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Andy Hinds

  • Pimlico (SW1V)
  • Last Logged In: 27 Jun 2018
  • Sex: Male
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Personal Message
I am a highly regarded Acting Coach of over 30 years' experience (RADA, Shakespeare's Globe, Actors' Centre, author Acting Shakespeare's Language) now available for private lessons, preparation of audition pieces etc.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach acting, contemporary and classical.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have: BA (hons) in English Language and Literature from the Queen's University, Belfast, and an MA in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of Leeds.
What kind of experience do you have?
FOR TEN YEARS Artistic Director of Classic Stage Ireland, I have directed at Dublin's Abbey and Gate Theatres, Galway's Druid Theatre, Glyndebourne, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Wexford Opera, Scottish Opera, London's King's Head and Soho Theatres, and for some time was Associate Director at The Bristol Old Vic.

PRODUCTIONS include: The Bacchae, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, Fidelio, La Cenerentola, Mother Courage, The Revenger's Tragedy, All's Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Iphigenia in Aulis, Agamemnon, Oedipus the King...

ACTING TEACHER and ACTOR: In London, I have taught at RADA (where I was on the auditioning panel for many years), The Actors' Centre and Shakespeare's Globe; and in Dublin, with the Gaiety School of Acting, Trinity College, and the Classic Stage Ireland Acting Studio. I made my own debut as an actor (2013) in my play, Morning and Afternoon (The New Theatre/ Project Arts Centre, Dublin/ Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Tristan Bates Theatre, London and Lyric, Belfast.)

PLAYS include: October Song (Published: Carysfort Press, Ireland); The Starving - revived as Sea Lavender (Carysfort Press); Morning, Afternoon and Evening (First two parts of this trilogy Published by Oberon Books, UK.) Bloodties (trilogy of three one-act plays – Focus Theatre/New Theatre, Dublin); Crystal’s House - Project Arts Centre, Dublin; First of the Day for RTE Radio.

BOOKS: Acting Shakespeare's Language, Oberon Books, UK, 2015 - "A rich and detailed path towards a precise contact with the challenge of speaking and inhabiting Shakespeare’s language... An immensely useful resource…" RALPH FIENNES, Actor "This is an immensely useful book, and I feel impelled to rhapsodise a little! It is crammed with common sense and so beneficial to the actor." GEOFF BULLEN, Head of Acting at RADA

Aeschylus' Oresteia Trilogy (verse translation), Oberon. 2017
Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis (verse translation), Oberon, 2017
How much do you charge?
I charge £45 for a private session.
Where do you teach?
I conduct my private sessions in my apartment in Pimlico, Westminster.
When are you available?
With prior notice, I can make myself available most days and times.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I work with all ages: from teenage students to mature and seasoned actors.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I work with students preparing for speech and drama examinations, RADA exams etc.; those preparing to audition for drama schools; and with actors of all levels of experience who are seeking help preparing for a role, or who wish to wok on speeches and/or scenes in order to keep their acting skills well-tuned and sharp.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I do not have a DBS Certificate.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I will usually begin an online session by finding out a little about the student or actor's background and experience; discovering some basic information about the piece or pieces chosen to work on (if they are unfamiliar to me); and by discovering what, ideally the student or actor would like to achieve in the course of the session. Then it's straight into performing. I offer clear practical guidance as to how to make the performance as alive, truthful and effective as possible, and help the student understand how what is learned while working on one speech or scene, cam be applied to any other speech or scene they may work on.
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained as a director as part of my MA in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Leeds, then was taken on as Trainee Director for one year with The Irish Theatre Company (then the National Touring Theatre)
Tell me about some of your current students.

