The Independent Centre for Actor Training is holding a morning of free workshops to give those wishing to undertake professional actor training an opportunity to sample their teaching for free. Students looking to take their acting career to the next level and make a career from their  passion are invited to experience the distinctive techniques pioneered by this exciting independent drama school first hand.

The open days taking place in Manchester and London on Sunday 18th June, are an overview of what makes the school unique, introducing prospective students to the the principles upon which ICAT is founded, and touching upon three of the different areas of study included in the course:

  • There will be introductory sessions in laban movement
  • best vocal practice and action and impulse, pioneered by legendary theatre director Mike Alfreds who is a course advisor and advocate of the school.
  • Additionally there will be a question and answer session with ICAT’s core artistic team.

Founded in 2007 by award winning Royal Shakespeare Company actor Simon Trinder, ICAT is an independent actor training and artist development centre where hugely experienced professionals nurture a new generation of artists. ICAT has schools in Manchester and London offering a two year part time professional actor training course, a range of specialised short courses and incredible masterclasses with world renowned practitioners.

Following the morning of free workshops there will be an opportunity to audition for ICAT’s pioneering two year course. Auditions take place in a group workshop setting, breaking from the intimidating format employed by many drama schools. Applicants are asked to prepare a 2 minute monologue of their choosing – Audition slots are charged at £30 per place.

Artistic Director, Founder and Principal Simon Trinder says: “Since 2007, ICAT has been offering first class, reality based training for actors of all ages and experience. Our motto is “train with those who do this for a living” and our goal is to eliminate the crippling debt generally associated with training to become an actor. There are thousands of talented and deserving actors unable to afford tuition costs at mainstream drama schools. This has a knock on effect on the diversity of voices represented on our stages and screens. Equally, mainstream drama schools are chronically oversubscribed, with hundreds of talented and deserving actors continually rejected purely due to numbers. ICAT aims to bridge the gap, making actor training accessible to all, without the enormous financial risk. ICAT is a place of passion, described as the closest thing to an actor’s apprenticeship available. There really is nothing else quite like this.”


To find out more go to The Independent Centre for Actor Training here.

Masterclass information:

ICAT Manchester Open Day – Sunday June 18th – 10am- 1pm
Venue: Hope Studios, 52 Newton Street, Manchester, M1 1ED | Guidance: Over 18’s (or those who will be over 18 in September)
Free Tickets:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/GJGMFD

ICAT London Open Day – Sunday June 18th – 10am- 1pm
Venue: Theatre Delicatessen, Deli Studios, 2 Finsbury Avenue, Broadgate, EC2M 2PF | Guidance: Over 18’s (or those who will be over 18 in September)
Free Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/GJGMF