Alumni - Latest News

Central alumni undertake a huge variety of successful careers both throughout the UK and internationally.

Where are they now?

Below is a snapshot of just some of our alumni news. If you would like your career details to be included in this section, please send your entry as you would like it to appear (50 words max) to

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Awards and Nominations

Congratulations to all alumni who have recently won or been nominated for awards.  Amongst those are:

At this year’s Emmy Award Ceremony Game of Thrones, which stars Kit Harington (BA (Hons) Acting 2008) and Jerome Flynn (Stage 1984), won Outstanding Drama Series, and Kit Harington was also nominated for Supporting Actor in a Drama for his role as Jon Snow; Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, which starred Martin Freeman (Stage 1995) in the role of Dr John Watson, won Outstanding TV Movie. Also nominated this year wasDownton Abbey, which starred Hugh Bonneville (Webber Douglas), for Best Drama, andThe Night Manager, which included performance from David Avery (MA Acting for Screen 2008) and Sara Stewart (Stage 1988), for Best Limited Series. 

At this year’s Golden Globe Awards The Crown, starring Jared Harris (Stage 1988) as King George VI, and including performance from Samantha Baines (MA Acting for Screen), and Assistant Costume Design from Nina Ayres (BA (Hons) Theatre Studies 1997), won Best Television Series – Drama. Also nominated this year were Andrew Garfield (BA (Hons) Acting 2004), for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his performance in Hacksaw Ridge; Gael Garcia Bernal (Stage 2000) for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical, for Mozart in the Jungle, which was also nominated for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical. Neruda, also starring Gael, has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film; Riz Ahmed (MA Acting Classical 2006) for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for his performance in HBO’s The Night Of. Also Game of Thrones, which stars Kit Harington (BA (Hons) Acting 2008) and Jerome Flynn (Stage 1984), was nominated for Best Television Series.

In addition to Andrew Garfield (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) being nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in Hacksaw Ridge, he has subsequently been nominated for an Oscar and BAFTA for Lead Actor for his performance in the film, and this year’s BAFTA nominations also include Doctor Strange, which has been nominated for Special Visual Effects, and included work from Simon Paraskevas (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014) as Special Effects Trainee.

At the Evening Standard Theatre Awards Gareth Fry (BA (Hons) Theatre Studies 1996) co-won Best Design for his work alongside Pete Malkin on Complicite’s The Encounter. He also provided sound design for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which won Best Play, and was produced by Sonia Friedman (Stage Management 1985) and also included performance from Cherrelle Skeete (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2011) and Video Design from Finn Ross (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2003). Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has also been nominated for Best New Play at the What’s On Stage Awards, and Finn Ross has been nominated for Best Video Design.

Vanessa Redgrave (Stage 1957) was this year’s recipient of the 2016 Gielgud Award, for excellence in the dramatic arts, which was awarded to her at the UK Theatre Awards in October. She has also been nominated for a What’s On Stage Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Richard III, and will be making her directorial debut on new film Sea Sorrow, which focuses on the present and past history of refugees in Europe.

Other nominations at the What’s On Stage Awards this year include Peter Darling (Stage 1988) for Best Choreography for Groundhog Day and Finn Ross (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2003), who as well as being nominated for his work on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has also been nominated for Best Video Design for his work on The Tempest. The Grinning Man, starring Audrey Brisson (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2009) has been nominated for Best Regional Production, and both Half A Sixpence, produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh (Stage Management 1965), and Dreamgirls, produced by Sonia Friedman (Stage Management 1985), have been nominated for Best New Musical.

Amongst finalists for BBC Audio Drama Awards this year are Danny Sapani (Stage 1992) for Best Actor for his performance in A Raisin in the Sun; and playwright James Fritz (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2011) for Best Single Drama for his play, Comment Is Free. Playwright Clare Lizzimore’s (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2003) play, The Rage, had also been shortlisted for Best Single Drama.

Emily Dobbs’ (BA (Hons) Acting 2005) pop-up space Found III was nominated for the Empty Space... Peter Brook Award. Found III is a temporary space at 111 Charing Cross Road, which has been home to a number of her theatre company, Emily Dobbs Productions’, shows including The Dazzle, BUG and Unfaithful.

Anna Glarin’s (MA Applied Theatre 2016) theatre company, Waterloo Community Theatre, which works to make theatre accessible to young people living in Waterloo and on the South Bank, recently won an Enterprise and Innovation Award at Lambeth Community Pride Awards 2016.

Ana Ines Jabares-Pita (MA Scenography 2012) has, with director Max Hoehn, been awarded the 3rd Prize of the European Opera Prize 2016 for their proposal for La Traviata.

Hannah John-Kamen (BA (Hons) Acting – Musical Theatre 2011) was named as one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow. She recently appeared in season 3 of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, and has also been announced to star in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which will be released next year. 

Dame Judi Dench (Stage 1957) has won a series of awards for her performance in Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s The Winter’s Tale; she broke records by winning her eighth Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress, and has picked up The WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Critic’s Circle Theatre Award for Best Shakespearean Performance.

Also at this year’s Olivier Awards Tom Gibbons (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008) was awarded Best Sound Design for his work on Duncan Macmillan’s (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2002) People, Places and Things; Jessica Swale’s (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2006) production Nell Gwyn was awarded Best New Comedy, and Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s (Theatre Practice 1965) production The Phantom of The Opera won The Magic Radio’s Audience Award. Gypsy, directed by Jonathan Kent (Stage 1970), and including, sound design from Paul Groothuis (Theatre Practice 1981), voice coaching from Penny Dyer (Adv Dip Voice Studies 1984), and performance from Peter Davison (Stage 1972), won Best Musical Revival. ShowStopper! The Improvised Musical, which includes performance from Justin Brett (Stage 1995) won Best Entertainment and Family, and Hangmen, which includes performance from James Dryden (BA (Hons) Acting – Musical Theatre 2012), won Virgin Atlantic Best New Play. And Robert Icke won Best Director for Sonia Friedman Productions’ Oresteia

At this year’s Tony Awards The Young Vic’s Broadway transfer of A View from The Bridge won Best Revival of a Play, the production included sound design from alumnus Tom Gibbons (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008); King Charles III, which was produced by Sonia Friedman (Theatre Practice 1985) and starred alumnus Oliver Chris (BA (Hons) Acting 2000), was nominated for Best Play; Finn Ross (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice was nominated alongside Es Devlin for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for his work on American Psycho, and Jonathan Kent (Stage 1970) directed Long Day’s Journey into Night, which was nominated for Best Direction of a Play.

