The Actors Centre

Putting in the Hours

In order to excel in any field of human endeavour, it’s necessary to accumulate about 10,000 hours of practice. That’s what they say and it’s probably true. There’s no doubt that commitment and opportunity produce superior skill, but where can trained but inexperienced screen actors get an opportunity to put in ten, let alone ten thousand hours of experience in front of a camera? These innovative workshops are specifically designed to help members improve their screen skills and to gain experience and confidence. During these record-and-review sessions, participants will film two short sequences and discuss the playback with an experienced director or tutor. This is not a drop-in class. Texts with character and background notes will be emailed to signed-up members the day before each session and obviously, because each workshop is limited to four participants, a high standard of pre-learning, punctuality and commitment is essential. These workshops will be led by a small team of tutors that include Daniel Dresner, Suzy Catliff, Akbar Kurtha, Camilla Laxton, Peter Salter, Laurence Mitchell and Gill Wilkinson. Please check individual dates on the website for the tutor biographies. Sessions run 1330-1530 or 1545-1745. Price £18


Daniel Dresner

Daniel studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and has had a long career as a working coach, teacher and actor. His many recent credits include playing George W Bush for Channel 4, 17 episodes of an internet TV series, a sitcom pilot, 14 short radio stories, Mercenaries for ABC, Sixty Six for Working Title, commercials for Bet Victor, Subway, Orangina, the Labour Party and a training video series for the NHS. 


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