Acting for TV/Film


Tuesdays 7pm-9pm

WINTER TERM 28th September -7th December 2021 (11 weeks)
SPRING TERM 18th January 2022-29th March (11 weeks)


WINTER TERM £295 OR £265.50 with 10% Early Bird discount
SPRING TERM £295 OR £236 with 20% Early Bird Discount-fees can be split into TWO instalments


Jacksons Lane Arts Centre
269A Archway Rd, London N6 5AA

EMMA KEELE trained at LAMDA and the Stella Adler Studio (NY). Theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre – International Tour), Abigail’s Party (40th Anniversary Production, UK No.1 Tour) The End of the Line and A Bunch of Amateurs (both Southwold Summer Repertory), Yen (Gothenburg English Studio Theatre), April in Paris (UK No.1 tour), September in the Rain (UK No.1  Tour), Phaedra’s Love (Arcola Theatre), Torn Out Pages (Gilded Balloon for the Edinburgh Festival)

TV and film credits include: Emmerdale (ITV), Silent Witness (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV), Downton Abbey (ITV), Doctors (BBC), New Tricks (BBC), Downhill (Feature), 22. Anna Matthews (Short), Jo (Short) – for which Emma won the Bazza Film Festival Best Actress Award in 2018.

Emma also founded and runs Reduced Circumstances, a theatre company committed to nurturing talent and developing new work.


Only 15 places.

Enjoy being with people within a Covid Secure and fully risk assessed environment which adheres to current government guidelines!

If any classes have to be cancelled due to COVID-19 you will get a refund for all classes unable to be delivered.

If you do not enjoy your first class, let us know within 24 hours and you will receive a full refund minus the cost of the first class.

***We are holding a £10 taster evening for the first class of this term for anybody unsure about signing up for the full course. Click here for more details. ***

This term’s acting for TV/Film course will be split in to two themes. Theme one is ‘Playing for Television’, where you will explore different TV genres and how they affect the demands of performance. In theme two you will move on to the medium of film, exploring how to work in a medium where the budgets (and therefore pressure!) can be higher, but the time taken is longer, allowing for more rehearsal and takes.

There are many disciplines in the world of acting. Among the most challenging and yet rewarding is that of acting on screen. Acting in front of a lens, is a polar shift from treading the boards. The intensity and pressure to perform can feel overwhelming.

Course instructor Emma Keele (Emmerdale, Downton Abbey, Silent Witness) will be drawing from her experience as an actor and her training at LAMDA and the Stella Adler Studio (NY), teaching a range of techniques from practitioners including Stanislavski, Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen. This will be an active course with a range of activities and the opportunity to get on camera and evaluate your performance through playback. Although you’ll be working hard, you can expect lots of laughs and fun! This is a not-to-be-missed course for anyone interested in acting in TV and film.

“Drama is life with all the boring bits cut out.” (Alfred Hitchcock).

Theme One-PLAYING FOR TELEVISION- Course Content:

  • WEEK ONE-INTRODUCTION-Action, relaxation, casting & screen personas. Exploring vocal and physical acting techniques relevant to screen acting and how they relate and differ to stage acting techniques
  • WEEK TWO– CRIME THRILLERS- An opportunity to rehearse and shoot scenes from some of the best British and American TV crime dramas.
  • WEEK THREE-PERIOD DRAMAS-An opportunity to rehearse and shoot scenes from some iconic period dramas
  • WEEK FOUR-COMEDY-In drama we prepare our audience, in comedy we surprise them, but how? An opportunity to play with a variety of comedic scenes, exploring the techniques you can use to generate those all-important laughs.
  • WEEK FIVE-SOAP OPERAS/ONGOING SERIALS-Using scenes from ongoing serials and soaps, where the volume of weekly episodes necessitates shooting at speed, we learn how to produce the goods within a limited timeframe, considering all the technical aspects of acting on screen; shot sizes and how they influence your performance, hitting your mark, single camera v multi.

Theme Two-THE BIG SCREEN- Course Content:

  • WEEK SIX-BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM-An opportunity to rehearse and shoot scenes from some of the best in British Indie films
  • WEEK SEVEN-ICONIC AMERICAN FILM CHARACTERS-Having fun playing some iconic screen characters, exploring how you can make a role your own and find your version of some of the most iconic characters ever created. Through this, we see that there is no right and wrong, only different.
  • WEEK EIGHT-FILM MONOLOGUES-Crafting a performance when the only dialogue on the page is yours
  • WEEK NINE & TEN-TIME TO SHOOT- Putting it all into practice. Whilst there will be many opportunities to get on-camera during the course, in these penultimate weeks of the course, you will choose your favourite scene so far and shoot it to evaluate your progress. The scenes will be shot as on-set with different shot sizes, pick-ups and directorial notes, so you get the full experience! We will then playback and evaluate your performance, so you can see how much you’ve grown as a performer. Students will also have the opportunity to work as crew for each other, to enable them to learn from behind the camera.
  • WEEK ELEVEN– AUDITIONS AND SELF TAPES-Adding the pressure of an audition situation, where you have to be your own director, DOP and cameraperson. Exploring the audition process for screen (self-tape, zoom and in-person) and how to prepare fully within a tight timeframe, whilst also giving you the tools to improve your skills in sight-reading and learning lines.

This course will take place on Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm, 18th January 2022- 29th March. ALL profits from this course will go towards Saving the Anna Fiorentini Kids Charity Theatre School.

**Click BOOK NOW to secure your place on this course. If, however, you wish to pay in TWO instalments please send an email to and someone will get back to you within 48hrs to arrange.**


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