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Departments & Faculty

Acting

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HEAD OF ACTING
Crispin Harris

Crispin is an actor in film, TV and theatre, teaches pantomime, acting and directing. He is also the founder of the award-winner Hidden Pearl Productions company, has sung as a soloist in concerts, operas and church choirs, and has broadcast on Radio 2. His writing has won an Edinburgh Fringe Best Revue and a Northern Arts Award nomination for his musical Someday Soon. 

Acting Faculty

Remy Bertrand: Improvisation Teacher
Professional work includes: actor (BBC2, BBC4, Courtyard Theatre, Cockpit Theatre, Old Vic Tunnels).
Jilly Bond: Sight Reading Teacher
Professional work includes: actress (Theatre: Young Vic Theatre; Television: Judge John Deed, Doctors, My Hero, People Like Us), audiobook artist (BBC Radio4, BBC World Service), director (Bristol Old Vic, Oxford Shakespeare Company).
Jenny Eastop: Character Class Teacher 
Professional work includes: theatre director (Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre).
Crispin Harris: Stagecraft and Theatre History Teacher
Professional work includes: see profile above.
Jonathan Kemp: Character Class Teacher
Professional work includes: theatre director (Wilton's Music Hall, Greenwich Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, European Arts Company).
Gillian King: Text Into Performance, Class Scenes Work and Drama Based Training Teacher
Professional work includes: see profile on the Management tab.
Illona Linthwaite: Impulse and Storytelling Teacher
Professional work includes: actress (Television: Casualty, The Bill, Dangerfield, The Crux, Men Only; Theatre: Southwark Playhouse, Young Vic, Lyric Theatre, RSC).
Brendan Murray: Sight Reading Teacher
Professional work includes: award-winning playwright (Writers Guild Award Best Play For Children and Young People 2012 & 2009 & 2008; The Arts Council Award (Brian Way Award) for Best Play For Children & Young People 2001), theatre director (Crucible Theatre, The Royal Exchange).
Matthew Parker: Stagecraft Teacher
Professional work includes: artistic director of the Hope Theatre and founder of award nominated DogOrange and First Draft Theatre Companies. Director (Riverside Studios, Sheringham Little Theatre, Tristan Bates, Jack Studio Theatre, The Old Red Lion Theatre).
Chris Pickles: Auditions, Approach to Text and Classical Text Teacher. Runs Shakespeare Workshop.
Professional work includes: director (Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company, Royal Opera House, Sadler's Wells, Opera North, Australian Opera, The Oxford Shakespeare Company), teacher (East 15, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music, The Arts Educational Schools, Bristol University, Drama Centre London, Rose Bruford College).
Oliver Senton: Improvisation Teacher
Professional work includes: RSC, West End, Chichester; founder member of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and The School of Night. Teacher and workshop leader for NT, NYT, Orange Tree.
Phil Whelans: Improvisation Teacher
Professional work includes: actor (My First Planet Radio 4, Stupid BBC1, Pros from Dover in The Infinite Monkey Cage Radio4, It's Kevin BBC2, The Day the Music Died Radio2, Brasseye Channel4).
Holly Wilson: Auditions Teacher
Professional work includes: actress (The Forsyte Saga, The Bill).
Helen Tennison: Emotional Dynamics Teacher
Professional work includes: director (Arcola Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, Belgrade Theatre, Cambridge Open Air Shakespeare).

Movement  

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HEAD OF MOVEMENT
Keith O'Brien

During a 15-year performance career, ranging from cabaret, film work and theatre work (including West End), Keith has worked in a variety of movement and dance styles and genres. He has worked as movement director/choreographer, both professionally and within colleges on numerous productions and been involved in training actors and dancers for the past 25 years. 

Movement Faculty 

Raniah Al-Sayed: Yoga Teacher
Professional work includes: Founder of Lucid Body.
Juliet Chambers: Laban Teacher
Professional work includes: Movement for Actors Specialist, Animal Transformation, Laban Movement Analysis, actress (BBC, Channel 4).
Philip d'Orleans: Stage Combat Teacher equity registered fight director/teacher and BASSC fight examiner
Professional work includes: fight director for screen (Universal Pictures, BBC Arts, Channel 4, White Lyon Films), and theatre (Shakespeare's Globe, English National Opera, RSC, New Vic Theatre, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Apollo Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Theatre Royal, Reduced Shakespeare Co National Tour).
Cory English: Dance Teacher
Professional work includes: musical actor (Amos in Chicago on Broadway and the West End, Igor in Young Frankenstein on Broadway, Max Bialystock in The Producers at the West End, Barnaby in Hello Dolly on Broadway, ensemble in Guys and Dolls on Broadway, Broadway boy in Gypsy on Broadway).
Emma Flett: Dance Teacher (IDB Advanced Flamenco Teacher, RAD Dance Anatomy, RAD History of Dance)
Professional work includes: actress (Theatre: RSC, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Aldwych Theatre, Lyric Theatre; Television: BBC, ITV; Film: Mansfield Park; Commercials and Radio) and choreographer.
Keith O'Brien: Movement and Period Movement Teacher
Professional work includes: see profile above.
Marcin Rudy: Physical Theatre Teacher
Professional work includes: theatre director (National Theatre Studio, Wilton's Music Hall, Southwark Playhouse).  

Voice 

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HEAD OF VOICE
Dewi Hughes

Dewi has worked as Voice Coach and Accent Coach on a number of theatre productions, including international tours and shows on London's West End. Prior to his work with the Studio he has taught at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Drama Centre, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and Arts Educational Schools London. He has also been interviewed by the BBC and Time Magazine about his work with clients from the corporate field.

