The idea -
"Quality preparation" - that has been the initial idea.
In 2019, having identified the gap for affordable and worthwhile training solely focussed on pre-drama school preparation, I began putting in the ground work to make my Vision become a reality.
I tirelessly searched for spaces to accommodate my classes, finding nothing and really thought I had exhausted all options.
We started our classes at a local independent theatre. But then, a year later I met Chris Sudworth, Director of Artistic Programme at the Birmingham Hippodrome. We discussed ideas, bounced off one another and found common ground in our passion.
We realised having the Hippodrome as a long term home for the Vision Centre for Actors was going to be mutually beneficial for us both. The Hippodrome & Vision are both dedicated to intriguing and thought provoking artistry accessible to all who take an interest, irrespective of background. With dates set and hands shaken, we were ready to get to work!
So now we had to rethink the structure:
I started to draw from my own experiences
After that, we experimented a lot with different course structures and class sizes and ended up with a solid formula in our hands. Small, tailored and effective.
The founder -
I am Corey Weekes, the principal of the Vision Centre for Actors. I am a young actor, based in Birmingham. Graduating from the prestigious Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, I embarked upon the start of my professional journey last year, leaving drama school with a degree in professional acting.
In the few years I have been acting professionally, I have worked in regional and west end theatre's such as Doncaster Cast and The Criterion and have picked up multiple TV credits for BBC and ITV – most notably as Morgan Middleton in Coronation Street.
I am passionate about acting, the arts and young people and am driven to share my knowledge with young, budding aspiring actors of which I was one of not so long ago. I have taught for Aston Performing Arts Academy, PQA and Midlands Academy of Musical Theatre as well as being a freelancer.
I embarked upon my journey with Vision as I was sure it was the perfect time for me to take the reigns fully and open my own school of acting wherein I could be in full control of the practise I'm teaching.