We received over 200 applications, and during the national lockdown, we narrowed it down to our final 30 actors and after reviewing their initial self tapes, our final 12 were announced and invited to the recall stage here in Birmingham.

Our final 12 consisted of wonderful talented individuals from all across the U.K, and after performing their audition monologues and screen test we then had our final three. Zara Nisa, Jacob Wesley and our overall winner 24 year old Kasai Parchment from Birmingham.

Kasai has won one years full free drama training and becomes an official BTA student alongside Bazan Talent Agency. A free headshot session with a professional headshot photographer, a free showreel to demonstrate his acting for screen, one years full free spotlight membership courtesy of Spotlight - the home of casting, and full time representation with the agency.

We caught up with Kasai to find out more about his overall win and what he is looking forward to! 

Kasai a huge congratulations to you! How does it feel being this years performer in progress award winner?


It feels great! This year has more or less been like the last, in regards to covid-19 and the minimum opportunities for artists. So when I applied for this I was just grateful that an opportunity like it existed let alone to win it. So honestly I just feels like its a great blessing. 

As the overall winner, what are you looking forward to the most?

The opportunity to learn, grow and network with people within the industry. Furthermore, the fact now I have representation, the potential production I could be apart of excite me. 

How do you believe the award will help develop your acting journey?

Ultimately it also allows me to dream bigger and aim even higher.  This opportunity provides me with a chance to broaden my acting skills, and give me access to projects which would of been out of my reach.  

How did you hear about the Performer In Progress Award, and what advice would you give other actors to pursue applying for it?

 It was my friend Roshni who pushed me to go for it! My advice would be to push and keep on track and also, enjoy the process and don’t give up, so go for it, because that's the only time we truly fail. 

Kasai Parchment 

Performer In Progress Award Winner 2021

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Performer In Progress Award

What is the Bazan Talent Agency 's Performer in Progress Award?
The performer and progress award offers the opportunity for one individual actor to train alongside mentor Nathalie Bazan resulting in working towards being considered for a spotlight membership and being offered representation by the Bazan Talent Agency.


What are the specifications I need to be considered?
An individual 16 years + from any background based in the U.K with a passion for acting and the performing arts. You do not have to be drama trained and we do consider actors who have had training also. You do not need to have any professional experience for stage or screen.


What does the performer in progress award include?

  • 1 Year Free Drama Training- we offer our performer in progress winner free training for one year to all our courses and workshops at the Moseley Exchange, Birmingham, allowing you to learn and gain new skills, as well as prepare you for the professional acting industry. The courses run on weekdays 7pm-9pm throughout terms commencing Winter (February) Spring Term (March-April) Summer (May-June) and Autumn (September-October) 2021-2022

  • Free Headshots- A professional headshot session and headshots with a professional headshot photographer. 

  • Free Showreel - filmed by the Bazan Talent Agency which incudes two showreel scenes to fit your casting for screen.

  • A Theatre Credit- An opportunity to be cast in a professional theatre production alongside critically acclaimed Lying Lips Theatre Company and work towards your professional acting credits towards your spotlight application (if non spotlight).

  • Full Time Representation- Our winner will also receive full time agency representation with Bazan Talent Agency as their agent within the year. Signing will be offered when we are confident and satisfied with our winners progress and growth.

  • Free 1 Year Spotlight Membership- We are very proud to announce that Spotlight (the home of casting) will offer a career

  • 1-2-1 with one of their membership team. A year's free membership once approved from spotlight and if you are a spotlight young performer you will also receive a free years membership.


Submissions for our Performer In Progress Award 2021 are now closed and submissions for 2022 reopen again in February 2022.

We look forward to hearing from you next year!

BTA x 

Updated: 09.06.2021

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Performer In Progress Award Alumni

TRINITY BENJAMIN - Performer in Progress Award Winner 2020

Trinity Benjamin was crowned our performer in progress award winner 2020. Despite the pandemic, Bazan Talent Agency (BTA) were able to continue the audition process via self tapes, and then at the Belgrade Theatre during the summer. Trinity commences her years full drama training alongside the BTA in February 2021 and will be booked with Jessica Raphael Photography this year for her professional headshots.

Trinity has been cast and joins critically acclaimed Lying Lips Theatre Company's and their adaptation of Euripides 'HECUBA', where she joins the chorus and makes her professional stage debut at the Crescent Theatre in May 2021.



JESSICA MANNION- Performer in Progress Award Winner 2019

Jessica Mannion from Manchester, has completed her drama training alongside the Bazan Talent Agency (BTA) She is now officially trained in Uta Hagen, the Laban technique, screen acting and self taping as well as receiving her Spotlight membership.

Her headshot session was booked with Andy Brown Photography in London, who delivered some great headshots for Jessica.

She was cast in 'Antigone' at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith directed by Roy Alexander Weise (JMK Winner/ National Theatre.)

SAVANNAH GALLO- Performer in Progress Award Winner 2018

Savannah Gallo was our first performer in progress award winner, winning in 2018. She became an official spotlight member and made her stage debut with Lying Lips Theatre Company in 'If My Father Only Knew' playing the character of 'Tori' at the Old Joint Stock Theatre where she received four star reviews for her performance.

She receives full time representation with Bazan Talent Agency and in her first year of signing booked her first feature film 'The Maltese Connection', which shot in Ireland in 2019.

She has completed a years tour in Germany with White Horse Theatre Company, playing the role of  'Katarina' in Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew' .

Trinity Benjamin
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