Leeds Actors In Training.


 LAIT is a practical skills-building course run from Leeds Grand Theatre for 18-25 year olds who are serious about an acting career. LAIT is designed to develop participating young artists vocally, physically and imaginatively and encourages an independent and in-depth approach to the work.

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.

For some years now I have wanted to provide meaningful actor training to young adults between school/youth theatre and FE/the workplace, to help them develop their skills to the highest standard, recognise what sort of artist they want to be, build confidence and audition skills and cement their self-worth. Passion and a good publicity photo will only get you so far in this industry. In my experience, to truly succeed, an actor must be skilled and committed with a strong grip on reality. A thick skin, good work ethic, generosity, imagination, tenacity and an interest in human behaviour are also vital.

At LAIT, we provide a supportive space to help aspiring actors move to the next phase of their training/professional life with confidence and their eyes wide open.

2020: LAIT moved online for a series of 5 Masterclasses

…with guest artists Sam Kenyon, Dawn Holgate and Dermot Daly

2021-2022: LAIT is now up and running again face to face

…working out of the Leeds Grand Studio. 

Bronte and Imogen LAIT 2021/2022

2019: TRUTH @ Seven Arts

LAIT teamed up with students from the University of Leeds MA Writing for Performance and Publication course to present a showcase at Seven Arts, Leeds of four original scripts inspired by the theme Truth.

It’s the perfect partnership and springboard for both actors and writers at the beginning of their careers. I chose the theme ‘Truth’ in response to the current climate of fake news and opaque politics. As a result, we have four brand-new plays that are leaprt off the page and on to the Seven Arts stage. playing to full houses.

Charlotte Dalrymple, Tilly Devine, Ben Erwin and Karen Richardson were the successful playwrights  selected to work with us through Leeds Grand Theatre‘s Grand Writers Platform – a new opportunity for early-career playwrights to respond to a brief, create a treatment, and have their scripts workshopped and produced by a professional creative team.

2018: I Am England by David Lane @Seven Arts

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, I Am England offers a unique perspective on political power, authoritarianism and social justice from the Brexit generation whose stories are yet to be written.


“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 were all good… managing to strip out most of the acting and get to the core of the characters. A great evening – thank you.” (Kay Mellor)

“Very enjoyable and thought provoking. Think that LAIT is an excellent idea and look forward to seeing more of their performances.”

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

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

“Some amazing and strong performances”

“I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this, it was funny sand moving and truly captivating from start to finish. Outstanding performances by all!”

“Amazing emerging talent. Very impressive. I hope this pilot project continues!”

“Fabulous performance. Can’t believe these young people are amateurs. A truly professional performance”

photo by Maria Spadafora

The Cast of I Am England by David Lane. (photo: Maria Spadafora)

LAIT empowers you as you can address things you want to work on in a supportive and consistent environment working with professionals. Evie

Working with the same small group each week means we have built trust between us and Lizi creates and environment where we have permission to fail which is vital to me. Adan

LAIT is a more adult environment where I can tailor the training to suit my needs. We can all accept we have weak areas and work on these. Sophia

LAIT is an honest and open space where passionate young actors can develop their toolkit under expert guidance. Ellah 

LAIT helps you discover more about yourself and learn important theatre skills in the meantime. There are so many skills in this course that I can easily apply to my roles in training at College, and acting jobs in the future. For example, stretching to calm my nerves and Laban to embody and develop character. David. 

What I’m enjoying is that LAIT is a less pressured, more fun way of learning about the trade. There are no exams and we get to focus on ourselves as artists. Sophie. 

 LAIT is unique in Leeds, there are very few groups for 18+ and LAIT is a focused, skills-based training opportunity working in depth on topics you’d learn at Drama School. Niamh


Katie and Jess, LAIT 2021/2022