Our Performer in Progress Award Winner 2019 Jessica Mannion


Our performer in progress award is our annual search to find one individual actor through an audition process, that will benefit from drama training and mentorship from the Bazan Talent Agency. Our award winner will receive a full years training to all our courses and workshops held at the midlands arts centre in Birmingham, free headshots with a professional headshot photographer, a free showreel, an opportunity to be cast in a professional theatre production and of course full time representation with our agency.


As an agency we understand how difficult the professional acting industry can be. Director and founder Nathalie Bazán supports actors from any background and enabling them to grow to achieve their full potential. 

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 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?

  • Drama Training- we offer our performer in progress free training for one year to all our courses and workshops at the Midlands Arts Centre - MAC, 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. Winter (February) Spring Term (March-April) Summer (May-June) and Autumn (September-October) 2021.

  •  A professional headshot session and headshtos with a professional headshot photographer.

  • A free show reel, including 2 show reel scenes to fit your casting.

  • An opportunity to be cast in a professional theatre show alongside Lying Lips Theatre Company and work towards your professional acting credits.

Submissions for this years Performer In Progress Award 2020 are now officially closed.


Many thanks to everyone who took the time out to submit this year! 

Our Final 10 actors going through to recalls and still in the run for becoming our performer in progress winner 2020 are: Aimee Ferguson, Chereis Sewell, Mark Newman, Sadie Townsend, Fattah Ahmed, Rosie Kahlon, Trinity Benjamin, Amy Megan Day, Rhianna Morris and Alexander Wolverson.

Congratulations all!


Updated 08.06.2020




Our Performer In Progress 2019-2020 went to 23 year old Jessica Mannion!


Jessica Mannion from Manchester auditioned alongside twenty others, making it through to the re-calls and then becoming our PIP award winner 2019. Since winning, Jessica has been in full time training with the agency and she will be making her stage debut in Antigone, at the Lyric Theatre in London directed by Roy Alexander Weise.

Some words from our Performer In Progress 2019⭐️


'''I am ABSOLUTELY thrilled, I can't believe it's me! Thank you so much! This opportunity is so big, I'm so  grateful and  I'm so excited to work with the Bazan Talent Agency.  You saw everything and more in me than I could have ever asked for. To have your help, really means everything.''- Jessica Mannion


2019- JESSICA MANNION- Jessica Mannion has commenced her drama training alongside the Bazan Talent Agency. She recently completed her training in Uta Hagen, and begins her screen acting training in the autumn term. She is booked in with professional headshot photographer Jessica Raphael, and will be making her stage debut in 'Antigone' at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith directed by Roy Alexander Weise (JMK Winner/ National Theatre.) Due to the pandemic the show has been postponed. Jessica has also been cast in Lying Lips Theatre Company's adaptation of 'Hecuba' where she will be playing the role of 'Polyxena' as part of her PIP award win.

2018-SAVANNAH GALLO- Savannah Gallo won our PIP Award 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 booked her first feature film 'The Maltese Connection', which shot in Ireland last year. She has just completed a years tour in Germany with White Horse Theatre, playing the role of  Katarina in the 'Taming of the Shrew' by William Shakespeare. 

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