Clara is the founder and director of The Actors’ Workshop, a unique centre of excellence, providing exceptional training and opportunities for young performers, and professional development for actors. From our base at Factory 8 in Bedminster, Bristol, our team of experienced industry professionals inspires students to raise their game and succeed in an ever-changing media environment.
Whether you are auditioning for drama school through our incredibly successful College Foundation Course, topping up your training via our Saturday Masterclasses, just starting out with our selective Teenage Groups or upping your game at one of our dancing, singing, Pilates or stress management sessions, The Actors’ Workshop will inspire you and provide the skills you need to up your game and further your career.
Based on our phenomenal hit rate for places on BA/MA courses at UK drama schools, we consider ourselves to be at the cutting edge of part-time performing arts training. The Actors’ Workshop’s unique and targeted programmes provide training for the industry by the industry: our teachers are all working professionals with performing and directing careers of their own. (Despite this, our extremely cost-effective classes are based around a rate of just £7 per hour.)
The entertainment industry is highly competitive: success depends on ability and excellence. Raw talent is nothing without an appropriate skill set. We are always on hand to provide careers advice and guidance, and to help students emotionally through the challenges of audition season. Small classes and individual mentoring are the cornerstones of our work: we work closely with each student to unlock potential and exceed expectations.
Courses at The Actors’ Workshop are based around key skills needed for theatre, TV and film work. As working actors ourselves, we are constantly enhancing our own skills, and therefore yours. Between us, we have a wide range of specialism, spanning everything from Shakespeare to stage combat, screen acting to musical theatre and dancing. We offer advanced and specialised vocal training, text work and audition practice. Our focus emphasises the need to understand character and motivation: to ‘tell the story’ in an ever-changing media environment.
Many of our young actors are already working in the business; others are moving on to train at top drama colleges.
Our dedicated College Foundation Course prepares candidates for the enormous demands of drama school entry auditions. In an environment where it is easier to get into Oxbridge than into a UK drama school, our annual success rate (currently around 80%) speaks for itself.