The Salon Collective


the salon:collective is a community of multi-disciplinary artists based in London. We train actors, develop writers and deliver corporate communication training.
The ethos of our training is influenced by the Meisner technique of acting. Each tutor has a fully grounded knowledge of the technique, in addition to their own specialism: physical theatre, Shakespeare and classical text, vocal technique and accents, acting for screen.

As one of the main providers of Meisner training in the UK, we balance an emphasis on remaining truthful, present and connected with awareness of the needs of the industry. Our small group classes offer in-depth attention from experienced, caring and passionate coaches. We believe that an actor never stops training and, whatever your level of experience, we’ll find something to challenge you.


Dom Kelly

Dominic Kelly
Dominic is artistic director of the salon:collective, an interdisciplinary group of artists resident at The Cockpit Theatre, hosting actors training and producing creative projects. He works as an acting coach specialising in the Meisner Technique, and as a creative consultant, advising writers, actors, and producers on idea development, devising, casting and script editing. Dominic has assisted top Meisner coaches, Tom Radcliffe (Actors Temple) and Martin Barter (Sanford MeiSner Centre, LA). He has taught Meisner at Paris International School, Cornwall College and Leyton College and is currently in a director’s mentor programme with Elen Bowman (former mentor to National Theatre director Kate Mitchell).

Alex Vendittelli
Alex trained as an actor, and subsequently as a teacher of the Meisner Technique with Dominic Kelly. Previous training credits include The Poor School and City Lit. He also works as Head of Creative Development with the salon:collective. Acting credits include the role of Albany in David Ryall’s King Lear and the title role in Timon of Athens at The Space. Prior to acting Alex gained a degree in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. He also puts his 12 years’ experience in the corporate world to good use as a producer.

Lawrence Carmichael

Lawrence Carmichael
Lawrence Carmichael is a professional actor, fight director and workshop artist with over 20 years experience in the professional industry. He is qualified to teach by both the British Academy of Dramatic Combat & The Society of Australian Fight Directors and has taught internationally for many years.  In Australia he has taught and directed with the likes of Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia, NIDA & ABC Television. Now living in the UK, Lawrence has worked as a teacher of acting, movement on stage combat at academies including LIPA,  Rose Bruford,  Drama Centre, & Simply Theatre - Switzerland. As an actor he most recently finished the UK tour of South Pacific with Sam Womack for ATG. As Fight Director, his most recent work includes directing battle scenes for MBC Historical TV in Morocco, and the comedy feature film Cockneys Vs Zombies  with Michelle Ryan, Alan Ford & Richard Briers. Lawrence comes from a varied background in modern acting approaches as well as extensive Meisner training.

Further info:

Meisner Stage 1: Emotional Connection

Be a more instintive & truthful actor

Meisner Stage 2: Improvisation & Relationships

Deepen your acting and connection to your partner

Meisner Stage 3: Character, Text & Scene Work

Become a dynamic, bold & confident actor

Text Analysis

Learn how to create rich, emotive performances from text.

Mask & Physical Character Work

Open up your physical acting, challenge your habits & connect with character

Where The Hell Are You?

Fill your audience's imagination & create a physical environment