New year, new opportunities
If you’re looking to develop your skills or pick up some new ones in 2015, here is a handy list of some London events for actors and performers.
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Surviving Actors is the number 1 actors event within the industry, which is credible and well known throughout. The event focus on 3 key areas Develop, Sustain, Create.
There are opportunities to network with the industry and connect with services that will help enhance areas of your career as an actor. Throughout the day attendees can also participate in Seminars & Workshops to further develop their learning and craft.
The Sustain element focus’ on how actors can make money outside the profession and there will be companies present that specifically employ actors for various types of jobs that are flexible and can help actors sustain financially in between jobs.
The create element is being able to engage with other creatives to collaborate and create new work and devleopment opportunities for yourself.
The event also features free 1-2-1 advice sessions, casting director dropboxes, open castings and much more.
Auditioning for Film & Television with Casting Director Carl Proctor (CDG)
In this workshop, Carl will hand out scenes to work on in pairs for about 10 minutes and then present to the group. Everybody will receive individual feedback from Carl. Please take headshots along so that Carl can pass comment. There will be a Q + A session for the chance to ask any questions about the casting process.
Carl has been casting for over 20 years in Film, Television & Theatre. Having trained as an actor at RADA, Carl worked successfully for a number of years. He has produced and directed film and theatre and is now one of London’s busiest casting directors, working mainly in film and TV. His many film credits include ‘Shadow of The Vampire’ with Willem Dafoe and John Malkovich, ‘The Wedding Date’ with Deborah Messing and Dermot Mulroney, ‘Blood Creek’ with Michael Fassbender and directed by Joel Schumacher and Trevor Nunn’s ‘Twelfth Night’. Recent TV includes ‘The Bible’ series. Initially seen on US TV in 2013, it has become the most successful mini series of all time. You can find more out about Carl here: https://www.carlproctorcasting.com/
British Voice Association – Rock The Stage
ROCK THE STAGE – Interactive Training Day
FROM JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR TO WE WILL ROCK YOU, ROCK & POP HAVE INFULTRATED THE MUSICAL THEATRE STAGE. THIS INTERACTIVE DAY EXPLORE THE TECHNICAL, STYLISTIC, CASTING AND HEALTH DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TRADITIONAL MUSICALS AND THIS HYBRID GENRE WITH WITH SOME OF THE TOP NAMES IN THE FIELD.
Essential for actors and the coaches/health practitioners that support them!
- Dane Chalfin – Industry/West End Vocal Coach
- Kim Chandler – Industry Rock/Pop Vocal Coach
- Jeremy Fisher- Audition Coach/Author
- Mary Hammond – Industry/West End Vocal Coach
- Gillyanne Kayes – Voice Trainer/Author
- Oliver Thompsett – West End Lead We Will Rock You/Rock of Ages
- Elliott Ware – West End MD Rock of Ages
Marketing Tools for Actors with Yvonne I’Anson
Yvonne has a wealth of experience, having worked in the business for over 40 years including seven years working as a Junior Agent and thirteen years as Head of Marketing at a leading drama school. She is always in demand to give taster advice sessions at events such as Surviving Actors.
This workshop will explore the marketing tools used by actors. We will discuss CVs including lay-out, what to include, what not to include and good and bad CV designs. We will look at your current head shots and discuss what we think are the good and bad points. We will discuss the principles of how to write a professional letter and the best way to communicate with agents and casting directors. Finally we will talk about websites, social media and other web-based marketing to help you further your career. You will leave the workshop with plenty of food for thought and inspiration to make 2015 your year!
Yvonne regularly contributes articles to various publications including the very popular ‘Just Ask Yvonne’ Advice Column for Fourthwall Magazine. She sits on the board of Iris Theatre, the in-house theatre company at St Paul’s Church Covent Garden (The Actor’s Church). She also runs an Actor’s Advice Surgery offering career and development guidance. You can find more out about Yvonne here: https://www.associatedstudios.co.uk/artist/yvonne-ianson
Saturday 7th February 2015
Saturday 14th February 2015
Saturday 21st February 2015
Auditioning with Monologues led by Casting Director Sue Needleman (CDG)
Do you have a monologue you’re looking to try out in auditions? Have you got a monologue that you use over and over again that needs a new lease of life? Have you not yet got a monologue to perform at a moment’s notice but know that you should?! This workshop gives you the opportunity to perform a piece of your choice and to gain individual feedback from Casting Director Sue Needleman. You will present an off-book monologue of your choice, to the group, in a friendly and supportive environment, with the aim of helping you to develop your ‘calling card’ piece. Monologues are regularly required in everything from Drama School auditions to meetings with Agents, Casting Directors and Directors. Sue will start by going over the common dos & don’ts of auditioning before moving on to lead a group feedback session on your chosen monologue. Finally, there will be a Q + A session for the chance to ask any questions about the casting process.
Sue has been casting for over 27 years with a focus on casting in the Television industry. Her numerous credits include casting the ongoing and popular television series Young Dracula (2011 – 2014) as well as the established television series of Tracey Beaker (12 episodes) and The Queen’s Nose (5 episodes). Sue has also been the Casting Director for the award-winning television series The Bill (1993 – 2008), as well as The Dumping Ground (the follow on from Tracey Beaker) and a range of other children’s dramas for CBBC and CBeebies. Sue is currently working on casting for an upcoming film.
Please note: The intent of the workshop is educational and should not be considered a job interview or audition. Attending workshops is not a way to obtain employment as an actor. The presence of a Casting Director is neither a guarantee nor a promise of employment. Contact with a Casting Director at a workshop rarely results in any further contact with that Casting Director or any company affiliated with that Casting Director. All participants are required to have fully learnt their monologue before attending the workshop and to bring along a hard copy of the piece on the day.
Writing for the Stage with Simon Vinnicombe
Four consecutive Weekends in Central London for experienced and aspiring writers. Early Bird Tickets Available £140 /£160
Looking at how structure has evolved from Aristotle to Hollywood
Looking at how to create three dimensional, compelling characters for drama
Dramatic action. The fundamental element of every scene and every story. How do we write desire? How do we create obstacles for our characters?
Dialogue and theatricality. What makes your work a play? How action dictates every story. What is good dialogue?
The course aims to teach you the fundamentals of playwriting. Giving you the confidence and the tools to write compelling and contemporary drama for the stage.
Simon is a dramaturg, writer and director and will look at the process of page to stage. You will be guided throughout this course to write a short stage script that can be produced.
Simon was awarded the Pearson Bursary prize for 2010. He has had commissions from Theatre Clywd, Soho Theatre and Royal National Theatre Connections. He is also a Theatre Director and Film Maker.
His Writing Credits include City Love (Bussey Building 2013).Show Me The World (Theatre 503, Underbelly, Edinburgh 2011), Cradle Me (Finborough Theatre, Helsinki 2010), Wisdom (Manhattan Theatre Co. 2008), Ceremony (Y Touring Theatre Co. 2008), Turf (Bush Theatre 2008), Year 10 (Finborough Theatre / International tour 2007) TV – EASTENDERS & DOCTORS RADIO 4 DRAMA
Simon has taught playwriting at The Royal Court, worked with writers at the Arcola Theatre, devised scripts with groups at The Bush Theatre and is currently teaching at Brunel University.