At The WhatOnStage Awards Jonathan Kent (Stage 1970) won Best Direction for his work on Gypsy; Michael Grandage’s (Stage 1984) Photograph 51 was awarded Best New Play, and lead actress in the play, Nicole Kidman, won Best Actress in a Play; Sonia Freidman’s (Theatre Practice 1985) production Hamlet won Best Play Revival, as well as Best Lighting and Best Set Design, and Cameron Mackintosh’s (Theatre Practice 1965) touring production, Mary Poppins, won Best Regional Production and his West End production, Les Misérables, won Best West End Show.

At the South Bank Awards, BBC’s Doctor Forster, starring alumnus Neil Stuke (Stage 1991), won Best TV Drama; Channel 4’s Catastrophe, starring alumna Carrie Fisher (Stage 1977), won Best Comedy and Hangmen, starring alumnus James Dryden (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2012) won Best Theatre. 

At the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards James Fritz (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2011) won Most Promising Playwright for his play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds.

At The Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland alumnus Paul Higgins (Stage 1986) was nominated for Best Male Performance for his performance as Ray in Blackbird at The Citizens Theatre; alumna Emanuella Cole (BA (Hons) Acting 2005) was nominated for Best Female Performance for Hera in The Iliad at Royal Lyceum Theatre. 

At this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival alumni theatre company Kill The Beast, led by Artistic Director Clement James Garrity (MA Scenography 2011), won a Stage Award for their production Don't Wake The Damp, as did alumni theatre company Milk Presents founded by Ruby Glaskin (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2010), Adam Robertson and Lucy J Skilbeck (both BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2010), for their production JOAN. Empty Deck Theatre's Cosmic Fear Of The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia, starring alumnus Sam Ducane (MA Acting 2015), was nominated for 2016 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award. Milk directed by alumna Orla O'Loughlin (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2000) for the Traverse Theatre, was shortlisted for The Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award.

Both Sonia Friedman (Theatre Practice 1985) and Janet Ellis (Stage 1977) were named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 

Peter Darling (Stage 1988) won Best Choreography in a Musical at this year's Helpmann Awards for his work on Matilda The Musical.

Sonia Friedman (Theatre Practice 1985) was, for the second consecutive year, named Producer of the Year at this year’s Stage Awards.

In the Community

Many of our alumni, particularly those from our Applied Theatre and Education and Drama & Movement Therapy (Sesame) courses use theatre-making to change lives and inspire possibilities across communities.  The following provides a snapshot of some of their work-to-date, arranged by year of graduation.


Michael Ackland-Lang (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2015), who was previously working as a Freelance Scenic Technician for FootPrints Ltd, is now working with Elemental Design Ltd, a company specialising in ‘creating compelling visual environments, working with countless major brands including Harrods, L’Oreal, Louis Vuitton, Veuve Clicquot and Giorgio Armani’.

Ryan Amstad (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014) is Associate Producer at Mills Entertainment in Los Angeles. He was previously Creative Assistant for Silent House Productions. 

Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2004) are both Artistic Directors of Dante or Die. They were recently awarded a bursary by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, to support the administration of their touring of site-specific work, including their new work Handle with Care, in which Terry performed alongside alumna Racheal Spence (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2001). 

Natasha Bergg (MA Applied Theatre – Drama in the Community and Drama Education 2011) has co-founded a community theatre company, Theatre Troupe, working with young people with acute and complex mental health needs in South London.

Brynja Björnsdóttir (MA Scenography 2013) has been designing for productions at the National Theatre of Iceland.

Rebecca Boden (MA Applied Theatre – Drama in the Community and Drama Education 2012) is running her own prison theatre company called, Unlocked Drama, which has recently acquired new contracts in prisons in Brighton and Wales.

Rebecca Brower (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2011) designed the Paralympic Torch Ceremony for the Rio Paralympics.

Marion Burge (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2014) was one of the artists chosen for Camden People’s Theatre’s Starting Blocks Programme this year and is developing a few workshops and hosts an Experimental Variety night, called Piñata, an event in which performers can try new material and develop their ideas. 

Emily Cook (MA Applied Theatre – Drama in the Community and Drama Education 2009) returned to Central on 5 March to deliver a workshop with Anna Mary Shields (MA Theatre Studies – Performance in the City 2009) for Starling Arts, as part of Central’s programme of events to celebrate International Women's Day.

Jordan Cope (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2013) is now Head of Drama at Kingsbury School in Warwick.

Cecilia Cordeiro (MA Applied Theatre 2015) has joined Scheherazade Initiatives as Theatre Practitioner and Fundraiser. They use participatory theatre as a tool to develop skills of resilience and leadership to enable both adults and children to overcome psychological trauma. They also use theatre as a way to teach practical skills, such as language learning, job skills, and conflict resolution, as well as to raise awareness on issues such as gender inequality and domestic violence, working mainly with women and children in migrant and refugee situations. 

Emilie Delanne and Maria Stancu (MA Scenography 2015) have both founded performance art company SWARM. 

Michael Dennehy (BA Hons Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2014) has recently been made the Festival Coordinator at the Shakespeare School’s Festival, after having completed an 11 month Theatre in Education Tour of Italy with Theatrion.

Rob Drummer (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2010) has recently been appointed as Artistic Director of Company of Angels, a theatre company which fosters and produces challenging theatre for, and with, young people and the adults in their lives.  

Kate Duffy (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2013) co-devised Dear Home Office, a piece of applied theatre, uniquely created and performed by a group of young, male unaccompanied minors from Eritrea, Afghanistan, Somalia and Albania. Playing versions of themselves on stage, they show the challenges they are facing now. They recently performed three sell out previews at the Southbank Centre, and SOAS University, and also took the production to the Underbelly at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Sarah Elghady (MA Creative Producing 2016) is the Founder and Producer of The Midsummer Dreams Festival in Devon, which opened on 23 July. The festival’s aim is to inspire and entertain all ages by bringing national touring theatre companies and Devon based artists together to create an exciting programme of theatre, puppetry, dance, comedy and music.

Anne Egseth (MA Movement Studies 2010) teaches Somatics, a highly effective method of neuromuscular education, on a Professional Coaching course in San Francisco and in Washington DC. She is also part of the faculty at George Washington's University's Centre for Excellence in Leadership, where she leads workshops focusing on embodied leadership and leadership presence. Alongside this, she offers movement classes to the local community in San Diego, using dance and movement explorations as a vehicle for embodiment and increased connection with self and others. 

Cathy Englade (MA Applied Theatre – Drama in the Community and Drama Education 2012) has been promoted to Director of Theatre at Covenant House and the Crossing Bridges Project, which brings together young homeless youth and Broadway artists to devise and perform plays.

