Drama School Applicants

Through my work with students wishing to obtain a place at Drama School, it has become increasingly clear that choice of pieces, especially with applicants on their second or third attempt, is key. Therefore, my work is tailored to suit each student`s individual needs, so that they can represent themselves at their very best in front of an audition panel.

My aim is to give each student, not only their best fighting chance to secure tenure, but to begin a better understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses and how to work with them.

How We Can Help: One To One Coaching for drama school

My One To One Coaching consists of an introductory meeting to discuss your needs and requirements and to work out a plan out a working strategy up to and until you get into drama school.

My success rate is very high and I take great pride in this; putting this down to my experience and understanding of what is required. The introductory meeting lasts for approximately one hour.

If you have any questions or would like some more information please contact me direct on any of the following:

Tel: 0207 357 8237

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Testimonials

Tilly is an excellent coach. She is very direct and tries to get you to make daring but truthful choices with your pieces. I would recommend a session with Tilly whatever stage you are at in the audition process.

I visited for a session near the tail end of my auditions, I had three recall auditions left: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and LAMDA. Due to the new life that Tilly had helped to breathe into my pieces I received offers from both LAMDA and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the 3 year BA Acting.

If you work with Tilly she will be very honest with you and ensure you have two cracking pieces for your drama school auditions. If you are applying for drama school you should most definitely give Tilly a visit and she will put you on the path to success.

Bradley Craig

What is so special about Tilly is in a world where everyone has opinions on your work, where family and friends will say you’re amazing regardless of its quality, she will give you an opinion which is unbiased, unprejudiced and truthful.

This is so key, given that the only other time opinions of that kind are offered to you are from panelists at drama school auditions and more often than not feedback is unavailable. I have now got a place on the BA course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and I honestly couldn’t have done it without her guidance.

Charlie Layburn

I arrived at Tilly’s after a year of countless rejections from my first year of applying to drama schools and instantly knew I had come to the right place.

She immediately debunked many of the ‘drama school myths’ I had heard during my auditions and installed into me how important my attitude, my monologues but most importantly the amount of hard work I would have to put in would be. After two years of work with Tilly, many recalls and a waiting list, I am starting in September to study at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and could not be happier. To put it simply Tilly was, and is, invaluable.

I would have never got into drama school without her and I could not recommend her enough.

Joe Aylward

Tilly was invaluable in helping me get my monologues for drama school up to scratch.

She is a highly experienced coach and was very patient and honest with me about my performances of the text. Tilly encouraged me to take more risks, be daring, and to stand out from the crowd in my interpretation of the characters I chose to play, and with her help, I managed to secure a place to train at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Thank you Tilly for all your hard work!

Amy Barnes

I was very privileged to have been able to find Tilly. Her presence, understanding and patience gave me not only the confidence I needed for my auditions, but confidence in myself.

Tilly creates an incredibly relaxed, yet focused, environment for her sessions, which gives you space to take risks without feeling embarrassed or insecure about your performance (which is something I struggled with before). She gives you direction that makes sense, but is also sharp and succinct in her deliverance (by which I mean, no beating around the bush – divine clarity at last…).

I had a few sessions with her in my first year of auditioning and it really helped with the process, (especially in the recall stages), and managed to gain a place on the Foundation course at LAMDA. I am now about to go into the first year of the Three Year Acting BA at LAMDA, and I  can safely say that Tilly’s help and advice has stuck with me ever since our first session. So thank you Tilly, you’re a star.

Ella Rose McLoughlin Mitchell

I began seeing Tilly in my third year of auditioning for drama schools. After two years of recalls, final rounds and no offers I felt frustrated and confused, becoming more and more nervous and doubtful when it came to auditions.

However, after the first consultation with Tilly I immediately felt less anxious and more optimistic. She was entirely honest and very quickly helped me address the issues that were holding me back in auditions. From choosing speeches right up to advice on how to walk into the audition room, Tilly was forensic in her help. She pushed me to work harder than I ever have and helped me to take complete control of my auditions so that I no longer felt at the complete whim of a panel of strangers.

Tilly was not only helpful in the preparation for auditions but as I began to do the rounds she was an invaluable support and sounding board who I could go to in order to unpack a bad audition and celebrate a good one. It was ultimately her vital mixture of straight-talking honesty and empathetic understanding that helped me to exceed my progress of previous years and gain a place at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and LAMDA.

