Welcome to ICAT: Revolutionising actor training in the UK

ICAT has created a wonderful opportunity for people to receive first class serious training to accommodate their needs and schedules. The standard of teaching is of the highest. Mike Alfreds, Director and Author of Different Every Night

ICAT is an independent actor training and artist development centre where hugely experienced professionals nurture a new generation of artists. ICAT has schools in Manchester and London, both offering a two year part time professional actor training course, a range of specialised short courses and incredible masterclasses with world renowned practitioners.

ICAT’s teaching staff include well respected artists from British theatre, film and television. Our policy is to only employ working practitioners, ensuring that our students learn from those who do this for a living. This is reality based training at its best.

ICAT is revolutionising actor training, creating accessible, flexible and affordable courses to prevent the industry from becoming a playground for the privileged and encourage actors from all backgrounds, ages and walks of life to receive first class tuition, continuing to earn whilst they learn.


ICAT is the only drama school who base their training upon the principles of theatre legend, Mike Alfreds. His book, Different Every Night, forms the basis of ICAT’s syllabus.

Mike is a course advisor at ICAT, an internationally respected theatre practitioner and one of the greatest directors Britain has produced.

RECENT FEEDBACK
  • Wonderful teacher that gives more than expected. Great stuff.

    Adjoa Andoh Masterclass Attendee
  • Things are falling into place after this masterclass. Illuminating!

    Mike Alfreds Masterclass attendee
  • I would highly recommend this course to any actor who is serious about the art.

    Lara Jane
    ICAT Graduate
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LATEST NEWS
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