ANDY CAME HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to me by the director of a play I was performing in. I was looking for some coaching to keep me active and to keep learning. I had completed some very average part-time courses with various coaches, 4 weeks here, 4 weeks there and also dabbled in some well-known techniques such as Meisner. Many of these courses or coaches tend to overcomplicate the process or maybe it is that they can't 'teach' to the audience in front of them. Andy was very different, making acting simple again. I learned so much in such a short space of time. I find myself sharing his advice with fellow actors, it is Andy's advice I hear when auditioning , learnig script or performing. What makes him such a great teacher is his simplistic approach, vast knowledge, undoubted love of acting and easy going, very approachable manner. He cares about you, not just the actor but the person. Neil Kelders, Actor

I HAVE ATTENDED classes with Andy Hinds in Classic Stage Ireland and also one-to-one coaching sessions with him and I can honestly say that he is one of the best acting tutors I have worked with. His teaching methods are clearly borne out of years of experience not just as a tutor but as a practising theatre artist and director. His approach to acting classic texts in particular is unique and empowering. Above all, with Andy, you learn how to serve the text fully and faithfully - that is our job as actors. Emer Casey - Actor, Drama Teacher and Facilitator.

i HAVE WORKED REGULARLY with Andy (2014-2017) both in his "Shakespeare Acting the Text" classes as well as in individual private classes in preparation for roles. I have found my work with Andy to be enormously stimulating, satisfying and enlightening. He has made Shakespeare both accessible, engaging, and enjoyable for me.
A fundamentally important aspect of my work has been my own journey of personal learning and discovery as an actor. Andy has greatly assisted me here too.

He has a keen perceptive eye and ear, and his feedback has always been constructive, germane and cogent. I have also found Andy to be enormously understanding,
supportive and encouraging to me in my work. Eugene McCarthy, Actor

ANDY'S WORKSHOPS and 1-to-1 classes were invaluable, both in helping me prepare for specific auditions and more broadly in deepening my understanding of performing classical or modern text. Andy has a knack for de-mystifying Shakespeare, making the language accessible and real. His breadth of experience means you can trust his insight and his warmth and the atmosphere of non-judgement and encouragement he creates make him a great teacher. Nathan Gordon. Actor

I HAVE ATTENDED Andy Hind’s acting classes for a number of years and I can only speak highly and enthusiastically about his approach to teaching the craft of acting, especially Shakespeare and the classics. His knowledge and insight of the Shakespearian language has helped me to a greater appreciation and understanding of the richness of the Shakespearian and classical text and the complexity of the roles I was preparing for.
Andy has given me renewed encouragement in preparing my own one woman play by working deeply and intensively on creating the character and seeing her in a new and different light.

As an instructor of theatre, Andy’s fascination with the development of an individual artist’s technique is highly infectious in the classroom. He possesses the rare ability to teach with a firm hand, while also allowing students the space to come to their own conclusions on complex topics. His sense of story is both clear and passionate, and his development of theatrical action is sharp and precise. Hedda Kaphengst. Director, Klawitter Theatre Group

ANDY IS AN EXTRAORDINARY teacher because he enables the actor to communicate to an audience the transformative power of drama. No matter whether you are a novice or a seasoned performer he skillfully identifies for each individual the keys to bringing their performance to the next level. His expertise and understanding of how to perform Shakespeare and other classical texts are rare and exceptional and his ability to bring forth the hidden magic of modern text remarkable.

Myself and other students of Andy have often spoken among ourselves of how exciting and life changing working with him has been. Rosemary O’Loughlin, Actor

I RECEIVED ENORMOUS BENEFIT from attending Andy’s classes over a two year period. The sense that the craft of acting was important and worthwhile informed the class at all times. Thorough physical preparation through stretching and breathing exercises was a sine qua non. Great patience and encouragement were shown by Andy to all students as we navigated our way through the work. Andy’s love of classical theatre and language always shone through but more contemporary work was embraced with equal enthusiasm. Andy is a true “Man of the Theatre” keen to pass on his knowledge and experience to all who wish to follow this noble vocation. Padraic Mc Ginley, Actor
Do you have a personal message for students?
Depending on their level and experience, I endeavour, not only to improve the student's or actor's performing of individual pieces, but to help them grasp some basic or more advanced principles which they can take away and begin productively to work with on their own.