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At the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards, Marvel’s box office smash hit, Black Panther, won Best Movie. The film included Martin Freeman (Stage 1995) in the role of Everett K. Ross and performance from Danny Sapani (Stage 1992), as well as Cerris Morgan-Moyer (BA Fine Arts – Theatre 1993) as a Voice Artist.
At the Critics Circle Awards, Hamilton, produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh (Tech 1965) and including performance from Ash Hunter (BA (Hons) Acting 2011) as Alternative Hamilton, won The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical, and The Ferryman, produced by Sonia Friedman (Tech 1985), won Best New Play.
Nominations for the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland included Sara Stewart (Stage 1988) in the category of Best Actress for her performance as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Also, Long Days Journey into Night, which included lighting design from Ben Ormerod (Tech 1979) was nominated for Best Design.
Shows at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe that won awards include; What Girls Are Made Of, directed by Orla O’Loughlin (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2000) at Traverse Theatre, which won a Scotsman Fringe First Awards; Power Play: Funeral Flowers at Pleasance Pop-up, by Emma Dennis-Edwards (Directing Text 2012), which won The Filipa Braganca Award, and [insert slogan here], produced by YESYESNONO, founded by Rhian Davies (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2009), which was nominated for New Diorama Untapped Edinburgh Award 2018.
Among nominees for this year’s Hospital Club Awards was Emmy Award-winning actor, musician and activist Riz Ahmed (MA Acting 2006), nominated in the category of Film, and Rachel Parris (MA Acting for Screen 2007), an award-winning musical comedian, actor, improviser and presenter and one of the stars of smash hit satirical BBC2 series, The Mash Report, nominated in the category of Broadcast.
At The Latin UK Awards 2018, I Occur Here, which was directed by Mariana Aristizabal (MA Performance Practice as Research 2016) and devised and performed by both Daniela Cristo Mantilla (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2018) and Santiago Godoy (MA Acting 2016), won Best Theatrical Production of the Year.
At the Manchester Evening Theatre Awards, Sunset Boulevard, which stars Molly Lynch (MA Music Theatre 2014) in the role of Betty Schaefer, won Best Musical, and The Father, including performance from Kerry Peers (Stage 1988), won Best Production, and she was also nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance.
At the National Television Awards, BBC’s Doctor Forster, which included performance from Neil Stuke (Stage 1991) and Sara Stewart (Stage 1988), won Best Drama.
At this year’s Off-West End Awards, Amber Massie-Blomfield (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2007) won a Special Achievement Award for her work as Artistic Director of Camden People’s Theatre; Ben Jacobs (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) won Best Lighting Design for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, and Lucy J Skilbeck (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2010) won a TBC Award for Joan. Also, The Life, which includes performance from David Albury (MA Music Theatre 2014) and lighting design from David Howe (Tech 1993), won Best Musical Production, and Superhero, which included lighting design from Sam Waddington (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) and production management from Andreas Ayling (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013), won Best New Musical.
At this year’s Olivier Awards, which were hosted by Catherine Tate (Stage 1993), Hamilton also picked up seven of the thirteen nominations it received, including Outstanding Achievement in Music and Best New Musical. Also, The Ferryman won Best New Play. In addition to this, Labour of Love which starred Martin Freeman (Stage 1995) and was produced by Michael Grandage (Stage 1984), won Best New Comedy; Angels in America which starred Andrew Garfield (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (BA (Hons) Acting 2006), won Best Revival, and Follies which included sound design from Paul Groothuis (Tech 1981), sound operation from Jonus Roebuck (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2009), costume supervision from Helen Johnson (Tech 1984), and casting by Jacob Sparrow (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2005), won Best Musical Revival. Nominations also included Tom Gibbons (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008) for Best Sound Design for his work on Almeida Theatre’s production of Hamlet, and Andrew Garfield (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) for Best Actor for his starring role in National Theatre’s Angels in America.
At the Rakutek TV Empire Awards, Jason Isaacs (Stage 1988) won Best Actor in a TV Series for his performance as Gabriel Lorca in Star Trek: Discovery, and The Death of Stalin, which he also starred in, and which included performance from Emilio Iannucci (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2015) and Paul Chahidi (Stage 1994), won Best Comedy. Also Wonder Woman, which starred Eleanor Matsuura (BA (Hons) Acting 2004), included performance from Jemma Moore (MA Acting for Screen 2014) and voice coaching from Roisin Carty (Adv Dip Voice Studies 1995), won Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which starred the late Carrie Fisher (Stage 1977) and included performance from Danny Sapani (Stage 1992), won Best Film, and Coco, which starred Gael García Bernal (Stage 2000), won Best Animated Film.
The Stage Debut 2018 Award nominations included Khadija Raza (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2017), nominated for Best Designer for her work on Hijabi Monologues, Spun, and Mixtape, at the Bush Theatre, the Arcola Theatre, and Manchester’s Royal Exchange respectively, and Georgia Christou (BA (Hons) Acting 2008) for Best Writer for Yous Two at Hampstead Theatre.
At the Teen’s Choice Awards, Carrie Fisher (Stage 1977) posthumously won Choice Fantasy Movie Actress for her performance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Coco which included voice from Gael García Bernal (Stage 2000) won Choice Best Fantasy and he was also nominated for Choice Fantasy Movie Actor; Black Panther, which included performance from Martin Freeman and Danny Sapani, and Voice Artist Cerris Morgan-Moyer, won Choice Best Sci-Fi, and Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, which included performance from Will Tudor (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2011), won Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show. Also nominated was Joseph Morgan (BA (Hons) Acting 2002) for Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor for his performance in The Originals, and both Tomb Raider and Ready Player One, including performance from Hannah John-Kamen (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2011), received nominations.
