Intense, free acting course for young Leeds adults this month

Free online masterclasses for young adults who are serious about acting as a career are to be launched this month.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 11:45 am
Members of LAIT company

Leeds Actors in Training, known as LAIT, will run the skills-building course for young adults aged 18-25, in anticipation of theatres reopening soon.

LAIT Intensive is a series of five evening sessions run over three weeks by professional artists and overseen by LAIT and Leeds Grand Youth Theatre Director, Lizi Patch.

The sessions, on March 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30 from 6-8pm, will cover everything from physical and vocal health and flexibility, to clowning and presenting yourself at an audition. Participants must be able to attend all sessions.

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Guest artists include Dawn Holgate, course leader foundation dance degree, Leeds City College, Sam Kenyon, writer, composer and teacher, James Lewis-Knight of Clown Space and actor, writer and filmmaker Dermot Daly.

Lizi said: “It has been widely publicised that our sector has suffered exponentially because of the pandemic. What was an already competitive industry, will be increasingly more so.

"By delivering LAIT Intensive, we aim to give participants the tools to unlock their potential, develop skills and engage with likeminded people, as well as highly regarded industry professionals.

"Passion and a good publicity photo will only get you so far in this industry; in my experience, to truly succeed, an actor must be skilled and committed, with a strong grip on reality!

“Previous experience is absolutely not essential, what matters is that participants are hungry to learn. We will provide a supportive and professional environment”

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