Mind Fitness run very successful Performers Workshops designed for Companies, Agencies or Drama Schools. We also run regular one-day workshops for individual performers. These are attended by actors, singers and dancers of all ages and levels of professional experience.
As with our corporate work we are happy in Drama Schools / Theatre Companies to tailor to any specific issues you wish to address. These sessions can be held at your premises or at a venue arranged by us.
Many performers experience performance anxiety or struggle at auditions with nerves. Whether you have encountered debilitating anxiety or simply been aware that your audition didn’t show you in your best light, our theatre-based training is for you!
Sports coaches have long known the value of mind fitness. It’s time for the arts to catch up. As a performer, you well know the importance of continuing to invest in your craft and the value of exceptional training. Mind Fitness is professional development that will impact directly and positively on every aspect of your career, allowing the talents you may be hiding under the bushel of self-doubt to shine bright!
Our compelling workshops examine the root causes of anxiety related to performance and the audition process. The Mind Fitness blend of Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Coaching will teach you a range of highly effective cognitive techniques to positively change the way you think, behave and feel.
The workshops also explore Mindfulness practices that teach you how to manage the stress response and perfectly complement the CBC based skills, further enhancing resilience.
- I think every person involved in performance can benefit from this course. Thank you for creating the change for happier and healthier performers.David Murphy MTA
- So practical, so knowledge fuelled and so much common sense!Florence MahonyArtistic Director, Human Zoo Theatre Company
- Practical and very informative. It really feels like the leaders are in it to help us students.Kelsie McDonaldGuildford School of Acting
- I've just got back from a truly life-changing day working on Mind Fitness for Performers lead by Andy Barker and Beth Wood. If you have the chance to join them in their next workshop I would urge you to do so - simply brilliant !!! Thank you Andy and Beth - my mind is now buzzing!Kate FlowersArtistic Director, Co-Opera Company
- I came away with wonderful tools and techniques for life.Ricky NixonCourse Participant at Network
- This is a course that would benefit a lot of actors and students.Lydia CawthornFourth Monkey Theatre Company
Try Mind Fitness if you want to:
- Perform better
- Audition more effectively
- Increase your motivation
- Retain a positive optimistic approach
- Reduce procrastination
- Develop enhanced feelings of wellbeing
These practical and popular workshops are designed around practical and interactive team activities that are experiential, engaging and fun.
Coaching is an important part of the Mind Fitness package.
We can coach face-to-face or on Skype.
This can be follow-up coaching after a workshop or solo skills-development work.
Will Mind Fitness help me with auditions?
Yes absolutely. We have had a lot of performers who have attended tell us how much it has helped. The course will help you to control emotions, and to make sure that you do not cross the line between the good stress that you need to do your best and the bad stress that robs you of the chance to fulfil your potential.
I love acting but I find the career ‘path’ of being an actor almost impossible to cope with. Will Mind Fitness help?
One of our key aims is to help people to the point where they enjoy being a performer and help them to cope with all aspects, not just the glorious moments when they are on stage. The course gives the tools to build resilience, to control stress, recognise opportunities and stay positive.
Do you only do the 1-day workshop or could we book you for a longer project?
When we go into Drama Schools or work with companies it can be for a longer project. This is usually an intensive Wellbeing Week or weekly sessions with various groups over the course of a term.
I am worried that with a lot of performers there it will get competitive. Does this happen?
Every performer who has taken part has commentated on the supportive environment created through the day. Many have said that this is one of the strongest aspects of the course.
Is Mind Fitness something I have to keep doing to feel the benefit?
The longer you do it for the more benefit you feel. There is a six-week follow-up programme in the workbook, by which time it will be embedded in your daily routines. And the Mind Fitness programme is designed to fit into the busiest of lives. Ten minutes a day is all you need and we guarantee that you will save that (and much more) with your more focused thinking.
Does the Mind Fitness programme work for people with special needs?
Yes absolutely. The MF team is trained to work with people of all abilities and disabilities and all exercises can be adapted. Please let us know if you feel you would benefit from additional support.
I have been wanting to come but cannot find anyone to come with me. Would I be OK if I came on my own?
Over half the people who come to the course come on their own. There is always a supportive atmosphere with the dynamic of an attentive ensemble.
Can I come to one of the performers sessions if I am not a performer?
We have had people who have been agents and directors. It doesn’t really matter what profession you are, as long a you know that all examples used with exercises will be performer related.
Do I need to wear comfortable clothes?
Certainly, we want you to feel comfortable, but it does not need to be clothes you would wear for physical exercise.