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Jigsaw Agency Workshop Day is a Huge Success

Jigsaw Arts Management Agency Workshop Day

Last Sunday’s agency workshop at The Actors Centre, London was a huge success. It was a fantastic way for Katie from Jigsaw Arts Management to meet lots of children for the first time and a chance for her to see what they are best suited to when it comes to putting them forward for TV, film and musical theatre castings.

Professional actor, Carrie Whitton, joined Katie for the day. Carrie is also a drama teacher at Jigsaw Watford and was busy filming for Coronation Street yesterday. Being so heavily involved within the profession, Carrie is very up-to-date with the industry and how castings work.

Staff and students met at 3pm at The Actors Centre and Katie played a game of naming students as they walked through the door. Then came a session focussing on a typical TV commercial casting, which went down a treat because the students did a mock audition for a Haribo Advert. The children were delighted when they realised they got to eat a sweet! It was brilliant to see the students throw themselves into it, and Katie used filming equipment to ensure that students could experience what it is like in a real casting environment.

The workshop then moved onto script work, with students pairing up and working together on scripts from popular television and film. Katie, Carrie and the students talked about the difference between TV and theatre acting in terms of expression and size of performance. Again our Jigsaw students really impressed with their ability to take direction and there was lots of comedy talent in the room.

Katie then led a singing session so that she could hear who was confident with singing and everyone had the opportunity to sing solo if they wished to do so. It was inspiring to see many of our students put themselves forward to sing solo and in typical Jigsaw style the whole room was very supportive. All in all, Katie was extremely impressed.

Katie’s Top Tips

At the end of the workshop, Katie had a chance to meet and chat to all our agency parents and answer any questions they had. Katie was able to pass on help and advice, and wanted it to be clear that parents can approach her at the any time, and that the industry is extremely competitive but she will always strive to put children forward for castings when suitable ones come along.

In the meantime, Katie’s top tip is for children to keep their Spotlight pages up-to-date and to continue to enjoy their Jigsaw classes so when auditions do arise, our students are fuelled with passion and determination, ready to go for it!

Following Sunday’s workshop, Katie was aware that a popular West End Show is currently casting. After meeting Lily-Mae from Jigsaw Stevenage, Katie put her forward for a role on Monday and she has already heard back that the casting director would love to see her. Good luck, Lily-Mae!

Katie and Carrie had a wonderful afternoon and they really hope that our agency students benefited from the workshop.

Opportunity for agency students at the National Theatre

We already have a brilliant opportunity for our 8-11 years agency students at the National Theatre over the Summer. Watch this space!

For more information about Jigsaw Arts Management, get in touch via email to agency@jigsaw-arts.co.uk.