Workshops are a massive part of TransActing. Many of our workshops are open to all trans and non-binary adults aged 16 or over. Others are dedicated to young trans and non-binary people aged up to 25.


TransActing workshops take place around the UK, in partnership the major theatres and festivals. We have worked with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Royal Court Theatre, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival in Glasgow and BFI Flare in London.


Workshops for younger trans and/ or non-binary participants have been a collaboration withOutbox, an LGBT Theatre Company with a remit of making performance and doing outreach with young LGBT people.


Below you will find information about upcoming workshops and workshops that have already taken place.


Future Workshops

Playwright Jon Brittain is leading a writing workshop in January (at the moment it's fully booked). More workshops for under 25s are being planned in collaboration with Outbox Theatre Company for 2018 in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds. Look out for more information on Facebook and Twitter or sign up to our TransActing mailing list


Past Workshops

  • Six weeks of one-day workshops in Summer 2015 at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), London
  • Workshop at SQUIFF in Glasgow, September 2015
  • Writing workshop with Olivier Award-winning playwright Jon Brittain at RCSSD, March 2016
  • Workshop for 13-25 year olds at West Yorkshire Play House in Leeds, March 2016
  • Workshop at BFI Flare, London’s LGBTQ film festival, March 2016
  • Casting workshop with Rebecca Wright Casting at RCSSD, September 2016
  • Workshop for 13-25 year olds at Bristol Old Vic, March 2017
  • Workshop for 13-25 year olds at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, March 2017
  • Workshop for 13-25 year olds at West Yorkshire Play House in Leeds, April 2017
  • Writing for theatre two-day workshop at Royal Court Theatre with Jon Brittain, 2017


What happens in our workshops?

It’s important that TransActing workshops provide a supportive and respectful space for everyone taking part. At the start of every session workshop leaders go through guidelines to make sure that everyone feels safe.

Our youth workshops explore the basics of drama through fun and interactive group exercises that aim to build confidence and expression as the session progresses.


Participants experience top-quality acting, movement and voice classes and meet a number of industry professionals. Over time, this has included Head of Acting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Geoff Colman, Acting teacher, Barry Fitzgerald, voice practitioner, Maya Makri, casting director Sarah Hughes, actors Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Rebecca Root and writers Jon Brittain and Peter Machen. See out tutor profiles for more information.


Workshop content varies, but includes for example:


  •  Introduction to screen acting
  •  Acting and screen technique
  •  Movement for screen actors
  •  Working with text
  •  Understanding the voice as an instrument
  •  Working with Shakespearean text
  •  Audition techniques
  •  Casting and professional preparation