At this year’s Tony Awards, Andrew Garfield (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for starring as Prior Walter in National Theatre’s Angels in America; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child produced by Sonia Friedman (Tech 1985), including sound design from Gareth Fry (BA (Hons) Theatre Studies 1996) and Pete Malkin (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2012), and video design from Finn Ross (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2003), went on to win seven accolades, including Best Play and Best Sound Design. Finn Ross (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2003) was also nominated alongside Adam Young (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2010) for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for their work providing video design for Sonia Friedman’s production of Mean Girls; Tom Gibbons (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008) was nominated for Best Sound Design for his work on Duncan Macmillan’s (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2002) adaptation of 1984. Also, Sonia Friedman’s production, Farinelli and The King was nominated for Best Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play and Best Scenic Design in a Play, and Frozen, directed by Central President and alumnus Michael Grandage (Stage 1984) and Mean Girls produced by Sonia Friedman, were both nominated for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.
At the WhatsOnStage Awards Sonia Friedman was the recipient of the Equity Award for Services to Theatre. Also amongst the winners at the ceremony were her productions The Ferryman, for Best New Musical, Hamlet, for Best Play Revival and Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, for Best West End Show and Best Show Poster. Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s productions Les Misérables also won Best Regional Production, and Hair, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) and including performance from Jammy Kasongo (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2015), won Best Off-West End Production.
Peter Carroll (Adv Cert Speech and Drama 1969) was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at The Sydney Theatre Company. The Helpmann Awards recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence across many disciplines of Australia's live performance sector.
Judi Dench (Stage 1957) received a Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival ahead of their screening of Red Joan, which she stars in, and she will also be presented with the Golden Icon Honourary Award at Zurich Film Festival.
Carrie Fisher (Stage 1977) won a posthumous Grammy Award in the spoken word category for her audio recording of her bestselling memoir The Princess Diarist.
Sonia Friedman was listed at the top of Time Magazine’s list of 100 influential people of 2018 in the ‘Titans’ category.
Ryan Hawley (BA (Hons) Acting 2007) was nominated for a British Soap Award for Best Actor for his performance as Robert Sugden in Emmerdale.
Jack Knowles (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008) was nominated for a Knights of Illumination Award for his work providing lighting design from National Theatre’s Barber Shop Chronicles.
Abi Morgan’s (Advanced Diploma Creative Theatre 1993) contributions as a playwright and screenwriter were recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List in which she was awarded an OBE. Abi has written for TV, Film and Theatre, her work includes feature films Suffragette and The Iron Lady, and most recently she wrote new BBC drama The Split.
Graham Norton (Stage 1989) was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance for The Graham Norton Show. Also nominated was the television adaptation of King Charles III for Best Single Drama, in which Oliver Chris (BA (Hons) Acting 2000) reprised the role of William, Prince of Wales, having performed it in Sonia Friedman’s (Tech 1985) award-winning theatre production on both the West End and Broadway.
Vanessa Redgrave (Stage 1957) was the recipient of the Golden Lion career prize at Venice Film Festival.
Finn Ross (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2003) won an award at the Los Angeles Dramatic Critic’s Circle Awards for his CGI/Video Design on Broadway’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
JAMS, a London-based group of international artists including Sophie Grodin (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013) and Jemima Yong (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2011) produced play, Marathon, which won the 2018 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust.
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:
Michael Ackland-Lang (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2015) was formerly working for Elemental Design, and went on to provide design for a number of projects at PMB Theatre and Exhibition Services in Royston, and the The Royal Opera House. Between May to August 2017, he was working at The Opera Holland Park.
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).
Miles Ascough (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2017) runs a prop making business, offering design and fabrication services for theatre, film, TV and corporate clients, which include Théâtre Volière, BBC, Spectrecom Films, Spinnaker Tower, Hidden City, Haig Whiskey, Mr. President and Warner Bros.
Ana Diaz Barriga and Jess Kaufman (both MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2015) created and produced Beyond the Wall, a binational festival in Nogales Arizona/Sonora, where the US/Mexico border wall runs through the centre of the town. The festival featured 15-foot tall puppets built with community members from both sides playing at the border wall. The project used large-scale puppetry and community engagement to turn the wall from an object of fear and division into an object of play and unity. Beyond the Wall is the subject of a forthcoming documentary film from 24 Fotogramas.
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.
Charlotte Bence (MPhil/PhD 2017 & MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2011) has recently left Unite, having been involved in overseeing workers in the hospitality sector there, to return to Equity in the role of Low Pay/No Pay Organizer, leading on their Professionally Made Professionally Paid campaign, having formerly been their Student Scheme Supporter.
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.
Christopher Blois-Brooke (MA Applied Theatre 2016) is Founder and Director of Dialogue – The Community & Performance Network, which is a non-profit knowledge sharing network who run programmes to support organisations and individuals who use Community Performance in their work.
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 behavioural 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.
Shaun Campbell (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2017) is a Technician Assistant at Hoxton Theatre.
Joanna Caronel (nee. Lanceta) (MA Voice Studies 2016) is Founder and Director of SecondAccent™, a premiere corporate coaching service that integrates facial and sound recognition technology into its practices, and she also serves as the Speech Coach for National Asian Artist Project (NAAP) in New York.
Max Cherry (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) has joined The Royal Court Theatre as a Duty Video Technician, and previous to this he was a Technician for HighTide Festival and Deputy LX for The Pleasance Theatre Trust.
Aiden Condron (MA Actor Training and Coaching 2014) is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Acting course at Falmouth University.
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.
Leah Curtis (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014) was recently appointed as a Dresser for the Royal Court Theatre.
Katy Danbury (MA Theatre Studies 2010) has been appointed Theatre Manager of Old Red Lion Theatre, and is also a Producer and Curator for London Horror Fest.
Jenny Dee (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) has worked with BBC, Sky and Universal Music as well as various other television and film production companies as Art Director and Puppeteer/Puppet Designer. Her recent work includes working as Co-Producer of the Suspense London Puppetry Festival at the Little Angel Theatre, and devising and performing her one-woman comedy puppet show, Vetted.
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 palaeontology gallery in Hong Kong.