Justin Farndale and Tong Zhao (both MA Scenography 2015) have founded interactive design company Techture.

Laura Farnham (MA Scenography 2015) is Design Director at Sedley Place, an independent multi-disciplinary creative agency, whose clients include Royal Mail, Sky and Volkswagen.

Amee Freyone (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2016) runs a dramatherapy project at an elderly care home, working specifically with those living with dementia. 

Leo Flint (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2011) has been working as a freelance Video/Projection Designer, and is currently providing video content for Coldplay’s tour A Head Full of Dreams.  

Ryan Forde Iosco (MA Acting 2012) has formed alumni theatre company, Renegade Theatre Company, which has recently led a number of workshops at Southwark Playhouse.

Jade Gillies and Larissa Sherman (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2015) have co-founded a partnership, Changing Expressions, using innovate approaches to encourage dialogue and partnerships between mental health care, arts and business sectors. Their bespoke interventions promote creative, personal and organisational development.

Kelley Griffiths (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013) is Associate Producer of Compagnie des Wanderers, a theatre company that produces performances in Paris, Buenos Aires and Berlin. She is also Associate Producer of Oedipa, which serves as an alter-ego of Finn Beames and a diverse range of varying collaborators. As Oedipa, groups of artists create and produce live performances in theatre, opera and related forms, often with an emphasis on music. 

Roxana Haines (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2015) runs Indomitable Productions, who recently presented a personalised concert, An Album of Memories, in partnership with Arts Council England, Age UK Camden and Camden Carers, on 22 October at Goodenough College as part of the Bloomsbury Festival, to support those living with dementia.

Diana Marina Hanguna (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2015) has, since January 2016, been Project Coordinator of The George Ciprian Theatre Buzau, Romania. From September until November she was also Project Coordinator for TELE-CITY, a telematic research project organized by The George Ciprian Theatre and co-financed through contest by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN) in Romania.

Daniel Hughes and Rory Evans (both (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2011) co-founded Illusion Design and Construct, an innovative company dedicated to creating scenery and props of the highest professional standard, for all sectors of the entertainment industry.  Dan and Rory employ several Central alumni including Kate Muldoon (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2010) as Head Scenic Art on the Sherlock Holmes installation at Madame Tussauds.

Conor Hunt (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2016) is currently Community Coordinator at Royal National Theatre. 

Amy Insole (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013) is Assistant Youth Director of group64 and Young Company Director of Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch. 

Helen Iskander (MA Actor Training & Coaching 2016) is a part-time freelance teacher for Fourth Monkey Drama School, Guildford School of Acting, and City Academy, and is also working as a freelance teaching artist.

Noor Ishak (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2013) is the Community Arts Manager of an NGO in Singapore, working to rebuild family relationships for people with dementia and their care givers, and is also directing and writing forum theatre for youths from low income backgrounds with a company called The Community Theatre.

Fiona Johnstone (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2010) is the Community and Education Officer at Discover Children’s Story Centre. 

Chloe Kitching (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2015) is now working at the Royal Shakespeare Company as Literary Projects Coordinator in their London office. 

Jillian Kooymans (MA Applied Theatre 2016) has started her own prison theatre company in Toronto, Canada, named OnTRAC, Ontario Theatre and Rehabilitation through Arts in Corrections. They work out of Beaver Creek Institution (BCI) in Gravenhurst, ON, and after their successful Children's Theatre Project in the minimum security facility in June 2016, they have now expanded to include the medium security facility there. 

Sophie Lasek (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2016) is working as a Dramatherapist for CarrissCreative, a company which conceptualises and implements a range of creative and therapeutic initiatives in schools, colleges, and in the corporate and creative sector.  

Rob Lehmann (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2014) is now the Schools and Project Manager at the Young Vic, and is also a freelance practitioner at The Tricycle and Ovalhouse Theatre.

Nicola London (MA Movement Studies 2015) is a Freelance Movement Practitioner who volunteers with young people in North London, as well as teaching in schools, choreographing both her own projects and that of other creatives.

Kelly-Marie King (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2013) is a Drama and Movement Therapist for both The Mulberry Bush Organisation Ltd and Grief Encounter Project, as well as being a Dramatherapist for Farney Close School in Sussex and the charity Safeground. 

Nikika Markot (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013) was Resident Producer and Director at Bambini in Seoul, South Korea, and has performed in a number of productions in South Korea, as well as many of London’s prestigious venues, including the Roundhouse and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Sarah McBriar (MA/MFA Creative Producing 2014) founded AVA Festival, which celebrates and develops the strong current of electronic music and visual arts talent that has, and is, emerging from Northern Ireland. Over 50 artists were involved in the first, one-day Festival and Conference, last year, to which over 2,500 people attended, and she is now in the process of organising this year’s festival, which will take place in June.

Leanne McDonald (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2015) is working at the Globe Theatre, as a Freelance Scenic Artist. She also worked with Theme Traders and The White Horse Theatre Company in Germany during September.

Sian Ní Mhuirí (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2011), who is now a Playwright specialising in work for young audiences, was one of sixteen artists awarded a Next Generation Theatre Bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland. The chosen artists each received an award of €12,500 to fund their works this year, and were invited to participate in a collective week-long residency in April at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, a residential workplace in Co Monaghan.

Olivia Michalak (MA Movement Studies 2014) has recently earned her educator's license in theatre and was invited by her former teachers to direct the musical at her old secondary school, she has also been teaching a short course on physicality and character development for 9-11 year olds at the Stoneham Theatre Company. Aside from this, she teaches ballet technique to teenagers at a local dance studio, expanding upon her SIP research on a holistic approach to ballet, which a particular focus on how the value of anatomical knowledge can be applied to dance. She has also recently accepted an offer to teach drama full-time and establish a theatre department for primary school children at BASIS Independent McLean, a new private school outside of Washington, DC. 

Persis Mistry (MA Applied Theatre – Drama in the Community and Drama Education 2013) is currently a Drama Teacher at two schools in Mumbai, India; Campion School, for primary children, and Citi Academy, working with 6-21 year olds with learning difficulties. In addition to this, Persis also runs an after school drama programme for 140 children.

Matilda Mudyavanhu (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2013) and (MA Drama Movement Therapy (Sesame) 2015) is a freelance Drama Therapist, and is also currently collaborating on a project with Dr Katharine Low and Dr Shema Tariq, which uses drama and creative expressive arts to work with a group of women living with HIV in London. Their work is being conducted alongside PRIME research project and was presented on International Women’s Day.

Naomi Nekesa (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013) has recently been appointed as Music Production Coordinator for the British Council. Previously she was Project Manager of Bar Entertainment at Glastonbury Festival and Project Manager for Remarkable Productions. She has also worked for Wilderness Festival and Generation Live.

