Do you want to speak to a Theatrino Actor?

If you would like to speak to a Theatrino Actor, you can contact any of the below people for feedback on their Theatrino experience:

Patrick Cunningham (UK) pcunningham@mail.com
Samantha Amery (UK) sammieamery@yahoo.co.uk

What Theatrino Actors Have Been Saying

Application process & audition/show reel

‘As an Australian I sent in a show reel as my application. I looked at previous show reels in youtube, I read the directive and I used common sense. It’s a touring actors job of T.I.E. for CHILDREN. Children don’t care how dramatic you can make a boyfriend break-up, children care about how funny you look if you get hit between the legs. Theatrino is fun, not scary, its purpose is to make children excited about learning English and ignite their imagination. Don’t be afraid to look silly!’

Manda Boyd, Australia

‘Being UK based, I attended the audition in London. This was great fun! It is a large group workshop-based audition. Not the typical two monologues and a song. You will end up playing a lot of improvisation activities. My advice is to relax, be yourself and have fun. Theatrino wants honest, hard workers who can get on easily with others.’

Ed Lawrence, UK

‘In my show reel I tried to show ACLE that I could play a variety of characters, especially characters who are silly and unattractive.  I used pieces from Shakespeare because it seems that the techniques for making Shakespeare understood by native English speakers (word emphasis, speed and rhythm) are similar to the techniques that help Italian kids understand English Theatre.’

Kelly O’Laughlin, USA

‘The audition in London is fun and engaging – you meet a lot of like-minded people and once you hear more details about the job, it really makes you want it that bit more!’

Ash Jones, UK

‘I submitted my application online. The website provided clear application instructions and the process was by all accounts hassle-free. ACLE were very helpful in answering all my questions via email and were vigilant in maintaining a steady stream of dialogue after my application was submitted.’

Libby Pulsford, Australia

Rehearsal period

‘The rehearsal period was a blast! It was a dream living in beautiful San Remo for 3 weeks and meeting 31 energetic, friendly and like-minded English speakers from all over the world. The rehearsal period is certainly a rigorous-fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experience, requiring a lot of hard work, but the directors and return actors are so incredibly supportive. I was amazed by what we accomplished in such short time. More importantly, (and this sums up my first 3 weeks perfectly,) I arrived in San Remo on a train full of strangers and I departed leaving a very big family behind.’

Libby Pulsford, Australia

‘The rehearsal period was an intensive three-week learning experience. We got to know the material and we got to see the other actors play with it. It’s important to pay attention and take rehearsal seriously but not solemnly. I learnt a lot from watching performers with different skill sets to me and I became more excited by listening to the stories of the returnees. I also got to hang out in San Remo for three weeks, which after touring most of the north of Italy, remains one of my favourite cities with some of the best gelato and hot chocolate!’

Manda Boyd, Australia

‘The rehearsal process in San Remo was amazing. Meeting actors from all over the world really opens up your creative boundaries. I heard about plays, companies, and opportunities that I would have never heard of before. The best way I can describe the rehearsal process was a ‘U.N. of Theatre Kids’.’

Colin Connor, Canada

‘Although you won’t go on tour with all the people you meet in the rehearsal process, I for one made life-long friends during those 3 weeks, many of whom I’m still regularly in touch with! It’s a great time to learn the shows in a relaxed manner, and you’re able to put your own input to it! A FANTASTIC 3 weeks!!’

Ash Jones, UK

The repertoire content/performance

‘The Theatrino repertoire normally consists of 5 fairy tales aimed at 5 – 11 year olds and a variety of short sketches or skits (normally between 8 and 9) aimed at 10 – 14 year olds. Every group will also learn one musical which is actually more a large workshop where the children will perform at the end, rather than the actors performing themselves. For me, this was one of the best parts of working for Theatrino. The material is fantastic fun to perform and, judging by kids’ reactions, also fantastic to watch. The language used is very important as it is always written with a certain age and comprehension level in mind. That being said, there is still plenty of room for physical improvisation and the odd adlib thrown in (as long as it is suitable for the audience level). You will always be encouraged to find your own way of performing these pieces. You will find that once you are on the road your performances will change dramatically as you find certain things do and don’t work with an Italian audience.’

Ed Lawrence, UK

‘The fairytales and sketches were structured in easy way to learn and remember, and once we were performing daily I had a lot of fun with them and it didn’t get too repetitive because of the variety of shows and age groups of the children.’

