artsdepot Actors Ensemble
Actors Ensemble is artsdepot’s adult theatre group and is suitable for both experienced and non-experienced actors who would like to pursue their interest in theatre. Led by professional theatre facilitator Rachel Yates the group works closely together as an ensemble, learning performance skills through a ten week programme of workshops.
The first term will be a series of introductory skills-based workshops, covering a range of different performance techniques. In future terms there will be varied performance opportunities.
No experience necessary.
Summer Term: Wed 25 Apr - Wed 4 Jul (no class on Wed 30 May)
Venue: Drama Space
Rachel Yates trained in theatre in her home town of Liverpool. Growing up watching the vibrant and ground breaking ensemble company at The Liverpool Everyman inspired and encouraged her to move to London to study further in performing arts. After spending some years lecturing in dance at Middlesex University and working as a freelance theatre practitioner she was introduced to Chickenshed Theatre Company, where she was appointed Associate Director in 1998.
At Chickenshed, Rachel’s ensemble style developed while working with large and small casts of often diverse, exciting groups of young people and adults. Her work is immediate and arresting using text and movement with clear story-telling and strong imagery. She often draws on the personal history of her actors for inspiration and has devised and written plays that have gone on to tour.
In 2013 Rachel directed and wrote All I’ve Known using verbatim and physical theatre styles combined to produce a successful touring piece for Chickenshed that received wide praise.
More recently she directed and acted in Two by Jim Cartwright, worked at The Finborough Theatre on Spokesong, directed alongside Chris Bond at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and continues her creative relationship with the acclaimed director Dougal Wilson on award winning adverts and music videos.
Rachel makes every session stimulating, open and friendly.
New members can attend an initial session before continuing with classes long-term. This is to provide an opportunity for both the tutor and the participant to trial whether the group is suitable. This initial taster session is free.
We're keen to hear from participants from all backgrounds and have a limited number of subsidised places available for those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Please contact our participation team – firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.