Award-winning charity Open Door to hold auditions for its 2023 intake – West End Best Friend

The award-winning charity Open up Door – which counts the likes of Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed, David Morrissey and Amanda Redman among its supporters – is to hold auditions because of its 2023 intake in six cities across the UK as it seeks to unearth new stars of stage and screen who would otherwise slip through the net.

Due to the financial barriers that are associated with the interviews and casting call that applicants, including those wishing to study acting plus those interested in technical theatre and production arts, have to attend, a high percentage of those wishing in order to apply simply can’t afford the chance to be seen. According to the The Working Class Creatives Database (WCCD) manifesto, only 16% of the UK’s creative workforce are from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds.

Set up by actor Jesse Mumeni, who recognised that the cost to audition for the UK’s drama schools were prohibitive for aspiring actors from lower-income households, Open Door is a non-profit organisation which has helped support over 100 budding stars aged 18-26 by providing training, mentoring and other resources as they prepare for auditions at episode schools across the UNITED KINGDOM. Its graduates have already begun in order to secure professional acting work, including Jerome Lance, who’s secured a lead role in the new Hunger Games movie, Dionne Brown who landed the leading part in upcoming Apple TV+ series Criminal Record alongside Cush Jumbo and Peter Capaldi, as well as multiple participants landing roles at the particular National Theatre, Regents Park Open Air Theatre plus at The Old Vic.

In total, 97 Open up Door students have accepted places in training, and 97% of Open Door graduates are now represented simply by professional agents.

Anyone through budding actors to all those thinking about technical theatre plus production arts can apply for the first round audition/interview by clicking here before the deadline of 10 November. Everyone who applies will be auditioned, and those successful in the casting call will secure a place among the forthcoming Open Doorway 2023 consumption.

Open Door also supports behind-the-scenes creatives and is partnered with Derby Theater, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham TV Workshop, Sheffield Theatres and Leicester Curve to build a regional network that can benefit from, and add value to, the Open up Door Midlands and Sheffield scheme.

Open Door founder David Mumeni said: “We’re so excited to be opening applications up again plus branching out even further throughout the UK. There is so much talent out there yet in order to be discovered, and along with our access programmes proven to be incredibly effective – with so many of our graduates going on to land incredible functions in television, theatre and film – we can’t wait to support the next generation associated with exciting artists”

The Open up Door Acting programme will see the individuals offered:

  • 15 hours of one-to-one acting tutoring sessions from experienced professionals

  • Musical tutoring with regard to singing stages of theatre school auditions

  • Free travel to any crisis school outside their region

  • Free casting call at the UK’s leading drama schools including; RADA, Guildhall, Royal Welsh College and The Royal Conservatoire associated with Scotland

  • Places in a series of bespoke Open Door workshops led by top industry professionals

  • Free theater tickets

  • Bursary and funding advice

  • Access to wellbeing assistance

Similarly, the particular Open Doorway Behind The particular Scenes programme will offer:

  • Free selection interviews at the UK’s leading dilemma schools; RADA, Guildhall, Noble Welsh University of Music and Drama, as well as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

  • Free visit any the play school interviews outside of your region

  • Mentoring from best industry leaders

  • A series of unique workshops led by top industry experts

  • Free theatre tickets

  • Bursary and financing advice

  • Access to wellbeing support

And it’s all free!

The charity is generously supported by supporters across the industry that provide financial backing and/or grants, including: 42mp, Conway van Gelder Grant, Emptage Hallett, Curtis Brown & ARG.