I will take her advice and lessons into further auditions and all of my future acting. I look forward to working with her again one day. Thank you Tilly.

Eva Scott

Tilly truly cares about her students and their ambitions. My experience working with Tilly was totally personalised to my individual needs, crucially by her asking at the beginning of each session specifically what I wanted to gain by the end of it.

Often I would doubt my own ability to meet the objectives we set together each lesson, but without fail, Tilly’s understanding and empathy for her students coupled with her expertise and constant drive to get to the very root of what brings out the best in the individual for that specific character situation, ensures the objectives are always fulfilled by the end, and some.

You feel fantastic after a lesson with Tilly. I would walk back to the tube station unable to stop myself smiling like a crazy woman – totally filled with inspiration and a new confidence, and suddenly so excited to get home and work further on what we had explored.

Furthermore, the result of the work in the sessions has led me to gain a place at the Oxford School of Drama.

Annabel Facer


Working with Tilly was an absolutely eye opening experience for me. She helped me to develop a vital understanding of my strengths as an actor, as well as identifying areas that challenged me more, and obstacles that were preventing me from working to my best ability.

She constantly encouraged me to go beyond my comfort zones, take risks and challenge my own preconceptions of myself as an actor; all with the spirit of discovery of both the text and myself as a person. Tilly’s no-nonsense, direct, and completely honest approach means that you are never left in doubt when working on a piece.

Her notes, sometimes almost forensic in detail, are always accompanied by clear, technical and achievable ways to rectify a shortcoming; often completely transforming a piece. Whilst this may sound intimidating to some, it is always a pleasant experience thanks to Tilly’s warm and charming personality and the supportive atmosphere she creates. Still, you can be sure that when you do get her seal of approval, the work is good and the compliment is well deserved!

I am excited to have been offered a place on RADA’s BA acting course, and am immensely grateful for Tilly’s continued support and wisdom and the vital role she played in my audition journey.

Parry Bates

Tilly is, without doubt, a complete and utter godsend for anyone wanting to audition for drama school. She is the ultimate pillar of support in what can be an extremely scary and emotional process and I can honestly say that working with Tilly has been the best choice I have ever made professionally and personally.

Before I met Tilly I felt as though I had reached the largest brick wall – I had no idea how to navigate my way through the year and I felt at a complete and utter loss as to the pieces I should choose. Tilly helped me to identify my strengths and addressed the areas that were holding me back. I finally found pieces that I loved, and I mean really loved, and each session I was pushed and challenged to make the pieces my own. After working with Tilly I was able to walk into each audition room knowing that I was in complete control.

Tilly’s support and advice doesn’t end at the final session, she was a constant (and very much needed!) presence throughout my entire drama school audition journey and after each audition I always make sure to go and see Tilly for a quick chat (and often a much needed laugh!).

Tilly, I really cannot put into words how grateful I am that I had the opportunity to work with you. To anyone looking to audition for drama school I urge you try a session with Tilly, it will honestly be the best decision you will ever make.  I start the 3 year BA Professional  Acting Course at Bristol Old Vic in September.

Charlotte Wyatt

Tilly was great to spend time with, she gave honest and incisive criticism, helping me identify and remove the obstacles causing me problems.

Tilly also gave very valuable advice in helping me select speeches which highlighted my strengths as an actor, something I had been struggling with. Our sessions gave me a safe place to experiment with my audition pieces, as well as time to talk through the difficulties I’d been having with the audition process.

I would like to thank Tilly for her all her help and genuine care, and for pointing me in the right direction. I will begin studying at the Drama Centre later this year.

Laurence Brown

After my first drama school auditions did not work out I started to look for someone who could help me understand what was going wrong. I had only one audition left for Guildhall and decided to go for a lesson with Tilly who trained at Guildhall herself.

I found her lessens very insightful, inspiring and personal, she immediately knew what was lacking and we chose new monologues to give my final attempt at getting into drama school a fresh approach. She knew what drama schools are looking for and gave me a lot of insight in the audition process.

She made sure I went for the first round with a good set of speeches and in the right frame of mind. Not only did I manage to get recalled to the second and third round..they offered me a place!

Going to Tilly was obviously the best choice I ever made and I would not have got in without her! Highly recommended!

