Meet the London Training & Teaching Team

Heads of Course – London

Head of Year One – BA (Hons) Acting
Richard Delaney

Richard is an actor, acting coach and theatre maker. He trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and the National Youth Theatre, later graduating from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a Masters in Actor Training and Coaching. Richard has a strong interest in ensemble work, starting his career in weekly rep and working in a variety of repertory models throughout the country.

Richard was a founding member of The Faction Theatre Company, serving as a member of their award-winning core ensemble for several years (Offie Winner 2012, Best Ensemble; Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award). He also has a long-standing creative relationship with New Diorama Theatre, working as a performer, deviser and movement director.

Richard’s performance and creative work has taken him throughout the UK, Malaysia, The Middle East, and, most recently, New York. His recent teaching work includes work at drama schools such as Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (including collaborations with Complicité), ALRA, LAMDA, East 15, plus St Mary’s and Brunel University. The focus of Richard’s teaching and research is “the actor as maker”, employing radical play-related practices.

 

Head of Year Two – BA (Hons) Acting, Head of Acting & 10 Protected Characteristics Practitioner
Poppy Rowley

Poppy is a hard of hearing director who has worked nationally and internationally, including working as Artistic Associate for Eastern Angles Theatre Company in Peterborough and as Venue Manager for Holden Street Theatres, Adelaide Fringe, Australia. Poppy’s directing work in Australia has won numerous awards, including the Graham F Smith Peace Award.

Poppy is a graduate of the Birkbeck, University of London MfA Theatre Directing and hold a BA in Philosophy from the University of Leeds. She has also trained with the National Theatre Directors Course; Clore; arthaus.berlin, and is halfway through an MA Illustration with Falmouth University.

Her Directing credits include Pramkicker (2018 & 2021, Melbourne); Grounded (2019 & 2020, Adelaide); Tuesday (NT Connections); All Wrapped Up In Westwood, The Trials of Mary, Future Floodlands, Nativity Blues (all Eastern Angles). Poppy has also directed serveral Fourth Monkey productions, including Welcome To Thebes, Antony & Cleopatra, Bethany; Richard III; Hamlet; F*cking A and, most recently, Fourth Monkey’s Class of 2021 Graduate Showcase.

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 – London

Head of Voice & Voice: Articulation (BA Year One) Practitioner
Jenru Wang (王眞如)

Jenru Wang(王眞如) is a voice practitioner, performer, and dramaturg. He graduated with distinction with an MFA in Voice Studies: Teaching and Coaching at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has experience as a performer in film, on stage and in voice-over for a number of years. As a voice practitioner, he mainly focuses on the embodiment of voice and helps performers with different training backgrounds to find the suitable approach to work with breath and voice in different performance forms. At Fourth Monkey, he uses a movement-based approach to explore the vowel sounds and resonance qualities with the students. In addition to teaching at Fourth Monkey. He also teaches voice, accent, and other theatre practices at the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts (South & North), Drama Studio London as well as in a variety of settings.

Industry Liaison Manager
Stephanie Hume

Stephanie trained with The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, where she gained a BA (Hons) Acting degree.
Following a brief stint as a performer, she embarked on a career in casting which brought together her awe and admiration of performers, her intuition and feel for talent, and love of planning and people.

She has maintained an independent approach to casting throughout her career and for the last seven years, Stephanie has worked across projects in theatre, film, commercial and corporate work, as well as assisting on projects with Amy Ball, Jane Frisby and Jina Jay.

Stephanie returned to her alma mater, Italia Conti, in 2015 where she established an Industry Liaison role and developed a new Professional Preparation module for the school’s BA (Hons) Acting degree. She is excited by Fourth Monkey’s honest and inclusive approach to training and is thrilled to join the team to develop an Industry Liaison Manager role.

Monkey Training Team

Senior Course Administrator & Assistant to the Directors
Gabrielle Pausey

Gabrielle Pausey is a British-Egyptian Actor & Creative, based in North London. After completing a foundation course at Guildford School of Acting, she went on to train on the Two Year Rep course at Fourth Monkey, graduating in 2017. Following graduation, she co-founded fierce, feminist theatre company, Lady Garden TC and has been a principle artist with them since. She is also a member of the National Youth Film Academy and is driven by the need to create rule-breaking, noise-making new work! She has always been interested in Actor Training and how it should continue evolving with our ever-changing industry, which is how she ended up back in the Monkey House, on the other side of the studio walls. Having started in 2018 as a duty officer and workshop facilitator, she is now the senior course administrator, managing all course documentation and assists our inspirational directors with all things Monkey!

BA Training & Academic Services Officer
Bethany Wickens

Bethany studied Music at the University of Liverpool and has previously worked as Concerts Manager at The Purcell School, a specialist music school for gifted young musicians in Hertfordshire, as well as in roles with the Institution of Civil Engineers, and children’s charity, Action for Children.

A keen musican from a musical family, Bethany plays cello in a number of local orchestras, events, and shows, and this is something that has allowed her to travel widely and explore numerous new places and cultures in the process. She also volunteered for St John’s Ambulance and helped administer vaccines as part of the mass Covid-19 vaccination roll-out during the 2020 global pandemic.

Student Welfare & Learning Support Coordinator
Marie Simpson

Marie is a seasoned SEN teacher, learning resource lead, facilitator, advocate, and student welfare officer. A mature graduate of the Universities of Birmingham (Childhood Culture & Education), Warwick (PGDE FE & Skills) and UCL (MA SpLD Dyslexia), Marie has been mentoring, coaching, and advising students throughout her career ina number of academic environments. She has over 20 years of practical experience of conductive education, as well as supporting learners with invisible disabilities, and she has previously worked at both state and independent colleges in the UK and across Europe, including regularly working at Oxford University’s Summer Courses as Course Director. Of her philosophy towards Student Welfare and Learning Support, Marie says; “my ideal is to encourage students to be problem-solvers and develop a self-reliant “orthofunctional” personality that fosters, initiative, determination and the motivation to create a route to self-defined, sustainable success.

 

London Practitioners

Artist and Producer
Fauve Alice

Fauve a multi-disciplinary artist and producer, with a focus on live performance. She is a research fellow at Birkbeck University’s Centre for Contemporary Theatre and an associate artist at Spare Tyre, and over the last few years has shown work at Cambridge Junction and The Yard amongst other theatres.

As a producer she has taken work across the UK and Europe, and is particularly interested in shifting theatre culture to be accessible to disabled artists and audiences. She is also interested in the production of experimental theatre which creates strong visual languages.

Most recently she has worked with poet Ella Frears on an experimental video piece called Heavy Bored, showing at UKNA city takeover (Feb 2022), exploring intimacy and boredom in a domestic setting, and last year was artist in residence at Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) exploring ideas around care and care work.

 

Mime Corporeal Dramatique (Corporeal Mime)
Ramon Ayres

Ramon graduated in theatre from University of Sorocaba, Brazil and in physical theatre from The International School of Corporeal Mime, London. He performed with the physical theatre company Theatre de l’Ange Fou, touring with them in the U.S., as well as with the Fringe First award company Reetta Honkakoski. He has performed as part of physical theatre performance 300 el x 50 el x 30 el by FC Bergman at Barbican and is currently performing in Theatre Re’s latest production ‘Bluebelle’.

He also co-directed the physical theatre piece “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfall” that went on tour in the UK, Italy, India and South Korea. He regularly leads Corporeal Mime and Devising workshops in the UK and internationally, in places including the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and East 15. He is a regular Corporeal Mime practitioner with Fourth Monkey and is Artistic Director at Ephemeral Ensemble.

Director – Year 2
Henry Bauckham

Henry trained as an Actor Musician at Rose Bruford College, and has performed at Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Pleasance Edinburgh, Bolton Octagon and more. He is Artistic Director of Blackheath Youth Theatre and Wise Child Theatre, and has directed over thirty productions in the last ten years.

Mime Corporeal Dramatique (Corporeal Mime)
Eyglo Belafonte

Eyglo Belafonte (Iceland) grew up dancing, singing and playing the flute. She studied contemporary dance at The Icelandic Dance Academy and graduated from The International School of Corporeal Mime in London. Eyglo performed at the National Theatre of Iceland and danced for the award-winning choreographer Helena Jonsdottir in “The Rite of Spring”. She worked with the international touring company Theatre de l’Ange Fou and toured with them in the U.S. Eyglo also works extensively with Theatre Re; recently as associate director for Fourth Monkey’s graduating students and performing in ‘The Nature of Forgetting’ and ‘Birth’, currently touring around the world. As well as performing and directing, Eyglo has taught at The International School of Corporeal Mime, The Icelandic Academy of the Arts, The Icelandic Film School and East15. Eyglo is the co-founder of Ephemeral Ensemble and is performing in their new production ‘REWIND’.

 

Director – Year 2
Jamie Biddle

Jamie Biddle is an actor, director and playwright. He started his career in 2011 directing his own piece ‘Smoking in the Boys Room’, a show based on his experiences of growing up in a state school in Birmingham. ‘Smoking…’ then transferred to Theatre503 for a full production where it well received.

In 2015 Jamie moved into immersive theatre territory writing and directing a show based on the murders of Jack the Ripper, ‘Whitechapel’. Using a custom-built set that included everything from functioning pubs to a jailhouse, the audience were thrown into the story and asked to make choices that could affect the narrative. ‘Whitechapel’ was a great success and returned in 2016 for a longer and more extensive version of the show. Jamie has continued to work in the immersive theatre sector, writing and directing ‘Bunker 51’ an experience based on the horror/action genre and also working for venues such as Café de Paris.

