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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)      


March 9, 20150
The Alexander Technique offers a means of performing any task with a maximum of ease and efficiency. We are collaborating with Pilates Teacher Katie Francesca to offer a one day course run by the brilliant Dewi Matthews who has taught the technique at RADA for many years. The day will cover the essential principles and practice of the technique, underpinned with relevant functional anatomy, participants will learn to use themselves for optimal openness and connection. Everyone needs a clear flow between their curiosity and imagination, and the ability to manifest this physically and vocally. The technique helps to release habitual patterns of tension or misguided effort which block this flow. The date is Saturday 19th September, 11.00am-6.00pm and costs £60.00 if you book on-line or £70 if you pay on the day. It will take place in Balham, South London. Click HERE for exact location. You don’t need to have previous experience of the technique, the only thing we ask is that you bring a song (as simple or challenging as you like) which you can sing unaccompanied, otherwise sign up HERE and see you very soon.