Catalyst Berlin Screen Acting student Bruna Silva by Film Production student Matthias Neumeister

Screen Acting School

Act, watch, analyse, re-act

dBs Berlin have grown into Catalyst. We're growing with you.More

dBs Berlin have grown into Catalyst. We're growing with you.More

dBs Berlin have grown into Catalyst. We're growing with you.More

No ordinary drama school

This is not your traditional drama conservatory. This is the future of performing arts.

Catalyst Acting is one of three schools at the Catalyst Institute for Creative Arts & Technology in Berlin, based in the extraordinary Funkhaus facility alongside the river Spree.

Leave your history books and written essays behind - and get in front of the camera. Our contemporary acting courses are made for the increasingly ubiquitous screen.

Star in multiple film productions weekly and work in tandem with our filmmaking students. When you are not rehearsing or on the set, you will join workshops with professional tutors to train your body and voice.

All of our screen acting courses are practice-based and designed to get you on camera as much as humanly possible. We have 1 and 3 year higher education courses starting every September and a selection of 4 week short courses running at different times throughout the year.

Acting courses

Length: 1 Year Term start:
Application by: 30 April for Priority
Fees: From 975€/month

Stretch. Give your artistic mind and body a crash course in acting for screen by appearing in as many film projects as humanly possible. An intensive year designed to rapidly increase your experience and elevate your showreel in a very short amount of time.

Learn more

Length: 1 Year Term start:
Application by: 30 April for Priority
Fees: From 975€/month

Over three intensive years, hone the specific skills required to become truly captivating on screen. Research and think critically about the work you want to make. Make the work, then reflect on it. Connect to the industry by finding work placement to launch your career.

Learn more

Level: Beginners
Course length: 4 weeks
Dates: 22.06.2020
Application deadline: 14.06.2020

This high-energy 4-week acting course for beginners is designed for budding actors eager to learn the fundamentals of performing for camera. Discover, play, and hone your acting skills with confidence through hands-on learning facilitated by expert tutors and industry professionals.

Learn more

Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Course length: 4 weeks
Dates: 22.06.2020
Application deadline: 14.06.2020

Our 4-week advanced screen-acting performance course is for the journalist who wants to get in front of the camera, the documentary filmmaker who wants to upskill and narrate or feature in their own work, and the trained actor who wants to extend their range or transition to non-fiction performance. Whether you’re interested in presenting, narrating or hosting, this course is designed for you.

Learn more

For those wishing to join our main programmes, but lacking either practical experience in film making or the formal education requirements to apply through standard entry, we offer an additional primer workshop to run alongside the 4 week filmmaking course. It covers writing skills, reading, structuring arguments, debate and understanding context. The course utilises task and project based learning methodology to ensure that you’re prepared and ready for our longer HE Certificate or Bachelor Degree level programmes. Our Admissions team can provide further details.

Learn more

Beyond the specialised creative and technical skillsets you learn with us, we think that leadership is a crucial element in supporting your life, your creative projects and your success after you leave Catalyst behind. This extraordinary course will magnify the potential of everything else you learn whilst you are with us and is available to Catalyst students as part of your course fee.

Learn more

Exploring art and technology at Signals Festival

Tune in on 16-17 October for live performances, installations, screenings, workshops and dialogues on future perspectives of the film & music industries - streamed online and for a limited audience at Funkhaus.

Facilities

From our atmospheric Funkhaus studios to the vast canvas of Berlin

Our space, your home

Our historic waterside Funkhaus campus is the perfect home base to write, rehearse, scheme and dream. You’ll share this cozy retro space with the state-of-the-art filmmaking and music production facilities of our sister schools and an international cohort of fellow creatives. It would be tempting to spend all of your time there but we actively encourage our film makers and actors to get out into the glorious city of Berlin and the infinite atmospheric spaces it provides as potential backdrops for the productions you will star in.

Applications for 2020 open in November. Sign-up to receive a notification. Subscribe

Applications for 2020 open in November. Sign-up to receive a notification. Subscribe

Applications for 2020 open in November. Sign-up to receive a notification. Subscribe

How to succeed

Surely the question on the lips of any budding actor is how to build a successful career. The media landscape within acting takes place is practically changing by the hour. You will need to be highly flexible and willing to engage proactively in your choice of a career that asks for as many professional skills as it does performative ones. At the same time it takes a profound understanding of those dramatic fundamentals that haven’t changed for thousands of years. With us, you’ll train to use a mix of traditional acting skills combined with those necessary skills for success balanced with a comfort with cutting edge technology, from the 22 metre silver screen to the smartphone.

To help support your move out into the industry we also provide all students and alumni with a reserved space on our Catalyst Actors Database - a public facing website containing student and alumni profiles.

Our team

Our courses are delivered by currently practicing industry professionals through workshops designed to give you constant real-world acting experience through ongoing participation in performances and film productions.

They'll ask the difficult questions you've been avoiding, set impossible tasks that stretch you in ways you didn’t know you were capable of, provide insights into new ways of thinking and heap fulsome praise where it's due.

Above all, they'll be there for you when you pick yourself up out of the dirt after a spectacular failure with an encouragement to be even more audacious next time.

Actors database

Meet our talented body of international alumni through our official database for professional Screen Actors.

Our learning mimics real life. Collaborate with creatives from our film and music schools.

Whatever your definition of success, there are a range of tools, skills, attributes and habits which significantly increase your chances of achieving that success. These skills and attributes are the building blocks that help turn a talented, hardworking human being into a genuinely successful one. When we talk about success at Catalyst we are talking about it in the widest possible sense. It may or may not include a financial or a fame element depending on your own personal goals. It must include the importance of also feeling content or happy.

Here are some examples of the qualities we help you develop:-

  • A well developed creative muscle
  • Comfort with failure and vulnerability
  • Building tenacity, grit and resilience
  • Personal leadership
  • Growing and developing an entrepreneurial approach
  • Learning to lead people and projects
  • Understanding the benefits of taking risk
  • Enhancing your communication and collaborative skills
  • Embedding innovation techniques in your daily practice
  • Understanding the importance of developing the 'whole' person

Much of this learning is deeply embedded in the projects you complete for your course. Much of the time you may not even be consciously aware you are in the process of developing these skills.

As part of our specialist acting school you'll benefit from a range of collaboration opportunities not only with your fellow acting students but also with our film production, visual effects and music production school students.

You'll get challenges with demanding deadlines and engage in working methodologies that resemble the normal everyday, rough and tumble of industry life. At the same time, this 'real world' experience comes with an essential safety net - a chance to fail gloriously with no impact on your reputation, your income or your pride!

All of our acting courses are taught in English, the language of the international film and television industry. Study your passion in a community of like minded international learners.

Behind the scenes

Take a look at the latest stories from the daily lives of Catalyst Acting students. Rehearsals, performances, shootings, tips, tricks and more!