July 24-26, 2019

Just like our 12-week course, Boot Camp is structured and focused, but also warm, fun, supportive and useful. 

Give us three days and we'll give you back a professional young actor.

DATES: July 24 (11am-5pm), July 25 & 26, 10am-4pm

VENUE: Westcliffe Hall, 2 Harlow Terrace, Harrogate HG2 0PN. See on Google Map

CLASS SIZE: 8 Students



After reading the information below, book here if you'd like to join us. Or contact us if you have any questions.



Are you looking for a different summer camp for your young artist? If your child is between Years 6 and 8, how about:

  • learning professional acting skills used in all media

  • joining a structured short course where you actually learn something

  • learning in an intimate, supportive group

  • getting experience from seasoned professionals with over 30-years experience

  • learning techniques for dealing with stress that actors use, but which you can use in schoolwork.



Our philosophy is stated best by the great American teacher, Sanford Meisner: "Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances." Our training then is the type of skills development that’s not even offered in secondary performing arts schools in the UK. We've divided the learning between personal skills and relational skills.



Relational skills are a big part of the training, and these are derived from the work of American teachers Sanford Meisner and Bill Esper. Rather than hiding behind a character, Meisner exercises such as 'The Repetition Exercise' and 'The Knock on the Door' help you to develop honest and truthful relationships with your scene partners. They also help you to put all of your focus on your partner, which is the best cure for being self-conscious on stage.



Next, you’ll go through a carefully designed program of technical skills designed by Uta Hagen to learn the skills of living truthfully within a scene. The core of Method Acting is using yourself, which means using your mind. With these exercises you'll become familiar with the workings of your everyday mind, and these exercises will start simply and grow to encompass every aspect of your onstage life.


Boot Camp also includes training in movement by Michael Chekhov, Linklater voice work, animal transformation exercises to create a character, and mindfulness training to help artists stay in touch with our humanity in a digital society.



The American School of Acting is a small, intimate training ensemble located in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, where young artists, aged 11-18, learn in-depth acting methods and other technical skills to help them advance further into the industry. To see all our training options visit here.

"I love the American School of Acting. I'm treated like a person, instead of a kid. It's like what they tell us that Picasso said, "All children are born artists." At ASA we're treated that way."

ASA Student Chris Hemsley

12-years old

Warmup at Westcliffe Hall

Course tutor

Bryan Bounds (DBS checked) is a

professional actor, playwright and

theatre producer, living in Huby,

with 25-years of professional acting

experience. He has an MFA degree in

Acting and has taught acting classes

at the University of Texas. He acts

professionally in film (including starring with David Tennant in the feature film ‘Mad To Be Normal’), plus stage, radio and television productions in the UK, the

US and Europe. He also produces

freelance voiceovers from his own

recording studio.


Westcliffe Hall, 2 Harlow Terrace, Harrogate, HG2 0PN, North Yorkshire