A little bit about us...
Celebrating 10 years in adult acting and performance education The Actors Workshop is endorsed by Nottingham's BAFTA winning 'Television Workshop' and provides an opportunity for those aged 18 and over, to explore and develop the necessary skills for careers in film, television and radio. Through acting workshops, drama classes and private one-to-one tuition we strive to both nurture new talent and enhance the skills of experienced actors.
The workshop is overseen by Tim Bryn Smith, a professional actor and producer with numerous credits including 'Teachers' (Channel 4), 'Holby City' (BBC1), 'The Bill' (ITV) and 'Dream Team' (Sky One). In 2006 Tim set up 'Fourmost Films' an independent film production company and in 2014 Tim began producing for Free View Channel 8/Notts TV, BBC iPlayer and cinema. Through Tim's contacts he has been able to connect many members of the Actors Workshop to casting opportunities in films, television shows and corporate videos.
Our sessions are delivered by professional facilitators, teachers and lecturers aiming to bring both quality and variety to our members. Recent sessions have included developing film acting skills, movement and audition technique.
Recently BAFTA award winning director Shane Meadows (This Is England, The Virtues) said: “The Actors Workshop is really exciting. I've found that the passion and hunger has always been with actors starting out”.
Our weekly workshops are currently run on Monday & Wednesday evenings between 6 - 8pm and 8 - 10pm. Sessions take place in Nottingham City Centre. We run workshops for inexperienced/developing actors and also classes for those with experience and/or professional credits. It costs just £45 per month to attend our weekly workshops.
If you would like to be part of The Actors Workshop get in touch using the contact button on the bar above.
Please note: we only have limited spaces available.
Image: The Actors Workshop founder Tim Bryn Smith and cast members of 'The Dinner Party'
10 benefits of attending our acting classes...
By attending our acting classes, students may experience a range of personal benefits. These may be physical, emotional or social. And by studying acting with us, students often discover a new found appreciation of culture and the arts.
Our acting classes, especially our improvisation work, help students to understand how to appraise situations in their own lives, think outside the box and be more confident going into unfamiliar situations. Our acting students learn to trust their ideas, instincts and abilities. Confidence gained from learning acting techniques applies to all areas of an individuals life.
Being creative and learning to make creative choices in class, helps our students to be better at thinking of new ideas, allowing them to view the world around them in new ways. Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Understanding characters, roles and the subtext of a text, allows students to relate better to different situations, backgrounds, and cultures. It encourages students to show compassion and tolerance for others.
During our classes, students engage in discussion, feedback, rehearsal and performance. Acting is a collaborative exercise involving different people and has a strong reliance on team work and promotes consideration for the group dynamic. For the best outcomes students must combine the creative ideas and the abilities of the whole group.
Playing, practicing, and performing will develop a students ability and skills to be able to focus their mind, body and voice.
Our acting classes enable students to improve their vocal projection, articulation, tone of speech and expression. As acting is all about subtext and nuance, it improves students verbal and nonverbal communication. Successful actors must have excellent listening and observation skills.
Our acting classes allow students to explore and express a range of emotions and encourages them to understand and deal with similar feelings they may be experiencing in their day to day lives. Aggression, tension, stress and grief can be released in a safe, controlled environment – always allowing for a period of reflection afterwards.
Acting can require intensive movement over a prolonged period. Exercises improve flexibility, coordination, balance, and control.
Your memory requires exercise, just like a muscle. Rehearsing and performing lines and movements will improve memory.
Drama brings elements of play, humour, and laughter to those taking part – it improves an individuals motivation and reduces their stress.
8 Important acting techniques...
At The Actors Workshop we teach a range of acting techniques including:
One of the world’s most frequently taught acting techniques, Stanislavski inspired scores of future teachers including Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, and Lee Strasberg. Think emotional memory recall, spiritual realism, and self-analysis.
Lee Strasberg’s Method
Lee Strasberg’s actors intensify their connections to the work by mimicking characters’ experiences within the context of their own (real) lives, and reaching deeper connections and understandings of their characters’ emotional worlds.
Stella Adler’s approach is also built on that of Stanislavski, but imagination is emphasized over emotional recall; in her words, “You have to get beyond your own precious inner experiences.”
Famous for his “repetition” exercise, Meisner teaches actors to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” The work emphasizes openness, honesty, and listening above all.
Michael Chekhov created a famous “psycho-physical” technique which draws on physical actions and mind-body connection to create a sensual approach to the character.
Developed by actor William H. Macy and playwright David Mamet, this analytical approach emphasizes the simple pursuit of an action above all else. Actors’ attention goes to text-analysis, script work, and a literal understanding of a scene’s driving events.
It’s all about realism for Uta Hagen. Students are taught to “substitute” or “transfer” their own memories into the experiences of their characters, building deep connections based on their own personal truths.
The Perdekamp Emotional Method (PEM) is an innovative acting method based on a biological process. PEM provides performers with a direct, effortless and guidable access to authentic emotions on a purely physical basis, without recourse to personal experiences or emotional memory.