Originate Actor Training

Free Actor Training with leading drama schools RADA, Guildhall School, industry professionals and Theatre Peckham.
Home to BAFTA Rising Star Award winner 2021 Bukky Bakray


The Course

In partnership with  RADA, Guildhall School and Theatre Peckham, Originate prepares young actors for Drama School and the industry via a Free intensive eight-month programme, based mostly at Theatre Peckham with sessions also held at RADA and Guildhall School on Fridays between 6pm-9pm. The sessions train participants to perform for the stage and screen, and culminates in an industry showcase.

Originate is led under the creative director of Suzann McLean (Artistic Director of Theatre Peckham and Founder of Young & Talented).


Originate allows young actors to build on their acting technique and confidence as a performer, create industry connections, establish a network of collaborators and it introduces them to the rigour and joy of actor training.

63% of Originate Actors 2019/20 were approached by industry professionals within two weeks of their showcase.

The film When It’s Just Us… created by Originate Actors 20/21 won Best Cinematography and was shortlisted for London Shorts Best Short Film.

Previous Originate Actors said:

It was refreshing to be in an environment where the people represent such a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. The best.


The industry no longer feels like an intangible, intimidating thing but something that, with hard work, drive and talent, could be very achievable.