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Industry Talks

Throughout our full-time courses, students have the opportunity to meet agents, casting directors, theatre/tv/film directors, producers, actors and alumni for seminars, Q&As, mock auditions and general talks.

2016/17 Guest Speakers: 

This list will be added to as the year progresses. Current bookings/attended speakers can be found below.

JESSICA LOWE
Agent at Simon & How

With her keen interest in the performing arts from a young age, Jess has developed an eye for spotting exciting new talent and proudly represents a client list of emerging young actors and new faces.


STEPHEN GITTINS
Agent/Partner at AIM (Associated International Management)


FELIX TRENCH & BETH EYRE
Wooden Overcoats Podcast

Wooden Overcoats is an award-winning audio podcast sitcom about 2 rival funeral directors on the fictional island of Piffling. It was the brainchild of graduate Felix Trench who also plays the star of the show, Rudyard Funn. Fellow DSL graduate, Beth Eyre, plays Rudyard's awkwardly shy sister, Antigone. The series has received rave reviews from The Times, The Observer, The Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph and more, and won iTunes Best of 2015. Read more. 


MAEVE RYAN
North One Management - Cooperative Agency


OLIVIA ONYEHARA
Actors Alliance - Cooperative Agency

Olivia trained at Drama Studio London from 2010 to 2011. Her professional work includes New Vic Theatre, The Riverside Studios, Southwark Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, Finborough Theatre, BBC Radio 4 and Casualty. Olivia is a member of the cooperative agency Actors Alliance which was formed in 1976 and is run by actors who work as each other's agents.  


KATE SAXON
Director

Kate Saxon is an English Director, privileged to work across all three disciplines of television, video games and theatre. As a freelance theatre director, Kate has directed over 35 theatre productions, including the World Premiere of John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, which opened in the US and then toured the UK. Kate was also Associate Director of Shared Experience Theatre. In 2013, Kate was trained by the BBC to direct tv drama and is now a regular director on BBC Eastenders, which this year won Best Serial Drama on British
TV at the National Television Awards. 


CARA BECKINSALE
Casting Director

Cara Beckinsale has been casting in the UK for over 11 years with previous extensive experience in Australia. Cara has experience on a wide variety of projects working with the best UK casting directors as well as on solo projects specialising in theatre, television and independent feature films. Her notable projects include "Ghosts" - winner of three Olivier awards in 2014; "Heart of Lightness" - which was selected for the Montreal Film Festival in 2014; "Gin and Dry" - short film nominated for 6 awards and winner of Best Comedy at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in 2011; "Forget Me Not" - winner of Best Film at the London Independent Film Awards in 2010. 


SARAH BIRD
Casting Director

Theatre includes: Rebecca (Tour); Perfect Nonsense (West End); Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic); Brief Encounter (West End); The Play What I Wrote (West End & Tour) God of Carnage (West End); Art (West End & Tours)

Musical Theatre includes: Elf (Plymouth & West End); Girls (Leeds & West End); The Bodyguard (West End); Me and My Girl (Sheffield).

Television includes: Hustle; Madam Bovary: Ny-Lon; Pie in the Sky;

Film includes: A Bunch of Amateurs; Ladies in Lavender; As You Like it; Wilde. 


ENZO CILENTI
Alumni

Enzo has recently exploded onto our screens. His credits include Game of Thrones (playing slave master Yezzan), Lady Chatterley's Lover (playing Victor Linley), Wolf Hall, Childermass in Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and Captain Dance in Jekyll & Hyde. His film credits include Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), The Theory of Everything (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Kick-Ass 2 (2013), Prisoners Wives (2013), House M.D. (2012), NCIS (2006-2007), The Virgin Queen (2006), Rome (2005) and many more.


ANJI CARROLL
Casting Director

Anji Carrol casts for theatre, TV and film.

TV credits include: The Bill, London's Burning, C4, Granada Television

Film credits include: Warner Brothers, Flamenco Films, Steon Films, Jolly Productions

Theatre credits include: Bristol Old Vic, Northcote Theatre