Leeds Actors in Training Greenlighted for Second Year


I Am England by David Lane. Photo: Maria Spadafora.

After a brilliantly successful pilot year and thanks to funding from the Emerald Foundation, Wade’s Charity and Leeds Inspired Amongst I’m about to launch the second year of Leeds Actors in Training in collaboration with the Leeds Grand Theatre.

LAIT is unique in Leeds as it gives 18 – 25 year olds the opportunity to access actor training of the highest quality under the guidance of theatre professionals also working in the industry.

We already have Rod Dixon, Artistic Director at RED LADDER and Nickie Miles-Wildin, currently Resident Assistant Director at the ROYAL EXCHANGE, MANCHESTER booked as guest directors next term.


LAIT has been fundamental in my acting training this year; it has allowed me to my balance essential training with work and auditions. There is very little else out there for young actors trying to make their first step into the industry. LAIT one of a kind.


“Blown away by the quality, didn’t expect it.”

“We were completely gripped from start to finish and thought that it was brilliant.”

“Really enjoyed this performance. So relevant to the times we are living through. David Lane has done a great job and so has Lizi Patch. The actors managed to strip out most of the acting and get to the core of the characters. A great evening – thank you”. KAY MELLOR

Rachel Lythe, Head of Learning at the Leeds Grand:

“We are delighted to be working in collaboration with Lizi on the Leeds Actors in Training (LAIT) programme at Leeds Grand Theatre. Once young people have participated in youth theatre and thrived in the creative safe spaces that they provide, ex youth theatre members were telling us that there isn’t much opportunity to progress into advanced training and bridge the gap between youth theatre and drama school. LAIT was established to address this need and provide an opportunity to work with industry professionals under the expert guidance of Artistic Director Lizi Patch, to develop their craft, enhance their portfolio, prepare for auditions and have the space to explore whether they would like to work in the arts industry.

As part of our Creative Engagement Programme, Leeds Grand Theatre aims to increase access to opportunities for diverse young people to gain skills and enter the arts industry and we were really keen to collaborate with Lizi on this new venture. We’ve worked with Lizi for many years as Artistic Director of the City Varieties Youth Theatre and her passion, professionalism and wonderful approach to nurturing the skills and confidence of young people was a key factor in this collaboration. Lizi is a fantastic role model; she is able to balance her own professional work alongside training young people and offers a real insight into the working life of an artist. LAIT is run with thanks to the support of the Emerald Foundation, Wade’s Charity and Leeds Inspired”

If you are interested in joining Leeds Actors in Training and would like to find out more CLICK HERE. 

I Am England by David Lane photo: Maria Spadafora.

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