Open Door, which has people like Emilia ClarkeWoody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed, David Morrissey and Amanda Redman among his supporters, is due to hold auditions for admission in 2023 in six cities across the UK, including Sheffieldas he seeks to unearth new stars of stage and screen who would otherwise fall through the net.
The charity says the financial barriers associated with interviews and auditions, including those wishing to study acting and those interested in technical theater and production arts, must attend, a high percentage of those who wish to apply ‘just can’t afford the chance to be seen’.
Data from the Working Class Creatives Database (WCCD) manifesto indicates that only 16% of the UK’s creative workforce comes from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
Open Door founder David Mumeni said: “We are delighted to be opening the apps again and branching out even further across the UK. There is so much talent to discover, and with our access programs proving to be incredibly successful – with so many of our graduates landing incredible roles in television, theater and film – we look forward to supporting the next generation of exciting artists.
Auditions are to take place in: Sheffield; London; Leicester; Nottingham; Derby and Birmingham from November 12.
Open Door is a non-profit organization that has helped support more than 100 aspiring actors ages 18-26 with training, mentorship and other resources as they prepare for auditions in acting schools across the UK.
Its graduates have already started getting professional acting work, including Jerome Lance, who landed a starring role in the new movie “Hunger Games,” Dionne Brown who landed the lead role in the upcoming Apple TV+ series “Criminal Record” alongside Cush Jumbo and Peter Capaldi, as well as several participants landing roles at the National Theatre, Regents Park Open Air Theater and the Old Vic.
Anyone, from aspiring actors to those interested in technical theater and production arts, can apply for a first-round audition/interview by visiting: https://www.opendoor.org.uk/the-process before the November 10 deadline. Everyone who applies will be auditioned, and those who pass the auditions will get a spot in the next Open Door 2023 admission. Open Door also supports behind-the-scenes creatives and is in partnership with Sheffield Theaters; Derby Theatre; Nottingham Theatre; Nottingham TV Workshop and Leicester Curve to build a regional network that can benefit and add value to the Open Door Midlands and Sheffield programme.
To apply for Open Door, you must:
– Be based in the Midlands, Essex, Sheffield, London and the South East
– Have an annual family income of £33,000 or less OR £40,000 or less with extenuating circumstances (carers, care leavers, are over 18 and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance or carer’s allowance)
– Be between 18 and 30 years old to play
– Not currently hold a degree
– Have a commitment to theater or technical theater and production arts as a career goal
– Be intending to apply for a full-time 3-year course for the 2023 academic year
– Be a UK citizen or have lived in the UK long enough to be eligible for UK student funding
The Sheffield Open Door audition is due to take place at the Crucible Theater on Tuesday November 15.