How To Build A Character From Scratch
With Director Sue Dunderdale


Sue Dunderdale is giving you the chance to work with her on this intimate online workshop to discover her detailed process in building a Cinematic performance with actors. Over this three hour workshop you will transform your approach to building a character from text. You will learn to breakdown the structure of a script to understand what a character is doing, enabling you to play the scene in any number of given circumstances and to always deliver it fresh with every take.

Meet Your Tutor

Sue Dunderdale


Sue Dunderdale has an impressive background in the world of Theatre, Film and TV Directing. Her commitment to fostering both new talent and working with BAFTA award-winning actors underscores her versatility and dedication to the craft. Having coached and directed acclaimed actors such as Helena Bonham Carter and Clarke Peters, Sue has worked with BAFTA-winning performers, contributing to their success on screen.

Course Outline

You will cover a scene that’s broken into units of action and work out what is happening in each unit. You will then work with a partner and breakdown a scene on your own to work out the character journey, applying each segment to a performance to gauge how it guides you through the scene. You will then summarise and understand how these techniques apply to filming.


Monday 8th April 2024

Designed For

All Levels of Ability


6pm – 9pm UK Time

What You'll Love

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Casting professionals choose Spotlight to cast their projects because performers on Spotlight are recognised as the industry’s best. 

To be eligible to apply for Spotlight Membership, you have to successfully earn 400 Points from Actors Studio Training.

Spotlight Eligibility

Each course is worth a certain amount of points. Courses can be repeated to earn points. See below how many points you can earn from this course.

Booking Options

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A strong internet connection is required to join our live online courses and workshops. Please test your internet connection before booking as we cannot refund due to technical issues. Please familarise yourself with Zoom before attending your workshop. Your camera will be required to be switched on during the workshop.

Students will receive a Zoom link via email to join the workshop. Please log on at least 10 mins before the workshop begins.

Learning Outcomes

Key questions you need to ask of any character you might play.
Extract facts about a character and understand what can be built from these.
Scene structure & Character Journey.
You will cover a scene that’s broken into units of action.

Course Location

Held Online Via Zoom

Payment Options

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