BA (Hons) Acting Programme

Our Staff

Performance is at the heart of the Academy and all staff are encouraged to be active within their industry. Staff across all areas of the Academy’s provision are recruited to reflect current professional practice.
Please see here for a complete staff list.

Chris White – Director of Acting Programmes

Chris White – Director of Acting Programmes

As a director, Chris began his career at the Swan Theatre, Worcester; following which he worked with David Thacker at the Young Vic in London, developing its high profile new writing and widening access programmes, as well as directing projects with some of the country’s leading actors including Joseph Fiennes, Mark Strong, Kacey Ainsworth, Clive […]

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Kerry Beverstock – Programmes Co-ordinator

Kerry Beverstock – Programmes Co-ordinator

Kerry began her career in the industry as a junior for an established agency, working her way up to senior agent, and running a roster of over 45 clients including directors and actors; whilst being responsible for the business development and operational management of the agency. Having been recruited for Italia Conti in 2000 to […]

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Bradley Leech – Head of Foundation Course & 1st Year BA

Bradley Leech – Head of Foundation Course & 1st Year BA

Since graduating from the BA (Hons) Acting programme at Italia Conti, Bradley has worked in a variety of performance related fields. His credits include acting, directing, producing, tutoring, lighting design and fight direction in both film and theatre. He has worked as 1st Assistant Director for Torpedo Films on several projects, and is the Producer […]

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Graeme du Fresne – Head of Music & Singing

Graeme du Fresne – Head of Music & Singing

Graeme has been at Italia Conti since 2002 and is Head of Singing and Music at on the BA (Hons) Acting Programme. He still works regularly in professional theatre and has been Musical Director for the Mercury Theatre, Colchester since 1995 on their pantomimes, Brecht’s Arturo Ui  and ‘ Oh What a Lovely War  . […]

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George Ryan – Head of Voice

George Ryan – Head of Voice

In addition to his work at Italia Conti, George is a voice tutor and vocal coach at Arts Educational School, Mountview, RADA Studios, and Rose Bruford College, The Butterfly Theatre Company and coaches professional actors in private studio.  George holds a BFA from Adelphi University, diploma from American Academy of Dramatic Art and earned his […]

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Tamsin Stanley – Head of Studies

Tamsin Stanley – Head of Studies

Tamsin studied at Cambridge University, and since graduating has worked within the arts in many capacities with credits in TV, radio, film and theatre as an actor, writer, choreographer, producer, stage manager, designer and event manager, both in the UK and abroad. Alongside her work at Italia Conti, she is currently the general manager of […]

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Amy Stevenson – Production Manager & Stage Manager

Amy Stevenson – Production Manager & Stage Manager

Amy studied Drama and Theatre studies at Royal Holloway University of London before going on to train in Technical Theatre and Stage Management at RADA. Here, whilst specialising in Stage Management she also learnt many skills such as lighting, set construction, costume making, prop making, scenic art and production management. Amy started working at Italia Conti in 2013 as a […]

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Jack Gogarty – Head of 2nd Year BA

Jack Gogarty – Head of 2nd Year BA

Jack is a young actor, director and writer for both stage and screen who graduated from Italia Conti in 2012, and is a member of several companies including Last Chance Saloon and West Avenue Theatre. He has performed in such shows as Gift Return (Park Theatre), Mistletoe and Whine (Tristan Bates), Shingletown (Greenwich Theatre), Vert […]

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Dugald Bruce-Lockhart – Director/Acting Tutor

Dugald Bruce-Lockhart – Director/Acting Tutor

Dugald graduated as an actor from RADA in 1994 and has had an extensive theatre career which includes working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, Bath Theatre Royal, The English Touring Theatre, Hampstead, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Edinburgh Lyceum and Nottingham Playhouse. His West-End appearances include The Deep Blue Sea (Vaudeville Theatre) A Midsummer […]

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Joanna Croll – Acting Tutor

Joanna Croll – Acting Tutor

Joanna trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College. Since graduating, theatre credits have included work for Northern Stage, The Sheffield Crucible, The New Vic, The Belgrade, The Duke’s Theatre, Norwich Theatre Royal, Sadlers Wells, The Royal Festival Hall, The Gate and The Arcola. She has also toured extensively in the UK and abroad and […]

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Yarit Dor – Movement Tutor

Yarit Dor – Movement Tutor

Yarit Dor is a Movement Director and Fight Choreographer. She is a former dancer and dramaturge of Hagit Yakira Dance Company and currently coaches actors in movement, physical comedy skills and stage combat at drama conservatoires such as Italia Conti, Rose Bruford and RADA. She is an Associate Artist of The Director’s Cut Theatre Company. She studied dance […]

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Lawrence Evans – Director/Acting Tutor

