A group of actors pose for the camera during a production of Truth

Leeds Actors in Training

Leeds Actors in Training (LAIT) is a studio-based vocational programme for young people, aged 18-25 years, to challenge and develop their performance skills alongside industry-leading professionals.


Founded in 2018, LAIT was developed in response to a call from young people interested in an acting career, looking for alternative high-quality training and skills development opportunities to the traditional (and prohibitively expensive) drama school route.

The year-long course, run by Lizi Patch, Artistic Director Young Peoples Theatre, plus professional working artists, is designed to develop participants vocally, physically, and imaginatively, encouraging an independent and in-depth approach to a career within the theatre industry.

With a focus on performance skills, including improvisation, clowning, scene work and audition prep, the programme is a perfect training ground for those taking their first steps in the industry.

In previous years, LAIT has performed in the Studio at Leeds Grand Theatre and Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton.

“LAIT has been fundamental in my acting training this year; it has allowed me to balance essential training with work and auditions. There is very little else out there for young actors trying to make their first step into the industry. LAIT is one of a kind.” Niamh Hendron

A man and woman in an embrace. Both look concerned.

Niamh Hendron and Adan Osbourne in I Am England July 2018. Credit Maria Spadafora


Applications for LAIT 2021-22 have now closed. 

Find out more about the programme in our Information Pack.

Keep an eye on this page and our social channels for future opportunities.

Guest Artists

So far, Term 1 guest artists include dance artist James Therobot and composer/writer/vocal coach Sam Kenyon.

Hear what LAIT members have to say…




Meet Lizi