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We are thrilled to partner with Methuen for the January-March season. Methuen have over 2,000 titles available for theatre-goers, students, scholars, practitioners, actors and those wishing to pursue a career in the theatre industry. These workshops will be led by theatre practitioners who have published works with Methuen. We are delighted to have these industry leaders sharing their knowledge and experience across a range of subjects.
We are thrilled to announce that the Actors Centre has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Sony. Sony's sponsorship provides the Actors Centre with state of the art camera equipment, to both enhance our screen workshops, and provide an affordable option for our members to hire cameras in order to start creating their own work. We will be running a number of workshops in association with Sony, to develop camera skills both in front of and behind the lens.
Co-Working Space Our shared co-working space is now open to our members. We have updated the WiFi in our Café and Green Room Bar and installed additional plug points so our members can benefit from a free workspace in Central London. Members can also avail of free tea and coffee from our newly installed refreshments station, as well as the use of a microwave. The workspace will be open daily from 9.30-17.00, excluding matiness days when it will close early. Members can sign up to 4 guests in at one time. Don’t forget about the other offers included in your membership: • • • • •
10% off at the Actors Centre bar Use of our John Thaw Initiative to showcase your work-in-progress shows Access to our ever-growing perks scheme Discount tickets to all shows at the Tristan Bates Theatre and in the John Thaw Studio Early-bird access to exclusive events including our OFF THE RECORD series, our annual CASTATHON and AGENTATHON
Please note that all information is correct at the time of going to print but may be subject to change. Our tutors are professional actors and creatives working in the industry and, like our members, their schedules are subject to change depending on work commitments. At times it may be necessary to postpone or cancel workshops, but we will always try to provide participants with a suitable alternative tutor. For the most up-to-date information on dates, times, tutors and prices, please visit the Actors Centre website.
We have introduced a new system of tiers for our workshops. You can choose which tier best suits you based on your professional experience and training, and choose when you move up a level, so you can develop your craft at your own pace. Please find below a brief explanation of each level below to help you decide where you would place yourself.
These workshops are suitable for all levels of experience. Some basic training or understanding of the genre, but no professional experience. Also great as a refresher for those returning after a break. Some professional experience of the genre, we recommend 1-2 professional credits or those with considerable training in this area. We recommend 4 professional credits of more in the specific genre and a firm understanding. Also, for those who would like to develop their craft in the company of those of a similar professional level.
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Some basic training or understanding of the genre, but no professional experience. Also great as a refresher for those returning after a break.
If you are unable to make a workshop you have booked, we cannot transfer bookings. You must cancel and rebook. If a member isSome eligible for a refund, you will of receive an automated refund into Some your Actors Centreexperience account. We refund professional experience the genre, we professional ofdo thenot genre, we onto payment cards or into bank accounts. Any refund will incur a £2.00 administration charge which will be debited from recommend 1-2 professional credits or those with recommend 1-2 professional credits or those with your Actors Centre account. You can request 100% of the workshop cost refunded to your account, less the £2.00 considerable training in this area. considerable in this area. less than two administration charge, up to two weeks before the event or workshop’s scheduled starttraining date. If you provide weeks’ notice for a cancellation, the below charges will apply. We recommend 4 professional credits of more in the We recommend 4 professional credits of more in Regular Workshops specific genre and a firm understanding. Also, for the specific genre and a firm understanding. Also, An 80% refund will be credited to your Actors Centre account and can be requested up to two working days (48 those who would like to develop their craft in the for those who would like to develop their craft in hours) before the event or workshop’s scheduled start. Any regular workshops which require prep to be sent out, company of those of aHours, similarwill professional company such as Putting in the have a fourlevel. day notice period as the listed below. of those of a similar professional level. Guest Workshops An 80% refund will be credited to your Actors’ Centre account and can be requested up to four working days (96 hours) before the event or workshop’s scheduled start. No refunds can be processed after this time unless we are able to resell your place from a waiting list. You can see the refund policy for each workshop on the event page on our website. Free Events Please also look out for the wide range of FREE workshops and opportunities on offer to Actors Centre members. Members are asked to let us know as soon as possible if they need to cancel their place. There is no cancellation penalty unless a member simply fails to let us know that they are not coming or provides less than 2 hours’ notice of cancellation. ‘No-shows’ incur an automatic £5 penalty fee on their account.
Clarifying Your Intentions Laurence Boswell Wednesday 8, Thursday 9 January 10.30-17.30 Course: A325 A two-day workshop to empower you with an understanding of objectives and actions, at the end of which you will be able to detect and name your characters wants and impulse beat by beat, moment by moment, in a scene. You will work together in a group, in a relaxed and playful atmosphere and testing actions and objectives as we work through scenes of a set text. → One of the UK’s most experienced and successful directors, Artistic Director Ustinov Studio, Bath. Artistic Director Gate Theatre, Nottinghill. RSC; Assistant Director, Associate Director, Artistic Associate. Has directed a number of hit shows in the West End and on Broadway. Has won many Awards including Oliver Award for his work on the plays of the Spanish Golden and Tony Nomination for A day In The Death Of Joe Egg on Broadway with Eddie Izzard. PARTICIPANTS: £80
Introduction to Stanislavski Seb Harcombe Saturday 11 January 10.30-17.30 Course: A311 This one day course is for actors new to the Stanislavski system. Like most techniques, the aim of Stanislavski's was to expand, broaden and deepen an actor's engagement with the role they were playing and free their imagination and talent. In a group setting, we will examine the Stanislavski questions and terminology from its source basis, at essence, before it began to develop under the hands of other practitioners and teachers. → Previously Director of the BA Acting courses at both RADA and Drama Centre, Seb is now a freelance director and one of the UKs leading acting teachers. After beginning his career in theatre as a student at RADA, he worked as an actor for 15 years, playing leading roles at the National Theatre, RSC and many of the UK's most prestigious theatres and companies before becoming a teacher. PARTICIPANTS: £40
Stanislavski Workout Lucinda Lloyd Saturdays 11, 18, 25 January, 1 February 10.30-13.30 Course: A318 Based on the Stanislavski acting system, you will work through a variety of exercises, to encourage truthful delivery, quick decision making, and developing characterisation. You will gain a deeper and more advanced understanding and practice of the Stanislavski acting system, as well as increasing your confidence and ability to analyse text and take direction. → Lucinda graduated from ALRA completing the 3 year Diploma in Acting and has since trained extensively with Anne Bogart (Viewpoints), Seb Harcombe (Stanislavski) and Ken Campbell (Improvisation). She has worked with many prestigious theatres and companies for the past 15 years including The Globe, The Royal Court and The Scottish Dance Theatre. She was awarded ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role in the film ‘Home’ and was selected for The New Writers programme at The Royal Court & The Arcola. PARTICIPANTS: £90
The Meisner Technique Scott Williams Monday 13, Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Thursday 16, Friday 17 January OR Monday 24, Tuesday 25, Wednesday 26, Thursday 27, Friday 28 February 10.30-17.30 Course: A11 If you’re an actor who considers herself ‘too intellectual’, if you wonder what it really means to be ‘in the moment’, if you find yourself too emotionally limited, this workshop is for you! Using a simple set of five exercises which take you from the beginning work-out for the actor through to dynamic interplay with text, you’ll explore in five intense days a year’s training in the techniques perfected by Sanford Meisner, ‘the American theatre’s best-kept secret.’ → Scott Williams, who trained with Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City, has been teaching actors, directors and writers for over 40 years. His company, The Impulse Company, has introduced new ways of creating vital performances to thousands of practitioners the world over, and has been a London mainstay for more than two decades. PARTICIPANTS: £200, OBSERVER: £75
Improve Your Memory for Rapid Line Learning Mark Channon Monday 20 January 10.30-17.30 Course: A249 Getting stressed 10 minutes before the audition? Struggling to get a scene into your head before tomorrow's shoot? Or just want to get off book earlier in rehearsals? In this interactive workshop you’ll learn skills to boost your confidence and learn lines rapidly. → Mark Channon is a Memory Coach and the founder of markchannon.com. After creating the quiz show Monkhouse’s Memory Masters for the BBC, he became one of the first Grand Masters of Memory in the world. Mark originally trained as an actor working for over 15 years in London’s West End, the National Theatre, The Traverse as well as many roles on TV. PARTICIPANTS: £40 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Emotions and Character Joy Richardson Wednesday 22 January 11.00-17.00 Course: A52 In this workshop we will explore the emotional landscape available to you as a performer, helping you to make clear choices with freedom and confidence. Using games, storytelling and improvisation, we will explore six primary emotions: disgust, anger, fear, surprise, happiness and sadness. → Joy is an actor who has performed in productions at Shakespeare's Globe, The National Theatre, and in the West End, including working with Sir Peter Hall, Sir Richard Eyre, Katie Mitchell and Kathryn Hunter. She has performed with Judi Dench, Mark Rylance, and Michael Caine. Joy has appeared in Welcome to Thebes, at the National Theatre, Song of Songs with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Taming of the Shrew for Shakespeare's Globe PARTICIPANTS: £40
