The search is on for future stage stars in Leeds

THEATRE: Leeds Actors in Training is aiming to groom young actors for a career on the stage.
THEATRE: Leeds Actors in Training is aiming to groom young actors for a career on the stage.

A pilot project to give aspiring actors a grounding in theatre will get underway next month.

Auditions for Leeds Actors in Training (LAIT), which is being run in collaboration with Leeds Grand Theatre, aims to offer 18 to 23-year-olds a practical skills-building course for a career in theatre.

The auditions are being held on Tuesday, October 10 and will be run by director Lizi Patch.

Lizi, who has more than 30 years’ experience, including artistic director of the City Varieties Youth Theatre, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be 
heading up Leeds Actors in Training.

“Unique to Leeds, LAIT gives young adults the opportunity to access actor-training of the highest quality with support and insight from professional directors, actors, movement specialists, vocal coaches and producers across the year.”

Auditionees will be required to perform a monologue (classical or contemporary) and take-part in an hour-long group workshop and individual interview.

It will end with a group question and answer session. It is being held from 6pm to 8.30pm at the theatre.

LAIT will then meet every Tuesday night at the same venue and time for 30 weeks.

Lizi added: “In my experience, to truly succeed, an actor must be skilled and committed with a strong grip on reality. A thick skin, good work ethic, generosity, imagination, tenacity and an interest in human behaviour are also vital.

“At LAIT, we will provide a supportive and vibrant space to help aspiring actors unlock their potential, develop skills, network and move to the next phase of their training/professional life with confidence and their eyes wide open.”

For more information and to download an application form visit www.cityvarieties.co.uk.

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