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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 2020 are now being accepted.




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 2020-21 course prospectus can be viewed by clicking the link below.
Download 2020.21 Prospectus
APPLY for September 2020

15 Contact hours per week | 10.00-13.30pm 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.

Niall Hemingway

Niall trained at The Courtyard Theatre Training Company. Niall has had a strong career in Theatre and Musical Theatre, performed in concerts for award winning composers and a featured soloist.

Zhenya Leverett – STAGE COMBAT

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 recently appeared in BBC’s Killing Eve.

Asha Cornelia Cluer

Asha trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has worked for The Royal Court, Bristol Festival of Ideas. She loves clowning, physical theatre, Shakespeare, and sword fighting!

Derek Oppong

Derek first trained at Identity, and has enjoyed a career on both stage and screen. Derek leads acting classes, acting for camera and the film making course.

Andrew Harries

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.

Steve Brownlie

Steve has worked as actor across the UK and internationally. Steve 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

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.

Eleanor Dillon-Reams

Eleanor trained at East 15 and is a long standing teacher at YATI. Winner of The Stage’s award for Acting Excellence with HellBent Theatre’s sell-out show UKIP THE MUSICAL; now both a writer and performer.

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 2020 are now being accepted.
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 2020/21

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 2020, 20 December 2020 and 18 April 2021.
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 2020/21

A total of 36 weeks, separated in three terms.
• Starts Monday 7th September Friday 23rd October 2020
Half Term Break Saturday 24th October – Sunday 1st November 2020
Monday 2nd November – Last day Friday 4th December 2020
Saturday 5th December 2020 – Sunday 10 Jan 2021
• Starts Monday 11th January – Friday 11th February 2021
Half Term Break Saturday 12th – Sunday 21st February 2021
Monday 22nd February – Last day Friday 26th March 2021
Saturday 27th March – Sunday 18 April 2021
• Starts Monday 19th April – Friday 31st May
Half Term Saturday 1st June – Sunday 6th June
Monday 7th June – Last day (show day) Saturday 31st July 2021
Production Week attendance requires six full days; Mon 26th – Sat 31 July 2021


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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