At MAP we don't think that being in isolation should mean that we stop working, stop learning and stop talking about our craft. So, whether it's acting, singing or dance, we're aiming to provide as many online workshops as we can, as well as being available to chat through monologues or queries you may have about all things acting and MORE! 

For actor, although it's obviously difficult to provide you all the classes, as the work we do is intensely practical, however, we can use this time to discuss technique and some of the work of practitioners we use. You'll have heard us all talk about objectives, tactics, actions, verbs, Stanislavski, connection, Meisner....just to name a few of the ridiculous dictionary that we use. Well, now is the chance to get to grips with these and more. 

We're also offering dance and singing sessions to develop or hone those isolation skills. Available for all levels and just about enjoying what you do, in your own home, at an affordable price. 

So, below, you'll find a list of the workshops we intend to carry out over the coming weeks of isolation-frustration. 

Because we know you're freelancers and many of you are now out of work, we are asking you to pay-what-you-can or as little as possible.
 

Group Workshops

There will be guide prices on a lot of courses, however, we trust you to not take advantage of the fact that we too are struggling to stay afloat. If you can't afford full price, then pay exactly what you can afford - no questions, no bills - just trust. 

Read more below then sign up! 

ACTING - Process Perfected

So many practitioners and so many different techniques, methods and more and more extravagant ways to approach a piece of text. Every actor has their own process and it's important to get to grips with this before heading to the rehearsal room. Get rid of all the fluffy stuff and fine-tune yours with these power-shot classes; combining Stan, Meisner, Uta Hagen and more, we select the best bits, for you to work with. 

This online workshop takes place over two 90 min sessions (or until we finish!) and will involve all those who enrol printing off a worksheet that will have been emailed to them. On this sheet we'll cover all of the necessary terminology that might pop up and how to put this terminology into your work effectively and in the best way for you. A discussion with ongoing QnA, a little homework and then a return session to finalise the work using examples from contemporary scripts scenarios chosen specifically for this course. 

Recommended Price: £20

Time: Weekly

ACTING - Shakespeare Sorted!

Always been terrified of Shakespeare? No idea what it means? Can't use your own accent to speak it? Now is the time to work in the comfort of you own home (office) and lay down some serious work to uncover the beauty of the text and how to crack it. 

This online workshop takes place over two 90 min sessions (or until we finish!) and will involve work on iambic pentameter, the rhythms and how to use them and will involve all those who enrol printing off a selection of script extracts from Shakespeare's most famous texts which will have been emailed to you. We will work through these scripts, stripping back the language and highlighting the ease that this incredible writing has beneath the fear we all suffer from! 

Recommended Price: £20

Time: Weekly

ACTING - Connection - What is it?

'Connection' - one of the most important 'things' in our world but a word that that is thrown around all over the rehearsal room, audition studio and, again, in those post-show booze ups that often leave us a little exasperated! If you've worked with us, you may be juggling with the idea of how to remove the ego from the equation and stop 'watching yourself'. Well, whilst locked in your room, join us to smash through this wall of mystery and truly get to grips with what it means, how it's achieved and the spiel behind the myth. 

This online workshop takes place over one 60 min session (or until we finish!) and will engage a group of actors with the ideas of our 'ego' becoming an obstacle - that little voice that demands we get it right? We'll talk about the ideas behind why we're scared to connect, why it's ok and how each and every one of us has different ways to do so. It's simple, but it isn't easy! 

Recommended Price: £10

Time: Weekly

DANCE - Hip-Hop/Commercial Dance

Dancer and choreographer Jon Ford Smith is a friend and colleague of MAP and has recently launched an online dance programme on Instagram, before moving to his Zoom classes. With over a decade spent both as a creative and on-stage, Jon has a wealth of experience to draw on. His calm, measured and personable approach ensures every project, however big or small, is in safe hands.As a performer Jon has appeared in many prestigious venues such as London's Coliseum Theatre, The O2 Arena and Theater Des Westens in Berlin. He has featured on TV shows such as Top of the Pops, The Late Late Show, RTL Chart Show and GMTV not to mention numerous award shows such as The Brit Awards and The Irish Music Awards. 

John's classes will take place over FOUR, 60 minute sessions, Tuesday and Friday every week and involve learning a routine that you can perform in your own home, film it, send it to Jon and get your feedback! Check out Jon's work and old routines on Instagram

 

Keep fit, have fun, get skills!

Price: £10

Time: Tuesdays & Fridays - 3pm

ACTING - The Perfect Self-Tape

Self -tapes are an increasingly more pertinent and regular part of our industry. As Casting Directors open the doors to accessibility and technology advances, the idea of 'auditioning' in our own home is something we need to get to grips with, and super quick - especially as in sending a self-tape, we are sending something that needs to be the best version of us! This 60 minute workshop and QnA session will cover all of the pit-falls, provide you with some handy hints and share information gathered from Casting Directors and Agents alike, to help you to create the perfect Self-Tape. 