Simon Dodi (BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2011) is now Learning Academy Programme Coordinator at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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.
Rio Dunsdon-Fry (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2017) has recently taken a position working in the Creative Learning Department of Tricycle Theatre.
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.
Kate Elmer (MA Writing for Screen and Broadcast Media 2015) was chosen to take part in BBC Comedy Room, a six-month development scheme for writers identified through their open submission room. She is one of eight writers to take part in this, and was selected based on a script she wrote for her MA.
Kate-Lois Elliott (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013) is Education Practitioner for Shakespeare’s Globe, and Producer for Backbone Theatre.
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.
Joel Enfield (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014) now works at The Royal Academy of Arts as Assistant Digital Product Manager, and prior to this worked at the National Theatre as a Digital Producer.
Leah Erdos (MA Applied Theatre 2017) joined the Creative Learning: Youth Theatre Department at Omnibus Theatre to work on a project training drama teachers in Beijing.
Malin B. Erikson (MA Actor Training and Coaching 2014) is currently Stage Director for the theatre company, Ormteatern, in Stockholm, Sweden.
Victoria Eyton (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2014) is now a Freelance Creative Producer. She has worked for Punchdrunk for a number of years, as well as theatre company Darkfield, co-founded by David Rosenberg (Tech 1998), and a number of other dance and physical theatre companies.
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.
Jazz-Kane Flaherty (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014) is the Programme Director of Drama Arts Ltd, an arts education company in Singapore, where he is responsible for outlining all educational programmes to all levels of education in Singapore. In addition to this he teaches at many of these schools, running workshops and directing a variety of student-led performances in many professional settings. As a director, he has worked with government ministries in Singapore to bring arts to the community, and has worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Peoples Association and Ministry of Family Services on a number of these productions. Last year he worked with Google Singapore to help facilitate a cultural forum session as part of their Asian summit, which saw employees from Japan, Australia and India coming to Singapore to help understand cultural differences in the workplace, and this year he directed a one man show devised in Singapore looking back on his life in post-colonial Malaysia, called Year Zero, which he took to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.
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.
Christina Ford (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2015) is Resident Artist & Engagement Coordinator at Create London, which explores the ways artists can contribute to the lives of people in cities. In addition to this, she and Sharada Osman (also BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2015) also recently performed in Another Single Mother in June 2017 at The White House in Dagenham. The play explores the challenges faced by, and stigma attached to, single parent families, and this performance is the outcome of a residency she undertook working with single parents within the Borough of Barking and Dagenham.
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.
Hannah Fosker (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2010) is now Head of Education at the Old Vic.
Catherine Fowles (MFA Creative Producing 2015) started a yearlong Stage One Regional Producer Placement with Birmingham Repertory Theatre in which she works as Assistant Producer alongside their arts team.
Amee Freyone (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2016) runs a dramatherapy project at an elderly care home, working specifically with those living with dementia.
Eve Garrett (MA Applied Theatre 2015) has recently joined The National Autistic Society as a Performing Arts Teacher. This follows previous roles she’s undertaken for Ambitious About Autism, a specialist FE college offering support for young adults with complex autism in their transition to adulthood, where she’d been both Lecturer and Learning and Behaviour Specialist.
Fannie Gemtos (MA Music Theatre 2001) has, since 2015, been leader of Rizareios Theatre Club Theatre at School, teaching as Theatrologist and Director. She has also been performing with Elli Dadira on songs in the musical theatre and cinema concert "A Little Theatre Music" (a concert with English, American, German and French musical theatre and cinema songs, duets and soli) in 2017, all over Greece.
Mike-Lee Gentle (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2010) is now a Facilitator in Residence at Bigfoot Arts Education and a Video Editor for Fingrove Media.
Jennifer Gilbert (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2014) qualified 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.
Rebecca Glaisher (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2010) was appointed Senior Lighting Technician at the Young Vic theatre in February.
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.
Helen Green (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2010) recently joined company Live Theatre to lead on its work with children and young people. She arrives at a significant time for the company as it expands a programme of free story writing workshops for North East schools. These Live Tales Workshops will allow children to develop ideas and original thinking as well as build confidence.
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.
Liam Harris (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2013) has recently been appointed as Head of Drama at Hurstpierpoint College in West Sussex.
Natasha Harrison (MA Movement Studies 2016) is joining Joseph Mercier (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2008, MPhil/PhD 2015) at Leeds Beckett University, where she will be teaching a module on their BA Performing Arts, called Making Dance Work, and a module called Collaboration for their BA Dance course, and she will also be joining the Royal College of Music to teach their MA Opera Students Movement. In addition to this, she is completing a project with Red Ladder and WYP called, the Shed Crew, based in a warehouse in Leeds with a community chorus.
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 Victoria & Albert Museum.
Ruby Hodgson (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013) is now Assistant Curator for the Victoria & Albert Museum. Prior to this she was Collections Management Assistant there, and before that had worked at The English National Opera as Head Dresser.
Will Hudson (MA Applied Theatre 2016) is Founder and Artistic Director of Society Unlimited, a social enterprise created to improve communication and foster creative potential in local communities and the arts sector. In addition to this, he is also currently Youth Theatre Director at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, delivering acting training to both youth and community groups in East London, and recently collaborated on the National Theatre’s Public Acts production of Pericles. Until July 2018 he was also Associate Facilitator for Outside Edge Theatre Company, working with participants who have experience of substance misuse to build awareness of the issue of addiction, and running the company’s outreach work to treatment centres and schools across London. He has led, until recently, the Kiln Theatre’s Minding The Gap programme, directing theatre projects for young people recently arrived to the UK.
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.
Jasmine Hylton (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2015) is now a Teacher of English, Drama & PSHE at The Wren Academy in London.
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.
Amy Keenan (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2016) is a Dramatherapist, working both freelance and with Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.
