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February 25, 20200


The Oxford School of Drama in partnership with Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton are running a free weekend workshop for anyone interested in seeking a career as a professional actor.

It takes place on Saturday 14th (11.00am-6.00pm) & Sunday 15th March (11.00am-5.00pm) at The Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton.  You must be 18+ and must be able to commit to both days.

It is a great opportunity to get a taste of Drama School training with two of the teachers from this outstanding School.  The weekend will include acting, voice and movement sessions to support you in considering a career as an actor.

We will then be offering a first round audition into the School on Saturday 14th April, starting time 10.30am at Newhampton Arts Centre.

As it’s funded there is some criteria to meet before we can offer a free place, for further details please contact Gemma on

gemma@act-up.co.uk or 07976 909043.



June 15, 20190

act up is 20 years old this month, that means I have been working in the acting industry for 20 years, technically 28 if you include my time at The Almeida Theatre, insanity is a word that springs to mind. In that time I’ve met some amazing people and let’s say in that time I’ve met some ‘interesting’ people and overall have been consistently supported by the most incredible actors that have worked alongside me running all the courses and workshops, I can never thank you enough… all of you.

When I started act up I used to hilariously get a lot of fruity voices phoning up claiming they were interested in the courses, one was brave enough to say he was running something similar and was appalled I was doing the same because I wasn’t an actor….

I like many other women I am sure have continually had people phoning up to speak to the boss and really disappointed when the boss was a bird.

I have learnt a lot and continue to, I continue to work in different mediums including Love Art and currently operate out of Tooting Market. Some don’t get my need to work in different mediums, some have not understood that I am the same head if I worked in a shiny Soho office as I am in a market but I am someone that cannot pretend. I thrive amongst chaos, down to earth people and everyday life, shove me in an office and I’d last a day… shove me in an chaotic environment and you’ll get the best of me.

Like anyone, those that get me really get me and what I have and am doing with act up and those that don’t turn away and run.

I have cast, I have produced, I have run an extensive outreach programme for one of the drama schools and I have facilitated many, many workshops but rest assured I have never actually taught an acting workshop. Currently I mainly focus on the corporate side of act up and the agency but I am always open to new ideas so write them on a paper plane and send them down Tooting way.

Currently the difference between the olden days of act up and now is that when I had my daughter Inca I had to pretend she didn’t exist to get work, I never came across people with children and often questioned what I was doing but the culture is very different now and I am out and out open about the babe Kamsicho, as people phone me up they can hear him in the background and I make no apology and if I call a casting director I can often hear their children in the background and very recently had a very long chat with a director as we both had babies of the same age, we suddenly remembered we were meant to be talking about one of the actors in the agency.

So a big cheer and a thank you to everyone that has utilised the resources of act up and a special big cheer to the actors I have and do work with and all the actors I currently represent, I think you are all incredibly brave and brilliant… but I am waiting for my yacht so hurry up with winning those auditions. XXX

May 31, 20180

act up fiercely believes that the arts should and can be available to absolutely everyone and we’re at it hammer and tongs to spread it’s power far and wide.

April 14, 20180
After having recently witnessed someone dramatically embellish  their CV presumably to increase the chance of fame, I cannot understand why else they did it.  It’s made me question again the reason why some people decide to follow the acting path in the first place. At the end of the You Want To Act? course I ‘deliver’ a long speech about the truth behind the acting profession and what it really entails.  I encourage everyone to climb up their metaphorical tree and think long and hard before they embark on their journey.  My usual quip is, never do it because you want to become rich and famous, you have more chance of your fifteen minutes of fame if you ran stark, bollock naked down Oxford Street. Acting is an art form, it’s one of the most creative fields and it should be a calling.  It should be something you know from your guts that you have to pursue without possibly a logical reason behind it.  And of course it has to be something you enjoy.  To all the actors I represent I remind them and they remind me that we are all in it for the long-game and we’re in it because it’s what we’ve chosen to do with our lives. I have seen incredible things happen to incredible people that have attended act up courses and I have seen people enjoy the courses but think that life as an actor isn’t for them, both are very valid, of course.  And overall I notice that those that do go on to make a career as an actor are doing it for themselves.  You can’t pursue a career as an actor if you’re doing it to impress others, to give you more street cred, to look ‘different’ infront of your peers.  It has to be your choice and yours alone and then you’ve got to go at it all guns blazing. So I say again, what is it we all want, we all know which way Oxford Street lies or we perhaps all need to climb up our trees for a tiny bit longer than usual. Overall, please look after yourselves – you all deserve long lasting happiness.

