INTERIM 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.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF 3 YEAR STUDIES
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.
MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Jaye has worked in the performing arts one way or another her whole adult life. Her first job was as an ASM/Actor for a touring theatre company when she was 18, taking on roles in Dancing At Lughnasa and Time and the Conways. Since then she has worked as the Marketing Officer for Battersea Arts Centre, Leeds Met Gallery & Studio Theatre before becoming a freelance marketing executive in 2011 working with companies and venues including Third Angel, West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Grief Series, as well as occasionally finding time to make shows including her solo show, One. She worked in the Student Recruitment Team at Leeds Beckett University for seven years before undertaking the MA in Performance at Leeds Beckett and finally returning to her main passion, working in the arts.
Jo read Art History and Theory at the University of Essex before training as a Stage Manager. Her stage management career included the West End, the Edinburgh Fringe, touring and children’s shows. Jo has worked as an Administrator for a theatre and a mask theatre company. She has worked in a prop hire company, in buying, and most recently was the Administrator for a masters degree at an academic department at a local NHS trust.
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.
Jonny has worked in education since graduating University in 2013 and has been on-hand help for teachers and students with their Media, Drama and Music lessons. Moving to London from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Jonny provides technical support to the Media Department, including editing footage and audio for all classwork.
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.