Meladrama Acting School & Agency
Meladrama was founded in 1995 by Melanie Ash, a professional actress from Preston who realised from her own experiences that, outside of Manchester and London, there was very little affordable training and support for those wanting to be professional actors. Mel is passionate about supporting and developing new talent in the North West and established the acting agency, alongside the school, to promote this talent to casting directors and agents.
Classes are varied and stimulating and last 90 minutes. We generally run with school terms and the classes focus on all aspects of acting including improvisation, creating believable characters, approaching a script, acting for tv, film and theatre, stage combat, vocal techniques and too many to mention. Students participate in a variety of showcases and performances and have the opportunity to be seen by casting directors and agents. All pupils perform at the end of each term – whether that’s a small open class for friends and family to showcase what they have learnt or a massive full scale production. We find performing increases confidence and the rehearsal process equips actors with a strong work ethic. It also brings students together – creating face to face friendships that are so integral but often missing in the modern world.
Classes are informal and fun with the focus on developing each individual actor towards their own personal goals. For those without ambitions to be the next big star performing arts have been shown to help adults and children alike with self discipline, social skills, confidence and empathy,not forgetting that it’s loads of fun and you’ll make a bunch of new friends.
In addition to the acting school and agency Mel also undertakes various projects with the community, education and corporate groups. She has a wealth of experience of working with vulnerable adults and children and minority groups and is passionate about this area of her work. Mel can put together a tailored programme to match your requirements for either a one off workshop or a longer term project.
Mel’s latest children’s show ‘Around The World In 80 Notes’ is currently touring primary schools. Made at Z Arts and with Arts Council Funding, the show is a diverse and interactive musical that teaches young children about emotional wellbeing and stratergies to cope.
Click the spotlight link above to Mel’s professional CV or the button below to contact Mel about joining the acting school or seeing if she can create a tailored programme for your charity, organisation or business.