Audition Workshop Weekend

In January 2014 we launched our first ‘EXCLUSIVE Audition Workshop’ with the cream of the crop of professionals and theatre school tutors and mentors. Our 2 day intensive workshop weekend enables each individual to get a real insight into what is expected of them in an audition, how to fully prepare and get the most out of their pieces. The tutors have auditioned thousands of applicants between them over the years, so their wealth of knowledge is incredibly valuable to these young auditionees. The guidance and advice they pass on in the workshops is hugely integral for a brilliant audition in this tough industry. This workshop is unique to The Theatre Workshop and one of a kind bringing together tutors, professionals and heads of departments from theatre schools all over the UK as opposed to focussing on one schools audition process and requirements. Most recently our workshop leaders have been:

  • Andrew Normington – Director and Former Vice Principal and Head of Acting Courses at Bristol Old Vic
  • Stuart Burt – Head of Casting at ATG, now Stuart Burt Casting
  • Darren Royston – Head of Period Movement at RADA
  • Mark Puddle –  West End Producer
  • Geoff Coleman – Director and Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Martin Connor – Head of Acting Studies at Guildhall
  • Vincent Manna – Former leading Movement tutor at LAMDA
  • Annemette Verspeak – Head of Voice coach at Guildhall
  • Aaron Francis – Head of Dance at Mountview
  • Annie Tyson – Leading Acting coach at RADA and previously, Drama Centre
  • Edward Hicks – Former Head of TV, Film and Radio at RADA, now Principal of Oxford School of Drama
  • Elizabeth Ballinger – Leading Movement coach at RADA and formally, LAMDA
  • Jill Louise-Hydes – Head of Dance at Arts Ed
  • Jo Mcshane – Leading Dance tutor at GSA, Laines, Arts Ed and Millennium
  • Hannah Chissick – Director and Head of Acting at Urdang
  • Stephen Luke Walker – ‘The Voice Whisperer’ who is the former Head of Singing at GSA and singing teacher to West End and Broadway professionals
  • Debbie O’Brien – Casting Agent
  • Phillip Sutton – Leading Singing Coach at Arts Ed
  • Rachel Nicholson – Former leading Voice coach at LAMDA
  • Kate Golledge – Director
  • Jamie Bradley – Acting tutor and director at Guildhall
  • Martin Leberman – Head of Singing at Mountview
  • Jessie Percival – Leading Movement coach Guildhall
  • Claire Cassidy – Choreographer and Casting Associate at Debbie O’Brien Casting
  • David Caffrey – TV and Film Director
  • Maureen Hughes – TV, Film and Theatre Casting Agent
  • Kate Bonna – Director and Tutor at Bristol Old Vic, RADA, GSA and many more
  • Wendy Allnut – Acting Coach at Guildhall
  • Penny Cherns – Former leading acting coach at LAMDA
  • Ross Sharkey – Leading Vocal coach at Mountview
  • Elissa Hicken – Former Acting Head of Singing at GSA
  • Mark Hilton – Director and Resident Director – West End and UK tours
  • Liana Norton – Head of Movement at Drama Centre
  • Katie Beard – Director, Choreographer and Tutor at GSA

Students who took part in this course and work with these tutors, went on to achieve places at RADA, LAMDA, Guildhall, CSSD, GSA, Rose Bruford, Bristol Old Vic, Arts Educational, Mountview, Performers, Oxford School of Drama, ALRA, Royal Welsh, Birmingham School of Speech and Drama,  and Urdang.

“Thank you so much for these workshops and such an incredible opportunity to work with these gurus! It was so beneficial and I found out such a huge amount that I never knew before. I feel so much more confident about my drama school auditions now.” (Ellie Goddard, Selmeston – Rose Bruford)

“This weekend gave me the confidence to go into my drama school auditions with a clear understanding of what was expected of me and what I wanted to achieve. I believe these workshops played a huge part in me gaining my place at Guildhall in my first year of auditions – that together with the invaluable one to one tuition with Rebekah and Craig” (Jack Elliott, Chichester – Guildhall)