Biba Osman (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2016) is one of seven Trainee Producers on Tricycle Theatre’s Takeover 2017 project, Mapping Brent, taking place from 1 to 13 April. 

Felicity Passmore (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2014) has recently completed her PGCE and is now a Drama Teacher at Brentwood School.

Emily Pavlatou (MA Scenography 2012) is a Research Assistant at V&A Museum.

Reka Polonyi (MA Applied Theatre 2011) founded the International Paris Fringe Festival. 

Becky Proudfoot (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2010) directed Simon Armitage’s Eclipse for the National Theatre Connections Festival, which was one of the twelve chosen out of 500 performances from Schools and Youth Theatres to be performed at The National Theatre. The production also featured co-direction from James Atherton (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 1996). 

Izzy Rabey (MA Adv Theatre Practice 2015) is now the Trainee Director of The Other Room Theatre in Cardiff, which recently won The Stage’s Best Fringe Theatre Award 2016. She is currently devising the company's first community outreach project, and a recent article of hers, 'Big Voice, Small Space', was published in Diva Magazine in the February 2016 issue.

Dean Rogers (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2013) co-founded a full-scale replica of the Crystal Maze, featured in the classic Channel 4 show of the same title. They raised £930,000 in four weeks to create the experience, for which tickets are now on sale. 

Katherine Ronayne (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2014) recently joined The Tricylce Theatre as their Development Officer.

Lauren Sale (MA Applied Theatre 2011) recently moved to Chicago to work as the Director of Education with Writers Theatre. Prior to joining Writers Theatre, Lauren served as the Education Director at Florida Repertory Theatre.

Nick Saunders (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2015) is working for a film production company in Covent Garden called The Edge Picture Company as a Post-Production Runner.

Laura Scott (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2015) is a Dramatherapist, working for the Novalis Trust, a centre for individuals with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Rajha Shakiry (MA Scenography 2011) is a freelance Set and Costume Designer. She recently exhibited her work on the design process and making of I Stand Corrected at the Victoria & Albert Museum, as part of the Society of British Theatre Designer’s Make: Believe Exhibition in January 2016.

Laura Sharpe (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2016) has recently been appointed as a Dramatherapist at Pursuing Independent Paths, where she works with a group of adults with learning difficulties, in facilitating workshops, working towards a public performance, the next of which is due to be shown at The Tabernacle Theatre in Notting Hill in April 2017. Alongside this, she is also working as a Dramatherapist for Lambeth Collaborative at four mainstream Primary Schools.

James Shields (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2016) has founded his own theatre company in Lancaster, Dare to Go. He has also been working as a Freelance Director and will be undertaking an MFA in Directing in 2017.

Catherine Simons (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2016) is currently directing and tutoring at the National Youth Music Camps, and will be going on to work at Warminster School in Wiltshire as their Drama and Boarding Assistant.

Claire Suckall (MA Scenography 2012) founded company Collective Textiles, providing a specialised service in Textile printing, dyeing, and breakdown of fabrics to the Film, TV, Theatre, Fashion and Interior Industries.

Wendy Lorna Thomson (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2012) is Editor-in-Chief of Female Arts Magazine, which promotes gender equality in the arts. 

Anna Tringham (MA Movement Studies 2014) is now a Course Leader for the Diplomas in Musical Theatre and Dance at Bodywork Company, Cambridge. She also continues to teach at Guildford School of Acting on both the BA (Hons) Theatre and the MA Acting courses.

Chelsea Walker (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2011) is one of the three directors that has been accepted onto The Old Vic’s Development Scheme, Old Vic 12. There are typically 1,300 applications each year for this scheme, which provides mentorship and further training for 12 creatives.

Scott Walker (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2009) works at Universal Pictures as Senior International Marketing Partnerships Manager in their international Head Office.

Elizabeth Warnock (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2014) is the Community Engagement Manager at Little Puppetry Theatre, Angel.

Leonie Webb (MA Creative Producing 2015) is an Assistant Producer for Skekulation Entertainment/Neil Eckersley Productions.  

Samantha Whiting (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2015) is currently working as a Costume Technician for Disney Cruise Line based in Florida.

Natalie Wilson (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014) was Scenic Artist for Thorpe Park’s ride Fright Night Mazes, ITV’s Lewis, and Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s (Theatre Practice 1965) US touring production Phantom of the Opera. She has previously worked with alumni-led theatre companies SHUNT and Puppet Soup. 

Kitty Withington (BA Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2014) is now a Project Assistant at The Creative Society, based at Somerset House, which aims to help young, unemployed people obtain jobs in the creative industries.

Joanna Yeoman and Leonie Elliott-Graves (both MA Applied Theatre – Drama in the Community and Drama Education 2013) work at WAC Arts in North London. Joanna as the Head of Youth Inclusion, and Leonie as an Advocacy Coordinator and Performing Arts Tutor. In addition to this, Leonie is undertaking a Phd at Goldsmiths University, researching learning disabilities and drama, and is also running her own company, Create Get Set Go, which delivers arts projects.


Stephanie Arsoska (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2004) runs The Little Red Theatre Company in Scotland, which aims to provide young people in the Angus area with high quality, innovative theatre training, with opportunities for performance and participation for practical acting exams on the Trinity syllabus. 

Jennifer Bates (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2005) is the Co-Founder of The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble. She took their most recent production The People of The Eye to The Yard Theatre as part of NOW’16, a festival of new theatre for the here and now, before transferring the show to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

Crystal Clark (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2000) has returned to Central to complete an MA in Applied Theatre. 

Shane Craig (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2008) spent six years working at the Science Museum in London as an Outreach Officer, and is now a primary school teacher in Finchley.

Clare Crowley (PGCE Drama 2009) is currently Head of Drama at Westminster Academy in London. 

Emily Cook (MA Applied Theatre – Drama in the Community and Drama Education 2009) returned to Central on 5 March to deliver a workshop in collaboration with Anna Mary Shields (MA Theatre Studies – Performance in the City 2009) for Starling Arts, as part of Central’s programme of events to celebrate International Women's Day.

Kate Figgess (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2008) spent two and a half years working for Barnet Youth Service as a Youth Drama Officer, designing and delivering drama projects to vulnerable young people, young people with special needs and working at the theatre directing youth performances. She then worked as a Targeted Youth Support Officer for eighteen months, before going on to complete a PGCE at Central in 2012-2013. Since then she has worked as a Drama Teacher at Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School in Greenford, where she is now Head of Drama.

