Six-month actor development programme with showcase

Part-time training, Full-time attitude

Audition Registration for No Filter Acting 2019 is now open

Get the best from the salon:collective’s experienced team of tutors in one fully comprehensive system.

The salon:collective has been training actors since 2011. This full curriculum of our popular training has been designed to fulfil the actor’s full acting potential. Imagine body, mind, and soul all working moment to moment, impulsive and creative, emotionally free, vocally expressive and physically dynamic.

No Filter is now in its third year, and the first comprehensive acting course of its kind in the UK. Not only does it have our extremely popular Meisner Technique system of training at its core, this course integrates Meisner, Movement, Voice, Classical Text work and speciality skills such as Screen Acting and Audition Technique into a course tailored to the needs of the industry.

This part-time weekday course will take you through the entire Meisner system including modern text work plus Shakespearean and classical text, while integrating movement and physicality with professional movement director and stage combat coach, Lawrence Carmichael, voice work with Ingrid Gray and invited workshop practitioners, who will expose you to a range of new experiences and skills to enhance your actor’s tookit.

Industry professionals such as casting directors and agents will guide you through the realities of the business, and show you how to bring your best to the table.

There will be performance opportunities throughout the course, and also a showing of work at the end of the course to an audience of invited agents and casting directors.

Our experienced tutors have worked with a wide range of successful actors whose credits include work for leading theatre companies and institutions such as Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, The Royal Court, Young Vic, Regent’s Open Air Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, numerous West End theatres, and have appeared in TV programmes such as Game of Thrones, Nikita, Beverley Hills 90210, Marco Polo, Downton Abbey, Luther, Waking the Dead, Casualty, Doctors, Holby City, EastEnders, The Inbetweeners, Jonathan Creek, and feature films which include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Prometheus, Mr Holmes, Lilting and RocknRolla.

Who is No Filter aimed at?

This training is aimed at actors with training and/or experience under their belts already, who want to take their work to the next level and increase their employability. You will receive a system of training where every aspect agrees with and enhances the other, and most importantly, the emphasis is on applying all learning to actually doing the job – we aim to make you industry-ready.

How to apply?

Applications are via audition workshops where you will work with the No Filter tutors. This is an audition for us as well – if our way of working isn’t for you, this is how to find out.  The audition workshops will be followed up by informal meetings with the tutors.

How to prepare for the audition workshop?

Please prepare a monologue of your choice (something you love), bring movement clothes, a bottle of water and a spirit of play. You may also wish to observe one of our drop-in classes before you audition to get a feel for how we work (link above).

What are the dates?

The course will begin in early January 2019 and run through to July. There will be three regular weekday sessions a week as follows:

  • Term 1 (Jan-March): Mondays 13:30 -17:30, Tuesdays 13:30 -17:30, Thursdays 10:00 – 14:00
  • Term 2 (April – July): Mondays 13:30 -17:30, Tuesdays 13:30 -17:30, Thursdays 10:00 – 14:00
  • Term 3 (September – October): Part-time, daytime rehearsals for an October showcase

Additional attendance will be required on certain other dates (typically Tuesday evenings and weekends). Reasonable notice will be given. 

There will be time off at Easter and a week off for half term in February and June.

Students will have time off in August to source and prepare showcase material. Rehearsals for the showcase will take place in late September with showcase performance days in early October. 


We strongly encourage applications from individuals who identify as BAME and/or LGBTQ+

How much does it cost?

If offered a place, a initial non-refundable payment of £500 is required to secure it. A further payment of £3,695 will be payable before the course begins. The audition fee is £25. Credit card payments are accepted for a small fee.

The option to make payment by instalment is available but subject to approval and must be applied for before your audition date.

Scholarship Fund

There is a scholarship fund available. To apply you will need to provide a letter outlining your reasons for wanting to be considered for the scholarship award and any relevant references. The scholarship award is for 50% of the course fees and will be awarded at our discretion, under exceptional circumstances, to a student we feel would be excellent fit for the training we provide. Please email us your application letter before your audition to be considered.

Meet the tutors

Dominic Kelly - Meisner Tutor

Dominic Kelly – Artistic Director and Meisner Tutor

Alex Vendittelli - Meisner Tutor

Alex Vendittelli – Development Director and Meisner Tutor

Lawrence Carmichael

Lawrence Carmichael – Head of Voice and Movement

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