About

We believe in creating connections. Our classes put you in the room week on week with people who currently work full time as either actors, directors, casting directors or agents. In flexible weekly classes you can learn from people who do it in the real world

Inspiring aspiring actors

At The Actors’ Lab, it’s our aim to provide exclusive full time Drama School
training but on a part-time basis where you can meet new people in a social and
creative environment.

OUR MISSION

As an actor, versatility is key so we cover all media, including Theatre, TV, Film and Radio.

We create a launch pad for aspiring actors to develop their skills in a challenging, flexible and rewarding environment.

We pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of acting classes for all ages, from theatre workshops to acting on screen.

All classes are taken by one of a pool of professional actors, directors and
casting directors.

Meet the Team

Emily Fleeshman

Co-founder & Company Director

Emily has worked as an actress from the age of 11, beginning her career at The Library Theatre, Manchester in Neil Simon’s Jake’s Women where she played the daughter to real life father David Fleeshman. Early TV work includes regular characters in the children’s series My Parents Are Aliens and 24:7. She has also recorded many Radio Plays for BBC Radio 4 Drama.

Emily graduated in 2008 with a degree in Theatre Studies from Lancaster University and travelled throughout Asia and the Far East before settling back in her home town of Manchester. Her Television credits since have included: The Wright Way, Still Open All Hours, Welcome Home, Shameless, The Royal, Doctors, Jimmy McGovern’s The Street and Moving On. Theatre credits include: Rita, Sue and Bob Too St. Helens Theatre Royal, The Crimson Retrubution as part of the 24:7 Theatre festival and Once in a House on Fire at The Lowry Theatre, Salford.

Sue Jenkins

Co-founder

Sue has been an actress for over 40 years, working for 12 years in repertory theatre before embarking on a long television career.

Sue has worked at numerous renowned theatres including The Royal Court, London, The Lowry, The Empire and The Royal Exchange.

She starred in national tour of The V Monologues and hit musical 20th Century Boy, playing in a total of 65 theatres across the UK.

Sue played Gloria Todd in Coronation St (4 years) and Jackie Corkhill in Brookside (11 years). Other TV credits include, How We Used To Live, The Beiderbecke Affair, Coasting, Dalziel and Pascoe, Heartbeat, The Royal, Doctors, Holby City, Emmerdale, Midsomer Murders, Casualty and Being Eileen. She has recorded over 200 plays in BBC radio drama.

Sue has produced and directed the sell out Night of Stars and Night of Stars II at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, Gala Night of Stars at the Tameside Hippodrome and 2 open air Shakespeare productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It. As patron of 24/7 Festival, she directed Shadow Of Your Hand in 2011.

Sue was honoured to be the subject of This Is Your Life in 2001 and awarded Woman of the Year 2008.

David Fleeshman

Co-founder

David has worked as an actor, director and workshop leader for over 40 years. He was Associate Director of the Coliseum Theatre Oldham and for the Library Theatre David directed the European Premiere of Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues and My Night With Reg, which won the MEN award for best production.

He has directed Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz at The Lowry as well as several pantomimes for Qdos Productions.

As an actor David has worked extensively in most theatres across the country and spent nearly 20 years at The Library Theatre Manchester, where amongst many major roles he won the MEN award for best actor in Arthur Miller’s The Price. More recently he has spent two years with the National Theatre in their acclaimed UK and International tour of WarHorse. Numerous TV appearances include: All The Small Things, Boys from the Blackstuff, Edge of Darkness, Trial and Retribution, The Innocent, Donovan, Spooks, Silent Witness, Coronation Street, Eastenders, Brookside and 3 years in Emmerdale. David has recorded well over 200 radio plays for the BBC. Films include Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Unstoppable with Wesley Snipes.

Beth jones

Agency and school manager

Beth is a Media and Performance graduate from the University of Salford. Starting her career as an actress and presenter, she has vast experience in TV, theatre, corporate and film acting. She also has many years experience teaching children in drama, dance and musical theatre.

After writing and producing her own play, she discovered a passion for marketing and PR and is very connected to the Manchester theatre scene.

Beth is passionate about animals, especially dogs. She has a shih ztu called Thor, who often comes to visit the office. She also loves travelling, and is currently checking off locations on her bucket list. Beth is now on maternity leave until January 2020.

Lisa boyle

Agent and admin assistant

Lisa recently trained on the BA Acting course at ALRA North after sparking her passion at The Actors’ Lab classes when she was just 16.

Following on from this she started work in the office helping with agency enquiries and admin and has continued with us alongside her training. She has previous experience working alongside Emma Stafford as her casting assistant and has gained valuable knowledge about the industry.

Lisa enjoys writing and playing her ukulele. She is also an aspiring traveller and a coffee enthusiast.

“Since joining I've found out what I'm naturally good at, discovered skills I never knew I had and also been pushed way out of my comfort zone.”

Saad Ali Khan

“Joining The Actors’ Lab was the best and most exhilarating thing I have done since being made redundant. I always feel so welcomed and supported in our acting classes.”

Petra Rigby

“Such a range of subjects are covered each term. We have studied many different methods, styles and techniques. Everything is covered.”

Rob Lloyd

“It is all very exciting learning from the tutors, meeting new people and performing in a showcase at The Lowry Theatre. How great is that?!”

Sonia De La Moitie

“Each lesson is not only enjoyable but extremely valuable, with an insight into a variety of different techniques and work. Going to The Actors’ Lab every week is something I really look forward to.”

Holly Axon

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