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.

This years nominees were directed by Paulette Randall, MBE, who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. Associate to Danny Boyle on the Olympics 2012 Ceremony; Paulette has directed at the Royal Court, at many of England’s leading theatres, was formerly Artistic Director of Talawa and is renowned for her direction of August Wilson’s seminal cycle of 10 plays ‘The Ground on Which I Stand’ covering African-American history. Paulette was the first female black director to bring a drama to the West End, which was ‘Fences’, in 2013. She has directed extensively in television, most recently Holby City, Death in Paradise and Tin Star. Paulette will also soon be directing  Hollyoaks’ and the RADA 3rd Year Graduate film Project.

Click below to find out more about our 2020 nominees and watch their performances. 

Amy Smurthwaite
Leah Balmforth
Emile John
Yasmine Haller
Talia Nyathi
Luke Polie
Luke Nunn
Mariana Nunes
Tomisin Ajani
Katie Okehurst
Michael Bunga
Emanuel Vuso
Kelsea Knox
Bruce Allinson
Rachel Barnwell
Ryan Mal
Lawrence Hodgson-Mullings
Nimshi Kongolo
Khadija Sallet
Amy Hoole