No Such Thing as Character Chris New Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 January 10.30-17.30 Course: A321 A startling and fresh viewpoint on acting and how to do it. Evolved from Chris New's experience as a working actor this two day intensive course cuts through the myths and mysticisms that surround acting to deliver a clear, concise process which encourages you to remove the mask of character and, instead, have the confidence to trust what is already within you. → Chris trained at RADA and made his debut starring in the West End revival of BENT, for which he was nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award. He has lead companies at the National Theatre, The Young Vic and the RSC and starred in the critically acclaimed WEEKEND. He has also written numerous plays and the indie-hit feature film CHICKEN. PARTICIPANTS: £80
Verbatim Theatre: Approaches to Modern Text Alecky Blythe Friday 24 January 14.30-17.30 Course: A169 This course is designed to teach you the specific verbatim technique in which Alecky specialises. The scripts of all her shows are created from edited audio interviews. The acting technique requires the performers to wear earphones on stage through which they hear the interviews and copy the speech pattern of the interviewee precisely. → Alecky is a playwright and actor who has pioneered the Verbatim technique she learnt in a workshop run by Mark WingDavey at the Actors Centre in 2002. Since her first show Come Out Eli (Arcola, BAC), Alecky’s work includes Cruising (Bush), The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court, Drum, Young Vic), A Man in a Box (Channel 4), Where Have I Been All My Life? (New Vic), Little Revolution (Almeida), and the feature film of London Road (BBC Films, BFI) after its two successful runs at the National. PARTICIPANTS: £22
Want to Try Stand-Up Comedy? Bentley Browning Thursday 6 February 10.30-17.30 Course: A6 Comedy changes your life! A workshop for the total beginner at stand-up comedy. Great improvisation exercises, comedy theory and practice, including joke techniques your favourite comedians use. Massively confidence building, very self revealing and awesome fun. For those who want to try new things ...or even start a comedy career! → Bentley runs the Comedy Novices courses and his workshops have featured on BBC Breakfast, BBC 1 The One Show, Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC2 Radio 4, 5 live, The Evening Standard and The Sun on Sunday. He is a pro stand-up comic and comic actor. PARTICIPANTS: £40 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Trust the Process Geraldine Alexander Fridays 7, 14, 21, 28 February 18.00-21.00 Course: A313 This course will cover each element of preparation; Script, Character and Story. Preparing text, playing objectives, actions, and technique, access to emotional and physical truth, enabling the actor to build a character and be in the moment. There will be scene study and line learning – developing characters through to performance. → Geraldine is an actor, director and writer. She directed The Crucible at Chester Storyhouse , Deathwatch and Amygdala . She directs and teaches at RADA. Geraldine’s acting work spans the Globe, RSC, NT ,West End, Traverse, Royal Exchange and The Young Vic. She also develops her own work for TV and theatre. PARTICIPANTS: £90
Get Into Acting Laurence Mitchell, Frances Parkes & Sachi Kimura 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 February, 1 March 10.30-17.30 This five-day course for newcomers to the profession offers an exciting, dynamic and creative introduction to acting and auditioning for camera. → Laurence Mitchell trained at Drama Centre London and has been working as an actor for over 16 years. Theatre work includes the National Theatre, Young Vic, The Old Vic, Almeida, RSC, Soho Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and Manchester Royal Exchange among others. He has taught at Central, Drama Centre, ALRA, Central St Martin’s and is a visiting tutor at the Copenhagen International School for the Performing Arts. → Sachi is a physical theatre performer, director, teacher and co-founder of the Flying Eye Company. She trained at the Shiki Theatre Company (Japan), with Phillippe Gaulier (UK) and Scola Commedia Del'arte (Italy). For the last 20 years, she has been working extensively in theatre, TV and film. →Frances has worked extensively in film, TV and radio. She lectures at the University of London and continues to coach actors here and in California in vocal development and dialects. She has been working with vocal techniques first outlined by Grotowski for the last 10 years and his insights influence all of her work. PARTICIPANTS: £TBC (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Stanislavski Workout Jolley Gosnold Saturdays 8, 15, 22, 29 February 11.00-14.00 Course: A318 Based on the Stanislavski acting system, you will work through a variety of exercises, to encourage truthful delivery, quick decision making, and developing characterisation. You will gain a deeper and more advanced understanding and practice of the Stanislavski acting system, as well as increasing your confidence and ability to analyse text and take direction. → Jolley Gosnold is a director and teacher. Currently artistic director of Here Now Ensemble, and previously the founder and artistic director of Global English Theatre. Recent directing credits include: An Enemy of the People (Playground Theatre), An Honourable Man (White Bear), Carols (Wembley Arena). Jolley also leads the acting program at Amplifies Arts Academy and teaches as associate director at Secret/Heart Theatre, specialising in Stanislavski. PARTICIPANTS: £90
Move with Intention Eva Magyar Monday 10 February 14.30-17.30 Course: A99 This workshop will give you a strong starting point when preparing for any audition or performance. You will learn ways to find and channel your emotions into gestures, and express the character in a simple way using movement. You will also discover ways to access that extra power and presence you need when stepping on the stage. → Eva is a Hungarian theatre director, actress and acting coach, most recently seen in Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre. She has directed over 20 shows and performed in too many to count! PARTICIPANTS: £22
Acting Through Clown Stephen Sobal Thursday 13 February 10.30-17.30 Course: A301 In a safe and playful workshop environment we will use clown to unlock a more open, daring and vulnerable you. Acknowledging one's own ridiculousness is fundamental to a performer and we will help turn off the ‘clever’ part of the brain and tap into a similar, impulse lead way of working. → Stephen is a multi-award winning director, performer, teacher and the artistic director of All In. He studied clown and physical comedy with Philippe Gaulier, Jozef Houben, Aitor Basauri, John Wright and John Mowat. Stephen teaches for many educational and performance based institutions including Rose Bruford, ALRA, ICAT, Fourth Monkey, Identity School of Acting, and RSC Open Stages. PARTICIPANTS: £40
An Intensive Intro to Impro Dave Bourn Friday 14 February 10.30-17.30 Course: A92 Improvisation is a great way to explore your creativity, spontaneity, and develop confidence in your ability to be in the moment. Ideal for beginners especially if you are apprehensive of putting aside a script but also great as a refresher! From basic principles into games and scenes, and finally exploring status. → Dave Bourn formed SPROUT IDEAS in 1998, teaching the skills of improvised theatre to actors, the business community and to the wider general public. Dave is currently the resident improvisation tutor at University of West London and the Court Theatre Drama School. He has directed shows by Stephen K Amos, Carey Marx, Felix Dexter and Phil Nichol, the last of which was also nominated for the Perrier Award. He has written for many comedians and sketch shows and also owns The Funny Side comedy club. PARTICIPANTS: £40
Fitzmaurice Voicework Technique: A Whole Body Approach to Your Voice Michaela Bartoskova Tuesday 18 February 10.30-17.30 Course: VC30 Fitzmaurice Voicework® technique is a physical approach to vocal training. This workshop gives an opportunity to discover exercises that encourage a flow of energy to open up breathing and untangle knots in our body, mind and voice. It is taught at Yale and Harvard, as well as at NYU Studios, and other institutions across the world. → Michaela is a Voice / Movement Coach who focuses on developing vocal skills through movement. She teaches at the Met Film School at Ealing Studios and leads the “To Move with Voice” project; in addition to running her private studio practice and other vocal projects. Michaela trained with Catherine Fitzmaurice, the Founder of Fitzmaurice Voicework® at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. PARTICIPANTS: £40
The Michael Chekhov Technique Michael Eriera Tuesday 25 February 10.30-17.30 Course: A303 This one day workshop will explore the Michael Chekhov methodology using gesture and physicality to create a scene through Chekhov’s guiding principle. By discovering key philosophies of Chekhov’s methodology, the actor will strive for the harmony of body and psychology. The class will culminate in a performance of the scene. → Michael is a Mountview graduate and has worked extensively in Theatre and TV, as an actor and director for over 25 years. He has an MA in actor training and coaching from RCSSD and currently teaches the Chekhov technique and classical text at numerous drama schools. PARTICIPANTS: £40
Solo Theatre Performance Colin Watkeys Tuesdays 3, 10, 24 March 10.30-17.30 Course: A327 Across three sessions participants will create, develop and perform a solo theatre piece. Featuring fundamental approaches to both writing and performing, rooted in character and narrative, this course will result in participants showing a short "scratch" performance designed to have a life beyond these workshops. → Colin Watkeys, director of Face to Face, has extensive experience developing and directing solo theatre performances for theatres and festivals in London Edinburgh Brighton Europe and America. He studied Philosophy at UCL London; Japanese Theatre in Tokyo; founded and directed the Finborough Cabaret and worked at the Royal Court Theatre. PARTICIPANTS: £120 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Stanislavski Workout Lucinda Lloyd Saturdays 7, 14, 21, 28 March 10.30-13.30 Course: A318 Based on the Stanislavski acting system, you will work through a variety of exercises, to encourage truthful delivery, quick decision making, and developing characterisation. You will gain a deeper and more advanced understanding and practice of the Stanislavski acting system, as well as increasing your confidence and ability to analyse text and take direction. → Lucinda graduated from ALRA completing the 3 year Diploma in Acting and has since trained extensively with Anne Bogart (Viewpoints), Seb Harcombe (Stanislavski) and Ken Campbell (Improvisation). She has worked with many prestigious theatres and companies for the past 15 years including The Globe, The Royal Court and The Scottish Dance Theatre. She was awarded ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role in the film ‘Home’ and was selected for The New Writers programme at The Royal Court & The Arcola. PARTICIPANTS: £90
