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This May we are introducing a new Masterclass led by Tom Radcliffe, specifically designed to help with the eternal challenge of auditions and castings.
The cost of the course is £395 for Non Actors' Temple members and £295 for Actors' Temple members (those who have completed one of ourFull Training courses - 16 or 8 Week Acting Training).
Maximum 10 places.
Forthcoming dates: 20 - 24th May, 9.30-1.30pm and 27 - 31st May, 9.30-1.30pm
To book: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 020 3004 4537
Above: LCC crew on set with Dion Williams.
For the third year running, The Actors' Temple has collaborated withLondon College of Communication to produce The House, a series of short films all shot with actors cast from the Temple.
This year, all the scenes (written and directed by LCC students) were based on Helen Dunmore's novel The Great Coat, a ghost story set during and after the Second World War.
Cast consisted of: Sarah McGuinness, Ollie Hewitt, Siobhan Bermingham, Juliet Prew, Lauren Cooney, Jojo Entwisle, Emiljia Ellen, Dion Williams, Mark Phillimore, Frankie O’Sullivan, Sandro Sotirchos, Perry Lambert, Alex Marx, Simon Balcon, Katherine Kingston, Michael Absalom, Alex Roseman, Frank Teale and Will Hemingway.
Finished films will be available to view via our website soon.
Many thanks to David Knight and all the staff and students at LCC for again providing such a supportive, creative and rewarding environment for our actors to work in.
Productions actors are currently in...
Alex Marx and Antoinette Alexandrou (pictured above) in Killing Romeo at The Lion and Unicorn 21st May - 8th June.
Liliana Bird has produced The Duke in Darkness by Patrick Hamilton at the Tabard Theatre until 11 May.
Elif Yesil in stand-up at St Mark's Theatre and other venues in New York.
Peter Gardiner in This House at the National Theatre until 14 May.
Nicole Gaskell in the comedy stage show How To Relax in Andalucia,on tour between from 29 April - 2 July.
Ashlie Walker is appearing this Summer as Sybil Vane in an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, in Greenwich, with The Alchemic Order Company.
Diego Akselrad has just begun a six month contract with the National Theatre of Argentina.
Jaz Deol in Harlesden High Street at Tara Arts this June.
Mark Phillimore in Dick Barton and The Curse of the Pharoah's Tomb, showing this June.
Anna Marie Cseh performs at the Camden Fringe Festival in August in the Theatre Collection's stage adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's novelRoly-Poly directed by Victor Sobchak.
Alexandra Mackie is currently raising funds for her production of The Master Builder, a new translation by Timberlake Wertenbaker at The Broadway Theatre, Barking and beyond.
Bert Tischendorf in Doc Meets Dorf for RTL, a German TV Channel. It will go on air at the end of August.
Ty Glaser as regular Dr Gemma Wilde in Holby City.
James Alexandrou is currently cutting together his first feature The Show that he wrote and directed featuring Celine Abrahams, Antoinette Alexandrou, Charles Dorfman, Sean Buchanan, Kye Loren and Jaz Deol.
Scott Michael Wagstaff as the lead in short film Violation by Celina Wilde starring alongside Siobhan Bermingham and also featuring Mark Phillimore and Dominic Morgan. View the trailer and support them via Indiegogo at this link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-us-get-violation-to-raindance-film-festival
A Bit Older & A Little Bit Taller, a short film featuring Gary Condes, Joe Ferreira, Noeleen Comiskey and produced in association withThe Actors' Temple has won the Gold Remi award at the Worldfest-Houston film festival. Four thousand short films were submitted to the 46th festival and this short took the GOLD prize.
Noeleen Comisky also features in Project Kronos produced by Fox and sponsored by Adobe, The Search for Simon, screening at The BFI, NFT1 to open the London Sci-fi festival and is currently filming:Snakepit.
Mark Wakeling and Ellie Zeegen feature in the epilogue of To Die for Your Country, a short film directed by Tom Radcliffe. The epilogue was shot by Lesley Willis, Alex Valls and assisted by Law Ballard. The trailer can be seen here which also features Will Kemp and Lisa Pobereskin, shot by George Nicholas and produced by Jamie Harding and Mark Wakeling.
