The award-winning charity Open Door – which counts the likes of Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed, David Morrissey and Amanda Redman among its supporters – is to hold auditions for its 2023 intake in six cities across the UK as it seeks to unearth new stars of stage and screen who would otherwise slip through the net.
Due to the financial barriers that are associated with the interviews and auditions that applicants, including those wishing to study acting and those interested in technical theatre and production arts, have to attend, a high percentage of those wishing to apply simply can’t afford the chance to be seen. According to the The Working Class Creatives Database (WCCD) manifesto, only 16% of the UK’s creative workforce are from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds.
Set up by actor David Mumeni, who recognised that the cost to audition for the UK’s drama schools were prohibitive for aspiring actors from lower-income households, Open Door is a non-profit organisation which has helped support over 100 budding actors aged 18-26 by providing training, mentoring and other resources as they prepare for auditions at drama schools across the UK.
Its graduates have already begun to secure professional acting work, including Jerome Lance, who’s secured a lead role in the new ‘Hunger Games’ movie, Dionne Brown who landed the leading role in upcoming Apple TV+ series ‘Criminal Record’ alongside Cush Jumbo and Peter Capaldi, as well as multiple participants landing roles at the National Theatre, Regents Park Open Air Theatre and at The Old Vic.
In total, 97 Open Door students have accepted places in training, and 97% of Open Door graduates are now represented by professional agents.
Anyone from budding actors to those interested in technical theatre and production arts, can apply for a first round audition/interview by visiting https://www.opendoor.org.uk/the-process before the deadline of 10th November. Everyone who applies will be auditioned, and those successful in the auditions will secure a place among the upcoming Open Door 2023 intake.
Open Door also supports behind-the-scenes creatives and is partnered with Derby Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham TV Workshop, Sheffield Theatres and Leicester Curve to build a regional network that can benefit from, and add value to, the Open Door Midlands and Sheffield scheme.
Open Door founder David Mumeni said: “We’re so excited to be opening applications up again and branching out even further across the UK. There is so much talent out there yet to be discovered, and with our access programmes proven to be incredibly successful – with so many of our graduates going on to land incredible roles in television, theatre and film – we can’t wait to support the next generation of exciting artists”