Puppetry for Actors Richard Booth Friday 13 March 10.30-17.30 Course: A42 This workshop which will teach actors the basic principles of puppetry, which can be applied to various puppetry genres. Through a number of individual and team exercises we will work through the principles of focus, breath, stance and fixed points and how these relate to the puppet and puppeteer. Encouraging imagination and the joy of play that comes with it. → Richard has been a professional puppeteer for eight years. He has devised and performed on a number of collaborative projects including Kate Bush's recent comeback, Before the Dawn at the Hammersmith Apollo and as a founding member and Associate Artist of Flabbergast Theatre. His other work includes, Topthorn Head and Goose in War Horse at the New London Theatre/NT Live, The BFG at Bolton Octagon, Citizen Squid, and Creature Encounters. PARTICIPANTS: £40
Inspiration – Creating Worlds and Characters Audrey Sheffield Monday 16 March 10.30-13.30 Course: A317 In this workshop you will explore six imaginative steps you can use to help create inspiration, and to begin developing rich and layered characters, and a shared sense of the world of your play. Come away with a loose framework ready to be applied to any rehearsal or play. → Audrey is currently an Old Vic 12 Director2019, a recipient of an MGCfutures Bursary2019/2020, and was nominated Best Director Finalist - Off-West-End Awards2017/2018. Recent Directing and Associate Directing includes productions for Kiln Theatre,Arcola, Theatre503, English Theatre Frankfurt, The Old Vic, National Theatre, RSC, Hampstead Theatre and in the West End. PARTICIPANTS: £22
Take Your Stand Up Further Bentley Browning Wednesday 18 March 10.30-17.30 Course: A297 For students who attended the beginners stand up workshop or people who have done some stand up before. A mixture of new comedy techniques and stand up speaking exercises. Dealing with heckling, audience work, one-liners and improvisation are all covered at this fun and rewarding day. → Bentley runs the Comedy Novices courses and his workshops have featured on BBC Breakfast, BBC 1 The One Show, Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC2 Radio 4, 5 live, The Evening Standard and The Sun on Sunday. He is a pro stand-up comic and comic actor represented by Anita Elizabeth Holmes Management. PARTICIPANTS: £40 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Working Nathan Osgood Wednesdays 8 January, 12 February, 11 March 18.00-21.00 Course: A49 It’s 5 O’clock in the afternoon and your agent sends you a script to be learned for the following morning. This class helps you through that by making interesting choices and getting off book by the third hour and performing as if in an audition with our strong through line, beat changes and character. Working is about getting the job. → Nathan’s teaching credits include many years at the Actors Centre, Stella Adler in Hollywood, and his own acting studio in the West End. His acting credits include seasons at the National Theatre, Royal Court, Chichester and the Young Vic. Film & TV include ‘Holmes & Watson’, ’55 Steps’, ‘Undercover’, ‘The Honourable Woman’ as well as directing theatre, he is a regular on BBC radio. PARTICIPANTS: £22
Own Your Sh❤️t! Acting is Simple, Confidence is Key Ewa Kolodziejska Wednesdays 15, 29 January, 12, 26 February, 11, 25 March 10.30-17.30 Course: TV78 This monthly practical workshop will explore acting in a quick and accessible way. You will get to experience Ewa’s Own Your Sh❤t! technique first hand, before the book is out, and see your work off and on camera! A commitment to work in class and on your own at home will ensure that you learn all you need to be a fulfilled working actor. → Ewa is an international acting coach and theatre director. She trained as an actress at Arts Ed, LAMDA and RADA. In 2010, she completed her MA in Actor Training and Coaching at RCSSD. She also works as a visiting lecturer. Her current research practise lies in 21st century life coaching, concentrating on the science of success and the importance of self-belief. PARTICIPANTS: £40
Improvisation – Monthly Workshops Charlotte Gittins/Jonah Fazel Tuesdays 21 January, 18 February, 17 March 18.30-21.30 Course: A63 Ideal for performers of any experience, each session will introduce you to some of the fundamentals of improvisation. Whether you want to improve your confidence, get some tips on improv in the audition room, enhance your own creative work or just become a more flexible, spontaneous and present performer. These sessions will be run by either tutor, in rotation. → Charlotte is an actor, comedian and BAFTA Rocliffe-winning writer. One of the stars of award-winning West End show ‘Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel’, she performs, directs and teaches at major festivals around the world. Her current shows include the critically-acclaimed ‘Folie à Deux’, ‘Grand Theft Impro’ and ‘Monkey Toast’. → Jonah is an experienced comedian, actor, theatre-maker and television presenter who trained at Royal Central and the Webber Douglas Academy. He has been teaching improvisation for over a decade. He tours Nationally with the hit comedy shows ‘Bumper Blyton’, and is a Series regular in BAFTA winning comedy series ‘History Bombs’. PARTICIPANTS: £22
Meisner Workout Kate Maravan Mondays 6, 13, 20, 27 January, 3, 10, 17, 24 February, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March 14.00-17.00 Mondays 6, 13, 20, 27 January, 3, 10, 17, 24 February, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March 18.00-21.00 Course: A222 Explore how the Meisner Repetition exercise and being embodied enables us to listen fully to ourselves and the other actor. Discover how to enter a state of flow in which spontaneous impulse and responsivity in the moment are unencumbered. An intro level of Meisner is required to participate. →Kate is an actress, writer and teacher. She trained at RADA and has co-written scripts for theatre, BBC and C4. She is currently touring her solo show The Old House. Kate teaches in the UK and internationally and has developed a movement practice alongside the core Meisner Technique exercises. PARTICIPANTS: £22 / OBSERVERS: £12 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Poetry Group Peter Kenny and Catherine Harvey Wednesdays 8, 22 January, 5, 19 February, 4, 18 March 14.00-17.00 Course: A8 Performing poetry is the perfect way to develop your craft as an actor, improving sight reading skills, exploring verse texts, and finding your unique voice by engaging with language and form. Members of the Poetry Group may be asked to form an ensemble that performs at live poetry events. → Catherine is a regular reader on Radio Arts programmes including Poetry Please and Words and Music. She recently coproduced Tongue and Talk for Radio 4, writing/presenting the episode on Lancashire Dialect Poetry. A recipient of the Poetry Society’s Gold Medal, she’s taught at drama schools including Central, Guildhall and Mountview. → Whilst with the BBC Radio Drama Company Peter made numerous recordings of poetry for Kaleidoscope and Woman’s Hour. He has twice been shortlisted for Best Audiobook of the Year and received Awards for his recordings of the works of Iain Banks, Neil Gaiman, Jonas Jonasson, and Claire North. PARTICIPANTS: £22
Screen Workout Linda Ludwig and James Curle Fridays 10, 17, 24, 31 January 10.30-13.30 Tim Newton Fridays 7, 14, 21, 28 February 10.30-13.30 Daniel Dresner Fridays 6, 13, 20, 27 March 10.30-13.30 Course: TV117 This workshop series gives participants the opportunity to develop their screen technique in a collaborative environment, with a consistent group. You will work through a variety of exercises, to encourage truthful delivery, quick decision making, and developing characterisation. You will also work through scripts on camera, and review footage. Participants can choose from a selection of scripts or bring in their own pieces. These workshops will increase and maintain your confidence and ability to perform on screen and take direction. You also have the opportunity to observe and understand what the director is looking for during a scene. This workshop series will be rolling, with the option to book 4 weekly sessions at a time. The tutor leading the sessions will change monthly. → Linda and James are award-winning directors, directing drama and commercials together since 2011. Their film "Man of the Hour" won Best Short at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, AmPav, and was selected for over 10 festivals, including BAFTA and Oscar qualifiers. They are now working on their debut feature. → Daniel studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City and is a London based life and acting coach. → Tim is a passionate storyteller with over twenty ﬁve years experience directing, writing and producing independent film, TV, commercials, corporate and documentary ﬁlms. PARTICIPANTS: £110
The Art of Soap Dan Wilson Sunday 12 & Saturday 18 January 10.30-17.30 Course: TV129 Working on a soap is exciting and challenging, schedules are quick and an actor arriving on set on any such show will be expected to drop directly into the system and deliver quality work on demand. These sessions will provide actors with knowledge and confidence to excel in this environment. → Dan Wilson has worked as a TV director for twenty years with credits for many continuing dramas – EastEnders, Coronations Street, Holby City, Waterloo Road, Emmerdale & Doctors as well as award-winning series including 32 Brinkburn Street and Land Girls. He has taught directing and acting for E15, the BBC and others. PARTICIPANTS: £130
The Telegenic Actor Terry Iland Thursday 16 January 10.30-17.30 Course: TV18 The workshop aims to give actors an all-round understanding of practical and technical performance for screen. We look at different approaches; including your relationship with the camera, how to get the best from the director, self-preservation, engaging the viewer, building your role, reading lines and between the lines. → Terry has directed hundreds of hours of television drama in the UK. Credits include Casualty, The Bill, Down to Earth, Dream Team, EastEnders, Expert Witness, Heartbeat and 150 episodes of BBC Doctors. Terry (who originally trained as an actor at Drama Centre London) divides his time between writing and directing. PARTICIPANTS: £65
Screen Acting - Be Real and Believable Daniel Dresner Wednesday 22, Friday 24 January 10.30-17.30 Course: TV11 A two-day practical workshop which focuses on being real and believable on screen. Working on prepared scenes and using exercises you will take away tools and techniques which will enable you to be honest, truthful and colourful every time. → Daniel studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City and is a London based life and acting coach. PARTICIPANTS: £130 / OBSERVER: £45
Starting Out in Screen Acting Martin Denham Thursday 30 January 10.30-15.30 Course: TV27 This workshop offers a collaborative and supportive introduction to screen acting from a professional director, for those with little or no experience. You will gain a clear understanding of screen performance in addition to the etiquette, processes and terms used on set, and why Film/TV production is done the way it is. → Martin is a producer, director and scriptwriter. His latest short film 'Othello', a film noir adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play won 'best film inspired by Shakespeare' at the Shakespeare Film Festival in September 2018.
