Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Former Palmer’s College students establish new acting school

ARTISTIC Directors of Caspa Arts and ex-Palmer’s College Students Michelle Payne and Abby Cassidy, are seeking aspiring actors from Essex to join their brand new acting school Caspa Arts.


Caspa Arts will provide 13 weeks of training every Sunday (September – December) at studios in London.

The aim of Caspa Arts is to train the next generation of dynamic and intriguing young actors with a focus on new writing. We want our actors to form connections with upcoming playwrights and directors to help secure future work when they feel they’re ready to move into the industry. It is so often that these connections help when looking for auditions and work – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know!

We are aiming to provide our students with weekly voice and movement classes as a grounding to their training, and top this up with acting technique related to the performance that we’re working towards. We will also be providing frequent masterclasses with west end performers and other industry professionals.

There will be two unique performance opportunities including ‘The Scratch’ at Phoenix Artist Club – a scratch night performance of various pieces of new writing by different writers, and ‘Twistmas – an original play written by Michelle Payne at a central London venue. This will provide an opportunity for those in the cast to invite agents and casting directors.

Michelle Payne is an actor, writer & director from Essex and trained at Arts Ed. Her previous acting credits include the role of Alice in Les Enfants Terribles’ Adventures in Wonderland (The Vaults). She is currently directing The German Girls for Camden Fringe Festival and also has experience as a writer, director & choreographer at Edinburgh Fringe and Brighton Fringe. Michelle also frequently produces her own writing. Michelle is also a freelance acting tutor, securing her students recalls and offers at top drama schools including: Drama Centre, Arts Ed, GSA, Rose Bruford, East 15, LSMT and Mountview. She also is an acting tutor for the prestigious West End Kids Company.

Abby Cassidy is an actor & director from Essex and trained at Italia Conti. Her previous acting credits include A Small Family Business at the National Theatre and McQueen at Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End. Directing credits include The Staff Room at Theatre N16.

The first set of auditions will be on Sunday 29th July and there are currently 2 scholarships up for grabs!

If you’re interested in auditioning please visit , follow them on twitter/instagram @caspaarts or drop an email to


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