Classic Scene Study Tutor
Hannah Bristow

Hannah is an actor and theatre maker who has worked extensively across the UK and Europe since graduating from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2016. She has performed with the National, the RSC and many touring theatre companies in a diverse range productions ranging from new writing to Shakespeare. She is often involved in devised and ensemble productions and is a keen singer and musician. Her significant credits include: Jane Eyre (National Theatre and UK tour), Europeana (RSC), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory), Napoli Brooklyn (Park Theatre and UK Tour), Romeo and Juliet (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre), Five Children and It (Theatre Royal Bath), Kindertransport (Queen Theatre Hornchurch and European Tour). She also works in Radio and TV. Prior to training as an actor, Hannah studied English at the University of Oxford and she also works as English literature, creative writing and poetry tutor.

Contemporary Season Director 2022
Scott Brooksbank

Scott trained at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He teaches and directs at several London drama schools, and is a storyteller and workshop leader for the Education Department at Shakespeare’s Globe.

He is a leading member and Associate Director of experimental theatre company The Factory, with whom he has played Macbeth, The Odyssey, Hamlet, The Seagull, and Round Two.

Other recent acting credits include Mythosphere (Stone Nest, Shaftesbury Ave); As You Like It and Sonnet Sunday (Shakespeare’s Globe);  Gone Fishing (Vaults Festival); playing Stan Laurel in Laurel and Hardy (Frinton); The Magic Flute (Budapest Festival Orchestra); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Orchestra of Lyon); Mobile 4 (Orange Tree Theatre); The Spire (Salisbury Playhouse); Brazil, Prometheus (Secret Cinema); Now Is the Hour (Edinburgh); The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, Robin Hood, A Comedy of Errors (Creation); MoonJourney (Pleasance); Treasure Island (Coventry);and seasons at Stafford Festival Shakespeare and Sevenoaks Playhouse.

 

Expressive Movement, 10 Protected Characteristics
Joanna Croll

Joanna trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College. Since graduating, she worked extensively in Theatre, Film and Television, both in the UK and abroad. Joanna was a longterm member of The Factory Theatre which explored improvised performances of classical works (under the directorship of Tim Carroll) and a collaborative member of Baz Productions (under the directorship of Sarah Bedi).

She began teaching in 2002, training under Shona Morris and Trish Arnold as a Movement Director. She went on to work with a diverse range of theatre companies as a Movement Director and Choreographer. She created work for ‘Ivan and the Dogs’ for ATC and The Soho Theatre, which was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2011.

Joanna has taught at The Drama Centre, Rose Bruford College, Goldsmiths University and Italia Conti as a Movement teacher, Acting tutor and as a Contextual Theatre Studies Lecturer.

Actor/ Writer
Karla Crome

Karla trained as an actor and loves telling stories. Her television credits include MISFITS (E4) HIT & MISS (Sky Atlantic) THE VICTIM (BBC). She currently plays the lead role of ‘Tourmaline’ in CARNIVAL ROW (Legendary/Amazon Prime). Her onstage credits include LINDA (Royal Court) AMADEUS (National Theatre) and DANCE NATION (Almedia). Her debut play, MUSH & ME, won the Holden Street Theatre Award at Edinburgh Fringe before transferring to Adelaide Fringe, Australia. Her screenwriting credits include SAFE and THE STRANGER (both Netflix) and SCREW (Channel 4). She wrote and directed her debut short, CANVAS 5 with funding from BBC Films and BFI Network. It premiered at London Film Festival 2021.

10 Protected Characteristics; Practitioner for Writing for Performance, Experimental Fringe Showcase Mentor
Liv Ello

Liv Ello is an actor, writer and theatre artist based in South East London, making work that seeks to provoke and entertain, with compassion at the heart of it all. Liv was the co-director of their former theatre company, 55 Kings, where they worked with the Cambridge Junction as an actor, writer and director on exciting new work. Liv’s recent theatre credits include: Transforming The Narrative (Theatre Deli), This Queer House (Network Theatre/VAULT festival), The Boyfriend Experience (Hampstead Theatre) and their sell-out solo show, SWARM (Camden People’s Theatre). Liv has also contributed material to The Old Vic’s Educational Hub and is an associate lecturer in the Theatre and Performance department at Goldsmiths University of London. Liv has been working with Fourth Monkey since 2020 and is grateful and excited to be working with the next generation of theatre-makers.

Hip-Hop
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.

Meisner
Michael Gilhooly

Michael trained as an actor at LAMDA before studying on a year-long intensive in the Meisner Technique with Scott Williams at The Impulse Company. Alongside acting he has directed several short films including The Listener, which was long-listed for a BAFTA, and That’s What I Heard for BBC Wales, and is currently developing his first feature film.

Butoh (Movement)
Florencia Guerberof

Florencia Guerberof is a dancer and visual artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, now based in London.