Charlotte Gainey (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2000), was, in 2015, the Head of Paint and Finishes for Shanghai Disneyland on behalf of Show Canada China, and was on-site Project Manager/Lead Scenic Artist for the first European Games Opening Ceremony. Charlotte’s scenic projects also include the 2014 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies. 

Adele Geddes (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2008) is a Connections Coordinator at The National Theatre.

Antony Hussen (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2008) is currently a Learning Mentor at a primary school and a Drama Director at Putney Theatre. Since graduating he has taken part in theatre and educational projects throughout the UK, and lead workshops at Oldham Theatre, Greenwich Theatre and Bigfoot Theatre. He now plans to become a secondary Drama and English Teacher.

Minako Ikeuchi (MA Voice Studies 2000) is Head Coach at the Drama Studio for the New National Theatre of Japan.

Emma Klauber (MA Applied Theatre – Drama in the Community and Drama Education 2009) has recently been appointed as the Arts Education Director at The Town Hall, New York.

Kimberley Matthews (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2008) is the Deputy Head at Primary Pupil Referral Unit in Hackney, teaching Drama and English to Year 1-13.

Mary Mobbs-Beal (nee Chilton) (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2008) was a freelance Drama Practitioner at DreamArts, Haringey Shed and at Central, before taking on full-time employment at Community Focus, Tricycle Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. Mary is now currently Youth Engagement Manager at Tender Education and Arts.

Jonathan O’Boyle (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) is the Associate Director at Theatre503.

Andrew Royle (MA Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame) 2008) is Founder and Director of The Drama Therapy Space, and is a practicing Dramatherapist.

Chris Stafford (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2002) is Chief Executive at Curve Theatre.

Lee Maxwell Simpson (MA Acting – Classical 2008) is helping Yorkshire Academy of Film & Television Acting (YAFTA) to launch another Academy in Manchester.

Hannah Torrence (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2009) has been selected as one of the four writers to join Graeae’s Write to Play flagship writer development programme, which cultivates and champions deaf and disabled playwrights nationwide.

Jane Vicary (MA Voice Studies 2003) has been Head of Voice at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA North) since 2014. 

Scott Walker (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2009) works at Universal Pictures as Senior International Marketing Partnerships Manager in their international Head Office. 

Petronilla Whitfield (MA Voice Studies 2002) gained her PhD doctorate in Arts Pedagogy from Warwick University, and has been made Associate Professor at the Arts University, Bournemouth, where is she is Senior Lecturer in Voice and Actong on the Acting (Hons) degree course.

Clarrisa Widya (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2006) has, since 2013, been running Papergang Theatre: a new writing group for British East Asian artists. They have just completed a mini tour of their co-production of I'm Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce by Jingan Young. A new play about foreign investment and the London Housing crisis, it was supported by the Arcola LAB and China Exchange Cultivate Programme.


Selina Cartmell (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 1999) has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Dublin’s Gate Theatre. She follows in the footsteps of Michael MacLiammoir, Hilton Edwards and Michael Colgan, the only other directors of the theatre in the 88 years since its foundation.

Nicola Courtenay (Theatre Practice 1996) is Theatre Manager of Hoxton Hall.

Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Stage 1996) and Vinay Patel (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2011), took part in Women Centre Stage Festival, which took place at Hampstead Theatre from November 14-20. They and two other writers respond to news stories about women from the same day and created a play within 24 hours. 

SHUNT, founded by alumni David Rosenberg and Andrew Rutland (both Theatre Practice 1998) are producing a new immersive theatre production, which allows audiences to tap into secret performances using an app in central London. Wiretapper runs from May 24 throughout the summer.

Bethan Tomlinson (Stage 1995) is now General Manager of StrangeFace, a mask and puppetry company.

Stephen Wrentmore (Adv Dip Creative Theatre 1993) was Associate Artistic Director at Arizona Theatre Company, and is currently Professor of Theatre at Oklahoma City University. He is soon to take the position of Artistic Producer at the Lighthouse in Poole, Dorset.

Jeannette Nelson (Adv Dip Voice Studies 1998) is Head of Voice at National Theatre and author of The Voice Exercise Book. She is also the Voice Coach for Sheffield Theatre’s production of Waiting for Godot, which runs from 5 to 27 February.


Ted Roche (Stage 1981) has recently published a collection of poems and sketches called Nuffink in Particular, which he’s dedicated to the late Lolly Susi (Stage 1981). 

Sara Wickenden (nee Cross) (Theatre Practice 1988) will be one of twelve artists showing their work at the Espacio Gallery in London, for their new exhibition Discovery: Reimagining Darwin’s World from 3-15 May.


Central graduates are making their mark on screen in the UK and beyond. In addition to those listed in our Alumni Awards and Nominations section, below is a taster of some of their recent highlights, arranged by year of graduation.


Joe Alwyn (BA (Hons) Acting 2015) starred in the title role of Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Half-time Walk. He has since filmed alongside Charlotte Rampling in The Sense of An Ending, which also includes performance from Jack Loxton (BA (Hons) Acting - Musical Theatre 2013), and is due for release in 2017 and is based on the bestselling novel by Julian Barnes, and adapted for the screen by alumnus Nick Payne (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2007).

Tai Yin Chan (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2014) appears in Liongate’s new feature film, Now You See Me 2, he also played Justin Lee in Generation Z, produced by Matador Pictures.

Josh Cook (BA (Hons) Acting 2010) appears in new BBC series, Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime, which stars David Walliams.

Sujaya Dasgupta (BA (Hons) Acting 2015) plays Tanya in ITV’s new six-part medical drama, Good Karma Hospital, which is currently being filmed in Sri Lanka.

Alexia Depicker (MA Acting for Screen 2011) plays Marie in French drama La Trêve. 

Victoria Emslie (MA Acting for Screen 2012) played the recurring role of Audrey in Downton Abbey, and appeared in Oscar-nominated film, The Danish Girl.

Jack Farrar (MA Acting for Screen 2010) played the role of Dean Fallon in BBC’s Silent Witness, he has also been announced to play Henri Mahlet in new comedy drama, Football Kingdom.

Dino Fetscher (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2013) starred alongside Neil Stuke (Stage 1991) in ITV’s new 8-part drama Paranoid. 

Ben Hardy (BA (Hons) Acting – Musical Theatre 2012), plays Angel in blockbuster X Men: The Apocalypse, has also been announced to star in A Storm in the Stars, alongside Maisie Williams. The film will chronicle the relationship between Percy and Mary Shelley and the conception of Mary’s Frankenstein.

Markoesa Hamer (MA Acting for Screen 2012) plays the recurring role of Isa Van Buren in Dutch television series, Dokter Deen.

Alice Hewkin (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2014) performed in the role of Ling in BBC's Cuckoo.

Ash Hunter (BA (Hons) Acting 2012) starred in the new BBC Drama, The Secret Agent.

Hamza Jeetooa (MA Acting for Screen 2010) starred as Usman Kamal in BBC One’s miniseries, Capital, which was based on the bestselling novel by John Lanchester.

Hannah John-Kamen (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2011) has joined the lead cast of Stephen Spielberg’s upcoming film Ready Player One. She also plays Rosa Persaud in Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel, and appeared in season three of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror

Kadiff Kirwan (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2011) will star in ITV2’s new comedy, Timewasters, about a jazz band who travel back in time to the 1920s in a lift in dilapidated block of flats in south London.

Simon Paraskevas (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014) was Special Effects Trainee on feature film, Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. He will also be providing special effects for next year’s blockbuster, Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson. 

Joshua Poole (BA (Hons) Acting 2016) plays a young medical student in an episode of BBC’s Call the Midwife

Liam French Robinson (MA Voice Studies 2011) was Voice Coach on Knockin' on Dave's Door for Sky Drama, due for release in 2016. He also continues working as Voice and Dialect Coach on "Emerald City" for NBC.

Danusia Samal (BA (Hons) Acting 2012) will appear in feature film Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson and due for release in April 2017. 

Jon Tarcy (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2015) played Anton in Sky’s Luck Man, which starred alumnus James Nesbitt (Stage 1988).

Ben Tavassoli (MA Acting for Screen 2014) co-starred in the BBC’s New Blood, a recently released British television drama series created by Anthony Horowitz. The show also included an appearance from fellow alumnus Bart Suavek (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2015).

Will Tudor (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2011) reprised his role as Odi for Season 2 of Channel 4’s Humans. He also plays Frank Whitely in ITV’s Mr Selfridge, alongside alumna Amy Beth Hayes (BA (Hons) Acting 2007), who plays Kitty Edwards.  

Sally White (MA Music Theatre 2015) stars in US TV series, 50 Ways to Kill Your Lover.


Riz Ahmed (MA Acting Classical 2006) is the star of HBO's gripping miniseries The Night Of, and also appears in the recently released film Jason Bourne, and Star Wars prequel, Rogue One.

David Avery (MA Acting for Screen 2008) played Freddie Hamid in BBC’s The Night Manager, performing opposite Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie.  The show is based on John le Carre's bestselling novel and is directed by Susanne Bier.

Samantha Baines and James Groom (both MA Acting for Screen 2009) appeared in feature film, The 95th.

Gael Garcia Bernal (Stage 2000) showcased his short film anthology, Madly, which he co-directed with Mia Wasikowska, Sebastian Silva, Sion Sono and others, at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Natalie Blenford (MA Music Theatre 2008) filmed a guest role in new sitcom My Life for Channel 2, Israel, alongside Israeli comedy star Kobi Maimon, which is scheduled to be broadcast in Spring 2017. 

Andrew Garfield (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) who recently starred in Oscar nominated film Hacksaw Ridge (see Awards), will next join Dakota Johnson in David Robert Mitchells Under The Silver Lake, which is a follow up to his breakout indie horror hit, It Follows.

Tracy Ifeachor (BA (Hons) Acting 2007), who recently starred in US TV show, The Originals, has joined as a series regular for new ABC pilot Spark, written by Michael Cooney and produced by Ian Sander & Kim Moses. Spark is a lavish primetime drama series of passion, greed and hope in a Steampunk reality, circa 2016. 

Amy Manson (BA (Hons) Acting 2006) joins the cast of The White Princess, a new eight-part limited series based on the Philippa Gregory book of the same name, and due for release in 2017.  She also plays Merida in ABC’s Once Upon A Time, and will appear in feature film Edie, which is also due for release in 2017. 

Joseph Morgan (BA (Hons) Acting 2002) plays Klaus Mikaelson in US hit show, The Originals, alongside alumna Tracy Ifeachor (BA (Hons) Acting 2007), who played Aya. The Originals is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, in which Joseph also starred.

Chris O’Shea (MA Acting 2008) plays Patrick Downes in upcoming feature film, Patriot’s Day, starring Mark Wahlberg and J.K. Simmons. He also plays Jareth Glover in US show, Madam Secretary.

Nick Payne (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2007) has been commissioned by the BBC to adapt David Nicholl’s bestselling novel Us, for the screen. 

Rebecca Root (MA Voice 2008) starred in BBC Two series, Boy Meets Girl, which also includes performance from Killian Macardle (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2014). 


Kacey Ainsworth (Stage 1994) and Tessa Peake-Jones (Stage 1978) both returned for season three of ITV’s Grantchester, which also included performance from Emily Bevan (MA Acting Classical 2006). 

Jo Cameron Brown (PG Dip Voice Studies 1998) has been dialect coach to Antonio Banderas, Rupert Everett, Golshifteh Farahani and Pierre Niney on Altamira, Jessica Chastain on The Huntsman, Agyness Deyn on Sunset Song, and the Whisky Galore cast, including John Sessions, Eddie Izzard, Ellie Kendrick, Naomi Battrick and Gregor Fisher.

Shaun Dingwall (Stage 1993) played Chief Superintendent Colin Anderson in the fifth season of long-running ITV Crime Drama, DCI Banks, which stars Stephen Tomkinson (Stage 1987). Shaun also appeared alongside Lucy Cohu (Central Dip Acting 1980) in ITV’s new film, Maigret Sets A Trap.

Jennifer Ehle (Stage 1991) reprises her role as Carla in feature film Fifty Shades Darker, due for release on 10 February 2017. She will also star in a number of upcoming feature films including Monster and The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Martin Freeman (Stage 1995) has reprised his role as Dr John Watson in hit-show Sherlock, which enters its fourth season and premiered on New Year’s Day. He will also star in new Amazon Prime cyber-drama series, Start Up, and is filming for a lead role in a film adaptation of the West End show Ghost Stories.

Neil Stuke (Stage 1991) returned for the 19th season of BBC series, Silent Witness, in the recurring role of DI Laurence Cooke.

Angus Wright (Stage 1990) played George in Channel 4’s new dark comedy, Flowers, starring alongside Olivia Colman and Anna Chancellor.


Christopher Eccleston (Stage 1986) played Maurice in BBC1’s new family drama, The A Word.

Paul Higgins (Stage 1986) starred in Toronto International Film Festival’s Couple in a Hole, which was recently released, and which won best film at the Dinard British Film Festival.

Susan Lynch (Stage 1993) played Alison Garrs in the second season of BBC Drama, Happy Valley.

