Saturday, 27 September 2014

Casting Masterclass

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd November 2014

Led by renowned Casting Director, Suzy Catliff who tells it like it is from the Casting side of the table! Advice on headshots, CV's, approaching agents & finding work. Suzy is co-author of The Casting Handbook (pub. Routledge), a practical guide to casting - how to approach it & what it means.

What is your Casting? How to increase your casting potential

Two days of intensive casting practice and discussion, where you will work individually and together. The workshops will help to build up a portfolio of different experiences and confidence all of which will help increase your castability, confidence and creativity.

"It's the 'hands on' experience of doing real castings with the benefit of Suzy's experience and input that is so useful. i.e. being given TV and film scripts to work on and approach as if the casting is for real - to see what does and doesn't work"

How to increase your Casting Potential Day 1 - Commercials Casting & Your Look
Concentrating on the 'alchemy' of commercial castings - the day is intensely practical and interactive - concentrating on the exteriors in a relaxed and informative atmosphere. Bring along your CV and photo for analysis and constructive comment of your 'look'.

There is much onscreen time including Suzy's unique 'Who do We think You Are?' exercise followed by a real time commercial casting exercise and feedback and some helpful notes and pointers for approaching the world of commercial castings.

"I am particularly happy that we got around so many different 'types' of casting, and I think the gentle introduction followed by castings with increasing 'pressure' to prepare and know what you were doing was very useful."

How to increase your Casting Potential Day 2 - TV Casting & The Etiquette
Takes an in depth and practical look at casting for TV Dramas. A thoroughly practical days work where you will be cast in at least two different scenes, get a chance to cold read, sight read and prepare a scene in advance, be put on tape and then review your work in a supportive group environment.

"I found that the sessions were clearly differentiated so that the focus was very specific which made it easy to understand objectives and relevant advice on the day. I liked that the tone was quite casual and friendly which made it slightly less intimidating than some other workshops I have attended."

Fee: £80.00 for one day & £150 for both days. Students already attending ACT, ACT Graduates, Equity & the unwaged: £60.00 one day & £110 for both days.
Location: ACT Hove, 170a Church Road, Hove BN3 2DJ
Time: Saturday 12pm - 6.00pm.
Sunday 11am - 5.00pm.

Places are extremely limited and a deposit of £40 is required to secure a place. The balance of fees must be paid one week prior to the start of the course. It is still possible to book a place within one week of the start date - if a place is available - but fees must be paid in full.

To book a place please fill in the form below or go to our Masterclass booking page. You can pay via Paypal - completing the form will take you to the appropriate page, or by BACS, cheque or cash (in person via the office) - please indicate this on the form and we will send you an invoice and payment details.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Showcase 2014

Prior to the new term starting on the 16th of September here is a quick flashback to the beginning of summer and a rehearsal of Mama Who Bore Me from Spring Awakening.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Graduate Success

Well done graduates 2014. All of this year's graduates have been offered representation by agents. Here are some rehearsal shots from the Showcase.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014


Our esteemed Patron, Frank Finlay CBE, outside Jermyn Street Theatre with two of the cast - Ernesto Alvarez and Kordian Gil - after the Two Year Diploma in Acting London Showcase today.

Two time BAFTA winner, and Oscar nominee, Frank said the Showcase was ‘Absolutely marvellous’ and praised the ‘truthful performances’ and ‘professionalism of the cast’.

Brighton Showcase 12th July
The Old Market
11a Upper Market Street, Hove BN3 1AS

Industry Professionals - for complimentary tickets to the London or Brighton Showcase please contact the school on 01273 818266 or email 
General Public - Tickets are available for the Brighton Showcase only and are £8.50. These are available online - see link below - or via the school 01273 818266 or email or online.

"May we please check that Brentwood Theatre Company is on your mailing list for the forthcoming showcase - we love the attitude of your graduates and are very eager to see this year's crop - we very much enjoyed working with Katie-anna Whiting last year who pretty well stole the show."

