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The Actors’ Temple was conceived in 2003 by Mark Wakeling as a response to his experience as a professional actor. The Temple was founded out of a desire for connection with others and to balance the isolation that can arise from life as a working actor. Read More This action attracted others who felt the same and with the help of co-founder and actress Ellie Zeegen and actor and alumni of the late Sanford Meisner, Tom Radcliffe, a community was born. Backed up by the principles of Meisner's approach and Tom’s unique dedication as a teacher, a whole new approach towards actor training in the UK was developed. This now forms the backbone for all training at The Actors Temple, where genuine authenticity in the work is the un-flinching benchmark.

From humble beginnings, The Actors' Temple has developed into a widespread community of talented artists including actors, filmmakers, writers, directors, and producers. On top of this, several alumni have gone on to create their own training studios and are teaching their versions of the work across London, the UK, Europe and beyond.

We are equipped to fully support actors throughout their careers and are dedicated to continue our pioneering role in the world of actor training. Read Less

Course & Program

Qualification Level: Foundation

Courses run several times a month, with daytime, evening and weekend options.
The Foundation Course is open to anyone interested in pursuing the craft of acting and provides an in-depth introduction to the unique training offered at The Actors Temple. Open to actors of all levels and experiences, including those new to acting and professional working actors.

​Our courses are the result of over 15 years of dedication to actor training. The main principle behind all our work is that great acting comes from the actors skill to be fully and ruthlessly in the present moment, but above all else - to trust their instincts. The exercises you will be introduced to on this course are designed to maximise your ability to do just this.​

​The part-time course is made up of 2 structured Acting classes and extra optional ‘Workout’ classes each week. Workout classes include Voice/ Movement, RP Accent, US Accent, Cold Reading & Casting Practice. Our class sizes are strictly limited to 12 to ensure each students individual development.

'The Actors' Temple is one of a kind. The work here is intense and deep and pushes you to the edge in a wonderful and challenging way.... All the tutors are unique and brilliant in their own way. I would recommend this place to anyone....' Fola Akingbola Actor- Death In Paradise, Holby City, Game of Thrones

Course Duration: Part Time (30-32 Hrs)

Course Fee: £ 425.00 Full course fee

Qualification Level: Higher Education

The Core Training is a transformative part-time acting course, inspired by the principles of The Meisner Technique. Over 12 months, actors are introduced to progressively complex and sophisticated improvisational exercises:

Exploring the power of your imagination and the ability to craft dynamic and purposeful 'circumstances' that allow you to act without effort and tension.
To fully surrender to all parts of yourself so that you can go deeper into what it means to be free and truthful on stage, set... and in life.
To become impulsive and spontaneous actors, adept at improvisation and confident working in any working scenario, audition or rehearsal process.
To explore scene-work in a way that is free from the constraints of 'ideas' or concerns about 'text'
Actors suffer from having their attention on themselves. In this state, they wait for cues, plan their responses, push for emotion and indicate. Our training aims to alleviate these issues so actors develop an ability to express themselves responsively to their imagination, other actors and the demands of text.

The Core Training also includes extensive Voice and Movement training to support the free use of the actors instrument.

By the end of the Core training actors will possess a reliable and fulfilling way of acting fearlessly with ease, depth and clarity that will prepare you for life as a professional working actor and our Advanced Training.

​Students must have completed The Foundation Course to apply for The Core Training.

Course Duration: 1 Year

Course Fee: £ 4750.00 Full course fee

Qualification Level: Other

Our second year: Advanced Training runs for 12 months and concentrates on developing performance skills including stagecraft, monologues, character work, external impediments and text analysis.

Students will be supported in their preparation for life as a working actor, covering casting preparation, the business of acting and rehearsal processes. Term 6 will consist of a series of performances in front of an invited audience and will culminate in Term 7 with a Showcase at a central London venue. Alumni will also continue to be part of a strong and ever-growing community of actors developing and creating their own work.

Upon completion you will have a solid understanding of your craft and your instrument. You will be able to work confidently and instinctively, having all the tools necessary to embrace the nature of a true actor. 'Actors Workout' Classes are included in the fee and graduates are included in our online database of actors.

Students who have completed the Advanced Training at The Actors’ Temple are now eligible to join the Spotlight Casting Directory.

Course Duration: 1 Year

Course Fee: £ 4250.00 Full course fee

Core Training - Observation Term 3
Core Training - Observation Term 3

Join us to observe students at the halfway point of their Core Training. Students will be working on scenes with the techniques learnt over th....

Core Training - Observation
Core Training - Observation

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