Arion Productions has announced West End leading lady, Anna Jane Casey, as the latest artist to join the line-up of extraordinary performers and industry professionals providing expert ‘one day only’ training in much-sought-after specialist fields. These masterclasses take place at Diorama Arts Studios on various Sunday afternoons throughout 2016.
Anna-Jane Casey first came to the London stage aged 16 to appear in Cats and has since performed in over 25 musicals, including the original casts of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease and Children Of Eden. She played Dot in Sunday In The Park With George, Charity in Sweet Charity, Mabel in Mack And Mabel, Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot and Lady Of The Lake in Spamalot. Other productions include Starlight Express, West Side Story, On Your Toes, Piaf, Chicago, Forbidden Broadway, Bells Are Ringing and Flowers For Mrs. Harris. She will soon be playing the role of Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun at Sheffield Crucible this Christmas.
Other upcoming masterclass specialists include puppeteer Abigail Matthews, known for War Horse, Citizen Squid and Goodnight Mr. Tom, and Olivier and Actor’s Screen Guild Award nominated actress Annette Badland. Annette is best known for The Rise And Fall of Little Voice, Doctor Who, The Archers, Homelander and is currently appearing in EastEnders as Aunt Babe.
Each of these unique masterclasses can hold up to fifty attendees. They have been created for those considering performing arts or professional performers who might be looking to learn new skills. Classes are accessible to all, regardless of any disability or access needs. All attendees must be 16+.
Previous masterclasses have been hosted by two time Oliver Award winner, Jenny Galloway (Acting Through Song Masterclass) and multi-award winning producer Danielle Tarento (Auditioning for Musical Theatre Masterclass).
All profits raised from the Portfolio Masterclass series will be invested by Arion Productions into future opportunities in their upcoming productions to give practical and paid experience. All places must be booked in advance and it is strongly advised to book as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment.
Artistic Director of Arion Productions Andrew Keates comments, “Arion Productions is passionate about providing opportunities for actors who want to invest in themselves and develop their craft. As a company we are fortunate to have connections with some of the finest professionals working within our industry and it has been a delight seeing actors transform in an afternoon by being given the chance to work with such a high caliber of stand-out artists”.
Doors open at 1pm and masterclasses will end at approximately 5.30pm.
Diorama Arts Studios. 201 Drummond Street, Regent’s Place, London NW1 3FE.
All those that wish to participate must be 16+ and either in training or considering training in performing arts or be a professional actor that wishes to learn further skills. These workshops are not for children. Please wear clothing that you are comfortable to move in. For detailed notes about requirements, please see individual masterclass summaries.
How To Get There
The nearest underground stations are Warren Street (on the North and Victoria lines), Euston Square (on the Circle, Hammersmith and Metropolitan lines) and Great Portland Street (on the Circle, Hammersmith and Metropolitan lines). The nearest mainline station is Euston.
Tickets are available priced £35 per masterclass, plus a TicketWeb booking fee. All tickets must be booked in advanced of the events. Tickets can be collected from the registration desk on the day provided a confirmation email from TicketWeb and a form of ID is presented. Arion cannot guarantee that everyone who attends a masterclass with work one-on-one with the special artist due to time constraints and the creative nature of the day. All masterclasses can be booked at www.arion-productions.com/portfolio-masterclasses.
All Masterclasses can be booked online using the following links:
Abigail Matthews – West End Puppetry Masterclass www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/224899
Anna Jane Casey – Acting Through Song www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/238851
Annette Badland – Acting for Stage and Screen Masterclass www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/224941