Mark Reed

Saturday, 28 June 2014

ACT Foundation Present

Our Town

By Thornton Wilder 

Set in the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners, Our Town tells the story of an average town's citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. Scenes from the town's history between the years of 1901 and 1913 are performed in three acts - Daily Life, Love and Marriage and Death and Dying.

This poignant, touching and heartfelt jewel of a play tells a timeless tale that everyone can relate to. Imaginatively staged and directed by Julian Kerridge, this is a must-see opportunity to enjoy this classic American tale.

Our Town was first performed at McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey on January 22, 1938. It later went on to success on Broadway and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Buy tickets  
7th - 10th July 2014
ACT Brighton
8-10 Rock Place, Brighton BN2 1PF
£7.50 £6.00 (cons)

One Year Foundation In Acting

Course Aims: 

Foundation aims to bridge the gap between a basic understanding of drama and performance and professional training. Building on people's natural abilities, the course is an ideal forum in which to discover each student's unique creative potential. The course is designed to develop a balance of skills in an atmosphere where the student can work freely, safely and confidently with professionals who care.

Students will have the opportunity to develop skills and techniques in acting, movement, voice and singing. Students will explore the use of dramatic language in a range of contexts to help free their expressive abilities and extend their range. The skills acquired will be applied to rehearsals where students will be working on termly projects and with a professional director towards a final public performance.

Foundation aims to equip those students who wish to pursue actor training at Diploma level but lack the necessary experience with the fundamental tools, techniques and understanding for progression. It will also suit those students who wish to broaden their knowledge and practical skills in acting and drama but who do not necessarily wish to purse a professional career. Foundation has also proved to be beneficial to those wishing to extend their training into a broader context such as Drama Therapy, Teaching or Training. 


Foundation is open to students over 18 and there is no upper age limit. The course runs for three terms over one year. Each term consists of 12 continuous weeks. Students are required to attend Sunday 12 noon to 7pm and Monday evening 6.45pm to 10pm. During production weeks students may have to attend outside of these times when required. 

Fore more information or to apply go here: ACT Foundation


Julian Kerridge - Julian began his professional career as an actor, performing with the RSC and Royal National Theatre and in numerous television series including CORONATION STREET (Granada), DANGERFIELD (BBC), THE JUMP and FAT FRIENDS (YTV). A 2008 directing graduate of the London Film School, Julian has just co-written and directed his first feature film. SEAMONSTERS was shot in spring 2010 and features a cast of new young talent alongside Rita Tushingham in her 47th film role. The film can be followed on Twitter@seamonstersfilm. Julian has three short films supported by the British council including his graduation film 'ALL DAY BREAKFAST screened at numerous festivals including Raindance and Eat our shorts at the BFI Southbank. He also recently directed the internet drama series CELIA AND CHLOE co-produced by Disney and seen by over three million people in seven

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Summer School 2014

An opportunity to take your acting skills to the next level. Our annual Acting Summer School offers the choice of five intensive week long training courses. This year we are offering five areas of study; Musical Theatre, Audition Technique, Movement, Screen Acting and Shakespeare through Stanislavski.

Each course runs from Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Depending on the subject there is either a performance, screening or exercise on the final Friday. You are welcome to invite guests to attend final performances & screenings. You can choose to participate in just one or do more (fee discounts apply)

Musical Theatre: Scene into Song Monday

18th to Friday 22nd August 2014

Students will learn the skills of acting through singing and explore characterisation through music, staging and performance. In addition to acting classes and ensemble singing, students will receive coaching in the use of their voice and repertoire learning. It would be useful if all participants brought one audition piece with them to the first session. ACT Hove 10am-5pm. Friday Performance 7pm.

Audition Technique

Monday 18th to Friday 22nd August 2014

Ideal for those considering drama school, or those interested in improving their audition technique, this course prepares you to approach the audition process with skill and confidence. Taught by Sean Mclevy (former Head of Acting at Mountview) and Sarah Mann (Trinity Guildhall Examiner), participants will study a contemporary and classical monologue and take part in a mock audition on the final Friday. ACT Hove 10am-5pm.

