Alumni - Latest News

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

Where are they now?

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Awards and Nominations

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

What’s On Stage Award winners this year included Finn Ross (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2003), who co-won Best Video Design for his work on the West End production Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. The production, which was produced by Sonia Friedman (Tech 1985), and includes performance from Cherrelle Skeete (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2011), sound design from Gareth Fry (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 1996), associate sound design from Peter Malkin (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2012) and Production Management from Gary Beestone (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2002), also won Best New Play. 

Harry Potter And the Cursed Child also went on to win a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards in total, Gareth Fry (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 1996) won Best Sound Design for his work on the production, and it also won Best New Play. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, also produced by Sonia Friedman (Tech 1985), won Best New Comedy; Akhnaten, for which Rachel Hancock (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014) was Assistant Stage Manager, won Best New Opera, and Groundhog Day, which included choreography from Peter Darling (Stage 1988), won Best New Musical. We were delighted to have so many of our alumni recognised for their work this year, a full list of which can be found on our Alumni Olivier Award Nominations page. 

Winners of Irish Film and Television Awards this year included, Vikings, starring Linus Roache (Stage 1985) and Morgane Polanski (BA (Hons) Acting 2014), which won Best Drama. Also nominated in this category was Game of Thrones, which stars Kit Harington (BA (Hons) Acting 2008), Jerome Flynn (Stage 1984) and James Faulkner (Stage 1970). Other nominations included James Nesbitt (Stage 1988), for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in The Secret, and Susan Lynch (Stage 1993) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Bad Day For The Cut. The Secret Scripture, starring Vanessa Redgrave (Stage 1957), was also nominated for Best Feature Film. 

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 2017 Empire Awards Doctor Strange, for which Simon Paraskevas (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014) was Special Effects Trainee, won Best Visual Effects. Rogue: One: A Star Wars Story, and Bourne, both starring Riz Ahmed (MA Acting Classical 2006) picked up awards for Best Film and Best Thriller respectively, and he was also nominated for Best Actor. Also amongst the winners this year was The Night Manager for Best TV Series, which included performance from David Avery (MA Acting for Screen 2008) and Sara Stewart (Stage 1988). 

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.

At the Manchester Theatre Awards Katherine Soper’s (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2014) Bruntwood Prize-winning play Wish List, which ran at the Royal Exchange before transferring to the Royal Court and included set design from Ana Ines Jabares Pita (MA Scenography 2012), won three awards, including Best Studio Production. Also nominated this year was David Neilson (Stage 1973) for Best Actor for his performance in Endgame at HOME, Manchester.

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. 

Winners of Irish Film and Television Awards this year included, Vikings, starring Linus Roache (Stage 1985) and Morgane Polanski (BA (Hons) Acting 2014), which won Best Drama. Also nominated in this category was Game of Thrones, which stars Kit Harington (BA (Hons) Acting 2008), Jerome Flynn (Stage 1984) and James Faulkner (Stage 1970). Other nominations included James Nesbitt (Stage 1988), for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in The Secret, and Susan Lynch (Stage 1993) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Bad Day For The Cut. The Secret Scripture, starring Vanessa Redgrave (Stage 1957), was also nominated for Best Feature Film. 

This year’s Off West End Theatre Award nominations included Joanna Hickman (MA Music Theatre 2004) for Best Supporting Actress, for her performance in Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre. Engineer Theatre Collective, an alumni theatre company including George Evans, Jesse Fox, Simon Lyshon,  Beatrice Scirocchi (all BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2012), Emily Thommes (MA Creative Producing 2013), Sarah Beaton and Oscar Wyatt (both BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013), was nominated for Best Ensemble for their production of RUN, as was Off Stage Theatre Company for their production of RE: Home, which was directed by Cressida Brown (BA (Hons) Acting 2006), included sound design from Daniel Balfour (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2015) and performance from Rose Riley (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2014). The Toxic Avenger, which was directed by Benji Sperring (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2007) and included stage management from both Maikel Bellanco and Rachel Hancock (Both BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016 & 2014), was nominated for Best New Musical, and The Burnt Party Boys, which included performance from Ryan Heenan (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2016), was nominated for Best Musical Production.  

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.

James Fritz (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2011) was a double award winner at the 2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards, winning both the Imison and Tinniswood Awards for his original audio drama script, Comment is Free. He is the first dramatist to win both awards with a debut script. Danny Sapani (Stage 1992) was also nominated for Best Actor at the 2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards for his performance in A Raisin in the Sun.

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. 

