WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT YAFTA
"YAFTA are insightful with their suggestions for projects I’ve cast. YAFTA actors are professional, well prepared, with very natural performances. A lovely agency to deal with"

JANE ANDERSON

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CASTING DIRECTOR

"YAFTA produce a great calibre of bright and talented students who are great to work with. I’ve been able to cast students in my shows and they’ve proved to be really good actors"

IAN BEVITT

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CORONATION STREET & EMMERDALE DIRECTOR

"I know the YAFTA team well. I am always impressed by their level of commitment and enthusiasm. YAFTA’s passion is clear to see in the skill and standard of acting ability in their students"

SOPHIE STOCKS

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EMMERDALE

​The insights I’ve had even early into the course have been invaluable and educational. The best thing about this course is that it’s not being taught by someone who is just a ‘teacher’ but actual professionals currently working in production.

SIMON RIORDAN

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FILM AND TV DIPLOMA STUDENT

I’ve always been passionate about this industry and YAFTA has enabled me to interact with professionals and create my own films, it’s incredible! YAFTA is a truly amazing experience to meet new people and gain so much knowledge and contacts within this industry.

ERIN RIVERS

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FILM AND TV PRODUCTION DIPLOMA STUDENT

I love the fact that YAFTA attracts industry professionals to Leeds who can help in career development. I do feel my skills sets are growing as a result.

ANDREA WATSON

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YAFTA STUDENT

HANNAH WARING
Before my time at YAFTA I had absolutely no experience of screen acting at all. I loved learning about acting but there were many things that were unfamiliar to me and I felt a bit out of my depth. I chose YAFTA because I felt the course covered everything I needed to know- not just about acing but the industry as whole. The opportunities offered to speak and learn from industry professions were something I was very interested in. So far these experiences have been invaluable.
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I can’t recommend this company enough. My little girl’s confidence has improved so much in a few weeks since starting and she is always so excited to go back. I’ve never seen her so enthusiastic about anything. I am even going to start going to the adult classes myself.

KRISTINA TAYLOR

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PARENT

I had such a brilliant time at the workshop and learnt so much! It was a great starting point to building a career in the industry!

JONATHAN REED

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WORKSHOP STUDENT

I’ve been delighted with the level of service and professionalism I have received from YAFTA. The classes have helped me regain my confidence in my acting ability and I have learnt new skills with the excellent level of teaching, even though I have a BA in acting. I have been accepted onto the agency and am getting work already, including a main role in a female comedy sketch show! I would highly recommend YAFTA to any new and inspiring actors as well as to anyone who is experienced in the industry and wants to further their skills. YAFTA has opened the doors to so many projects and I’m looking forward to my future with them and the many more work opportunities I am totally confident will arise with the agency as my representation.

FRANNY TREYMAINE

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ACTOR

I have been interested in acting for a while, but never felt brave enough to commit to it, and YAFTA has given me the chance to try it without any judgement. The classes are fun yet stimulating, and people with different skills and experiences in acting are included, so you can be confident in your own space and time. Everyone is really helpful and friendly, and by being there for three months I have already seen a leap in my acting and understanding of the craft. I would definitely recommend YAFTA to anyone who wants to try out acting, and maybe they’ll find like I did, that they want to stay.

CHRISTINA ECONOMIDES

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YAFTA STUDENT

KATIE PROCTOR

I am very grateful for all the opportunities YAFTA have provided. Not only have I had some amazing experiences on set, I’ve learned about how to handle rejection and keep on going. I have enjoyed every minute I have spent at YAFTA so far.

Most recently I played a lead guest role in BBC’s Casualty which was a fantastic experience, and in 2017 I filmed an episode in the new CBBC series, Creeped Out. In 2016 I did two short films (Nelly and Noah and Radio Connection), one of which I was in the lead role.

It is my aim to pursue a career in acting and I think the ongoing training at YAFTA will help me to get there. I would wholeheartedly recommend it.

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The quality of teaching is phenomenal. I cannot recommend YAFTA enough. The opportunities they offer make you feel part of something so wonderful. Thank you YAFTA.

KATE BUCKLEY

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ACTOR

YAFTA has helped me to gain the confidence I had lost and have helped me realise I CAN do what I always dreamed of. They have given me the opportunity to be part of an agency and given valuable advice and experience in the first steps of an acting career.

LEANNE O’ROURKE

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ACTOR

My children (aged 7 & 12) have thoroughly enjoyed their weekly YAFTA classes which have helped with their confidence and acting ability. As Agency members, they have had the chance to audition for varied roles with the BBC & ITV.

PATSY LAVELLE

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PARENT

SOPHIE MARTIN

I chose YAFTA because the courses offered everything that I wanted to learn, you don’t just study acting – you learn everything from voice, camera technique to the business of acting. I’ve been coming to YAFTA pretty much since it started, it just feels like home to me now. I’m surrounded by like minded people and the classes push you to get the best out of your performances.

Being with YAFTA has been an amazing journey for me and one I’ll continue to follow as you never stop learning your craft.
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My children (15 and 12) joined YAFTA last year. The teaching in all the classes is of excellent quality, challenging yet positive and supportive. They have both learnt a tremendous amount in a very short time and are having a great deal of fun. My daughter has already had the opportunity to audition for a lead role in a Film4 feature film and both of them took part in a YAFTA programme for Made in Leeds TV.

As a parent who knows little about the industry I have really appreciated the professional way in which YAFTA and the agency are run and the practical information provided to help understand how the industry works. I can highly recommend YAFTA to anyone wishing to explore Television and Film acting.

CATHERINE BARNARD

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PARENT

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