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Clara Marullo Clara Marullo, Director of The Actors' Workshop received a degree in English from Oxford University, before training as a singer at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

She started out in opera, playing principal roles for Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival opera, before moving into West End musicals. Roles include Fantine in Les Mis, Jenny Lind in Barnum and Emma in the world premiere of Orphans.

Clara has worked as a cabaret artist in the UK, USA and Japan. She has various TV roles and numerous commercials and print ads to her credit, both in the USA and the UK, and is increasingly in demand as a voice actor.

As a writer, she specialises in the documentary arena: she has written many documentary films, and has authored narration for actors like Harrison Ford and Saheed Jaffrey. Her anthropological book, The Last Forbidden Kingdom, won a major international award. Over the years, Clara has written and directed numerous plays and musicals for children; these range from adaptations of Shakespeare to original work.

Clara is well known in London and the Southwest as a vocal expert. She regularly trains young actors/singers for professional performances and auditions; her students achieve excellent results at drama and music colleges and appear regularly in the West End. Clara is a qualified teacher in the UK and USA.
Clara Marullo
Chris Donnelly Chris Donnelly is a founder member of The Actors’ Workshop and an especially well-loved member of the teaching team.

Recently, Chris played John Coleman in The Lullabies of Broadmoor (national tour/ Finsborough Theatre, London) for which he was nominated for an OFFIE award, and Kabe in the tour of One Flea Spare. Chris was in the original highly acclaimed Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory ensemble in 2000 and has performed extensively for them since, most recently as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stephano in The Tempest. Other roles with the company include Iago in Othello, Pompey in Measure For Measure, Diomedes in Troilus and Cressida, Autolycus in The Winter's Tale, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Lollio in The Changeling.

He has toured internationally with Actors From The London Stage as Feste in Twelfth Night and the title role in Macbeth. Chris was Antigonus and The Shepherd in Erica Whyman's award-winning version of The Winter's Tale at the Southwark Playhouse and was nominated for the Evening Standard Best Actor award for his portrayal of Horst in Howard Ross’ highly acclaimed production of Bent.

Chris's television credits include Doctors, Fat Friends, Silent Witness, Wire In The Blood, Drop The Dead Donkey, Casualty, Wycliffe, The Verdict, Reckless, and was Damion Spinks in Eastenders. Film work includes The Honey Trap, Isaac and The Eyes Have It. Chris has performed many plays for BBC Radio 4 including Soldier Soldier, Call Waiting and Gilgamesh – all award winning dramas.

Chris spearheads the SATTF education arm, running both outreach and workshops at the Tobacco Factory and is delighted to be invited back regularly to teach at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (where he trained as an actor).

Chris is one of our longest-serving and beloved teachers, inspiring all our students and making everyone laugh!
Chris Donnelly
Dan Winter Dan Winter trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre includes: Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth (Actors From The London Stage), Comedy Of Errors, Richard II, Uncle Vanya, Antony & Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Pericles, Three Sisters, Macbeth, The Changeling, Troilus and Cressida, As You Like It (Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory) I Remember Green, Rabbit Ears, Pavement (Theatre West), Henry V (Theatre Boudin), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (RNT), A Doll’s House (SWAN), Treasure Island, Five Sides of a Circle, Circus (Tobacco Factory), Trade It! (SOS), The Tempest (New Wolsey Theatre), As You Like It (Arundel), Oedipus (Tour), Othello (Wycombe Swan), Black/White, Have A Go Hero, Pericles, Oh What A Lovely War (Bristol Old Vic).

TV, Film and Radio includes: Frankie (BBC), The Story Of Tracy Beaker (CBBC), The Great Escape (ITV), Breaking the Chains (BBC), The Quest for Infinity (Green Umbrella), When We Were Heroes (Suited & Booted) Crisis, Zauberjackl, The Tinner’s Corpse, Dixon of Dock Green, I Left My Heart in 1960! (Radio 4).

Dan is a fantastic and energetic teacher, whose dynamic and truthful approach to text and character inspires us all.
Dan Winter
Jennifer Higham Jennifer Higham is a force of nature and a greatly loved addition to our staff. As well as an impressive CV as an actor, Jen is also an experienced teacher, having worked at the prestigious Jackie Palmer school for several years.

Married to the lovely Dan Winter, Jen brings us a sharp eye, wonderful skills as a director and choreographer, and her amazing energy!

Already working at the National Theatre at the age of 18, Jen has also appeared in film and television, including Crooked House as Ruth (2 episodes), Cassandra's Dream as Helen, Ella Enchanted as Olive, Ella's stepsister and Hattie's sister, Doctors, Persuasion as Louisa Musgrove, Born and Bred as Amy Marl, Gideon's Daughter as Girl playing Richard III, and I Shouldn't Be Alive as Jennifer.

