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Sheffield is no stranger to acting talent, with the likes of Dominic West, Richard Coyle and Charlotte Tyree all hailing from the city.


It’s talent like this that Ruth Carney had in mind when she opened the doors to Carney Sheffield over a decade ago.


Since then, the Academy has gone on to become an integral part of Sheffield’s artistic scene and performance community, offering weekly classes, workshops and summer schools.


Past students have gone on to professional drama schools such as LAMDA and the Guildford School of Acting, and have performed in award-winning shows such as Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Shrek The Musical. Student TV credits include Emmerdale, Death In Paradise and Casualty.


Carney Sheffield offers industry standard training, opportunities to perform and a fun, relaxed environment to learn.


Carney Sheffield class location: The Montgomery, 27 Surrey St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2LG

Stage 2 (ages 8 – 10)


In Stage 2, each student develops confidence, imagination, teamwork and discipline.  They will gain a good understanding of the language of the stage whilst taking their first steps in vocal technique, character development and theatre devising, with a focus on peer to peer feedback. The classes are fun, energetic and a great introduction to performance and stage craft.


  • Every Saturday (term time only) 9am-10am

  • Led by Chris Hanlon

To join us for a taster session or find out more, please contact us here.


Stage 3 (ages 10 – 12)


Stage 3 students continue to develop their confidence, imagination and discipline, but delve deeper into character development. We use scripts from screen and theatre, and support students through their first foray into script analysis.


The classes are the fun, group oriented and energetic. Students have the opportunity to perform scenes from well-known stage and screen productions, as well as achieve a taste of what it’s like to attend auditions and work professionally.


After completing Stage 3, students have developed key skills such as listening; performing as part of a group; stage direction and communicating with others whilst on stage.


  • Saturdays (term time only) 10.15am-11.45am

  • Led by Chris Hanlon

To join us for a taster session or find out more, please contact us here.


Stage 4 (Ages 12 – 14)


Students in Stage 4 focus on the vocal techniques used in professional theatre and begin to take a more in-depth look at script analysis and character development.  The students work on monologues, duologues and small group scenes throughout the year.


Improvisation is an important skill to all actors and is key to Stage 4 training - students have the opportunity to devise and perform their own pieces of theatre.


After completing Stage 4, students have a good knowledge of theatre practitioners and practices, particularly Stanislavski. They will leave this group with an understanding of robust and professional performance techniques, which is crucial to any professional actor. This includes key skills such as emotional recall, stage direction and acting for camera.


  • Saturdays (term time only) 14.15pm-15.45pm

  • Led by Anna Ferguson

To join us for a taster session or find out more, please contact us here.


Stage 5 (Ages 13 – 16)

Stage 5 is the first of our advanced stages, more suited to those with some prior performance experience, whether that’s through school or other theatre groups.


Each student will be treated as a young professional actor and will meet the same challenges they would face in the industry, through our training. They work on skills and techniques close to those taught in drama schools such as RADA and LAMDA.


After completing this stage, students have a thorough understanding of acting techniques including Stanislavski’s ‘Method’; the Misner Technique; Shakespeare and more. Students will also be able to apply these methodologies and techniques to their own work.


This stage is about professional results with a focus of voice, body and mind, audition technique and more advanced camera acting skills.


  • Saturdays (term time only) 11am-1pm

  • Led by Anna Ferguson

To join us for a taster session or find out more, please contact us here.

If you’re aged 17+ check out Carney Studio