“Directors Acting is such a valuable resource.”
   – Katie Mitchell OBE

Since 1999 we have supplied weekends, weeklong process work with leading industry directors and teachers who have a tried and tested rehearsal methodology.

For those who need one-to-one contact and a tailor-made approach we offer Skype coaching in director practice and leadership.

Occasionally we can offer observation opportunities during our rehearsal process.

We offer NLP training for theatre practitioners and other sectors.

We use creative means in all its forms to help the process of healing and rehabilitation for groups and individuals.

18-month supported programme for up to four participants

This scheme is directly focused at promoting and supporting accessibility and opportunities for artists from our ethnic and culturally diverse communities, to actively address the imbalanced representation within the cultural sector.


A placard saying The course of true love never did run smooth - Shakespeare


This bursary programme involves:

Living Pictures Workshops:

Free guaranteed bursary places upon a minimum of four Living Pictures workshops during the 18-month programme (subject to participants' availability).

Within the 18-month programme, we will encourage participants to collaborate with the LP Project Manager to suggest, approach and programme workshops with an industry practitioner, and assist with the administration, organisation and facilitation of them.

Director’s Book Club:

Guaranteed and free spaces on Living Pictures Director’s Book Club, which is supported by the Young Vic. The group study 6 practitioners’ books focusing upon the craft of Directing within the 3 academic term dates (September to July; subject to Covid-19 restrictions). The group meets bi-monthly, over the course of a weekend. Within a peer-led environment; each member of the group runs a 45-minute workshop upon a specific pre-allocated chapter of the book, working their way through the book over the course of the two days. (NB: please note Living Pictures will seek to provide relevant publications to participants where possible, but this cannot always be guaranteed)

Funding Applications:

Taking part in all these activities is free of charge and participants on the Bursary programme will be liable for their travel and living expenses. Living Pictures is a registered charity, a not-for-profit organisation and is reliant upon funding, donations and fees generated from workshops to cover its overheads, and along with the free workshop places LP will support / advise participants with any arts funding applications, which support them during the bursary period. LP obviously cannot guarantee the success of those applications.

Industry Mentor:

Three 1-hour mentor sessions during the 18-month programme.

Each participant will be asked to suggest a mentor. LP will approach them on the participant’s behalf, in order to arrange mentorship with them. If the suggested mentor is not available, we will work with the participants to seek alternatives.

Participants' Workshop Day:

Within six months of the end of the programme on an agreed date, all participants will be asked to lead a 1½ hour (or longer) workshop around a chosen subject (Directing / Acting) during a workshop day with participants drawn from the LP community, supported by the LP team.

This will be an opportunity for the bursary directors to ‘try out’ their learnings in a supportive and constructive environment.


For more information contact [email protected]



Natalie Abrahami
Natalie Abrahami has taken part in and led several past Living Pictures Workshops.

Details of previous Directors Acting Workshops can be found here.