Originate Actor Training

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. The course is based at Theatre Peckham with sessions also held at RADA and Guildhall School on Thursdays between 6.30-9.30pm. The sessions train participants to perform for the stage and screen, and the project culminates in an industry showcase.

2024/25 Applications will open soon

Due to competition for places, funding restrictions and reporting requirements, we ask that applicants:

Applicants should also meet at least one of the following:

Participants take part in a series of masterclasses led by Suzann McLean, Artistic Director of Theatre Peckham and Founder of Young & Talented, as well as guest tutors from RADA and Guildhall, and other theatre professionals from across the industry. Participants train in acting, voice, text, movement and audition technique, the course includes theatre visits, take part in Q&As with actors, directors and practitioners, and gain access to practical resources such as headshots.

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

The Originate partnership enables RADA to open up access to the Academy, giving young performers the chance to develop their techniques and learn more about the experience and possibilities of full-time drama training.

The Future

Originate allows young actors to build on their acting technique and confidence as a performer, create industry connections, establish a network of collaborators and it introduces them to the rigour and joy of actor training. 

84% of Originate Actors 2021/22 were approached by industry professionals within two weeks of their showcase.

Previous Originate Actors said:

It was refreshing to be in an environment where the people represent such a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. The best. – Adrian

The industry no longer feels like an intangible, intimidating thing but something that, with hard work, drive and talent, could be very achievable. – Yasmin