Having trained extensively in Japanese Butoh dance, she creates a physical language drawing a force that emanates from her own presence in a conversation with the unseen.

Her international appearances include “Danse Elargie” Dance Festival at Théâtre de la Ville and Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris (2012), the Asian Film Festival at Haus der Kulturen in Berlin (2013) and a performance under the direction of SU-EN Butoh Company in Uppsala, Sweden (2017).

She founded Asian Performing Arts UK in London in 2013 with the support of Sasakawa Foundation, the Japan Society and Japan 400th. Her Butoh Research Project has been held at SOAS University, RADA and LABAN with guest Japanese artists such as Sankai Juku Company and Tadashi Endo.

Florencia has taught Butoh workshops for London South Bank University and Goldsmiths.
She is a visiting artist and choreographer at East 15 Acting School.

Clown
Amy Gwilliam

Amy is a theatre maker and facilitator. Recent performances include Frankie Foxstone a.k.a. The Profit, MUMMY, and the upcoming Oh My Goddess! Following a degree in English at Cambridge University, she trained for 2 years with Philippe Gaulier, with additional short trainings with Peta Lily, Complicité, Spymonkey, Told by an Idiot, SITI Company, Song of the Goat, Cardboard Citizens and at Ecole Jacques Lecoq. In 2010 she co-founded Teatro Entre Escombros in Spain, making and touring award-winning shows there for 4 years. Now based in London, Amy has established The School of Dramatic Unlearning for professionals working in the creative industries and is one of The Mono Box’s longest standing facilitators, curating the European Theatre Week, as well as the international (online) Mono Makers Month. Recent teaching includes Fourth Monkey, East 15, Drama Studio London and London Studio Centre, and is an active member of Clowns Without Borders.

Voice and Accents Tutor (BA – London)
Matthew Harrison-James

Matt is a voice specialist trained at Central School of Speech and Drama, he has taught at East15, Rose Bruford and Identity School of Acting before joining Fourth Monkey. He teaches across an array of topics including voice fundamentals, accent acquisition, and vocal methods into performing text; focusing on individual expression and the development of skills with which to continue learning and developing once training is finished. His practice is rooted in body efficiency when voicing and encourages an ethos of understanding why alongside the benefit of continued practice.
He teaches presentation skills to corporate clients and runs 1-to-1 accent acquisition services for actors doing self-tapes and auditions, enjoying the puzzle solving nature of matching methodology to actor, role and time-frame.

Introduction to R&D for New Writers Workshop Practitioner
Rachel Hayburn

Rachel Heyburn directed the theatrical performance of Pussy Riot’s Refugees In at the closing evening of Banksy’s Dismaland. The Pussy Riot performance was featured in Vice, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Time Magazine. She has recently directed As You Like It by William Shakespeare at The New Normal Festival, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and The Slave by Amiri Baraka at the Tristan Bates Theatre.
Rachel is currently working as the Assistant Director to Loveday Ingram on the Smith-Brant/ATG UK Tour of Fatal Attraction.

Puppetry – Year 2 Practitioner
Giulia Innocenti

Giulia is an actress and co-artistic director of Inspector Sands. Acting credits include: Cymbeline (Kneehigh); Three Sisters (The Gate); The Elephantom (NT); The Merry Wives of Windsor/ Mouse and his Child (RSC); Madam Butterfly (ENO); Low Life/1984 (Blind Summit); Grimm Tales (The Unicorn); Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse). Giulia has co-created and performed in all of Inspector Sands shows to date, inc: Hysteria (Total Theatre Award); If That’s All There Is; Mass Observation (Almeida; Edinburgh International Festival Award); The Lounge (Soho Theatre; Offie nominated). She will be playing Nelly in the company’s forthcoming show, Wuthering Heights. Giulia has always loved puppetry and since training at the Lecoq School in Paris, has worked extensively with Blind Summit – learning the ropes from early on in Low Life and helping out on numerous project developments. She is very excited to be teaching puppetry to Fourth Monkey students for the first time.

Contemporary Season Director 2022
Jane Jeffrey

Jane is an Actor and Director, who has worked extensively in Film, TV and Theatre. She has directed shows at Soho Theatre, Theatre 503, Finborough Theatre, Kings Head and The Other Palace; as well as over 50 shows and projects on both BA and MA Acting, and Musical Theatre, courses at a number of different London Drama Schools. She was, until recently, Head of Acting at ALRA, in Wandsworth. 

Jane is Artistic Director of First Sight Theatre Company, and is currently working with Refugees to explore lived experiences and narratives through theatre.

Her Acting credits include Top Boy 2 (Channel 4), Coalition (Channel 4), Voyage Round my Father (Donmar Theatre/Wyndhams), Silent Witness (BBC), EastEnders (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV),Emmerdale (ITV), Holby City (BBC) Casualty (BBC).

 

Theatre Audition Workshop Practitioner
Lucy Jenkins

Lucy Jenkins is one half of JENKINS MCSHANE CASTING, alongside Sooki McShane.

