WHAT IS IT?
The course will take place over 3 months and cover all of the major elements of actor training offered in the top flight Drama Schools. All of the staff used have extensive experience and have taught for many years as NCDT/Drama UK tutors, have written and developed courses and honed their practice with decades of experience, all still actively working within their specialist field.
Classes will take place every Monday & Wednesday evening and Saturday day time. The class runs for three months, 12 weeks.
WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
Although not a full time, 3 year course, we would hope to make some roads into providing actors with a comprehensive actor training and working hard to equip those actors not only with the skills required in front of the camera or on stage, but as a professional entity in an already over-populated industry. In the 21st Century, acting has changed; our role is not just about successfully remembering lines and moving at the right time, but about using ones-self to bring a truthful and honest performance to any character that you may meet on your journey. Amongst the training, we will also focus on the importance of your voice and body as a tool, just as important as every other, in creating fully-rounded characters, with the stamina and skills to be seen and heard successfully in the biggest theatre spaces. This said, a significant part of the 3 months is dedicated to screen acting; a discipline which has fast become the most important for an actor to hone in recent years.
'The people behind Manchester Actors' Platform have a wealth of experience to give, so who better to learn from than people who are actually out there making a living from it.'
3 MONTH PART-TIME ACTOR TRAINING
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
Although the course will use specific techniques and the ideas of certain practitioners, the aim is to allow actors to develop their instincts and use themselves in every character, trusting what they know about themselves to be enough. Working in incredible detail with some of the top practitioners in the North West, our actors will develop their skill-set and continue to grow themselves as actors even after the course has completed. The final showcase will allow the actors to share their work with colleagues and industry professionals, using the connections that MAP has already forged across the UK. Each actor will also leave with a 2 minute, professionally filmed Showreel scene, to add to their cache of work. Professional Preparation classes, programme evaluations and mock auditions along with regular assessments will ensure that everyone who trains with us will be able to conduct themselves in the industry as expected, whether it be about their headshot and CV presentation or Social Media Footprint, each individual will have the knowledge to maintain a presence as a professional performer in the current climate.
Whilst training, actors will be expected to adhere to the rigours of the industry and work in a professional and disciplined environment, developing a self-reliance and independent working process whilst being asked to recognise the importance of rehearsal room etiquette and generosity with fellow actors, working in a safe atmosphere allowing you to be creatively fearless.
'There are plenty of acting classes in the Manchester area where you can turn up, get handed a script to learn for 10 minutes, perform it in front of camera, get critiqued on it, and then go home. I've been to them... and I'm thankful to say that Manchester Actors' Platform is NOT one of them!'
The course is organised over 12 weeks with each module spanning a different number of contact hours. Primarily, actors will work on Screen Acting and the basic Principles of Acting before moving on to using these skills to rehearse for their Scene Study sharing and filming their self-penned short Showcase scenes. Alongside these core skills, actors will spend time with Movement and voice Practitioners, focussing on how these tools are vital in supporting the work of the core classes. Actors will also spend some time working on Improvisation to develop their instincts and Meisner classes to heighten their ability to ‘listen’ in their work, whilst fine-tuning their understanding of using the ‘self’ to bring to their Scene-Study classes. As mentioned, these modules will also be punctuated with several hours on audition fundamentals such as sight reading and taking part in mock auditions focussing on both Stage and Screen, with Industry Professionals from each medium. Workshops will also cover their Professional Presentation as actors. The culmination of their course will be to present their work after 12 weeks, in a professional theatre with full lights and sound, to
invited Industry Professionals.
To read more about our course structure, please follow the link below.
SIMON NAYLOR - COURSE DIRECTOR / IMPROV / SCENE STUDY
Simon is an actor, director and producer and Director of Manchester Actor’s Platform and MAP Rep Company as well as Artistic Director of 53two.
