The recent boom in Nollywood, Nigeria’s movie industry, has attracted public interest, demonstrated by the increased number of aspiring actors. Popular for its Comedies and Dramas over the years, the Nigerian movie industry has seen some development in its picture engineering, production and management service. There has also been increased access to funding and the introduction of more movie genres such as Horror, Animation and even Musicals.

Enugu State, located in the Southeastern part of Nigeria, is only second after Lagos state as a popular movie production location in Nigeria. In fact, Enugu is dubbed ‘African movie production hub’. The state is home to many high profile talents like Nkem Owoh, Patience Ozokwor, Zack Orji, and the Aneke twins.  During an interview, the Enugu state born Filmmaker, Okechukwu Oku, said Enugu is a serene, beautiful and conducive location for movie production and management.

To avoid the movie set disruption usually perpetrated by touts and tax levy imposition, which is associated with movie production in Lagos, Nollywood producers and movie firms have taken active measures to carry out movie production in Enugu city and its surrounding towns such as Nsukka.

This has led to an influx of theatre institute and training centres that provide drama lessons for aspiring thespians. This implies that as an aspiring actor in Nigeria, you do not have to move to Lagos State before you can gain access to teaching and education from experienced professionals in the movie industry.

Enugu state now houses several approved drama schools and Media training institute with a reputable profile (Magmus Film Academy, a 2019 award-winning movie Academy, is a popular example). These academies are suitable for aspiring thespians who desire to express their innate abilities on the screen or face an audience from a stage.

This article serves to highlight some institutions in Enugu State where you can take drama courses. Also, if you want to acquire a public university education as an undergraduate in theatre arts, hone your scriptwriting skills, study particular drama techniques, improve your auditioning skills, receive either a one-on-one lesson or group training from a professional Drama Coach, then read on to know your options

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Locating Professional Acting Tutors and Classes in Enugu

Irrespective of your current theatre ability, whether you are a greenhorn or possess some years of acting experience, you need to locate either a good theatre school or a drama coach that matches your needs. This is because theatre classes for newcomers will not offer satisfying benefits to an individual featured in several small acting roles or commercials. Hence, several universities and drama study academy in Enugu have undergraduate programs that suit individuals with different acting abilities. Also, it is a very competitive world out there, you need to face the art squarely!

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Aspiring thespians need a burning desire and passion for learning the art || Image Source: Unsplash

An individual with no experience in drama would need to acquire rudimentary skills and education on acting in the Nollywood Film industry, such as:

  • How the Nigerian and African Film industry functions.
  • Sight-reading skills.
  • Acting techniques used in the industry.

You can study these rudiments via webcam with a drama coach on Superprof. These basic skills are pertinent to the development and progress of a new entrant in the Film industry. It is not rocket science! Some Enugu-based academies and institutes where basic, intermediary and advanced Film classes can be accessed are listed below:

  1. Magmus Film Academy is located at No. 26, First Avenue, off Damijah Trans Ekulu, Enugu state. This award-winning drama school offers professional Coaching to enthusiasts who wish to build a career in Film making. This Film school provides training and courses ranging from Performing Arts, Cinematography, Directing, Screenwriting, Photo editing, to mention but a few. Upon graduation, you would be awarded a certificate and an opportunity to work with the academy as a paid staff. You can make further enquiries via email.
  2. Enugu Film Academy is another Academy located in Enugu State that offers hands-on practical Media training in film making. Approved by the Federal Ministry of Education and incorporated by the Corporate Affair Commission (C.A.C), Nigeria. They train and regularly feature their students in Television acting roles. You can reach them through the email or mobile number listed on their website for further enquiries.
  3. Southeast Film Academy is also situated in Enugu and provides professional drama classes for aspiring thespians. It also provides free online training in many areas in Film making. Anybody can access this online lesson through the academy’s YouTube channel. They are also accessible via email for enquiries.

