Why should all actors attend a casting workshop?

This year we have a fantastic series of casting workshops booked in at YAFTA, hosted by some of the industries best professionals. But who should attend a casting workshop and why? And what does it involve? From beginner to professional, we host workshops to suit whichever level you are at. Read below to find out what you can expect and why booking on a workshop is a must for any actor looking to develop their on screen career.

Who?

The workshops hosted by Ian Bevitt and Joanne Moss are ideal for those who have experience of screen acting and the audition process and looking to really improve their technique and understanding. Alongside advanced workshops, Sonia Allam also runs sessions specifically for those who are new to the industry and have limited knowledge of what a casting would be like. Ultimately, anyone who is keen to pursue a career in front of the camera or any jobbing actor looking to refine and improve their skills would find a casting workshop invaluable.

Why

From TV Directors, to Casting Directors and Associates for some of TVs best loved programmes, our workshops are led by those in the know. Attending an event is not only incredibly useful to tap into their expertise and insight but also to meet these people face to face. The acting industry is as much about networking and relationships as it is about technique. Putting yourself out there and getting to know the influencers and decision makers in the industry is vital. With a number of previous attendees securing auditions and roles following connections made at the workshops they really do offer amazing opportunities.

What

The workshop content varies depending on who is taking the class as each tutor will have their own approach, however it often involves working through a mock audition with script. It is a group workshop which means you get to witness others walking through the process which can be really useful for reflection and feedback. They are informal, enjoyable and feedback on our workshops has been brilliant. “The last YAFTA workshop I attended was fantastic If anyone is considering it, go for it!” – Alexander

Further details on all available workshops can be found below

Sonia Allam

2nd June & 19th October

Sonia Allam, Casting Director for the likes of Marcella and Liar

Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Workshops

DO NOT MISS

Joanne Moss

23rd June & 21st September

Joanne Moss, Coronation Street Casting Associate

Ian Bevitt

10th November

Ian  Bevitt, Coronation Street and Emmerdale TV Director

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Lee Maxwell Simpson gained a first class degree in Drama from Manchester University before training as an actor at London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. After graduating, he appeared in a number of commercials, notably for Thomson Holidays and Moonpig.com, and various short films and stage productions, including a National Youth Theatre tour to the Middle East and a spoken word European tour with the novelist Jonathan Coe.
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Ian Puleston-Davies is a professional actor who has recently filmed Marcella, Beowulf and Lewis. Ian played Owen Armstrong in Coronation Street for 5 years prior to his recent acting achievements. Ian has an impressive acting CV having been in most major soaps and dramas in the UK over the past 20 years. Some of his credits include Eastenders, Waterloo Road, Silent Witness, Life on Mars, I'm Alan Partridge, Dalziel & Pascoe to name a few. He is currently writing his own screenplay and working as an actor but will also be finding the time to teach YAFTA masterclasses. Ian supports the development of actors at YAFTA.
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Charlotte is the Managing Director of YAFTA. She is a TV Presenter, Actress, and Agent. Charlotte also owns YAFTA Talent Agency and YAFTA Consultancy. Charlotte is currently working as a TV Presenter for various companies including Made in Leeds TV. In 2015 Charlotte had her own TV show called ‘Challenge Charlotte’ which aired across the Made Network in Leeds, Tyne & Wear, Bristol and Cardiff, the show is set for a second series in 2016. She also played the role of Hannah O’Rourke in BBC1’s Happy Valley and played various roles in TV Comedy Sketch Show ‘Cool Beans’. In January 2016, Charlotte filmed the part of Jane in Coronation Street. She will also be one of the judges for Made in Leeds’ TV Programme ‘Star Made’.
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Charlotte is the Managing Director of YAFTA. She is a TV Presenter, Actress, and Agent. Charlotte also owns YAFTA Talent Agency and YAFTA Consultancy. Charlotte is currently working as a TV Presenter for various companies including Made in Leeds TV. In 2015 Charlotte had her own TV show called ‘Challenge Charlotte’ which aired across the Made Network in Leeds, Tyne & Wear, Bristol and Cardiff, the show is set for a second series in 2016. She also played the role of Hannah O’Rourke in BBC1’s Happy Valley and played various roles in TV Comedy Sketch Show ‘Cool Beans’. In January 2016, Charlotte filmed the part of Jane in Coronation Street. She will also be one of the judges for Made in Leeds’ TV Programme ‘Star Made’.
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