We believe our Screen Academy is one of the very few groups across the country that focuses solely on screen acting.
The Screen Academy meets on a Saturday and is broken into two groups:
Juniors (14:00- 16:00)
Seniors (16:00- 18:00)
The Screen Academy undertakes many projects every year, both in-front and behind the camera. These projects include: Showreels, Silent Movies, Trailers, Competition Films and the Long Project – an opportunity for all actors in the Screen Academy to produce a feature film based on their own ideas and work, shot on location. Each year the Screen Academy Actors are invited to our ‘Red Carpet Event’ where they walk the red carpet surrounded by family and friends to watch the premiere of their film on the big screen.
Actors in the Screen Academy company also take part in a wide variety of workshops and masterclasses focussed both on pure acting, acting on camera and behind the scenes.
(Fees per 12 week term: £319)
Company led by:
Screen Academy Director
Darren has been working in theatre industry straight out of college at the age of 18. He began his career as a actor and has performed in several nationwide theatre tours, Shakespeare, short film and pantomimes, before falling in love with directing and writing. He has since worked as a director on over 200 shows (150 of which being with younger actors) and has worked with The National Theatre, Ophelia Circus Theatre company, Abridge Theatre Company and 20Twenty Theatre Company, of which he was the founding member.
Darren is also a creative director for Polkadot Pantomimes and was nominated for best director in the 2021/22.
As well as directing theatre, Darren is also a published author of six psychological thrillers, signed to HarperCollins under his real name and Audible under a pseudonym BB Thomas. His work has been translated into several languages and has achieve bestseller status in 5 countries.
He has two more novels scheduled to be published in 2023.
He is delighted to now be the Creative Director for The Young Actors Company.
Tony has worked across many creative industries including stage, film and radio production during his 30-year career. As well as working with the fantastic team at YAC he is also currently producing a series of true crime documentaries, and his previous film work includes music videos, interviews and commercials. His passion is to help young people understand how to make any script or performance come alive by using industry methods, production tools and processes and is excited to work with the students of the Young Actors Company to help deliver their work.