"...Jo’s classes offer actors somewhere they can practice their skills as well as continual push their own boundaries and take risks in a safe, friendly and supportive environment."  Mary Boyle

"..My N:DAS class is invaluable in terms of ongoing professional training, career development & casting opportunities. Jo always creates a safe and supportive environment for us to be fearless, authentic and playful.  No matter how bad our week has been, we always leave feeling invigorated and positive!"  Sarah Naughton

"..The classes provide you with an opportunity to keep yourself fresh.  They also create an environment where you can test yourself as an actor.  On top of that you have opportunities to work alongside industry professionals, casting directors, theatre\tv directors and experienced actors.  I can safely say, I would not be where I am today, nor be the actor I am without attending N:DAS classes."   William Fox


"..Jo was recommended to me by two actor friends independently of each other.  I got to Northern Drama and was not disappointed.  I am thoroughly enjoying my experience.  So far, the classes have been crucial in helping me make one major acting dream come true.  The level of support and friendship is great."  Jane Steele


"..I became a student of N:DAS in September 2011 and I feel extremly privileged to work with some very talented people, many of whom have become good friends.

N:DAS has given me the confidence to believe in myself and the drive to make dreams become reality, one of which was being cast in a feature film following my very first professional audition last summer!"  Sally Boatwright


" I first met Jo at an Audition Technique workshop and continued with N:DAS classes from there 2 years ago. In that time Jo has helped me sign with a fantastic agent, secure work in feature films, short films and TV and given me the opportunity to learn and perform in front of dozens of industry professionals in N:DAS's amazing Masterclasses. I cannot recommend and Thank Jo and N:DAS enough for what they have helped me achieve in my career so far."  Shari Fox

"..Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro the course proves its worth by giving you unique insights into the skills and business of gaining employment and therefore making a living as an actor....You come away with a renewed confidence , an increased skill base, new business contacts and a consolidation of what you already new.....I have gone on to gain several TV and Theatre jobs after working with Jo...Do yourself a professional favour.. Sign up!"  Delroy Brown



"...The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and felt very safe and non-judgmental which encouraged all of the actors to throw themselves into all the exercises....I have attended several other similar workshops and this was definitely the best"  Martina McClements



Acting Classes

NDAS Students

Adult Acting classes at Northern Drama Acting School run by Jo Adamson-Parker

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NDAS Students

N:DAS runs multiple workshops throughout the year         

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Master Classes

NDAS Students

N:DAS runs multiple master classes throughout the year.

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Northern Drama Acting School was founded in 2010 by Casting Director Jo Adamson-Parker and aims to provide a practical and progressive training ground for actors in the North introducing students to key industry professionals.

'If you don't feel as an actor, why then should we as an audience feel?'

At Northern Drama we focus predominantly on developing a real, natural style of acting.  NDAS encourages the actor to 'not act'. We want to see you feel the characters emotions and be in that moment.

Our teaching style is informal and professional - you will learn but you will also have fun in a supportive environment.  We believe in building confidence and trust with our students and bringing out the best in them to make them the best performers they can be.  All our students are encouraged to critique and support each other as we recognise the value of learning from your peers.

'I was meeting actors in Leeds who felt like they were the only ones here and so I wanted to provide them with a network of other actors in the area and a safe environment in which to explore their craft.'

The majority of our students are professional actors who attend for goal progression but some attend for confidence building or as a hobby.  Whatever your reason, we will push you as much as you want to be pushed. 

We're ambitious too and love to see our students on screen and stage.  Students have recently been seen in 'Emmerdale', 'Coronation Street', 'Hollyoaks', 'DCI Banks', several features, shorts and tons of theatre! We aim to be the Leeds acting class of choice and set a very high standard for ourselves and the people we work with.




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