“I am feeling a new confidence within myself and my work as an actor. The acting jobs are increasing and so is my bank balance” I wanted someone who would challenge me and help me develop my craft. I wanted someone who had the experience to get the best out of me, giving me the confidence in the audition room to nail it. I have been recalled, short listed and been offered many roles because of it. I am feeling a new confidence within myself and my work as an actor. The acting jobs are increasing and so is my bank balance.
River City (BBC), Luther (BBC),James Plays (National Theatre) Young Dracula (BBC)
“Yesterday I had my first day on set of the new BBC series and because of what I’ve learnt so far from the class, I was able to be there, present and playful” The Class has totally challenged me, transforming my perception of what acting is actually about and if I work hard how incredibly honest, pure and creative my tools can be. At times and days, I didn’t know if I was going to get through the entire class…but I did. Now we’re on the other side I really enjoyed it, it has unlocked something quiet special and like a new muscle I will continue to exercise it so it becomes strong. Yesterday I had my first day on set of the new BBC series and because of what I’ve learnt so far from the class, I was able to be there, present and playful..
Prime Suspect (ITV), The Bill (ITV),Closed Circuit (Working Title Films) New Tricks (BBC)
“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 (West End), Dirty Dancing (West End), Love and Money, Play Without Words (National Theatre)
Resident Evil (Sony Picture), Heart Beat (ITV), Casualty(BBC)
“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..
Alan Pelz-Sharpe“Training with Sam has helped me get parts in plays, do great work and opened up more parameters and this is just the beginning” Training with Sam is a great experience and gives you tools which you can work with and take into the industry, auditions and plays. I have been training with Sam for 4 years and I have gained so much as an actor. The more I engage in the process it points out what the next step is to deepen my acting and reveal the character. They way we think about characters consciously and how we then bring spontaneity and improvisation into the structure and explore is what makes this class so valuable. It teaches you how to truly explore and play and not conform to what others deem right, going beyond self doubt, cliché and your habits which get in the way of creativity. This class is alive, active and the road to art. Here is where you learn to act and experiment like any real acting class should offer, there are no games here it is all real, vivid, scary, gutsy and intimate. This class offers a process which takes years of commitment and hard work and that realization defies western fast food culture but honours art, what it is for and can potentially help you evolve into a practitioner with substance. I strongly recommend this class to any actor, young and old, who wants to find out and actualize what Stanislavki, Strasberg or any great practitioner was really taking about and how it can become part of your life and give your acting a real meaning. Training with Sam has helped me get parts in plays, do great work and opened up more parameters and this is just the beginning
“He was clear, concise and insightful” I worked with Sam on a recent audition tape for a LA casting and he was extremely helpful – both in helping me go through the script and getting me to access my best for the audition. He was clear, concise and insightful, both through the analysis and the actual audition recording. In short, he basically helped me to perform at my best within all facets of the audition. I know that the final tape, which I sent, got good feedback and which I was very happy with, was a direct result of working with Sam.
“I walked into the audition confident and much more able to relate to the given circumstances”. When I first showed Sam my speeches, I was overwhelmed and defaulted to forced or wooden acting. I held onto every impulse and was unable to let go of tension. Over a few hour long meetings, Sam didn’t show me on how to play the roles, but how to bring myself to the roles – trusting myself to explore the unknown and to take a risk. With Sam’s guidance I was able to find my voice. teaching me new ways of engaging with the text and the importance of slowing down. I walked into the audition confident and much more able to relate to the given circumstances. The best advice was to “invest in every moment, enjoy the risk and trust each impulse”.
“I can enjoy my performances and I will relive those lessons again and again.” What awesome classes that I had! I really loved your teaching, Sam. When I started lessons with you, I knew that it was worth it to come to London. I learned a myriad of acting fundamentals. I guess from now on, I can enjoy my performances and I will relive those lessons again and again. Acting was one of the biggest fears, but now I have learned a method of true acting, of which I had always dreamed of. I hope I can thank you with my work soon – and I really hope I can see you again maybe next year…