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Emmerdale's Dominic Brunt, The Bill's Connie Hunt, and Olivier award winning Charlotte Wakefield are all Macclesfield born and bred, and we're excited to meet, support and nurture the next generation of performers from Macclesfield and beyond


Since we opened our first academy in 2010, we've supported and trained students who've gone on to study at professional drama schools such as LAMDA, RADA and Guildford School of Acting. Many of our talented alumni have worked professionally in film, TV and theatre, having auditioned through our school. Our students can be seen on the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, and they've performed in some of the areas most prestigious local theatres, including The New Vic, The Royal Exchange and Manchester’s award-winning Hope Mill Theatre.


Whether you're looking for a future in performing arts, further training or you simply want to try something new, have fun and build confidence, Carney Macclesfield offers industry standard training, opportunities to perform and a fun, relaxed environment to learn.

Kids Class (Ages 7 – 10)


In our first class each student develops confidence, imagination, teamwork and discipline.  They  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.


  • Tuesdays (term time only) 5:00pm-6:00pm

Book a free taster class here



Youth Class (Ages 11-13)


Youth Class 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 this stage of our training, students have developed key skills such as listening; performing as part of a group; stage direction and communicating with others whilst on stage.

  • Tuesdays (term time only) 6:00pm-7:30pm

Book a free taster class here


Teen Class (Ages 14 – 16)


Students in our Teen Class focus on 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.


Students in this age group are trained to have a good knowledge of theatre practitioners and practices, particularly Stanislavski. They leave this group with an understanding of robust and professional performance techniques, which is crucial to any professional actor. This includes key skills like emotional recall, stage direction and acting for camera.


  • Tuesdays (term time only) 7:30pm-9:00pm

Book a free taster class here



If you’re aged 17+ and would like to enquire about actor training check out Carney Studio 

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