A team of acting coaches turning emerging talent into industry professionals
The Workshop in Cardiff Bay has been supplying the television and film industry with new and emerging talent for over 35 years. If you are interested in finding out what it takes to become a professional actor, contact our acting coaches today.
35-year track record of casting successes
The activities of The Workshop are co-ordinated by a team of six, headed by Peter and Susan Wooldridge. Their combined professional film, television and theatre experience provides The Workshop with the expertise necessary to respond to various and sometimes unusual requests. Contact us to learn more.
Based in Cardiff, South Wales, Peter specialises in discovering and training new talent for work in film and television. With forty years' experience, his training workshops have introduced several established Welsh actors to the industry, notably Ioan Gruffudd and Owain Yeoman, both of whom are now based in America. Closer to home, BAFTA Cymru award winning actress Mali Harries started her acting career at The Workshop, along with Adrian Lewis Morgan, known for his portrayal of Jimmi Clay on the daytime Soap, ‘Doctors’. More recent talented and aspiring actors include Catrin Stewart, Lloyd Everitt, Hannah Daniel, Craig Roberts and Gerran Howell. They all started their careers at The Workshop.
During the last fifteen years, he has also worked as a casting director and acting coach on a number of high-profile international feature films. His recent credits include ‘The Killer Elite’ (UK casting) starring Jason Statham, Robert de Niro and Clive Owen; ‘Nightwatching’, written and directed by Peter Greenaway, with Martin Freeman starring as Dutch artist, Rembrandt. This followed another Greenaway epic, a trilogy of films entitled ‘The Tulse Luper Suitcases’. Working with Oscar nominated Dutch director Ben Sombogaart, he cast the Dutch classic ‘Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek’ and assisted on the casting of another Dutch film, ‘Bride Flight’.
Closer to home, his credits include BAFTA Cymru award winning feature ‘Undertaking Betty’ starring Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina, Christopher Walken and Naomi Watts; ‘Summer Scars’ for Prolific Films and Arthur’s Dyke starring Pauline Quirke for Channel 4 Films. His work as a commercials casting director has included work for Amazon and eBay, together with several infomercials for the Welsh assembly Government. He is currently attached to another Dutch project.
With over thirty years' experience working in the television industry, initially as a production assistant and later as a news director at HTV Wales, Susan is well equipped to handle the day-to-day administration of The Workshop. In addition to general administration, Susan co-ordinates the agency side of the business, negotiating artist bookings and contracts. Her broad knowledge and extensive contacts in the media industry are a key factor in the continued success of The Workshop.
"The Workshop taught me skills not only in drama, but in life. The structured, professional advice I received from everyone has helped me and many others to go on and become professional actors - long may it do so."
- CIARAN JOYCE
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For friendly and helpful advice on becoming a professional actor, contact The Workshop in Cardiff Bay, Wales. You can call us on 029 2049 3950 or complete the online contact form below.