Practical Aesthetics for Screen Acting Lee Lomas Saturday 1 February 10.30-13.30 Course: TV115 An introduction to David Mamet’s Practical Aesthetics technique and how this technique can be applied to acting on camera. A simple but very effective technique that allows the actor to prepare a scene quickly in an industry that is demanding efficiency more than ever. Actors will be introduced to the technique, they will then rehearse in pairs before performing on camera, ending with analysis of performance at the end of class. → Lee has been working in television since he was 16 years old, his first credit was in C4’s Shameless. He has just finished filming as a semi-reg in Hollyoaks and will appeared in the new series of Cold Feet. He has produced over 10 theatre productions through his company, 1956 Entertainment, including two pieces of his own original writing. PARTICIPANTS: £22
Screen Acting One Day Intensive Lawrence Lambert Monday 10 February 10.30-17.30 Course: TV127 This workshop will give actors an opportunity to develop character relationship and performance in understanding the technicalities of working with both screenplay and camera. We will look at Monologue and Duologue screenplay on camera with the technical detail of both developing the character and understanding the framing of each shot. → Lawrence Lambert is a Director and teacher of Screen Acting. He graduated from East 15 Acting school in 1983 and has studied in The USA. Currently he teaches Acting for Film at Met film school Ealing Studios and at IDSA Identity school, London.
Developing Screen Acting Technique Vivienne Cozens Sunday 15 February 10.30-17.30 A workshop for those who are new to screen acting and those wanting to brush up on their technique. Participants will learn and understand the disciplines required for film and television performance, working with different shot sizes and close-ups. Using scripts from TV and film as well as improvisation, scenes will be recorded and reviewed with feedback and tips on voice, physicality and overall performance. → Vivienne Cozens is a highly experienced director, with many screen credits including Emmerdale, EastEnders, Grange Hill, Brookside, In The Picture, City of the Rich, Fimbles, The Hoobs, Fair City, Angels and Some of My Best Friends. Vivienne has taught screen acting at ALRA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, City Lit and most recently the University of Bedfordshire. PARTICIPANTS: £65 (Industry Members may only observe this workshop)
The Camera Loves You Suri Krishnamma Wednesday 13 & 14 February 2020 10.30-17.30 Course: TV19 This two-day workshop will lead actors through the nuts and bolts of performing on camera. You will gain practical experience of rehearsing, shooting and debriefing scenes. You will be able to examine choices made during work on a scene under the guidance of an experienced professional film and television director, and in close to real world conditions. → Professor Suri Krishnamma is an award-winning director with more than 30 years experience in the film and TV industry. Credits include BBC dramas A Respectable Trade, The Cazalets and Waking the Dead as well as feature films A Man of No Importance, New Year’s Day and Locked In. PARTICIPANTS: £160
Get Into Screen Acting Laurence Mitchell and Suzy Catliff Monday 17, Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19, Thursday 20, Friday 21 February 10.30-17.30 This five-day course for newcomers to the profession offers an exciting, dynamic and creative introduction to acting and auditioning for camera. → Laurence Mitchell trained at Drama Centre London and has been working as an actor for over 16 years. Theatre work includes the National Theatre, Young Vic, The Old Vic, Almeida, RSC, Soho Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and Manchester Royal Exchange among others. He has taught at Central, Drama Centre, ALRA, Central St Martin’s and is a visiting tutor at the Copenhagen International School for the Performing Arts. → Suzy Catliff’s TV casting includes: Casting Associate (UK) for Shaftesbury Films, Toronto; Casualty, Silent Witness, Primeval, D Day. Film: Bunch of Amateurs, Stormbreaker. Assistant: Sense & Sensibilty, The English Patient, Hackers. Theatre: Changeling TC, Theatr Clwyd. Member of the CDG, a theatre director and lecturer. Co-author The Casting Handbook, publisher Routledge. PARTICIPANTS: £515 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Advance Your Screen Acting Caroline Webster Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, Friday 27 March 10.30-17.30 Course: TV114 This three-day course will enable you to develop your confidence and camera skills, and ensure you get in the room after your self-tape. The course covers script breakdown and audition preparation, improving screen technique, embodying character and successful self-taping. → Caroline Webster is a director and tutor specializing in screen acting, delivering workshops and private coaching for professional actors. She is also a tutor/director at East 15 Acting School, where she has seen some of her students secure leading roles in Warner and Netflix series. PARTICIPANTS: £195
Action on Action - Exploring Screen Acting Clifford Milner Wednesday 26 February 10.30-17.30 Course: TV34 Acting for the camera, beginners to advanced, looking at strategies for dealing with little/no rehearsal in TV/Film. Using contemporary TV scripts we will look at what works, what doesn’t, how much freedom you have and the old chestnut, is less really more? → Originally an actor Clifford worked extensively in TV. He trained as a director at GITIS the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts in Moscow and the BBC. His short films have been screened and won awards internationally. He directs Doctors for BBC TV, and teaches screen acting at leading UK drama schools PARTICIPANTS: £80
Speak Softly – Think Loud Laurence Moody Saturday 29 February & Sunday 1 March 10.30-17.30 Course: TV50 A workshop designed to develop your ability to deliver a convincing and truthful performance on camera that combines intimacy with energy. → Laurence is one of the country's most experienced TV directors with over 300 hours of drama filmed and credits from the original Taggart through Chancer (Clive Owen) and Love Hurts (Zoe Wanamaker) to Footballer’s Wives, Waterloo Road and Coronation Street. PARTICIPANTS: £130
The Five Golden Rules of Acting Vincent Riotta Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 March 10.30-17.30 This three day course will focus on learning about and putting into practise the Five Golden Rules of Acting, which are at the basis of all acting techniques. These rules are not superficial or gimmicky, and once learnt properly, they can be applied to any acting situation; whether it be for an audition or for roles in tv, film or theatre. → Vincent Riotta has lived and worked in the UK, USA, Italy. After training at RADA and with Larry Moss in L.A, Vincent ran his own acting class on Hollywood Blvd for three years. He has continued acting workshops at various academies all over Italy and held workshops in the UK. PARTICIPANTS: £190, OBSERVERS: £75
Presenting for TV Kathryn Wolfe Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March 10.30-17.30 Do you need to talk to camera to build a business online? Or do you want to present on mainstream TV? This 2 day highly practical workshop will give you techniques to present confidently to camera and take your existing skills to the next level. → Kathryn Wolfe is a highly experienced presenting tutor; for more than 15 years she has devised and taught short courses in TV presenting across the UK, coaching hundreds of TV presenters and launching countless careers. PARTICIPANTS: £295 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Putting in the Hours Various Tutors Thursdays from 9 Januray 13.30-15.30 or 15.45-17.45 Course: TV48 These innovative weekly workshops are specifically designed to help members improve their screen skills and to gain experience and confidence. During these record-and-review sessions, participants will film short sequences and discuss the playback with an experienced director or tutor. →These workshops will be led by a small team of tutors including Daniel Dresner, David Corbett, Jim Mannering & Finlay Robertson. Please check individual dates on the website for tutor biographies. PARTICIPANTS: £25
Audition Practice on Camera John Melainey Tuesdays 14, 28 January, 11, 25 February, 10, 24 March 14.30-17.30 Course: TV1 Weekly on-camera workshops to learn, practise and review TV and film auditioning and sight reading skills. Practice makes perfect – but practise between auditions, not during them when a mistake can lose you work. Please bring a DVD RW. →Combining forty years’ experience, acting in TV, Film, Commercials and Theatre with his 25 years’ experience taking thousands of actors through casting sessions on behalf of Hubbard Casting and others, John has taught at various drama institutions and privately for 20 years workshops designed to increase actors success rates auditioning. PARTICIPANTS: £22 / OBSERVERS: £12
Thinking of Writing a Play? Scott Howland Tuesday 18 February 10.30-17.30 Course: WR30 The course will cover basic writing technique, style and structuring - the fundamentals for writing a compelling stage play. It will also address the usage of writing software. These techniques will then be outlined as simple, yet effective scaffolding to assist attendees to begin writing their own script. → Scott achieved an MA in Text and Performance from RADA, specialising in writing for stage as well as acting. He is the Artistic Director of N2P, a London theatre ensemble currently working with the London Film School to develop scripts with MA Screenwriting students. Scott has written and produced three original plays to date. PARTICIPANTS: £40 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Writers Drop-in Stewart Permutt Fridays 17, 31 January, 14, 28 February, 13, 27 March 18.30-21.30 Course: WR1 Writers bring extracts of work for stage, radio or screen to be read aloud for feedback. People are welcome who just want to come along and observe and share ideas. Currently public readings of writer’s work are being showcased in The John Curry and John Thaw studios. Former student won the Verity Bargate Award. → Stewart Permutt has run workshops at The Globe, Channel 4 and Morley College. Writing includes REAL BABIES DON`T CRY (Edinburgh Fringe First) A DARK NIGHT IN DALSTON (PARK THEATRE). UNSUSPECTING SUSAN (Kings Head, New York, Stuttgart, Philadelphia, St. Louis), SINGULAR WOMEN (Radio 4, Edinburgh, Australia). PARTICIPANTS: £10, OBSERVER: FREE
