Abigail Hopkins

Abigail Hopkins has worked in the acting business in various capacities as an actress, director and acting coach for over twenty years.

She trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and London and has attended professional acting classes at the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles, The Actors Centre and Caravanserai. Abigail has taught acting at many drama colleges and Further Education Colleges.

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.

Her teaching methods, draw on the work of Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Viola Spolin, and Augusto Boal.  She aims to enable students to develop an emotionally authentic performance using the Affective Memory and Sensory Memory techniques of Stanislavski and Lee Strasberg, and to provide them with a set of practical analysis skills in approaching scripts, whilst at the same time encouraging the actor to trust their instincts and unique creative process.