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Departments & Faculty

Acting

Sebastian Harcombe HS 180x180ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF DEGREE BA (HONS) STUDIES
Seb Harcombe

Seb was raised in the Rhondda valley, south Wales, and originally read music at London University - but changed direction to study acting at RADA, winning the Robert Donat prize for classical acting upon graduation. After 15 years of performing leading roles in major UK theatres and companies (including the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company) he became a teacher and director. In the former capacity he has been Head of Acting and Director of BA Acting at both RADA and Drama Centre London. He has also been a freelance acting teacher/project director/workshop leader @ the Royal Academy of Music, Institute of Arts Barcelona, Royal College of Music, Manchester School of Theatre, The Globe Theatre, Welsh College of Music and Drama, National Opera Studio, The Actors Centre, Beijing Central Academy of Drama, Vakhtangov Theatre Moscow, Birkbeck University, Trinity Laban, UNESCO and the BBC.

 

 

Jonathan KempHEAD OF DIPLOMA ACTING
Jonathan Kemp

Jonny has spent many years directing shows for companies touring in the UK and across Europe, including Chekhov’s Shorts, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Animal Farm, Lady Windermere’s Fan and The 39 Steps as well as numerous Dickens adaptations of his own - The Old Curiosity Shop, David Copperfield, Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, etc. As an actor he has performed all over the world from 42nd St, NYC to Kyoto and Osaka via Rome, Athens, Berlin and Abu Dhabi as well as the National Theatre, the West End and major TV series in the UK and US.

 

 

 

 

HEAD OF DEGREE ACTING
Kristine Landon-Smith

 

Movement  

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HEAD OF MOVEMENT
Keith O'Brien

Movement & Period Movement Teacher

Keith’s performance career has ranged 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, including The Laban Centre, East 15 and ArtsEd, on numerous productions. Keith has been involved in training actors and dancers for the past 40 years. 

 

 


 

Voice 

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HEAD OF VOICE
Dewi Hughes

Voice, Applied Voice, Phonetics & Speech Teacher

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.

 

 


 

Media

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HEAD OF MEDIA
Nick Reed

Screen Acting 

Nick Reed started life as an actor then moved into writing and directing computer games, theatre, events, TV and film. His award-winning short films have screened worldwide and sold to the likes of Canal + and HBO and recent virals with Jan Ravens as Theresa May and ‘Ken Loach’s Star Wars’  have had millions of views.  

  

 

David AngusDEPUTY HEAD OF MEDIA (AUDIO)
David Angus FHEA

After training at DSL 1979-80, David worked as an actor for the next 20 years, appearing in the theatre on many tours, in Rep, in the West End, and on Television, Radio and Films.

Increasingly working as a voice over artist, David was invited to work as a producer at Logorhythm Studios in Soho in the 1990’s, responsible for producing Radio Dramas, Adverts, Documentaries, Talking Books, Animations, Television Soundtracks, and Actors' show reels. Today he continues to work as a freelance producer/ writer/voiceover artist and teacher, producing independent audiobooks, voice reels, corporate videos, and commercials.

In 1999 David became Head of Radio at Webber Douglas Academy, and in 2001 Recorded Voice Tutor at Drama Centre, London, and he has taught radio, verse and acting classes at Mountview, at Cygnets Training Theatre, The Actors’ Centre, and the University of the Arts, Bournemouth.

 

 


 

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.