Actors and Performers

Actors and Performers Yearbook

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Methuen Drama’s well-established and highly respected directory is updated and published each year. With the aim to support actors in their training and continued search for work on stage, screen and radio, it is the only directory to provide detailed information for each listing and specific advice on how to approach companies and individuals. A true time-saver and necessary asset for anyone working in the industry, the book collates agents and casting directors to producing theatres, showreel companies, photographers and much more. Edited by Lloyd Trott, the academy dramaturg at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, it is a unique and essential reference book that selects only the most relevant and reputable contacts for the actor.

The 2019 Yearbook features several new articles and commentaries and expands on aspects of the profession not previously covered, as well as continuing to provide valuable insight into auditions, interviews and securing work alongside a casting calendar and financial issues. Once again, this directory is a valuable professional tool in an industry where contacts and networking are key to career survival.


 Key features of the Actors and Performers Yearbook

  • Provides up-to-date information for each contact – including productions, casting details, agents and whether they will accept approaches direct – saves hours of research
  • More than just a listings directory – contains advice articles and tools such as the casting calendar, which outlines when theatre companies will receive CVs
  • Actor training and professional development is covered, including training for under 18s, drama schools and short and part-time courses and private tutors and coaches
  • Features up to four brand new articles every year, giving timely advice in response to today’s fast-changing industry

Highlights of the 2019 Actors and Performers Yearbook

Arts Emergency – Julie Hesmondhalgh
The crisis in arts education: how working-class artists are being squeezed out of the industry.  “If our future artists only come from a narrow stratum of society…then who will be left to tell the stories of the rest of us?”

Pop­up youth theatre in Yorkshire –Nick Evans
“The truth is that there is significant arts provision run by excellent people all around the country, but with a year-on-year attack on local government funding having taken place for the best part of a decade, it’s becoming harder and harder for young people from economically challenged households to get anywhere near it.”

What are drama schools looking for? –Geoffrey Colman
“What drama schools want is to restore the helplessness of our own lives through the long productive and meaningful careers of future artists like you…Don’t take an unfathomable leap…”

Casting for musical theatre –David Grindrod
“Actors often ask whether I have favourite songs that I like to hear – or songs that I don’t. I only really mind when they come in with completely the wrong song for the production.”

Starting your own theatre company –Pilar Orti´
“The first question you should ask yourself before starting a theatre company is – do you really need to set up a company, or do you just want to put on a show?”

Edinburgh or bust: is it worth it? –Shane Dempsey
“Ask yourself early on what you want to achieve out of the experience. Too often this is not given enough thought, so that it is difficult, if not impossible, to achieve any significant outcomes.”

Open Book: fairer finances for fringe theatre –Piers Beckley
“What Open Book Theatre should do, though, is provide some protection for actors working in those profit-share productions which currently are not in a position to use Equity contracts.”

Beyond #metoo – Kelly Burke
“There’s no going back from #metoo now. If we insist on parity and respect – and if we make a commitment to looking after one another – we have the chance to turn our industry into something infinitely richer than the one we’ve inherited.”

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“A map, compass, guide-book”

Simon Callow

“An essential tool for all actors” 

Christine Payne, Equity

Use of this book will save you time and money

Samuel West


Peter Hall