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Louise O’Leary – a brief profile
Louise O’Leary is an international actress & Artistic Director of Sheffield’s first and only professional Method Acting Studio – StandBy Method Acting Studio. Louise is a master of her craft having initially trained at The Arden School of Theatre, Manchester and later at the world renowned Actor’s Studio, New York of Inside the Actor’s Studio notoriety – a far cry from deprived council estate Parson Cross where Louise’s acting dreams began. When Louise motivates and inspires those who train with her saying life experience is the essential ingredient needed by any method actor to cook up a meaty character, and working hard yields results, she can do truthfully.
Louise has gone from an underprivileged upbringing experiencing severe financial hardship, homelessness and family tragedies (suicide) as well as personally overcoming severe anxiety to making her own acting dreams come true; working with Hollywood actor Stephen Graham and travelling the world with Shakespeare. Louise has experienced life on both sides of the coin and everything in between. She realised that the only professional method acting training available was in London or New York so she founded StandBy in 2010 on a mere £108 to give local actors an opportunity to shine. In that time Louise has created an acting studio to be reckoned with, she has nurtured world class actors who have appeared on Sky One, BBC Three, E4, Discovery Channel and appeared in films supported by Kevin Spacey. Louise is also in high demand delivering seminars at the biggest acting conventions in the country.
Louise was born in Sheffield and lives in Ecclesfield
Louise can also speak to the media expertly about
- Method Acting
- The acting industry
- Starting and running a self-funded business
- Starting a career in the entertainment industry
- Mental Health
- Running a business whilst homeless
Louise can be contacted on email@example.com or call 07576988292.