About Us

Fourth Monkey started life as an act of rebellion.

“In 2010 I set out to create a training methodology which reflected the requirements of the performance landscape, one that gave a platform to a far greater range of stories than were being presented in modern theatre and broadcast media. The goal of Fourth Monkey is to create a world ignited by a visceral cacophony of bold and diverse voices, and since its inception I believe that we have gone a long way towards making that happen.”

Our high profile, ground breaking theatre Performances not only provides a stage for our actors, but also challenges the status quo.

Shizaru is the seldom-quoted fourth monkey of the ancient Japanese proverb. Quite simply, Shizaru embodies the principles of doing no evil, or more simply, doing good. This, alongside the evolutionary association with our primate cousins and the way our training is a forerunner in the evolution of theatre training in the UK, is why we became known as Fourth Monkey.

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Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company is committed to creating an environment where every individual who comes through our doors is seen, heard and celebrated. We are committed to ensuring that this approach is the bedrock of every aspect of our work encompassing auditions, outreach, actor training and the Fourth Monkey Ensemble and that our practitioners, directors, creatives and staff are included in this approach and aligned in our thinking.

We are dedicated to creating a learning environment which celebrates diversity, strives for inclusive excellence and embeds equal opportunity for all our staff, students, creatives and participants alike, regardless of ethnicity, gender, disability (including underlying health issues, mental health issues and additional learning needs), age, socio-economic background, sexual orientation and / or religion. Fourth Monkey also actively encourage collaboration and contact from those with protected characteristics in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of Fourth Monkey provisions.

Fourth Monkey does not discriminate on any grounds. We are committed to removing potential barriers, offering tailored support and making reasonable adjustments for our auditions, workshops and training based solely on the individual’s need, in order to ensure that every opportunity is provided for everyone to fully access and successfully complete all aspects of Fourth Monkey provisions. Everyone is encouraged to be bold and play and everyone has equal opportunity to thrive and excel.

Fourth Monkey aim to be an innovative industry leader on this matter and to ensure that we always exceed any and all legislative obligations. This, like our approach to actor training is a collaborative effort and a collective responsibility which is intrinsic in the way in which we think and work, represented throughout the Fourth Monkey community and congruent across all policies, procedures and working practices.

Performance Excellence

Be trained, employable and industry ready in two years.

In an industry that is in a constant state of transformation, actors of today must be ready to learn, adapt and collaborate within any number of professional environments.

We believe that actors-in-training should benefit from as much practical experience of performance as possible, which is why our Two Year students take part in five performance seasons across their training course. In the final eight months of training, all productions are open to the public to showcase our students’ performances to the wider industry.

We also believe strongly in the power of the group dynamic and ensemble ‘play’ in our training. We develop collaborative, open performers and shape individuals who are not driven by the pursuit of stardom or the individual spotlight, but by the desire to deliver bold, visceral and collaborative work.

A Personal Audition Process

We want to celebrate every individual who comes through our doors and escape the often intellectual and exclusive attitude towards actor training in the UK. Our approach looks to celebrate your humanity, encourage your passion and help you to seek out physical and emotional truth.

We also believe strongly in the power of the group dynamic and ensemble ‘play’. We develop collaborative, open performers and creative individuals who are not driven by the pursuit of stardom or the individual spotlight, but by the desire to deliver bold, visceral and collaborative work.

World-renowned practitioners

Our training effectively facilitates an apprenticeship with leading practitioners from across a diverse range of fields. This hands-on and relevant approach produces a performer who is trained in multiple ways of working – a rounded artist who is confident to work with anyone and to create creative working methodologies of their own.

Left: Shane Dempsey, National Theatre Connections Director and Practitioner on Two Year Play Project & Contemporary Production

Ever evolving

Fourth Monkey passionately believe in consent growth and evolution of practice throughout an actor’s career. That why we launch our continual professional development programme; Evolve, in 2019. Collaborating with leading practitioners we offer a mixture of short courses and one-off workshops to support the growth of our alumni and the wider industry.


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