Meet the Fourth Monkey Team
We are a team of people whose joint mission it is to
create change in the world of performance.
Fourth Monkey is very much a family. Our dedicated staff work closely with some of the UK’s finest drama practitioners, students and theatre-makers, to create a truly unique working environment where individual creative expression is valued and nurtured.
The training department is led by the Director of Training and Deputy CEO, Charleen Qwaye. This team delivers four full-time courses, at undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation level, as well as a programme of short courses.
The organisation is led by our CEO, Executive and Artistic Director, Steve Green. As well as taking overall responsibility for the strategic direction, financial management and governance of the organisation, Steve also directs the Fourth Monkey Ensemble.
The Fourth Monkey Team
Fourth Monkey Training Department – Leadership & Staff
Director of Training
Charleen Qwaye was born in Whitechapel, and grew up in Barking, Essex, where her family still live. Her first professional performances were at The Broadway Theatre, Barking, and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. As an avid supporter of local theatre, both for the community and indeed for local talent, Charleen and her family continue to support the variety of shows these theatres programme.
The only black female Co-founder of a drama school in the UK, Charleen is Fourth Monkey’s Deputy CEO and Director of Training as well an actress, choreographer and director, and a huge advocate of diversity and inclusion across the arts sector as a whole.
Charleen’s theatre credits include: The Butterfly Lion at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Our Country’s Good at the Tobacco Factory, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for the National Theatre at The Gielgud, UK tours of Chicago, Chess the Musical, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Oh! What A Night! and Viva La Diva, the European tour of The Blues Brothers and This Is The Night at Richmond Theatre, Kiki’s Delivery Service at The Southwark Playhouse, The Taming of the Shrew & Doubt at the Landor Theatre, 4:48 Psychosis at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Full Monty at the Charing Cross Theatre, Elephant Man and The Peculiar Tale Of Pablo Picasso and The Mona Lisa at the Brockley Jack, performances of Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall. Charleen has worked on rehearsed readings and work in development workshops including The Alice Birch Clean Break Project, The Malady of Death, Don Juan, Hyenas in Petticoats, Angels in America Part 1, Welcome! Up Next (all The National Theatre), The Bronzeville Project, Tarento Productions and Coming Clean, Ray Kilby. Her TV and Film credits include; Jerk for Somesuch Productions, Mind-reading Algorithms for Fat Rat Films and Crimes Stories for ITV.
Head of Training
Paul began his career as actor-musician, working on several award-winning productions including the original production of The History Boys (Royal National Theatre), Gondoliers (Apollo Theatre), Piaf, Fiddler on the Roof, Love in a Maze, Dreams from a Summerhouse and The Firebird (all for the Watermill Theatre), Nicked (HighTide Festival), The Fantasticks (Harrogate Theatre), Rwanda (YMT:UK), Trashchrist (Soho Theatre) and Me, Myself and I (Orange Tree Theatre).
Paul has trained actors for seventeen years, working at many of the leading conservatoires in the UK. He is the author of three books, published by Nick Hern Books, and his approaches to the teaching of acting through song are internationally recognised.
His first play, GHBoy, was recently produced at the Charing Cross Theatre, after it was conceived during a writers’ course at the Royal National Theatre led by Ola Animashuwan, and developed following a Research and Development grant from the Arts Council.
Heads of Course – London
BA (Hons) Acting & CertHE Acting & Theatre Making
Aly has spent many happy years in the performance industry, working as both an actor and an educator. She trained at LAMDA and enjoyed a fulfilling career across theatre, TV, Film and Radio, working at theatres across the country including The Royal Court, The Young Vic, The Arts Theatre, The Manchester Royal Exchange and The West Yorkshire Playhouse. In TV, Aly has appeared in Prime Suspect, Fell Tiger, Casualty, Kings Royal, Sapphire and Steel, EastEnders, and is probably best known for playing Sarah Sugden in Emmerdale. Her film work includes She’ll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas and The Birth of The Beatles, and she was part of the World Service Radio Rep.
Aly’s move into education was prompted by a desire to be in London with her young family, and whilst continuing to work in TV, Aly began working in drama schools including LAMDA, Central, Mountview, Arts ED, Urdang and ALRA. She was appointed Head of Acting /BA Course leader/Senior Faculty Member at ALRA in 2015 and she remained in that post for six years.
