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Leeds Actors in Training (LAIT) is a studio-based programme for emerging artists, aged 18-25, to test, challenge and develop their performance skills alongside industry-leading professionals.

Presented as a parallel opportunity to a foundation course, LAIT runs every Wednesday evening during term time. A large portion of the programme focuses on in-depth, exploratory training on key areas of theatre and performance, including physical theatre, clowning, actor-musicianship, improvisation, script work and devising, whilst also using these techniques to nurture self-esteem, resilience, ambition, and the transferable skills of communication and team work. There is also time and opportunity given in the sessions for LAIT members to receive practical audition and interview support.

Later workshops focus more on gaining production and live performance experience. LAIT members will be supported through the process of rehearsing and performing a production in a local venue and then preparing for and delivering a small-scale city tour. Working with MA Writing for Performance and Publication students from the University of Leeds, our showcases are created from original scripts written specifically for LAIT.

The course is led by Artistic Director Lizi Patch, who has 30 years of experience as a professional director, writer, actor and teacher. The delivery is also supported by a programme of masterclasses run by guest artists who are experts in their discipline. In previous terms, LAIT has worked with Rod Dixon (Red Ladder Theatre Company), Amy Leach (Leeds Playhouse), Nicola Wilding (Associate Director, Graeae), Ben Tagoe (Playwright) and Rebecca Stokes (actor-musician, Rusticus).

Expressions of Interest Invited
Leeds Actors in Training is not running currently; we are seeking funding for the next cohort to start in 2020. If you would like to find out more about LAIT, or express your interest about joining the company in future, please email james.whittle@leedsgrandtheatre.com or call 0113 297 7042.  

Cost: £150 per term with some bursary places available upon application.

LAIT Alumni

LAIT has helped me grow as a performer and make me see myself in a completely different perspective. LAIT has been fundamental in my acting training this year; it has allowed me to my balance essential training with work and auditions. There is very little else out there for young actors trying to make their first step into the industry. LAIT is one of a kind.”
Past LAIT Member

“The recent session on improvisation was particularly helpful, and not just from an acting perspective. It has been helpful to understand how to hold better conversations; rather than killing the conversation with a ‘no’, or a ‘yes but’, which is another way of saying no, using the ‘yes and’ technique has allowed for me to have more positive conversations. It has also impacted the way I answer emails allowing for a more professional approach.”
Past LAIT Member

• 100% of members have attended auditions/interviews (outside of LAIT) while in training with us.
• Over 50% of members have taken part in public performances (outside of LAIT) whilst in training with us.
• Over 30% have secured future places on formal arts training programmes, including Drama and Language degree at Sussex University, National Youth Theatre - Senior Course (Epic Stages), BA (hons) Musical Theatre at Leeds College of Music, Drama Centre Foundation in Performance and Contemporary Performance Practise at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. With one member on the waiting list for Acting and Contemporary Theatre Course at East 15, and another achieving a Diploma with London College of Music for Musical Theatre.
• Over 50% of members have secured employed or voluntary work within the arts industry whilst in training with us. This includes work at Leeds Playhouse, teaching at PQA, role play actor for South Yorkshire and Humberside Police Department and acting work on TV adverts. One member has successfully signed up to an actor’s agency too.

LAIT’s continuation has been made possible with the support from Wade’s Charity, Leeds Inspired and The Emerald Foundation.

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