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Faculty and Staff

All of our practitioners, tutors and directors are working in the industry and in this way we can genuinely claim that our training is for the profession by the profession. Our working faculty continually take note of industry developments to bring passion, integrity and commitment to every minute of rehearsal or class.

We also have a team of specialist workshop teachers and guest lecturers. 

 

DIRECTOR OF DSL
Emma Lucia Hands 
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Emma is a theatre director and producer who predominantly worked for Clwyd Theatr Cymru directing productions such as The Herbal Bed (Peter Whelan), Ghosts and A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen), Arms and the Man (George Bernard Shaw), Copenhagen (Michael Frayn), Educating Rita (Willy Russell), God of Carnage (Yasmina Reza), Shakespeare’s Will (Vern Thiessen) and Oleanna (David Mamet). Her producing credits for the company included new writing to London and New York - Memory (Jonathan Lichtenstein), and Pieces (Hywel John). As a freelancer she most recently directed Closer (Patrick Marber) for The Vienna English Theatre and A History of Falling Things (James Graham) at the New Vic Theatre. Emma has produced a number of Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies for the film, television and theatre industries on behalf of the Directors Guild of Great Britain. She has a BA (hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London and an MA in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University and GITIS (The Russian Institute of Theatre Arts), Moscow.

Acting

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF DEGREE BA (HONS) STUDIES
Seb Harcombe

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Seb was raised in the Rhondda valley, south Wales, and originally read music at London University - but changed direction to study acting at RADA, winning the Robert Donat prize for classical acting upon graduation. After 15 years of performing leading roles in major UK theatres and companies (including the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company) he became a teacher and director. In the former capacity he has been Head of Acting and Director of BA Acting at both RADA and Drama Centre London. He has also been a freelance acting teacher/project director/workshop leader at the Royal Academy of Music, Institute of Arts Barcelona, Royal College of Music, Manchester School of Theatre, The Globe Theatre, Welsh College of Music and Drama, National Opera Studio, The Actors Centre, Beijing Central Academy of Drama, Vakhtangov Theatre Moscow, Birkbeck University, Trinity Laban, UNESCO and the BBC.

HEAD OF DIPLOMA ACTING
Jonathan Kemp

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Jonny has spent many years directing shows for companies touring in the UK and across Europe, including Chekhov’s Shorts, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Animal Farm, Lady Windermere’s Fan and The 39 Steps as well as numerous Dickens adaptations of his own - The Old Curiosity Shop, David Copperfield, Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, etc. As an actor he has performed all over the world from 42nd St, NYC to Kyoto and Osaka via Rome, Athens, Berlin and Abu Dhabi as well as the National Theatre, the West End and major TV series in the UK and US. 

 

Movement

HEAD OF MOVEMENT
Keith O'Brien
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Movement & Period Movement Teacher

Keith’s performance career has ranged from cabaret, film work and theatre work (including West End). Keith has worked in a variety of movement and dance styles and genres. He has worked as movement director/choreographer, both professionally and within colleges, including The Laban Centre, East 15 and ArtsEd, on numerous productions. Keith has been involved in training actors and dancers for the past 40 years.  

Voice

HEAD OF VOICE
Dewi Hughes
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Voice, Applied Voice, Phonetics & Speech Teacher

Dewi has worked as Voice Coach and Accent Coach on a number of theatre productions, including international tours and shows on London's West End. Prior to his work with the Studio he has taught at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Drama Centre, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and Arts Educational Schools London. He has also been interviewed by the BBC and Time Magazine about his work with clients from the corporate field. 

Media

HEAD OF MEDIA
Nick Reed

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Screen Acting

Nick Reed started life as an actor then moved into writing and directing computer games, theatre, events, TV and film.

His award-winning short films have screened worldwide and sold to the likes of Canal + and HBO and recent virals with Jan Ravens as Theresa May and ‘Ken Loach’s Star Wars’  have had millions of views.  

DEPUTY HEAD OF MEDIA (AUDIO)
David Angus FHEA
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After training at DSL 1979-80, David worked as an actor for the next 20 years, appearing in the theatre on many tours, in Rep, in the West End, and on Television, Radio and Films.

Increasingly working as a voice over artist, David was invited to work as a producer at Logorhythm Studios in Soho in the 1990’s, responsible for producing Radio Dramas, Adverts, Documentaries, Talking Books, Animations, Television Soundtracks, and Actors' show reels. Today he continues to work as a freelance producer/ writer/voiceover artist and teacher, producing independent audiobooks, voice reels, corporate videos, and commercials.

In 1999 David became Head of Radio at Webber Douglas Academy, and in 2001 Recorded Voice Tutor at Drama Centre, London, and he has taught radio, verse and acting classes at Mountview, at Cygnets Training Theatre, The Actors’ Centre, and the University of the Arts, Bournemouth. 

