In Spring 2011 10 artists (filmmaker, writer, actor, teacher, yoga practitioner, director, among others) met in a theatre bar looking for ways to support each other. They agreed that sharing, developing and discussing work together would help them to focus on their individual creative paths and welcomed the concept of a salon as a creative environment to grow their community. This blossomed into the salon:collective as it is today.
the salon:collective is now a thriving actor training organisation, with courses being taught by our expert associates who build skills and practise together, ensuring that the techniques we offer are constantly evolving. We draw on the expertise of world-leading practitioners, refining and expanding our practice to enrich the entire salon community.
We believe theatre exists to broaden minds, expand horizons and sharpen perception. To do this, lesser heard voices need a space on stage. We are proud to have contributed to this in previous productions where we have redressed gender roles in Shakespeare (the Tempest), explored issues of domestic abuse and cross-cultural conflict (Fats and Tanya) and racial and gender prejudice (TRAILER/trash). We also have a play in development looking at issues surrounding Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).
Theatre consists of human stories, made accessible. We want to hear those lesser heard voices in all work we’re involved in, whether a play focuses on a specific issue or not. So, we’d love to hear from you, and hear what you’re passionate about so we can find ways to collaborate and create something new together.
We strongly encourage individuals who identify as BAME and/or LGBTQ+ to work and train with us.
We can often be found at the Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone, where we run most of our courses.
The ethos of our training is influenced by the Meisner technique of acting. Each tutor has a fully grounded knowledge of the technique, in addition to their own specialism: physical theatre, Shakespeare and classical text, vocal technique and accents, acting for screen.
We know that the skills we offer to creative artists are equally valuable in the business world and have proven success in delivering communications training to individuals and businesses.
Our community of artists makes the collective more than the sum of its parts, inspired by the tradition of pioneering collective companies such as the Moscow Art Theatre, the Group Theatre and Atlantic Theatre Company. All of these developed dynamic artistic practice and provided an environment in which actors, writers and directors could create fresh, bold, relevant new work.
There are many ways to be part of the salon:story. Explore what we offer, get in touch below with any questions or sign up for our newsletter.
the salon:collective is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales. Company number OC373804. Registered office: 9 Bonhill Street, London, EC2A 4DJ