Letting Shakespeare Use Your Voice Terry Besson Wednesday 29 January 10:30-17:30 Course: SH72 A day looking at Shakespeare speeches and duologues, searching for the clues held within the texts he has put there to help the actor, and aid with delivery of those texts. You will gain a hunger to examine more text and try out these few simple rules. Less of a fear of Shakespeare texts, often developed from school days. A greater joy of using these wonderful words well. → Terry is one of the country’s leading accent and dialect specialists. His vast experience gained over 30 years working on film, TV, radio and theatre projects has given him a unique approach to the vocal and physical changes needed when approaching acting in another accent. PARTICIPANTS: £40
The First Folio and Finding Your Voice in Shakespeare Helen Tennison Sunday 22 March 10:30-17:30 Course: SH73 This one day workshop focuses on an authentic and unique connection to your voice and individual creativity within Shakespeare’s language. Modern editions of Shakespeare have been edited to ‘correct’ the grammar. The grammar of the First Folio unlocks new potentials, is intuitive and very actor friendly. → Helen Tennison is a Director, Theatre Maker and Educator. Directing includes work for Shakespeare's Globe, Oxford Playhouse, The Arcola, Southwark Playhouse and Women at RADA. From 2015-2017 Helen Tennison was Artistic Director Two Year Acting Course at Drama Studio London. PARTICIPANTS: £40
Shakespeak Mark Lockyer Thursday 23 January, Zoe Waterman Thursday 20 February Jonathan Broadbent Thursday 19 March 18:00-21:00 Course: SH66 Since 2016 the Shakespeak group has been exploring collaboratively the speaking of Shakespeare. Monthly workshops are led by visiting practitioners and members of the group; after attending your first session, you may be invited to become part of the Shakespeak group and have access to ongoing workshops, and performance opportunities. → Mark Lockyer is an Actor, writer and acting coach shares some practical insights on speaking Shakespeare and how to be a detective to find the clues to help you. 35 years of classical acting, he shares his knowledge gleaned from years at the RSC working with Cicely berry, Greg Doran and Adrian Noble. → Zoë was Associate Director of the New Vic Theatre, 2018-2019. Theatre includes: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Shining City, The Bogus Woman (Theatre by the Lake); Intemperance, Table, Playhouse Creatures, The Kitchen Sink (New Vic Theatre); Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty (Theatr Clwyd); The Rubenstein Kiss, Amy’s View (Nottingham Playhouse). → Jonathan Broadbent is an actor, director and Associate Artist of Filter Theatre for whom he has worked for 12 years. In 2016 he received the Clarence Derwent Award for his performance as Guy in the Donmar’s production of My Night with Reg. More recently he played Felix Humble in Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones at the Orange Tree, Reg in Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests at Chichester, and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz for Sheffield Theatres for which he has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the UK Theatre Awards 2018. PARTICIPANTS: £22 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Supercharge your Vocal Confidence Michael Hill Wednesday 8, 15, 22, 29 January OR Wednesday 11, 18, 25 March & 1 April 10.30-13.30 Course: VC157 A 4-week course in the fundamentals of safe and beautiful vocal technique, for actors and singers. → Michael is a voice coach, singer and freelance broadcaster, with a particular interest in voice science and its practical applications for expressive speaking and singing. His vocal coaching has embraced a wide range of different performers and styles – from teaching singing and accents to TV actors, coaching West End singers, helping lawyers with public speaking and even training international metalcore bands to grunt safely on tour! PARTICIPANTS: £90 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
American Accent and Dialect Workshop Kara Tsiaperas Friday 10 January 10.30-17.30 Course: VC61 A workshop to practice and improve the authenticity of your General American dialect. → Kara Tsiaperas is originally from California and has taught voice in London and New York City. In the UK she has taught at Central, the Oxford School of Drama, Rose Bruford and Drama Studio London and in NYC at the New York Film Academy, the School of Film and Television, the American Musical Academy of Dramatic Art, Marymount Manhattan College and New York University at the Tisch School. Some of her coaching credits include: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hidden in the Sand at Trafalgar Studio, His Greatness at the Finborough Theatre, The Kingdom of Heaven at the Print Room, and Huck Finn for Fresh Glory Productions. Kara has an MA in Voice from Central. PARTICIPANTS: £40 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Developing a Powerful Emotionally Infused Voice Cordelia Zafiropulo Monday 20, Monday 27 January, Monday 3 February 14.30-17.30 Course: VC60 Developing a powerful, emotionally infused voice is about connecting to the body through the voice. It’s about laying the foundations to strengthen and build the natural vocal resilience upon which everything rests. We will connect to the body’s viscera through enunciation and develop healthy functionality through emotionally compelling articulation. → Initially Cordelia trained in Opera, her background in performance gave her a deep understanding of the functional mechanisms of the voice and led her on a path of personal development. She has worked with singers, people with vocal problems, breathing problems, actors, and with people seeking more authentic expression. PARTICIPANTS: £66 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Compile Your Own Voice Warm Ups Frances Parkes Wednesday 5 February 10.30-13.30 Course: VC62 You’ll learn voice and speech exercises for compiling your daily warm-up routine. There are individual exercises you can do with Yoga and Pilates or while you’re preparing to go on camera. You’ll be taught other exercises for when you need extra help with certain aspects of your voice or speech → Frances has been a Voice, Speech, Accent and Dialect Coach for 19 years specializing in helping actors and individuals who need coaching in challenging roles and situations. She did an MA in Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths & acting at The Guildhall & studied at the Grotowski Centre. PARTICIPANTS: £22 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Accent Work for Non-Native Speakers of English Michael Hill Monday 17, Tuesday 18 February 10.30-17.30 Course: VC58 Accents, like singing a particular song, have specific melodies, rhythms and vowel qualities. If you’ve struggled with the Phonetic Alphabet, or you find yourself getting lost in the details of an accent, this workshop will show you, using the latest in science-based vocal technique and practical tips and tricks, how to find the ‘song’ of an accent and embed this into your muscle memory. → Michael is a voice coach, singer and freelance broadcaster, with a particular interest in voice science and its practical applications for expressive speaking and singing. His vocal coaching has embraced a wide range of different performers and styles – from teaching singing and accents to TV actors, coaching West End singers, helping lawyers with public speaking and even training international metalcore bands to grunt safely on tour! PARTICIPANTS: £80 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Accent Clinic Terry Besson Saturdays from 11 January 10.30-13.30 Course: D1 Private, half-hour accent clinic. Please advise Reception which particular accent you wish to study. Using notes, exercises, and examples on CDs to work through the changes of muscularity, breathing, rhythms and flow, etc, for the accent we are approaching. Helping you to sound like you come from somewhere else. → Terry is one of the country’s leading accent and dialect specialists. His vast experience gained in over 30 years working on film, TV, radio and theatre projects has given him a unique approach to the vocal and physical changes needed when approaching acting in another accent. PARTICIPANTS: £32 for a 30 minute session (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Voice Reel Q&A Tim Stockwell Monday 13 January 18.00-19.00 Course: RV29 Q & A session to help you prepare for your voice reel: “What is expected of me?” “Do I have to provide the scripts?” What do I need to prepare?” “Do I have a voice for voice-overs?” Actors will ask questions on what is expected of them and how to prepare for their voice reel, leaving with a greater knowledge and understanding of the voice reel preparation and recording process. → Tim Stockwell started Silver-Tongued Productions over 20 years ago; a studio recording and producing high quality, bespoke Voice Reels/Singing Demos. A relaxed, creative atmosphere in which to record was the goal, one that he’s successfully achieved making the Voice Reels/Singing Demos produced at Silver-Tongued Productions as individual as the actor. PARTICIPANTS: £FREE
