Coaching

Standing In The Wings is committed to providing affordable, 1-2-1 drama and general confidence/presentation coaching to individuals who have a passion for wanting to develop their skills.

We aim to provide the necessary support and guidance to help aspiring actors develop their skills, build confidence, and refine their craft.

Our coaches work closely with individuals, understanding their unique strengths and areas for improvement, and designing coaching sessions specifically to address their needs. This personalized approach enhances the learning experience and enables actors to grow at their own pace.

The main areas of our work are listed below, but please feel free to get in contact with us to discuss any further requirements. Our coaching prices are available on this page.

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Acting, performance and theatre

LAMDA Exams

Suitable for all ages, LAMDA exams are a great way to focus your skills and learning into a worthwhile qualification. Covering poetry, prose, Shakespeare and theory, LAMDA exams are excellent for anyone wanting to experience more variety of pieces and performance whilst gaining a qualification for your hard work.

Drama Theory and Techniques

Sometimes it's useful to understand the theory and techniques used in performance to help enhance your skills and protect your voice effectively. Covering breathing, projection, posture and speech qualities this coaching can be ad hoc to support your learning and skills.

Drama College Auditions

Auditioning for drama college can be daunting as it's big step towards your career goal. We can help you select pieces, work on the language, character development, personal presentation, interview questions and self tapes to help get you one step closer to your dream.

Acting Through Song

Any musical theatre performer will tell you that your character has to continue through the songs, not be separate. By studying the text and music together, we can help you understand why the character is singing what they are and why. We work with a local pianist to understand the role of live music whilst performing.

Production Auditions

Auditions are part of the thrill of performing but sometimes it's useful to have some extra help to understand the play or musical and the character so that when you stand in front of the audition panel you have a strong comprehension of what you're portraying. We can go through the set pieces with you and support you with showcasing your talent in the short time you have to demonstrate your skills!

Workshops and Mentoring for Schools

Standing In The Wings is delighted to be able to offer talks and workshops to schools about careers within the theatre industry, including Stage Management, Lighting Design, Production Management, Sound Design, Costume Design, Set Design and Direction. This can be developed into a mentoring programme for school productions as well. Read more here.

Presentations, interviews & weddings

Confidence Skills

1-2-1 drama coaching plays a vital role in building confidence and honing acting skills. Our coaches create a safe and nurturing environment where actors can explore their craft, experiment with different techniques, and receive constructive feedback. Through regular coaching sessions, actors gain the confidence to express themselves authentically, develop versatility in their performances, and refine their acting skills. Our goal is to empower actors with the tools they need to succeed in the competitive world of acting.

We are pleased to be partnering with Goldington Academy, Bedford to provide Confidence Skills and Performance Development opportunities to some of their students during Autumn Term 2023.

Presenting Skills

Standing in front of work colleagues or strangers to pitch a new idea or project can be nerve-racking for many people. With some key techniques and theories, we can help you wow your audience with your presenting skills and get you one step closer to making the project or idea a reality.

Interview Skills

Whether it's for a new job or university, interviews take practice to get right - but when you only have one shot, that's not always helpful! Through practice questions and scenarios, we aim to give you the chance to try different approaches and answers to give you the confidence to ace any interview.

Wedding Speeches

Public speaking can be tricky - especially when it's for a special event in front of family and friends. If you need some support in delivering a memorable speech for the 'big day' (in the right way!), we can assist with confidence and delivery. Find out more here.

Meet The Coaches

At Standing In The Wings, we work with a team of specialists to give you the right fit.

Our Drama Coaches have a variety of experience - the team is growing but here are the bios of our two lead coaches:

Mindy Robinson - Drama Coach

Mindy studied theatre at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in LA before moving to England.

Her favourite roles include Martha Brewster in Arsenic & Old Lace (Northampton Masque Theatre), M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias (Playhouse Theatre) and Mother Superior in Sister Act, in which she’s played the part no less than 3 times for Northampton Musical Theatre Company, KOS-MTC and Tingdene Players. Mindy has also directed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Sunshine Boys, The Odd Couple (Female Version) for Northampton Masque Theatre to name a few and most recently Little Shop of Horrors at the Deco Theatre for White Cobra Productions.

When not on stage, you will find her in the kitchen with her baking business, SophistiCake Creations or teaching Music & Drama on Saturday mornings for Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust – NMPAT.  A keen walker, raising thousands of pounds for various charities, Mindy has also completed 5 London Marathons.

For Standing In The Wings: Wishes & Dreams

Kathryn Rose - Drama Coach

Kathryn was virtually born on the stage and grew up involved in dance, drama and music classes throughout her childhood in Bedfordshire, including three years performing with Bedfordshire Youth Opera.  Kathryn completed her Gold Medal LAMDA in Acting (Distinction) in 2013.

During her ten years of professional work as a Stage Manager, Kathryn had the privilege of working with many directors and watching and learning at hundreds of rehearsals to understand the skills and techniques needed to create, develop and nurture both characterisation and self-confidence. Her work at Mountview Academy of Arts (as a tutor and freelancer) and with National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) involved mentoring and coaching young people in theatre skills including Stage Management and general theatre craft giving her a wide range of skills and knowledge of practical teaching.

As an actress, Kathryn has performed locally at The Place, Bedford, Sharnbrook Mill Theatre and Bonkers Playhouse, Kettering in a variety of musicals and plays including A Doll’s House, Wait Until Dark, Two Across, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Spamalot, Parade, Widows  and the world premiere of the musical Cloud. She has also worked on EastEnders (BBC), My Mad, Fat Diary (Channel 4) and The Mayor of Casterbridge (ITV).

Kathryn’s passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for theatre and performance continues into her coaching (and directing) and she enjoys exploring new plays and texts as well as the classics in order to bring the best out of her students in a relaxed but enjoyable and positive way.

Previous students have gone on to study at ArtsEd, London and Institute of Contemporary Theatre, Brighton.

Other requirements

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