Robyn Khan-Cleland (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013) is a Freelance Scenic and Mural Artist. Recent commissions include Capital Scenery, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Cleveland Play House, Indiana Repertory Theatre and Utah Shakespeare Festival.
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.
Sarah Kosar (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2011) and Hannah Banister (BA (Hons) Acting 2012) were selected to take part in this year’s Old Vic 12 scheme, which is now in its third year, and involves a company of talented developing writers, directors, producers, composers and designers working with The Old Vic on their bicentenary year, and beyond. Sarah was selected as a writer for the scheme, and Hannah was selected as a director.
Natalia Kouhartsiouk (MA Applied Theatre 2010) is an Educational Program Coordinator at the Cyprus Theatre Museum, she is also Co-Founder and Project Coordinator for NGO TheatrEtc, which based in Cyprus, consists of a group of applied theatre practitioners and educators who have come together to develop initiatives that promote the use of the expressive arts in social and cultural settings.
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.
Ned Lay (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2017) is now Deputy Stage Manager for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Aidan Lesser (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2011) is now working as the Production Manager for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Prior to this appointment he was a Deputy Production Manager at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre during their multi award-winning summer 2016 Season.
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.
Andrea Lewis (MA Voice Studies 2017) is currently teaching text on the Acting Part Time Course at Rose Bruford, teaching voice at Identity School of Acting, and teaching acting through song and song writing at City Academy.
Aimee Lindsell (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2013) is now currently working as a third year secondary school Drama Teacher.
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.
Bruna Fernanda De Lima Longo (MA Movement Studies 2010) is based in São Paulo, Brazil, where she is a Pedagogic Director on a professional acting course, she combines teaching in a conservatoire setting with freelance teaching, workshops and movement directing for various theatre productions.
Jessica Lowery (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2015) is now Education and Assess Assistant at Donmar Warehouse.
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.
Konstantza Maniatopoulou (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2011) has recently opened a private practice in Patras, Greece, where she offers 1-to-1 and group dramatherapy and dreamwork workshops.
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.
Ruth Milne (BA (Hons) Acting 2010) is a theatre practitioner for Geese Theatre Company, who present interactive theatre and facilitate drama-based group work in prisons, young offender institutions, youth offending teams, secure hospitals and related agencies throughout the UK and abroad. She is responsible for Co-facilitating theatre workshops examining issues including violence and substance misuse and working with prisoners and other marginalised groups to devise and perform theatre. She is also a Facilitator for Open Door, a new initiative working to increase the accessibility of drama schools, and in addition to this is Co-Artistic Director and Producer of Etch Theatre Company.
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.
Erin Elizabeth Morris (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2017) is currently working in Hong Kong, where she teaches Drama and English.
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.
Travis Nesbitt (MA Creative Producing 2016) is Founder and Producer of The Boyband Project, which was recently featured on NBC. The company creates unique and authentic performances for theatres, corporate events and parties around the popular musical convention of boy bands. Each performance is a nostalgic look at boy band acts throughout the decades, utilising talent from the West End and Broadway. The company operates in both the UK and the US, and the UK team also includes Alec Porter (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2016).
Bradley O’Donoghue (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2017) is now a Youth Engagement Coordinator for Tender, an educational arts charity that uses the arts as a medium to engage young people and instigate discussions surrounding heathy relationships, consent and friendships, with the holistic aim to prevent domestic abuse.
Anthony Orme (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2015) has been appointed Associate Producer at The Hope Theatre in Islington.
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.
Ruthie Osterman (MA Performance Practices and Research 2013) and Sita Thomas (MA Movement Studies 2012) were two of the six participants chosen to take part in a new programme called Artistic Directors of the Future, which will see them involved in the running of the Bush Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre for a year, carrying out the duties of an Artistic Director.
Alegia Papageorgiou (MA Scenography 2016) is currently studying for a second MA degree in Arts Science at The Royal Academy of Arts.
Sherese Parris (MA Acting 2016) is the Artistic Director of Brooklyn’s The Black Lady Theatre.
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.
Lucrezia Pollice (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2017) produced and directed documentary, I-dentity, which was selected and screened alongside a masterclass at the British Film Institute for the United Nations Festival. The I-DENTITY project challenges people’s preconceived notions of who migrants, refugees and immigrants are by focusing on the individual and what makes them who they are. She also wrote and directed Breathe, which will transfer to the West End at The Tristian Bates Theatre from the 6 to 12 of August later this year.
Reka Polonyi (MA Applied Theatre 2011) founded the International Paris Fringe Festival.
Katie Price (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2018) has recently accepted a position as an Arts Therapist for Hertfordshire County Council, and will be working across a number of schools in the county.
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).
Ellen Pye (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2014) is Co-Founder of Happynings, an arts collective aiming to engage communities with their environment and provide exciting events and workshops for local community groups. They are running a number of events across Bristol with their project GoGo..., which involves asking people to build a model of their local area using found materials.
Izzy Rabey (MA Applied Theatre 2015) is currently Trainee Director at The Other Room Theatre, Cardiff, which was winner of the The Stage's 2016 Best Fringe Theatre award, and was recently nominated for an Empty Space Peter Brook Award. She is also an Applied Drama Facilitator for Valley and Vale Community Arts, and will be working on an applied drama project this year with young Masaai women in Narok, Kenya who have experienced forced marriage and FGM, and in addition to this has worked with young people at a pupil referral unit who have autism and mental health issues, and set up her own bilingual Applied Drama company Dan Yr Haul/Under the Sun last year, delivering workshops at UK festivals.
Andrija Repec (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2017) joins the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna as Assistant Director, and was accepted on the Young Vic Theatre’s Directors Program.
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.
Marilyn Rice (MA Applied Theatre 2015) has joined the Lyric Hammersmith as their Producer for Education, and she has also recently returned to Central to work with current MA students.
Louise Rigglesford (BA (Hons) Drama Applied Theatre and Education 2012) is Community Partnerships Manager at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Cathryn Robson (MA Voice Studies 2011) will be co-directing the 1st Fitzmaurice Voicework Conference in the United Kingdom in July 2018.