Cartoon Voices Tom Clarke-Hill Thursday 23 January 13.00-16.00 Course: RV6 Tom hosts an informative workshop that could kick start your voice career into the wacky world of animation. He demonstrates his “vocal zones” technique from his CD and booklet Cartoon Voices with a new insight into how to expand the vocal range necessary to get cast for multiple characters. Participants will create and demonstrate new characters followed with performing and analysing cartoon scripts. → Tom Clarke-Hill is an actor, his credits include: Fantastic Beasts, Denial, Churchill the Hollywood Years. His voice artists credits include: Tony the Tiger-Kellogs Frosties, TimeSplitters, Horizon Zero Dawn, Witcher, and Sniper Elite. For cartoons his credits include: Floogals, Zack and Quack and currently multi-voices on the Netflix smash hit Robozuna. PARTICIPANTS: £30
Commercial Voiceover Crash Course Katie Lyons and Ruth Gibson Tuesday 28 January 10.30-13.30 Course: RV15 An access level workshop for actors with limited experience in voiceover, or actors wanting to expand their knowledge. Using practical exercises, we will help you understand your voice quality, agents and voice reels, whilst giving studio techniques to help you feel confident for when you work with a client. → Ruth and Katie are both actors with a wealth of Voice Over experience, having voiced numerous commercials, audiobooks, documentary, video games and animation. They set up reelvoiceslondon.co.uk to deliver workshops, coaching and voice reels for actors and are excited to work with actors at all stages of their careers. PARTICIPANTS: £40
Preparing To Record Your Voice Reel Tim Stockwell Thursday 20 February 14.30-17.30 Course: RV27 This practical and interactive workshop will help you understand different voice over styles and help you prepare to record your voice reel. We will identify voice over styles, listen to examples and explore how to achieve these styles through direction and recording set scripts e.g. commercials, documentaries, gaming etc. → Tim Stockwell started Silver-Tongued Productions over 20 years ago; a studio recording and producing high quality, bespoke Voice Reels/Singing Demos. A relaxed, creative atmosphere in which to record was the goal, one that he’s successfully achieved making the Voice Reels/Singing Demos produced at Silver-Tongued Productions as individual as the actor. PARTICIPANTS: £22 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Commercial Voiceover Intensive Katie Lyons and Ruth Gibson Wednesday 4 March 10.30-17.30 Course: RV26 For actors who have attended the Crash course and/or who have some experience in voiceover wanting to expand on their existing skills. We will explore commercials, narration, video games, audiobooks and continuity to help you improve on studio technique and leave you with a greater understanding of your voice. → Ruth and Katie are both actors with a wealth of Voice Over experience, having voiced numerous commercials, audiobooks, documentary, video games and animation. They set up reelvoiceslondon.co.uk to deliver workshops, coaching and voice reels for actors and are excited to work with actors at all stages of their careers. PARTICIPANTS: £65
Assembling a Reel for Video Games Peter Oliver Warnock Thursday 12 March 10.30-17.30 Course: RV19 Ever wanted to enter the voiceover video games industry but not sure where to start? This workshop will give you the tools and industry tips you need to prepare for recording your games reel and for working in this exciting, high-opportunity world. Using practical exercises, precise direction and working with studio quality equipment, you will develop solid mic technique and focus on supporting the voice while playing with accents and characters. Develop confidence reading a games script and responding to client direction, and build a shout regime to grunt safely without damaging your voice. → Peter is an actor, VO and highly regarded voice-director and acting coach with over 25 years experience. Recorded more than 10,000 voices, including hit video game Witcher3. As a voice and acting coach work includes: Warner Bros, LAMDA, ALRA, BSA and Actors Centre. PARTICIPANTS: £65
Character: The Transformative Power of the Pelvis (Feldenkrais for Actors) Victoria Worsley Tuesday 4 February 10.30-13.30 Course: PH62 A physical workshop using games and detailed Feldenkrais Method lessons to discover character by exploring how we move the pelvis. The pelvis is a major player in any movement: how we use it (or don’t!) is fundamental to who and how we are, which makes it key to character too. → Victoria Worsley was an actor, movement director and theatre maker for 20 years. She has worked with the Feldenkrais Method for over 30 years, qualifying as a Professional Practitioner in 2007. She has taught in drama schools for 9 years and has a private practice which is attended by people from all walks of life – including many professional actors, dancers, singers and musicians. Her book Feldenkrais intro for Actors is published by Nick Hern Books. PARTICIPANTS: £22 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Introduction to LeCoq Technique Matthew Coulton Tuesday 11 February 10.30-17.30 Course: PH18 A workshop which gives a basic introduction to physical theatre and the methods of Jacques Lecoq. Drawing on his training and experience Matthew will guide you through foundation Lecoq exercises which encourage performers to access and portray emotions via their physical movement. A better awareness of your own body and its power and ability to communicate and perform. → Matthew trained and performed with the National Youth Theatre before graduating from Central's Complicité associated BA (Hons) Acting - Collaborative and Devised Theatre course. He has recorded various voice-overs for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. On-screen roles include Holby City (BBC). Whilst training, he also worked with directors including Nancy Meckler, John Wright, Miklós Bács, Marcello Magni and Mike Shepherd. PARTICIPANTS: £40
Viewpoints and Composition Adna Sablyich Thursday 19 March 10.30-13.30 Course: PH49 Invented by the acclaimed Anne Bogart and Lisa Landau, of the New York based SITI Company, Viewpoints is the physical actors training, for the performers’ theatre authorship; while Composition constitutes the follow-up creative process, designed to embrace any style of storytelling. Viewpoints and Composition form the foundation for an empowered creative theatre career as a performer. They give specific and solid tools for creating a piece of theatre from as little as a kernel of an idea, a thought, a feeling, an inkling or even a stage presence… or as big as a concept, campaign, play or a complex brief… and everything in between. → Adna is an experienced actress, theatre maker and teacher, specializing in devising from the performer’s perspective. In all her teaching, she strives to empower the actor, giving the tools to generate content out of the sense of personal presence and collective unity. Adna is also a successful audiobooks narrator, with her own production and publishing company, Sharp Eared Owl. PARTICIPANTS: £30
Introduction to Unarmed Combat Keith Wallis Saturday 21, Sunday 22 March 10.30-17.30 This is a fun, two-day intensive in unarmed stage combat with theatre and film fight director Keith Wallis. This short course is perfect for those who are new to the world of stage combat, or for more experienced actors who are looking to brush on their skills and refine their stage fighting techniques further. → Keith Wallis holds a unique degree in stage combat & specialist performance skills, as well as qualifications with two of the British fight academies. For over a decade he has worked as a fight choreographer for theatre, film & opera, and has taught at some of the UK’s most prestigious acting schools. PARTICIPANTS: £135 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Make the Director Your Ally Emma Lindley Sunday 26 January 10.30-17.30 Course: CA104 Persuading the Director can be the most important factor in clinching a role. Working with award-winning Film and TV director, Emma Lindley, in a mock casting, you will focus on discovering series tone, reading and responding to director's cues and on how to use their notes to create your best performance on camera. → Emma Lindley is an award-winning film and TV director working in the UK and US. Her TV drama credits include ‘Holby City’ (BBC), ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘My Parents are Aliens’ (ITV). She is also a highly experienced tutor specialising in Acting for Film at Met Film School, Ealing Studios. PARTICIPANTS: £40
From the Agent’s Perspective Dan Clifton Thursday 30 January 18.00-21.00 Course: CA113 Want to get an agent but don’t know where to start or who to approach? How not to make the mistake of applying to all and every agent. Maybe you have an agent but are getting frustrated at the level of auditions you are not getting or maybe you’d like to know how casting directors work and how to improve your chances. Maybe you can’t get time with your current agent to go through your work. If any of these ring true, you’d be welcome at our workshop . → Dan Clifton is the owner and one of the agents at Union Management. Union has expanded since its inception in 2014 and now has four agents and an office in Los Angeles as well as maintaining UK contacts. Dan has worked at several agents including Independent, Gersch in the US and been a casting assistant. PARTICIPANTS: £22 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
TV Commercial Workout John Guerrasio Sunday 9 February 10.30-17.30 Course: CA64 This workout will give you the lowdown on how commercial castings really work and give you practical tips on how to master, enjoy and win commercial auditions. It will also help to improve your relationships with agents, casting directors and scene partners. It is suitable for actors of all levels of experience. → John has starred in worldwide commercials for Coke, Dior, Delta, Volkswagen, McDonald’s and many others. His recent screen credits include Florence Foster Jenkins and films for Netflix, Hallmark and Amazon Prime. He has taught acting in London drama schools and American universities. John has directed theatre extensively and is active in all areas of voice work including computer games and BBC radio. PARTICIPANTS: £65, OBSERVERS: £20