As an actor, television includes Dane Hibbs in 'Coronation Street', Corporal Johnson in '24: Live Another Day', 'Casualty' as Officer Peter Dowling, 'Michael Ray' in Obsession for SKY TV & DC Croker in 'Emmerdale'.Films include BAFTA winning, 'The Mark of Cain' & James Corden’s, 'One Chance'. Other credits include: 'Creeped Out' (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Day Of The Triffids (BBC), The Bill (ITV), Primeval (ITV), 'Eastenders' (BBC).
Theatre credits include 'The Shawshank Redemption' (Wyndhams Theatre), Palindrome (Arcola Theatre), 'Funny Peculiar' (Kenwright - UK Tour), world premiere of 'The Glasshouse' for which he was nominated for an OFFIE as ‘Best Actor’ and 'When Both Sides Surrender' (53two),Nominated for Best Fringe Production - Northern Soul Awards.
As a director, Simon has directed both in Drama Schools and for professional performances, one of which, ‘Miller’, received a transfer offer to Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End. Directing credits incude; Coram Boy (Italia Conti Graduate Show), Oliver Twist (Edinburgh Fringe), One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (Chelsea Theatre), A Moment Of Silence (ETC Theatre), World Premieres of 'Don’t Cha' and 'Stay Happy Keep Smiling' and also Northern Premiere of 'Freak' (53two).
Simon is trained in Meisner and Stanislavski and has taught at several drama schools across the country. From 2008-2015 he was Head of 1st Year on the Italia Conti BA (Hons) Acting Course where he wrote the Improviasation Course and in 2012 wrote and managed the Foundation Course as well as leading the audition panel. He has also devised courses for the International School for Screen Acting and at Aelfa Academy of Dramatic Arts and holds workshops at various schools as well as holding 1-to-1 audition sessions for established actors through MAP.
KAREN HENTHORN - SCREEN ACTING
Karen has been the Screen Acting Course Director in numerous drama schools throughout the country including Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre. She currently runs regular workshops for the Independent Centre for Actor Training (ICAT), Thinking Actors, Cartwright Higgins and Manchester Actors’ Platform (MAP).
Oldham Coliseum Theatre credits: Spring and Port Wine - for which Karen was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award - Best Actress; Straight and Narrow; Wuthering Heights;Y’Shunt’a Joined.
Other theatre credits include: Ockerbys on Ice (The Dukes, Lancaster); Shirley (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester and Square Chapel, Halifax); Gaps (The Gap Theatre Alliance); Accident of Birth; Error 404 (Reallife Theatre Company); War Horse (Royal National Theatre, UK and South Africa Tour); JB Shorts (Joshua Brooks); Bintou (Arcola Theatre, London); Accrington Pals (Chichester Theatre); Not Gods But Giants (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh); Not in Front of the Children (Middle and Far East tour); Second from Last in the Sack Race; The Crucible (Royal Theatre, Northampton); The Snow Queen (Young Vic, London and York Theatre Royal); Clay (The Pleasance, Edinburgh); A Taste of Honey (Nottingham Playhouse and The Everyman, Cheltenham); A Chorus of Disapproval (The Everyman, Cheltenham); The Caucasian Chalk Circle; The Idiot (Contact Theatre, Manchester); The Passion; Animal Farm; The Importance of Being Earnest; The Man of Mode (The Swan Theatre, Worcester); Edward II; Zack (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester).
Television credits include: In The Flesh (BBC); Homefront (ITV); Doctors (BBC); White Heat (ITV); Young Dracula (CBBC); Trollied (Sky 1); Casualty (BBC); Coronation Street (series regular, Granada); The Street (BBC); Holby City (BBC); Heartbeat (Yorkshire Television); Pulling (BBC); Booze Cruise I, II and III (Granada Television); Dalziel and Pascoe (BBC); No Angels (Channel 4); Shameless (Channel 4); Born and Bred (BBC); Sons and Lovers (ITV); A&E (Granada Television); My Hero (BBC); Cops (BBC); Silent Witness (BBC); EastEnders (series regular, BBC); Medics (Granada Television); The Bill (Thames Television); Valentine (Bigger Picture Company); Timebusters (Anglia Television); Traffik (ITV); Boon (Central Television); Children’s Ward (Granada Television).