Freya Berry in feature Bonobo filming this Summer. Click here to see the trailer.
Juliet Catton in music video for Louis La Roche and short films The Watch and Position Filled. Juliet also features in a viral for a recent alcohol awareness campaign.
Julia Papp in feature films The Experiment, Solitaire, Archie and Here Lies Sorrow. Juliet is also in short film Disclosure written and directed byCathrin Blickling.
Ali Kemp in a film for Shelter which will be used to promote their Evict Rogue Landlords campaign.
Will Kemp in feature film Non-Stop and The Coin which he appears in and was Associate Producer for. The Coin has just been nominated to screen in competition at The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival this June. (see pics below)
Robert Bellissimo as the lead in feature film Black Eye.
Rick Stupple in comedy short Get Me to the Church On Time.
Anna Marie Cseh as the lead in short film The Equation For A Blind Date.
Jaz Deol features in Haraam Chai, a short film screening at Cannes this year.
Robert Toretto in the next McDonalds commercial and Bakcellcommercial with Paul WS Anderson (Death Race, Resident Evil)
Kristen Hellberg is the voice of Swedish channel TV8 and has formed her own company http://bilingualbymusic.com/
Above: Will Kemp on set with director Richard Gabai and Jim O'Heirfor The Coin which he is Associate Producer for and also features in - see below.
With very best wishes from all of us at The Actors' Temple x
27-31 May 9.30am - 1.30pm
3-7 June, 9.30am - 1.30pm
3-7 June, 1.45 - 5.45pm
10-14 June, 6 - 10pm
Cost: £150. To book: email@example.com or call: 020 3004 4537
Places still available on: 26th August - December 20th 2013, 1.45-5.45pm with Simon Furness.
- This Masterclass is open to any professional actor who is pursuing a career in the commercial world of acting.
- It is the only course that we run which does not require first attendance on one of our Introduction Weeks.
- Duration of the Masterclass is five days, Monday to Friday 9.30am - 1.30pm.
- The Masterclass is led by our head tutor, Tom Radcliffe who was a student of the late Master acting teacher Sanford Meisner. Tom is the man responsible for introducing the approach to acting that has seen The Actors' Temple become famous in the world of actor training over the last 10 years.
- The course is designed to improve preparation for and execution of auditions and castings.
- The Masterclass will develop the ability to achieve deep and authentic moments in your work; turning the pressurized situation of the audition process into an exhilarating personal challenge rather than a trial.
- Students will be expected to bring with them a prepared audition piece, either a short scene or a monologue. This will be filmed on the first day of the course under 'audition conditions' and then watched back for constructive critisism. The next three days will be spent looking at achievable ways of improving the audition preparation process. The final day will be a re-run of the first day giving students a chance to experience for themselves the improvements they have made during the week.
- Raw footage of audition tapes will be available to be downloaded for attendee's personal use.
- The cost of the course is £395 for Non Actors' Temple members and £295 for Actors' Temple members (those who have completed one of our Full Training courses - 16 or 8 Week Acting Training).
- Maximum 10 places.
- Forthcoming dates: 20 - 24th May, 9.30-1.30pm and 27 - 31st May, 9.30-1.30pm
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 020 3004 4537
— with Will Smith.
3 MARCH, 2013 · 0 COMMENTS
February is over and with it the £30 a Day Challenge.
Last week was a combination of failure and general meltdown. It led me to take on fewer jobs this week as I tried to pull back some time for myself.
But despite that it’s still been a week of chaos. In the outside world a mixture of jobs, meetings and motivational speeches. In my acting class more tears, laughter and screaming; vampires, flamenco dancing, insecurity, joy, sadness, connection and loneliness.
Here are the highlights…
Saturday 23rd February – finding a soulmate
My friends are seriously awesome. So awesome in fact, that they’ll pay me to spend a morning taking a series of photos of them for an internet dating profile!
