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Departments & Faculty

Emma thumbnailINTERIM HEAD OF SCHOOL
Emma Lucia Hands

Emma is a theatre director and producer who predominantly worked for Clwyd Theatr Cymru directing productions such as The Herbal Bed (Peter Whelan), Ghosts and A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen), Arms and the Man (George Bernard Shaw), Copenhagen (Michael Frayn), Educating Rita (Willy Russell), God of Carnage (Yasmina Reza), Shakespeare’s Will (Vern Thiessen) and Oleanna (David Mamet). Her producing credits for the company included new writing to London and New York - Memory (Jonathan Lichtenstein), and Pieces (Hywel John). As a freelancer she most recently directed Closer (Patrick Marber) for The Vienna English Theatre and A History of Falling Things (James Graham) at the New Vic Theatre. Emma has produced a number of Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies for the film, television and theatre industries on behalf of the Directors Guild of Great Britain. She has a BA (hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London and an MA in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University and GITIS (The Russian Institute of Theatre Arts), Moscow.


Acting

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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. 


 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.


Admin and Support Staff

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Jaye Kearney
Jaye has an MA in Performance from Leeds Beckett and has worked in the performing arts one way or another her whole adult life. Her first job in marketing was as a Trainee at Battersea Arts Centre in 2003. In 2005 she became the Marketing Officer for Leeds Met Gallery & Studio Theatre. When the organisation was closed she moved into Student Recruitment at Leeds (Metropolitan) Beckett University, where she worked part-time until 2018. Alongside this Jaye worked as a freelance marketing executive for companies and venues including Third Angel, West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Grief Series.

ADMINISTRATOR/OFFICE MANAGER
Stephanie Christ
Stephanie studied Theatre and Dance Studies in Lyon, France. She moved to London 13 years ago and has worked as an administrator in various industries before starting at DSL in 2017. Stephanie provides administrative support to staff and students (Diploma, MFA and Short Courses) and is also in charge of the admissions process at DSL for all courses.

FINANCE MANAGER
Tamasine Martin 
Tamasine has spent most of her career in large blue-chip companies but moved to DSL in 2011 on a part-time basis as finance officer/bookkeeper. She deals with student finance and pays all freelance staff and suppliers. In her spare time, she is an active member of her local amateur dramatics society, enjoying being both on stage and working front of house.

TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER
Carys Williams
Originally from South Wales, Carys studied at the University of Sheffield, earning a BA(Hons) in English and Theatre. Since graduating she has worked in various Technical and Stage Management roles, from Fringe work to Touring productions, before settling into this role at Drama Studio London. As Stage Manager, Carys provides technical support to all theatre work, including providing lighting and sound for each in-house performance, and providing props for all classes and performances. Carys also assists with the graduation productions, and manages the prop stores including hires.

RECORDED MEDIA MANAGER
Max Jukes
Max is not only a staff member but also an alumni of Drama Studio London. Whilst studying here he received a Commendation for his work in the Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award, which lead to work at the BBC. Since graduating from DSL in 2018 Max has gone on to record voice media for not only film but also large corporate clients like Mercedes-Benzes and Univar Solutions. Max provides technical support for all the recorded media at DSL.