Beatrice Rocchi (MA Scenography 2011) has recently taken the position of Architectural Lighting Designer at Reflexion AG in Zurich, Switzerland.
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.
Samuele Russo (MA Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame) 2017) offers creative psychotherapy in his private practice in East London, in addition to working for a range of organisations including Core Asset’s Children Services, working with young people to build resilience from their experiences of domestic violence and abuse, and an organisation called Steps2Recovery, helping ex-offenders in recovery from drug and drink related offending behaviours.
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.
Jennifer Scott-Malden (MA Actor Training and Coaching 2016) is a Freelance Actor Trainer with projects currently at Arts Educational, Bird College and Performance Preparation Academy.
William Selby (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) works for Rainbow Productions as Lead Prop Costume Maker.
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.
Eamonn B. Shanahan (MA Creative Producing 2015) is Producer and Artistic Director of Poppin Productions, which aims to establish a greater professional voice in the Irish arts market by engaging and developing new audiences, creating new experience and educational platforms and establishing exciting new artistic styles within the arts industry.
Laura Sharpe (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2016) is 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.
Bobby Smith (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2010) is now Associate Lecturer of Applied Theatre at Staffordshire University. In addition to this he has delivered numerous arts-based projects and been facilitator and workshop leader for a wide range of organisations, such as Foundation for Peace, Cardboard Citizens, Europia, Le Petit Artiste Children's Theatre, and Street Style Surgery.
Jenaya Marie Smith (MA Applied Theatre 2013) is currently a Freelance Drama Practitioner, working in a number of schools and arts organisations, and in addition to this runs a small regional studio offering bespoke tuition to children and adults.
Maria Soledad Henriquez Vargas (MA Movement Studies 2012) is now based in Santiago de Chile, where she teaches two movement courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile entitled "Conciencia Corporal" and "Composición Corporal". She also teaches on the second year movement course at Finis Terrae University.
Daniel Solon (MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2014) participated in the Jerwood Opera Foundations Course at Aldeburgh Music. This was as a result of his work on his final project at Central, a libretto called ‘VEAL’. This libretto has since been developed further, with a showcase at Second Movement’s Rough for an Opera scratch night in London. An aria from ‘VEAL’ has also been recorded through an arrangement with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Daniel also completed an MA in Opera Making and Writing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in conjunction with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Royce Sparks (MA Actor Training and Coaching 2013) founded True Acting International, which provides training for actors across Europe and the United States, and is involved in outreach projects, connecting the arts to groups, charities and individuals doing valuable humanitarian work.
Adam Stadius (MA Music Theatre 2011) has been appointed Programme Leader for Musical Theatre at Leeds College of Music (LCoM), a new course which he launched this September in partnership with the Leeds Playhouse.
Daniel Starmer (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2013) will be leading on Global entertainment PR company the DDA Group’s new initiative DDA Live, an events production outfit that will work across festivals, film premieres and awards.
Scarlett Sterne (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2017) is now a Young Peoples Officer at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth.
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.
Ginny Tam (MA Applied Theatre 2017) was recently appointed as Deputy Manager for the Hong Kong Drama/Theatre and Education Forum, and will be involved in developing strategies that better support the growth of applied theatre in Hong Kong.
Adam Taylor (MA Creative Producing 2013) is currently Executive Director of The Garage in Norwich, and is also Co-Founder and Executive Producer of All-In Productions.
Megan Taylor (MA Applied Theatre 2017) is training as a Musical Theatre Company Manager at the Royal Academy of Music.
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.
Hetal Varia (MA Voice Studies 2016) is currently providing one-to-one voice coaching in India across a number of professions and sectors, whilst also working with international and national theatre and performance practitioners and drama schools there.
Lennie Varvarides (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2005) founded the DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival, the world’s first festival dedicated to screening the visual innovation of dyslexic and neurodiverse story makers, showing a collection of moving images dedicated to exploring dyslexic narratives. As part of the Festival, more than 20 films were screened in the King’s Cross Crypt Gallery, dyslexic artist D-Fuse produced an immersive video installation, and an industry panel discussion took place exploring the “dyslexic aesthetic”.
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/
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.
Rhiannon Wilkins (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2010) is the Arts Stages Coordinator for Latitude Festival and in addition to this works with Festival Republic to oversee the Alternative Stage at Reading Festival and supports SPILL Festival, an international arts festival, as their Open Project Manager on The SPILL Open, a scheme for emerging or overlooked artists.
Alistair Wilkinson (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2016) is the Artistic Director of WoLab, a working laboratory for artists to create. He is currently seeking submissions from actors, writers and directors for an event, PlayList, which will take place at The King’s Head Theatre in March, and last year he directed Man Cub, a queer adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.
Zowie Wise (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2017) was Head of Scenic Art to a team of fifteen for Scruffy Dog’s installation of new Thorpe Park ride The Walking Dead, employing Jonny Brown and Rosie Hirst (both BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016), and providing work experience for Central students Alice Olley and Ellen Forbes.
Matt Whale (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2018) is now a Lighting Technician for Royal Court Theatre and Sadler’s Wells, and is also a Lighting and Sound Technician for Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company.
Jack Whitewood (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2012) is Artistic Director at the Ventnor Exchange and Ventnor Fringe. He is also Trustee/Executive Board member for British Arts Festivals Association (BAFA), and Trustee of New Carnival Company.
Abigail Whitfield (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2017) is now studying for a PGCE in Secondary Drama Teaching.
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.
Sarah Wilson (MA Creative Producing 2012) is a Projects Producer for Fuel, a producing organisation working in partnership with some of the most exciting artists in the UK to develop, create and present new work for all.
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.
Katherine Wyatt (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2015) is currently leading a team of volunteers in Bangladesh.
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.