Her West End casting credits include:  Magic Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Groan Ups (all for Mischief Theatre), The Kite Runner (Wyndhams / Playhouse), The Red Lion and Bomber’s Moon (Trafalgar) War Horse (New London & International Tour), Cool Hand Luke (Aldwych), Carrie’s War (Apollo).

Other recent theatre credits include: Bridgerton, Ghostbusters and Stranger Things (Secret Cinema), Beauty and the Beast, The Snow Queen (Rose Theatre), Clear White Light (Live Theatre), Clybourne Park (Rapture Theatre) Close Quarters (Out of Joint / Sheffield), The Last Ship (Northern Stage & tour); Jekyll & Hyde (Rose Theatre and tour), Cathy (Cardboard Citizens); Home Truths  and La Ronde (Bunker Theatre); Tyne and My Romantic History (Live Theatre);  A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and Mighty Atoms (Hull Truck), The Quiet House (Park Theatre); The Divided Laing (Arcola); Wet House (Soho Theatre),   Serpent’s Tooth (Almeida). 

Upcoming: I’m Sorry, Prime Minister, I Can’t Quite Remember (Cambridge Arts & tour); A Very British Coup (Live Theatre / Hull Truck); Groan Ups (National tour); Pitman Painters (Live Theatre / Kenwright)

Film most recently include: Deus, Dark Encounter, For Love or Money, Widow’s Walk, Bliss! and The Comedian’s Guide to Survival

Dragged Up (short), The Night of the Living Dread (short animation).

Lucy and Sooki are members of the CDG and BAFTA.

Contemporary Season Director 2022
Ellie Jones

Ellie is a freelance director who has combined theatre-based work with a wide range of site-specific productions, including The New World Order (Brighton Festival and Barbican Bite Festival); The Erpingham Camp (Brighton Festival on Brighton Pier); As You Like It at Arundel Festival and A Christmas Carol, under the arches at Southwark Playhouse where she was Artistic Director.

Ellie was Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres, where she first directed Fin Kennedy’s How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, which was later revived at Southwark Playhouse.

Ellie’s other production work includes: Macbeth (RSC); Invincible (Orange Tree and West End; nominated for Best Ensemble and Best Director at the Off West End Awards); Once We Were Mothers, Strange Orchestra and Man of Letters (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond); Daisy Pulls It Off (Sherman, Cardiff); God of Carnage (National tour); Tanzi Libre (Southwark Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest and The Importance of Being Earnest (New Wolsey, Ipswich); The BFG (Derby Live) and According to Brian Haw (BYMT).

Ellie is Creative Director of Looping the Loop CIC and Artistic Director of street theatre company We Are Nearly Normal.

Director – Year 2
Natasha Kathi-Chandra

Natasha is an international theatre director, writer & dramaturg based in London, UK and Hyderabad, India.

She is currently working as Associate Director on East is East (Birmingham Rep, National, Chichester Festival Theatre).

Her directing credits include It kind of looks like a Doughnut (Curve & Pleasance), Beyond Lockdown (Tara Theatre), The Wolves (London College of Music), Four Stages (OFFCom-Bread & Roses), Om Shanti F*ck (& writer) & Doll Face (Arcola, Battersea Arts Centre, Camden People’s Theatre),Sad About the Cows (Tristan Bates), Voices of The Movement (Park), The Infinite Line between Dating & Dying (& writer, Etcetera),The Crucible (Hyderabad Film & Theatre Festival 2010), Les Misérables, Alexander, Rising of The Great, The Lion King (various, Hyderabad, India).

Natasha has been Associate Director for Kali on Discovery 2018-19 (Pleasance & Arnolfini Arts) and Discovery 2021-22 (Hampstead Theatre).

Her Digital Directing credits include Exposed & Cheek to Cheek (Kali), Hear me Now Monologues (& writer/ dramaturg, Titiola Dawudu & Tamasha).

Her assistant directing credits include The Woods (Royal Court), The House of in Between (Stratford East), New Work (National).

MA Visiting Practitioner – Noh Theatre and the transcendence of language, The Legacy of Gesture; Physical Performance in Matsukaze (Noh)
Sachi Kimura Lawson

Sachi is a movement director, teacher and theatre-maker. She trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Shiki theatre company, Ecole de Phillipe Gaulier and Scola Commedia Dell’arte. She has 26 years of performing background in theatre, films and TV in the UK, Europe and Japan, has regularly collaborated with companies such as Fevered Sleep and The Clod Ensemble. She regularly teaches at drama schools such as Mountview Academy, and her recent movement direction credits includes Missing People, Leeds Playhouse, and Out of Time (working title), Miracle Theatre. She co-runs Flying Eye company, creating devised works including GLOW (Argus Theatre Award winner).

