Main Acting Class
Is the heart of the training course. Each session runs for an intensive four-week period specifically designed to engage and challenge your acting, building the muscles and techniques that bring real depth to your work. The month long session will give you a proper understanding of Method as an approach to the actor’s craft, the ability to take away and practice the tools and techniques in a foundation form, and give you the means to take your acting further. As Method is about living from your thoughts impulses and emotions creatively, the intensity of the month is specifically designed to engage a real practical journey. With an in-depth introduction, and repetition in both the technique and scene class sections, you can truly acquire and assess the validity of this process and how it fits in with your journey as an actor.
Under specific guidance, each month intensively develops your capacity to relax and, then by various means, turns your creative thoughts into an acting reality, whether on Stage or in front of the camera. It improves, expands, and strengthens your ability, by developing your talents in working with approach, technique, and acting skills. Given the intense nature of the industry in the 21st century, this facility is designed to offer the space where you deepen your mastery of the craft and develop your career.
“In fact I was shocked by my own ability. I looked different and even sounded different, less of me, more of the character” I have been in class for a year and this month I feel I am really reaping the benefits of the commitment I made. I have had two auditions for big American feature films this month and looking back at the tapes I found myself completely unrecognizable. In fact I was shocked by my own ability. I looked different and even sounded different, less of me, more of the character. It has all been facilitated by this class. Now I approach scripts with such excitement at the prospect of discovery, the opportunity to play, be creative and challenge myself. I finally feel ready.
“I have found Sam to be one of the most insightful, committed, fearless, tireless passionate and thoroughly well informed teachers I have ever had the pleasure of working with” Sam didn’t require me to go through an audition process in order to attend his class. His reason for this is, like most other things about him are patently clear. By attending his class you are expressing a desire for a process to enter into a more creative relationship, with your instrument, the character, the script; the craft of acting, but also with the industry as a whole. In my somewhat extensive experience of acting classes, I have found Sam to be one of the most insightful, committed, fearless, tireless passionate and thoroughly well informed teachers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His class is oftentimes confronting, scary, frustrating, challenging, enlightening, and enlivening, but it is always insightful, always informative, and always, always inspiring.
Phantom of The Opera, Dirty Dancing, Love and Money, Play Without Words
Resident Evil, Heart Beat, Casualty
“Sam is a great teacher who enables those willing an opportunity to find ways to access the play, the character, the TRUTH!” Sam’s class is a space where I am learning what work is and how rewarding it can be, a room where what you put in, you get out. This class has changed my view on acting, on life, of myself, and the things that are around me and effect me, I have a much better understanding of characters, knowledge of plays, how to rehearse, and that a play is organic, it has life,….Sam is a great teacher who enables those willing an opportunity to find ways to access the play, the character, the TRUTH! That can be so liberating, fulfilling and inspiring, knowing how far I have come in the last year, knowing that there is so much more to work on, and being in an environment where I feel safe, able to try things and to push myself way beyond comfort is exhilarating and the best thing is……. that this craft is there for us to work on and to share. I can’t recommend Sam’s class enough, as an actor I needed this room, as a person I thank him.
“I found a renewed depth and respect for my ability” I first came to Sam’s class because more and more in my acting, and therefore my life, I found myself anticipating and watching, more than participating, standing outside of myself and judging. Instead of being present and actually doing what I was doing! But through working with Sam I realized it is the other way round: I was standing outside of my life and therefore my acting was suffering. This class is not for the weak willed but neither is this industry. I found a renewed depth and respect for my ability and a sense of confidence in learning a technique and not leaving it all to chance..
The War Zone, Lump, The Bill, Wild Decembers, Dolls don’t Cry
Casualty, Hollyoaks, The Line of Beauty, Mile High
“I’ve found his class to be a great help to truly find my characters and develop my acting” Sam offers a simplified insight to the art of acting. Your body is your instrument and your job is to portray the story of another human being. With this as the driving goal, Sam teaches us simple step by step tactics to uncovering different experiences that we can then apply to scenes to reveal a truly deep and complicated character, even in the simplest of situations. I’ve found his class to be a great help to truly find my characters and develop my acting..
“Sam’s Class is an important space in which you can continually develop and return to take action in” I came to Sam’s class on a recommendation by a friend, after 6 years in the Industry working steadily. I had developed many bad habits I was unaware of and also had ceased to be totally present in my work. I began a process which I am glad to say has made me, willingly, look at my instrument, my approach to acting and the characters I audition to play, with a renewed sense of respect. I have since developed tools I had never used before, and opened up my instrument in a fundamentally new way. Sam’s class is not for the faint-hearted and it is not an easy path, but through his and the Method’s teachings, if you apply yourself, it can bring a fresh set of discoveries to the possibilities and choices in your work. You never stop learning in this craft and Sam’s Class is an important space in which you can continually develop and return to take action in.