At the 2016 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 2016 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 2016 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 the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 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.

Peter Darling (Stage 1988) won Best Choreography in a Musical at the 2016 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.


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). 

Marine Begault (MA Applied Theatre 2014) is Assistant Director of Border Crossings, an international theatre company specialising in combined arts performances fusing many forms of world theatre, dance and music. In addition to this she is also an Outreach Officer for Alexandra Palace Theatre, and works as a Drama and Workshop Facilitator for a number of other companies including Magic Me, Tender and Fresh Arts.  

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.

Melissa Booth (MA Performance Practices and Research 2012) has recently been appointed as The Roundhouse Trust’s Programmes Business Manager. She is also Artistic Director of Portmanteau Theatre, which through a collaborative approach to devising, combines movement, verbatim and storytelling to create witty and bold theatre that explores socio-economic issues from stories obtained through interviews and research.

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 and hosts an Experimental Variety night, called Piñata, an event in which performers can try new material and develop their ideas. 

Colin Campbell (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2014) is a freelance dramatherapist, and is currently working in bereavement therapy and in mainstream primary schools with children who have emotional and behavioral issues. He’s also provided work for a number of other institutions including a mental health day centre, a psychiatric hospital, and a centre for homelessness. 

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) is the Festival Coordinator at the Shakespeare School’s Festival, after having completed an 11 month Theatre in Education Tour of Italy with Theatrion.

Maria Jose Diaz (MA Scenography 2014) is now Senior Designer at the MET Studio, a design company based in London, Hong Kong and Mexico whose clients include The Natural History Museum, Lego and English Heritage. She has previously worked in a variety of creative roles at Real Studios and You Me Bum Bum Train, and is currently working on emblematic projects in Asia, South America, and the UK, including a museum of biodiversity in Guadalarjara, and a paleontology gallery in Hong Kong. 

Rob Drummer (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2010) is Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre (formally named 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 2016. 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. 

Malin B. Erikson (MA Actor Training and Coaching 2014) is currently Stage Director for the theatre company, Ormteatern, in Stockholm, Sweden.   

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.

Romana Flello (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2012) is Young Court Manager at the Royal Court, and is involved in running an inclusive programme of activities by, for and with young people between the ages of 6- 25.

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

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

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.

Jennifer Gilbert (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2014) is about to qualify as an Occupational Therapist, following an MA at the University of East Anglia. She credits the BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education course as having helped her develop the skillset to become a healthcare professional. 

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.

Douglas Green (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2012) is a Lighting Designer for IMAGINATION, a global creative communications agency, and has worked with clients such as Jaguar, Vivienne Westwood and Gieves & Hawkes. 

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.

John Higgins (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2011) is a Senior Producer for Media Mayhem Productions, who create award-winning content for commercials, online, broadcast and fiction, and whose clients include 20th Century Fox, Condé Nast, Glastonbury and the V&A Museum. 

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.

Natalia Jafar-Biglou (MA Applied Theatre 2014) is Project Manager for the British Council’s Shakespeare Lives, producing a global programme of events and activities celebrating the playwright's work.

Jonathan Johnston (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2014) has, since September, been teaching ESL in China, and will continue to do so until June 2017.  

Fiona Johnstone (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2010) is the Community and Education Officer at Discover Children’s Story Centre, a place where children and their families can enjoy playing, learning and making up stories together. 

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 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.

Katherine Mail (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2016) has just started working for the National Trust. Based in Kent, she will delivering on their 'Churchill's Chartwell' project, devising and delivering an ambitious programme of community learning and participation work linked to preserving Winston Churchill’s legacy by protecting objects and properties he was connected with.  

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) 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) was one of seven Trainee Producers on Tricycle Theatre’s Takeover 2017 project, Mapping Brent, which took place from 1 to 13 April 2017. 

Felicity Passmore (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2014) 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.

Abby Restall and Drou Constantinou (both MA Music Theatre 2015) have co-founded Hidden Theatre Company. They recently facilitated a masterclass with New York composing team Sam Carner and Derek Gregor, and have also held a number of evenings called Scratched, in which people can submit and develop their writing. 

Louise Rigglesford (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2012) is Community Partnerships Manager at Chichester Festival Theatre.

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 as an Editor for film production company, The Edge Picture Company, based in London.

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.

Veronika Szabo (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2016) taught at The Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest in January. She and Anna Clifford (Also MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2016) have founded a theatre company, Very Clock, which recently performed a sound installation at ICC Speak in Dublin. 

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) works 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. 

Tracy Caine (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2009) has been studying Music Performance and Songwriting at The Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham, and in addition to this has been gigging with several projects in Nottingham and Luton.

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. 

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.

Sean McNamara (MA Actor Training and Coaching 2009) was recently appointed as Head of the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) at the University of Surrey. 

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.

Jacqueline Seaquist (MA Performance Practices and Research 2007) was Coordinator of the Performing Arts Learning Centre at Hilo High School, and has spent the last 4 years as Program Director of HawaiiCon, an annual sci-fi fan convention project.

Andy Smith (MA Arts Education 2007) is a Freelance Director and Teacher, and has worked both nationally and internationally.

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.

Jennie McCusker (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2001) is the Associate Producer of HOME in Manchester. 

Benji Sperring (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2007) has been named Associate Director of the King’s Head Theatre. 

Piia Surakka (MA Voice Studies 2004) is Head of the Performing Arts Department at Järvenpää Adult Education Centre in Finland. 

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.

Thomas Hescott (BA (Hons) Theatre Studies 1999) has been appointed to run Stage Directors UK in the new role of Executive Director. He is a founding member of the industry body, and a freelance director.

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.


Engineer Theatre Collective, a theatre company founded entirely by Central alumni, including; George Evans, Jesse Fox, Simon Lyshon, Beatrice Scirocchi (all BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2012), Emily Thommes (MA Creative Producing 2013), Sarah Beaton and Oscar Wyatt (both BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013), have produced a new show A Gap in the Light, which will run at the New Diorama from 2 to 27 May. 

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. 

Elliot Barnes-Worrell (BA (Hons) Acting 2012), Angus Wright (Stage 1990) and Daniel Rabin (BA (Hons) Acting 1996) performed in Almeida Theatre’s production of Hamlet, which was directed by Robert Ike and included sound design from Tom Gibbons (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008). The production ran from 17 February to 15 April at the Almeida, and transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5 July to 2 September. 

Polly Bennett (MA Movement Studies 2011) provided movement direction for Travesties, which ran at Menier Chocolate Factory from 26 September to 3 October, and recently had a West End transfer at the Apollo Theatre from 3 February to 29 April. She also provided movement for Bristol Old Vic’s production of Junkyard, which ran from 24 February to 18 March, and starred Enyi Okoronkwo (MA Acting 2014), and included lighting design from Jack Knowles (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008).

Jack Berry (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) has recently finished working as Head of Video on the Asian tour of Ghost the Musical. Before embarking on this tour he was the Stage Electrician for the world premiere of Groundhog Day at The Old Vic, and a Production Electrician for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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, he then went on to join ENO's production of The Winter’s Tale, directed by Rory Kinnear, running from the 27 February to 15 March. The acting ensemble of a new operative version of The Winter’s Tale, which was produced by the English National Opera and directed by Rory Kinnear, includes an ensemble formed of a number of graduates from our BA (Hons) Acting CDT course: Lucas Button (2016), Matthew Coulton (2016), Ellie Isherwood (2015) and Beatrice Scirocchi (2012). The production ran at The Colosseum from 27 February to 14 March, and included Assistant Stage Management from alumna Rachel Hancock (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014). 

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.

Claire French (MA Applied Theatre 2014) provided Education and Outreach for Roundelay, a new play by Sonja Linden which was performed at Southwark Playhouse from 23 February to 18 March, and explored love, sex and relationships in older age, and was inspired by Schnitzler’s scandalous Reigen / La Ronde.

Rebecca Gausnell (MFA Voice Studies 2016) is a Freelance Dialect Coach, specialising on American accents with British actors. Her recent work on television includes; Berlin Station, a Paramount Pictures Television drama shot in Berlin, Tau; a science fiction thriller, produced by Phantom Four Pictures, and shot in Serbia; Endeavour, for ITV, and The Crown, for Netflix. She has also been involved in a number of theatre productions including last year’s production of All My Sons at the Rose Theatre Kingston.

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.

Peter Hobday (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2011) played Roderigo in Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of Othello, which ran at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 23 February to 22 April, and included movement direction from Ayse Tashkiran.

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. 

Serena Jennings (BA (Hons) Acting 2015) lead the cast of the world premiere of an all-female version of Laura Wade’s acclaimed play POSH, which ran at London’s Pleasance Theatre from 29 March to 22 April.

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.

Dadiow Lin (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2012) is now working towards a PhD at Goldsmiths. His Practice-as-Research project, Am I Pretty, a devised performance looking at the nature of self, body images and cosmetic surgery, was performed at the Camden People’s Theatre from 6 to 8 April. 

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

Jennifer Mackenzie (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2016) recently performed in the role of Tyltyl in Maeterlinck's The Bluebird, touring with Lightbox Theatre in February.

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.

Nessa Muthy (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2010) has written two plays; Sex With Robots and Other Devices, which ran at Live Theatre from 22 to 24 February, and Put In The Schwarzes And De-Stat It, which ran at The Bunker from 18 April to 11 May, as part of Cardboard Citizen's Home Truths season.

Helena Muir and Natasha Culley (both BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2016) are part of the UK and Ireland touring cast of Mischief Theatre’s Olivier Award-winning show, The Play That Goes Wrong. 

Sam Newton (MA Acting 2016) plays alternate Christopher in the UK Tour of the hit West End production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which runs until September 2017 and also includes performance from Danielle Kassarate (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2012), video design from Finn Ross (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2003), dialect coaching from Jeannette Nelson and company voice work from Charmian Hoare (Teaching 1975).

Kayleigh Frances O’Connor (MA Acting for Screen 2015) was 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 provided 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, and performed in Jack Thorne’s new musical, Junkyard, which ran at Bristol Old Vic from 24 February to 18 March, and follows a group of teenage misfits who try to build an adventure playground.

Ronak Patani (BA (Hons) Acting 2014) recently appeared in The National Theatre’s production of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, as part of series of Shakespeare for younger audiences. Romeo and Juliet was directed by alumnus Bijan Sheibani (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2001).  

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

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. 

Lucy J Skilbeck (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2010), who was the Genesis Future Director's Award winner, directed The Young Vic’s The Bear/The Proposal, which ran from 15 to 25 March, and included performance from alumni Rebecca Root (MA Voice Studies 2008) and Kamari Romeo (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2013). Her theatre company, Milk Presents, which she co-founded with Adam Robertson (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2010) and Ruby Glaskin (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2010), is also currently touring with their award-winning show JOAN.

Greg Sharman (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2011) was Assistant Stage Manager on the Royal Shakespeare Company's Love's Labour's Lost and Much Ado about Nothing, which played at Chichester Festival Theatre, Manchester Opera House and then the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

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).  

Hanne Talbot (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2015) is the Costume Supervisor for Arcola Theatre’s production of New Nigerians, running from 14 February to 11 March. 

Jon Tarcy (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2015) makes his Royal Shakespeare Company debut starring in their production of Julias Ceaser, and performing alongside Josette Simon (Stage 1979) in Anthony and Cleopatra, both of which run in Stratford-Upon-Avon between 3 March to 9 September, and include sound design from Carolyn Downing (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2002). 

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

Audrey Brisson (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2009) stars in the role of Gelsomina in the UK touring production of La Strada, which includes Assistant Production Management from Sebastian Cannings (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) and Assistant Stage Management and Wardrobe from Rachel Middlemore (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014).   

Oliver Chris (BA (Hons) Acting 2000), Amar Duffus (BA (Hons) Acting 2016) and James Wallace (Stage 1993), performed in The National Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night. Oliver Chris will also reprise his role as Prince William for a BBC 2 TV film adaptation of the stage production of Mike Bartlett’s Olivier Award-winning King Charles III, which was produced by alumna Sonia Friedman (Tech 1985).  

Andrew Garfield (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) is currently starring in The National Theatre’s production of Angels in America, which opened on 11 April, and the production also includes performance from Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (BA (Hons) Acting 2006), and includes company voice work from Jeanette Nelson (Adv Dip Voice Studies 1988) and Charmian Hoare (Tech 1975).

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

Duncan Macmillan (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2002) adapted Paul Auster’s City of Glass, which was performed at Lyric Hammersmith on 20 April. Also his hit play, People Places and Things, for which Polly Bennett (MA Movement Studies 2011) provided movement and Tom Gibbons (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008) won an Olivier Award for sound design, will transfer to St Ann's Warehouse in New York this October.

Jon McLeod (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2009) provided sound design for I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard, which ran at Finborough Theatre from 28 February to 25 March, and was presented by Joe C Brown in association with alumnus Neil McPherson (Stage 1994). 

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. 

David O’Mahony (MA Music Theatre 2006) goes into his second year performing in Carol King’s Beautiful on the West End, and is joined by recent graduates, Jessica Joslin, Ryan Heenan (both BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2016), and Tsemaye Bob-Egbe (MA Music Theatre 2016).

Sue Mythen (MA Movement Studies 2005) provided movement direction for Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of The White Devil, running from 26 January to 16 April, and included performance from Mercy Ojelade (MA Actor Training and Coaching 2008), and Sarah Vevers (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2011).

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

Caroline Shelley (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008) and Samuel Piper (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) were scenic artists for the new West End production, 42nd St, playing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

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

Dominic Tighe (BA (Hons) Acting 2005) performed in Menier Chocolate Factory’s She Loves Me, which ran from 26 November 2016 to 4 March 2017. 

Sarah Tipple (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2005) was Revival Director for English National Opera’s The Pirates of Penzance, which ran from 21 to 25 March. She was also Revival Director for their production of Madame Butterfly last year, having previously directed it there in 2012. She works regularly with the English National Opera, and in addition to this is Director and Co-Founder of the company Barbershopera.

Anna Watson (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2000) provided lighting design, and Lucy Cullingford (MA Movement Studies 2005) provided movement, for Snow in Midsummer, at RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.


Sarah Ball (Stage 1990) and Michael Feast (Stage 1967) both starred in Lyric Hammersmith’s production of Seventeen, which ran from 4 March to 8 April, and included sound design from Nick Manning (Tech 1994).

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.

Barış Celiloğlu (MA Applied Theatre and Drama Education 2003) played Charlotte in Arcola Theatre’s production of The Cherry Orchard, which ran from 15 February to 25 March, and David Howe (Theatre Practice 1993?) provided lighting design. David Howe also provides lighting design for Southwark Playhouse’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which will run from 1 to 25 March.

Paul Chahidi (Stage 1994) and Nathalie Armin (Stage 1992) both performed in Donmar Warehouse’s production of Limehouse, which ran from 2 March to 15 April, and included sound design from Emma Laxton (BA (Hons) Theatre Studies 1998).

Keir Charles (BA (Hons) Acting 1999) performs in The Orange Tree Theatre’s production of The Lottery of Love, which includes costume supervision from Holly Henshaw (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013) and runs from 30 March to 13 May. 

Lizzie Clachan (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 1998) will be providing set design, and Tom Gibbons (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008) will be providing sound design, for The Young Vic’s production of Life of Galileo, running from 6 May to 24 June. 

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

Gareth Fry (BA (Hons) Theatre Studies 1996) will provide sound design for The Old Vic’s production of Woyzek, which will run from 13 May to 24 June. 

Barnaby Kay (Stage 1992) performed in the West End production of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios, which ran 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.

Anna Madeley (BA (Hons) Acting 1998) performed in The Young Vic’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which ran from 16 february to 1 April, and included assistant direction from Yaz Al-Shaater (BA (hons) Theatre Practice 2008), movement direction from alumna Jenny Ogilvie (MA Movement Studies 2011), voice direction from Cathleen McCarron (MA Voice Studies 2010) and scenic art from Natalie Perkins (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2009). 

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) recently appeared in The Wild Party at The Other Place, formerly St James’ Theatre, which ran from 13 February to 1 April. 

Hannah Ringham (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 1998), Co-Founder of award winning performance collective SHUNT, performed in Dancing Bear, Dancing Bear, which ran at Camden People’s Theatre in January. She then went on to take her show, I Want Love (part 1) (preview), to Shoreditch Town Hall in February, for which research and development took place at Central last term, in collaboration with students on the MA/MFA Advanced Theatre Practice. 


Rufus Sewell (Stage 1989) starred in The Old Vic’s revival of Yasmina Reza's Art, which opened on 10 December and ran 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.

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. 

Michael Fenner (Stage 1975) played Baptista in Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of Taming of the Shrew, which ran at The Globe from 4 to 25 March. 

Howard Harrison (Tech 1979) provided lighting design for The Old Vic’s production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, which starred Daniel Radcliffe, and ran from 25 February to 29 April. 

Sian Thomas (Stage 1974) and Baris Celiloglu (MA Applied Theatre and Drama Education 2003) performed in Arcola Theatre’s production of The Cherry Orchard, which ran from 15 February to 25 March and included lighting design from David Howe (Tech 1993). 

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.

Susan Wooldridge (Stage 1971) performed in Hay Fever, running at The Edinburgh Lyceum from 10 March to 1 April. 


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). 

Sara Kestelman (Stage 1965) appeared alongside alumnus Dorian Lough (Stage 1987) in Hampstead Theatre’s production of Filthy Business, which ran from 10 March to 22 April, and included sound design from Paul Groothuis (Tech 1981). 


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


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