What is The Actors Works?
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DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS
The Actors Works is a space for actors and performers to continue developing their skills with classes led by me, Claudine Bennent. I know from my own experience that it's often not enough just to be working on your craft when you're in production. The Actors Works is where you can come on a regular basis and stretch your technical muscles, as well as work on scenes with other actors, or monologues you love - or even things you might be preparing for auditions.
Other classes teach many of the basics, but there isn’t a place that can help people who are more intermediate and advanced performers dig deeper and work with others to push themselves. The Actors Works is changing that.
The Actors Works helps develop and nurture you here, and enables you to sustain a career and craft from Sheffield. Most performers will have spent years in intensive training - honing our vocal, physical and acting skills. However, these need to be continually developed in order to achieve true excellence.
The Actors Works aims to give practitioners a supportive environment to build a network. Networks function as a support system of people in the same industry, offering peer support. The Actors Works will facilitate real networking. Many of us have been to networking events where everyone stands around having awkward conversations. Real networking for performers and other practitioners happens when you work with other people – in rehearsal rooms and workshops or classes, as well as over coffee in the café afterwards.
I am a South African Sheffield-based performer, theatre-maker and teacher. I have trained, performed and taught in South Africa, Japan and the UK. I have diverse and rigorous training and experience, I have helped others achieve excellence - in a wide range of challenging contexts. I have 15 years of teaching experience. I have worked in a variety of environments and communities from one-on-one vocal coaching and production consultation, to leading classes of 150 Japanese primary school children or facilitating AIDS education to South African miners.
As a performer and theatre-maker, I have worked in theatre, film, TV, education, stand-up comedy and improv, across three different continents.
You can find more information about my background and work in performance and teaching at my website: https://www.claudinebennent.com/
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