WHERE ARE THINKING ACTORS BASED?
We are based in Manchester. We run workshops across the UK. We also work internationally.
IS THERE PARKING?
There is on-street parking and carparks near to our Manchester location at The Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street eg NCP Central Manchester Car Park.
For MediaCityUK workshops, we suggest that you use the near-by Multi-Storey Studios Car Park.
ARE YOUR ACTING TEACHERS QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED?
Our resident practitioner Peter Carroll has over 30 years of experience as a drama practitioner. He is a qualified teacher and acting lecturer with extensive industry experience. He is an alumnus of The Acting Studio, New York City. He specialises in Stanislavski's System and The Meisner Technique. All of our visiting practitioners are also established, industry professionals.
DO YOU PROVIDE ONLINE COURSES AND TRAINING?
DO I NEED TO AUDITION FOR YOUR MANCHESTER CLASS IF I HAVE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE?
Following your on-line application, we will contact you to arrange an informal Zoom interview. You will be assessed with a view to joining us as a student. Please refer to terms and conditions.
CAN I ATTEND A FREE TRIAL CLASS?
The standard 2 hr class fee of £22.00 remains applicable. Once you have agreed to attend, we will send you an invoice. You can pay via BACS transfer or online. We do not accept cash payments. You’ll receive a payment receipt for your records. If you do not attend on the mutually agreed date, you remain liable for this payment. Like the acting industry itself, we value your integrity and reliability.
Please refer to our full terms and conditions.
DO YOU EVER OFFER A FREE CLASS OR WORKSHOP?
No. Unfortunately, free places are grabbed very quickly. Only around 50% of people, who claim such an opportunity, actually attend the session Sadly, it's the same story for similar actor training centres. This stops more worthy people from obtaining a place in one of our classes. By charging a fee, we know that you're more likely to commit and demonstrate your integrity.
I WANT TO ATTEND A CLASS OR WORKSHOP BUT IT'S FULLY BOOKED
Our classes and workshops are extremely popular. We always advise that you book early. We often close booking 7-10 days before the published start date in order to distribute resources. If the class or workshop that you would like to attend is listed as fully booked, we will add you to our standby/waiting list. Please email email@example.com with your details.
WHAT ABOUT COVID?
We take your safety seriously and follow government guidelines. We've introduced BLENDED LEARNING - if lockdown restrictions are ordered, our venue-based classes transfer online at a 50% discount. You can find our COVID updates at https://www.thinkingactors.co.uk/covid
DO YOU HAVE GUEST PRACTITIONERS?
Guest practitioners are included in the standard class fee for our Act for Camera study modules. Other specialist workshops are also offered throughout the academic year. Industry guests are always very carefully selected and often exclusive. Please note that, after much consideration, we do not provide any additional ticketed 'meet and greet' events with Casting Directors, or Casting Associates, for actors who do not attend our regular Act for Camera or Theatreworks classes. There are many other companies in the city that are happy to offer you such paid for services.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION / BOOKING PROCESS?
Following your online application and registration for your chosen course, you'll receive an email to confirm your place (or a Zoom interview for our Manchester Act For Camera course) within 24 hours. All payments are processed through GoCardless or Stripe processing platforms and you can book with confidence. A payment receipt will also be sent to you for your records. If you experience difficulties with our booking system, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Please do check you spam folder!
I’M HAVING DIFFICULTY APPLYING ON-LINE USING MY SMARTPHONE OR COMPUTER. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Please email email@example.com with your name, contact telephone number and the title of the course/workshop that you are interested in.
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT MY APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL?
You will receive an email to confirm your place and start date from our administration team.
ARE CLASSES TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
All classes and workshops are a tax deductible expense for professional actors. It’s about keeping your skills updated and your on-going Continued Professional Development (CPD). All classes and workshops are invoiced and you will receive a receipt upon confirmation of payment. Please keep this paperwork for your records. We advise that you consult with an accountant for further information and guidance.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO A CLASS OR WORKSHOP?
Please wear comfortable clothing and sensible footwear that facilities movement.
IS IT A FULL TIME COURSE?
Currently, we provide part-time evening classes and one/two day specialist workshops for actors and presenters. We also run a comprehensive online program of study.
HOW LONG IS A COURSE/WORKSHOP?
Please refer to course and workshop details on our home page.
WHAT IF I CANNOT MAKE THE CLASS ?
You must inform us by midday, on the day of your evening class, that you are unable to join us. Time goes into preparing resources and necessary administration. In accordance with terms and conditions, you remain liable to pay for a missed session(s). Persistent lateness or attendance issues will jeopardise your place with us. Telephone or text 07970 828092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. Messaging via social media messaging systems is not acceptable.
CAN I REQUEST A REFUND IF I CANNOT MAKE A WORKSHOP THAT I HAVE BOOKED ON TO?
No refund or roll-over is available. We run all our classes and workshops based on the viability of group numbers. Significant time is spent on preparation, distribution of resources and general administration. Please refer to our full terms and conditions - you will be asked to tick a box to say that you're happy to agree to them prior to acceptance on to our classes, courses and workshops. An electronic record of your agreement is kept by us and is legally binding. It is your personal responsibility to make sure that you are available for the workshop or class that you have chosen to commit to. To prevent further action, any outstanding invoice must be paid in full for any course that you have missed.
I’VE BOOKED A CONSULTATION MEETING. NOW, I CANNOT MAKE THE APPOINTMENT THAT WE AGREED. WHAT SHALL I DO?
Your integrity and reliability are very important to us. Notifying us on the day of the meeting is not acceptable. Failing to attend a mutually agreed meeting is a serious matter and could jeopardise us working with you in the future. You will be automatically invoiced for our time. The standard fee is £30.00. You will need to settle this invoice before we reconsider rearranging your appointment.
WHAT COURSES ARE AVAILABLE?
To ensure that you are kept up to date with our training and courses, we recommend that you subscribe to our mailing list. A form can be found near the bottom of our home page. In addition, please follow Thinking Actors on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @ThinkingActors
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT GROUP LEVELS?
Generally, we work with mixed ability groups. This is dependent on your course or workshop. We work with the serious beginner through to established talent.
HOW MANY ACTORS ARE IN EACH GROUP?
Unlike some other acting schools, we cap our classes at between 8-16. This number can be affected by COVID regulations. This facilitates the quality of outcome. In the case of our presenter's workshop, we work with a maximum of 4 people.
ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS?
Currently, we work with adults 18+
DO YOU OFFER SELF-TAPE AND SHOWREEL SERVICES?
Yes. Find out more at https://www.thinkingactors.co.uk/showreel-service