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'After completing Screen School, I landed my first role on a prime-time UK soap! 

Joanna Barker


Smash the ceiling on your screen acting skills with courses and showreel scene production at Screen School!

Screen School offer a range of intensive training schemes, specialist skills courses (like weapons handling and entry level stunt work) plus high quality, professional actor showreel production days.

Screen School is a service provided by The Actors Workshop Nottingham & Online. 


Screen School Costa Rica

Perfect your skills, grab some unbelievable showreel material and experince a once in a lifetime, breath taking adventure. Screen School Costa Rica is a truly unforgettable 16 day screen acting and showreel course for actors of any ability. 

For course dates see below. 

Screen School - 4 Day Crash Courses

​Our 4 day crash course explores the skills required for film and television acting. Through practical exercises and daily teaching sessions you’ll gain the screen acting knowledge needed to work in front of the camera. Script analysis, getting the best out of auditions, and naturalistic acting techniques to help you be ‘truthful’ and ‘in the moment’ are all things you’ll learn.

During the course, bespoke scenes will be written for you by a professional screenwriter. You will rehearse these scenes and be fully directed in them.


Then the final two days of the course will be dedicated to filming your scenes, giving you high quality showreel footage to share with agents and casting directors. 


This course is suitable for complete beginners to acting, as well as experienced performers looking to brush up their screen acting skills.

Screen School - 2 Day Intensive Courses

​This short course delves into tips and tricks enabling you to get a foot hold in the TV & film acting industry. You'll experience a wide range of actor training exercises which will help up your game and achieve award winning results on screen.


Over 2 days of practical exercises and on screen camera work, you’ll gain knowledge essential to work in front of a lens. A selection of the material short during the course will be made available for you own use afterwards.


This course is suitable for complete beginners to acting, as well as experienced performers looking to brush up their screen acting skills.

For course dates see below.

Screen School - Specialist Skills Courses

​Our 5 day specialist skills courses focus on additional skills required for acting careers in action based screen acting. 

We bring in experienced professionals to provide training in weapons handling or other niche skills areas.

The final two days of the course are dedicated to filming a short film that put all of the knowledge learned in to practice.


Check out our most recent production featuring 12 of our previous course attendees 'Echoes of the Fallen'.

Showreel Scene Production

Our showreel scene package includes:

 • 1 hour online scene rehearsal with a professional director and your scene partner.
• 1.5 hour showreel scene shoot in a great location.
• Edited file of your scene.

You will be issued with a professionally written scene and a pre-shoot Zoom rehearsal will be arranged at a time that suits you and your scene partner. If you don't have a partner to work with, we are happy to find one for you.

During the online rehearsal, you will discuss your character and rehearse your scene with your director and scene partner. You will spend the time making sure your scene is in excellent shape and ready for filming. You will explore some essential techniques to improve your screen acting skills.

On the day of filming, there will be some additional rehearsal time and then you will shoot your scene, using a multi-camera set up. That means two cameras filming at the same time.

You will need to arrive promptly, 30 mins before your call time, wearing your own costume/makeup and supply any required props (these will be kept to a minimum).

For course dates see below.


The year is 2066. What remains of the old kingdom is now a battleground with different factions fighting for control...'

'Echoes of the Fallen' is an action packed, post-apocalyptic, paranormal, war movie shot as part of an exciting 5 day Screen School weapons training course.


The film premiered at a glamorous screening at the Savoy cinema complex in Nottingham.

Echoes of the Fallen is now available to watch on YouTube! 
(Please note this film features adult content)
Want to get involved in our next production? Get in touch!

The scenes we produce for you during our courses are of the highest quality and are shot by a professional crew.


Many of our students have used them to attract the attention of agents and casting directors.


Watch previous Screen School scenes on our You Tube channel. 



"​Thanks again to all of you for making it one of the best weeks of my life!"



"I love team. Everyone is passionate, respectful and committed to helping you."



"​Thanks Tim Bryn Smith for the amazing work you put in"


  • Act 'Truthfully' and 'Be in The Moment' whilst on camera.

  • Develop your acting career and survive in the industry.

  • Learn script analysis techniques and get tips on learning lines.

  • Discover the importance of 'continuity' and 'set etiquette'.

  • Understand the importance of 'Reactions' & 'Business'.

  • Be directed in a scene to give an outstanding performance.

  • Film a high quality scene, that will look stunning on your actors showreel.

  • Perfect self taping for auditions.

  • Practice autocue techniques.


PREPARE THE MIND Set intentions for a positive experience and personal growth.

WORK ON SCREEN & STAGELearn what actors do differently, in acting for the screen as opposed to the stage.

LIVE ON CAMERAGet used to seeing yourself on screen.

FIND THE FRAME Explore how an actor's performance must adapt to the size of the frame.

LEVEL YOUR VOCALS -Practice how to vary our voice levels to nail naturalistic performances.

FIND YOUR TYPE -Delve into character type and examine the kinds of roles that are most likely to come your way.

FIND THE LIFEUnearth the secret to bringing and maintaining the natural energy of real life to a screen performance.

GET THE EYE LINELook at how eye lines impact screen acting.

MAGIC OF STAGING -Look how scenes are blocked and staged to create a cinematic aesthetic.

AUDITION FOR THE PROS -Gain some valuable practical audition experience.



"Thank you Tim for being such a fantastic teacher, director and inspiration"



"​Screen School is life changing



"I'm beaming just thinking about how good the week was."


Screen School - 4 Day Crash Course

Mon 18th June - Thurs 21st June 2024


Course Fees: From £475 

To book please contact us. Spaces Limited.

(Flexible payment options may be available on request).

