The Actors Centre

A word from our CEO

6 January 2016


What's in store in 2016

Happy New Year to all Actors Centre members!

What better way to start the year than by my being able to offer all annual membership renewals at £60 instead of the usual £75. We will be emailing all members with the detail of this in the next few days but just pick up the phone to reception if you need to in the meantime.

2015 has been a mammoth year as we have hosted an increased number of events for members, graduates and even a sponsored walk from Dome to Globe along with our regular programme and activities. The Annual Report to the Board from our Chairman, Paul Clayton, makes fantastic reading and gives a detailed account of a number of highlights. I would also like to share this with you. Click here to view report.

We have had a number of exciting organisations and individuals curate workshops for us over the past year and this will continue into 2016, kicking off with American Actors UK, followed by the Globe in celebration of Shakespeare 400 in our Spring and Summer programmes.

During the year we have welcomed Julia Crampsie, Casting Director, to our Board and Martin Pratt, from Gordon Dadds Solicitors. We have a vibrant and passionate Board who are very hands on with many aspects of our development! Mary Hammond, Lisa Hammond and Anita Dobson will sadly be stepping down and I am sure you will want me to thank them for their fantastic contribution.

We have spent considerable time in 2015 making sure that many of our operational elements are working correctly including investing in new IT, phone and printing systems. We have made some upgrades to the websites and will be looking to improve the mobile phone optimisation of them in 2016. We are also in the process of setting up the editing suite with self-taping equipment which will be a great resource for members so watch this space.

A large focus during the next couple of years will turn to the Actors Centre’s urgent maintenance and building needs. This will be a detailed phase by phase process and one which will involve raising the necessary funds to implement. We know we need upgrades in the toilets, air conditioning, theatre and electrics just for starters!

As ever it is our members who make the Actors Centre what it is and your support and participation goes well beyond just attending a workshop. This organisation is unique and one we should not only cherish and nurture for the benefit of all current members but also for the actor generation of tomorrow.

Best wishes

 

Louise Coles

Chief Executive