Head of Year One – BA (Hons) Acting
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 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, Head of Devising & Solo Story Project Practitioner
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 Movement & Head of Voice
Expressive Movement, Voice: Connection to Text, Voice: Connection Support & Solo Story Intensive Practitioner
Jan began his creative career performing in punk bands during the 1970s, before training with Yat Malmgren and Christopher Fettes at the Drama Centre in London, then gaining an MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has worked consistently as an actor and teacher ever since, and his work has taken him all over the work, with numerous projects in the UK and USA.
As a performer and teacher, Jan favours Shakespeare and Physical Theatre, and has worked with organisations including The National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe, Complicite, Boilerhouse, and Volcano in the UK, and organisations including Bread and Puppet, The Shakespeare Theater, The Folger, and the American Shakespeare Center in the USA.
A multi-facetated creative, Jan has worked on everything from Repertory to devised political theatre, and his core focus is Shakespeare, Viewpoints, Yoga, Laban and Breath-work.
Industry Liaison Manager
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.
Centre of Excellence – Bristol
Head of CertHE Acting & Theatre Making – Bristol & Head of Voice
Clara trained at The Royal Academy of Music, following a degree in English at Oxford University. Her varied career has spanned everything from opera as a principle for Welsh National Opera and at Glyndebourne, to leading roles in West End and national touring musicals. Clara has also worked as an actor on both sides of the Atlantic, including classical and contemporary theatre, TV and voiceover work.
Clara founded The Actors’ Workshop in Bristol in 2006; which became a nationally recognised centre of excellence for actor training under her leadership and provided a specialised foundation-level course with an unrivalled success rate for placing students into BA and MA courses at drama schools all over the country. Clara brings her unique insight and experience to her role as Course Leader for the Bristol-based CertHE and she looks forward to helping Fourth Monkey students evolve as artists, expand their horizons and realise their dreams!
Heads of Department – Bristol
Head of Acting
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.
Head of Movement
Jen started her career as an actress, and kicked off her career with appearance in a Miramax Feature film, a sitcom, a radio play and The Pillowman (Martin McDonagh) at the National Theatre. Jen has also worked exstensivley in TV, film and theatre, working with directors including Woody Allen, Steven Poliokoff, Adrian Shergold, and Natalie Abrahami.
Alongside her acting career, Jen has always been passionate about teaching her craft, with the aim of inspiring others to find their passion and path in the creative industry. She discovered through her work as an actor that movement was her core strength and passion, a skill she has been able to use in numerous productions and something that has seen her teaching gravitate towards embodying and physicalising creative work by using Lecoq, Laban and other movement practitioners.
Jen is overjoyed and excited to work with each student on their movement journey!
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Our Visiting Practitioners
Mime Corporeal Dramatique (Corporeal Mime)
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 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 (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’.
Acting Through Clown – CertHE Bristol
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.
Director – Year 2
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.
Expressive Movement, 10 Protected Characteristics
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.
10 Protected Characteristics; Practitioner for Writing for Performance, Experimental Fringe Showcase Mentor
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Puppetry – Year 2 Practitioner
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.
Afrobeats Practitioner – CertHE Bristol
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.
Director – Year 2
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 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.
MA Visiting Lecturer – The Peter Brook Ensemble, The Bouffes Du Nord & World Touring Troupe Theatre
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 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.
Movement & Laban Practitioner – CertHE Bristol
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.
Acting Through Clown
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 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.
Mime Corporeal Dramatique (Corporeal Mime)
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.
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.
The World Around Me
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!
Grotowski & Ashtanga Yoga
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Monkey Training Team
Senior Course Administrator & Assistant to the Directors
BA Training & Academic Services Officer
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.
CertHE & MA Training & Academic Services Officer
Auguste studied for a degree in Film, Theatre and Music Management, and has since worked in various arts projects, produced a number of short films and has organised events. She has previously worked with young American actors at a drama academy and helped organise summer acting programmes in Oxford. Auguste has a wealth of experience working within the HE sector, including working on the International Pathway Programme at Roehampton University and administrating a course at Anglia Ruskin University. Beyond her work with Fourth Monkey, Auguste enjoys being creative and active, and she surfs, draws and occasionally sings.
Student Welfare & Learning Support Coordinator
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.
Fourth Monkey Business & Production Departments – Leadership & Staff
CEO & Artistic Director
Originally from Devon, Steve Green is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Fourth Monkey. A writer, director and former actor, Steve trained at Middlesex University under the inspirational instruction of practitioners such as John Wright (Trestle, Told by an Idiot), Steve Tiller (The Wedding Collective), John Topping and Huw Thomas amongst many others. The experimental and risk-taking training environment that existed at Middlesex, on their celebrated BA Performing Arts course led Steve toward what has been both a diverse, far-reaching and collaborative career within the arts. Working extensively first on screen as an actor, before transitioning to director and producer his work has always tried to push boundaries and challenge perceived convention within the sector. Fourth Monkey’s training is an embodiment of Steve and co-founder Charleen Qwaye’s vision and experience and one that is borne of a sense of play and a desire to demystify the actor training sector.
