Mabel Aitken Acting Tutor
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Mabel Aitken

Acting Tutor


Mabel trained at the RSAMD.  Her MA in Performance Making and Methodology from Goldsmiths University sparked an interest in teaching and Actor training.

She has taught at East 15 and still teaches at BADA.  As an actress her extensive theatre career includes productions at The Young Vic, Donmar Warehouse and Southwark Playhouse as well as many regional reps.

Her work at The Traverse Theatre means she is on the first cast lists of several published plays, including plays by David Greig, Stephen Greenhorn, Simon Donald and David Harrower.  She has worked with many notable directors including John Tiffany, Tim Supple and Mathew Warchus.  Her classical work earned her Edinburgh Lyceum Award and an Ian Charleson NT Award.  She has made several new pieces of work in London, Hong Kong and in Edinburgh at The Fringe.  She curates a monthly performance night “ProperGanda” in Stoke Newington.

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice