acting classes

The perfect place to learn new skills and hone your craft.

We have brought together professionals from across the industry to share their experience and skills. All our coaches/mentors are fully established in the acting industry. Collectively we have over a century of professional experience.

The classes have been designed to get the best out of you! Be fearless, inquisitive, playful, dare to fail and have fun! We want to inspire and encourage you to go beyond what you think you are capable of. Learn from our guest mentors/coaches and obtain the knowledge that will help you grow as an artist.  

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 Advanced/professional

Scene Studies Lab

Lead by James Northcote

This class is a small intensive group class for screen actors looking to learn from cinema's greatest performers. Deepen your knowledge of film acting and experiment with challenging screen acting techniques. Learn how to incorporate the technical aspects of filmmaking into your own creative performance. This is a class for anyone who wants to strengthen their screen acting muscles for auditions, self-tapes or on-set. 

About James:

James is an actor and producer. He has worked with internationally acclaimed directors Lars Von Trier, Amma Asante, Andrea Arnold and Joe Wright, as well as extensively in television and theatre in the UK. He was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award and won the Newport Beach Film Festival Ensemble Award for ‘The Imitation Game’ with Benedict Cumberbatch. He is currently working on The Last Kingdom (Netflix), recently completed Catherine the Great with Helen Mirren (HBO) and stars in upcoming comedy The Break with Philip Jackson and Alison Steadman (BBC radio). His first film as a producer ‘Morning is Broken’ was nominated for the Iris Prize and was part of BFI Flare’s first Five Films for Freedom. It screened in 90 countries internationally and secured numerous distribution deals. His production company Visual Goods creates genre films with socially conscious stories. As a teacher James has run workshops focussing particularly on film acting. His experience on set as an actor and a producer has given him a unique perspective on how an actor can use there knowledge of the filmmaking process to improve their craft. 

Ever wanted to make your own work? Been inspired by trail blazer like Michaela Coel and Phoebe Waller-Bridge? Got a script or even just a great idea for a short film but finding it tricky to express yourself fully?

Actor, Co-founder and Exec Producer of The Female Film Force Elisabeth Hopper, is running a 2 week intensive lab on how to make your idea stand out from the crowd. 6 sessions, (split into 2 group seminars, 2 group catch ups and 2 private consultations) over 2 weeks will help you hone your ideas and build your confidence. Experience the joy of collaboration and workshop your ideas in a safe, exciting and creative space. (No question is too small!)


About Elisabath: 

Elisabeth is an actor, writer and producer. She began her professional career in Trevor Nunn’s season at Chichester and The Theatre Royal Haymarket, playing ‘Miranda’ opposite Ralph Fiennes in ‘The Tempest’. Since then she has worked extensively in TV - Dr Who (BBC), Home Fires 1&2 (ITV), Sky (Agatha Raisin, The Smoke) Channel 4, (Drifters) Netflix (Cuckoo) film and theatre. Most recently creating a new version of The Indian Queen for Opera Lille in collaboration with Guy Cassiers of Toneelhuis Antwerp. In 2018 she co-founded The Female Film Force initiative - a £100K fund which offers £20,000.00 grants to female filmmaking teams across the UK, France, Germany and Ireland. As a producer and EP her films have screened at over 50 festivals worldwide and won numerous awards. She was one of the first women to have a film selected for BFI Flare’s Five Films for Freedom (supported by the UN), she was nominated for the Iris Prize and her work screened in 90 countries, securing numerous distribution deals.

DATEs and prices

Short film lab

lead by elisabeth hopper

** This class is open to students who have previously taken James' course, have worked with him before or have been recommended by another tutor.

6 Classes

2.5 hrs per class

On Zoom

6 actors per class

Total: £350

6pm - 8:30pm (BST London)

September: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22st, 29th

October: 6th

10 actors per class

Total: £250

September 14th - 25th:

14th - Meet and Greet @ 6pm GMT

15/16th - 1 on 1's 

18th - Seminar @ 6pm GMT

21st - Catchup @ 6pm GMT

22/23rd - 1 on 1's 

25th - 2hr Seminar

DATEs and prices

Introduction to Scene studies 

lead by James northcote

Actor James Northcote introduces you to screen acting principals through the performances of some of the worlds greatest actors. Learn to improve your craft through observation and criticism with 4 x 2hr weekly workshops. Each class will be a mixture of practical exercises, discussion and group work focusing on some of the most famous scenes in Cinema and Television history: an in depth study of great performances for long term improvements to your craft.

About James:

James is an actor and producer. He has worked with internationally acclaimed directors Lars Von Trier, Amma Asante, Andrea Arnold and Joe Wright, as well as extensively in television and theatre in the UK. He was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award and won the Newport Beach Film Festival Ensemble Award for ‘The Imitation Game’ with Benedict Cumberbatch. He is currently working on The Last Kingdom (Netflix), recently completed Catherine the Great with Helen Mirren (HBO) and stars in upcoming comedy The Break with Philip Jackson and Alison Steadman (BBC radio). His first film as a producer ‘Morning is Broken’ was nominated for the Iris Prize and was part of BFI Flare’s first Five Films for Freedom. It screened in 90 countries internationally and secured numerous distribution deals. His production company Visual Goods creates genre films with socially conscious stories. As a teacher James has run workshops focussing particularly on film acting. His experience on set as an actor and a producer has given him a unique perspective on how an actor can use there knowledge of the filmmaking process to improve their craft. 

4 Classes

2 hrs per class

On Zoom

10 actors per class

Total: £150

6pm - 8:30pm (BST London)

September: 14th, 21st, 28th

October: 5th

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