Recommended Price: £5 - £10

Time: Weekly

PRODUCTIVITY & WELLBEING - The Happily Productive and Prepared Actor

An Interactive, Psychology + Creativity-Based Workshop to Get or Keep You Moving Towards the Career You Want, Even if You Don’t Know WHAT To Do or Don’t Really Feel Like it Right Now - with Melissa Williams

 

At the end of our time together, you will:

  • Be clear and confident about the exact goal(s) you’re working toward during this time

  • Be willing to let go of any self-judgment or “shoulding” on yourself for how things have gone up until now

  • Have a personalised motivation and re-creation plan to keep you making progress

  • Discover the best productivities (productive activities) for YOU, according to your unique working style, physical rhythms and desired outcome

  • Understand how, as an actor, you are especially wired to partner with your brain to support your specific goals 

  • Know how fulfilled you can still feel while using your gifts and talents, no matter what’s going on in your world

Recommended Price: £20

Time: TBC - Once you're signed up, we'll let you know when the next one is! 

PRODUCING - From Page to Stage

Join Alexandra Maxwell, Producer ​with MAP Productions, Venue Manager of 53two and owner of ShowBuzz MCR PR Company, as she discusses exactly how a writer or theatre maker might take their work from page, to full production. Covering everything from RnD Workshops, Table Reads and budgets, to PR, casting and venue hire, Alex will share her knowledge of the several shows she has worked on at 53two, Hope Mill Theatre and Oldham Coliseum. 

A concise and open discussion to inspire, activate and motivate, equipping attendees with everything they need to move their play to the next stage.

Recommended Price: £10

Time: Weekly

AGENTS - Finding Representation

For actors, Agents are often a rung on the ladder that is most difficult. Agencies open every week meaning more and more questions about who to sign with, where should they be based, how to contact them, how do we know they're right for us? Once we sign, we face the daunting task of contracts, percentages and commissions. 

Join Regan Management for this special 60 minute session as they answer your questions on all things representation. With offices in London, Manchester and Wales, Regan have a wealth of talent and knowledge and are recognised as one of the most successful clients in the UK. 

Recommended Price: £10

Time: Time: TBC - Once you're signed up, we'll let you know when the next one is! 

Solo Sessions

ACTING - Monologue Work

There's no hidden parts to this - it does exactly what it says on the tin! A workshop for you, as an individual, to work on your audition monologues, a monologue you've always fancied having a crack at or as part of a way to dust off the cobwebs and get some feedback! Done online and for as many sessions as you like. 

Recommended Price: £15

Time: Around you schedule in hour sessions for at least two hours.

ACTING - Actors MOT

Acting isn't just looking right and being good - it's a business and this requires a business-like outlook. Yes we know we're just another opinion, but if you're looking for someone to talk you through your 'Industry Footprint', we can! We'll spend 30 minutes going through your headshot, Spotlight CV, Twitter and Insta presence and how to increase them and discuss where your face should be seen and when, to increase your footprint on the industry. Warning - We will give you our constructive criticism. It is not to make you feel bad! Any advice doesn't need to be taken - you can ignore it all. We will ask for you to send us an email as though you were applying for a general casting, prior to the session. 

Recommended Price: £5

Time: Around your schedule.

SINGING & ACTING - Acting Through Song

Actor-singer? Actor-'hold a tune'er? Actor-shower singer? Whatever level and ability you are, we have a singing for all actors! Have you been asked to bring in songs for auditions and not known where to even start looking? What's a rep book? What's a vocal range? How on earth do I tape all these pages together?! This online workshop is aimed at actors who may be new to singing completely or for actors who may just want to brush up on their song preparation skills. We'll cover exercises, finding your range, working with a song-text, prepping sheet music, working with backing recordings, acting through song and what to expect in an audition. It'll be an initial 60min session led by Francesca Fenech, an actress, singer, pianist, vocal coach and musical director all the way down in the village of London. FOR ANY ABILITY!

Recommended Price: £15

Time: Around your schedule.

Further sessions available - to be arranged with Francesca. 

BESPOKE - Showreel Edits/Tweaks

Been told your reel is too long? Realised it won't fit on Twitter? Maybe you need to add a snippet of new footage? We can help! As long as you have the original copies of your reel and any additional footage, we'll take a look at it all and have a chop. You'll be emailed a sharp and up to date reel and provided a YouTube link to share to your hearts content! (NB: original footage is required so as to ensure high quality. Footage can be sourced but this is an extra charge as it can often take some considerable time.)

Recommended Price: £20

Time: Around your schedule.

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