CA Hosts DeObia Oparei

CA Hosts: An Evening with DeObia Oparei was the first in our new series of events to provide City Academy students with insights and information that effectively demystify the arts industry. The evening took place at FORA Space in Farringdon on 26th March 2019.

The evening included an introduction by Hollywood actor and writer DeObia Oparei (Game of Thrones, Moulin Rouge!, Sex Education) on his inspiring story and career, followed by a Q&A and networking with City Academy students across our Acting, Writing and Filmmaking departments.

We're delighted to bring you gallery highlights, a selection of insights into the evening and feedback from our students. To keep up to date with upcoming CA Hosts events, subscribe to our newsletter here. If you'd like to learn more about City Academy classes, including our Film School and Acting Courses, click here.

A note from our Head of Screen Acting, and host for the evening, Tom Colley:

"CA Hosts is a new venture that aims to provide City Academy students with insights and information that effectively demystify the arts industry. We hosted actor DeObia Oparei, whose enthused and motivational talk helped to shed light on questions that many audience members were desperate to have answered. Through these events we endeavour to inspire the next generation of exciting creative talent to be proactive, seek out new opportunities, start empowering conversations with like minded artists, and build bridges that will help them make the leap from student to professional."

Feedback from students:

Thank you so much DeObia Oparei for all your help and advice tonight - had an awesome evening!

A very inspirational speaker - what a star!

I hope in the future there're going to be more organised events like this, because it really feels good to meet people who share the same interest.

City Academy Film School

Our Filmmaking Department offers a range of practical filmmaking courses and workshops taught by professionals to give you complete confidence behind the lens, as you hone the creative and technical skills you need to start making your own films.

Our Film School debuted their first short film "Age of Reason" as part of CA Films in 2018. The film has received critical acclaim from as winner of the Pinewood Studios Lift Off Sessions Best Short Film. 

The department is headed up by actor and director Tom Colley (Call The Midwife, Sex Education, Eastenders). 

City Academy Acting Department

As a leading Acting and Drama School in London, City Academy's Acting Department offers students the opportunity to study acting at a variety of levels, enjoy a challenge and gain new skills. Our range of acting courses are evening, weekend, weekday or part-time courses from beginners to advanced levels. 

Opportunities for our adult students include: Screen Acting Courses, Voice Training, and Comedy Acting, and specific courses and workshops such as Improvisation, Method Acting and Stand Up Comedy. Regular performance opportunities are available for students at London's top venues, particularly for members of our five Theatre Companies

The department is headed up by director Lotte Ruth Johnson, artistic director of Blink Theatre

City Academy Writing Department

Our Writing Department give you the opportunity to develop new writing skills in a welcoming and friendly environment.

Alongside a range of courses, from Creative Writing to Blogging, students in the department have access to a wealth of resources including a monthly Writing Club, live events and performance opportunities, networking and one-to-one support from professional writers.

The department is headed up by playwright Jon Barton, whose professional credits include some of London's top theatres include The Old Vic, the Almeida and the Bush Theatre.

Photographs by Ross Gamble