Theatre includes Juliet at the Rose Theatre; Viola and Juliet for Actors From The London Stage; Winter, Three Farces, Alison’s House and The Woman Hater at the Orange Tree Theatre; Rope at the Watermill and The Pillowman at the National Theatre.
Jennifer Higham
Alec Fellows-Bennett Alec Fellows-Bennett ran away from home at 17 to join Birmingham Rep and has not looked back since. A prolific actor, writer and director, Alec brings a wealth of talent and intelligence to his work with our students.

A graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Alec is currently working on Round And Round The Garden and A Touch Of Danger at The Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth. He recently appeared in InheritT The Wind at The New Vic, Stoke. Prior to this he played Mercutio in Romeo And Juliet for Commedia of Errors.

Other Theatre includes Feste in Twelfth Night and Algernon in The Importance Of Being Ernest (both open air tours) Emcee in Cabaret and the title role in Hamlet at the Rose Theatre, and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream on an international tour. Radio includes The Accrington Pals, Macbeth, Death Of Cuchulain and Only Jealousy Of Emer.

Alec is an incredibly energetic and exciting teacher with a lovely sense of humour.

Costa Chard
Hannah Lee Hannah Lee graduated from Cambridge with a degree in English, before training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Credits include Maria in School For Scandal, Audrey in As You Like It and Thomasina in Arcadia (Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory) Nancy in Gaslight (The New Vic) Clara in The Nutcracker (Nuffield Theatre) Lucy in Dracula (Latitude Festival) and Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (UK tour.)

An immensely intelligent and gifted actor, Hannah is also a patient and gifted teacher – and a wonderful dancer. Her recent choreography for our College Class Showcase was a huge success.

She is very excited to be working with the College Foundation Class, at The Actors' Workshop.
Hannah Lee
Andy Cryer Andy Cryer is a highly experienced working actor, whose versatility extends from Shakespeare to popular television series and voice-overs.

A stalwart of the acclaimed theatre company Northern Broadsides, Andy also directs – his work with Lenny Henry as Othello, as resident director (and role of Chaucer) on The Canterbury Tales and Love’s Labour’s Lost has received critical acclaim.

Andy trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before spending two years as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His prolific theatre career has taken him all over the country.

On television, Andy has appeared in numerous shows, such as: The Royal, Emmerdale, Heartbeat, Doctors, Casualty and The Bill. Film work includes To Kill A King and Fairytale - A True Story. Andy frequently voices BBC Radio Drama, focusing especially on Shakespeare. He is also an innovative and experienced teacher, who has worked extensively with young performers.
Andy Cryer
James Anderson James Anderson graduated from Arts educational schools in 1987. After graduating, alongside working as a musician, James helped set up and run The Pelican theatre in Stroud. As well as running adult workshops at the theatre he worked with FreeFall Theatre both as a director and performer.

James went on to study drama at Bristol University after which he performed with several companies in and around the west country including SATTF, BareBones Theatre and Theatre West.

After the birth of his 2nd child and need for a stable income, in 2001/2002 he started teaching a BCCS where he has gone on to become the lead teacher in Drama across the curriculum. James is an exceptionally gifted teacher, a wonderful actor and a greatly-loved member of the team.
James Anderson
Herbert DesLauriers Herbert DesLauriers earned his dance degree from the Amsterdam University for the Arts. 

He continued his training in New York City with Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham dance schools. He spent many years dancing with Tanzatelier (Sebastian Prantl) in Vienna, A.L.M. dance company in Graz Austria and performed in many industrial shows throughout Germany and France. He believes in instilling a strong core-based technique to encourage a dancer to pursue many different styles and to continue dancing for many years without injury.

His choreography has won awards at the Kaliz Poland Dance Festival. Herbert choreographs all over the southwest of the UK and has built a dedicated following as a contemporary dance teacher.
Herbert DesLauriers
Sue Gilbert Sue Gilbert's broad knowledge in fitness, anatomy, physiology and bodywork treatments makes her tailor-made sessions dynamic, intuitive, integrative and rewarding. She is extremely approachable, fun and empathic which makes training an absolute joy as well as “to the point!”

Sue has been a full-time professional in the health and fitness industry since 1990 and has experience of working in many prestigious health clubs and venues including Bristol Od Vic Theatre School, where she has taught for the past 16 years, Bristol Rugby, Walnut Grove Osteopath and her own studios.

She specialises in working with athletes and actors, but also teaches members of the public and gives expert talks and classes at corporate health days and several team-building events around the UK.
Sue Gilbert
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