Jennifer Saunders (Teaching 1980) reprised her role as Edina Monsoon in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. She wrote and starred in this long-awaited film adaptation of her hit television series Absolutely Fabulous, and the film also included performance from Helen Lederer (Adv Cert Speech and Drama 1981) and Harriet Thorpe (Stage 1981). 

Rufus Sewell (Stage 1989) starred as Lord Melbourne in ITV’s major new drama Victoria


Selina Cadell (Stage 1975) played Mrs Trudeau in film, The Carer.

Lindsay Duncan (Stage 1974) played Winston Churchill’s wife, Clemmie, in one-off film, Churchill’s Secret, for ITV, which focuses on the politician’s battle after his life-threatening stroke.

Rupert Everett (Stage 1979) starred opposite Dame Judi Dench (Stage 1957) in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, for which Roisin Carty (Adv Dip Voice Studies 1995) provided dialect coaching.

Stephen Tomkinson (Stage 1987) returned for the fifth season of ITV’s Crime Drama, DCI Banks. This season he will be joined by Shaun Dingwall (Stage 1993), who will play Chief Superintendent, Colin Anderson.


Central graduates are making their mark in theatre in the UK donaand beyond. In addition to those listed in our Alumni Awards and Nominations section, below is a taster of some of their recent highlights, arranged by year of graduation.


Nicholas Alban (BA (Hons) Acting 2016) is playing Macbeth for the Young Shakespeare Company.

Sophea Bailey (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) is a Dresser for the West End’s Book of Mormon, and freelanced with a Theatrical Tailor on Dream Girls the Musical. In addition to this, she worked as a Stylist and Dresser for MTV European Music Awards, and Costume Maker for Ellie Goulding’s Delirium World Tour. 

Polly Bennett (MA Movement Studies 2011) provided movement direction, and Jack Knowles (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008) provided lighting, for Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, which includes performance from Michelle Butterly (Diploma Acting 1992), and ran from 8 September to 15 October.

Tsemaye Bob-Egbe (MA Music Theatre 2016) and Ryan Heenan (BA Acting Musical Theatre 2016) will join the cast of the Carol King’s Beautiful on the West End.

Lucas Button (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2016) starred in the title role of Pinocchio at The Dukes Theatre, running from 25 December 2016 to 7 January 2017, and will now go on to perform in ENO's production of The Winter’s Tale, directed by Rory Kinnear, running from the 27 February to 15 March.

Anna Crichlow (BA (Hons) Acting 2016) joined the cast of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Pride and Prejudice, running from 2 to 17 September. From there the production will go on a UK tour, visiting locations including Cambridge, Salford, Leicester, Newcastle and Cardiff, where the tour is scheduled to finish in February 2017.

Christian Clark (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) was Assistant Electrician for the Dominion Theatre, home of The Bodyguard until January 2017. He was also recently Production Manager for Legally Blonde at the Beck Theatre.

Kate Elliott (2013) is Production Coordinator for the touring production of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s, Matilda The Musical.

Katie Hartland (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2015) has made her musical theatre debut starring in the lead role of Baby in a new UK tour of Dirty Dancing.   

Alice Hewkin (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2014), Matthew Forbes (BA (Hons) Acting 2008) and Jack Parker (BA (Hons) Acting 2010) all performed in Southwark Playhouse’s production, Kiki’s Delivery Service, which ran from 8 December to 8 January.

Samuel Hopkins (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2016) directed The Hired Man in Concert at Cadogan Hall on 22 September, starring Jenna Russell and alumnus John Owen Jones (PG Dip Acting Musical Theatre 1994). 

James Hume (BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2011) appeared in the international tour of Les Misérables, as well as in Titanic at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Canada. 

Keziah Joseph (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2016) will play Hope in the world première of Sandi Toksvig’s new comedy Silver Lining, a co-production with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston, opening on 3 February. Also, as part of her contract as winner of the Carleton Hobbs Award 2016, she has been involved in a number of radio projects, including parts in BBC Radio 4’s The Confidential Agent, Watership Down and Jekyll and Hyde.

Isa Lindgren-Blackman (MA Music Theatre 2016) played Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide, which ran throughout January at Vaasa Opera in Finland. 

Lucy Mangan (MA Acting 2016) plays Eli in National Theatre of Scotland’s US Tour of Let the Right One In, which is adapted by Jack Thorne and will run from January to March.

Niamh McGowan (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2012) performed alongside Richard Pryal (BA (Hons) Acting 2005) in The Plough in the Stars, which ran at The National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre from 20 July to 22 October. 

Sam Newton (MA Acting 2016) is to be the alternate for the role of Christopher in the UK Tour of the hit West End production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, from January to September.

Kayleigh Frances O’Connor (MA Acting for Screen 2015) is part of the ensemble of The National Theatre’s production An Inspector Calls, which returned to the Playhouse Theatre on 4 November 2016, for a limited run until 4 February 2017.

Jenny Ogilvie (MA Movement Studies 2011) directed Dr Angelus at the Finborough Theatre, running from 27 November to 20 December, and will next provide movement direction for The Young Vic’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, running from 17 February to 1 April 2017. 

Enyi Okoronkwo (MA Acting 2014) played Donovan in The King's Head Theatre production of Paul Boakye's Boy with Beer, which ran from 8 to 26 November. He will next appear in Jack Thorne’s upcoming new musical, Junkyard, which will run at Bristol Old Vic from 24 February to 18 March, and follows a group of teenage misfits who try to build an adventure playground.

Declan Perring (BA (Hons) Acting 2013) starred in The Revenger’s Tragedy, at The Nottingham Playhouse from 1 to 12 November.

Becky Proudfoot (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2010) directed Simon Armitage’s Eclipse for the National Theatre Connections Festival and was performed on 1 August. The production also featured co-direction from James Atherton (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 1996). Throughout the year 500 performances from schools and Youth Theatres ran nationwide at partner and regional theatres throughout the year compete to be one of the 12 chosen to perform at the National as part of the festival. 

Karl Queensborough (BA (Hons) Collaborative and Devised Theatre 2015) played Aladdin at Lyric Theatre Hammersmith Christmas Pantomime from 19 November to 7 January. The production also included lighting design from Tim Deiling (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2009). 

Dominic Rye (BA (Hons) Acting 2015) played Trelawney in Treasure Island at the Birmingham Repetory Theatre from 26 November 2016 to 7 January 2017. 

Rajha Shakiry (MA Scenography 2011) provided set design for The Young Vic’s production of The Mountaintop, which ran from 7 to 29 October. 

