Actors’ Workshop is a unique centre of excellence, providing
exceptional training and opportunities for young performers, and professional
development for actors. From our base at Factory 8 in Bedminster,
Bristol, our team of experienced industry professionals inspires students
to raise their game and succeed in an ever-changing media environment.
Whether you are auditioning for drama school through our incredibly
successful College Foundation Course, topping up your training via
our Saturday Masterclasses, just starting out with our selective Teenage
Groups or upping your game at one of our dancing, singing, Pilates
or stress management sessions, The Actors’ Workshop will inspire
you and provide the skills you need to up your game and further your
Based on our phenomenal hit rate for places on BA/MA courses at UK
drama schools, we consider ourselves to be at the cutting edge of
part-time performing arts training. The Actors’ Workshop’s
unique and targeted programmes provide training for the industry by
the industry: our teachers are all working professionals with performing
and directing careers of their own. (Despite this, our extremely cost-effective
classes are based around a rate of just £7 per hour.)
The entertainment industry is highly competitive: success depends
on ability and excellence. Raw talent is nothing without an appropriate
skill set. We are always on hand to provide careers advice and guidance,
and to help students emotionally through the challenges of audition
season. Small classes and individual mentoring are the cornerstones
of our work: we work closely with each student to unlock potential
and exceed expectations.
Courses at The Actors' Workshop are based around key skills needed
for theatre, TV and film work. As working actors ourselves, we are
constantly enhancing our own skills, and therefore yours. Between
us, we have a wide range of specialism, spanning everything from Shakespeare
to stage combat, screen acting to musical theatre and dancing. We
offer advanced and specialised vocal training, text work and audition
practice. Our focus emphasises the need to understand character and
motivation: to 'tell the story' in an ever-changing media environment.
Many of our young actors are already working in the business; others
are moving on to train at top drama colleges.
Our dedicated College
Foundation Course prepares candidates for the enormous
demands of drama school entry auditions. In an environment where it
is easier to get into Oxbridge than into a UK drama school, our annual
success rate (currently around 70%) speaks for itself.
Members of The Actors' Workshop are signed with a variety of top London
agents. The Actors' Workshop is affiliated with two vibrant and dynamic
London agents: Susan Roberts of SRA and Paul Byram Associates. We
work very closely with these agencies to get the very best opportunities
for our students. Entry to The Actors' Workshop is by audition
for our Sunday Teenage Groups and by interview for the College Foundation
Course. All other classes and workshops are ‘open entry.’
Please click the links to to find out more about each course.
The Actors' Workshop holds
annual showcases at major Bristol Theatres to promote our students
in a wider forum. We also set up studio shows and film project screenings
on a regular basis.
COLLEGE FOUNDATION COURSE 2017/2018 ACHIEVES EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS!
This year, 32 students netted 30 places on Ba or Ma courses at accredited
drama schools, including Guildhall, Royal Welsh, Mountview, ArtsEd,
Central, Birmingham Conservatoire, LIPA, East 15, Rose Bruford, ALRA,
Drama Studio London and Manchester School of Theatre.