What programmes do you run?
We run training courses in Acting that look to develop skills in a supportive environment. Our Stages is a chance for our actors to work with a tutor in a studio setting, aiming to improve their skills and give them the tools they need to do so.
We also offer a performance course that looks to offer the actor the chance to work with a director in a rehearsal room setting, resulting in a public performance.
We have a diploma course that operates alongside Trinity College London to give our students an accredited certificate.
We also have our Actors’ Gym, which is a supportive network for working actors in and around Edinburgh. It is a special place that has created great work and started projects that have gone on to do great things within the Scottish arts industry.
We also operate kids classes via our Youth group, currently operating with 35 young people from around Edinburgh.
We frequently run workshops with industry professionals in various styles and theories.
So there's lots going on and something for everyone at EAS!
Your company takes actors at all ages and stages. How important is dismantling barriers into acting?
One of the most important things for EAS is that acting and the arts is accessible to everyone. We don’t leave anyone behind and try our hardest to open doors for as many people as we can. We always look to have affordable fees and minimal classes so full support can be given, and a community that lives and breathes and supports itself with the students (current and previous).
We’ve also had the Jason Telford Scholarship in place for five years that gives some students the opportunity to attend sessions at discounted rates or even under a scholarship scheme, It has put adults through their diploma, children the chance to attend classes and paid for specialist workshop leaders to come to EAS.