January 18, 20170
I’ve worked in this industry for more years than I will admit to myself now. I have never been comfortable with the industry, one of my catch phrases to describe it is ‘it’s a microcosm of everything that is wrong with the UK’ to me this sums it up perfectly. I founded act up to combat this inequality and racism, yes I will say the word ‘racism’ in this industry. I didn’t make a song and dance about it, just put out and waited and we have always attracted everyone because we have just put out and waited. I like to think we have always been honest and open with everyone about what the industry is really like, some don’t want to listen and some have gone out and I have witnessed the prejudice they have faced. Over the years we have met many, many incredible people and some are now doing brilliantly well in the industry but one thing that has remained constant is the prejudice in this industry. As I moved into producing, occasional casting and now working as an agent this has been shoved rawly into my face on many occasions. I could write a book on things that I have witnessed, the things that I have heard and each time I will challenge and optimistically hope that things will change. I have been told to shut up on many occasions but I won’t because in any other industry there would be tribunals for the things that I have witnessed. It seemed that things were progressing a decade ago but right now we have all taken a huge step backwards. I stretch my brain trying to understand why so many of the ‘powers that be’ cannot see what they are doing when they exclude so many actors because they don’t look like themselves, lets face it most people in ‘power’ in this industry look like me.. Caucasian and middle class. When they use words like looking for more ‘diverse’ actors or use the word ethnic like they have some superior stance over everyone that isn’t ‘White’… it makes me angry, it makes me upset but I have ploughed on because as I said, I am a big believer in hope and hope that things will change. Of course they’re not going to until there are a hell of a lot more people in power that don’t look like me; more consideration for everyone that works in this industry and more awareness that all of us are in this game to entertain the public. If never ceases to amaze me that so many people forget that we are all here for an audience. And yes that audience isn’t always going to look like you or me. So please, please, please stand up and protest against Yellow Face tomorrow, otherwise I ask you one thing, why are you comfortable working in such a prejudiced industry?

Making excuses burns exactly zero calories per hour.

