Tag: directors

  • Starting Out Successfully as a Drama School Graduate

    Starting Out Successfully as a Drama School Graduate

    Advice from actors, directors and casting directors on how to become a successful actor after drama school Finishing drama school is an exciting time in an actor’s life. You’ve learned the tricks of the trade, made lots of connections with other actors and are finally ready to start putting your new qualification to the test…

  • How to Stay Connected in the Performing Arts Industry

    How to Stay Connected in the Performing Arts Industry

    Why it’s important to stay connected to the performing arts industry between work and how you can use your time to build connections with other creatives As actors, we live and breathe the performing arts industry. We work in it, we enjoy watching productions and we constantly dream of that next role. Sometimes, the time…

  • Tips for Working with Directors

    Tips for Working with Directors

    Advice from actors on how you can impress a director, and why the relationship between director and actor is so important Every production will have a director, and every director is tasked with bringing that production to life using their creative vision. Sometimes, the fact that an actor has worked with a certain director can…

  • Q&A with the Casting Director and Director of Normal People

    Q&A with the Casting Director and Director of Normal People

    We talk to Casting Director Louise Kiely and Director Lenny Abrahamson about the phenomenon that is Normal People. We hosted a webinar (with Spotlight’s Clare McGinley chairing) where we explored the process of casting from beginning to end and the relationship between the director and the casting director. So, who better to speak on the subject than Casting…

  • How a Director and Writer Collaborate in Theatre

    How a Director and Writer Collaborate in Theatre

    In this episode of the Spotlight podcast, we talk to playwright Ella Hickson and director Natalie Abrahami about collaboration in theatre Natalie and Ella have worked on some hugely successful projects together including Anna at the National Theatre and Swive (Elizabeth) at The Globe. In this podcast they chat to us about working in theatre, their…

  • A Director’s Advice for Actors with Bruce Goodison

    A Director’s Advice for Actors with Bruce Goodison

    Essential tips for actors, from director Bruce Goodison Director Bruce Goodison (director of Born to Kill, Murdered By My Father, Leave to Remain, and many others), talks to Spotlight about: The stories that interest and inspire him; What he expects and looks for in the audition room; His expectations of actors on set; Advice for having…

  • On Becoming a Theatre Director with Gareth Nicholls of Traverse

    On Becoming a Theatre Director with Gareth Nicholls of Traverse

    Gareth Nicholls (Associate Director of Traverse) talked to Spotlight all about his road to becoming a theatre director, tackling tough contemporary issues and what he looks for in new writing… [Collaboration is] trusting that the actors you have are absolutely the best actors for the job and that they are experts in their craft, just as much…

  • Alternative Training with Fourth Monkey

    Alternative Training with Fourth Monkey

    We speak to Artistic Director Steve Green about Fourth Monkey and their training programmes. Based in London and Bristol, Fourth Monkey is a contemporary drama school offering three full-time professional, accredited training courses: CertHE Acting and Theatre Making, BA (Hons) Acting and MA Collaborative Theatre. The training programmes are founded on the principles of ensemble and are designed…

  • Directing Your Own Work with Paines Plough

    Directing Your Own Work with Paines Plough

    Paines Plough’s Joint Artistic Director James Grieve talks to Spotlight about moving from acting to directing – and how important it is to make your own work! James Grieve is the Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough (“PP”) alongside George Perrin. He started out as an actor before moving over to directing, and as a result, James had a lot…

  • 6 Top Tips on Voice Work from Barbara Houseman

    6 Top Tips on Voice Work from Barbara Houseman

    Voice work should come from a place of joy… And other top tips from voice coach and director Barbara Houseman. Barbara Houseman has worked extensively as a voice and acting coach, as well as a theatre director. Her client list is formidable, having worked with everyone from Kenneth Branagh to Daniel Radcliffe. At our recent…