Felicia Sinclair, UK

‘The repertoire is initially a little bit daunting- so much to learn! In time it becomes second nature and you become tuned in to what makes the children laugh, what they talk about after, the catchphrases they will repeat and you can fine-tune your performance. I never got sick of the songs, they are catchy and fun and all my memories of them are linked with smiling faces copying the actions a half-beat after me. Also, every audience is different so even though you might have performed something 15 times, that 16th time the kids are going to go crazy with excitement for something no groups ever tuned in to before- that’s what keeps it fresh and exciting.’

Manda Boyd, Australia

‘The repertoire includes a playful combination of fairy tales and sketches. It was difficult to get bored with so much variety and opportunity for character and silliness. The kids always enjoyed and responded so well to the content – it made the early mornings worth it!’

Libby Pulsford, Australia

‘I loved the repertoire! Genuinely very funny sketches, and shows you never get tired of doing, due the improvising you can do with them (whilst sticking to the didactic elements of course). The kids really respond and enjoy the shows, which gives you such a buzz every day!’

Ash Jones, UK

Living and working experience on the road

‘From the moment our first day of rehearsals started in San Remo I knew that this job was perfect for me and since touring across one of the most beautiful countries I have ever had the pleasure of living and working in, I have absolutely loved every minute of it. In fact, I find myself falling in love with it more and more each day. From experiencing life on the road (quite literally) to performing shows every day, I can honestly say I love being a Theatrino actor. My favourite shows to perform are the sketches (which are hilariously funny) and I find myself waking up with excitement at the thought of performing them every day. It is a truly demanding job and is not for the faint hearted, but believe me, once you see the joy on those kids faces, it makes it all worthwhile. Go Theatrino!’

Kate, Newcastle UK

‘This job is like no other I’ve ever had, five months constant touring with three former strangers in a foreign land. Sometimes it can be challenging, to work and travel with and live with the same three people. But it’s also tremendously rewarding. Your touring mates become a family, your concept of “narrow streets” becomes redefined and you see/experience Italy in a way unlike any other. It’s worth it.’

Manda Boyd, Australia

‘It can be tough – you’re with the same 3 people for 6 months – but I got on very well with my group, and got to see the majority of the beauty of Italy. The long drives honestly fly by, as the landscape is ridiculously nice. Plus, because you work in schools, you will see the ‘real Italy’ – which gives such an authentic experience of the country!’

Ash Jones, UK

‘I loved the excitement of constantly arriving in a new area; even when I was very tired, it kept me going to be able to take in beautiful scenes whilst travelling on the road or spend the evening exploring a new place.’

Felicia Sinclair, UK

‘To work and live with the same people day in and day out is a unique situation.  Everything becomes a group decision – from when to leave in the morning, to dividing of the workload, where, when and what we eat, and who sleeps where. To maintain happiness on tour, it is best to be patient, have an aptitude for compromise, to allow and accept personal differences and to go with the flow.’

Kelly O’Laughlin, USA

‘During my tour with ACLE my group visited the top of the North and the bottom of the South. Some days we drove and drove and drove through ever increasing natural beauty that can only be found in Italy. However, as with any touring experience, it cannot be all positive, which is why I was so thankful to have the resourceful and kind assistance of the ACLE staff. If you’re not feeling well, the ACLE staff will do their best to ensure you are up and running again. If there is problems with the car or with the accommodation, the company will work their hardest to make the proper arrangements. Even if you just are having a bum day the dedicated staff will always be willing to help.’

Colin Connor, Canada

‘Theatrino isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle! Working and living as a Theatrino actor requires 24 hour a day, 7 days a week commitment – But those 24 hours each day are among the most exciting, challenging and rewarding you’ll ever experience. I’ve met so many incredible people (some of whom will remain lifelong friends,) I’ve travelled inside and out one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, I’ve been dined and wined and cultured… and wined some more! I even met a very special, very handsome Italian man I’m bringing home with me to meet the folks! And I haven’t stopped laughing in 9 months – there’s all the proof you need!’

Libby Pulsford, Australia

General comments

‘For me, the real charm of living in Italy is the people. There are no people more passionate, generous and inviting than the Italians and wherever you are, you will always be made to feel at home. I thoroughly recommend Theatrino to anyone.’

Ed Lawrence, UK

‘My time with ACLE and the Theatrino team was nothing short of joyous.’

Colin Connor, Canada

‘In America, I find that people often talk about making well-being their highest priority, but when it comes to action, work actually tends to be their highest priority.  In Italy, this philosophy is more often the reality.  It warms my heart when teachers insist that we cannot start the show until we’ve had some coffee. I was overwhelmed by how Italians would open their hearts as well as their homes to me in such a short period of time. I now not only have family in America, I have families speckled all over Italy.’

Kelly O’Laughlin, USA