Voice: Owning Your Voice
Susan Lockwood

Susan completed her training with Patsy Rodenberg, Christina Shewell, Cecily Berry, the work of Trish Arnold and Barbara Houseman, integrating much of their methodology within her own practise. She originally trained as an actor but always had a passion for the voice, and her journey into voice work started when she was told to change her “accent” to secure acting work, a challenge that sent her on a journey into the world of voice. Susan began her voice teaching journey working for Richmond College Business department, then going on to become a voice tutor for the Voice Care Network. More recently, Susan has taught on SCITT courses, training both primary and secondary school teachers in voice care. She has her own studio in Suffolk where she works as a coach, teaching actors text, presentation skills, voice work and more. She also works on a foundation course in Suffolk and is currently researching the “Authentic Voice” for her MA.

Acting Practitioner
Daisy Marsden

Daisy is a teacher and director. She trained as an actor at Manchester School of Theatre and later, graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a Masters in Actor Training and Coaching. 

Daisy has had the absolute pleasure of teaching student actors at Italia Conti, PPA, Rose Bruford, Arts Ed and Central, as well as in private coaching sessions. Her area of interest and ongoing research is focused on resisting racist and gendered pedagogies and on how we can learn, as actors, to self-affirm and fortify ourselves in an often-problematic industry. 

 

Lighting and Projection Design Masterclass Leader
Will Monks

Will is a London based Lighting and Video Designer; he trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Recent theatre work includes: Foxes (Theatre 503), I Stand For What I Stand On (National Tour), The Great Big Story Mix Up (Digital), Sunnymead Court (The Actors Centre and Digital, nominated for 4 Offie Awards), I, Cinna (the poet) (Unicorn Theatre, Digital; Winner of Theatre for Young People 12+ OnComm Award), The Glass Will Shatter (Omnibus Theatre), Ali & Dahlia (Pleasance London; nominated for Best Video Designer: Offie Award), Trojan Horse (UK tour, Edinburgh; winner of Fringe First and Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Awards), The Snow QueenPinocchio (Old Rep Theatre), The Dark Room (Theatre503; nominated for Best Lighting Designer: Offie Award); Who Cares (winner of Sit-Up Award), We Live By The Sea (nominated for Best Ensemble and Best Production: Offie Awards), This Is Where We Live (international tours); The Benidorm Elvis Fiesta (Benidorm Palace); Chilcot (The Lowry, Battersea Arts Centre).

MA Visiting Lecturer – The Peter Brook Ensemble, The Bouffes Du Nord & World Touring Troupe Theatre
Sean O’Callaghan

Sean trained at RADA, and his theatre work includes a recent world tour with Peter Brook in Battlefield visiting fifty-three cities including New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Mumbai, Los Angeles, as well as premiering Brook’s production of The Prisoner at the Bouffe du Nord in Paris. His other work includes the RSC, National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Abbey Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Edinburgh Lyceum, Northern Broadsides and numerous productions at The New Vic Theatre. Sean is also an associate artist with Howard Barker’s company The Wrestling School, with tours including Adelaide and Copenhagen. He has won and been nominated for awards at The Scottish Critics Awards and The Irish Times Theatre Awards, and his TV work Includes Casualty, Medics, Neverwhere, and X Company, and his film work includes
Bigga Than Ben, Maria Graham, Shaftesbury Players (Best Actor at The Granada Film Festival).

MA Visiting Lecturer – The African Ritual Theatre & The Orality of The Ensemble, Introduction to African theatre performance techniques and oral traditions
Alex Oma-Pius

Alex Oma-Pius holds an MA degree in Dramatic Arts from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. His love of Theatre-in-Education as a force for social change, encouraged him to form IROKO Theatre Company in 1996.

IROKO, winner of The Guardian Charity award ‘for its innovative approach to education’, use African theatre arts methods to enhance education, skills, health and wellbeing of people of all backgrounds and abilities. As the Artistic Director of IROKO, Alex is responsible for developing all IROKO’s creative work, including curriculum projects in schools, CPD for teachers and drama tutors. He also teaches African Theatre and Storytelling in various Universities.

Alex is a Consultant to institutions like the BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company, British Museum, Museum of London, etc. His contributions to the cultural life of Britain have been recognised by various bodies, including the Mayor of London.

Acting Through Clown
Stephanie Osztreicher

Originally from Melbourne Stephanie is a director, teacher, movement specialist and performer.
Her work also includes interdisciplinary performance and facilitates regular collaborations between artists from film, visual art and contemporary and classical music. Her key interest is in the potential of creative, social and cultural exchange performance can provide. Stephanie’s is a graduate from the Lecoq school in Paris, has an MA in Movement from RCSSD, a BA Acting from Federation University and a GD of Arts in Art History from The University of Melbourne. She has also spent several years training and working in collaboration with many forms of Japanese theatre. As a tutor she has facilitated sessions at Birkbeck University, London College of Music, regularly teaches at The Conservatoire in Blackheath and runs Drawing Movement classes among others. She is beyond excited to work with the students at Fourth Monkey!