9 Songs, Nathan Barley
Hollyoaks, Holby City, The Bill, The Last Drop, Casualty
“I am extremely grateful, as it has totally changed my career” I have been attending class for four years now, it has been many things including; scary, awakening, a slap in the face but above all inspirational. It has taught me to read scripts differently and approach characters humanely. Each class is a fresh experience enabling me to focus on what you have yet to learn – and that’s what makes each class exciting and new. This class allows actors in this city to have a space where we can practice our craft, to which I am extremely grateful, as it has totally changed my career.
“These classes have given me the abilities & confidence to discover exactly what I want from my career” Sam’s classes have given me the abilities & confidence to discover exactly what I want from my career, helping me to discover myself. There is no wrong or right in acting and it is not an examination but a beautiful craft; which is mine to shape and there for the taking. Finally I can see where all my hard work is going, reaping the benefits in the industry has blown me away. Thanks Sam.
Silent Witness, Green Wing, Hotel Babylon, Doctors
“Fame” West End Production
“Being in class is enriching, revealing, inspirational, and challenging and I’m very grateful that it exists” When I first attended Sam’s class I sat pretty much silent being in a space full of people openly voicing their passion and desire for a Craft I knew nothing about, other than a vague yet determined desire to explore. After two and half years of consistently attending, I owe this class a large debt of gratitude. It has confirmed for me the desire was worth further exploration. What Sam teaches, and offers up, is a methodology from which to shape a strong foundation in order to create a methodology that is yours. Sam offers up the space for you to develop your craft. Being in class is enriching, revealing, inspirational, and challenging and I’m very grateful that it exists.
Daniel Summerford“I could not recommend Sam’s expertise as a practitioner enough for anyone who wants to evolve real craf” Two years ago when I first stepped into the room to attend Sam’s class, I had limited experience & misguided ideas regarding what I thought acting was. I found it extremely difficult not to attempt to shape my actions into my preconceived idea of what I felt was right. Thus I found work a sometimes unpleasant struggle, always being extremely self conscious & my work always ended up being one dimensional. Through Sam’s facilitation, I am now discovering that through craft, willingness, and endeavour, you can really shape your work and indeed every living moment. Grasping the opportunity to engage in work is now incredibly inspirational, with my desire to really honour the characters the writer took the time to put down on paper. I will undoubtedly continue to work with Sam, as his ability to shake life into those willing to go beyond the comfortable is in itself inspirational & this – coupled with his understanding of the creative process – has changed my entire relationship with acting & myself. The flexibility of my instrument is a world apart from where it was when I entered Sam’s class. I could not recommend Sam’s expertise as a practitioner enough for anyone who wants to evolve real craft, build an invaluable tool chest, and discover true creativity within your work
“I am really grateful that I found Sam’s class” Being a working model who was fairly new in this country, and with almost no previous acting experience, I am really grateful that I found Sam’s class. So far I have attended three main classes and I must say that it has been quite a journey. The first class was exciting: getting to know different tools, trying to “act” for the first time, and all his inspiring new words and ideas. The second class revealed what hard work acting really is, how challenging it is for me to live truthfully in my own life, yet alone in imaginary given circumstances on the stage! Now, after my third class, I am slowly gaining not only skills and necessary knowledge, but also confidence and determination that this type of acting is what I want to actualize. So I am definitely coming back for more!.
Barbra Petarka“I could not recommend Sam’s expertise as a practitioner enough for anyone who wants to evolve real craft” This class is more than I’d ever hoped for or anticipated; it has taught me how to Act. What Sam facilitates is an unfolding of the constructed, ‘civilian’ self, to a revelation of the core, creative self, ‘the Unconscious’. Accessing a route in to my deepest, most visceral experience has enabled me to relate to others with truth and to construct intimate relationships to character. Over the last 2 years I have lived as myself and a huge array of selves across a variety of times, situations and habitats and a whole plateau of innate, human experience. I have worked with fear, love, disaster, desire and despair and learned to accept every moment as potential to inspire, create, or retell. When I started this class I didn’t know why I wanted to act or what an actor was even here for, but through my humanity I have constructed a craft which seeks to reveal the life of another human being and to caress the heart, bones and soul of the universe; I have learned what Art is.
“what I learned helped me to land three film roles in the following few months” I attended the main class this past year and found myself challenged in ways I didn’t imagine. Though I had my doubts I would get through the first week, I ended up finishing the month on a high. Not only is it the best acting course I have done, what I learned helped me to land three film roles in the following few months. I will back to learn more from Sam and to simply enjoy working with such a talented class..