One to One Teaching
If you're interested in individual tuition - acting, directing, writing, etc - do please get in touch with me through the Contact button. I offer this at my home in North London which keeps costs down. And I provide coffee and cake!
I'm happy to work on audition speeches, or help with character analysis, from any material you like. I'm particularly good at helping actors get their hearts and minds round tricky texts, especially Shakespeare. But I've also helped opera singers get to grips with the dramatic nature of an aria.
If you're an emerging director and would like try out some thoughts I'd be happy to offer a friendly and constructive ear. And if you're struggling with getting your thoughts down on paper, I know I can help.
I charge £60 for an hour of intensive face to face work, and £40 for a Skype or FaceTime session, or a proper email exchange.
I've taught and taken workshops at the NT, the RSC, the Royal Court, ETT, BADA, the Traverse, the Actors’ Centre, the Actors' Guild, the Actors’ Temple, British Youth Opera, the Royal College of Music and several acting, directing and theatre design schools both in Britain and abroad. I taught a Graduate Shakespeare Course at the University of California (Davis), Shakespeare workshops at South Suburban College in Chicago, and residencies at Emory University, Atlanta, and at the University of South Carolina (Upstate). I've lectured at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. I was invited to lead one of the opening workshops at Shakespeare’s Globe in August 1995 and gave the keynote lecture at the National Theatre Education Department’s Shakespeare Unplugged. I've taught three times on Emory University’s British Studies Program in Oxford.
Drama School Productions
I've directed five productions at drama schools: The Kitchen Sink by Tom Wells (LAMDA), Hitler’s People by Bertolt Brecht, and Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, both translated by me and Peter Zombory-Moldovan (East 15), and The Secret Rapture by David Hare and scenes from The Country Wife (Guildhall School of Speech and Drama).
I also directed Much Ado About Nothing at the University of California (Davis) as Granada Television's Artist in Residence;
Talks and Platforms
I've given Platforms at the National Theatre, the Royal Court, the Traverse, the Barbican, the British Library and the Cheltenham Literary Festival.
While at the Rose, I interviewed on stage 50 leading actors and writers in the Time to Talk series, including: Gillian Anderson, Jane Asher, Eileen Atkins, Richard Bean, Alan Bennett, Hugh Bonneville, Jo Brand, Gyles Brandreth, Richard Briers, Stephanie Cole, Judi Dench, Dominic Dromgoole, Anita Dobson, Richard Eyre, Julian Fellowes, Clare Foy, Michael Frayn, Peter Hall, Sheila Hancock, Lenny Henry, Craig Revel Horwood, Celia Imrie, Derek Jacobi, Penelope Keith, Jonathan Miller, Maureen Lipman, Julian Lloyd Webber, Michael Palin, Michael Pennington, Joely Richardson, Michael Sheen, Alison Steadman, Patrick Stewart, Samuel West, Timothy West, Richard Wilson, Zoë Wanamaker, Penelope Wilton and Jacqueline Wilson.
Academic Positions and Papers
I've been Visiting Professor at the University of California, the Judith E Wilson Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University and Visiting Professor at Kingston University. I was Course Leader for the Theatre Directing MA/MFA at East 15 and University of Essex for three months in 2014.
In 2012 I was Halle Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Visiting Professor at the University of South Carolina.
I've chaired panels at the Kingston Shakespeare Symposium and gave a paper on Brecht’s approach to Shakespeare at the 2016 International Brecht Conference in Oxford.
I've been on the judging panels for the Linbury Biennale prize for Stage Design (2002), the Susan Smith Blackburn Award (2010) and the Sheridan Morley Prize (2014).