Charleen and Steve have collaboratively developed a clear educational philosophy founded in ensemble, exploration and inclusion, forming the foundation of the Fourth Monkey pedagogy, brought to life through Charleen’s exceptional and innovative course design. The work, like in life, is ever evolving and the collective Fourth Monkey initiative is to ensure our training is always current, relevant and at the forefront of positive change within the sector.
Steve’s directing credits include: Titus Andronicus, Tamburlaine the Great Part I & II, Julius Caesar, Plasticine, Ascension Part I & II, The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso and the Mona Lisa, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Nights at the Circus, Elephant Man, 4.48 Psychosis, A Clockwork Orange, The Penelopiad, The Love of the Nightingale, The Pope and the Witch, The Crucible, Waiting for Godot, The Caretaker, Metamorphosis, Pass it on, The Creation of the World and other business, Overdue, Left Luggage, Oh What a Lovely War, Shelter, Playing the Victim, A Game of two Halves and Inamorata.
Monkey Business & Production
Academic Development Manager
Jonathan has over 20 years experience working in Arts Education at LAMDA in Academic Services, as Head of Projects & Events for the British Ballet Organisation. Within the Fourth Monkey team, Jonathan is responsible for academic development, and is strategic lead on student recruitment and Outreach. Beyond Fourth Monkey, Jonathan is also a Feldenkrais Practitioner.
Tamara is a graduate of University College Cork with a BA (Hons) in Drama & Theatre Studies with Philosophy. She is also an alumni of Fourth Monkey’s Two Year Rep training course (now the BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree). Tamara graduated from Fourth Monkey in 2017 and has since worked in creative and administrative roles for a variety of theatres, theatre festivals and theatre companies, including Jacksons Lane Arts Centre, Corcadorca Theatre Company, Brighton Fringe Festival, and London International Mime Festival. Since graduating, Tamara has worked with Fourth Monkey in both an administrative and a creative capacity; having directed three different year groups for public performances, she currently works as part of the Admissions & Outreach teams.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Hetty has been part of the team at the Monkey House since December 2019, and is responsible for leading on Fourth Monkey’s Marketing stratgey, messaging and output.
Hetty has almost ten years’ experience within the Marketing and Communications sector, and is passionate about using her knowledge and experience to creatively package and share Fourth Monkey’s professional training and wider Outreach opportunities so that they continue to reach an ever-expanding and increasingly diverse audience of prospective students. Outside the Monkey House, Hetty is a keen runner and live music lover.
Alumni & Outreach Coordinator
Anna is an alumni of Fourth Monkey’s Two Year Rep training course (now the BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree), and she also holds a degree in English Literature. Since graduating from Fourth Monkey in November 2020, she has worked on a variety of theatre projects as an actor, writer and director. Alongside her performance work, Anna is a youth theatre facilitator and private Acting tutor. Since graduating, Anna has worked with Fourth Monkey as an assistant director, a workshop facilitator, an auditions host and she now coordinates the schools’ Outreach programme, including researching and developing a Student Hardship fund to help support the training community.
Head of Production
Simon has worked professionally in theatre for over 20 years, and has experience in production management, marketing, financial and administrative management, front of house operations and venue management. He was Managing Director of the Tabard Theatre from 2008 until 2019, working as Lead Producer for over 50 shows and General Manager for the artistic programme. Prior to that, he was Marketing Manager at the Hackney Empire and Warehouse Theatres. Simon is currently Head of Production for Fourth Monkey, and is responsible for the managing production budgets, as well as managing and recruiting creatives and crew for public performance work. When productions are not running at Fourth Monkey, Simon works as a freelance producer, both with his own company and other established producers.
Head of Operations
Originating from the Netherlands, Jonne has been an integral part of Fourth Monkey’s business and operations function since 2015. Everyone’s first point of contact for building, technical and operations-related queries, Jonne is responsible for the operational management of the Monkey House, Fourth Monkey’s London training centre. He is also Facilities Manager and Health & Safety Officer, ensuring all policies, insurance and public licences are current and compliant. When Jonne is not busy doing all of this, he helps manage Fourth Monkey’s website content and any artwork design such as posters for public performance work.