Julianna White

April 1, 20160

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May 7, 20150
Of course this is not an exact science, not everyone keeps in touch but below will give you an idea of how successful people have been over the years. It is no mean feat getting into an accredited drama school and we’re immensely proud of everyone. It’s interesting to note that far less people are now applying to drama school, we say do still audition if you can… and if you’re not on this list, do let us know, we’d love to show off about you. 2014: Annice Bopari – The Oxford School of Drama Martin Edwards – ALRA Catherine Smiles – E15 2013: Shireen Farkhoy – The Oxford School of Drama, Arts Ed, Bristol Old Vic (short list) Jenni Mackenzie – Central School of Speech and Drama Kate Evans – Drama Studio, London (DSL) Carol Ellis – Drama Studio, London (DSL) Elmina Ferguson – Central School of Speech & Drama Lucy Wells http://www.cssd.ac.uk- Guildford School of Acting, Birmingham School of Acting & ALRA 2012: Natalie Simpson – Drama Studio (London), The Oxford School of Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and LAMDA. Kim Myers – E15 Jenni Mackenzie – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (shortlist) Jack Staddon – Drama Centre, London Suzy Gill – Drama Studio (London) Claudia Errico – Drama Studio (London) Robert Neumark-Jones – Drama Centre, London. Augustina Amoa Drama Studio (London) Thomas Flynn – The Oxford School of Drama. We met Tom in the Outreach workshops in Oldham. 2011: Dan Mills – Drama Studio (London) Oliver Wellington – The Oxford School of Drama and LAMDA (shortlist). We met Oliver in the Outreach workshops in Oldham last year. Elizabeth Capper – Mountview. We met Elizabeth in the Outreach workshops in Oldham last year. Mark Newsome – Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. We met Mark in the Outreach workshops in Oldham last year. Michael Williams – Drama Studio (London) Jennifer Mackenzie – Drama Studio (London) Karishma Navekar – Drama Studio (London) Emma Kemp – Drama Studio (London) Bethan Mogford – ALRA Catherine Brown – Birmingham School of Acting and Drama Studio (London) Natasha Videl Harmer – Central School of Speech and Drama, Bristol Old Vic (reserve list) and Drama Studio (London) 2010: Laura Gardiner – The Oxford School of Drama (Foundation course) Lucy Timmons – Drama Studio (London) and The Oxford School of Drama Matthew Benjamin – Drama Studio (London) Kirsten Foster – Bristol Old Vic, The Oxford School of Drama and LAMDA (waiting list). Richard Tan – American Academy of Dramatic Art Justin Carey – Drama Studio (London) Paula Roberts – Arts Ed. Victoria Allies – Arts Ed. 2009: Paula Hamilton – Drama Studio (London), The Oxford School of Drama (shortlist) Alex Kiffin – Guildford School of Acting, Rose Bruford Martin Edwards – Drama Studio (London), ALRA & The Oxford School of Drama. Laura Hanna – The Oxford School of Drama, Bristol Old Vic (shortlist), LAMDA Richard Tan – E15, The Oxford School of Drama (foundation course) Adam Seigel – Drama Studio (London) & Arts Ed. (shortlist) Scott Karim – Drama Studio (London), Bristol Old Vic (shortlist), The Oxford School of Drama & RADA Oliver Gunn – Birmingham School of Acting Rob Langston – Drama Studio (London) Danielle Binns – Rose Bruford Michael Turner – The Oxford School of Drama. We met Mikey in the Outreach workshops in Sheffield this year. Susanna Herbert – The Oxford School of Drama Michael Green – Poor School, Drama Studio (London) – shortlist Shannon Holmes – LAMDA Catherine Rodgers – E15 2008: Catherine Rodgers – Drama Studio (London) Jody Stevenson – Drama Studio (London) & The Oxford School of Drama Melissa Advani – Drama Studio (London) Scott Karim – LAMDA (Shortlist) Dike Ugonna – Drama Studio (London) Louise Thompson – Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Lucy Pearman – in her second year at LAMDA has just won The Lilian Baylis Award Danielle Binns – The Poor School Meeghan Shillington – LSDA Adam Seigal – LSDA Mayuree Cunningham – The Oxford School of Drama Jennifer Grogan – Arts Ed. Deborah Jones – The Oxford School of Drama. We met & worked with Deborah at the Outreach workshops in Plymouth this year. Carly Jukes – Drama Studio (London). Samantha Pearl – The Oxford School of Drama. We met & worked with Samantha at the Outreach workshops in Plymouth this year. Alexandra Bergeron – LSDA 2007: Jeremy Drakes – Drama Studio (London) Anna Bolton – Mountview (1 year) & Oxford School of Drama (1 year). Leila Okafor – The Stella Adler Studio of Acting (New York). Michael Ansah – The Oxford School of Drama (3 year) James Rose – The Oxford School of Drama (1 year) & Mountview (1 year) Jessie Lloyd – The Oxford School of Drama (3 year) Bishanyia Vincent – The Oxford School of Drama (3 year) Chris Scott – ALRA (1 year) Sophie McDonnell – Rose Bruford Paula Hamilton – participated in the London Outreach programme. The Oxford School of Drama (3 year – waiting list)