Whoopie Van Raam

I started working with Tilly last year, quite late on in my third year of auditioning for drama school. I had heard of the great work she had been doing and as soon as began working on my speeches I knew that I had come to the right person.

Tilly challenged me to think differently about my approach to monologues, to take risks and be bold without ever feeling intimidating – only ever acting out of genuine care as to how you would be on the day. Unfortunately, last year wasn’t meant to be, but come September, with fresh eyes and even more determination, I went back to Tilly as a trusted guide, who continued to push me in a way that even a year ago I would have been too scared to attempt as she could see I had it in me.

After every audition I knew that Tilly would be there at the end of an email with continued support and advice and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. When I eventually got offered a place on the BA Acting course at Drama Centre, Tilly was one of the first to know and her reaction was of as much joy as if I’d known her all my life. Her dedication and commitment to you as an individual is completely admirable and inspires confidence in you even when you are lacking in it yourself!

Without the guidance, support and advice at audition doctor, there is no way I’d feel confident enough to change a speech last minute, to volunteer first for everything at auditions or to rid myself of all inhibition in order to do my best. I can’t say it enough but thank you, thank you, thank you Tilly!

Cicely Whitehead

Drama school auditioning is an ever changing, emotional process, filled with endless surprise. The first two years of auditioning certainly fit that description. In my third year I decided to look for help and found the Audition Doctor website.

Together Tilly and I deciphered what had gone right and wrong in the years previous, found speeches that once and for all suited me, and worked to diminish my biggest pitfall: the fear of the audition itself. With Tilly’s help I finally saw past the ever terrifying ‘what if I don’t get in’. Once unencumbered by doubts Tilly helped my work become richer and I found my skills as an actor growing at the same speed they had in my foundation course at Guildhall.

Tilly is not only someone to help guide her students through the twists and turns of this process, but she does so with a sensitivity and remarkable awareness that comes from a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience. More than that Tilly’s most inspiring trait as a teacher and coach is the incredible strength for which she cares and fights for each of her students to succeed.

I’m not surprised that working with Tilly has coincided with getting into the BA in acting at Mountview. I couldn’t recommend her more.

Abby Dunlavy

More Student Testimonials

I found Tilly’s advertisement by chance while leafing through the pages of a drama magazine and it was one of those moments which on reflection leaves me thinking that there must be someone somewhere looking out for me. As an untrained actor new to a hugely intimidating industry, Tilly managed to truly inspire me and instil in me the courage to recognise and begin to cultivate my talent. She taught me not to be afraid of making mistakes and instead encouraged me to use what I have learnt and channel it in to locating that delicate emotion needed behind the words that I was speaking. Tilly has this way of constantly challenging you and pushing you but in an inexplicably charming way.  Sitting there with her beaded note book she will be scribbling frantically as you perform to her, you are left thinking that almost every word must have umpteen corrections and yet her feedback will be encouraging and constructive and leave you feeling empowered and determined to make her proud; to thoroughly deserve that high five at the end of the session. Her good humour and effervescent personality work to be positively demanding of your talent as she pushes you towards finding your concept of ‘self’ within the craft. The sessions take place in her charming house which creates a comfortable and informal workspace in which you immediately feel at home enabling you to lose all self-consciousness and value every moment of her teaching. Tilly is a treasure to be cherished in the acting community, who inspires and instils hope in those trying to find their feet in a hugely competitive yet extraordinarily wonderful industry.  I cannot thank her enough for what she has done for me.

Emma Corrin

I have worked with Tilly regularly for around 5 months. Throughout this period she has always offered honest, trustworthy and credible advice in relation to my audition speech choices and development. Tilly’s direction is challenging and demanding which enabled me to overcome obstacles in the text, in my delivery and physicality, so to really find the truth and core drama of the pieces. I would highly recommend frequent sessions over the whole audition season, as this kept my speeches focused and fresh, and I can clearly see how far I have progressed in my performances since our first meeting. I have been offered a place on the BA Acting course at Rose Bruford College and know that without Tilly’s critique, support and personal investment, I would not be in this position today. Thank you!

