The Actors Centre


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Monday 26th September 2016, 6pm.

ACT NOW is brought to you by the Actors Centre, the UK's leading organisation which supports actors throughout their professional careers. This event is proudly sponsored by Samuel French, London's best theatre bookshop.

ACT NOW is an event focused on supporting this year’s drama/acting graduates, from UK Universities and Drama Schools, who have recently entered the acting profession.


Auditions?         Jobs?        Work/Life balance?        

What are you working towards?         Are you working?

What should you be doing to make working possible?          

Don’t know? ...there’s an event for that!


This new and exciting event aims to connect a cross section of UK drama graduates with industry professionals, provide opportunities, know-how of how best to access “the business” and discover what questions you should be asking yourself:

  • How effective is my career planning and objectives?
  • How do I best communicate with the industry?
  • How do I fund myself and my creative work?
  • Can I make work for myself? How?
  • How do I maintain a work/life balance?
  • How do I network?
  • What do I want from the industry?

Get your questions answered...

Who is eligible for this event?

This event is open to ANY 2016 Drama/Acting/Theatre/Performance graduates of BA/MA/Professional Diploma courses from UK Universities or Drama Schools pursuing a career as a professional actor post-training.

Event details and venues

This event runs between two venues on the same night - The Actors Centre and The Seven Dials Club

Event reception will start at 6pm at:

The Seven Dials Club

42 Earlham St



The scheduled programme for the event will take place across both venues and will depend on a sign-up system on the night. The second venue is:

The Actors Centre

1A Tower Street




NOTE: The distance between the 2 venues is less than 200 Metres.


What you can expect on the night

Times: 6pm – close.

  • Wine Reception
  • Industry fair
  • Workshops
  • Advice and Guidance sessions
  • Seminars/Industry Panel Discussions
  • Goody Bags
  • Competition(s)
  • Oodles of information to take away!


With the event only a week away we can now confirm some exciting new industry attendees - 

CREATE YOUR OWN WORK panel discussion and Q&A will include:

  • Emily Dobbs – Actor/Producer/Theatre Maker
  • Matthew Keeler – Tristan Bates Theatre Producer
  • Anna Morris – Comedy Actor/Writer
  • Anthony Orme –  Actor/Writer/Director

STEPS TO SUCCESS interactive semiar will be run by Paul Clayton (Actor, Director and Chair of the Actors Centre Board)

SELF-TAPING AUDITIONS workshop will be run by Stephen Billington (Actor and Actors Centre Tutor)

SELF-MARKETING and BRANDING seminar and Q&A will be run by Paul Cawley (Actor and Actors Centre Tutor)

WORKING THE SCREEN masterclass will be run by Denis Lawson (Actor, Coach and Author)

THE BUSINESS a conversation and Q&A with Julia Crampsie (Head of Casting at the BBC) – Hosted by Adam Buchanan (Alan Bates Award 2013 Winner)



To RSVP for this event please send the following information via email to

In the email subject header please type: RSVP ACT NOW

In the body of the email we need the following information only:

  • Your Name
  • Email Address
  • Telephone Number 
  • Date of Birth
  • University/Drama School studied at
  • Course type
  • Exact course name
  • Year/month of graduation

NOTE: You must send this information to us as stated above failure to do so might delay or prevent your RSVP being allocated a place on the guest list. We do have a capacity for this event. RSVP data will be collected by the Actors Centre and Samuel French.


Our industry trade fair is also jam packed on the night - come along and speak to all of these: