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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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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