Creative Movement

Monday 25th to Friday 29th August 2014

Ideal for anyone wishing to explore body space & movement - this course will look at the work of different practitioners such as Laban and Grotowski who have influenced actor training. Students will discover, awaken and develop their instruments to meet the demands of being on stage and in front of the camera. ACT Hove 10am-5pm. Friday Performance 7pm.

Screen Acting: Acting For Camera Monday

1st to Friday 5th September 2014

An opportunity to explore acting for camera with an experienced industry professional. This week long course will allow participants to develop confidence and ease in performing for camera as well as covering the technical aspects of working in TV and Film. Participants will work practically as actors with cameras and sound. The Friday showing will allow for screening rough cuts and rushes from the week's work. ACT Brighton 10am-5pm. Friday screening 7pm.

Stanislavski into Shakespeare

Monday 8th to Friday 12th September 2014

This is an exciting and experimental week looking at how we might apply Stanislavski's approach to Shakespeare's texts. John Barton's view on acting Shakespeare was that 'the actor must be rooted in nature' and start with the thoughts and the meaning. This week will look at how we can use some of Stanislavski's fundamental tools to unlock those thoughts and meanings. ACT Brighton 10am-5pm. Friday Performance 7pm

The Tutors

The workshop will be led by members of the ACT team who specialise in each of the disciplines. ACT tutors are both experienced teachers and professional practitioners. Viv Berry leads Musical Theatre, Sean Mclevy and Sarah Mann lead Audition Technique, Mim King and Ralf Higgins lead Movement, Sarah Mann leads Stanislavski into Shakespeare and Julian Kerridge leads Acting For camera. Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 

This is an intensive and demanding course which aims to mirror the commitment and rigours of full time professional training. The workshop will be highly suitable for those students who wish to undertake a vibrant and challenging course but are unable to commit to a full time course. 

The workshop will also suit those students who are about to embark on full time actor training or graduates, actors or teachers who wish to re-engage with training and hone their existing skills. Places are limited so early booking is advisable. 


Some feedback from previous Summer Schools

"The teachers were fantastic." M Vinuesa

"The exercises were great and I enjoyed the lay-out of lessons. The continuity of the course made it easy to follow" A Atkin

"ACT has given me some brilliant tools to exercise my own skills in acting. Just the right amount of play, humour and challenge to make it really safe as well as being challenging enough to make me expand my capabilities. I have enjoyed every moment and would highly recommend this work and its teachers." C Carey


£200 for one week
£350 for two weeks
£450 for three weeks
£600 for four weeks

There is an additional fee of £50 for Screen Acting for technical costs which includes a professional camera operator.

A concessionary rate of £175 (for one week) is available to those in receipt of statutory benefits, student card holders and Equity members. Evidence of eligibility will be required.

To book a place a non refundable deposit of £100.00 (per person, per course) is required.

Summer School photographs by Karlos Wayne

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Diploma Showcase 214

The best and the brightest of Brighton's new acting talent 

Our 2014 graduates have already acquired substantial stage and film experience and are an extremely diverse and highly castable group in terms of age, type and ethnicity.

The Academy positively encourages candidates with considerable life experience who have already pursued other careers and ambitions.  Now, having rigorously applied themselves to actor training on our 2 Year Vocational Diploma, these actors bring humanity, depth and vigour to their craft.

Previous Graduates are currently working at the National Theatre (Lear), in Game of Thrones (TV), on No 1 UK tours and recent credits include Sherlock, Parade’s End, Gambit, Mojo and a BATA nomination.

London: Wednesday 2nd July 1.00pm
Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST

Brighton: Saturday 12th July 8.00pm
The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove BN3 1AS
Industry Professionals - for complimentary tickets to the London or Brighton Showcase please contact the school on 01273 818266 or email 
General Public - Tickets are available for the Brighton Showcase only and are £8.50. These are available online - see link below - or via the school 01273 818266 or email or online.