Ella Dunlop

Tilly has been wonderful over the whole process of applying for drama school.  From the first session I felt at ease and comfortable to take risks and be completely honest.  She helped to identify my strengths and weaknesses and how best to present myself at audition, always giving really specific feedback.  More than anything she began to help me conquer my doubts and have belief in myself which we discovered was often my biggest problem!  I am delighted to say I will be starting drama school this September and am hugely grateful to Tilly for her help in achieving this goal.

Jane Cottrell

Having tried to get into the NYT for a few years, I was feeling a little frustrated and hopeless when approaching my audition for this year. I found Tilly after some frantic googling and decided to book a session the day before my audition on a whim. Her patience, guidance and complete expertise allows you to entirely trust her suggestions, and by the end of the hour session I walked away with a new (and definitely more appropriate) interpretation to the character, one that I could now relate to, and a new found confidence. I truly believe I wouldn’t have gotten in without Tilly’s advice and I encourage all drama school auditionees, no matter how last minute, to book an hour with the Audition Doctor!
Megan Gilbert

Although I only visited Tilly for a one hour session, the experience was truly invaluable. Tilly helped me get to the essence of my character, and allowed me to understand not only what my character was saying, but the subtext beneath it all. I was able to portray real human emotions. I learnt to stop acting and start being. As a result of Audition Doctor, I am starting my Acting MA at East 15 in September. Thank you so much, Tilly!

Ainsleigh Ingle

Tilly is a wonderful teacher. Her approach is warm, honest, patient and incredibly supportive. I had always found auditioning terrifying, but after working with Tilly I felt like I could succeed and I did! I will soon be starting on the 1 year PgDip in Acting at Drama Studio London.  I would never hesitate to recommend Tilly to anyone!

Laura McHugh 

This last year I decided to finally take the gigantic step towards professional training as an actor. Over the course of the audition season, I auditioned at seven different schools. At first, I was overwhelmed with nerves, and later with sadness as the rejection emails kept coming. After about four auditions I decided to seek professional coaching and stumbled upon Tilly’s services through Audition Doctor. After two short sessions with Tilly I was able to find the problems with my audition pieces, and to find and expand upon my strengths while critically developing new and improved audition pieces. By the end of my first year of auditioning for some of the top drama schools in the UK, I managed to not only receive a call back, but was also placed on a waiting list for one of the schools’ Foundation courses. These are huge strides I have managed to take with the unique style of coaching offered by Tilly. In the future I will certainly be returning to Audition Doctor to make the call backs progress to acceptance letters!

Chandler Bullock

Working with Tilly provided a much stronger sense of structure to my audition preparation process. Then over the course of our lessons I gained confidence and became much more aware of my strengths and weaknesses. Also, Tilly offered much more than teaching techniques but was an amazingly supportive figure when nerves started affecting me. She is an amazing teacher and mentor.

Amber Savva
Tilly just is a fantastic teacher. She really opens up your speeches and works on them in such detail so that when it comes to your auditions you feel very confident and sure of everything. She is very patient and understanding of the whole process which puts you at ease. She never settles for second best, she will keep at you if you aren’t getting something right and never gives up on you. I couldn’t recommend her enough to anyone applying for drama school.
Caroline Barton

As one newly arrived to the UK, I was in search of a coach who would not only be able aid me in preparation for theatre school auditions, but who would also be a working professional with real industry knowledge. In Tilly Blackwood, I found the perfect match. Tilly is without question the best audition coach I have had the privilege to work with. The positive environment of trust that she creates enables you to take chances as an artist and to not be afraid of failure. At the same time, she is able to push young actors to heights that they never before dreamt possible. One reason that Tilly is so effective as a coach, is that she takes the time and effort to discover what your individual needs are and to set achievable goals for your development as an artist. Working tirelessly to see that real progress is made, you feel confident and prepared to face any audition panel. Every young actor should be so lucky to work with Tilly Blackwood. With so many audition coaches out there, Tilly Blackwood is the genuine article.

Paul Bryant

I was lucky enough to have worked with the talented Tilly Blackwood before an important audition for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Training with Tilly was an incredible experience. She is professional, passionate and inspiring. Tilly was easy to work with; she respected my creative decisions all the while guiding me in the right direction. She pushed my boundaries and challenged me. Her classes were held in a safe, peaceful and quiet environment, making our time focused and extremely beneficial. I have Tilly to thank for the success of the audition. It was such a pleasure to work with a teacher that really cared. Tilly changed my career and consequently my life, I know that she has the power to do the same for you.