Kathryn Yohe (MA Applied Theatre 2017) is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of a non-profit organization, A.B.L.E. (Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations) in Chicago, which provides artistic experiences through which individuals with developmental differences can develop and share their voices through the performing arts. The organisation recently premiered their second feature film starring an ensemble of 20 actors with Downs Syndrome in September, and is currently rehearsing an adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac in partnership with Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Kathryn received the 2017 Central Start Up Award to grow A.B.L.E.'s programming for adults and seniors with disabilities.
Brian Zeilinger (MFA Creative Producing 2017) has been appointed as a Producer for the National Youth Theatre.
Gary Beestone (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2002) established company Gary Beestone Events & Theatre, providing production and project management for world class theatre and events with clients including Disney, Sonia Friedman Productions, Hull UK City of Culture, and the Rugby World Cup.
Richard Abbott-Brailey (PG Cert Directing Text with Young People 2006) published his novel Azarias Tor: The History Maker last year, and this is now set to turn into a screenplay. He is currently writing a sequel.
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.
Hannah Barker (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2003) is now Creative Producer for Participation and Talent Development at Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, and is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Analogue Theatre.
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 to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Adam Borzone (MA Acting & Musical Theatre 2004) has been elected Chairman of Show-Business Charity Society.
Chantelle Burley (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2009) Co-Founded All Stars London, a grassroots charity currently based in Tower Hamlets. It's inspired by the revolutionary youth development model pioneered by All Stars Project Inc in the United States, and works with children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to 'perform their lives' in the knowledge that performance is not just something you do onstage, but offstage, at school, work and in every other aspect of their lives. They put on Talent Shows as a way to build young people's confidence, and then train them in real-life leadership performances.
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.
Georgia Christou (BA (Hons) Acting 2008) has been selected to take part in Paines Plough and Fiery Angel’s inaugural writing programme, which enables emerging writers to create work for larger stages and audiences, backed by talent including Laura Wade and Simon Stephens. Her play How To Spot An Alien, produced by Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production as part of the Roundabout season, which also included work from Vinay Patel (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2011).
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.
Lucy Cuthbertson (MA Applied Theatre 2007) has been appointed as Artistic Director of the Stantonbury Theatre in Milton Keynes.
Mark De-Lisser (MA Voice Studies 2003) arranged the song Stand by Me for The Royal Wedding earlier this year, and also sang in the choir. In addition to this he was Lead Vocal Coach for this year’s UK Eurovision act, SuRie.
Niamh de Valera (MA Theatre Studies 2009) is Executive and Co-Artistic Director of Blue Elephant Theatre, which was one of only five theatre organisations in London to become an ACE NPO in April.
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.
Sarah Hayhurst (MA Voice Studies 2006) recently founded The Voice Inspirer, a company which provides voice coaching for businesses. She is also author of The Lowdown: Improve Your Speech - Women in Business, and has previously been twice nominated for Oliver Awards for her work as a Vocal Coach.
Kate Hennig (MA Voice Studies 2001) was recently appointed as Associate Artistic Director at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Ontario, Canada, and is an actor, playwright and teacher in Canada.
Emma Hulme (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2009) is a Project Manager at an NPO in Liverpool called Writing on the Wall, a writing charity that runs an annual festival throughout May called WoWFest, working with diverse communities and schools to deliver over ten different projects based around writing, storytelling and regaining personal narrative.
Meryl Jones (nee. Watkins) (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2006) is now a Virtual School Practitioner for Hillingdon Virtual School.
Emma Klauber (MA Applied Theatre – Drama in the Community and Drama Education 2009) is 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.
Celia Morgan (MA Writing for Screen and Broadcast Media 2006) is now Development Coordinator for BBC’s Writersroom.
Jonathan O’Boyle (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) is the Associate Director at Theatre503.
Orla O’Loughlin (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2000) will step down from her role as Joint Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre this autumn to take up the role of Vice Principal and Director of Drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
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.
Jackie Simmons (MA Actor Training and Coaching 2006) is currently a freelance acting tutor, teaching on both the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting and Drama course at the Queensland Institute of Technology and for the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia.
Andy Smith (MA Arts Education 2007) is a Freelance Director and Teacher, and has worked both nationally and internationally.
Robert Smith (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2002) is Head of Education and Learning at Bow Arts Trust.
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.
Heather Simpkin (MA Actor Training and Coaching 2008) founded Bear in the Air Productions Ltd to write and produce new theatre works. They are also now developing a film production team to film comedy sketches.
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.
Jen Sumner (MA Drama and Movement Therapy 2007) is the Artistic Director of Hubbub, and they recently produced a pop-up version of our successful touring show 'Kessoku - Tales of Togetherness'.
Jessica Swale (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2006) has recently been made an Associate of Shared Experience Theatre Company, who have been instrumental in pioneering a distinctive performance style that celebrates the union of physical and text-based theatre.
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.
Kate Wasserberg (MA Applied Theatre Practice 2004) has recently been made Artistic Director of Out of Joint Theatre Company, joining Max Stafford-Clark. Kate was also winner of the Wales Theatre Best Director Award in 2016.
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 Acting 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.
Anna Hermann (MA Arts Education 1998) has recently been appointed as Co-Artistic Director of Clean Break. She has been working in the field of theatre and social change for over twenty-seven years, specialising in theatre and education with marginalised groups in the UK and abroad. She joined Clean Break in 2002 as their Head of Education, leading the company’s award-winning work with women in the criminal justice system and women at risk of entering it.
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.
Ruby Lim-Yang (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 1998) is currently the Artistic Director of ACT 3 International, based in Singapore, which creates a range of platforms to engage, involve and empower children through the use of Drama and Theatre.
Nick Manning (Tech 1994) has recently left Lyric Hammersmith, where he has been Head of Sound for nineteen years, for the role of Head of Sound & Video at The Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre.
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.
Anna Tuck (B.Ed. (Hons) Speech and Drama 1996) is an Employment and Training Strategy Coordinator for young people with Additional Needs in Cambridgeshire.
