It can be difficult to know what to buy the aspiring actor or actress in your life for Christmas. This gift guide should help make the decision a little easier. With a variety of great gift options, for a range of budgets, there is something to suit every actor.
iampro Membership Gift Card
iampro is an online drama school offering a range of live and on-demand training from world-class coaches teaching at the best in-person drama schools in the UK such as RADA, ArtsEd and Sylvia Young Theatre School.
Unfortunately at this time of year, overconsumption of unwanted products leads to a negative impact on the environment. So this year, why not ditch the materialistic clutter and give someone the gift that keeps on giving with an iampro membership? Not only will you be doing your part to help the environment, but you’ll also be gifting aspiring actor access to all the tools they need to make it in the industry – it’s a win, win!
At iampro, there are a diverse range of courses for adults and children. These courses range from character development, to screen acting, and even to movement and voice. There are also regular celebrity masterclasses and lots of opportunities for aspiring performers to build connections with the people who can help them make it in the industry such as agents and casting directors.
There is a range of membership options available – from a one-month membership for £30, a 3-month membership for £80, and an annual membership for £300. Junior classes are also available, making iampro an affordable option for all who want to act, no matter what age.
The Thespian’s Bucket List Book By Stacy Karyn
The Thespian’s Bucket List is an interactive book designed to help aspiring actors and actresses tick off and keep track of the plays, books, and productions they have seen or read. There are 1001 theatre-themed things to complete, so you best get started.
Karyn’s recommendation list includes theatre-related documentaries and TV shows to watch, as well as the types of theatre to experience. If you or someone you know has a deep love for all things theatre, this book is certainly one to consider. It even includes theatre-related travel destinations if you are looking for an excuse for a holiday!
Visit Stacy Karyn’s website to purchase the book. It is also available on Amazon.
Subscription to The Stage Magazine
The Stage Magazine was a must-feature in our Christmas 2022 gift guide for actors and actresses. It is jam-packed with the latest theatre news and top tips for aspiring performers. The site is extremely useful for those involved or interested in the performing arts industry. It is published both online and in print and is available to access around the globe.
It is available in digital and web format, print and digital format, or web format only. With prices starting as low as £4.99 a month, or £63 for an annual subscription, this is a really affordable option for a friend or family member who is an avid thespian. A subscription also includes member discounts on theatre tickets, plays or scripts, and online performances. If you are a family of theatre lovers, why not consider a group discount?
WhatsOnStage Theatre Club Membership
One of the most obvious, but still one of the best, Christmas gifts for any actor or actress is the gift of theatre itself. With a WhatsOnStage Theatre Club Membership, you can ensure that the thespian in your life will get the best seats at exclusive club rates. It even comes with added extras such as free drinks and programmes!
Whether you are buying for someone who is interested in plays, musicals, comedy, West End performances, or fringe, a membership to the WhatsOnStage Theatre Club will have them covered. You never know, you may even get invited to one of the shows! Previous shows available with the membership include award-winners Wicked, Hairspray, and War Horse.
Premium membership is £50 a year and allows you to reserve up to 4 tickets and book unlimited shows and events at great prices. A standard membership starts from as low as £3.50 a month and you can reserve up to 2 tickets.
West End Theatre Prints
Brighten up a budding performer’s workspace, studio or bedroom with a West End Theatre Print. Available on Etsy, these handmade prints feature a range of West End productions, such as Wicked, Les Miserables, and Hamilton – just to name a few!
These prints provide the perfect inspiration for any budding actor or actress and may even motivate them to star in a West End production themselves! Each print is A6 postcard size, and costs just £3.50. Alternatively, you can buy a pack of multiple at a discounted price.
Tickets to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023
The Edinburgh Fringe is the perfect place to take theatre lovers in 2023. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the greatest celebrations of arts and culture in the UK. You can pre-book shows for when you are there and there are plenty of them to choose from!
The festival caters for everyone and includes comedy shows, spoken word, physical theatre, and even musicals. If you have a bit of a higher budget, why not consider extending your stay in Edinburgh and booking a hotel and train tickets to match?
Better yet, encourage the entertainer in your life to perform at the Fringe themselves, or put on their own show. You could then buy them tickets to other shows to attend while they are there.
Headshots make the perfect presents for any aspiring actor or actress who wants to take serious steps towards making it in the industry. A great headshot that shows your personality and confidence can help you stand out. These photos will represent you and help get you work, so it is important to get the right ones.
If you are thinking of giving someone the gift of a headshot, Headshot Hunter has a thorough guide we recommend that can inform you further about why they are so essential and where to go to get them done.