Qualified and Experienced Theatre Practitioner
- Over 25 years experience in theatre as an actor and a director
- MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck College, London
- Trained at the Guildford School of Acting
- Considerable experience of working with performers from youth theatre through to professional actors
- Professional experience in devising, improvisation, Stanislavski, movement for actors, Shakespeare, puppetry, script analysis, script development
- Workshop facilitator and Venue Director for Shakespeare Schools Festival
- Conducted rehearsed readings on numerous scripts
- DBS (CRB) Registered
- Manchester based. I enjoy traveling for work
- Audition preparation – Considerable experience in preparing actors and students for auditions, this work is a reflection of the actual auditions I have held for productions Click here
- Drama school preparation Click here
Workshops & Classes include…
The Actor/Audience Relationship – 2 Spring Workshops
These are two day long workshops exploring making new stories from old and clowning and the actor. Click here for more details.
This is a course which puts the actor’s intuition at the centre of the creative process using techniques from practitioners such as Brain Astbury, Mike Alfreds and John Wright, as well techniques I have developed over the years . The participants will be asked to make bold and brave choices and work seemingly against the text in order to break through their preconceptions of character and tackle it from an emotional and instinctive angle. They will learn to trust their instincts and genuinely invent every time they are on stage.
Through physical exercises and runs of text we will look at ways of turning off the analytical brain, challenge their insecurities as actors and go wherever the character finds in them to go. This is an exposing, physical demanding and emotionally challenging way to work, it requires us putting aside our fears and taking a risk, however, it is also an incredibly supportive and creative way of working.
This is ideally a 4 day course, but it can be adapted to the circumstances.
Keeping the Actors Work Alive
A workshop developing the actor’s reactive work. Exploring the use of games within the rehearsal and performance process to find ways of keeping actor’s work alive and fresh. To encourage bravery, spontaneity, imagination and a desire not to ‘nail things down’.
Gender & Politics
Two workshops and debate on the use of gender and politics in theatre based on two short plays Cash! and Privacy for Colchester FE College and University of Essex 3rd yr BA Theatre Studies as part of their @Theatre and Human Rights’ module. This was part of The Only Way is Ethics festival for The Mercury Theatre, Colchester.
Stanislavski for Beginners
Page to Stage event for Nottingham Playhouse introducing the basics of Actions and Objectives to Playhouse audiences.
Adaptation through Devising
Workshop leader for ‘Acting Like an Idiot’, a physical theatre comedy group based in south London. A day long course using devising as a method of adapting established stories for stage and finding new stories from old ones.
4:48 Psychosis – Nottingham Playhouse Young Company
I worked alongside director Sarah Stephenson to help develop a clear understanding of the text in order to generate a deeper understanding of the piece and feed into the physical work of the group.
Using Parameters to Understand Text – New Perspectives Theatre Co
Workshop for emerging East Midland based actors, designers and directors involved in their STEP UP programme.
A three week course for the ‘Non-naturalism’ module for BA Arts & Media students at Salford University
For details of one-on-one coaching and audition preparation, click here.