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Elevate Ensemble

Introducing ELEVATE ENSEMBLE, our FREE two-year part-time training programme designed to nurture and inspire young performers in Southampton and the surrounding areas.

As an ensemble member you will receive:

  • Weekly acting sessions at MAST Mayflower Studios
  • Guest masterclasses from industry practitioners and companies throughout the year
  • One to one support and mentoring
  • Audition technique classes
  • Free drama school auditions and travel to auditions
  • Drama school visits
  • Performance opportunities
  • Free tickets to selected performances at Mayflower Theatre and MAST Mayflower Studio


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Frequently Asked Questions

Elevate Ensemble is for anyone aged 16-25 who wants to be an actor and is underrepresented in the arts industry. This includes, but is not limited to, people who are from the global majority, disabled, or from a lower-income background.

We require all participants to be present at each session, so recommend that only those local to Hampshire (or able to commute) apply.

What do you mean by ‘underrepresented’?

You could be from the global majority, disabled, or from a lower-income background. There are many other ways you could be underrepresented; we don’t expect people to fit into boxes,

What’s on the form?

The form asks for information about you, such as your name, date of birth, and gender. We also ask for a passport-style photo; this is only used internally and won’t be shared. The form also gives you space to tell us why you want to be in Elevate Ensemble; this can be written or in a video.

What happens once I fill in the form?

Once you finish the form, you’ll hear from us by 30 August 2024 with details of what we would like you to prepare for your audition. Don’t worry if you don’t hear from us before then!

Auditions will take place on Sunday 15 September or Tuesday 17 September. If you have questions, please email us.

I’m under 16, what can I do?

You have to be at least 16 to take part in Elevate Ensemble. If you are under 16, we have a range of activities for you to get involved in.

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