Founded by acting coach Peter Hunt in 2009, ActUpNorth is the largest and most successful independent training program for adults outside the London area. It is the leading provider of part time actor training with centres in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. The programs are designed to prepare actors for the industry by using highly skilled and successful actors and industry professionals alike. This ensures that actors receive top quality guidance and training to break into the industry.
Auditions to the courses are through group audition. All levels of ability are catered for. This allows adult actors to grow as professionals and have their tuition independently tailored to the individual needs as an actor and performer. This flexible approach and guest teaching spots have now also been enhanced by a recent partnership with ALRA London, adding to the already substantial professional support and training offered.
The Leeds centre was the first of the academies to open in 2009. Adult actors travel from as far as Hull, Newcastle and several other areas in the North East to access this training and modern new approach to acting. With 80 students over nights, ActUpNorth are now also introducing children’s acting classes on a Sunday from September 2015.
The sessions are regularly observed by industry professionals such as Casting Directors, Agents, Producers and Directors. The Leeds centre operates from a working television studio housing productions such as DCI Banks, The Syndicate and several other independent film and television productions which are on the rise in the area. As a direct result of this, many students have gone on to secure auditions and speaking roles in these productions.
ActUpNorth Leeds has a fantastic working relationship with the Northern Film School, allowing many students to take part in trainee director projects and films. This already had opened up numerous opportunities for adult actors training at the centre.
With its base in the heart of TV land on Kirkstall Road in Leeds, ActUpNorth Leeds has become the first port of call for many northern productions and casting directors, particularly Emmerdale which is based just across the road. As the largest and most successful training provider for adult actors in Leeds, the centre offers masterclasses by some of the top names in the industry such as Sue Jones Casting – ‘Nil by Mouth’, ‘Human Traffic’, Sue Jones Casting Director ‘Emmerdale’, June West Casting Director ‘Coronation Street’, ‘The Royle Family’, Stephen Moore Casting Director ‘Doctors’ and ‘Eastenders’, Sarah Hughes Casting Director ‘2 Pints’ & ‘Jonathan Creek’, Martin Gibbons Commercial Casting Director, Nicci Topping Commercial Casting Director, and Rick Laxton Hollyoaks Casting Director…. to name but a few. With ActUpNorth growing in popularity and success, the future for adult acting classes in Leeds looks bright. Watch this space…………………