Chelsea Macleod-Elliott 

Tilly manages to strike the rare balance of being incredibly patient yet uncompromisingly demanding. This, combined with her generosity of spirit and good humour is an absolute necessity during the often strenuous process of applying to drama schools. She creates an informal and relaxed workspace which allows you to feel completely unselfconscious and free to experiment while simultaneously compelling you to justify why you have made certain decisions. Her rigorous attitude towards her teaching means that you never feel that you have taken the easy option as she draws your attention to the myriad of alternatives.Her extensive experience in theatre means that she expertly appraises your individual strengths and plays to them yet also alerts you to the inevitable bad habits that every untrained actor unknowingly assimilates. Her unceasing pursuit in trying to extract what she knows you are capable of sometimes culminates in, what she calls, “a break-through moment”. This is when all the advice she has given you, after weeks or perhaps even months, finally percolates and you do your speech in a way that surprises even yourself. You leave with the heady exhilaration of the high-five she’s just given you (these are administered sparingly and when you get one, you quite literally feel like top dog) and the progress that you’ve made. There lies her true brilliance- in getting you to believe that it was all you, when actually, there is absolutely no way you could have got there without her.

Bel Knight

Arguably the most important thing when working creatively with somebody is to feel comfortable in their presence and therefore be prepared top attempt things that may not be successful in order to eventually achieve the desired result. This is something that Tilly helped me with incredibly and I felt completely at ease from the first session we had. Her understanding of the text and audition process can help you cater the piece, not for yourself, but for the auditioner, and yet she understands that the interpretation must remain your own and so will not interfere too greatly in that sense so as to confuse the performer. I would highly recommend Tilly for help with any kind of auditions!

Mathew Seager

I have learnt so much from working with Tilly. Her creativity, enthusiasm and experience in the craft made our sessions truly enjoyable. I owe her many thanks for the work that we did together and the constructive creative guidance that she provided in the run up to my drama school auditions, which subsequently led to my getting a place. I loved working with Tilly and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to work with someone with invaluable experience, passion and knowledge of the industry.

When I started coaching with Audition Doctor I was in the process of making the huge step of coming back to acting following a long break, and, unsurprisingly, after all the years of allowing nay-saying and doubt to float around in my head, I was doing battle with significant low self-confidence as a performer.

Initially, I was finding it cringe-worthy and embarrassing to simply get up and test out a monologue in front of anyone, even someone as immediately welcoming and supportive as Tilly! However, my fears quickly evaporated as I straight away found myself trying things out in the distinctly encouraging, respectful and non-judgemental atmosphere that she creates in her lessons.Tilly brings a unique blend of lightness and humour together with a keen precision and clarity of thought in her observation and direction, and it drew me away from my personal pitfalls and helped unlock texts, and unlock me! I felt very confident relying on her considerable experience of both professional acting and also the particular skill and mindset that is required for drama school auditions. She took the fear of failure out of things, is incredibly fun to work with, and brought me back to the joy and beauty in acting, and I left every session on a high, feeling wonderfully empowered and knowing that I had been clearly guided in a very positive direction and was making real progress.I am sure I would not have gotten a recall at RADA were it not for her coaching, and I’m amazed as I look back over the last few months and see how I have come on in leaps and bounds with my confidence to perform, to get on my feet and work things out with others, and to go for auditions.

It’s a privilege to work with Tilly, and I know that I carry with me a particular kind of inspiration and empowerment from her as I go on into my next steps.

Sophie Mansi

Tilly is a fantastic teacher and mentor. Having been recommended her by a mutual acquaintance after finding myself without a drama school place for the third year, I nervously called her and found myself on the phone to an easy-going, down to earth woman who genuinely wanted to help me with my drama school auditions (not just get my money). We arranged a time that was convenient for both of us and she immediately made me feel comfortable and confident enough to discuss my hopes and what I wanted from her realistically and honestly. She took the time to help me finalise my speech choices, honestly assessing whether or not they were good speeches and whether or not they suited me.

When rehearsing, she is specific and insightful, shaping not just the speech but paying attention also to voice, movement and even my own ‘ticks’ that we suffer from. After our first session of two hours, I felt we both could have done another two, and I have marked Tilly down as one of the best directors and coaches I have yet worked with. Thanks to Tilly, I am eagerly looking forward to my auditions and feel more confident than ever.

