About Us

Over ten years ago, there was a real need for professional technical training for actors not able to pay huge drama school fees or study full time, and so London Actors Workshop was set up to fill that gap. Since then, the acting industry has changed dramatically, but London Actors Workshop has remained a popular training course for hundreds of actors from all backgrounds, and continues to grow today, helping both professional and aspiring actors learn the skills required to work in the film and TV industry.

Over the last decade, the flagship 12 week programme that runs Sundays in a studio in Covent Garden has been honed and tweaked so that every workshop is heavily focused on improving a skill or technique that is necessary to any jobbing actor. Now, the programme is so successful that London Actors Workshop has alumni working across TV, film and theatre; many of whom come back and do the course again, wanting to touch up on those sought-after skills.

London Actors Workshop is widely accepted as one of the best value courses around: the level of teaching and amount packed into the course is pretty impressive and a defining feature of the course. The course directors are committed to keeping costs down in order to remain accessible to those unable to pay the high fees dictated by some of the other schools.

London Actors Workshop Tutors

Jonathan Sidgwick

Course Director

After studying French & German at Keele University, Jon spent two years backpacking around the world and four years teaching English in Tokyo before deciding to join the profession via LAMDA.

He’s been fortunate enough to be directed by Steven Berkoff in ‘Messiah’ at The Old Vic, ’Oedipus’ at the Edinburgh Pleasance and Spoleto Festival, USA and ‘Six Actors in search of a Director’ at the Charing Cross Theatre.

Other stage roles include Heathcliff in ‘Wuthering Heights’, John Proctor in ‘The Crucible’ and in 2014 he fulfilled a goal to play Jean in ‘Miss Julie’ by producing and updating Strindberg’s classic to the post-World War One era. A run on the Camden Fringe was followed by an acclaimed production at The King’s Head Theatre playing opposite Sophie Linfield and Suzanne Shaw.

He recently enjoyed learning a script in Lithuanian for a short, filmed in France, playing a 19th Century priest and playing a police detective opposite Charlotte Milchard (The Fourth Kind) in her London based cop web series ‘The Ripple Effect’.

After the role of Sir George in the new play ‘Banksters’ at The White Bear in March 2015, he’s spending 7 months of 2015 playing ‘Paravicini’ in the West End 60th Anniversary UK no.1 Tour of ‘The Mousetrap’.

His television credits include Phil Mason in ‘Coronation Street’, Matt Newell in ‘Hollyoaks’, Jameson in ‘Eastenders’ & Franz Pfeffer in ‘Father Brown’.

Jon has played leads in several indie features inc. Ivan Korda in ‘Cargo’, (Official Selection Taormina Film Festival), Max Trisch in ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, Johann von Brahchausen in ‘The Last Bloodline’ & Edward in ‘The Witches Hammer’.

Short films include: Damian in ‘What does your Daddy do?’(Official Selection BIFA, Venice International Film Festival), ‘Into the Sunshine’, ‘Animus’ & ‘The Christmas Fairy’.

John Melainey

John Melainey

Improvisation, Film & Televison Acting & Screen Audition Technique

John, who regularly runs casting sessions for the renowned Hubbard Casting, has many successful decades in the business as both a tutor and actor, starring in all the major continuing British Dramas (The Bill, Coronation Street among others) of the last 30 years.
He rejoins us for his popular Television & Film classes as well as opening the course with 'Improvisation'. Through his experience he has developed a practical, down to earth approach to Film/Television acting and audition technique, providing valuable feedback & tips on how to improve.

ENDY MCKAY

ENDY MCKAY

Shakespeare & Voice

Endy McKay trained at the Mountview Academy of Arts, graduating in 2004. Her first professional work was with the Royal Shakespeare Company that very year. As a screen actor, she has appeared in The Cost of Living, Murderland and as a recurring character in Channel Four’s Peep Show. Endy’s enthusiasm for the bard is infectious. With her experience of the RSC as an actor and tutor she will demystify Shakespeare and show how his work, language and themes are a relevant as ever to today’s drama.

BRETT YONT

BRETT YONT

Combat

Bret is currently the Master of Combat at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Italia Conti (BA Acting Programme) and The Central School of Speech and Drama.
He is constantly in demand (National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company among others) and memorably was a combat coordinator on the Wolfgang Petersen directed movie ‘Troy’ with Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom.
Bret trained as an actor at the University of Arkansas and the Guildford School of Acting, is a member of the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat and has taught workshops in the UK, US, Canada, Israel, Singapore and Germany.
His command of the subject and hands on approach will allow you to beat up your co-stars........but safely!