Screen School Costa Rica

Wed 13th November - Wed 27th November 2024


Course Fees: Vary 

To book please contact us. Spaces Limited.

(Flexible payment options may be available on request).

Screen School Costa Rica

Screen School Costa Rica

Don't miss this incredible chance to experience Screen School in Costa Rica, a beautiful country known for its stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and incredible wildlife. And yes, this year that's where we will be filming showreels. Plus, there will be ample opportunity to explore, adventure, relax and soak up some Costa Rica culture. You can enjoy activities such as surfing, yoga, biking, hiking or simply chilling in a hammock, drinking a fresh coconut by the pool with your friends. 


Costa Rica is also home to many unique and diverse animal species such as sloths, monkeys, birds, turtles, dolphins, whales, crocodiles and more.  If we're lucky the turtles will come to lay their eggs while we're there! (Keep your fingers crossed). We have also been given the go ahead to film on a breathtakingly beautiful, secluded beach, located through the jungle, within a private Finca.  


This really is a truly unique chance to train and film, in a mind blowing location... and we are taking care of everything, so all you need to do is learn your lines. There simply is no other opportunity quite like it available, anywhere else. 

Learn the essential skills to take your screen acting to the next level and  shoot incredible showreel scenes that will completely blow away the competition.


"I love helping actors to realise their dreams so I'm absolutely buzzing to share this opportunity with everyone and flying out to South America for fun, filming and adventure is seriously going to be THE opportunity of a lifetime. If anyone wants to be part of something truly special this year, and tick off a ton of bucket list items, get in touch ASAP and let's do this!"

Tim Bryn Smith - Screen School Costa Rica Course Leader

Sea Turtle


At Screen School Costa Rica you’ll learn advanced screen acting techniques, get high quality showreel material and enjoy an experience of a life time! What better way to boost your skills, bag amazing footage for your portfolio and visit one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

The course is designed to help anyone who attends, gain the experience and confidence required to produce natural, engaging work for screen and kick start their careers. This course suits individuals with no experience as well as experienced actors looking to brush up on their screen acting skills. Scenes are written specifically for students after a consultation process to ascertain each actor's needs and requirements.

There will be two initial training and rehearsals days in the UK, followed by 7 days on location, filming in Costa Rica. 

Of course we can't expect to whisk you away to paradise and not provide the opportunity for you to explore or... just chill on the beach! So the second week in CR will be free for attendees to savour one of the world's most exotic travel destinations. On an accommodation only basis, the luxury villa will remain yours to enjoy.

CREW: A professional film crew will be on hand to support and shoot all the showreel material. An experienced producer (with family in the local area) will also be available to assist your needs.
WHERE: Nottingham Venue & Casa Mañana, Playa Pelada, Costa Rica
WHEN: Week One (Nottingham x 2 days) 7th & 8th November 2024, Week Two & Three (Costa Rica x 14 days) 13th to 27th November 2024


  • Mindful, positive, self development and confidence building time.

  • Breathing techniques for both relaxation and performance enhancement.

  • The differences between screen and theatre acting.

  • An understanding of the top naturalistic acting techniques and guidance on how to act 'truthfully' and 'be in the moment' whilst on camera.

  • Script technique, analysis and tips for learning lines.

  • The importance of 'continuity' and 'set etiquette'.

  • Audition techniques and requirements.

  • Self taping for auditions.

  • How to develop your acting career and survive in the industry.

  • Filming high quality showreel scenes ready to share with agents, casting directors and producers.

  • Luxury Accommodation 

  • Breakfast and  three course evening meals (1st Week Costa Rica Only)

  • Airport Transfers

  • Wrap Meal

  • Yoga


There may be no better way to communicate what we do than through images. As you browse our site, take a few moments to let your eyes linger here, and see if you can get a feel for our signature touch.


Casa Mañana, is a gorgeous modern home nestled amongst lush gardens filled with tropical plants and flowers. It is partly shaded by a majestic Guanacaste tree favoured by Howler monkeys and birds of all kinds. Plus it boasts THE biggest private saltwater pool in the area. The wide-open plan accommodation features a gourmet kitchen and comfy living room. All bedrooms have sliders to the decks and patios. Some extra touches include: games, puzzles, ample storage, drink cozies, extra beach towels, beach umbrella, refrigerator with ice maker, slow cooker, etc. 

The outside terrace comes complete with a sitting area, dining suite, and barbecue. A covered rancho offers extra relaxing space with gently swinging hammocks, adjacent to an outside shower, surfboard storage and a pool bathroom. An immense upstairs deck offers the perfect space for revitalizing yoga sessions. The house is equipped with a Bionest, a natural and biological wastewater treatment system, ensuring no wastewater makes its way to the water supply or the ocean.

Sunset Skies


Casa Mañana is located in a picturesque Nosara, a central location, just 5-7 minutes walk from Pelada beach. It's only another 10 minutes walk to Playa Guiones North (Uber cool, chilled hippy surf town). Choose to laze your days away under the shade of the trees along Pelada beach or get adventurous - Playa Pelada is full of activity. At low tide, you can explore the rocky tide pools or take a light hike up the hill between Playa Pelada and Playa Guiones for gorgeous views of both beaches.


(Exclusive of flights):

Fees are priced at today's Dollar / Sterling currency transfer rates and future course fees may be subject to inflation. 

Course Fee & Bunk room (bed in shared room of 4) £2,989 per person

Course Fee & Twin Room (bed in shared room of 2) £3,307 per person

Course Fee & King Room £4,317 per room

Spaces are limited to only 10. To make a booking enquiry please contact us.

If you would like to book a course or receive more information about Screen School, please send us a message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.


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