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.
Dianne Hancock (nee. Callaghan) (Teaching 1977) went on to an extensive career as an actor, director, artistic director and writer for theatre companies in UK and Europe. In 2000 she was awarded an MA in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University and in 2007 she took up the post of Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice in Doncaster. Over the last ten years, she has trained as a teacher in The Feldenkrais Method, gone into doctoral research and in 2017 was recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Melanie Hughes (Stage 1974) has published two novels; War Changes Everything and Midnight Legacy.
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.
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) joins the cast of feature film, Mary Queen of Scots, in which he will be playing the role of Dudley, advisor to Queen Elizabeth, starring alongside Margot Robbie. He will also star alongside Emma Stone in The Favourite, both films are due to be released in 2018.
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. She will next appear in blockbuster Angel Has Fallen, which will be released next year.
Josh Cook (BA (Hons) Acting 2010) appeared in new BBC series, Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime, which stars David Walliams.
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. Ben also starred as Walter Hartwright in BBC One’s adaptation of Wilkie Collins' classic gothic novel, The Woman in White, earlier this year.
Ash Hunter (BA (Hons) Acting 2012) starred in the new BBC Drama, The Secret Agent.
Hamza Jeetooa (MA Acting for Screen 2010) directed short film, National Anthem, which was selected for the BAFTA recognised, Underwire Festival. The film was written and performed by Natalie Perera (MA Acting 2011), and was produced by Isabel Steuble-Johnson (MA Acting Screen 2010). It also included performances from Tom Colley, Frankie Haynes, Jennie Gruner (all MA Acting for Screen 2010), and Cael King (MA Acting 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.
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.
Pia Rickman (MA Actor Training and Coaching 2015) has recently worked as an Acting Coach for the feature film The Unknown Soldier, which is released in Finland in October, and will then shortly be released worldwide.
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) will star opposite Jamie Lee-Curtis in new political drama, The Pages. He also appears in a collection of five-minute shorts entitled Five By Five written by alumna Cat Jones (MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media 2008).
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 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.
Lara Jean Chorostecki (MA Acting 2008) plays Beth MacLeish is America television series, Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland, and also appears in Canadian television series X Company.
Kit Harington (BA (Hons) Acting 2008) reprised his role as Jon Snow in the seventh season of Game of Thrones. Jerome Flynn (Stage 1984) also reprised his role as Bronn and James Faulkner (Stage 1970) as Randyll Tary. Kit also starred in television mini-series Gunpowder, a three-part historical thriller which premiered on BBC One and was screened on HBO.
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.
Siobhan McSweeney (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) plays Sister Michael, the Headmistress of Our Lady Immaculate College, in Channel 4’s Derry Girls, a new six-part comedy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Purefoy (Stage 1988) plays George VI in the recently released feature biopic Churchill.
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.
Rufus Sewell (Stage 1989) starred as Lord Melbourne in ITV’sVictoria.
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, which premiered on 3 January. She is also playing Meg in a 60th–anniversary production of Central alumnus Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, which opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 9 January running until 14 April, and is produced by Sonia Friedman (Tech 1985).
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.
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.
Fisayo Akinade (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2011) performed in Donmar Warehouse’s production The Way of The World. In addition to this he could also be seen in Russell T Davies’ BBC Drama A Very British Scandal, which depicted the true story of the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder, and also included performance from Susan Wooldridge (Stage 1971).
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.
Polly Bennett (MA Movement Studies 2011) provides movement direction for National Theatre’s production of The Lehman Trilogy, which opened on 4 June and will run through until 20 October before transferring to New York next year.
Charlotte Blackledge (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2013) performed in Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution, which ran at London County Hall on Southbank.
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,
Jasper William Cartwright (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2016) plays the roles of Billy, Heine and Klebb in a new UK Tour of WarHorse, running from 15 September to 2 February 2019.
Christian Clark (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2016) is currently touring the UK & Ireland with Wicked, as an Assistant Electrician for the production.
Sam Ducane (MA Acting 2015) plays 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 from 28 August to 1 September, before going on a UK Tour which will run until December.
Rosie Elnile (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2014) provided set design, Ziggy Jacobs (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2011) provided lighting design and Richard Delight (PG Cert Learning and Teaching 2003) was Production Manager for The Three Sisters, which ran at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from 3 to 19 May.
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) made her musical theatre debut starring in the lead role of Baby in a new UK tour of Dirty Dancing.
During this year’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s season; Julian Hoult (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2011) performed in their production of The Little Shop of Horrors, running from 3 August to 22 September; Toby Olié (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2006) was Puppetry Consultant for their production, Dinosaur World Live, running from 14 August to 9 September, and Keziah Joseph (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2016) performed as Celia in their production, As You Like It, running from 6 to 28 July.
Ash Hunter (BA (Hons) Acting 2011) is playing Alternate Alexander Hamilton in the West End’s production of the award-winning sensation, Hamilton, which is produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh (Tech 1965), and opened at Victoria Palace Theatre on 6 December.
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.
Dan Krikler (MA Acting 2016) performed in Homos, Or Everyone in America, which also included movement direction from Chi-San Howard (MA Movement Studies 2016), and ran at The Finborough Theatre from 7 August to 1 September.
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).
Niamh McGowan (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2012) performed in National Theatre’s Translations, for which Anna Morrissey (MA Movement Studies 2005) provided movement and both Charmian Hoare (Adv Dip Voice Studies 1983) and Jeannette Nelson (Adv Dip Voice Studies 1988) provided Company Voice Work.
Nessah Muthy (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2010) wrote Sex with Robots and Other Devices, which starred Deshaye Gayle (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2017) and included lighting design from Tanya Stephenson (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2013), which ran at King’s Head Theatre from 15 May to 2 June. Deshaye also performs in Manchester HOME’s Future Bodies, which runs from 28 September to 13 October.
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.
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.
