Due to the financial barriers associated with the interviews and auditions that applicants, including those wishing to study acting and those interested in technical theatre and production arts, have in order to attend, a high percentage of all those wishing to apply simply can’t afford the chance to be seen.
Set up by actor David Mumeni, who recognised that the cost to season casting for the UK’s drama schools were prohibitive for aspiring actors through lower-income families, Open Door is a non-profit organisation which has helped support over 100 budding actors aged 18-26 by providing training, mentoring and other resources as they prepare for auditions at drama schools across the UK.
Its graduates have already begun to secure professional performing work, including Jerome Lance, who’s secured a lead role in the new Hunger Games movie, Dionne Brown who landed the leading role within upcoming Apple TV+ series Criminal Record alongside Cush Jumbo plus Peter Capaldi, as well as multiple participants landing roles in the National Theatre, and at The Old Vic.
As a whole, 97 Open up Door students have accepted places in training, and 97 % of Open Door graduates are now represented by professional agents.
Anyone from budding actors to those fascinated in specialized theatre plus production artistry, can apply for a first round audition/interview by visiting https://www.opendoor.org.uk/the-process before the deadline associated with November 10. Everyone that applies will be auditioned, and the ones successful in the auditions will secure a place among the particular upcoming Open up Door 2023 intake. Open Door also supports behind-the-scenes creatives and is partnered with Derby Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham TV Workshop, Sheffield Theatres and Leicester Curve to build a regional network that can benefit through, and add value to, the Open up Door Midlands and Sheffield scheme.
First round acting auditions take place from Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre on November 15, Nottingham Playhouse on November 17, and Derby Theatre on Nov 18.
David Mumeni said: “We’re so excited in order to be opening applications upward again plus branching out even further across the UK. There is so much talent out there to be discovered, and along with our access programmes proven to be incredibly successful with so many of our graduates going upon to land incredible roles in television, theatre and film, we can’t wait to support the next generation of exciting artists. ”
The Open Door Acting programme will see the participants offered:
fifteen hours associated with one-to-one performing tutoring sessions from experienced professionals Musical tutoring for singing stages of drama school auditions Free travel to any drama college outside their region Free casting call at the particular UK’s leading drama colleges including; RADA, Guildhall, Royal Welsh College and The Regal Conservatoire associated with Scotland Places within a series of bespoke Open Doorway workshops led by top industry professionals Free theatre tickets Bursary and funding advice Access in order to wellbeing assistance
The charity is generously supported simply by supporters throughout the industry who provide financial backing and/or grants, including: 42mp, Conway van Gelder Grant, Emptage Hallett, Curtis Brown and ARG.