- What kind of experience do you have?
I have 130+ hours experience in drama and voice tutorage. Previous students of mine auditioning for drama school have secured places at LAMDA (a school which regularly sees upwards of 5000 auditionees a year), The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the National Youth Theatre.
I have worked with students preparing for LAMDA Examinations for Acting, Verse & Prose and Public Speaking in grades ranging from Entry Level to Grade 7. I have coached professionals new to public speaking in preparation for formal speeches and business pitches.
I have also worked for LAMDA Examinations in an administrative capacity and have been on the interview panel for LAMDA auditions at the drama school.
I have worked with students on developing more clarity, confidence and connection in their voices - this has also also included accent softening.
I have done accent work and accent softening with both established actors and those looking to reduce their accents. So far I have worked with General American, South East London, Estuary, Dublin, Thai, Edinburgh, Polish, Romanian, Russian, French, Zimbabwean and Standard British English.
I regularly work alongside screen tutors at the Met Film School (based at Ealing Studios) and at London Film School to help student directors find a language to work with actors and to encourage them not to give result based direction. I have led workshops at "Monday Club" on various subjects from Grotowski to Clown.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Hello! My name is Christopher Lakewood I trained on the BA Hons at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and work as an actor and tutor.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Drama School Audition Preparation
LAMDA Exams (Acting, Public Speaking and Verse & Prose)
A Level Drama
Vocal Coaching and Public Speaking
Accent Tuition for Actors/Accent Reduction
Self Taping Help
- Tell me about your qualifications.
BA Hons Professional Acting - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)
BTEC National Diploma - Performing Arts- Acting - Triple Distinction
National Youth Theatre
English Literature - As Level - A Grade
10 GCSEs (5 A-A*'s)
As an actor I have worked for Netflix, the BBC and on the West End.
You can see my acting cv and samples of my work on the links below
- How much do you charge?
This depends on the subject.
- Where do you teach?
I tend to tutor from my base which is a couple of minutes from Acton Town tube station. I am also happy to travel within Greater London and am especially interested in working in West London and zone 1.
- When are you available?
My availability is flexible. Please enquire.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
Any. I have worked with pupils from 6-60 thus far.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Skype or FaceTime.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I am committed to tailoring my approach to your learning needs. I aim to make our sessions an interesting and enjoyable experience but I expect a level of concentration and effort from your part too.
I look forward to working with you!
Christopher is a great tutor, his knowledge and approach were really well tailored to the premise of what I want to deliver publicly, and his critique was honest and constructive. His communication was swift and he offered flexible appointment choices. Very highly recommended.
Christopher's expert help really made the difference with my audition pieces. He helped me access characters in ways that made them very human and real. He has a deep knowledge about acting and how the drama school audition process works and he was incredibly supportive. Having these sessions made me feel a lot more confident, relaxed and open to direction in the audition room. I came out of the process a much better actor and I would highly recommend Christopher to all ages. I wish I'd found him sooner.
I found Chris' advice and endless support a massive help! He has a great approach to teaching – we worked together to achieve what I wanted from the speech. Chris has a great eye for Shakespearean language and helped me find honesty behind the text, as well as giving me exercises to bring the words off the page. I've recently been offered a place at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for three years, without Chris's help this wouldn't have been possible! Thanks for everything Chris!
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