December 29, 2016

Hello you.

Yes, you - squatting in that awkward corner of Samuel French (somewhere between Bartlett and Chekhov). I see you. You’re spending another gloomy afternoon scouring page after page for that monologue. You know the one - it’s profound without being showy; not o...

December 6, 2016

As a Theatre Directing student I spend a lot of time with actors. Witnessing actors attempting to master their craft and improve upon their acting is a regular occurrence for me. But what if the desire to “act” actually clouds the actor’s judgement? What if the best th...

August 10, 2016

It's so easy when preparing for an audition to forget the one element that undoubtedly will win over the people you're auditioning for. Entertain them. Engage them.



So often people pick an audition speech because they think that the material will "show off"  their acti...

May 6, 2015

Headshots fascinate me… the whole process. They have nothing whatsoever to do with acting but are such an important part of the business of being an actor. They are photographs of us when our work is about being someone else. We have them done so rarely yet beat oursel...

January 31, 2014

Here we go! Five, six, seven, eight… Left, right, arms behind, left foot, snap... Again! Left, right, arms behind, left foot, snap.’



The opening sequence of the musical A Chorus Line encapsulates the cutthroat and competitive nature of auditioning. Based on verbatim in...

January 24, 2014

Sometimes in the profession loneliness can rear its ugly head, you may be away filming for weeks on end or on tour with a play, it's inevitable that you can often feel alone. Even simply struggling with not working and auditioning can leave you feeling isolated and dep...

April 19, 2013

When Polly and Joan asked me to write a passage about a playwright who has inspired me my mind almost instantly turned to the great, and much derided, Edward Bond. Edward is most known for his seminal masterpiece, 'Saved', which includes the infamous scene of a group o...

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