Creative Acting Workshops

Teachers

Abigail Hopkins

As an acting coach, Abigail has a wealth of experience spanning 20 years, working with a variety of groups and ages and has taught acting and directed projects at many drama colleges and stage schools in London, Los Angeles and New York.

She runs her own acting classes, Creative Acting Workshops in London and has recently taught film acting classes in America as well as leading acting workshops in Warsaw and Poznan in Poland.

Directing credits include Tennessee Williams Talk To Me Like The Rain, Frederico Garcia Lorca’s A Shoemaker Wonderful Wife and Blood Wedding, and Edward Bond’s Saved, The Woman, and The Worlds.

Over the years, Abigail has adapted a system of work from what she has learnt both as a performer and teacher. Her teaching practise draws on the methods of Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Viola Spolin and Augusto Boal. By using various exercises and improvisations, the central aim of the classes, is to sensitise and free up the actor's instrument, to develop concentration, to provide student-actors with a set of practical analysis skills in approaching scripts, whilst at the same time encouraging them to trust their instincts and unique creative process, so that they can approach a broad range of characters and roles for film, television and theatre, and can bring emotional truthfulness, authenticity and integrity to their work and meet the demands of the industry.

She passionately believes in bringing out the very best in each student and honouring each student's unique creativity and personality, to ignite enthusiasm and imagination and to enable students to realise their full potential.

She trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and London, the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles and the Actors Centre, London. She was awarded an Upper Second Class BA Honours degree in Theatre Studies through Manchester University/Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.

Michael Gilroy

Michael Gilroy is a Drama Centre trained actor. He is also an award winning writer and director for the 35mm short film 'Dance For Eternity' which he also produced and played the co-lead alongside Anna Bolt. The film recently received it's fourth transmission on Channel 4 and is contracted to be shown a further 6 times over the next 2 years. The film won 2nd Prize. Best First Short Film at Waterford Film Festival and was officially selected at Beloit International Film Festival,
Falstaff International Film Festival, Iasi International Film Festival, Newport International Film Festival, International Film Festival Ireland, Canary Wharf Film Festival, Bacup Film Festival and Valentines Visual Festival.

His recent TV credits include playing Colin Stagg in the BBC1 drama 'Innocent-The Colin Stagg Story'. He has just completed filming on 'Lines in the Sand' his second film as a writer/director. The project is currently in post production. Michael recently played the role of Dad in the video of 'Read All About It' the number 1 single from MOBO award winner Professor Green. He has recently recorded a Voice Over for 'Days of Awe' starring Maureen Lipman and has also just completed filming 'Damage' a 30 minute drama about domestic abuse where he played the role of Colin, The film was made by Junction 15 Productions who produced 'Ben: Diary of a Heroin Addict'. 'Not Yet' the short film by Tito Sacchi in which Michael was the only actor has recently been officially selected at Palm Springs ShortFest, Sitges International Film Festival, Falstaff International Film Festival, Bradford International Film Festival, European Independent Film Festival.

Michael specialises in teaching the Meisner Technique and has taught a number of classes for Creative Acting Workshops in London.