Sophie Linin 

In particular Tilly’s thorough and constructive tutoring really helped dust off my pre-conceived notions about the delivery of classical text, as a result I was able to approach my chosen speeches with fresh insight and energy.

Tania Haq, Student

“Working with Tilly is having the rare privilege of being constantly inspired and pushed in the right direction, by someone whose opinion you can completely trust, because she’s just THAT good!”

Rudy Hatipi, Student

Working with Tilly has been amazing. She has made me feel completely prepared for anything that may be thrown at me when auditioning for drama school.

She’s has really helped me to connect and progress with my audition speeches and get them to a level where I feel confident in auditions. Not only is she an incredibly talented actress and teacher, she is such a lovely and hilarious person making the classes just fly by!

Joanna Rosenfeld

If I had not met Tilly I believe that the outcome of my drama school auditions would have been extremely different.Her amazing enthusiasm and patience gave me the confidence and the ability to succeed. I would recommend Tilly to anybody; she has a great sense of humour and is a delight to work with. I would just like to express my deep appreciation as I couldn’t have done it without her.

Carly Barnes

From the first session to the final pre-audition calm-down phone call, Tilly’s care and attention is absolutely invaluable. Rehearsing for drama school auditions is a daunting process that can make you feel frighteningly alone; I couldn’t have done it without having her on hand to guide and coach. She has a remarkable ability to bring out the best in the performer, without ‘choreographing’ or over working anything. Her process is organic and collaborative; her direction is insightful and completely game-changing. However prepared you think you are, however sure you are about your ideas, I now can’t imagine approaching a speech without running it by Tilly first! There is always something new to think about, and the tiniest change can make the world of difference. She provides a safe and welcoming environment, and instantly makes you feel comfortable enough to try absolutely anything.Her good humour and patience are limitless, and I know I couldn’t have done it without her.

Alice Marshall

“Working with Tilly on auditions speeches was a huge relief and gave me a fresh perspective and confidence in exactly the right way. Her clear direction and feedback really gave me a clear idea of how I could improve my work and her positive approach helped me to relax and enjoy working on my audition speeches. In just a short amount of time I felt empowered to continue working on my pieces on my own, more confident in my own ability, at the same time as having some new approaches to the challenge. Tilly is always very specific with her comments, which enabled me to respond practically to her direction. She also listened to me as an individual, taking my own qualities and character and finding a way to express them, which meant the work we did felt natural and always within my reach. I’d recommend working with Tilly to anyone wanting to push themselves creatively, looking for practically useful feedback or needing to inject some confidence into their work.”

Nadia Babke

Tilly has an infectious enthusiasm which brings out the best in you. Through her I have improved my performance skills by recognising my acting strengths and weaknesses. She will always guide you in the right direction, which is why I’ve recommended her to all my actor friends.

Jennifer Alleyne 

Tilly Blackwood is a fantastic acting coach and from the moment I stepped into the room, I felt at ease. I have had private hourly lessons with Tilly for the past 5 months and have discovered a greater knowledge in the skill of acting as well as a change in my confidence towards performing. From a completely Shakespeare novice I have began to understand how to approach the text and put that through into my performance, which I couldn’t have done without her help. I enjoy our hour sessions and can’t wait till the next time!

Hana – www.hanaminett.co.uk

Tilly has been such a helpful and inspiring teacher. She is always relaxed and welcoming and you feel that she is genuinely invested in getting the very best work out of you. I felt completely overwhelmed by the drama school auditioning process and Tilly has really helped to de-mystify the whole experience concentrating on what really matters…finding a great set of audition pieces and making them work. I count Tilly as an invaluable contact now and know that I will keep on going back to her for help in the future.
Jessica Preston  

I arrived in London in september from Canada. My first language is french so I came to London to first practice my english in order to be able to get into drama school next year. When I started to look for a speeches the stress began. I didn’t know noting about how to choose the perfect speech, where to look, what to look for and I did not even want to think about preparing my monologue for such an important occasion. So I decided to look for an acting coach and I had the chance to find Tilly. After the first session, I knew I was in good hand. With her experience, her passion, her patience and her honesty we manage to get through this. Tilly is an extremely polyvalent person. She helped me in everything: to find the right pieces, to correct my voice and my pronunciation. Together we work step by step to build my audition speeches which I feel confident in now. Tilly tell you the true things. When something does not work she tells you. She prepares you to your audition in every single angles. And she as more than one technic to get you where you need to be as character. I could not ask a better person to help me in this huge preparation. Thank you for inspiring me more and moor each session and to transmit me you extraordinary knowledge.