Voice Faculty 

Dewi Hughes: Voice and Speech Teacher
Professional work includes: see profile above.
Gary Jerry: Singing Teacher
Professional work includes: musical actor (CBeebies UK tour, Leicester Square Theatre).
Lesley Knight: Singing Teacher (classical concert singer and soloist in classical oratorio)
Professional work includes: member of Fascinating Aida, soloist (Oxford Playhouse), writer and presenter (Broadway Bonanza, The Magic of The Musicals).
Paul Knight: Singing Teacher
Professional work includes: actor & musician (BBC), musical director, director, vocal coach, composer and lyricist.
Marianne Samuels: Voice Teacher
Professional work includes: dialect coach (Royal Court, Pleasance Theatre, Finborough Theatre), trained dancer (ISTD, RAD ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary) and actor.
Kara Tsiaperas: Voice Teacher.
Professional work includes: vocal coach (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Finborough Theatre).
Kay Welch: Accent Teacher
Professional work includes: accent and vocal coach (Salisbury Playhouse, The Finborough Theatre).
Tessa Wood: Voice and Speech Workshops 
Professional work includes: actor (Theatre: The Almeida Theatre, Riverside Studios, Arcola Theatre, Soho Theatre, Lyceum Theatre; Film: The Last House on Cemetary Road). 

Media

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HEAD OF MEDIA
David Tucker

David's many credits as a director of television drama include A Very Peculiar Practice (BAFTA nomination), A Very Polish Practice (British Comedy Awards nomination), Behaving Badly (International Emmy nomination), Stanley & The Women (BANFF International TV Festival Best Series Award), Casualty, Lark Rise to Candleford, Burn The Clock, Eastenders, Holby City, The Last Detective, Where the Heart Is, Born and Bred, Midsomer Murders, A&E, Bramwell, Grafters and Miss Marple. He has also directed productions for the RSC, Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Playhouse.

Media Faculty 

Jilly Bond: Microphone Technique Teacher
Professional work includes: actress (Theatre: Young Vic Theatre; Television: Judge John Deed, Doctors, My Hero, People Like Us), audiobook artist (BBC Radio4, BBC World Service), director (Bristol Old Vic, Oxford Shakespeare Company).
Dominic Brigstocke: Screen Acting Teacher
Professional work includes: director (Brotherhood, Newzoids, Horrible Histories, The Green Wing, Smack The Pony, The Armstrong & Miller Show, Kevin Bishop Show).

Karen Hayley: Screen Acting Teacher
Professional work includes: actress (The Armstrong & Miller Show, Holby City, Bo Selecta), theatre, voice over, film and commercial actress, comedy writer.
Jo Johnson: Screen Acting Teacher
Professional work includes: television producer (Casualty, Holby City, Coronation Street, Eastenders, Bad Girls, The Bill, Rainmaker, Merseybeat, Trial & Retribution, Dangerfield, Brookside).
Patrick Lau: Screen Acting Teacher
Professional work includes: director (Lark Rise to Candleford, Robin Hood, Dalziel and Pascoe, Casualty, Silent Witness, The Glass, The Scarlet Pimpernell, Soldier Soldier, The Bill).
Toby Mace: Commercials Teacher
Professional work includes: commercials actor (Philadelphia, Santander, Toyota, Marmite, Ariel, Nescafe, DSF, IKEA, Kellogs etc.).
Simon Mattacks: Microphone Technique Teacher
Professional work includes: actor and voiceover artist for commercials, corporate videos and cartoons.
Jo Monro: Microphone Technique Teacher
Professional work includes: actress (Radio: BBC World Service, Radio2, Radio4; Television: Doctors, Casualty, Emmerdale, The Bill, The Dream Team, Angels, Doctor Who).
Carl Prekopp: Microphone Technique Teacher
Professional work includes: radio actor (over 200 plays and readings for BBC Radio3, Radio4, World Service, BBC7, BBC Worldwide), television actor (Lewis, Law & Order, The Bill, Holby Blue), voice-over artist.
Nick Reed: Screen Acting Teacher & Director
Professional work includes: writer (Doctors, Eastenders, Peak Practice), director (Ken Loach Directs Star Wars, Tabard Theatre, Whitebear Theatre), actor (The Bill, London Bridge).
Paul Seed: Screen Acting Teacher
Professional work includes: award-winning director (BAFTA Best Director for A Rather English Marriage), director (Doc Martin, Blandings, Just William, The Booze Cruise, Northern Lights, Perfect Day).
Rupert Such: Screen Acting Teacher
Professional work includes: Director (Eastenders, Fair City, Inside Out, Doctors, Casualty, The Bill, Hollyoaks).
David Tucker: Screen Acting Teacher & Director
Professional work includes: See profile above.
Marcus D.F. White: Screen Acting Teacher & Director
Professional work includes: award-winning director (BAFTA Best Director for Junk; BAFTA Best Children's Drama for Jeopardy; BAFTA nomination for Angel Eyes), director (Casualty, Emmerdale, Howard's Way, Taggart, Peak Practice, The Bill, Dream Team, Monarch of the Glen). 

Education 

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HEAD OF EDUCATION
Mark Woolgar

Mark has an MA in English and a Diploma in Education from Oxford University and is a qualified teacher. His work includes director and producer for the Old Vic Theatre Company, a Fellow in Drama at Southampton University, Artistic Director at Derby Playhouse and Senior Moderator for Trinity Guildhall. Mark has also worked in many leading UK Drama Schools including LAMDA, East 15, Mountview, Rose Bruford. Mark is the co-author of a book called Theatre Studies and now works mainly with American University students.

 

We also have a team of specialist workshop teachers and guest lecturers.