"I don't just want us to reach a hand behind us to help people up the ladder,
I want to build a thousand more."
Hi I'm Steph, I run Both Feet Actor Training.
I have been offering actors scholarships and bursaries since I co-founded Both Feet in 2017 because I have a fire in my belly and heart that every actor should have access to bloody good training and opportunities no matter their story and background. I want our stages and screens to be made up of excellent actors who represent the real world we live in.
In the last year my family and a couple of kind donors have contributed around £17,800 in scholarships and Pay What You Can places.
Sadly my family have come to a difficult position: the reality is, we can't afford to do it and we're at a point where we either stop offering them or I open myself up to ask for help from any of you who are able.
Currently I offer scholarships to almost every course and retreat I run which can cost me anything between £49-£1800 per person.
With your donations we can help marginalised voices get access to top quality training.
Words from previous scholarship recipients...
We want to break the access barriers within the industry. We need your help to do that.
Help us continue to support actors by providing high quality training
and promote better mental health awareness in the creative industry. We want the theatre, tv and film industries to reflect the diversity of real life. More working class actors, representing marginalised groups, more diversity of culture, socioeconomic backgrounds and language.
The impact your donation can make...
Here are some comments from previous scholarship recipients:
"All Steph does is give, give, give and all you do is gain, gain gain. It is the most thrilling, expansive, integrated training I have experienced or heard of. I will be returning again and again as my career progresses. This has to be the BEST training around for actors working today." Pauline - Scholarship recipient 2023
"Both feet scholarships are in no way tokenistic, they really help level out playing field and give a chance to the marginalised, allowing people from different socio economic backgrounds to hone thier craft, meet peers and teachers that otherwise might be/Or feel out of bounds.
I would recommend this opportunity to any actors who feel excluded due finances. Offers like this are just to rare and precious to pass by."
Lydia Williams, writer and actor - Scholarship recipient 2022
"I’ve been offered a place at Bristol Old Vic! I wanted to thank you so much for all you’ve done for me. This was the first audition where I felt so connected to myself and the pieces were in my own voice, I don’t think I could have done that without the Meisner retreat." Daisy-Grace Smith
Where your donations go...
- Your donations can fund scholarships or discounted places on retreats and courses giving actors access to high quality actor training and mental wellbeing education.
- Your donations allow us to hire industry experts to run low cost, high impact short courses and retreats to create training access most actors would otherwise be costed out of.
- Your donations allow us to keep helping actors step out of their daily lives and into a refreshing, supportive environment lead with kindness in the rolling hills of North Wales.
- Your donations can give actors the opportunity to access services to help drive their careers forward such a showreels, head shots and stage to screen retreats.
What our training looks like...
Both Feet Actor Training is designed to make high quality actor training accessible to all.
Here is a little video from one of this years Intro to Meisner Retreats. An intensive 11 day Introduction to The Meisner Technique combined with Stephs wealth of knowledge as an INLPTA certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and mBIT (multiple Brain Integration Techniques) Master Coach to help give actors the tools to fortify their mental wellness in a tough industry.
Want to learn more about us and what we do?
Here is a little explanation of how we do it:
We bring in industry experts... to give actors the highest quality training as short intensive courses to fit around their family commitments, supporting jobs, acting commitments and human lives.
Arrabella Gibbins - Expert singing teacher, performer, and voice coach.
Barbara Houseman - World Renowned Voice and Acting Coach who has worked with A list actors from Kenneth Branagh to Daniel Radcliffe.
Dr Henrie Lidiard - B.Sc., Ph.D., INLPTA NLP Master Trainer, Riso/Hudson Accredited Enneagram Trainer, mBIT Master Coach & Trainer.
Adam Stadius - Deputy head of the School of Drama at Leeds conservatoire.
and many more.
We integrate work in the studio...
With work in the great outdoors... to help embed training, build connection and help people learn how to feel safe in their fears, discomforts...
We focus on mental wellbeing...
Stephanie Morgan who co-founded Both Feet is an INLPTA certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and an mBIT (multiple Brain Integration Techniques) Master Coach - where neuroscience backs up ancient wisdoms. She integrates all her training into her teaching practice to fuel her passion for creating healthy and happy actors.
Steph trained in the Meisner Technique under Scott Williams (The Impulse Company) and Keith Farquhar (Moment to Moment) and has been teaching her version for several years. Prior to Both Feet, Steph was the Managing Director of West Yorkshire Theatre Network (2009-2016), which offered performance and networking opportunities, rehearsal space and training courses from internationally renowned artists for thousands of actors across the world.
She also is the founder and creator of Bodlondeb Retreat in North Wales, where our Both Feet Retreats take place.
Where training retreats are held...
Steph built the Bodlondeb Studio & Retreat with her husband and children at great personal risk because she believed to strongly that she could help people. They run the retreat as a family helping actors gain essential training and helping people with mental wellness, healing burn out, restorative breaks and more. They have a passion for helping humans.
If you want to hear about the difference our Both Feet Scholarship places and Training Retreats can make, please read some of our actors experiences via our blog.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. We can't begin to explain how grateful we are for your time and the continued opportunity to help people.