This 11-week course will cover foundations in theatre making practice. Each term will be led by a new artist who will share their craft and support you to develop your own toolkit of theatre making skills. 

The focus of each term will vary but across the year you will have the opportunity to explore acting, directing, movement and facilitation. 

In this term, you’ll work with Cardboard Citizens’ Artistic Director Chris Sonnex on adapting an existing play, looking at elements of direction, collaboration, devising and performing.

As always, spaces are limited, but a waiting list will be offered once all places have been booked. Please only book if you can commit to the entire term – to ensure everyone gets the most out of the course, we’re tightening up on our approach to lateness and absences from now on.

Please note: the term will start with an introductory session on Thursday 5 October, which you must be able to attend in order to take part in the course.

As always, the space will be open for one hour before the session starts.

About Chris Sonnex

Throughout his career in theatre, Chris Sonnex has consistently championed and mentored underrepresented artists and creatives. As Artistic Director of the Bunker Theatre from 2018 to 2020, his unwavering commitment to inclusivity brought bold new voices to the stage – 90% of directors and 86% of writers programmed under his tenure were women – as well as first-time theatregoers to the venue, through new partnerships like The Black Ticket Project. As well as garnering critical acclaim, the theatre received significant recognition from the industry, including Best Fringe Theatre Award from The Stage, and Best Artistic Director Award from The Offies, both in 2020. 

Chris began his career in theatre at the Royal Court in 2012, working first as an intern on its Theatre Local Peckham project, before joining the backstage crew team. In 2015, he was appointed Community Producer and later Artistic Associate of the Theatre’s Beyond The Court programme, a three-year residency project delivered in Tottenham and Pimlico that sought to break down barriers around engagement with theatre and to mentor the next generation of artists, creatives and sector leaders. During this time, Chris travelled regularly to Calais as an Associate Artist with Good Chance, where he helped set up the only theatre in “The Jungle” camp at the height of Europe’s refugee crisis in 2015. As a Director his work has been presented by the Almeida Theatre, the Bunker Theatre, Caravan Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Guildhall, HighTide Festival, LAMDA, Northern Stage, Soho Theatre, Hightide, the Royal Court, and Synergy Theatre Project.  

He was appointed as Artistic Director and Joint CEO of Cardboard Citizens in September 2021. 

Dates and Times

Thursday 5 October 2023 -Thursday 14 December 2023