campus in Berlin, chat to our programme leads at Meet The Tutor, or try a taster workshop.

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Designed for those wishing to join our main programmes, but lacking the formal education requirements to apply through standard entry.

These free workshops run at the same time as your short course programme and cover writing skills, reading, structuring arguments, debate and understanding context.

They utilise task and project-based learning methodology to ensure that you’re prepared and ready for our longer HE Certificate or BA (Hons) programmes.

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