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LEEDS ACTORS IN TRAINING (18 - 23 YEAR OLDS) 

CITY VARIETIES




 
STOP PRESS -  News and Opportunities

CALL OUT FOR NEW PLAYS
Every Summer Term, Leeds Actors in Training will be producing new work in a professional venue to a paying audience.  This year we will be performing at Seven Arts on July 6th. We would like to make links with playwrights at all stages of their careers who would benefit from seeing their work performed by LAIT in a public space. 
 
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR? 
CAST: We have between 8-10 actors aged 18-25 years old, and the play must have meaty roles for all (this can include multi-roles, flexibility to split roles, gender-blind casting etc.)
 
LENGTH: Min 1 hour , max 90 mins is ideal.  Shorter plays can be coupled with other shorter plays so feel free to send us your script if you think it fulfills all the other criteria. 
 
GENRE: Open to everything as long as it can be done on a tight budget.  We are particularly interested in contemporary plays with relevance to young adults. 
 
WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF IT? 
1. If your work is selected for the July showcase, you’ll get a production in a professional venue directed by a professional director, Lizi Patch performed by a cast of young actors at the beginning of their careers. 
2. Plays are written to be performed: We are always looking for good quality contemporary scripts throughout the year for actor training exercises, scene classes and future scratch nights. If we were to pick your work we would invite you into the rehearsal room to see what we are up to and strike up a two-way creative dialogue. 
We currently have no funding available for these opportunities but we can offer you a platform for your work, good exposure and a creative conversation with new artists and seasoned professionals. 
Please send scripts to maria.spadafora@leedsgrandtheatre.com

LEEDS ACTORS IN TRAINING (LAIT)
 
“LAIT is an honest and open space where passionate young actors can develop their toolkit under expert guidance.” Ellah: LAIT Participant 2017/2018

Run by professional artists, who are working in the business, LAIT is designed to develop participating young artists vocally, physically and imaginatively and encourages an independent and in-depth approach to the work.. Led by Artistic Director Lizi Patch in collaboration with Leeds Grand Theatre, LAIT provides young adults with the opportunity to train in a working theatre supported by a range of industry professionals.
 
“My aim in starting LAIT was to provide meaningful actor training to young adults between school/youth theatre and FE/the workplace, to help them develop their skills to the highest standard, help them to recognise what sort of artist they want to be, build confidence and audition skills and cement their self-worth.”  Artistic Director Lizi Patch
 
Throughout the autumn we hosted two fantastic Masterclasses: Movement for the Actor from Natasha Harrison (Movement Director/Choreographer) and Acting Through Singing with Rebecca Stokes (Actor/Singer/Musician). LAIT members also supported the City Varieties Youth Theatre’s winter show at the Howard Assembly Room.  
 
Throughout the spring, LAIT members will prepare for auditions; working on monologues, audition songs and interview technique, culminating in a mock audition with industry professionals who will provide feedback and advice. 
 
Throughout the summer LAIT will be rehearsing and performing a contemporary drama to a public audience. 
 
If you’d like to find out more about the work of LAIT or to apply please email learning@leedsgrandtheatre.com
 
At the end of the first term, this is what our very first LAIT group have been saying: 
 
“LAIT empowers you as you can address things you want to work on in a supportive and consistent environment working with professionals.” Evie
 
“Working with the same small group each week means we have built trust between us and Lizi creates and environment where we have permission to fail which is vital to me.” Adan
 
“LAIT is a more adult environment where I can tailor the training to suit my needs. We can all accept we have weak areas and work on these.” Sophia
 
“LAIT is an honest and open space where passionate young actors can develop their toolkit under expert guidance.” Ellah 
 
“LAIT helps you discover more about yourself and learn important theatre skills in the meantime. There are so many skills in this course that I can easily apply to my roles in training at College, and acting jobs in the future. For example, stretching to calm my nerves and Laban to embody and develop character.” David. 
 
“What I'm enjoying is that LAIT is a less pressured, more fun way of learning about the trade. There are no exams and we get to focus on ourselves as artists.” Sophie. 
 
“LAIT is unique in Leeds, there are very few groups for 18+ and LAIT is a focused, skills-based training opportunity working in depth on topics you’d learn at Drama School.” Niamh
 
LAIT is a pilot project for 18-23 year olds offering a practical skills-building course providing a thorough grounding for the theatre profession. Run by professional artists, who are working in the business, LAIT is designed to develop participating young artists vocally, physically and imaginatively and encourages an independent and in-depth approach to the work.
Cost: £150/term with some bursary places available upon application  
 
 

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