The Spotlight Showcase is a great example of our passion for young acting talent. Each of the actors has been nominated by their schools as the best actor in this year’s graduating class.

The screen performances were directed by Susan Jacobson. Susan Jacobson’s feature film directorial debut, The Holding (released by Lionsgate), has garnered her two Best Director Awards, one at the acclaimed Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal. Other awards include cinematography and acting, as well as being nominated for the After Dark Competition at the Chicago Film Festival. Susan has just completed her pilot for her second feature film, Wild Geese, awarded the Iris Prize Fund and which recently premiered at InsideOut Toronto Film Festival. Susan’s most recent short, Oh-Be-Joyful has won 20+ awards around the globe. One-Hundredth of A Second (co-produced by the UK Film Council) won Best Film at the Manhattan Short Film Festival. Susan runs her production company, Pistachio Pictures, with her business partner, Alex Boden. Company credits include Netflix Original Series Sense8 from the Wachoswskis, Cloud Atlas also directed by the Wachowskis, Ed Zwick’s Defiance and Hologram for the King starring Tom Hanks and directed by Tom Tykwer.

Watch our 2018 graduates perform a monologue below and find out more about them by viewing their Spotlight profile.