Get SAVI: Skills and Strategies for the Singing Actor

  • Get SAVI: Skills and Strategies for the Singing Actor
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About this course


2 Weeks

Term Start

July 2021

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcome from those aged 18+.

This summer’s “Get SAVI” course is based on the powerful new pedagogy presented in Charles Gilbert’s new book, The SAVI Singing Actor, a practical, “savvy” approach to building essential skills and crafting a performance with clarity, meaning and impact. Built on proven training concepts from theatre, music, dance, sports and the emerging field of expert performance, SAVI complements a wide range of singing and acting methodologies.

Fee and Application Information

Monday 19 July to Friday 23 July - 6 pm to 8 pm BST (UK) daily
Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July - 6 pm to 8 pm BST (UK) daily 

2 hours per day totally 20 hours in total.

Early Bird Fee: £325 (Includes £25 Savi Cards) 5 tickets available
Standard Booking Fee: £375 (Includes £25 Savi Cards)
Price includes SAVI cards and delivery.

How to Apply

Please email for any enquiries.

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Course content

Week One – Work on the Singer

The first week of the course introduces concepts and principles that provide valuable new insights into the training of the singing actor, as well as exercises and études that provide the opportunity to cultivate and exercise the fundamental skills of singing-acting. SAVI Cards, the innovative tool that is a featured component of the SAVI System, are introduced and explored. Every student will receive their own set of SAVI Cards as part of the tuition for the course.

Week Two – Work on the Song

In the second week, the course guides the student through the process of applying these principles and procedures to repertoire from the musical theatre. Students work on songs they have chosen for themselves in addition to assigned examples.

Who is this course for?

This is a course for singing actors and the coaches and teachers who work with them. Singing actors at all levels of experience will benefit from the techniques introduced in the course, which have been proven effective in enhancing expressiveness and creativity in performance and helping performers develop a reliable procedure for approaching their work. Teachers and coaches will learn new tools and techniques their students will find both helpful and enjoyable.


“The SAVI Singing Actor offers students and teachers an easy-to-grasp approach to some of the most common challenges singing actors face. In a series of handy exercises, loaded with mnemonic devices that make these techniques easy to understand and apply, author Charles Gilbert dissects and delivers the SAVI techniques in ways that translate quickly to classroom study and performance. Long a leader in Musical Theatre pedagogy, Charles Gilbert has finally delivered an essential text that belongs on every serious teacher’s shelf. His ideas and exercises are certain to find their way into your studio, as they have mine.”
Joe Deer, Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre Chair, Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures Wright State University Author, Acting in Musical Theatre, Directing in Musical Theatre

“I’ve known Charlie Gilbert—as a producer, performer and pedagogue, as an artist, academician and administrator—for 25 years and his SAVI tools are a perfect bridge to 21st-century storytelling in musical theatre.”
Forrest McClendon Tony Nominee, The Scottsboro Boys  Lunt Fontanne Fellow, Barrymore Award Winner

"The act of singing one’s thoughts is unnatural and yet, when done well, it’s the most powerful form of expression. Great musical actors have therefore always seemed a sort of enigma. We marvel at their ability to transition seamlessly from spoken dialogue into singing and back again—all without really knowing how they do it. That is, until now. The SAVI technique has finally demystified this art form. It is a codified and accessible technique for any person wanting to learn the skill of great musical storytelling. For myself, it has been an invaluable part of my success as both a performer and a coach. It is my anchor when building a performance of any new song. It ensures that my choices are beat-by-beat specific, authentic to my own truth, interestingly varied, and intensely powerful."
Kelli Barrett singer, actress and coach Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, Baby It’s You, Rock of AgesTV: Liza Minnelli in Fosse/Verdon

“Charlie Gilbert’s groundbreaking book gives any teacher, student, or professional artist a clear, step-by-step method! Using exercises that train and condition Specificity, Authenticity, Variety, and Intensity - anyone can now become ‘The SAVI Singing Actor!’"
Lara Teeter Professional Actor/Singer/Dancer Professor of Theatre, Head of Musical Theatre Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts

“A thorough and clear journey through the art of preparing both the singer and the song. The SAVI method is laid out in fun, easy-to-follow steps that illuminate the process of singing music theatre songs. The author draws from diverse sources and adds memorable axioms of his own to make this process both relatable and profound. With unique, original etudes and exercises, this is a valuable resource for anyone who teaches or performs in the music theatre.”
Tracey Moore Author, Acting the Song Professor of Theater, The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford

"SAVI allows for a smart, sustainable practice and performance while still nurturing and embracing the specific unique qualities within. It's so ingrained in me now, I can't remember how I practiced without it!"

Clare O’Malley Off-Broadway: Irish Repertory Theater, Nora Clitheroe in The Plough and the Stars  Delaware Theater Company, Joan in Saint Joan


Tutor profile

Charles Gilbert, the author of The SAVI Singing Actor and the creator of the SAVI System of Singer-Actor Training, has been training performers and creating provocative original work for the musical stage for over forty years. He started the Musical Theatre Program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and headed it for nearly 20 years. Charlie is a writer, composer and director whose original works for the musical stage include Assassins, source of the idea for Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical of the same name. He’s a founding member of the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance and has taught workshops and masterclasses in America, the UK (including Rose Bruford College), Europe and Australia.

 D’Arcy Webb is an award-winning teacher and performance coach who has taught at the University of the Arts and Drexel University. An accomplished singer and actress in her own right, D’Arcy has helped actors, performers, corporate executives, authors and speakers use their voices to connect with audiences around the world with power, eloquence and heart.



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