A new generation of professional actors will receive training from some of the UK’s leading professionals thanks to a brand new programme being launched at Newcastle Theatre Royal.


Project A is the first course of its kind in the North of England dedicated to actor training and will offer practical and theoretical training to young aspiring actors aged 18-25 years old, who are looking to make a serious career as an actor.


Leading the project is Philip Hoffmann, a professional actor and director who originally hails from Manchester but has lived and worked in the North East for over twenty years. He said: “There is a huge need here in the North East as far as access to top quality actor training goes and for many years now people in the industry have been asking why there isn’t a dedicated actor training institution here in the North East.


“Our talented young people shouldn’t have to leave the region to get access to the best professionals and so we hope thatProject A will provide the perfect solution to this problem.”


The course, which will be offered completely free of charge for its inaugural year, will be run over three terms in an academic year and will include vocal, physical and performance skills training as well as specialist training including Meisner technique, improvisation, acting for screen and stage combat.  These areas will be developed alongside the students’ continuous training in character development and text analysis.


Phil added “There is a definite need for this kind of programme and support from within the regional arts scene, so I am delighted that Newcastle Theatre Royal is taking the lead in the field and providing this wonderful opportunity for young actors.

“All that we ask of those taking part is that they have a genuine desire to work as a professional actor and that they are 100 per cent committed to the course.”


Project A is open to anyone aged 18-25 with acting experience, details and a downloadable application pack can be found closing date for applications is 15 July.