Launch of the New Extended Two Year Rep Actor Training Programme

1st October 2018

Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company announces their new extended Two Year Rep Actor Training Programme for September 2019. The restructure is part of Fourth Monkey’s commitment to remaining forerunners in delivering the best methods of actor training for professionals entering the industry today. Students will receive a greater amount of contact time and enjoy tuition from a wider selection of working practitioners. Additions to our faculty include:

  • Shane Dempsey (Associate Director, National) will direct the Contemporary season
  • Rich Rusk (Gecko Theatre) will teach Devising
  • Helen Tennison (Director, Former Head of Year at Drama Studio London) will teach Viewpoints and direct as part of the Classical season
  • Brigid Zengeni (Actress and Fourth Monkey Patron) will teach Audition Preparation



Recently appointed to oversee the Two Year Rep course is professional actor, Darren Strange who previously ran the Foundation Acting pathway at GSA. Alumnus of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Darren has been a member of the RSC and his credits include Invincible (West End), Parents (Sky One)Peter Kosminksky’s Innocents, he was a regular performer on Crackanory (Dave) and The Armando Iannucci Shows (Channel 4).

With an industry retention rate of 97%* over five years (*2012-17), Fourth Monkey offers a practical course which gives students the tools they need to become successful actors across stage, radio, television and film. Alumni credits include stage performances at the Old Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe, RSC, National and television includes Doctor Who, Holby City, Dixi (BBC), Coronation Street, The Halcyon (ITV), Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Guerrilla (Sky Atlantic) and film includes Milk & Honey.

Applications are now open for the Two Year Rep course, as well as the Year of the Monkey course, and auditions will be held from January 2019. In preparation for this, Fourth Monkey holds monthly Taster Workshops at their Finsbury Park base, the Monkey House. Each person who takes part in a workshop will receive a free audition (normally £25) for either course.

This release follows Fourth Monkey’s announcement of six new patrons each of whom support a scholarship for students entering the Two Year Rep course in 2018. The scholarships signify support for one in six students on the course and are currently financed by Fourth Monkey. They are in addition to the established Emrys Johns and Ronnie Collash Scholarships. All financial support is based on audition outcomes, personal circumstances and financial need and are means tested, to ensure they are awarded to those otherwise unable to train as an actor.

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