We are a family-run and community-spirited organisation; a small company with big dreams. We believe that young people from all backgrounds should have the opportunity to access high quality acting experiences.
ACT 2 CAM began as after school screen acting classes in 2008, originally under the name "DIY Drama" (Devised, Improvised, Youth Drama). Over a period of 2 years DIY Drama invited students from schools in the region to showcase their GCSE and A Level performing arts work to camera.
In January 2010 ACT 2 CAM began work with a small group of 20 young people aged 11 to 18 in Whitley Bay, to devise, perform and produce short films, which premiered at Tyneside Cinema. In May 2010 ACT 2 CAM took on more cast and crew, and began delivering screen acting classes to 8–18-year olds.
Our first summer camp followed in July 2010 and, in 2011, we set up centres in Durham, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Morpeth, Newcastle, York, Sunderland and Leeds.
Since we began, we have filmed over 50 short films and 5 feature films, and taught over 500 young people. 8 of our graduates currently act on TV, and have played featured acting roles in Wolfblood, Vera, Beowulf, George Gently, Ladies’ Paradise and United.
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High quality teaching is our most important asset.
We are a combination of fully qualified teachers and film industry professionals, with extensive film and television credits. We have 15 years experience running screen acting, screenwriting and film making courses for young people. We are Ofsted registered, DBS checked and public liability insured for parent peace of mind.
Stephen Woods graduated from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 1999. He is professional actor and fully qualified screen-acting teacher. He set up ACT 2 CAM in 2010, with a view to improving opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to have amazing experiences in film. Stephen is the lead teacher on our film camps, and executive producer on The Big Film.
Louise Woods has 7 years experience managing complex production tasks for large companies. Her specialist area is planning and forecasting, preparing and delivering production schedules for all our projects.
Tanya Card is in charge of communications, liaising between our students, parents and staff. She has an eye for detail, preparing and recording documents, maintaining databases and keeping everything organised and on time.
Director of Photography
Lauren Hatchard is an amazing cinematographer, with excellent film and television credits. She has most recently been nominated for 'Best Cinematography' at the Madrid International Film Festival. Lauren teaches filmmaking and production on our courses, sharing her skills and experience with anyone who wants to work behind-the-camera.
John Hickman is our resident screenwriter. Recently awarded a Rocliffe BAFTA for children’s screenwriting, John has a Masters degree in creative writing and is currently undertaking his PhD. He has several years’ experience working with young people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
We spend a lot of time and effort, sourcing and retaining high quality professionals to work during our Big Film productions and our Summer Camps. All our staff are DBS checked, professionally qualified teachers and film industry experts.
As part of their professional training, we also provide work placements for students age 18+ who have come up through the ACT 2 CAM ranks. If you are over 18, and interested in work experience in film, please get in touch using our contact form.