WORKSHOP: inside the audition process

with our Artistic Director MATTHEW PARKER
23 June & 28 July
1 - 4pm
£25

WORKSHOP: Inside The Audition Process

A full and frank investigation of what it’s like from Matthew’s “side of the table” when casting for theatre productions. How does he post a job? What’s he looking for in applications? How best to present yourself and behave at your audition. What makes a good audition ‘chat’? What are the regular, surprising pitfalls made at audition?

Find out all this and more, with practical examples and honest answers from the Artistic Director and award winning theatre maker of The Hope Theatre, Matthew Parker.

The workshop lasts 3 hours including a short break. Some preparation may be required in advance. The workshop is open to anyone involved in casting for theatre including actors, directors, producers etc. Places are strictly limited to 10 participants per workshop date.

Matthew’s workshop really demystified the entire casting process, and especially with the demonstrations of what not to do, gave me more confidence to make bold choices in the room. Definitely recommended!

Kira Morsley, Actress

“Matthew’s workshop was wise, funny, incisive and refreshingly free of bullsh*t. Demystifying the casting process, he helped me understand what (and what not) to do in order to bring the best of myself into the room. A really invaluable experience and one I would recommend to any actor.” 

Colleen Prendergast, Actress

“Matthew’s workshop was fantastic. From before you receive your audition, right up until you leave the room, this comprehensive workshop gives you the skills you need to ace every casting” 

Paul Valentine, Actor & Equity S&SE London Branch Secretary

“I found it very insightful, and so valuable to hear things directly from the voice of so much experience. You also made it hilarious with your anecdotes, which always helps from a learning perspective too.”

Fiz Waller, Actress.

“I got a great deal this workshop. Matthew’s experience was invaluable and presentation style fast and funny, not a wasted moment. There were excellent illustrations of what to do/ not to do. I cringed more than a couple of times, recognising my own earlier mistakes (hopefully never again!)”

Julie Binysh, Actress

ABOUT MATTHEW

Matthew is a freelance theatre director and the award winning Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre, Islington. He has a passion for bringing his visual imagination and physical style to classic stories, with a penchant for emotionally raw, visually beautiful work.

He won the Best Artistic Director Offie at the 2017 Off West End Awards for his work at The Hope in 2016; the same year The Hope was shortlisted as Fringe Theatre of the Year at the annual Stage Awards. He has received 4 Best Director Offie nominations, 3 of which were for his in-house productions at The Hope: Her Aching Heart, Sea Life (both 2016) and the European premiere of Lovesong of the Electric Bear (2015) which later transferred to The Arts, West End and won 2 Offies at the 2016 awards. His fourth Offie nomination came in 2017 for his revival of Thark at the Drayton Arms. His adaptation of Chekhov’s Ward No.6 gained a Best Ensemble nomination at The Stage Awards and Time Out Critic’s Choice upon its transfer to London.

Directing at The Hope Theatre: Foul Pages, Brimstone and Treacle, Her Aching Heart (Best Play, Spy In The Stalls Awards), Steel Magnolias (Best Off West End Production, Break A Leg Critic’s Choice Awards), Sea Life and Lovesong of the Electric Bear. Also Antigone (for Tales Retold) and Summer Showers (First Draft Theatre Co.).

Other Directing includes Thark (Drayton Arms) The Cherry Orchard, A Scent of Flowers, A Woman Alone (all Jack Studio Theatre), Ward No.6 (C Venues, transferred to Camden People’s Theatre), Brainville At Night (Old Red Lion), Mary Rose (Jack Studio; transferred to Riverside Studios), The Possibilities (Tristan Bates), Two (Dispense Theatre) and The Late Edwina Black (Sheringham Summer Rep). Assistant Directing includes Entertaining Mr Sloane (UK/Ireland Tour) and Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Season 2012.

Matthew is a faculty member of Drama Studio London where he teaches Stagecraft and Text Into Performance and has directed numerous projects including pantomime tours, modern classics, restoration comedy and devised work. He has lectured at London drama schools including the MTA and Mountview and runs workshops on various theatre practices for Equity.

He is represented by Jean Diamond at Diamond Management. For more info on his work please visit his website at www.matthewparker.net

LATECOMERS MAY NOT BE ADMITTED. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 1.00PM.

Over 18s only.

Refunds and exchanges are not available.

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booking:
telephone bookings:
0333 666 3366
(booking fees apply, fees for telephone sales will be higher)