NFTS Cymru Wales: Directing Actors for Screen

Short course


This course will be delivered face to face.

This one day course will teach you how to create an environment in which your actors can be relaxed and confident and able to deliver a naturalistic performance for screen. Taking the form of an exploratory workshop, the day will comprise working with two actors and will be fully participatory for the whole group. With the emphasis on having fun in a safe space, the day will include games and exercises while also giving you the tools and language you need for working with actors. The day will culminate in each participant directing a performance from the actors.

About the tutor: Lesley Manning is a freelance director and co Head of Fiction at the NFTS. Having trained at the NFTS herself, she started her directing career at the BBC working on films and serials, one of which was the cult hit Ghostwatch – the highest rated single drama for fifty years. Her feature length drama Honeycomb Lodge won Best Film at the Delhi International Film Festival. More recently her film Curtain Call won Best Short Film at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £225
Corporate Rate: £345


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or if you are able to pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Guidelines (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Application Form (pdf)

I ddarllen y dogfenau yn Gymraeg:
NFTS Cymru Wales Canllawiau’r Bwrswriaeth (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Ffurflen Gais Bwrswriaeth (pdf)

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest