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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 alumni@cssd.ac.uk.

This page will be updated with new entries every term.

Awards and Nominations

Congratulations to all alumni who have recently won or been nominated for awards.  

The Favourite, starring Joe Alwyn (BA (Hons) Acting 2015) in the role of Masham, won ten British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), including Best British Independent Film, and has also been nominated for Best International Film at the 34th Spirit Awards and a BAFTA Award for Best Film. The highly anticipated film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos also included performance from Alfrun Rose (BA (Hons) Acting 2016) and Willem Dalby (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2016). Joe Alwyn can also be seen in the role of Robert Dudley in the recently released film Mary Queen of Scots, which also included performance from Kadiff Kirwan (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2011) and dialect coaching from Nick Trumble (MA Voice Studies 2013).

Also at the BIFA Awards, Dame Judi Dench (Stage 1956) was honored with the Richard Harris Award, and Rupert Everett (Stage) was among nominees for Best Actor for his role starring in The Happy Prince, which he also wrote and directed.

At the UK Broadway World Awards, Andrew Ellis (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2005) won Best Lighting Design for his work on Eugenius! at the Other Place Theatre; Les Miserables and Hamilton, produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh (Tech 1965) won Best Long Running West End Show and Best New Production of a Musical respectively, and Sonia Friedman’s (Tech 1985) play, The Jungle, won Best New Production of a Play. For a full list of Central alumni nominated this year, visit: https://www.cssd.ac.uk/news/broadwayworld-uk-awards-2018

Vinay Patel (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2012) and Kit Harington (BA (Hons) Acting 2008) were included in London Evening Standard’s The Progress 1000 in the category of Screen; Rachel Parris (MA Acting for Screen 2007) was named in the category of Comedy, and Emily Dobbs (BA (Hons) Acting 2005), Sonia Friedman and Sir Cameron Mackintosh were all named in the category of Theatre.

At the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Sir Cameron Mackintosh was awarded the Lebedev Award for his contribution to musical theatre, and his production of West End’s Hamilton, which formally starred Ash Hunter (BA (Hons) Acting 2011) as Alternate Hamilton and now Karl Queensborough (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2015) in that role, was also named Best Musical. Also among winners was Sonia Friedman’s productions The Inheritance and Jungle for Best Play and Best Design respectively, and Cecilia Noble (Stage 1988) was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Nine Night at the National Theatre.

At this year’s Golden Globe Awards, Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Ben Hardy (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2012) in the role of Roger Taylor and including movement coaching from Polly Bennett (MA Movement Studies 2011), won Best Motion Picture – Drama. Also nominated in this category was Black Panther, which included performance from Martin Freeman (Stage 1995) and Danny Sapani (Stage 1992), as well as work from Cerris Morgan-Moyer (2013) as a Voice Artist. Other nominations included The Favourite, starring Joe Alwyn, for Best Motion Picture – Musical of Comedy; Killing Eve, including performance from Susan Lynch (Stage 1993), for Best Television Series – Drama, and A Very English Scandal, including performance from Fisayo Akinade (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2011), for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.  

This year’s WhatsOnStage award nominations include alumnae Vanessa Redgrave (Stage 1956) and Sian Thomas (Stage 1974), who have both been nominated in the category of Best Supporting Actress for their roles in Home, I'm Darling and The Inheritance respectively; alumnus and Central's President Michael Grandage (Stage 1984), nominated for Best Direction for his production The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and alumnus Tim Deiling (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2009), nominated for Best Lighting Design for his work on regional touring production, Six. The awards ceremony will take place on 3 March, and for a full list of alumni nominations, visit: https://www.cssd.ac.uk/news/whats-stage-award-nominations

Tim Crouch’s (Advanced Diploma Creative Theatre 1994) play Beginners was shortlisted for Best Play for Young Audiences by The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB).  

Emma Dennis-Edwards (MA Applied Theatre 2012) and Natasha Harrison (MA Movement Studies 2016) both joined this year’s cohort of Old Vic 12, in the writing and movement directing categories respectively. The scheme, now in its fourth year, provides twelve emerging artists the opportunity to expand their networks, receive first-class mentoring and develop three new plays to be presented at The Old Vic. 

Johanne Jensen (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2017) won The ETC Award for Excellence in Lighting Design and Bethany Gupwell (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2018) was the recipient of The Francis Reid Award, both awarded by the Association of Lighting Designers.

Danusia Samal (BA (Hons) Acting 2012) won Theatre503’s 2018 International Playwriting Award for her play OUT OF SORTS. The play was chosen from a shortlist of five plays, selected from over 2,055 scripts.

Tristam Summers (MA Acting for Screen 2008) won Best Actor at the Orlando Film Festival for starring in SOLO!, which also won Best Feature at both the Marbella International Film Festival and the Bristol Film Festival, as well as Best Comedy at the Madrid Film Festival.

Sophie Swithinbank’s (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media in 2016) play Bacon won Soho Theatre’s Tony Craze Award 2018. The play is about masculinity, power and loneliness seen through the eyes of two men, starting from their days at school and moving through to adulthood.

In the Community

Central’s alumni produce a high standard of work across a multitude of disciplines in the arts, theatre and education sectors, and beyond. The following provides a snapshot of some of their recent work-to-date:

2010's


Michael Ackland-Lang (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2015) is now Props and Puppets Master for Disney Cruise Line's award-winning, The Disney Dream.

Dan Blaker (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2017) has joined Battersea Arts Centre as a Sound Technician.

Grace Baylis (MA Applied Theatre 2018) is the Participation and Outreach Coordinator for the National Centre for Circus Arts, one of Europe’s leading providers of circus education.

Jeta Daco (MA Scenography 2018) is now a Graphics Designer for Camden People’s Theatre.

Susan Ferley (MA Actor Training and Coaching 2017) has recently been appointed as Artistic Director of The Cameco Capitol Arts Centre in Port Hope, Canada, commonly called the Capitol Theatre. Prior to this, and before leaving to pursue her MA, she was Artistic Director at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, from 2001 to 2016 — the longest-serving artistic director in that theatre’s history.

Conor Hunt (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2016) has joined Greenwich & Lewisham’s Young People’s Theatre as their Community Programme Manager, helping to deliver their Community Engagement Programme at The Tramshed, and to diversify and extend the reach of their audiences, particularly those experiencing barriers to access. His programming responsibilities include a series of music and comedy nights, as well as tailored events for adults with learning difficulties, and he will also be responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Woolwich Carnival (in partnership with the Woolwich Carnival Association).

Laura Hurkett (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2016) started her own Drama and Movement Therapy business ‘Bristol Drama Therapy Ltd’ in 2016, working privately with children and young people. Alongside this, she has been working in a part-time associate lecturing post at the University of the West of England (UWE), teaching the module ‘Introduction to Creative Writing’ and creating and teaching ‘Introduction to Dramatherapy’, for students interested in training to become Dramatherapists.

Chia Min Hung and Caroline Johnson (both MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2017) founded Presque Vu, an emerging collaborative of international theatre practitioners. Based in London, they make work that explores the dissonant perceptions of reality inherent in human interaction. Inspired by worldwide literature, folklore, and the stories that constitute our understanding of who we are, Presque Vu believes in the potency of popular folktales and superstitions.

Ruut Luoto (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2017) was Assistant Producer for Tampere Theatre Festival in 2018, specifically overseeing the OFF Tampere Programme. The festival celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, and is the oldest annual theatre festival in the Nordic countries.

Joshua Mathieson (MA Voice Studies 2017) is currently Head of Voice/Co-Vice Principal at theMTA (Musical Theatre Academy), and was recently Voice Coach for Hansel and Gretel at Rose Theatre, Kingston, running from 6 December to 6 January. 

Krystina Nellis (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2017) was chosen to join Soho Theatre Writer's Lab and was Longlisted for Pint-Sized Theatre Festival 2018.

Samuel Piper (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) has been made Deputy Scenic Artist at Rocket Scenery in Nottingham, working on creative sets for theatres across the UK and overseas.

Finlay Ross Russell (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2018) joined Chichester Festival Theatre as their Education Trainee.

Lauren Sale (MA Applied Theatre 2011) has been appointed Conservatory Executive Director at North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Xinyi Shen (MA Creative Producing 2014) is now Managing Director of Verse Unbound Ltd, a London based producing and project management company dedicated to bringing quality services to artists, cultural organisations, academic institutions and theatre companies from across both UK and Chinese theatre industries. With a strong connection to both China and UK theatres, it is established with an aim of working towards the development of theatre industry, personal and social development of Chinese audiences, and contributing to cultural collaboration between the UK and China.

Bobby Smith (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2010) has now been appointed an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance at The University of Warwick.

Rachael Smith (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2014) is a Producer for theatre company, PearShaped. The company presented their first show, Conquest, in February at VAULT Festival 2018, which then transferred to the Bunker Theatre for a two week run in June 2018.

Ilai Szpiezak (MA Creative Producing 2014) founded Upstage Creative Ltd, an event and entertainment company producing fully immersive and bespoke experiences, events and performances for any occasion. Each production is crafted and delivered by a dynamic team with the vision and passion to elevate every idea into something exceptional.

Hanne Talbot (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2015) has joined the team at The Royal Court as their Wardrobe Manager. 

Zaylie-Dawn Wilson (MA Applied Theatre 2012) is now Head of Learning & Participation at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Rachel Vogler and Kim Turford (both BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education (Writing for Performance) 2018) have co-founded Houselights, an organisation that will work with drama schools and youth theatres to deliver workshops better equipping graduating theatre professionals with knowledge of the policies and processes around sexual harassment, and reporting it. Rachel and Kim have already met with around 20 theatre organisations to develop their programme to ensure they are able to reach the widest range of future industry professionals, and that it can be tailored for the requirements of different institutions. Houselights inaugural forum event will take place on 23 October at the Arcola Theatre, the event is free of charge and open to all, and will feature guest speakers and discussions from industry professionals. Tickets for this can be booked here: www.arcolatheatre.com/event/houselights-open-forum/

2000's


Zoe Hunter (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2004) was accepted onto a feature length screenwriting residency called Bellrock, funded by Creative Scotland, under the mentorship of Producer, Ian Sellar. Last year she filmed a TV series for CBBC called Last Commanders which was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA, and she’s due to start filming the second series in February.

Dan Skili (PG Dip Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame) 2000) has recently qualified as a Clinical Supervisor, and he now teaches on the course ‘Introduction to Dramatherapy’ at the City Lit College as well as running a bi-monthly Men's Wellness and Support Group in London.

Ann Turiano (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2006) has been appointed Managing Director of the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, a non-profit organisation that produces five shows a year and has an extensive outreach programme, offering education programs for local students, and lectures and workshops for people of all ages.

Maira Vazeou (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2001) was selected as one of the designers to represent Greece at Prague Quadrennial 2019, one of the largest platforms for Scenography in the world, which provides events, exhibitions and educational programmes to bring the best of design for performance, scenography, and theatre architecture to the front line of cultural activities to be experienced by professional and emerging artists as well as the general public.

1990's


Ric Watts (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 1998) is now Senior Producer at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre. For the last ten years, one of Ric’s many producing activities has included running the award-winning theatre company, Analogue, along with MA Advanced Theatre Practice alumna Hannah Barker (PGCE Drama 1998), who will be leaving to concentrate on her role as Creative Producer at The Belgrade Theatre in the run up to Coventry City of Culture 2021. 

Screen and Radio

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.

2010's

Naomi Ackie (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2012) will join the cast of the next Star Wars film, Star Wars Episode IX.

Joe Alwyn (BA (Hons) Acting 2015) jas recently appeared in major feature films, The Favourite, Mary Queen of Scots and Boy Erased.  

Elliot Barnes-Worrell (BA (Hons) Acting 2012) will play Captain Derrick in Universal Pictures’ film The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, starring alongside Robert Downey Jr., Emma Thompson and Rami Malek, which will be released next year. He also appeared in recently released blockbuster Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Hannah John-Kamen (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2012).

Haley Bishop (MA Acting for Screen 2015) played Meredith in an episode of Deep State, an eight-part espionage thriller series starring Mark Strong. 

Simona Bitmate (BA (Hons) Acting CDT, 2010), made her feature film debut in Mike Leigh's Peterloo in the role of Esther. She will also join Leeds Playhouse Ensemble, a dynamic repertory company, playing Ophelia in Hamlet and Mary in Be My Baby. 

Tom Brittney (BA (Hons) Acting 2012) has joined the cast of ITV’s Grantchester, playing new co-lead, Reverend Will Davenport, replacing James Norton and joining series regulars Kacey Ainsworth (Stage 1994) and Tessa Peake-Jones (Stage 1978).

Ted Duran (MA Acting for Screen 2014) plays Axel in HBO Asia’s series Grisse, which was released in November, and will also be appearing in a China-Australia co-production feature film titled The Longest Shot.

Dino Fetscher (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2013) has joined the cast of hit series Humans, broadcast on Channel 4, in which he plays the synth, Stanley.

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

Ben Hardy (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2012) plays Roger Taylor in 20th Century Fox’s film Bohemian Rhapsody about seminal British rock band Queen, chronicling the years leading up to their legendary appearance at the Live Aid concert, which also included movement coaching from Polly Bennett (MA Movement Studies 2011).

Hamza Jeetooa (MA Acting for Screen 2010) played Manish in an episode of Doctor Who titled, Demons of the Punjab, which was written by Vinay Patel (MA Writing for Screen and Broadcast Media 2011).

Hannah John-Kamen (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2011) recently starred as F’Nale Zandor in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name. The film also included Susan Lynch (Stage 1993) in the role of Alice and appearance from James Dryden (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2012). Hannah also recently appeared in Tomb Raider and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and will next appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Carissa Hope Lynch (MA Applied Theatre 2009) is currently Development Producer at Two Brothers Pictures Limited. She made her first foray into the industry with Big Talk Productions, developing and script editing drama. At Big Talk she worked on Houdini & Doyle and the new series of Cold Feet. She then moved on to script edit Stan Lee’s Lucky Man starring James Nesbitt (Stage 1988) and including appearance from Holly Boyden (MA Acting 2017) for Carnival, before joining Two Brothers. Carissa is now developing White Dragon by Mark Denton & Jonny Stockwood, a conspiracy thriller which is currently shooting in Asia.

Jemma Moore (MA Acting for Screen 2014) appeared in feature film, Wonder Woman, which stars Eleanor Matsuura (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) in the role of Epione.

Joshua Oakes-Rodgers (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2015) stars as Paul in Mark Gattis’ The Dead Room, a new historical drama for BBC4 consisting of six episodes telling the story of a long-running radio horror series and its veteran presenter and national treasure Aubrey Judd.

Simon Paraskevas (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014) is working extensively in special effects for film, with BAFTA and Oscar nominated Paul Corbould. Simon’s achievements most recently include Special Effects work for Jurassic World 2 Fallen Kingdom, Dunkirk and Marvel’s Doctor Strange, and Beauty and the Beast.

Morgane Polanski (BA (Hons) Acting 2014), who stars in History Channel’s Vikings, directed two short films, The Understudy, which debuted at MyFrenchFilmFestival and The Stroke, which she co-wrote and produced with Serena Jennings (BA (Hons) Acting 2015). Morgane and Serena have set up their own production company, Stroke Productions, and are now working on a third short film.

Alfrun Rose (BA (Hons) Acting 2016) appeared in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, released in November, which also included special effects assistance from Simon Paraskevas (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014).

Will Tudor (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2011) played Christopher Dean in ITV’s feature length biopic Torvill and Dean, first broadcast on Christmas Day, depicting the early story of the figure skaters who captured the public’s imagination with their stunning gold medal-winning dance to Boléro at the 1984 Winter Olympics.

2000's


David Avery (MA Acting for Screen 2008) played Xanthias in BBC and Netflix’s miniseries Troy: Fall of a City, an epic story of love and war, intrigue and betrayal depicting the 10-year siege of Troy.

Zoe Boyle (MA Acting 2006) played Grace Emberley in Netflix’s Frontier, and has also been announced to appear in the upcoming television adaptation of the hit romantic comedy, Four Weddings and a Funeral.  

Kit Harington (BA (Hons) Acting 2008) provides the voice of Eret in animation, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and will reprise his role as Jon Snow for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, released later this year.

Eleanor Matsuura (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) has joined the cast of hit US TV show, The Walking Dead, playing the role of Yumiko. The show, now in its ninth season, also continues to star Tom Payne (BA (Hons) Acting 2005) in the role of Paul ‘Jesus’ Rovia. 

Nick Payne (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2007) wrote new six-part drama, Wanderlust, which stars Toni Collette and Steve Mackintosh, airing on BBC One and Netflix.

Rebecca Root (MA Voice Studies 2008) had starring roles in two of the falls’ anticipated films; she played Mayfield in The Sisters Brothers, which also starred Riz Ahmed (MA Acting 2006) in the role of Hermann Kermit Warm, and Rachilde in Collette, which was adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Stage 1996).

Jessica Swale (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2006) wrote and directed satirical short film, Comedy Short: Leading Lady Parts, for the BBC. This included a host of well-known figures from the film and television industry, including Catherine Tate (Stage 1993), and highlights the mistreatment and objectification of women in the film industry. Jessica has also recently adapted Jane Austen’s novella Sense and Sensibility, which runs at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick until 26 October, and has written the screenplay for a new feature drama Summerland, which will star Gemma Arterton.

1990's


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.

Martin Freeman (Stage 1995) played Everett K. Ross in Marvel’s Black Panther, which also included performance from Danny Sapani (Stage 1992), and for which Cerris Morgan-Moyer (BA Fine Arts - Theatre 1993) was also a Voice Artist. The film was released to rave reviews and is 2018’s highest grossing film. Martin also stars in Ghost Stories, a recently released film adaptation of the West End play.

1980's


Barbara Berkery (Adv Dip Voice Studies 1983) was Dialect Coach for Netflix’s The Outlaw King, assisting Chris Pine in the role of Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick.

Geoffrey Cantor (Stage 1987) played Frank in Netflix’s Maniac, and continues in his role as Mitchell Ellison in Netflix’s Daredevil.

Rupert Everett (Stage) wrote, directed and starred in The Happy Prince, charting the untold story of the last days of Oscar Wilde, which also included performance from Tom Colley (MA Acting for Screen 2010), in the role of Maurice Gilbert, and appearance from Julian Wadham (Stage 1980). 

Jared Harris (Stage 1988) stars in new US series The Terror, which premiered on AMC and also includes recurring appearance from John Lynch (Stage 1984).

Jason Isaacs (Stage 1988) plays Dr. Hunter Aloysius ‘Hap’ Percy in Netflix’s The OA and Captain Gabriel Lorca in Star Trek: Discovery, which also included performance from James Frain (Stage 1993). 

James Nesbitt (Stage 1988) returns in the role of Adam Williams for series eight of Cold Feet on ITV. He also stars in Sky’s drama, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man.

Linus Roache (Stage 1985) plays David Wellington in acclaimed US drama Homeland. Episodes from the seventh season are soon to be broadcast on Channel 4.

1970's

Lindsay Duncan (Stage 1974) plays Ysabeau de Clermont in Sky’s new fantasy drama, A Discovery of Witches.

Zoë Wanamaker (Stage 1970) stars in ITV’s new six-part drama Girlfriends.

1950's


Dame Judi Dench (Stage 1957) played Queen Victoria in the recently released film Victoria and Abdul, and she also starred as Princess Dragomirraf in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, which will be released in November.

Vanessa Redgrave (Stage 1957) played Flora in BBC2’s miniseries Man In An Orange Shirt

Stage

Central graduates are making their mark in theatre 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.

2010's


Fisayo Akinade (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2011) plays Eros in National Theatre’s Antony and Cleopatra, starring alongside Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo. The play, which opened in September, was broadcast by NTLive to cinemas throughout the UK on 6 December, and ran until 19 January. 

David Albury (MA Music Theatre 2013) made his West End debut as Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical, which is currently running at Shaftesbury Theatre, and Rosalie Fenelon (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2005) is Deputy Stage Manager.

Jonathan Blaydon (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2016) played Nol/Valentine in Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Theatre Royal Bath Productions’ UK tour of Shakespeare in Love, which ran from 4 October to 24 November.

Tsemaye Bob-Egbe (MA Music Theatre 2016), Baker Mukasa (BA (Hons) Acting 2016) and Jammy Kasongo (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2015) all performed in the ensemble for Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, which ran at the Aldwych Theatre.

Jamie Cameron (MA Acting 2013) reprised his role as Young Ebenezer in A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic, performing alongside Stephen Tompkinson (Stage 1987), who played Ebenezer Scrooge, and Oliver Evans (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2010) in the role of Ferdy. The production directed by Jack Thorne, ran from 24 November to 19 January and included lighting design from Sam Waddington (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016).

Jasper William Cartwright (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2016) played the roles of Billy, Heine and Klebb in a new UK Tour of National Theatre's WarHorse, running from 15 September to 2 February 2019.  

Oliver Chris (BA (Hons) Acting 2000) wrote and directed semi-interactive verbatim play, Ralegh: The Treason Trail, which included performance from Nathalie Armin (Stage 1992), Tim Steed (Stage 1998) and Amanda Wright (BA (Hons) Acting 2003), and ran at The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 24 to 30 November.

Matthew Churcher (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2014) and Karl Queensborough (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2015) both performed in an adaptation of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, which included sound design from Carolyn Downing (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2002), and ran at Kiln Theatre from 26 October to 22 December. Karl Queensborough has now joined the cast of Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s West End production of Hamilton as Alternate Hamilton, taking over from Ash Hunter.

Christian Clark (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) has been appointed as Deputy Head of Lighting for the RSC’s UK & Ireland Tour of Matilda, for which Steffan Lloyd-Evans (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2011) plays The Escapologist. Jessica Joslin (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2016) is part of the ensemble of the West End cast, and Peter Darling (Stage 1988) provides Choreography for both.

Zoe Cotton (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2015) was Head of Automation for Company, which ran at the West End’s Gielgud Theatre from 26 September to 22 December, and Stage Manager for Unicorn Theatre’s production of Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales, running from 13 November to 6 January, which included performance from David Emmings (BA (Hons) Acting 2009) and Rachel Hosker (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2016).

Sam Ducane (MA Acting 2015) played Lieutenant Colonel Howfield in Ian Hislop’s play, The Wipers Times, which includes voice coaching from Mary Howland (MA Voice Studies 2001) and opened at Nottingham Theatre Royal, running there from 28 August to 1 September, before going on a UK Tour.

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.

Martins Imhangbe (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2013) and John Mackay (Stage 1983) both perform in The Tragedy of King Richard The Second, running at Almeida Theatre from 10 December to 2 February.

Hannah Jarrett-Scott (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2013) and Nina Bowers (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2017) performed in the European premiere of The Wolves at Theatre Royal Stratford East, which included design from Rosie Elnile (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014) and movement from Ayse Tashkiran, and ran from 24 October to 17 November.

Keziah Joseph (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2016) played Mowgli, and TJ Homes (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2001) plays Hiran, in Jessica Swale’s (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2006) adaptation of The Jungle Book, which toured the UK.

Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2018) plays Prudence in The Young Vic's production, The Convert, written by Danai Gurira and running from 7 December to 26 January.   

Molly Lynch (MA Music Theatre 2014) played Betty Schaefer in the UK tour of Sunset Boulevard. Also, part of the lighting team on the production was Roisin Dullard (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016), and the Chief Electrician was Phil Brejza (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2015). 

Mogali Masuku (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2017) wrote, directed and performed in The Orphan Stain, a movement piece which ran at Tristan Bates Theatre on 17 and 18 December as part of The Blacktress 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. 

Jessica Murrain (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2013) currently performs in Chichester Festival Theatre’s King Lear in the West End alongside Daniel Rabin (BA (Hons) Acting 1996), and she also performs in The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol alongside Rachel Winters (BA (Hons) Acting 2008).

Shaniqua Okwok (BA (Hons) Acting 2018) and Demetri Goritsas (Stage 1993) both performed in Debbie Tucker Green’s Ear for Eye at the Royal Court, running from 25 October to 24 November.

Vinay Patel (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2012) wrote An Adventure, which includes performance from Martins Imhangbe (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2013), running at Bush Theatre from 12 September to 20 October. Paines Plough and Theatre Clwyd also took Vinay’s play, Sticks and Stones, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year as part of their Roundabout season.

2000's


Adebayo Bolaji (MA Music Theatre 2008) directed the World Premiere of Jacky Ivimy's play Dialektikon, which ran at Park Theatre from 6 to 29 December, and included a professional debut from Rhys Anderson (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2018) as well as performance from Benjamin Victor (MA Music Theatre 2014).

Lucy Cullingford (MA Movement Studies 2005) provided movement design and Toby Olié (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2006) provided puppetry design for Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Don Quixote, running at the Garrick Theatre from 27 October to 2 February.

Matthew Forbes (BA (Hons) Acting 2008) is Resident Puppetry Director for National Theatre’s War Horse, which returned to The National Theatre as part of its UK Tour from 8 November to 5 January to mark Armistice Day and stars Jasper William Cartwright (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2016) and Lucas Button (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2016). Matthew Forbes also directed Sandi Toksvig’s Treasure Island, which included set design from Rebecca Brower (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2011), production management from Ned Lay (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2017), and performance from Mikey Brett (BA (Hons) Acting 2008), Dominic Rye (BA (Hons) Acting 2015) and Meghan Treadway (BA (Hons) Acting 2010), which ran at Leicester Haymarket from 13 December to 6 January.

Kit Harington (BA (Hons) Acting 2008) co-stars alongside Johnny Flynn in Sam Shepard’s True West, running at West End’s Vaudeville Theatre from 23 November to 23 February. Kit will also return to screens to provide the voice of Eret in animation, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and to reprise his role as Jon Snow for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones.

Laura Harrison (MA Music Theatre 2009) is playing Magenta/Usherette in the UK touring production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Mark Hawkins (BA (Hons) Acting 2007) has joined the cast of West End’s The Woman in Black at The Fortune Theatre, playing ‘The Actor’.

Jack Knowles (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008) provides lighting design and Carolyn Downing (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2002) provides sound design for The Producers, running at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, from 30 November to 2 February.

Elana Martin (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2009) has joined the cast of the UK Touring production of Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon, playing the role of Ellen.

Rory Neal-McKenzie (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008) is Senior Company Manager for West End’s School of Rock - The Musical.

Terry O’Donovan and Daphna Attias (both MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2004), Co-Founders and Artistic Directors of theatre company, Dante or Die, produced User Not Found, a new play exploring what happens to our digital identities when we die, which ran at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and has been performed in various locations across the UK.

Emily Plumtree (BA (Hons) Acting 2009) and Matthew Foster (BA (Hons) Acting 2012) are performing as Mollie Ralston and Det. Sergeant Trotter respectively in the West End production of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap until April 2019, bringing it through to its' 67th record-breaking year as the longest running play on the West End.

Finn Ross (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2003) has, in addition to providing video design for Broadway’s Frozen, been working with Adam Young (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2010) on providing video design for Sonia Friedman’s (Tech 1985) Broadway production of Mean Girls.

1990's


Matthew Alan-Smith (Tech 1995) is currently Head Followspot Team Leader for Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s (Tech 1965) Les Misérables on London’s West End.

Kathryn Drysdale (BA (Hons) Acting 1999), Barnaby Kay (Stage 1992), and Sian Thomas (Stage 1974) all performed in National Theatre’s Home I’m Darling, which included sound design from Tom Gibbons (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008) and lighting design from Lucy Carter (Tech 1993).

Martin Freeman (Stage 1995) and Tracy-Ann Oberman (Stage 1991) both perform in Jamie Lloyd Company’s extraordinary season of Harold Pinter’s (Stage 1951) one-act plays to mark the tenth anniversary of the Novel Prize winner’s death.

Anna Madeley (BA (Hons) Acting 1998) and Lucy Cohu (Stage 1990) both performed in The Height of the Storm, which was directed by Jonathan Kent (Stage 1970) and included sound design from Paul Groothuis (Tech 1981), and ran at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End from 2 October to 1 December. Anne Madeley also plays Anne Granger in the recently released film, The Little Stranger, an adaptation of Sarah Water’s bestselling novel, which also included performance from Oliver Chris and Angus Wright (Stage 1990).

Catherine Tate (Stage 1993) took her show The Catherine Tate Show LIVE to West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre from 7 to 12 January, featuring a host of her famous characters and sketches created for BBC2's The Catherine Tate Show.

1980's


Dawn French (Teaching 1980) played The Wicked Queen in the pantomime, Snow White, at the London Palladium, which included stage management from Sebastian Cannings (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) and ran from 6 December to 13 January. Dawn French is also currently appearing in the third season of comedy series, Delicious, on Sky1.  

Michael Grandage (Stage 1984) directed the hugely anticipated stage adaptation of Disney’s Frozen, which opened on Broadway’s St James Theatre on 22 February, and included video design from Finn Ross (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2003). 

Cecilia Noble (Stage 1988) performed in Night Night running at National Theatre, and which included design from Rajha Shakiry (MA Scenography 2011).

Gareth Snook (Teaching 1980) plays Dora Chance in Emma Rice’s adaptation of Angela Carter’s Wise Children, which opened at The Old Vic and ran there from 8 October until 10 November, and is now touring the UK.

1970's


Roberta Taylor (Stage 1976) played Dusty Springfield’s mother in Dusty: The Musical, which ran at The Lowry theatre in Salford from 25 to 28 July, and will soon go on a UK Tour.

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