Tag: graduates

  • Into the Spotlight: Dance Competition Finalists

    Into the Spotlight: Dance Competition Finalists

    We’re thrilled to announce the 20 finalists for the first ever ‘Into the Spotlight’ Dance Competition. We’ve seen an incredible response to our monologue competitions over the years, so this time we wanted to showcase a new skill: dancing! The first ever Into the Spotlight: Dance Competition was exclusive to our Spotlight Graduate members, but…

  • Book Recommendations for Actors in Training

    Book Recommendations for Actors in Training

    ​​​​14 books for actors to read during drama school training to help inspire and improve their acting skills​​. ​​The most imperative time in a working actor’s career is arguably the years spent at drama school. Within the safe perimeters of training​ and studying​ the craft of acting, ​drama students​​​ will learn to use tools and…

  • Angela Jones: Triumphs, Trials and Tips from a Spotlight Prize Winner

    Angela Jones: Triumphs, Trials and Tips from a Spotlight Prize Winner

    Best Stage Performance winner Angela Jones on life after drama school and her Spotlight Prize experience. Before graduating in 2022, Angela was nominated by her drama school, the London Academy of Dramatic Art (LAMDA), for the Spotlight Prize, and went on to win for Best Stage Performance. Since then, she’s gained agency representation, worked in…

  • Aaron Hodgetts: From Guildford School of Acting to ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel

    Aaron Hodgetts: From Guildford School of Acting to ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel

    2022’s Spotlight Prize winner tells us about their drama school journey, auditioning for ‘House of the Dragon’, and their experience as a non-binary performer. Before graduating in 2022, Aaron Hodgetts (They/Them) was nominated by their drama school, Guildford School of Acting, for the Spotlight Prize 2022. Previous nominees include Jodie Whittaker, Gwendoline Christie and Ben…

  • 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 Get an Agent as a Graduate

    How to Get an Agent as a Graduate

    Advice for drama school graduates about how to find and approach agents, and why an agent is beneficial for your acting career When talking to graduates, I’m often asked if it’s possible to survive in this industry without an agent. In short, yes, I believe it’s possible to survive without an agent, but life can be made…

  • Your Youth Theatre Stories Inspired by the Film ‘Theater Camp’

    Your Youth Theatre Stories Inspired by the Film ‘Theater Camp’

    Our favourite youth theatre stories submitted by Spotlight members Spotlight recently partnered with Searchlight Pictures to celebrate the release of the brilliant Theater Camp, which film critics are calling a “comedy gift from god.” We gave Spotlight members the chance to win tickets to the Picturehouse Central screening of the film by sharing your best youth…

  • Spotlight Prize 2023 Winners Announcement

    Spotlight Prize 2023 Winners Announcement

    Teddy Moore of The Lir and Shannon Watson of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland win this year’s Spotlight Prize Since the 1950s, The Spotlight Prize has been an exciting opportunity for graduates to perform in front of an audience of industry professionals. And the decision about who got awarded this year’s Spotlight Prize couldn’t have been…

  • Judges Announced for Spotlight Prize 2023

    Judges Announced for Spotlight Prize 2023

    We’re delighted to announce our esteemed panel of judges for this year’s Spotlight Prize The Spotlight Prize is our annual showcase that helps to launch the careers of outstanding graduates, offering them a platform to raise their profile within the industry and to win a cash prize. This year one of the 20 graduates nominated…

  • Summer School Courses You Can Book This Year

    Summer School Courses You Can Book This Year

    A guide to 2023 summer school courses for young performers and graduates Participating in a theatre-related summer school can be a great opportunity to build skills, try something new, and sample different drama schools. There are a range of training opportunities for performers throughout the UK and Ireland this July and August – as well…