John Gillett – Director/Acting Tutor
John Gillett trained as an actor in one of the UK’s first Stanislavski-based acting schools, the Actors Workshop, and then worked widely in television, radio, independent film and theatre. He acted in regional repertories, such as W. Yorkshire and Nottingham Playhouses and Manchester Royal Exchange; fringe and touring theatre; the West End, in the first production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist; and in other London theatres, including the Royal Court, directed by Danny Boyle, and the Young Vic under David Thacker.
He has taught and directed in the industry and for numerous drama schools, such as East 15 – where he ran the Postgraduate Acting Course for three years – Arts Educational, Mountview and Rose Bruford, as well as Italia Conti. His productions include the Crucible, Death of a Salesman, Measure for Measure, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Othello, The House of Bernarda Alba, Their Very Own and Golden City, Machinal, The Accrington Pals, Summerfolk, Widows, Frida and Diego: A Love Story, and most recently A Warwickshire Testimony for Italia Conti.
John has also written Acting on Impulse: Reclaiming the Stanislavski Approach (Methuen Drama, 2007) and an article for the new Stanislavski Journal.