is the founder/director of both The Actors’ Workshop and theatre
company The Actors’ Playground.
Clara 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, Emma in the world premiere
of Orphans and Jenny Lind in Barnum (West End and UK tours).
Clara subsequently lived in New York for ten years, where she focused
on contemporary theatre and teaching. During this time she also 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. She
is currently working on Shooting Icebergs - a new play for The Actors’
Playground Theatre Company.
Clara has extensive experience as a vocal expert and acting coach,
training emerging actors/singers for professional performances and
auditions. Her students achieve excellent results at drama and music
colleges and appear regularly in theatre and on screen.
In 2018, Clara established Red
Fox Retreats to share the combined joys of acting, singing,
creative writing, painting, movement and mindfulness in a beautiful,
secluded setting. This led to requests for local intensives; she now
Workshops in Bristol during the summer.
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.
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.
Logan trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he
won the Bancroft Gold Medal.
Credits include: leading roles in tv, film, radio and classical
and contemporary theatre roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company
(where he received an Olivier Award nomination), the National Theatre,
in the West End, with numerous leading provincial theatres and in
film, TV and radio.
Gerard won The Stage Newspaper’s Best Solo Performer Award at
the 2011 Edinburgh Festival for his performance in Shakespeare’s
great narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece which, alongside Wilde Without
the Boy and The Ballad of Reading Gaol he is currently touring internationally.
He recently won the Best Actor award at the 2014 Buxton Fringe Theatre
Festival for his performance in Wilde Without the Boy.
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
Reid is a director, actor and teacher who trained at Guildhall
School of Music & Drama. She has worked with leading theatre-makers
and story-tellers including Robert Lepage, Tim Supple, Melly Still,
Philippa Lowthorpe, David Fielding, Adrian Noble and Filter Theatre.
She has worked all over the industry, including at the RSC and the
National Theatre. Alison’s directing work includes concert performances
of Michael Morpurgo’s books The Mozart Question and The Best
of Times, in addition to being associate director of Private Peaceful
(Tobacco Factory). Her one-woman show, An Elephant in the Garden has
notched over 100 performances including Tobacco Factory Theatres and
In 2008 she directed The Magic Vessels in Chennai, India - the inaugural
production at St George’s outdoor bamboo theatre. For the past
two years, Alison has directed the Design for Performance Students’
Puppet Project for Royal Welsh College.
Sherman received a degree from Aberystwyth University before
going on to train as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Tom’s early career was spent in musicals at the Aberystwyth
Arts Centre appearing in four successive productions during his university
career. He then embarked on a rich and varied work life including
two Christmas seasons at the Stephen Joseph Theatre under the direction
of Sir Alan Ayckbourn and appearing in seven seasons with Andrew Hilton’s
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. He has also appeared in productions
at The Bike Shed Theatre, The Ustinov, Bristol Old Vic, Theatr Clwyd
and on national and schools’ tours. He has performed in many
radio dramas and provided voice over for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and Channel
He has written, directed and produced shows for young audiences from
early years performances to pantomimes for his own company –
Creaking Door Productions.
Tom went back to school becoming a qualified teacher and getting a
MA in Professional Theatre Practice from Staffordshire University.
He is course leader in Performing and Production Arts at Wiltshire
Creative (Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury
International Arts Festival) and directs Shakespeare text projects
at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
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
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
Holding graduated from LIPA in 2008 with a first class degree
in acting, and now works both as an actor and as a director.
Acting credits include include work with the RSC, New Vic, Royal Exchange,
Derby Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Theatre By The lake, Tobacco Factory/Myrtle
Theatre Co, York Theatre Royal/Pilot Theatre Co, Stephen Joseph Theatre,
Bryn is associate director of Hammerpuzzle Theatre Co, Associate Artist
for the Theatre Royal Bath and was resident Assistant Director at
the New Vic Theatre (2016-2017). His directing work includes: Across
the sky (Opera - Cheltenham Festivals) The Sloe Pickers, The Arrivals
(Theatre Royal Bath, the egg ) The Velveteen Rabbit, Tales of Hans
Christian Andersen and The Old Curiosity Shop (Hammerpuzzle Theatre
Co / Everyman Theatre Cheltenham), On The Mend (Everyman Theatre,
Cheltenham), Common Lore (Award winning - Breakthrough Performance
Rural Touring Awards 2019 for Stute Theatre/ Northern Broadsides)
, Little Potatoes, Tossers, (Out Of Your Mind New Writing Festival,
Theatre Royal, Bath), Just Soph, (Stute Theatre/New Vic Tour) Tail
Trail to The Snow Queen (New Vic Theatre, Studio), The Woodlanders
(Everyman Theatre Cheltenham / Hammerpuzzle Theatre Co); King John
(Hammerpuzzle Theatre Co, commissioned by Theatre Royal Bath); Dogs
of War (Theatre Royal Bath, Engage); Twelfth Night, The Comedy of
Errors (Greenwich Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream ;(UK Tour, Sell
a Door); Did My Heart Love Till Now? (Bristol Shakespeare Festival)
Player One Vs The World (Theatre 503).
Bryn regularly works as a guest acting lecturer both in the UK and
Norway. He recently led the Adult Theatre School for the Theatre Royal
Bath's Engage Programme and is currently a guest director at Birmingham
Conservatoire: School of Acting and at Staffordshire University's
BA Acting programme.
Dawson'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
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.
Clara on 07970 748640
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