RSC Casting: A Q&A Session Hannah Miller Monday 9 March 12.00-13.30 Course: CA14 Hannah will talk about her work and role at the RSC and open the floor for a Q&A session. You will gain an insight into how the casting process works at the RSC as well as tips and advice on how to make the most of all your opportunities as well as getting answers to all your burning questions. → Hannah Miller is currently Head of Casting at the Royal Shakespeare Company. After studying Drama at Hull University Hannah worked with Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company and then became the Casting Assistant at the National Theatre. She first moved to the RSC in 2003 as Deputy Casting Director leaving in 2005 to take up the role of Casting Director at the Birmingham Rep. PARTICIPANTS: £22 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Acting for Screen Faye Timby Saturday 14 March 10.30-13.30 Course: TV01 Actors will perform a short scene in a mock audition format & work on the scene with Faye, who will give direction. Faye’s workshops are run in a relaxed & supportive environment, allowing you to learn from everyone in the group. A short Q&A will follow where actors can ask questions about the casting process. → Faye worked as an agent for three years before moving into casting. She began working for Nadine Rennie, Laura Dickens and Annelie Powell. She then spent a year assisting Sophie Holland on the Netflix TV series The Witcher and then Rachel Freck on Series 3 of Tin Star. She is currently working for Sophie Holland on a number of undisclosed TV & Film projects. She is also the Casting Director for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum. PARTICIPANTS: £22 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Audition Scripts for Camera Matthew Truesmith Wednesday 18 March 10.30-17.30 Course: CA94 This is a one-day workshop that takes a realistic and pragmatic approach to help the actor successfully navigate scripts for taped auditions. As well as unlocking scripts, so you can better understand how to perform at the top of your game - the workshop will also cover guidance to help you further develop your skills with taped auditions. → Matthew Truesmith has worked as a script consultant on a number of projects and coached many actors through the rigours of the audition process. Matthew trained as an actor at LAMDA and later moved to directing - cutting his teeth as an assistant at the RSC. PARTICIPANTS: £45
Singing for the Terrified Actor Michael Hill Tuesday 7 January 10.30-17.30 Course: MT18 This course will empower you to feel confident in your ability to deliver a song, with good technique and authenticity, for an audition, a musical or just for personal enjoyment. You will gain technical knowledge, explore a host of vocal sounds and characters and come away with exercises that will help you to control and grow your voice. → Michael Hill. PARTICIPANTS: £40
Singing Coaching Heather Weir Mondays from 13 January 18:00-21:00 Course: P4 Private, 45-minute coaching sessions for all stages of development of the actor who needs to sing. Exercises for the individual warm-up, working from the song text, preparation of audition material and how to interpret musical direction your way. →Heather is a freelance MD, actor and singer and a teacher of voice and sung voice in drama schools. PARTICIPANTS: £34 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Equity: Making the Most of Your Membership Amy Dawson Monday 6 January 10.30-13.30 Course: AD43 An open session giving an overview plus a Q&A about the support available that comes with an Equity card and how to access it. Union membership brings with it a lot of individual and collective benefits and this session will help you get the best out of them. → Amy Dawson is the Membership & Recruitment Coordinator at Equity. PARTICIPANTS: £FREE (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
To Edinburgh Fringe and Beyond! Ruaraidh Murray Thursday 9 January 18:30-21:30 Course: AD115 From the genesis of your initial idea right through to your first performance, this workshop will offer a full 360 guide to showcasing your work at Edinburgh Fringe. It will also delve into the business of putting on a show; covering fundraising, marketing, promoting and much more. → Murray studied at Oxford School of Drama and was a member of Traverse and Royal Court Theatre’s young writers groups. Murray’s actor/writer work includes three critically acclaimed solo shows Big Sean, Mikey and Me, Bath Time and Boxman and plays Allie and The Club, which all premiered at Gilded Balloon for Edfringe 2012 to 2016. PARTICIPANTS: £22 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
The Effective Headshot Simon Annand Tuesday 14 January 11.00-12.00 Course: AD129 This is a one hour talk exploring the technique and history of the headshot. Both US and UK styles.It is an opportunity to explore the way a good headshot can catch the attention of casting directors. An effective session should aim to be strategic towards the actor’s strengths and interests. The talk will unpack and explain how this is possible. → Simon Annand has been a photographer for over 30 years focusing on all aspects of the theatre, including production and rehearsal photos, posters, headshots, editorial commission and his own project called The Half about actors preparing for the stage. PARTICIPANTS: £FREE (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Spotlight: Making the Most of Your Membership Mel Brown Thursday 23 January 10.30-12.00 Course: AD141 Mel will tell you all you need to know, including how to apply, what membership gives you, how to use it and the perks you can get from being a member. Get advice on your Spotlight profile, CV and photographs. → Mel Brown is the Membership Engagement Executive at Spotlight. PARTICIPANTS: £FREE (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Thinking of Joining Spotlight? Mel Brown Thursday 23 January 12.00-13.30 Course: AD141 This session will highlight how to become a Spotlight member, how Spotlight works within the industry and how to make the most of your membership. → Mel Brown is the Membership Engagement Executive at Spotlight. PARTICIPANTS: £FREE (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Using Social Media as a Marketing Tool Ginny Till Thursday 30 January 10.30-17.30 Course: AD117 We’ll look at the increasing relevance of social media for entertainment talent. You’ll review your current social media activity and set new goals that support your professional ambitions. We’ll discuss at a range of audience building strategies and develop your skills in: content strategy, community engagement, 3rd party apps, automation tools and analytics. → Ginny is an experienced social media strategist and has directed campaigns for music & acting talent, theatre production companies, film makers and visual artists. Ginny currently heads up Oi PR (oipr.co.uk) a small social media agency in London, she also hosts workshops and provides one-to-one mentoring for professional actors wishing to master social media and increase their digital profile. PARTICIPANTS: £40 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Individual Tax Advice Ajay Jassal Friday 14 February 14.30-17.30 Course: AD136 These session could cover the following: how to save tax by claiming legitimate expenses; tax and NI for the self-employed; self-assessment; record keeping; capital allowances; new penalty regime; incorporation. Please bring questions for tailored advice. → Ajay Jassal is a Tax manager at H W Fisher & Company Chartered Accountants and has been looking after the accounts and tax affairs of individuals and owner managed businesses in the creative/entertainment industry for over 15 years. PARTICIPANTS: £FREE
Passport London: Finding Work as an International Artist Lara Parmiani Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 January 18.00-21.00 The course provides practical skills, professional guidance and support to help you develop your career as an international performer in London. These two practical sessions will allow you to practice audition and rehearsal techniques for both textbased and devised theatre including cold readings, improvisation, and collaborative devising. → Lara is an actress, voice over artist, voice coach and founder of LegalAliens ITC. She trained first in Italy and then in London at Guildhall. She's appeared in classical plays, contemporary theatre, musicals and devised shows. She's worked internationally on TV and in films. PARTICIPANTS: £50 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
The Next Step – How to Keep Creative and Positive Suzy Catliff Tuesday 4 February 10.30-13.30 Course: CA111 This workshop is designed for people post drama school and beyond. It will offer practical and supportive advice and work on strategies on how stay creative and active whilst juggling the demands of life and jobs. → Suzy has worked as a casting director for over 20 years. She is a member of the CDG, author of ‘The Casting Handbook’ and UK casting associate for Shaftesbury Films, Toronto. She is AD of Fantastic Garlands a new writing theatre company. PARTICIPANTS: £22 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
The First Year Out of Drama School Robyn Holdaway Wednesday 12 February 18.30-20.00 Course: CA108 This event is specifically tailored for those who have just finished drama school, where we will discuss how to survive your first outing in the industry. → Robyn Holdaway is a nonbinary actor with a passion for creating diverse and engaging work that explores the boundaries of the human condition. They are a GSA graduate and in their final year they were a finalist for the prestigious Alan Bates award. Since graduating Robyn has appeared in Casualty and Doctors for the BBC, Antic Disposition's Macbeth at Temple Church, King Lear at the Orange Tree theatre, Lord of the Flies at the Greenwich theatre and commercials for Tesco and Orange. PARTICIPANTS: £5
