How is your workshop programme designed?
Our workshop programme is genuinely actor led. The workshop page is a reflection, at any one time, of what the membership is requesting. Members request workshops via the ‘Workshop Wishlist‘ function which can be found on the right-hand side of the workshops page once a member is logged in – and, week by week, it’s from here our programme grows. We offer a range of workshops including ‘toolbox’ skills such as voice, movement, marketing and running your own business, and lab work covering a wide spectrum of skills with leading industry practitioners. We also produce casting advice and audition technique classes with directors, casting directors, and producers, covering theatre, film and television. Workshops are presented in courses, individual group sessions and one-to-one formats.
Our focus is very much on quality over quantity. We do not employ acting tutors, but instead those working in key roles in the profession lead workshops. Such was the need, we have grown very quickly and are now the largest membership organisation for on-going training in the UK.
Where does The Actors’ Guild run it’s workshops?
We are not a building, our community uses a variety of spaces around the UK. This means we are not limited by space and gives us the freedom to offer the workshops and courses that you request. You could be learning to gallop in Warwickshire one day and on stage, working in the round, the next. We do however have a Hub at Spotlight offering a focus for our London operation in the heart of the West End – in a building at the very centre of the UK casting scene. You can also take TEAG classes in Manchester – although this programme is smaller.
Why is your annual membership fee so low?
Because, as actors, we believe it has to be. The Actors’ Guild is geared, first and foremost, towards supporting the community of professional actors in the UK. Charging higher membership fees means actors with limited availability do not experience value for money and those with limited funds may be excluded altogether. We also offer three price levels to accommodate actors whatever their situation. These are:
Premium membership – €24 a year – for all new and returning members. Entitles access to all our services including our full workshop programme and the largest collection of industry discounts for actors in the UK, offering members savings worth hundreds of pounds a year.
Premium membership – €20 a year + we give you €5 account credit – this reduced membership offers all of the above and is reserved for members who continue their premium membership without their account expiring.
Basic membership – €10 a year – entitles you to our extensive benefits and discounts only.
How does the waiting list system work?
Because the vast majority of our workshops sell out very quickly, it’s a good idea to use this system if you are wanting to attend a workshop. Members add themselves to the waiting list online, through their account. Once logged in the icon appears at the bottom of each listing on the Workshops & Events page. The waiting list is date ordered and members are contacted in turn when a place becomes available. If there is little time before a workshop the place may be opened up online and the whole waiting list contacted via email. We also contact those on the waiting list first if the workshop is programmed again to offer them priority booking.
Do you offer workshops for beginners?
How long does the application process take?
It can be as short as 24 hours. However we sometimes have to validate your professional information and this can slow down an application. As much professional details should be provided as possible and applicants should read our membership criteria carefully before applying. It also speeds things up when the applications instructions are adhered to – these can be found on our join page.
When do you release new workshops?
Every week. We send out newsletters a few times a month with highlights from our programme, and any other news and offers we may have. The reason we don’t produce a set programme a few months in advance is because those who lead our workshops work in key roles within the profession – many of them are unable to commit to dates a long time in advance. Likewise, as a community of actors, we are often unable to commit to dates a couple of months in advance. Programming week to week means we can react quickly to trends in the profession and ensure what we are offering is relevant.
The workshop I booked is not longer listed?
I’ve booked a workshop where sides are being sent out – when will I receive these?
Normally one or two days before the workshop takes place. These are sent out via email.
How are your workshops with Casting Workshops structured?
When they are ethically run and led by working industry professionals these can offer a fantastic opportunity to all those in the room. We believe there should be a consistent and recognised standard of professionalism for all casting director workshops. We believe this would benefit the actor and the casting director as all concerned will then know, whoever they book with, that there will be the same quality controls and restrictions on numbers and cost.
The Actors’ Guild runs its UK casting director workshops with the following promises:
- €26-€32 maximum for a 3-hour workshop
- workshops led by working industry professionals
- maximum of 16 actors on any workshop, although we regularly limit a class to 12 or 14
- we adhere to the Casting Directors’ Guild guidelines
We understand a ‘block’ or course of workshops suits some actors down to the ground. However we believe actors should always have the choice to book as many or as few workshops as they want, and not incur a financial penalty if they only book one workshop. The Actors’ Guild is a not-for-profit organisation.
A point on agents…
Good agents can offer a really useful insight into certain aspects of our industry. For this reason we occasionally invite top agents to lead talks and seminars for our members. These offer the opportunity to sit down as a group and on a one-to-one level, providing a chance for members to ask all the questions members have when it comes to getting the right representation, as well as to share and discuss in a supportive environment, and receive honest answers and feedback. However, the Actors’ Guild strongly disagrees with the practice of producing workshops where actors pay to perform in front of agents.
Does the Actors’ Guild have Patrons?
Yes – although perhaps not in the conventional sense. We consider our entire membership, which is made up of both established actors and those just starting to carve a career, as patrons of The Actors’ Guild. Our patrons all actively use the services we provide as well as publicly supporting the organisation in so many different ways.
What is your cancellation refund policy?
The vast majority of our workshops sell out and have an accompanying waiting list. Therefore we have no cancellation fees for our workshops and offer members a 100% refund on these if we are able to resell their place prior to the start of the workshop. If members give at least 72 hours (3 working days) notice then we offer a full refund even if we do not resell your place. For information on our cancellation terms, including workshops with special terms see our full terms and conditions.
You can cancel your workshops when logged into your TEAG account – click on ‘my account’ >> ‘workshops I’ve booked’ then select the workshop.
I’d like to submit a piece for your articles page. What’s the best way to do this?
We welcome ideas and contributions for our articles page, although not all submissions can be published. Those wishing to submit an idea should get in touch.
I’m an industry service provider – how can I inform your membership about it?
We have a dedicated Service Directory (accessible to all) on our website. Service providers benefit from a range of exposure options – including the ability to list for free and gain a rosette by offering our members a discount. The Actors’ Guild is the largest membership organisation for on-going training for professional actors in the UK. Our website, which is solely geared towards profession actors, gets an average of over 27,000 hits every day.