Sunday 24th February – old friends, new beginnings
A friend I’ve known since school moves out to Australia in a few weeks to embark on a new adventure with her boyfriend. The only thing standing between her and her new life was a house full of stuff. My job for the day was to help clear, sort and throw out. Getting rid of mountains of stuff, even when not my own, felt therapeutic and I’m increasingly wondering what life would be like with only what I could carry. .
Tuesday 26th February – an historic day!
Talking to a friend I confessed I’d like to try my hand at public speaking. She set me a challenge to try it out by the end of the February. A few days later Wembley’s The Coming Soon Club had agreed to let me use their space to host my first ever motivational talk.
Here I am in full flow…inspiring my audience to take risks and face their fears…
…and here is the packed out auditorium. My flatmate Lisa (right) and my Coming Soon Club contact Alison Minto (left). Don’t they just look hugely inspired by my words or wisdom?
It may not have been quite as well attended as I hoped, but I remind myself what a good story this will make one day as I deliver my motivational speeches to crowded venues. Proof that we all have to start somewhere…
Wednesday 27th February – meeting Good People
Wednesday was an important day for me. Weeks ago I came across the Good People website, thought they sounded like the sort of people that might be interested in the challenge and got in touch to see if they could help me out. My instinct was right and CEO, Richard Tyrie, got right back to me, enthusiastic about my project.
Whilst our meeting turned out to be a little late for the challenge, meeting Richard was well worth the wait.
Good People’s mission?
“To unlock an abundance of good opportunities, so that more people can use their time, skills and networks as a force for good.”
During our meeting Richard asked what my gift was.
Our gifts. It’s something I feel increasingly strongly about. Many of us believe we’re not gifted. But whether we know it or not, we all are.
But life is such that we’re often not given the opportunity to discover what our gifts might be. And if we have been given that opportunity and been lucky enough to discover what they are, we’re all too often educated to believe they’re not valuable.
Imagine a world in which each of us knew what our gifts were. A world in which we were educated to build our lives around those gifts and use them as a force for good. Imagine the power that we would each have individually. Imagine bringing our gifts together and collaborating on projects that held great meaning for us. Imagine the difference we could make. The good we could do. The problems we could overcome.
This is the world that Good People are working towards. And little by little, I hope to work towards that same thing right here. My journey over the last 6 months has given me something very special. The opportunity to start discovering my own gifts. The opportunity to experience what life feels like when we’re working on something that matters to us.
There are extreme highs and unbelievable lows in my new world, but ultimately I feel stronger, more valuable, more capable, more powerful, more alive than I’ve ever felt before.
And as I look back over this project and think about the Alzheimer’s Society, one of the driving forces behind it, I’m reminded again how fragile and precious this life is. That’s why, now, I’m choosing to live without regrets. Still with fear. Every day with fear. But with a little more courage.
I’d like to thank everyone who has employed me over the last month, donated to the Alzheimer’s Society, sent me messages of encouragement and support. With your help we’ve raised a total of £195. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you.
Tell me, what’s your gift?
“Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” – Benjamin Franklin
Great blog written by Leah Cox, currently on our 16 Week Training. Well worth a follow - keep up the good work Leah!! x
28 JANUARY, 2013 · 8 COMMENTS
Aggghhhhhhhhh! SHIT! Aggghhhhhhhhh!
That was me for the first half of last week.
I’d been waiting for Monday for what felt like an eternity. It was the day I finally started my 16 week acting course at the Actors’ Temple. Every afternoon, Monday to Friday.
In my mind, life was going to get busy, but manageable. Mornings (for February at least) I’d be figuring out ways to earn my £30 a day for the challenge and raising extra for the Alzheimer’s Society. Afternoons I’d head to my course and I’d go from there to any shifts I could pick up at my part time theatre job.
But after a week at the Actors Temple it became evident there were a couple of major things I hadn’t factored in…
1. Each session is like running a marathon. It leaves me physically and emotionally exhausted in theextreme. It’s like living your whole emotional life in the space of 4 hours. Every. Single. Day.
2. Homework. They DIDN’T SAY there’d be homework before I handed over my cash to pay for the course. And yet I found myself, in week one, having to write and learn a monologue.
SHIT. SHIT. SHIT.