Joséphine Campeau 

I worked with Tilly when applying to various Drama Schools. Although I had plenty of audition experience in Musical Theatre, a straight acting audition was rather daunting. Tilly helped me prepare not only with the technical aspects of my audition but psychologically with this stressful audition process. Tilly’s lessons were a safe environment where I felt I could express myself creatively while being guided towards a more polished product. Tilly has a very honest and caring approach to her lessons and she has definitely given me the confidence to tackle my auditions with gusto.

Bethany Compson-Bradford

A great actor does not necessarily need to be a good teacher. It is the endless patience to listen to over repeated monologues, the ability to really care for your pupil even if he does not appeal to you and to be able to phrase the right feedback in an motivating way. Tilly has all of those requirements with one special ingredient added on top: an extreme good heartedness that has encouraged me to work even further and harder. I came to Tilly with a very ambitious aim and that was to get into a highly reputable drama school. The audition process is still on but so far I am have managed to get into every recall round. Without Tilly this would certainly not have been possible, as I just remember my very desperate and unsuccessful attempts last year. Tilly is able to combine her great acting experience with outstanding teaching abilities, where she focuses on specific problems one at the time. The greatest gift that I took away from her is that whenever I enter a stage now it is no longer the human doing but the human being. Tilly managed to get rid of most of my tics and to get the true person out of the pieces without applying any pressure. With her I felt relaxed, I felt I could be really honest whenever I did not really feel my character and somehow she got rid of my masks that I was wearing before. I can only recommend you to take an hour with her at whatever stage you are, because there is always room for improvements and she will challenge to go beyond average.

Sonja Zobel

I found Tilly whilst searching online for someone to help me with audition speeches for a variety of drama school. I couldn’t have asked for more. Tilly was so professional but friendly. She always made me feel comfortable and confident. Her coaching goes beyond simply the pieces you choose and she really does tailor your session to best benefit you. Tilly really cared about the right way of working for me. She has made the whole audition process much simpler and less draining. I felt that all the rubbish that can come with auditioning, all the things that at times make it such a hard experience , were completely thrown aside. I couldn’t have asked for more for my money and my time. It is the most worthwhile preparation anyone can do.

Kathryn Hopkinson

In preparation for my forthcoming auditions for Musical Theatre courses I asked Tilly to help me with the various monologues required. Tilly quickly understood the problems that I was having with the monologues and knew how to fix them. She is honest in her criticism and doesn’t mess about. I could tell she wanted to help and make my monologues the best they could be without telling me how to do each phrase and choreograph it. She was strong and motivational and I honestly always left the class feeling positive and prepared. When I came to do the auditions I felt confident and well prepared so that I have now been offered a place on the course that was my first choice.

Eleanor Smith

Before Tilly’s help I felt I’d hit a brick wall with my monologues, I lacked direction and energy. However I cannot give enough thanks to Tilly; with her passion, encouragement and patience I felt, even after one session like I finally had control of the speeches and most importantly had my confidence back.I really could not recommend Tilly highly enough. Her enthusiasm is infectious and really helps to get the best out of you. With her help and in depth knowledge of what drama school/audition panels want I felt prepared to face any audition panel and was offered a place with a reputable agency.

Grace Parry

I came to Tilly to help me prepare my audition speeches for drama school, after three sessions I not only felt confident in my speeches, but also in my ability to take these skills and apply them to any future performances. Additionally to providing extremely valuable direction and tips for script analysis, Tilly discussed my personal connections to the text, therefore making my speeches much more individual. Something that I would not have been able to do had I not found her a trustworthy and understanding individual. Tilly has a unique way of helping her students connect to the script and aiding them in order to give a truthful and personal performance. Not only that, but she provides a good deal of support and understanding towards those deciding to join the acting profession. Thanks to Tilly I have been offered a place at East 15 Acting School, something I most definitely would not have been able to achieve if it wasn’t for her support and coaching.

Jessica Strawson