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Clara Marullo Clara 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 runs  CreativeYOU Workshops  in Bristol during the summer.

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Clara Marullo
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
Jennifer Higham Gerard 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.
Gerard Logan
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
Alison 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 The Globe.

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.
Alison Reid
Tom 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 4.

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.
Tom Sherman
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
Bryn 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, Liverpool Everyman.

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.
Bryn Holding
Sue Gilbert Sue 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 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.

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Sue Gilbert
 
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