Greg Sharman (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2011) is working as ASM on the Royal Shakespeare Company's Love's Labour's Lost and Much Ado about Nothing at Chichester Festival Theatre, Manchester Opera House and then the Theatre Royal Haymarket until March 2017.

Cherrelle Skeete (BA (Hons) Acting Collaborative and Devised Theatre 2011) plays Rose Granger-Weasley in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is produced by Sonia Friedman (Theatre Practice 1985) and includes sound design from Gareth Fry (BA (Hons) Theatre Studies 1996), associate sound design from Peter Malkin (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2012) and assistant stage management from Sally Inch (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2012).

Katherine Soper’s (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2014) Bruntwood Prize-winning play Wish List, co-produced by The Royal Exchange Theatre and The Royal Court Theatre opened at The Royal Court Theatre on 10 January, and runs until 11 February 2017. The production includes set design from Ana Ines Jabares-Pita (MA Scenography 2012).  

Thomas Weir (BA (Hons) Acting 2016) played Shane in Brassed Off at the Oldham Coliseum, which ran from 7 September to 1 October. 


Naana Agyei-Ampadu (MA Music Theatre 2006) starred as Gia in The National Theatre and Complicite’s co-production, A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, which ran from 14 October to 29 November. 

Annabel Bates (BA (Hons) Acting 2006) performs in The National Theatre’s production of Hedda Gabler, a new version of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, which includes sound design from Olivier Award-winning Tom Gibbons (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008). 

Cressida Brown (BA (Hons) Acting 2006) directed Theatre503’s production of Screens. Richard Irvine (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) was Stage Manager, and Declan Perring (BA (Hons) Acting 2013) had a starring role in the production, which ran from 10 August to 3 September.  

Emmanuella Cole (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) performed as part of the ensemble cast of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again, which was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Making Mischief Festival of New Writing, and later transferred to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, playing at the Traverse Theatre. 

Emily Dobbs (BA (Hons) Acting 2005) runs the production company, Emily Dobbs Productions, which co-produced The Dazzle with Michael Grandage Productions, run by Central’s President, alumnus and Honorary Fellow, Michael Grandage CBE (Stage 1984). The company also produced BUG, by Tracy Letts, which was recently shown at the company’s temporary space Found III in March, and stars James Norton and Kate Fleetwood, and Unfaithful which ran from 25 August to 8 October. 

Tom Gibbons (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008) provided sound design for The National Theatre’s production The Red Barn.

Emma Laxton (BA (Hons) Theatre Studies 2008) provides sound design for Young Vic’s production See Me Now, which runs from 11 February to 4 March 2017.

Eleanor Maatsura’s (BA (Hons) Acting 2005) performed in Bush Theatre’s This Place We Know, which ran from 26 September to 15 October. 

Siobhan McSweeney (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) performed in The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist, which transfers from Stratford-upon-Avon to The Barbican for a limited season from 2 September to 1 October. 

Toby Olié (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2006) provides puppetry design for Peter Pan, a National Theatre co-production with Bristol Old Vic, running from 16 November 2016 to 4 February 2017. 

David O'Mahony (MA Music Theatre 2006) goes into his second year performing in the West End’s Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, and his previous credits include The Bodyguard (Adelphi), and Batman Live, which he toured with in the USA. In addition to this he has been working closely with The Samaritans to campaign for greater mental health and suicide prevention awareness, and has recently published a blog for Elephant Journal that deals with these topics.

Benji Sperring (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2007) directed The Toxic Avengers at the Southwark Playhouse and The Stripper, written by the creator of Rocky Horror Show creator Richard O’Brien, at St James Theatre. 

Chris Swain (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2009) provided lighting design for Orange Tree Theatre’s production, Blue Heart, which is by Caryl Churchill and ran from 13 October to 19 November. 


Claudie Blackley (Stage 1995) and Lucy Cohu (Central Dip Acting 1980) both starred in The Young Vic’s production Once in a Lifetime, which ran from 25 November 2016 to 14 January 2017.

Antony Byrne (Stage 1991) performed as Kent in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear from 20 August to 15 October.

Barnaby Kay (Stage 1992) performs in the West End production of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios, which runs from 14 November 2016 to 18 February 2017.

Richard Kent (Design Interpretation 1998) provided set design for Shakespeare’s Globe productions, Cymbeline, and The Winter’s Tale, both running at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Neil McPherson (Stage 1992) wrote, It Is Easy to Be Dead, a play which ran at The Finborough Theatre in June before transferring to the West End for a limited season at Trafalgar Studios 2, from 9 November to 3 December 2016.

Tracy-Ann Oberman (Stage 1991) and Dominic Rowan (BA (Hons) Acting 1994) both appear in a brand new production of the award-winning comedy, Stepping Out, which is currently on UK tour before heading to the West End in Spring 2017. Tracy also joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers for a stage version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which took place at Saffron Hall on 3 December.

John Owen-Jones (PG Dip Acting Musical Theatre 1994) reprised his role as Jean Valjean for the last remaining performances of Les Misérables on Broadway, which closed on 4 September. He holds the record of being the youngest person to ever play the role at 26.


Rufus Sewell (Stage 1989) currently stars in The Old Vic’s revival of Yasmina Reza's Art, which opened on 10 December and will run until 18 February. He also recently played Lord Melbourne in ITV's, Victoria, and returns for season two of Amazon’s Man in the High Castle, in which he plays Obergruppenführer John Smith. 

Clarence Smith (Stage 1989) played Claudius in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s recent production of Hamlet.


Gillian Bevan (Stage 1978) starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Cymbelline, from 29 April to 15 October.

Lawrence T. Doyle (Theatre Practice 1973) was the Production Manager for Untold Stories, which ran at Watermill Theatre, Newbury.

Johanna Adams Farley (Theatre Practice 1973) was Stage Manager for Royal Opera House’s production of La Fille Mal Gardee, which ran from 27 September to 22 October. 

Deborah Warner (Theatre Practice 1979) directed The Old Vic’s production of King Lear, starring Glenda Jackson, which ran from 25 October to 2 December.


David Horovitch (Stage 1966) played Joe Keller in Rose Theatre Kingston’s production of All My Sons, which ran from 28 October to 19 November, and included lighting design from David Howe (Theatre Practice 1993), and voice coaching from Penny Dyer (Adv Dip Voice Studies 1984). 


Richard Pilbrow (Theatre Practice 1955) is the Lighting Designer for a production of My Fair Lady, which will is directed by Julie Andrews, running at The Sydney Opera House from 30 August to 5 November.

Vanessa Redgrave (Stage 1957) starred opposite Ralph Fiennes in The Almeida Theatre’s production of Richard III in June 2016. The production also included performance from Scott Handy (Stage 1993).


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