VAL COLGAN

VAL COLGAN

Method Acting

Valerie trained at the Herbert Berghof Studios in New York and after fifty years in the business and many credits to her name (Alien, Saving Private Ryan) she is well versed in the techniques of Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen and Michael Chekhov. Val creates a warm learning environment in the class room and tutors privately as well as sitting on the boards of various theatrical institutions.

PAUL MCEWAN

PAUL MCEWAN

Acting for TV

Paul McEwan (Strictly Confidential) is an exciting tutor who has many theatre credits and much televison experience, most notably earning a nomination for Best Screen Villain for the continuing television drama 'Emmerdale'. He has a vast knowledge of how to 'get it right quickly' in the pressurised world of British Dramas and is enthusiastic in sharing his techniques and tips. As an actor, Paul knows exactly how to excel on set when you land that guest/leading role in a television drama. Paul brings his energy and enthusiasm to script analysis, ‘camera eye’, hitting your marks and more. We'll get hands on with scripts and film your work in class.

DANIEL DRESNER

DANIEL DRESNER

Screen Acting

Daniel trained in New York and Tokyo and has a detailed, in depth approach to acting on screen. As well as being an actor, tutor & director, Daniel is also now a ‘life coach’ helping actors develop within our overcrowded industry. We’ll work on pre-learnt scripts and really get behind the actors’ and the characters’ thought process. Detailed work so please learn the scripts!

MERRYN OWEN

MERRYN OWEN

Shakespeare

Merryn trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has toured extensively as an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Having run workshops at the RSC, he knows how to break down the barriers many students feel when faced with Shakespeare's texts and open up an exciting world of possibility and understanding.

Theatre credits include: ‘Worlds End’ - Edinburgh & West End (nominee best actor Stage Awards Edinburgh ’07), ‘Silence’ - RSC & Arcola Theatre, ‘Julius Caesar’ - RSC & Lyric Hammersmith, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, RSC, The Love of a Good Man, The Union Theatre, Snake in Fridge, Manchester Royal Exchange, Wolfboy & Treatment both for State of Unrest. Film credits include: Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot, Nailing Vienna, Dead Flies Are No Good, Hollow China, 647 Days. Television credits include: Family Affairs, Mile High, Doctors. Voice credits includes: Dr Who Big Finis, Starflight Genesis BBC

ARIELLA ESHED

ARIELLA ESHED

TUTOR

Ariella is a director, performer and workshop leader. Her work with Archetypes (the devil, the child, the trickster, etc), Tensions and Michael Chekhov (nephew of Anton) technique will help you in creating a character or to instantly create a feeling for a particular close up. She works regularly at The Actors Centre in London, with the National Theatre Education Department and in various acting schools.
In 2005 she set up her own theatre company ‘Tik-sho-ret’, Hebrew for ‘Communication’ and has taken several productions to the Edinburgh Festival.

CHARLOTTE MILCHARD

CHARLOTTE MILCHARD

Sight Reading

Charlotte is a television, stage & film actor as well as producer of her own ‘cop drama’ web series, ‘The Ripple Effect’. As well as sight reading and bringing the lines to life from the page, she has great insight into the business, having spent several months in Los Angeles and a playing leading role in a Hollywood movie, 'The Fourth Kind'.

SALLY KNYVETTE

SALLY KNYVETTE

Script Analysis

Sally is an accomplished actor, director and tutor of many years standing, with a strong, no-nonsense approach to script analysis and performance. She has worked as a series regular on ‘Emmerdale’ and in the 1970s series ‘Blake’s Seven’. She regularly directs theatre productions at The Tricycle Theatre, the Finborough Arms and runs a Shakespeare residential week course in sunny Italy.

SARAH VICTORIA

SARAH VICTORIA

Perdekamp Emotional Method

Sarah Victoria from PEM (Perdekamp Emotional Method) http://www.pem-acting.com/ is a leading practitioner of this revolutionary acting method.
Awareness of and employing our physical organs allows us to access genuine, strong yet subtle emotions in a safe and effective style. This is relatively new to UK but is going down a storm in Los Angeles, South Africa and Europe. Garett Wang of Startrek: Voyager fame has said, “ PEM is the newest, most cutting-edge and effective of acting methods. Every actor should try it.”