Acting for Camera
Jack Parry-Jones

Jack is a professional actor known for roles in The Crown, Our Girl, Bang and Moon Dogs, a feature film for which he won Best Actor at BAFTA Cymru and the Newport Beach Film Festival in California in 2017. He has been teaching Acting for Camera for the past 2 years at Italia Conti and, more recently, at Fourth Monkey.

Approach to Text For Year One and Classical Monologues for CertHE
Samantha Pears

Samantha trained at the London College of Music, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Acting and works in many capacities in the arts, including at the White Bear, Lion & Unicorn and Arcola theatres, as well as being an Assistant Director for the ATE Trust and working as an acting coach all over London and Merseyside. In 2021 she directed ‘London Zoo’ at The Bread & Roses Theatre, which sold out and received 5* reviews, and went on to win two awards at the London Pub Theatre Standing Ovation Awards, for Best Production and Best Ensemble. She is directing a new musical at the Chiswick Playhouse this summer alongside various other projects. She is thrilled to be working with Fourth Monkey and is passionate about creating a free space where actors can play and create in a safe environment.

Commercial Audition Workshop Practitioner
Tree Petts

Tree is an award winning, London based casting director and founder of the Casting Directors Association. 

Catering for major clients both in the UK and internationally and has worked with some of the biggest directors, including Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman). Tree founded the Casting Directors’ Association to help maintain standards in the industry she loves. She has won a number of awards for casting and has now cast over 2000 commercials. Tree specialises in traditional casting (finding actors/models) and street casting and is known for her work with children. She has worked on many award winning Commercials, advertising campaigns, films and music videos; she is also a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in all aspects of casting.

With Fourth Monkey’s students, Tree has been passing on her knowledge; the Dos and Don’ts of the process, how to nail the casting by working on commercial casting techniques.

Mime Corporeal Dramatique (Corporeal Mime)
Guillaume Pigé

Guillaume Pigé is an actor, director, mime and magician. Originally from France, he has been living in the UK for the past 14 years. He established Theatre Re in 2011 and has directed each of the company’s productions to date. He trained with theatre makers and directors such as Andrew Visnevski, Steven Wasson, Corinne Soum, Daniel Stein and Thomas Leabhart.

Rooted in Etienne Decroux’s Corporeal Mime, his practice takes inspiration from science, philosophy, psychology and public health to address global human challenges through moving and visually striking poetic theatre. His work was performed in more than fifteen countries, notably at The Cerventino Festival (Mexico), Hong Kong Arts Festival (China), New Victory Theater (USA), National Taichung Theatre (Taiwan) and London International Mime Festival (UK). He is an associate artist at The Point in Eastleigh and an associate teacher at RADA. He is regularly invited to give workshops throughout the UK and internationally.

Lecoq
Sacha Plaige

Sacha is a performer, movement director and theatre-maker. She trained at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq and is a founding member of award-winning Clout Theatre Company. Prior to this, she graduated from the 4-year acting course at the University of Cinematography in Moscow and was an ice-dancer for 10 years. She holds an MA in Movement: Directing and Teaching from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and divides her time teaching, movement directing and creating with her theatre company. She is passionate about creating emotional connections, working with the intangible and making the invisible visible. She is an Associate Lecturer at Wimbledon College of Arts and also teaches at ALRA and Rose Bruford College on the foundation course. Assistant Movement Director credits include: Europeana, RSC; The Skating Rink, Garsington Opera. Movement Director credits include: Epic Stages, NYT; The People’s Pageant, National Trust Runnymede; The End is Night, Orbital Music Video.

Film Editing Workshop Practitioner
Corry Raymond

Corry Raymond is a British filmmaker and self-shooting producer/director, with experience of over nine years working in film, television and media environments. His area of expertise includes scripted narrative content, non-scripted formats, and commercial content, having created a docu-series for Channel 4, content for large fortune 500 companies and multi-award-winning scripted pieces. Corry was named one of three young cinematographers by the BFI in a national O2 sponsored campaign and his Channel 4 series was one of the few C4 pieces to have been nominated for a BANFF World Media Award. 

The World Around Me
Phoebe Rhodes

Phoebe Rhodes is a theatre director, actor trainer and actor originally from Devon. She trained as an actor at the London College of Music, graduating with a First-Class BA (Hons) Acting Degree, and with the Young Vic and Almeida Theatre as a theatre director. She’s also a Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab alumni. As an artist, Phoebe has worked across the UK and Europe in film, audio and theatre; in venues such as Liverpool Everyman, Southwark Playhouse, Pleasance Theatre, Theatre 503 and The Bunker Theatre, as well as creating extensive work online. As an actor trainer, Phoebe has taught at various theatrical institutions including London College of Music, where she worked as an acting lecturer for 18 months – teaching modules such as theatre making, comedic text and solo performance. She specialises in facilitating the creation of radical new writing/devised work and is unbelievably excited to begin working with Fourth Monkey!

