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Performer In Progress Award 2021
The search is now on for our annual Performer In Progress Award 2021, could you be this years winner?
As an agency we understand how difficult stepping into the professional acting industry can be, and so in 2018 director and head agent Nathalie Bazan (@agentnathaliebazan) created this amazing award for actors who need support and guidance in order to be able to achieve their full potential.
'When I first set up the agency, I realised there was an opportunity to provide an award for non spotlight and non trained actors.
There are many actors who for whatever reason cannot attend drama school or train at university level. I also discovered the issue of actors who experience difficulties finding acting work in order to gain professional credits, (to help with their acting cv), as well as those who need mentorship with how the professional acting industry works as a whole. As an agent I created an award that offers support and guidance, as well as practical drama training and all that an actor will need in terms of their acting profile so they feel confident and prepared. I believe in potential, and with hard work and dedication you can succeed.'
And so the Performer In Progress (PIP) Award was established!
Since starting the award, Bazan Talent Agency (BTA) have received over five hundred submissions, auditioned over one hundred actors, who have come from different parts of the U.K, including Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We have also seen actors from Manchester, Newcastle, London, Yorkshire, Derby just to name a few!
'It is always exciting meeting new actors from all across the country', says director Nathalie Bazan, 'we never know what to expect in the initial auditions, and there are always surprises! But that is what is exciting as part of the PIP award journey; we never know who is going to come through the door!'
Watch our official Performer In Progress Award 2021 video here:
Performer in Progress Award 2021 Judges:
Nathalie Bazan (BTA) and Mathias Andre (Lightpost Theatre)
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 we have our top 12! Good luck to our actors who made it through to the next round and thank you to all the actors who submitted this year!
We look forward to hearing from you next year!
Performer In Progress Award
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' .