The Actors' Lab is a constant source of support, motivation and inspiration for me. I selected it after researching the drama schools in Manchester and feeling like it really stood out to me. From the initial audition to the extra workshops, offering students access to famous casting directors and agents, The Actors' Lab has always met and exceeded my high expectations. The classes are run on a weekly basis with six weeks allocated to each teacher. This enables us, as the students, to build a rapport with the teacher and begin to learn the skill they have chosen to teach us.
These lessons have included a practical and indepth 6 weeks focusing on acting for TV and film, learning about Meisner, Stanislavski and theatre acting and looking at specific scripts and improvisation. The Actors' Lab has opened up doors in the acting world that I didn't know existed, supported me and continues to educate and inspire me on my journey to becoming a successful actress.
The Actors' Lab is a constant source of support, motivation and inspiration for me.Matilda Swinney
Aside from the odd thought whilst watching actors on TV of “Could I do that? How hard can it be?“, I have never really given it any serious thought that I might want to, or indeed be any good at being an actor. The day I accidentally met Sue Jenkins and joined The Actors' Lab has changed my life for the better, both personally and in my new direction as an actor.
During the first year I leaned so much, both about the craft of acting , and about myself, things that would never had occurred to me as achievable, now I was thinking "Yes I think I can do that" and the tutors in that first year, David and Sue must take a huge amount of credit for that. Never once did they lose patience, or make me feel like a gardener who thinks he can act (which I was), they always encouraged me and gave me some absolutely solid gold pieces of advice to help me in my acting.
Whilst learning something I knew nothing about, I’ve had laughs, highs, a few lows, made new friends, achieved new goals and I think there is still more to come. So you can't ask for much more than that from a chance meeting can you?
I’ve had laughs, highs, a few lows, made new friends, achieved new goals and I think there is still more to come.Andy Hewitt
Following many years of missing acting, I decided that it was time to finally follow my dream and get some professional training. Starting classes at The Actors' Lab 3 and a half years ago, I was fortunate enough to benefit from the invaluable industry experience and inspiration from Sue and David. As The Actors' Lab grew we also got to work with a wide range of different tutors, all working industry professionals. From casting directors, to actors and directors, the wide variety of classes has given me such a breadth of knowledge from physical theatre, to casting workshops, to acting for camera.
My confidence in my ability has grown dramatically over my time with The Actors' Lab and the encouragement and advice from the tutors is excellent. Throughout my time at The Actors' Lab, I have made some great friends, gained great contacts within the industry and the brilliant training from each and every tutor has prepared me for life in the industry.
I've made some great friends, gained great contacts and the brilliant training from every tutor has prepared me for life in the industry.Gemma Green
I first started at The Actors’ Lab in January 2014 after attending their open day in November 2013. I’d heard about The Actors’ Lab as I used to attend dance classes nearby and had heard great things about them, which enticed me to get in contact regarding attending their classes.
I’d previously attended other acting academies, but they just never offered the same variety as The Actors’ Lab. I love how their tutors are still currently working professionals in the industry, whether they’re actors or casting directors; they all bring something new and fresh to the table, developing my skills and knowledge in a variety of different areas such as acting for camera and stage craft.
The other Actors’ Lab students are so supportive and we have a great network between us all which has really helped me to build my confidence and enabled me to push myself to do things that I never dreamt I’d do before joining The Actors’ Lab, such as performing in the annual Showcase in a professional venue like The Lowry Theatre and being part of the cast for The Actors’ Lab promotional video. I have a lot to thank The Actors’ Lab fo, and I look forward to many more years with them...
I have a lot to thank The Actors’ Lab for, and I look forward to many more years with them.Sylvia Arnold
Despite having done some drama at university, I hadn’t done any acting for years. Since I joined The Actors' Lab in January 2015 I have improved my acting skills considerably. In just 6 months I have learned not only about acting for theatre and film, but also about how the industry works and how to be best equipped in order to succeed as a professional actor.
I have also been given the opportunity to be represented by The Actors' Lab Management, which has led to professional work such as a role at a BBC4 radio drama.
Since I joined The Actors' Lab I have improved my acting skills considerably.Afrika Fuentes