 

Voice/Accent & Dialect Teacher and Coach
Adam Rhys-Charles

Adam trained as an actor at Arts Educational Schools London. Graduating with a First Class BA Hons degree in Musical Theatre, he has gone on to work in London’s West End, No.1 UK Tours, The Sheffield Crucible, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and London’s National Theatre. Adam also trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, gaining a Master of Arts degree on the world renowned Voice Studies: Teaching and Coaching course (Distinction). Adam is a voice/accent & dialect coach who is passionate about facilitating a connection to voice that can serve to provide tangible benefits in life, both personally and professionally.

 

Visiting Commedia dell’Arte Expert
Cheryl Stapleton

Cheryl is an actor, director and teacher, who has spent the past 30 years specialising in physical comedy and masked performance. Cheryl originally trained in ballet and contemporary dance, then studied acting at École Internationale de Théâtre Philippe Gaulier, specialising in commedia dell arte with John Rudlin and Antonio Fava. Cheryl is the founder and director of Learning Through Theatre, an education theatre organisation, that aims to keep the spirit of commedia alive and accessible to a diverse audience. Cheryl has performed and taught internationally with clients that include RADA, UCL, UCA, Circomedia, Haileybury and The Loreto Network. She is currently in development on her company’s next commedia touring production.

 

Grotowski & Ashtanga Yoga
Magda Tuka

Magda’s practice is rooted in Jerzy Grotowski’s notion of Art as Vehicle. She began her career as an actor in Piotr Borowski’s Warsaw-based Studium Teatralne company, spending 10 years working full-time with the long-term associate of Grotowski himself. The essence of this formative work was in its physical training – a rigorous investigation into the relationship between the body and space, between precision, improvisation and intuition; the aim, a creative onstage existence, a continual search, on a moment by moment basis, for what and where the performer’s attention is.

Following this work, Magda undertook a series of collaborations over several years as a performer with Bojan Jablanovec’s Via Negativa theatre company in Ljubljana. Through this collaboration, she saw importance of the company’s approach in their focus on communicating to the audience via an “essential” creative message devised from the performers’ personal experience, which inspired her to initiate her own projects. These include devising a succession of shows with dancer Anita Wach, in collaboration with sound designer Opaean and working with Polish organisation Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne in 2012. Magda also works as movement teacher, providing thematic workshops and regular classes, and she has worked with Fourth Monkey since 2012.

Speech and Accents Tutor
Nancy Wigglesworth

Nancy has been working for the past 14 years as an accent and voice coach, training both actors and business professionals predominantly in speech and accent work. She has taught in many London drama schools including Italia Conti, Alra, East 15 and Rose Bruford; where she still teaches accents, speech work provides show support for final 3rd year productions.
Additionally, she does freelance 1-2-1 coaching working with actors based in the U.K and internationally on accent prep for stage and screen.
During her training she spent a year studying in America so she often specializes in regional accents of the United States.
In addition to teaching voice she is also a professional voice-over artist and has recorded many voice-overs for various advertising campaigns.

Yoga
Darcy Willison

Darcy is an actress and Yoga teacher from Watford, who specialises in using the practice to connect the body, the breath, and the mind. She studied on Fourth Monkey’s Two Year Rep programme (now the BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree), and following her introduction to Yoga whilst studying on the course, she trained as a teacher not only to deepen her own practice, but to share her love for it with others. She believes that Yoga goes far beyond a physical discipline and has found its greatest benefit to be not only a way to connect creatively with the body, but to calm the mind, centre the thoughts and focus energy. She hopes that by sharing these principles with others, they can find a way to make the practice truly their own and enable students to enhance not only their artistic journey, but in all areas of their life.

Musicality
Euan Wilson

Euan is an Actor and Musician who trained on Rose Bruford’s Actor Musicianship course. Since graduating he has toured extensively with various productions, including being part of the original cast of Action To The Word’s The Theban Motherf**ker and Mike Shepherd’s Zog. Alongside his on-stage work, Euan has also worked as a freelance composer and musical supervisor as well as developing his practice in Musicality.

Voice: Articulation
Rebecca Whitbread

Rebecca completed an MA in ‘Voice: Teaching and Coaching’ from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and trained as an actor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She worked as an actress for a number of years before becoming a voice coach and musician. She teaches both voice and singing, coaching privately as well as teaching voice at Fourth Monkey and Rose Bruford, as well as in a variety of other settings, including the corporate world. At Fourth Monkey, Rebecca teaches voice and articulation, building somatic awareness of the body and voice so that students gain flexibility and versatility with their voices whilst maintaining their commitment to truthful acting and expression.

Rebecca also works with vulnerable groups and has led a community choir with a focus on mental health and well-being, and writes, records and releases her own music with her band.

 

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