How the hell am I going to cope with all of this? How will I fit in homework between my £30 a day challenge and working at the theatre? When will I find time to eat? How will I cope with the late nights and early mornings? How will I find time to blog, respond to emails, stay fit, keep up with the people who are important in my life?
So for the first half of last week, instead of feeling busy but in control, I felt totally out of control and completely exhausted. I found myself stuffing peanut butter and jam sandwiches down in the 10 minutes I had between acting classes finishing and theatre shifts starting. And cadbury’s cream eggs at midnight when I got home from those shifts (oh, the shame!) and having melt downs in front of my poor flat mate who was probably wondering how on earth she’s going to deal with me for the next 16 weeks!
My plate was overloaded. And I was overwhelmed.
But 16 weeks of overwhelm was not going to get me very far. What to do?
1. Live with the overwhelm, for a while.
I’ve always fled from overwhelm. My brain registers immediate panic when I think there’s too much going on and I find the first opportunity to make my life less busy so I can go back to having a comfortable existence.
But I’ve learned this week that an important part of becoming an actor is getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. So if my partner is in front of me screaming at me that I’m a bitch, or if I’ve got a seriously good looking guy holding my head in his hands inches from his, looking deep in to my eyes, or if I’m in floods of tears in front of someone because they’ve told me I’m a demanding cry baby (all of which happened this week, by the way), those things are seriously uncomfortable for me. But staying with it and living through it, eventually makes it less so.
And I figured I could probably apply this to my life too.
On Monday and Tuesday last week I was just about ready to pack in my £30 a day challenge, or the acting course, or the blog, or anything that would give me a sense of control back. But a couple of constructive conversations with people who could see my situation from the outside convinced me just to let the days go by and see how my feelings changed.
And change they did. By Friday I’d settled in to the course. I’d done 3 late shifts at the theatre but miraculously hadn’t yet turned in to a pumpkin. I’d found a few minutes to work on my monologue, done some work for my blog and met a couple of friends for lunch.
I can fit in more than I thought. Breathe.
2. There’s only now
My overwhelm was based on my idea of what the next few weeks would be like. I’d formed an image in my head based on my past experiences and what I expected to happen, none of which was the reality of the situation.
Accept each day, each hour, each minute, each moment as they come. All we have is now. The past is over and the future is yet to come.
Right now, in this moment, everything is ok. Breathe.
3. Failing is ok
I’ve connected with a lot of people in the last few months who are following a more unconventional life path. And something they’ve all told me is that failure is good, that it’s where you learn the most, that if you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough. And yet my stubborn nature still finds that hard to accept. Failure has always meant weakness and an inability to cope.
But fail we must if we are to succeed. Whoever learned to walk without falling over, to ride a bike without falling off, to speak without getting the words wrong?
Getting things wrong is an essential part of eventually getting things right.
The £30 a day challenge is yet to start and no doubt that feeling of overwhelm will come once more as I try to deal with an even fuller life. But if I live with it for a while to see what the reality is, take each day as it comes and remember that failure isn’t my enemy, it will all be ok in the end.
Tell me I’m not alone! Share your overwhelm stories and your top tips for dealing with it.
You can send your Comments and feedback to Leah by going to: http://www.whereislife.com/2013/01/28/dealing-with-overwhelm/
We are very excited to be launching a Film School element to The Actors' Temple from January 2013 enabling everyone and anyone to aquire the basic skills necessary to start 'doing stuff'. Introduction Weeks led by our new tutor and industry professional Lesley Willis will be open to:
The starting point will be our Introduction Weeks in Camera and Sound and Introduction Week in Editing (evening options available), progressing to our Four Week Film Course which integrates actors, directors and filmmakers and culminates in the production of a short film. The emphasis will be on open collaboration with everyone being involved in the creative process.
Please click here to read our latest newsletter. For further details on the Introduction Week in Camera and Sound and Introduction Week in Editing both only £150.00 for the week, please click on the links or call Tanja on 020 3004 4537 or email her at email@example.com
In its nearly ten years of existence, The Actors' Temple has earned an enviable reputation as a place where students are free to be themselves while honing their acting skills. Nick Smurthwaite talks to co-director Mark Wakeling about teaching methods and turning his back on convention.