Lawrence Evans – Director/Acting Tutor

Lawrence works as a director, movement director and actor. He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his choreographic work with Tony Harrison at the National Theatre and has worked with the poet and playwright on all his site-specific theatre pieces. He received a Best Actor Award from the Liverpool Echo and Daily Post Northwest […]

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John Gillett – Director/Acting Tutor

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 […]

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Karen Henthorn – TV Tutor

Karen Henthorn – TV Tutor

Karen trained at Drama Centre, London and has played lead roles at the UK’s leading theatre companies including: The Young Vic; Manchester Royal Exchange; Nottingham Playhouse; Northampton Theatre Royal; Chichester; Cheltenham Everyman and Edinburgh Traverse. She has worked on a wide range of major TV series such as: Shameless; The Street; Born and Bred; Casualty; […]

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Louise Jones – Voice Coach

Louise Jones – Voice Coach

Louise is our accent tutor on the BA (Hons) three year Acting programme. Louise received her MA in Voice Studies from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. After graduating, she returned to teach on various courses including the Acting strands. Louise has also worked at Arts Ed, Mountview and LAMDA. Recent projects outside […]

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Anna Jordan – Director/Acting Tutor

Anna Jordan – Director/Acting Tutor

Anna trained as an actor at LAMDA.  Fed up of being out of work, she started writing her own parts and has since gone from strength to strength as a playwright, director and acting tutor. Anna won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013 for her play Yen, which will have a production at Manchester Royal […]

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Tammy Mendelson – Acting Tutor

Tammy Mendelson – Acting Tutor

Tammy originally trained as an actress at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the RCS) and later at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York – diverse trainings that continue to compliment and influence her practice enormously. Following a varied performance career, including working for the BBC, National Theatre and Hackney Empire […]

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Gabrielle Moleta – Movement Tutor

Gabrielle Moleta – Movement Tutor

Gabrielle is a movement artist, director and acting coach who works nationally and internationally on actor training programmes, in theatre and film. As movement director she has worked on shows for The Rose Theatre Kingston, Theatre Royal Margate, The Watermill Theatre, The Unicorn, and for companies including Chalkfoot Theatre Arts, CreACTive, (Milan), The National Youth […]

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Simon Naylor – Director/Acting Tutor

Simon Naylor – Director/Acting Tutor

Simon Naylor has taught on the BA (Hons) Acting Course since 2004. Simon is primarily an actor, however, has directed several projects in including Miller and A Moment of Silence both at the ETC Theatre. Simon has also had the pleasure of assisting on One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at The Chelsea Theatre and […]

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Heather Nimmo – Acting Tutor

Heather Nimmo – Acting Tutor

Heather trained as an Actor at both East 15 on the Foundation course and Drama Centre London graduating from the BA Acting course in 2008. During her training she received the Lilian Baylis award for most promising second year student. Heather’s credits include… Film / Television– Harper (Wolfheart Productions), In Absence (Wolfheart Productions), Young James Herriot […]

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Chris Pavlo – Radio Tutor

Chris Pavlo – Radio Tutor

Chris trained at Webber Douglas and has worked extensively in TV & Radio with notable credits in comedy; he won the BBC TV Green Light Award for writing & performing the critically acclaimed BBC2 show, THE HARRINGHAM HARKER, developed during a year with the BBC’s Radio Drama Company. A prolific voice-over artist, he provides the […]

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Richard Pepper – Acting Tutor

Richard Pepper – Acting Tutor

Richard Pepper trained as an actor at Rose Bruford. Since graduating his theatre credits include Dick Turpin’s Last Ride (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), Journeys End (West End), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ludlow Festival), Amol’s Stories (National Theatre Bangalore), Le Dispute (Theatre de Preau & Chipping Norton Theatre), Crimes of the Heart (Brockley Jack), The […]

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Aoife Smyth – Director/Acting Tutor

Aoife Smyth – Director/Acting Tutor

Aoife Smyth trained as a director at Drama Centre London. Since graduating in 2005 she has worked as a freelance theatre director. She started her professional career at Shared Experience assisting Nancy Meckler and Polly Teale on their productions of Madame Bovary and A Passage to India. She went on to assist Tiffany Watt Smith […]

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Philippa Strandberg-Long – Acting Tutor

Philippa Strandberg-Long – Acting Tutor

Philippa has got a BA hons in acting from Italia Conti, which she completed after moving to London from Sweden in 1998. Since concentrating on directing she has worked both as director and assistant director on the Fringe and London’s West End. In a bid to concentrate more on her teaching and her passion for […]

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Kate Williams – Director/Acting Tutor

Kate Williams – Director/Acting Tutor

Kate is one of the UK’s leading tv and theatre actors. During her career she has worked in some of television’s most successful series including: Love Thy Neighbor ;Only Fools & Horses; Just Good Friends; Dixon of Dock Green; On The Buses; Please, Sir; Doctor at Large. Kate’s series-regular roles include a year in Eastenders; […]

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