These Film academies and many others located in Enugu state provide classes to meet your specific acting needs. However, if you intend to gain an educational degree in performing Arts, Enugu has many universities where you can be certified by an approved and accredited University. For example, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (U.N.N)

One of the oldest high profile universities in Nigeria, IT offers a four-year degree program in Theatre and Film studies. The department of theatre arts at U.N.N employs qualified high profile professionals with expertise in teaching and grooming students for a career in film making. As an undergraduate at this University, you will receive formal theoretical and foundational courses in the following areas.

  1. Acting
  2. Directing
  3. Film studies
  4. Technical and applied theatre,
  5. Playwriting and lots more.

The program also involves theatre laboratory course and drama productions to give an undergraduate a strong practical experience in Film studies.

Do your research

After identifying the drama lesson offered by various Film and media training institute, universities, or private tutors in Enugu, you need to research the selected options to make the best decision. Drama schools and tutors differ in their training techniques and course content.

Speaking to the past students of the Theatre School, University, or acting Coach you are interested in will give you a mental picture of what to expect from a particular acting lesson. Another way is to read reviews listed on the website of such a Film academy. These reviews, if honest, contain information about people’s impression of the quality of training offered by a particular school or Tutor and doesn't require so much work.

The information you obtain through these reviews will help you answer questions about how a particular academy, University or Drama Coach can enable you to attain your full potentials. Also, make a detailed enquiry about the kind of technology (e.g. webcam) that Private Coaches use for their remote drama lesson.

After you have gathered information relevant to your needs, you can compare, contrast and highlight the pros and cons of selecting any acting School, University or Private Tutor. This process can be time-consuming, but it allows you to choose what will help you achieve your goals.

Consider The Cost Before You Make a Choice

You have to consider the time and financial implications before making a final decision on a particular Film school, University or Drama Coach. The duration of each option, concerning your goals and schedule, has to be considered. Different academies and coaches offer course contents that require different durations for their completion.

Some courses last for weeks, six months, others twelve months, and some can extend to four years if undertaken at a public university. Hence, you have to factor in timing as an important yardstick for selecting a certain drama school, public university or coach.

Another factor to be considered is cost. The cost of undergoing training in a particular drama school or with a Drama Coach varies from other options. The monetary cost of an acting class is directly related to its duration. You have to be sure you can afford any drama class or course you decide to take. Magmus Film academy, for instance, charges 30,000 Naira as a tuition fee for its acting course, 30,000 Naira tuition fee for its screenwriting course and 60,000 Naira for its cinematography course. You can contact the management of the school via email for more info.

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At Magmus Academy, the department of video editing mandates its students to bring a laptop for lessons. Also, the department of photography and videography encourage its students to come with their own cameras. You have to ponder the costs involved before making your final decision.

Lastly, you have to practice to hone the skills you will acquire from a Drama Coach or drama school. As the popular saying goes, ‘Practice makes perfect. Go the extra mile to hone your acting skills and techniques. This could be achieved by crafting a special and flexible timetable for personal practice to improve your deficiency areas.

This could even be an hour-long practice depending on your schedule. You can also do some research and read some articles and journals that address your areas of interest. When you have successfully honed your skills, you will find it relatively easier to market them in the Nigerian movie industry. Your improved skills would make you an outstanding and highly demanded actor. Hard work and dedication are important for every aspiring thespian.

Private Acting Classes With A Superprof

You can meet several experienced acting tutors who reside in Enugu via Superprof and improve your difficulty areas at your convenience by taking one on one classes with them.

These Tutors conduct face to face classes as well as online sessions via a webcam, depending on your preference. Before employing their service, you could go through their profile to determine if they are suitable for you and see the reviews by other students. Their teaching ability is second to none. One of the perks of these coaches is that you could get the first lesson for free before paying a friendly rate per hour which helps you further assess their teaching ability effectively. Private lessons vary between ₦800- ₦4000 per hour.

With Superprof, the acquisition of drama lessons has never been easier!

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