The Kenneth More Theatre in association with the Director’s Cut Theatre Company and The Mandy Network present:

A Half-Day Conference for Actors

A conference aimed at new professionals or actors who have been in the profession for a few years but want to update their CV, promote themselves better, find new opportunities and improve their applications and auditions for casting.  

Keynote speaker:

Abigail Longstaffe from the Mandy Network

Abigail trained at Mountview academy before working professionally as an actress on commercial tours and in the West End after which she moved into agency work representing actors across all areas of the industry. At The Mandy Network she liaises with casting directors across Commercial, TV, Film and theatre, running events and finding opportunities for actors. She regularly speaks at the leading drama schools on The Business of Acting.

The Mandy Network is the largest global, creative community, which empowers creative professionals to find work, promote themselves and network within the arts and media industries. By merging all the pro sites (including Casting Call Pro and Film and TV Pro) with, (the leading film and TV resource across US, Canada and Asia) they are now the largest single platform where top employers can connect with the best creative professionals worldwide.


Other speakers include: 

Michael Woodwood Theatre Director

Michael trained at LAMDA and has worked as an actor and director for over 35 years.  He has directed a variety of productions for theatres and touring companies and has also worked extensively in Theatre-in-Education and corporate training.  He regularly lectures in acting at a number of institutions and festivals across Europe and is currently Permanent Foreign Lecturer at Vytautas Magnus University Opera Academy in Lithuania.


Heather Ward Artistic Director, Director’s Cut Theatre Company

Director's Cut is an adventurous, imaginative and experimental theatre company that pioneers new ways of making theatre, and supports the directors and theatre makers of the future.  It is an artistic community made up of The Director’s Club, The Actor’s Club, The Writer’s Club, and The Producer’s Club.  The company is supported by Southwark Playhouse, Pleasance, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Rose Kingston, and has welcomed the likes of Mike Leigh, Dominic Cooke, Stephen Unwin and Rikki Beadle-Blair to run workshops.  Over the last 3 years they have helped hundreds of artists to connect, develop and create art, and have produced many events at Southwark Playhouse, St James Theatre (The Other Palace), Pleasance and Theatre Royal Stratford East.


Paul Bigley  Actor

Paul trained at LAMDA and has worked extensively as an actor on stage, both in regional rep and West End, in Television including regular appearances in long running series like Sharp’s Rifles, Grange Hill, Just a Gigolo, Midsommer Murders, Lewis, Tabooand many commercials.  Paul has also made a number of appearances in Film such as Shakespeare in Love, Shackelton and The Danish Girl.

Steven Day  Theatre Manager and Artistic Director,Kenneth More Theatre

Who for?: You, if you have recently left drama school or are in the business and interested in this conference

Where:  Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, IG1 1BT

When: Sunday 20th May to

Cost: £10 (ticket includes refreshments and a pastry)

How to book:  Online at: or telephone: 020 8553 4466 and request to book 'Actors Conference'

This conference is organised with the kind help of the Mandy Network