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“There’s still a huge gulf between people who can afford to go to drama school and those who can’t. We help address the need for affordable drama training in London and provide a realistic view of what it’s like to start out and develop a career in the industry.”
Andy Serkis YATI President
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General applications to join in September 2019 are now open.


Young Actors Theatre Islington offers a Professional Acting Foundation Course that will enable you to develop an essential performance vocabulary through training in acting, movement and voice. YATI offers individual support for audition preparation and enjoys links with London drama schools such as: Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Mountview Academy.
The Foundation Course gives you the opportunity to work with respected professionals including: Ex-LAMDA teacher Yvonne Morley, Steve Brownlie from Mountview, and Andrew Harries, YATI Artistic Director who is an internationally experienced and award winning director and acting teacher.
The course will prepare you for whatever your chosen next steps may be, whether it’s a full time drama school course or exploring a career in the performing arts.
The YATI Foundation Course is in partnership with The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Mountview Academy.
The 2019-20 course prospectus can be viewed by clicking the link below.

15 Contact hours per week | 10.30-13.30pm Monday to Friday | 36 Weeks

Students are taught acting skills such as improvisation, character voice, singing, dance and stage combat. They   also   work  on   classical   and   modern plays  and learn a variety of  techniques for rehearsal  and performance. The approaches and theories of key  acting practitioners  are  core parts of the  syllabus  as well as audition technique. You will also explore what is involved in being a  working actor and how the industry  functions. 

Skills Training:
Movement including Laban
Dance including Period, Hip-hop & Jazz
Singing including harmonies & auditions
Audition preparation & technique
Working with agents & casting directors
The life of a working actor
Understanding the industry
Essential personal knowledge including
tax & fundraising

Acting Training:
Scene Study and Text Analysis
Method Work
Sight Reading
Acting for Screen
Shakespeare & Classical Texts
Creating a Character
Theatre History

Performance Training:
A full scale public performance
Opportunities to show work in class
Theatre visits

Agency Representation
Students will also be considered for representation by our in house agency but note that this is in no way guaranteed.

  • Zhenya Leverett – STAGE COMBAT

    Foundation Teacher

    Zhenya is a Certified Teacher with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat. She has taught workshops across the UK, in Germany and the USA. Zhenya trained in Drama and Theatre Arts at Ulyanovsk State University, Russia. Zhenya has

  • Rob Leonard

    Foundation Teacher

    Rob Leonard is a Certified Teacher with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat. He has taught workshops across the UK, in Germany and the USA. Rob was also resident stage combat tutor at the Italia Conti and currently

  • Gordon Faith

    Foundation Teacher

    Gordon Faith has been teaching voice and speech since the glory days of the BBC and enjoys his work as much today as he ever has. His extensive background as a professional actor and radio broadcaster makes his experience and

  • Susannah Gidley

    Foundation Teacher Regular Class Teacher

    Susannah has over 10 years experience teaching singing in schools, theatre schools, early learning centres and privately. Susannah’s extensive teaching experience includes Stagecoach, Musical Mayhem, Spencer Stage School, Theatretrain.

  • Andrew Harries

    Foundation Teacher

    Notable alumni of Andrew’s teaching methods are Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell, both of whom have successful Hollywood careers starring in films alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Eva Green and many more.

  • Yvonne Morely – VOICE

    Foundation Teacher

    Yvonne was Head of the Voice Department for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art which included working with writers and a range of directors. Yvonne is an associate artist with both the RSC and NT.

  • Steve Brownlie – MOVEMENT

    Foundation Teacher

    Steve has worked as actor in theatre, film and television across the UK and internationally.

    He teaches at a number of the UK’s leading drama schools including RADA, Mountview, Drama Studio London, Arts Ed and LAMDA. Steven specialises in mask, chorus, animal studies and transformation.

  • Lanre Malaolu – DANCE

    Foundation Teacher

    Lanre is an actor who has worked extensively in theatre and television including The RSC, The Globe, and The Royal Court. Television includes: BBC, Channel 4, and ITV.

  • Jonathan Woolfe

    Foundation Teacher Regular Class Teacher

    Jonathan trained at Drama Centre London, and has worked as an actor since he was 8 years old. He teaches at Shakespeare’s Globe and has worked at the RSC, National Theatre… Shared Experience, Young Vic and many more.

The Acting Foundation Course is for anyone aged between 18 to 24 with an interest in professional training to become an actor. The standard of ability at auditions is high, with differing levels of experience.
We are looking for candidates with fundamental aspects of professionalism include punctuality, a strong work ethic, strong personal communication. As a student we are also looking for the ability to take on ideas and corrections, a hunger for learning, and being a strong team player.
All students must demonstrate their ability to complete the core elements of the course.All students are required to complete a medical history questionnaire prior to the beginning of the first term. We take the wellbeing of our students very seriously and will ensure there is support throughout the year.
Student Visas
Applicants from overseas are welcome to apply, however they must organise their own visa, and supply evidence of a suitable visa for the entirety of the course.
Please understand that while we wish to accept any applicants, we simply do not have the administrative capacity to take on immigration matters.
All students need to provide evidence of UK citizenship or right to enter and reside in the UK for the term of the course. EEA citizens may use national identity cards or passports. See www.ukcisa.org.uk details.
Non-EEA students
Unfortunately the Acting Foundation Course does not meet the criteria for a Tier 4 (General) student visa or short-term study visa. YATI is NOT a Tier 4 registered Sponsor. The course is NOT full-time, NOT on the Ofqual Register, and over 6 months long. Non-EEA citizens will need to prove that they have right to enter and remain independently from participation on our Foundation course.
General applications to join in September 2019 are now being accepted. The new prospectues will be published in December.
The normal application process begins with you completing an online form, and then attending one audition. Applicants are expected to prepare a monologue lasting no more than 2 minutes from a published play. Overseas applicants may arrange an initial Skype or Facetime audition. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a second ‘group audition’. Secondary audition is by invitation ONLY. Overseas applicants must physically attend a secondary audition at time that can be arranged to suit.

FEES 2019/20

The course fee covers all teaching for the 36 weeks.

£1950 Full rate
£1425 Concessionary rate available by application only (terms and conditions apply).

Concessions are available with proof of income support and to existing members of Young Actors Theatre, provided they have previously attended classes for a minimum of one term.
On agreement, fees may be payable in three installments at £650 per term or £475 per term concessionary rate. Please note this is a non-accredited foundation course which does not attract government or other statutory funding.
Students are expected to cover their own costs.
All students must confirm their ability to pay for the course and pay the agreed fees by the start of the course or by agreement with YATI in 3 installments payable at the beginning of each term. Termly payments will be due no later than 6 September 2019, 20 December 2019 and 4 April 2020.
Non-UK resident students must pay the full annual course fees in advance. In the event of students having to cancel their place, course fees are non-refundable.

TERM DATES 2019/20

A total of 36 weeks, separated in three terms.
Term 1 Mon 9 September – Fri 6 December 2019
Term 2 Mon 13 January – Fri 4 April 2020
Term 3 Tues 22 April – Sat 19 July 2020
Each term also has a one week half-term break


Days: Monday to Friday
Time: 10.00am to 13.30pm
Location: Young Actors Theatre Islington, 70-72 Barnsbury Road Islington, London N1 0ES
YATI Foundation Course is registered on the TfL scheme. All students can apply for 18+ Student Oyster photocards to receive 30% discount on TfL fares.
Click here for details.


Call: 020 7278 2101

Email: info@youngactors.org.uk

70-72 Barnsbury Rd, London N1 0ES

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