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Andrew_HiggsAndrew Higgs is a Writer/Director who trained at The London International Film School, graduating with distinction having won the Fuji Scholarship Award for his short film, ‘Macheath’, starring John Hurt. Subsequent directing credits include ‘Brookside’, ‘Jupiter Moon’, ‘The Bill’ and the German police series ‘Die Wache’. For a full list of Andrew’s credits press the IMDb icon below:


Andrew set up Macheath Productions to test his ideas on how specific combinations of character and dramatic structure in feature films produce emotional impact on the audience. He has a number of projects in development.


Andrew is a Member of Directors UK, a Voting Member of BAFTA, and has served on the Council of the Directors’ Guild of Great Britain. He has also been a Guest Director with Final Year Actors at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 2000, working with Hayley Atwell, Michelle Dockery, Susannah Fielding, Freddie Fox, Mariah Gale, Lily James, Gwilym Lee, Nikesh Patel and Jodie Whittaker.


In tandem with project development, Andrew has run one hundred 5-day ‘Alchemy of Screen Acting’ workshops over the last 15 years, giving one thousand+ actors the opportunity to learn how to do themselves full justice in screen auditions and (once they get the job) what will then be required of them on a professional TV/film set. Once actors know what they are doing on camera, then screen audition technique becomes much, much clearer.


Participants have gone on to get numerous distinguished screen credits. To see examples of scenes shot during the 5-day workshop, press:





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“I tend to be quite sceptical about approaches to acting that involve reaching beyond ‘technique’, ‘instinct’ and ‘passion’, looking at underlying emotional or spiritual things, but Andrew’s work cured me of my scepticism. (Or, perhaps, made me realise that I wasn’t so sceptical after all). His work on the Alchemy of acting was truly mind-expanding and inspiring because it showed the way to a potential resource for acting using a more lateral approach, trying to uncover ways in which we might tap in to underlying emotional or spiritual phenomena. These may be culturally-specific to us, but nevertheless they are fascinating to explore and potentially very helpful. The great thing about Andrew is that instead of trying to force-feed you with ideas and ‘methods’, he dangles suggestions and ideas in front of you which, he makes you feel, are there for you to pick up and develop or discard as you see fit. He is keen to stress that nothing is obligatory, nothing is ‘right ‘or ‘wrong’, but that it is all worth a look. A fascinating exploration.”
-Scott Brooksbank