Originate Actor Training (17-23YRS)

Want to join Originate?

Interested in joining Originate? The next submission will be in August 2025.

What is Originate?

Offered in collaboration with Theatre Peckham, Young & Talented, Guildhall School and RADA, Originate prepares young actors for Drama School and the industry via a free intensive nine-month programme. Originate allows young actors to build on their acting technique and confidence as a performer, create industry connections, establish a network of collaborators and introduces them to the rigour and joy of actor training. 

Participants train in acting, voice, text, movement and audition technique, the course includes theatre visits, Q&As with actors, directors and practitioners, and access to practical resources such as headshots and showreels.

The course is based at Theatre Peckham with sessions led by Suzann McLean, sessions are also held at RADA and Guildhall School with professional guest tutors from each conservatoire.

The course culminates with a showcase at RADA performed for an audience of professional directors and agents, as well as friends and family.

The Originate partnership enables drama schools to open up access, giving young performers the chance to develop their techniques and learn more about the experience and possibilities of full-time drama training. The programme has been shortlisted for the 2024 NEON Award for Widening Access to Higher Education.

What is Originate like?

“One skill I learned was giving more space for others to take up space. Being in a bigger cohort allowed me to take more time to just standby and allow others to shine or open up. I learned that sometimes hearing other peoples experiences or watching other people perform, allows me to grow as an actor as much as trying to involve myself in every single task and workshop.”

“Showcase day felt like we weren’t nervous, but we were bubbling with energy to get out there and show the world what we can do and so there was a bubbling feeding off ensemble, electricity between all of us.”

Thank you! It’s genuinely been a perception altering experience.”

When do sessions take place?

On Thursday evenings during term time 6pm-9pm

How can I join?

Originate group for 23/24 has already been selected. The next submission will be in August 2025. Register your interest to join here.

We audition all eligible applicants to the programme in person, and audition dates are published when applications open.

Am I eligible?

Due to competition for places, funding restrictions and reporting requirements all applicants have to be:

You must also be able to select at least one of these requirements below:

How can I support Originate?

Are you passionate about supporting young talent and empowering the next generation of creative leaders? We offer various ways for you to get involved, from volunteering opportunities to partnerships and sponsorships. Together, we can make a difference and create a more inclusive and vibrant creative industry. Email us youngpeckham@theatrepeckham.co.uk