Webinar Events in March and APRIL

A Series of online events/short workshops and Q & A's with industry professionals

60 min events: £6 per participant.
90 min events: £9 per participant.

BOOK HERE FOR ALL ONLINE EVENTS 


CASTING DIRECTOR Q & A WITH SARAH HUGHES

Sarah Hughes
Monday 12th April 7-8pm £6 per participant 

Sarah Hughes is Alan Ayckbourn’s casting director and has also freelanced extensively for the Entertainment Department of the BBC and in TV comedy. Other theatre work includes plays for Leeds Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Hull Truck, Stafford Shakespeare Festival, Out of Joint, Theatre By The Lake, and Theatre Royal Northampton, and many projects for Graeae and for Frantic Assembly.  She was a Senior Cast Co-ordinator for the London 2012 opening and closing ceremonies and is often involved with casting for large outdoor site-specific projects such as the Greenwich and Docklands Festival. She has worked for the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough for a number of years as the SJT’s casting director.  She is a member of the Casting Directors’ Guild, and also works as a teacher and lecturer.


ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

A chance to ask questions about the casting process in general and also about the changes that have happened to auditions and acting life in recent months and how we might navigate them.

Approaching Accents  with Christine Mottram

About Christine

Christine is an international voice, accent and communication coach who trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama achieving the MFA in Voice Studies.  She works at many leading Drama schools such as LAMDA, Arts Ed and Central.


About the Course

A 5 week online course starting on the 19th April 2021, 

Monday evenings 7pm-9.30pm (except Bank Holiday weekend, which will take place on Tuesday 4th May instead)
Learn how to approach any accent to broaden your skills and casting bracket.


Past Web Events

GETTING AN AGENT with West End Producer DAN SCHUMANN 

Dan Schumann


Monday 15th March 7-8pm £6 per participant

Dan has produced over 50 touring and West End productions and, recently, has worked as Producer for The Almeida Theatre.

His most recent projects include Quiz by James Graham (Noël Coward Theatre and Chichester), Summer and Smoke at The Duke of York’s Theatre, The Argument by William Boyd (Theatre Royal Bath) and a national tour of the world premiere of Ian Rankin’s Rebus: Long Shadows adapted for the stage by Rona Munro. 

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The workshop will walk you through how to get the best agent for you — from identifying the best acting agencies to understanding how much agents charge in commissions when you finally book your first role.


COMMUNICATING ONLINE with CHRISTINE MOTTRAM

Christine Mottram


Monday 22nd March 7-8pm £6 per participant

Christine Mottram is a voice, accent and communication skills coach. Her aim is to help people feel present and empowered in their communication. She works with clients on vocal presence, range and expressivity, body language in communication, compassionate listening and tools for managing performance anxiety. She has worked in some of the top actor training institutions in the UK, including ArtsEd, LAMDA and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In addition to her work in drama schools and with private clients through her coaching company Voice what Matters, Christine releases weekly YouTube videos and monthly podcasts with voice coaching tips, warm ups and interviews with voice professionals from a variety of industries. Find out more about her at www.voicewhatmatters.com  

 ABOUT THE WORKSHOP 

These strange times have completely changed the way we regularly communicate both professionally and personally. All of this regular virtual communication brings some interesting  challenges that can have a big impact on vocal stamina and health. Christine will talk about some things to think about to keep your voice healthy, vibrant and expressive while communicating virtually. 

Working on New Plays with Abigail Pickard Price

Abigail Pickard Price
29th March 7-8pm  £6 per participant

Abigail is a freelance director and Associate Director (New Work and Artist Development) of the Watermill Theatre. Recent work as a director includes Hound of the Baskervilles, Prince and the Pauper and Burk and Hare for the Watermill, the latter transferring to Jermyn Street Theatre and nominated for Best Director and Best Ensemble at the Off West End Awards. As an Associate/ Assistant director recent credits include: Titanic (International Tour and Charing Cross Theatre) God of Carnage (UK Tour),  and The Argument (Theatre Royal Bath).

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Chat with Abigail about the process of working on new plays and musicals. Abigail will talk briefly about how she works with actors in the rehearsal room on new writing and how this process might differ from existing work. Then she will answer any questions you might have on the topic.


To book for one of the above events please use the booking links above.


UPCOMING COURSES

Places are strictly limited so each participant will get individual work & attention -  SUITABLE FOR 18+

"PLAYING THE GREATS" 

Book a place on our play the greats training modules, in which you get the chance to develop a fully rounded character of a great role from a great play. Many actors rarely get the chance to play a challenging leading role and at Convergence we believe that, given the chance, you could develop the skills to take this on. Learn to prepare a character from page to performance. Develop or consolidate your process and generate material under the guidance of the professional directors and experienced actor trainers from top Drama schools. Online, for now!


PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS WITH LORNA PEARSON-HALL


"People, Places and Things" by Duncan Macmillan

A 10 week course to develop your scene study and character development skills based around the award winning play People, Places and Things. Delve into the causes of addiction and challenge yourself to play a range of states in a small class with only 10 places available. This course will offer valuable experience of researching and playing an addict, whether as Emma or Mark, or as a medical professional should you so choose. As well as generating useful audition material, the course will result in run-throughs of the ‘potted’ play, to give each actor the opportunity of sustaining a significant role.

Reviews for People Places and Things:

A thrilling, provocative evening” Evening Standard
“A terrific rush” Daily Telegraph
“A bold, timely and searching play” Financial Times


PAST WORKSHOPS

SELF-TAPING & AUDITIONING
SCENE STUDY:WORKING WITH TEXT 

with Charlie Barker

FOR MORE INFORMATION please email charlie@convergenceactingstudio.co.uk 

Testimonials:

“Just wanted to say a massive thank you for today, it was an excellent workshop!”

 “What a great joy was this workshop! There are no words for the amount of knowledge you passed to me in only 5 weeks, which gives me such more clarified view of what it is to be an actor and also what made me fall for this art."

“I had such a good time in class. It was so, so wonderful to get to play again! Hope to work with you again soon ♥️ “


 “I feel like I’ve gained so much throughout these weeks and my confidence has grown massively! I’m throwing myself into things so much more and TAKING CREATIVE RISKS FINALLY!!!”

“Thank you so much Charlie for a fabulous workshop!"




PRIVATE TUTORIALS AND 1-2-1  AND PAIRS ACTING CLASSES OFFERED 

Lorna has years of experience at top drama schools and is here to help, whatever your level of experience.

Whether you really want to land that audition, taking exams or just need a bit of 1-2-1 advice and practice
contact actortraining@convergenceactingstudio.co.uk