The Business of Acting Angela Peters Thursday 13 February 10.00-13.00 Course: CA112 This workshop provides you with the fundamental business skills you need to truly succeed in the industry. Learn how to craft a captivating Casting Director letter, how to write a compelling agent letter, work out how to approach your dream goals, and what your individual USPs are that will get you in the room. It’s all part of creating your unique marketing strategy that is the “business of acting”. →Angela trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris and did a 3-year Advanced Diploma in Method Acting. Expert writer for Backstage, The Stage and various other publications, she has coached 100’s of actors over the years on the business side of the profession, while also being a professional film, TV and commercial actor and voiceover artist. PARTICIPANTS: £22 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
The Actor’s Career Bible Rob Ostlere Wednesday 19 February 10.30-17.30 Course: AD114 Based on the expert advice of over 75 industry-interviewees in The Actor’s Career Bible, this workshop will show you what to do to build your career and how to do it. Topics covered include zeroing in on your casting, sorting out your tax … and everything in between. →Rob Ostlere is the author of The Actor’s Career Bible, based on over 75 in-depth industry interviews. As an actor, Rob’s credits include Game of Thrones (HBO), Inﬁnite (Paramount), I Hate Suzie (Bad Wolf), Restless (BBC), Holby City (BBC) and appearances across London and UK theatres. PARTICIPANTS: £40 (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Healthy Touring Claire Cordeaux Thursday 20 February 12.00-12.30 Course: AD138 This session is part workshop and part focus group and will cover key health issues to consider before going on tour including: sleep, diet, exercise, loneliness, group dynamics in the company. → Claire Cordeau is the Director of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine. PARTICIPANTS: £FREE (Industry Members may participate in this workshop)
Collaborating Backstage – Breaking Barriers for the Team Timo Niermann Tuesday 25 February 18.00-21.00 Course: AD145 Different people are working behind the wings of a theatre production. But how can you efficiently link your personal expertise with the ones of your partners? Timo Niermann’s workshop helps to establish fruitful communication for saving time, effort, and money while also releasing your full potential. → Timo Niermann is a backstage expert from Vienna, Austria. He has worked as a performer, director, and stage manager in over 40 countries. He recently released his book “Collaborating Backstage” with Bloomsbury and is now sharing his practical communication techniques at various institutions, including the University of Vienna. PARTICIPANTS: £22
What to Expect on the Set Todd Kramer Thursday 27 February 18.00-20.00 Course: TV80 This workshop is an opportunity to discuss and discover the ins-and-outs of a professional, working film/TV set so you can arrive to work with confidence. We’ll discuss industry terminology, look at genuine call-sheets and sides, job description, duties and hierarchy of the crew. We will go over the different travel situations (details/pick-ups) one might encounter, costume fittings, doing your own stunts, your entitlements, payment types and more. → Todd Kramer is an American born actor and improviser with nearly 20 years’ experience. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Loyola Marymount University LA and studied with the renowned Groundlings in Los Angeles for over 3 years. He is now based in London as a stage, film, commercial and TV actor. PARTICIPANTS: £18
Understanding Your Branding – One-to-One Sessions Darren R L Gordon Mondays 13 January, 10 February, 9 March 10.30-17.30 Course: AD2 This workshop is an opportunity to really think about you as an actor and what you are marketing and promoting. Develop a clear strategy to help make it easier for potential employers to engage with and understand what you have to offer. Please bring your CV, Reel and access to any other marketing material. These are now 1 hour sessions! → Darren R L Gordon is a Director, Mentor and Acting Coach, who has a passion for helping Actors progress their careers, with experience appropriate for absolute beginners through to high profile professionals. His insightful and Industry centred approach is bespoke and specific to the artist he is working with. PARTICIPANTS: £60
As part of our sponsorship from Sony, we are thrilled to be able to offer affordable camera hire to our members. Using state of the art equipment, members will have the opportunity to create their own footage and develop their own work.
Model: Sony HRX-NX200 4k Professional Camcorder
Model: Sony UWP-D11 Wireless Set
1 Day Hire: £50
1 Day Hire: £15
2 Day Hire: £100
2 Day Hire: £20
3 Day Hire: £150
3 Day Hire: £25
7 Day Hire: £250
7 Day Hire: £40
Included in the Camera Kit:
2 x Battery Pack USB to USB Mini Cable Remote Control Battery Charger HDMI to HDMI Cable
XLR Cable USB SD Card Reader 2 x 128gb SD Cards Condenser Microphone Headphones
To enquire about hiring these cameras, please go to our website: actorscentre.co.uk/about/opportunities/sony-camerahire. .
The First Year Out of Drama School Robyn Holdaway Wednesday 12 February 18.30-20.00 Course: CA108 This event is specifically tailored for those who have just finished drama school, where we will discuss how to survive your first outing in the industry. → Robyn Holdaway is a nonbinary actor with a passion for creating diverse and engaging work that explores the boundaries of the human condition. They are a GSA graduate and in their final year they were a finalist for the prestigious Alan Bates award. Since graduating Robyn has appeared in Casualty and Doctors for the BBC, Antic Disposition's Macbeth at Temple Church, King Lear at the Orange Tree theatre, Lord of the Flies at the Greenwich theatre and commercials for Tesco and Orange. PARTICIPANTS: £5
Management Drop In Amanda Davey, Chief Executive at the Actors Centre 9 January, 6 February, 5 March 15.00- 17.00 These 20-minute sessions are available to all members to discuss anything related to management - management of oneself as an artist /or company, management of oneself as a business. These sessions can focus on any of the following contracting / reading contracts; finance and budgeting, business development; or writing a fundraising application, how to start and who to approach. The sessions will be held in the green room. PARTICIPANTS: £FREE
Marketing Drop In Jamie Tuohy, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Actors Centre Tuesdays 21 January, 12 February, 11 March 15.00- 17.00 These 20-minute sessions are available to all members to discuss what does and doesn’t work when it comes to promoting yourself and your work. These sessions will provide an introduction to the worlds of marketing, public relations and advertising for the arts. The sessions will be held in the green room. PARTICIPANTS: £FREE
Producing Drop In Mitchell Reeve, Theatre Programme Manager at the Actors Centre Tuesdays 21 January, 18 February, 24 March 10.00- 12.00 These 20-minute sessions are available to all members to discuss any queries including contracting, finance and budgeting, fundraising, securing rights to a production, how to start and who to approach. The sessions will be held in the green room. PARTICIPANTS: £FREE
On top of our professional development programme here at the Actors Centre, we also offer workshops and courses for any professional and emerging actors who are not currently members. For more information please visit our website.
Get Into Acting: This eight-day course is perfect for anyone who is interested in becoming an actor. The course acts as a taster of drama school training, a broad introduction to the craft of acting and acting as a profession.
Introduction to Unarmed Combat: This short course is perfect for those who are new to the world of stage combat, or for more experienced actors who are looking to brush on their skills and refine their stage fighting techniques further.
Get Into Screen Acting: This five-day course for newcomers to the profession offers an exciting, dynamic and creative introduction to acting and auditioning for camera.
Presenting for TV: This two-day course will give you the tools to work across different presenting mediums and sharpen your skills for a career in front of the camera.
Drama School Audition Intensive: This one-day workshop offers young performers an invaluable grounding in the vital skills needed to succeed in the Drama School Audition process.
From a futuristic exploration of aesthetics and how relying on physical beauty to determine your own self-worth inevitably leads to downfall in Robert Calvert’s Mirror Mirror, to an examination of the devastating after-effects of combat in Tina Jay’s Syndrome, this season considers a wide range of compelling and critical themes. This season, we are delighted to host SHORTS Festival, a unique celebration of solo storytelling featuring twelve brand-new international pieces performed across four days in collaboration with multi-award-winning company Pants on Fire. A rich mix of writers and performers bring together an explosive line-up of six 15-minute stories every night, each told by one performer. There is a journey through the English language of past and present in Jahmar Ngozi’s Broken English alongside Michael Head’s investigation of the morality of crime and criminality in Time, while Sticks and Stones by Dameon Garnett poses questions about speech, power, class and race in modern Britain. We are also proud to include The Actors Centre member Cliffordkuju Henry in this stellar programme, who will be debuting his provocative and urgent play In Search of a White Identity, which has been developed through our John Thaw Initiative programme. We hope you enjoy exploring the full programme of this fresh and luminous season of theatrical work and stay tuned for the launch of our John Thaw Initiative Latinx Season curated by Untold Collectiv, which will feature work-in-progress pieces led by artists of Latin American heritage.
progress pieces led by artists of Latin American heritage.