Meet the Bristol Training & Teaching Team

Centre of Excellence – Bristol

Head of Centre of Excellence, Bristol & Head of MA Collaborative Theatre London
Paloma Oakenfold

Paloma is a theatre maker, performer and teacher from Bristol. As a performer, she is the co-founder of BareFace, an anarchic collective of disabled and neurodiverse actors whose shows have toured to the Kings Head, Watford Palace, Pleasance, Underbelly Edinburgh and Vault festival, and as a teacher and educator, she has previously worked as Associate Dean & MA Course Leader at ALRA, an Acting tutor at Arts Ed and as a Yoga teacher at Villa Lena.

Paloma has worked as Director on a variety of productions, including Fix Us (Soho Theatre), Five Humans (Lyric Hammersmith Studio), Spud (Battersea Arts Centre), Stud (Vault Festival), and Whale Angel (Branoul Theatre, Holland); and as an Associate or Assistant Director on productions including Terror (Lyric Hammersmith &Australian Tour), Seventeen, Aladdin, Shopping and F***ing, Bugsy Malone-Oliver Nominated (Lyric Hammersmith), and Re-Awakening (Access All Areas- Jackson Lane).

Paloma is a UK member of the Fringe Wives Club. Their show has won multiple awards including Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award at Edinburgh Fringe, Best Cabaret at Adelaide Fringe, and the Moose Head Award at Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her personal acting credits include E4’s ‘Chewing Gum’ and the Showtime series ‘The Borgias’ (Dir. Neil Jordan), and she has worked as a Creative Enabler on Faith, Hope and Charity (Alexander Zeldin Company in association with the National Theatre/ Odéon- Théâtre de l’Europe/ Wiener Festwochen).

Heads of Department – Bristol

Head of Acting
Dan Winter

Dan trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. The majourity of his work as an actor has been in classical theatre, performing with a variety of companies including the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Actor’s From The London Stage.

His stage work includes Edward II, Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Comedy of Errors, Richard II, Henry V, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Antony & Cleopatra, Macbeth, A Doll’s House, plus a variety of new writing, including I Remember Green, Rabbit Ears and Pavement. In addition to his stage work, Dan has worked in television, radio, and various short film projects.

Dan has taught and facilitated workshops in drama schools, youth groups, primary and secondary schools, universities and colleges, in Acting Shakespeare, Voice, and Stage Combat.


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Our Visiting Practitioners

Acting Through Clown – CertHE Bristol
Liam Bergin

Liam believes in a varied, holistic approach to training actors. He believes it is important to encouraging each student to find pleasure in their work and process, which will result in them producing authentic, unique and interesting performances on stage & screen.

Expressive Movement Practitioner – Bristol
Emile Clarke

Emile is a LIPA trained performer and educator with an extensive career in theatre, commercials and film. From performing in ‘Little Mermaid’ a UK Theatre Award winning children’s show to working with Disney. As an educator Emile designs workshops for institutes that champion equality, diversity and recognising shame culture in the film and theatre industries such as ‘Picture House Cinema group’, ‘Refugee Youth’ and Museum of London’. With a passion for creating positive learning environments for storytelling and play he has taught throughout the UK for schools, theatres and institutes such as IDSA, Bath Theatre Royal, Bristol Old Vic, Richmond Drama School, The Natural Theatre company and University of Bath.

Segun Fawole

Discovered by the Urdang Academy at just 16, Segun has proven himself to be a true triple threat within the industry. With numerous West End credits playing featured and leading roles in shows such as; Loserville (Garrick Theatre), Dancing in the Streets (UK Tour), A Chorus Line (London Palladium), and Motown The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre). Segun has also danced commercially with some of the biggest music artists in the country, including Peter Andre, Cheyl Cole, Tinie Tempah and Alexandra Burke, on stages ranging from London’s 02Arena and Wembley Stadium and with the CAPITAL SUMMERTIME BALL” and ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ amongst many others. Having always had an interest in taking his passion to the community, Segun wants to be part of “developing some of the country’s best upcoming and undiscovered talent” and can’t wait to team up with institutions practising this within the arts.

Puppetry – CertHE Bristol
Adam Fuller

Adam has worked since 2005 as a theatre maker with numerous companies, creating and touring (both nationally and internationally) shows for adults and family audiences both with and without puppetry. He has worked as a writer, devisor, director or performer with Green Ginger (Outpost, Intronauts), Open Attic Company (Much Ado About Puffin), Kilter, Ramshaklicious, Tessa Bide, Soap Soup, Stuff and Nonsense, Likely Story and Full Beam Visual Theatre, as well as for Pickled Image on numerous successful shows including the Travels With Granddad series. Adam directed the Wardrobe Theatre’s hugely popular Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears and Reservoir Mogs. He has been involved as a performer with acclaimed shows for Idiot Child, Horse & Bamboo and The Egg Bath, Hocket and Hoot and The Roar Ensemble as well as puppeteering for Aardman and the BBC.

Afrobeats Practitioner – CertHE Bristol
Kenzi Ireland

Kenzi Ireland is an experienced dance artist, specialising in African dance forms with over 15 years’ experience as a professional performer, choreographer and teacher. Kenzi has travelled to Senegal, Ghana and Gambia to deepen her knowledge and experience of traditional African dance, has trained and performed with companies and professional dance practitioners from around the globe and has performed across Wales and the UK with ‘NIMBA African Dance & Music’. Drawing from the strengths and diversity of African dance forms, her work aims to inspire true and honest expression and to celebrate and enrich our appreciation of dance of the African Diaspora.

Movement & Laban Practitioner – CertHE Bristol
Emily Orme

Emily is a movement director and teacher for theatre / film based in the South west and London. She comes from a dance background, training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Whilst pursuing a career in dance Emily came across physical theatre and found an interest in the value movement holds to support text and narrative. She went on to complete a Masters in Movement Directing and Teaching at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Emily enjoys using movement to unite people and celebrate the individuality in physical expression. Recent credits include short film We Came Here to Dance premiered on Nowness, music video Follow the Leader and new writing theatre productions The Enchanted and Lovesick. She delivers movement to Good Chance, Dance United and Chickenshed and is currently part of the Overture teaching program with New Adventures. She is thrilled to be working with the actors at the Fourth Monkey Bristol Campus.

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