At the Old Vic; Karl Queensborough (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2015) performed in Sylvia, running from 17 to 22 September, and Selina Cadell (Stage 1975) performed in A Monster Calls at Night, which ran from 7 July to 25 August.
Cherrelle Skeete (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2011) performed in The Young Vic’s Fun Home, running from 18 June to 1 September, Hampstead Theatre’s The Phlebotomist earlier this year, and played Shelley Brookes in two episodes of Silent Witness.
Zoe Spurr (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2012) provided lighting design for; Mike Bartlett’s Not Talking, which ran at Arcola Theatre from 25 April to 2 June, and included performance from David Horovitch (Stage 1966); Grotty at Bunker Theatre, which ran from 1 to 26 May and included performance from Rebekah Hinds (BA (Hons) Acting 2010), and Confidence, produced by Boundless Theatre, for which Rob Drummer (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2010) is Artistic Director, and which included performance from Anna Crichlow (BA (Hons) Acting 2016).
Milly Thomas’ (BA (Hons) Acting 2014) wrote and performs in play Dust, which last year won The Stage’s Edinburgh Award, and has now transferred to Trafalgar Studios, running from 4 September to 13 October.
Polly Waldron (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2017) and Shanice Sewell (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2015) performed in Somnai, a ground-breaking blend of immersive theatre and Virtual Reality technology, in which the audience arrive as “patients” aiming to master the art of lucid dreaming. Visitors are processed in batches of six through a series of waiting rooms, before entering a “lucid dream state” by donning a VR headset, and are then guided around rooms set designed by Alice Helps (MA Scenography 2014).
Gina Beck (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) joined the cast of Royal Shakespeare Company’s touring production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, in which she plays Miss Honey. In the London cast of this production is Steffan Lloyd-Evans (BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre 2011) playing The Escapologist. Choreography for both productions was by Peter Darling (Stage 1988).
Emily Bevan (MA Acting 2006) performed in an adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones, which included set design from Ana Ines Jabares-Pita (MA Scenography 2012), and ran at the Theatre Royal, Royal and Derngate in Northampton, from 5 to 22 September.
Emmanuella Cole (BA (Hons) Acting 2005) performed in An Octoroon at the National Theatre for which Steven Kavuma (BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education 2018) was Staff Director, Rebecca Cuthbertson (MA Voice Studies 2004) provided Company Voice Work and Mary Howland (MA Voice Studies 2001) was Dialect Coach.
Emily Dobbs’ (BA (Hons) Acting 2005) company, Emily Dobbs Productions, recently staged Killer Joe, starring Orlando Bloom, which ran at Trafalgar Studios from 18 May to 18 August.
Matthew Forbes (BA (Hons) Acting CDT 2008) will direct Treasure Island, adapted by Sandi Toksvig, which will run at Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre from 13 December to 6 January.
Mark Hawkins (BA (Hons) Acting 2007) has recently joined the cast of West End’s The Woman in Black at The Fortune Theatre, playing ‘The Actor’.
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.
Siobhan McSweeney (BA (Hons) Acting 2004), who recently played Sister Michael in Channel 4’s Derry Girls, starred in Royal Court’s Pity, which also included lighting design from Anna Watson (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2000) and sound design from Pete Malkin (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2012), and ran from 12 July to 11 August.
Jonathan O’Boyle (BA (Hons) Acting 2004) directs Rain Man, starring Matthew Horne and Ed Speleers, which began its UK Tour in August and will run through to November. Other productions he’s directed this year include Pippin at Southwark Playhouse and Rasheeda Speaking at Trafalgar Studios 2, and he will next direct Trafalgar Studios upcoming production, A Guide for the Homesick, starring Clifford Samuel and Douglas Booth.
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.
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, which opened at the August Wilson Theatre on 12 March and runs until 20 October.
Pao-Chang Tsai (MA Music Theatre 2009) was part of San Francisco International Arts Festival 2018, presenting a solo performance of Solo Date from 31 May to 2 June.
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.
Nathalie Armin (Stage 1992), Demetri Goritsas (Stage 1993) and John Mackay (Stage 1986) performed in Almeida Theatre’s production Machinal, which ran from 4 June to 21 July, and included lighting design from Jack Knowles (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2008).
Claudie Blakley and Heather Craney (both Stage 1995) performed in Consent, which ran at Harold Pinter Theatre from 18 May to 11 August and was produced by Sonia Friedman (Tech 1985).
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), and ran from 24 July to 5 September.
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. This will be the first time they’ve all been performed together and the season will run at The Harold Pinter Theatre from 6 September to 20 October. In addition to this, Tracy-Ann will also join Finty Williams (BA (Hons) Acting 1994) in Menier Chocolate Factory’s Pack of Lies, which runs from 20 September to 17 November.
Raj Ghatak (BA English & Drama (Queen Mary & Central) 1998) and Jay Sajjid (MA Acting for Screen 2016) both performed in the UK touring stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, The Kite Runner.
Angus Wright (Stage 1990) performed in Donmar Warehouse’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which included set design from Lizzie Clachan (MA Advanced Theatre Practice 2009), and ran from 4 June to 28 July.
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). He has also took two new productions to London’s West End this summer; Red by John Logan, which ran from 4 May to 28 July at Wyndham’s Theatre, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh, running at the Noël Coward Theatre until 8 September.
Paul Groothuis (Tech 1981) provides sound design, and Lucy Carter (Tech 1993) provides lighting design, for Sheffield Theatre’s production Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which opened in the West End’s Apollo Theatre to rave reviews.
Cecilia Noble (Stage 1988) performed in Night Night running at National Theatre, and which included design from Rajha Shakiry (MA Scenography 2011).
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.
Peter Ellis (Stage 1959), Henry Proffit (BA (Hons) Acting 2011) and Thomas Weir (BA (Hons) Acting 2016) all performed in For King and Country, which ran at Southwark Playhouse from 28 June to 21 July and included Ben Krebs (BA (Hons) Theatre Practice 2018) as Production Manager.
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