Experience Opportunity

The Immersive Acting School - Free Taster Session

The Immersive Acting School taster session will give you a flavour of what we do on our full course. Listed below.

Immersive Theatre is the new way of doing theatre and is more popular now than ever before. From Punchdrunk to The Great Gatsby, more and more companies are creating immersive productions and are constantly developing new ideas and better ways of immersing audiences into storytelling.

Immersive theatre comes with added risks that differ from conventional theatre, due to the increased proximity and interaction with the space and the audience. It requires skilled, brave, reliable and open minded actors. For this reason, immersive companies look for immersive experienced actors when casting their shows. This training will give you all the skills you need in order to be a great immersive actor, will enable you to build on skills you already possess and gain confidence to use them in this new fast-growing area of theatre.

Everything you learn here will put you on the front foot and in charge of your process, confident in your ability, to be truthful and spontaneous in any acting context for the rest of your career. This will undoubtedly make you stand out.

Why is Immersive acting different to ‘conventional’ theatre acting?

It is more exposing. You cannot hide, the audience are close up, unpredictable and will talk back.

You have to interact with them which very much puts your performance is in their hands. You really do have to be truthful and connected to both them and your fellow actors. You have to move the audience around the space and seamlessly move in and out of text and improvisation. It requires spontaneity, bravery, flexibility and a grounded method that will back you up in all situations.

What will I gain?

You will walk away from this training feeling empowered to tackle any type of immersive show. Confident in your ability to engage authentically with your audience. You will discover how to use everything at your disposal and own the different spaces. Learn how to be ‘in the moment’.

You will gain and practice the skills to think fast, be flexible, be authentically responsive and be consistently present. Increase your boldness, playfulness and bravery. Expand your ability to take risks, trust your fellow actors, talk directly to an audience and most importantly, trust yourself and your process as an actor.

Other benefits of training with us include:

– Becoming part of the Hartshorn-Hook and Butterfly Theatre communities

– Free tickets to The Great Gatsby Immersive production at Immersive LDN

– Free tickets to Peaky Blinders – The Rise at the Camden Garrison!

– Meet industry guests during the course including a ‘mock audition’ with Immersive Everywhere’s Artistic Director

– All graduates spotlight profiles will be seen for upcoming HHE & Butterfly productions

– Access to ongoing weekly Gonsalves Method drop in evening classes

– Invites to Hartshorn/Hook and Butterfly open dress rehearsals.

Who is Aileen Gonsalves?

Aileen has worked in theatre for over 25 years. She is an incredibly

experienced and established theatre practitioner having directed and taught in many of the UK’s top theatre institutions. She has a wealth of experience

gained from directing at the RSC internationally since 1997. She is also an

associate director with Kali Theatre.

Her Immersive, site specific theatre company Butterfly Theatre perform in

extraordinary locations across Europe. They specialise in truthful and

connected live, immersive performance. All Butterfly actors are trained in The

Gonsalves Method, an acting process developed by Aileen herself.

Her teaching experience includes; Head of Acting MA at ArtsEd – 2011-15,

Head of Acting at Drama Studio London and she also regularly teaches at

RADA and UWL. She teaches Masterclasses in The Gonsalves Method in

New York, Europe and the Middle East as well as across the UK and online.

Aileen’s book Shakespeare and Meisner that she co authored with Dr Tracy

Irish for the Bloomsbury Arden Performance Companions Series explores

The Gonsalves Method and its use by Aileen’s Theatre Company Butterfly

when working with Shakespeare.


What is the Gonsalves Method?

A practical, methodical acting process rooted in the Meisner Technique that has been developed by Aileen Gonsalves over her extensive career. It has been used in many immersive productions in very different environments over the past 10 years. It empowers the actor to see clearly and be responsive moment to moment. It creates authentic performances that make the audience feel real emotion, due to the actor feeling something real and being truly connected with everything and everyone around them.

What industry professionals say about working with Aileen:

Insightful, generous and provoking. Aileen’s way of working manages to be both life affirmingly inspiring and down to earth practical. Rigorous and intensive theatre-making with a big smile.

– Ian Wainwright, Project Producer, Royal Shakespeare Company.

You can always rely on Aileen to bring a mischievous and enquiring mind to any project. She’s a real force of nature.

– Kevin Fitzmaurice, Producer, Secret Cinema

To experience Aileen’s method is to be given tools for life! It’s no exaggeration to say that she is one of the foremost performing arts innovators of our age.

– Dr Chris Laoutaris, Lecturer at the Shakespeare Institute and author.

‘Let it matter, speak with how you feel are just some of the things Aileen has instilled in me that have seen me through in the arts and in life.

– Yasen Atour, Actor, – Witcher, Ben Hur, Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, The State, Marcella,

Your Tutors

All our tutors are working professional actors, directors and teachers. They have extensive experience across the industry and in immersive work specifically. They are all trained in The Gonsalves Method and have been practicing it (both as actors and directors) and teaching it over the past 10 years. They all share a passion for the process and the empowerment it gives all actors.

“Having used it for so many years, we know it works and now we want to share its benefits with other committed, like minded actors. We want to help them grow as performers and share with them skills that they can use not only in immersive work but also across their careers, in order to raise the standards of truthful authentic theatre across the board.”

How do I apply?

For the Intensive Acting courses, a CV will be required plus a short statement about

why you want to take part in the course will be required, upon booking.

This is so we can establish your level of experience and suitability for the course. If you are unsure at all about which course is the right choice for you, then please do get in touch with us at admin@butterflytheatre.com we would be happy to help!

Talk to us

You can book a meeting or a telephone call with our team where we will be happy to answer your questions regarding our courses, and find the right option for you. To book a meeting please first email us at admin@butterflytheatre.com

This is a free taster workshop for our Immersive Acting School. There are no specific requirements for the taster workshop but for the full course the requirements are listed below.

A CV and short statement about why you want to take part in the course will be required upon booking so we can establish your level of experience. Please send to admin@butterflytheatre.com. If you are unsure about your eligibility for the course or which course is the right choice for you, then please do get in touch, we’d be happy to help!