Stephen Moyer supports “The Forge Initiative”

Stephen+Moyer+2011+Summer+TCA+Tour+Day+2+82Lhn3ovAV_lLeading theatre practitioner Brian Astbury is launching a one-year practical theatre course – The Forge Initiative – this September 2015 at The Academy of Performance Training (APT) based in Guildford, Surrey.

The Forge Initiative is a unique course that, unlike standard drama training, gives actors, directors and writers the tools to take control of their own careers. They will learn how to set up their own theatre companies, devise their own work, market themselves, and leave with a fully-fledged production to take to Edinburgh Festival and on tour.

In 1990 Brian set up ‘Arts Threshold’ with graduating LAMDA students including Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), and RADA graduate, Rufus Norris (Director of the National Theatre). The company gave graduating students an important stepping stone into the industry and helped them establish themselves as employable actors, writers and directors. Now, fourteen years later, Brian has finally fulfilled his dream of setting up a full-time one-year course with 35 contact hours per week that, unlike standard drama training, specifically gives actors the practical skills to set up their own companies. All course tutors will be professionals with real-life experience and good track records in these fields.

Stephen Moyer on Brian Astbury:

“If you think this course is just about acting you would be very wrong. Brian Astbury could easily have titled the course… I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

Historically, full-time drama school training is expensive, potentially alienating highly-gifted students with an aptitude for brilliance. The Forge Initiative is therefore set £3,000-£4,000 less than the average course costs elsewhere, without compromising on quality of training or contact time.

The next audition will be held on Saturday 18th April 2015 at its home The Guildford Institute. Applications can be made through the APT website.

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity for budding actors, writers and directors.  To emerge with the skills to set up one’s own company is pretty amazing!  Good luck to all the auditioners.

  2. How wonderful that Stephen supports others who are just beginning their careers.  He is so generous, he never ceases to make me proud to be a fan.  I hope all those who are fortunate enough to get into the program also get to meet Stephen.

  3. It’s no surprise that Stephen would lend his support to this project.  Well said, Stephen (meant to add this to my previous post).

  4. Is a great man and good actor , I like him and respect, he always thinking of others U0001f339U0001f339U0001f339

  5. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity for those serious about an acting career. 
    Not surprised at all by Stephen playing it forward.

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