Film credits include: Raining Stones (Parallax Pictures); Pussyfooting (Dramatiska Institutet);After the Funeral (The Film Exchange); The Banjo Account (Matchmaker Entertainment);Treading Water (Shop Floor Films); The Things We Do For Love (Mags Scholes); Jaded (Zarri Productions).
NIC REDMAN - VOICE FOR THE ACTOR
With an MA Voice Studies from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and a varied performance career spanning 10 years, accent and vocal coach Nic’s work covers the fundamentals of voice training from breath through to text as well as accent coaching and character voicing for gaming and animation. She currently teaches accents and voice at LIPA and ICAT, with previous engagements at RADA, Arts Ed and East 15. Her accent coaching credits encompass work for CBBC, Hatrick Productions, Radio 4 Comedy,Theatre 503 and The Actors’ Guild. Nic also runs a thriving 1-2-1 voice practice helping individuals with tailored voice advice and accent training and is the founder of Voice Workout, which works to provide regular voice and accent classes to any professional voice users across the north of England.
As a voice actor Nic works internationally voicing commercial, corporate and character scripts with a client list including Tesco, NSPCC and BBC Bitesize. She also co-runs @VOSocialNorth, the first voiceover industry specific social in the North. www.nicredmanvoice.com
ELIANNE HAWLEY - MOVEMENT FROM THE ACTOR
She works extensively in the training of drama students at institutions including Manchester School Of Theatre. She has also movement directed on many productions in the training of actors including "Sanatorium Under The Sign Of The Hourglass", "Comic Potential", "Ursula" and for National Theatre connections: "What Are They Like?" She also works as a choreographer and movement director on professional projects for Stage and Television.
Alongside her movement work Elianne is also an actor and has worked in Stage, Television and Radio for the past 20 years. She uses her training and understanding as an actor to inform the movement work she does with actors- exploring how to relate their work to their body and their body to their work.
PHILIPPA STRANDBERG-LONG - MEISNER
Philippa Strandberg-Long is an actor trainer, director and researcher. Apart from specialising in the Meisner technique she also teaches Stanislavski based acting technique and scene study, directs drama school productions and coaches professional actors.
Philippa has a BA (hons) in Acting from Italia Conti Academy, where she now is part of the faculty as an acting tutor, and also heads up their two-term module of Meisner technique. She has an MA in Actor training from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she specialised in the teaching of the Meisner technique and other Stanislavski based processes.
In addition to teaching the Meisner technique in several drama schools around London, Philippa regularly holds workshops in the subject around Great Britain as well as other European countries.
She is currently pursuing a PhD in the Meisner technique’s cognitive ability to influence self-consciousness, at the University of Kent’s Center for Kinesthetics, Performance and Cognition. Her articles have been published both in England and in America.
APPLY TO AUDITION
Places on the course are extremely limited, in order to keep up our contact hours with each student. Because of this, we will be auditioning potential actors for 3M. The audition will take place over a full day, allowing the full team to work with you and therefore give us the time to develop a full picture on your suitability for the course. Each application will be considered and all those that choose to apply will be auditioned. To complete your form and book an audition slot, please click the link below.
Please be aware that the auitions and course will operate under the MAP Code of Conduct and every participant will be asked to agree to this before applying. Attendance on the course, should you be awarded a place, will be paramount. Repeated absence and/or lateness will result in your being removed from the course. As such, please ensure you are free for all of the dates listed on the application form. An audition of fee of £5 is required to pay for the day, during which you will each work with our practitioners in various workshops.
Course costs are listed on the application form. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.