Abigail Hopkins has worked in the acting business in various capacities as an actress, director and acting coach for over twenty years.
Her Films and TV appearances include, A Few Selected Exits (BBC Wales), Shadowlands, Elizabeth (docudrama for United Productions/HTV), Remains of The Day, BBC 999 reconstructions, and the lead in Lost Opportunity, a short film for BBC Bristol’s Film Club, and numerous theatre performances including Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing. Recent film and TV work includes Fly A Kite for Oliver Game Films, Unchained for Lumino Films, A Million Words for Pantelis Films, Bloody Tales of Europe for National Geographic, Homo Geminus, a Polish psychological thriller for Art Spaces and Still The Most Shocking Second A Day for Save The Children’s fundraising campaign for Syrian child refugees.
She trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and London, the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles and the Actors Centre, London. She was awarded an Upper Second Class BA Honours degree in Theatre Studies through Manchester University/Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and awarded a distinction for MA in Filmmaking by The University of East London.
Abigail has taught acting and directed projects at many drama colleges and stage schools in London, New York and Los Angeles. Directing credits include Tennessee Williams’ Talk To Me Like The Rain, Frederico Garcia Lorca’s A Shoemaker’s Wonderful Wife and Blood Wedding, and Edward Bond’s Saved, The Woman and The Worlds. Recently she has led acting workshops in Warsaw and Poznan in Poland.
Abigail is also a singer-songwriter and divides her time between New York and London. She has released three albums and an EP. She has toured in America as a singer-songwriter, and has played her songs, on numerous BBC radio stations. She performed as a singer-songwriter at Poland’s MALTA Festival.
Abigail is holding acting workshops in London, Europe and the USA – for further information on Acting Workshops please visit www.creativeactingworkshops.com
© Alan Howard 2017
As an acting coach, Abigail has a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years, working with a variety of groups and ages and has taught acting at many drama colleges, stage schools, and conservatoires in London, New York and Los Angeles.
She runs her own acting classes, Creative Acting Workshops in London and New York as well as coaching actors for audition preparation. Recently she has led acting workshops in Warsaw and Poznan in Poland.
Directing credits include Tennessee Williams Talk To Me Like The Rain, Frederico Garcia Lorca’s A Shoemaker’s Wonderful Wife and Blood Wedding, and Edward Bond’s Saved, The Woman, and The Worlds.
Over the years, Abigail has adapted a system of work from what she has learnt both as a performer and teacher. Her teaching practise draws on the methods of Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Viola Spolin and Augusto Boal. By using various exercises and improvisations, the central aim of the classes, is to sensitise and free up the actor’s instrument, to develop concentration, to provide student-actors with a set of practical analysis skills in approaching scripts, whilst at the same time encouraging them to trust their instincts and unique creative process, so that they can approach a broad range of characters and roles for film, television and theatre, and can bring emotional truthfulness, authenticity and integrity to their work and meet the demands of the industry.
She passionately believes in bringing out the very best in each student and honouring each student’s unique creativity and personality, to ignite enthusiasm and imagination and to enable students to realise their full potential.
She trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and London, the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles and the Actors Centre, London. She was awarded an Upper Second Class BA Honours degree in Theatre Studies through Manchester University/Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.
For further information on classes and workshops please visit: www.creativeactingworkshops.com