One of the capital's more unconventional drama schools, The Actors' Temple, located in a basement off the Tottenham Court Road, celebrates its tenth anniversary next year. It started out in an unused room at a Covent Garden gym, where co-director Mark Wakeling was working as a personal trainer. By that time, he had already served four years in the army and trained for two years at the Poor School. "I did what every actor does, waited around for the phone to ring, while supporting myself as a personal trainer," explains Wakeling.
He spent three unhappy years as a jobbing actor but never felt comfortable with his agents or the people who were employing him. "I didn't know how to talk to them, or how to behave at auditions. I did a No 1 UK tour and hated it," he says.
Wakeling's lightbulb moment was his decision to apply his personal trainer skills to acting. "I thought, I get fitter by training, so why not apply that to acting?' Basically my idea was to set up a kind of gym for actors."
He got in touch with a couple of old drama school teachers he liked, rallied some actor friends and kicked off with one workshop a week, charging £4 for admission.
There were two turning points. One was the coming on board of Ellie Zeegen, as his co-director, the other was the arrival of former actor and social worker Tom Radcliffe, one of the UK's foremost exponents of the Meisner Technique, a form of training pioneered by the American theatre practitioner Sanford Meisner, in which actors are encouraged to "live truthfully under imaginary circumstances."
"There was something very specific and intense about Tom's way of teaching', says Wakeling, "he had a certain way of looking at life, not just acting. It's all about being in the moment and getting people comfortable with intimate contact. He got to the nitty gritty in a way none of my previous teachers had."
Wakeling is happy to attribute his own teaching methods to Radcliffe's example. "He's been a mentor to me, to all four of us who teach at the Temple," he shares.
Ex-student Lauren Cooney found the Temple experience "rigorous, solid and honest." Having previously studied with Philippe Gaulier in Paris, Cooney says she was "struck by the directness and sensitivity" of the Meisner teaching within ten minutes of attending her first class. "There was no bullshit, it completely engaged with my emotional side," she adds.
Another former student, Jaz Deol, chose a year-long course at the Actors' Temple in preference to courses he had been offered at Mountview and LAMDA because the "intensity and truthfulness" of their approach suited his needs. "It has given me an internal monitor that tells me whether I am being false or honest, and it has also taught me to stay in the moment."
Wakeling admits the development of the Actors' Temple has paralleled his own journey of enlightenment, in which he has made some "crazy decisions" alongside the wiser ones. He says he is always open to new ideas, whether they come from the students or from the teachers.
These have included a promenade production of Chekhov's Three Sisters at a Scottish mansion, moving from room to room with the audience. Another was a radical interpretation of Hamlet in a crypt in Holborn, with Wakeling playing the title role. We developed a way of working with each other that was completely harmonious," he says of the experience. There was no hierarchy, everybody trusted each other."
Even more daringly, they have co-produced a full-length feature film, Luck, made entirely on location in the streets of London. It was directed by London-based Romanian director, Liviu Tipurita, who says he discovered 'a treasure chest of talent" when he made a short documentary about the Actors' Temple prior to directing the feature.
So what happens if someone signs up to one of its 16-week courses and finds it does not suit them?
"We have an introductory week prior to anyone paying anything, which gives us a chance on both sides to see if that person is up for it. Of course you get a few who run a mile, because our way of working is different from anywhere else, but mostly people go on to sign up for the full course."
Although he intends to carry on acting in Actors' Temple productions - both on stage and screen - Wakeling seems to have given up on the conventional life of a jobbing actor. "The Actors' Temple has pretty much taken over my life, so it seemed to me a waste of everybody's time to retain an agent when I had no intention of doing commercial stuff."
He says working with Radcliffe has also affected his attitude to directing. "We have a strong belief that you have to be an actor to successfully direct actors, not an intellectual looking at it from the outside. It's like the conductor of an orchestra who doesn't play an instrument - that's not going to impress the musicians is it? Ours is a bit like the actor-manager tradition - the oldest and most experienced actor of the group directs because he knows more than anyone else."
For more information about courses and fees, visit www.actorstemple.com