Tutors

 

1 YEAR DIPLOMA AND BA LEVEL 4
Charlie Barker
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Charlie was an actor for over 25 years before turning her hand to teaching and directing in vocational drama schools, including being head of acting at ArtsEd and head of course at PPA. As an actor she worked in repertory theatres in Clywd, Derby, Salisbury, Chester, Exeter, Manchester and Greenwich, and started her career in the West End in the original production of Stepping Out. More recently she started her own theatre company, Persever Productions, directing the London Premiere of Tokens of Affection at Waterloo East. This summer Charlie staged a joint production with DSL of a 60 minute version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Walpole Park, with DSL graduates alongside professional actors. Charlie has a BA in Performance studies, a PGC in Shakespeare and Text, and a master’s degree in text and performance.

1 YEAR DIPLOMA
Emma Kershaw

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Emma is an actress and concert artist. She trained on the violin and piano on a scholarship at the Royal College of Music and went on to Trinity Music College, London, then London Repertory Academy to study drama. She has taught at Arts Ed, Drama Studio London, ACM Guildford, London Studio Centre and ICMP.

 

1 YEAR DIPLOMA AND BA LEVEL 4
Titania Krimpas

 
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Titania Krimpas studied at The University of Birmingham and Central School of Speech and Drama. She holds an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa. She was trainee director with Shared Experience Theatre & Salisbury Playhouse, mentored by Katie Mitchell. She also assisted at the RSC, Lyric Hammersmith, The Young Vic and The Salisbury Festival.

She’s directed at The Half Moon, Young Vic Studio, The Unicorn and with The Stable, as well as many drama schools. She also works as a dramaturge, and mentor for authors with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy.

MFA
Tamsin Stanley

Tamsin studied at Cambridge University. Working since then as a producer/project/company manager across TV, live events, tours, opera and theatre, she has also managed venues, created education resources and marketing campaigns alongside theatre projects as a dramaturg, production designer and writer. She has worked for various UK drama schools as a tutor, director and head of studies, including Italia Conti, Fourth Monkey, Drama Centre and for the umbrella organisation Federation of Drama Schools, alongside developing new courses, quality assurance, student engagement and support roles.

BA LEVEL 4
Ishwar Maharaj
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Ishwar Maharaj is a writer and director with over 26 years experience in the industry and is the founder of Company O Theatre, which specialises in new writing, adaptions and installations.

He also works internationally and is co-artistic director of Teatteri Vertigo in Finland, which produces large scale immersive, promenade and site-specific productions. 

BA LEVEL 5
Jelena Budimir

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Jelena is a freelance director, writer, actor, and theatre practitioner.

She trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2018 she co-founded All Ignite Theatre, productions for All Ignite include White Guy on the Bus, Beast on the Moon and Property, a new play about the London housing crisis. Previously she was Associate Director at Chickenshed Theatre. Her direction has covered new writing, classics, and work for young people and children, musicals, and adaptations.

BA LEVEL 5
Kieran Stallard

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BA LEVEL 5
Lucinda Lloyd

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Lucinda graduated from ALRA completing the 3 year Diploma in Acting and has since trained extensively with Anne Bogart (Viewpoints), Seb Harcombe (Stanislavski) and Ken Campbell (Improvisation).

Lucinda is a highly skilled practitioner combining her skills as an actor, artist and writer. She has worked with many prestigious theatres and companies for the past 15 years including The Globe, The Royal Court, BAC and The Scottish Dance Theatre. She was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Home and was selected for The New Writers programme at The Royal Court & The Arcola.

BA LEVEL 6
Emma Filby

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Emma has worked as an actor, director and vocalist within professional theatre both in the UK, Canada, US and Europe.

After completing her training at The Bristol Old Vic drama school, Emma worked alongside young film makers at UCLA, before returning to the UK to complete a Masters in Shakespeare in Performance - at the Shakespeare Institute in association with the RSC.

Emma is currently the Artistic Director of Tempest Theatre Company and the Assistant Producer for Frinton Summer Theatre.

BA LEVEL 6
Rhiannon Neads

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Rhiannon is an actress and writer who trained at LAMDA.

She is one half of musical comedy duo Stiff & Kitsch (Musical Comedy Award Winners 2018) whose debut show Adele Is Younger Than Us sold out venues across the UK & Ireland before transferring to the Soho Theatre. Their latest show Bricking It was an official EdFringe sellout show in 2019. She was Runner Up in the Carleton Hobbs Competition in 2014 leading to a 6 month stint on the BBC Radio Drama Company, and has gone on to work extensively as a voice actor - as well as coaching for the competition itself and teaching audio at DSL, Italia Conti, LAMDA and Mountview.

 

Admin & Support Staff

OFFICE MANAGER
Stephanie Christ

Stephanie studied Theatre and Dance Studies in Lyon, France. She moved to London 13 years ago and has worked as an administrator in various industries before starting at DSL in 2017. Stephanie provides administrative support to staff and students (especially Diploma, MFA and Short Courses) and is also in charge of the admissions process at DSL for all courses. In light of the recent changes and having been through the EU settlement status process herself, she also provides support to EU students for their immigration status compliance.

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Toby Parsons

After graduating from Hertfordshire Theatre School, Toby worked for a number of years as an actor and director before moving into theatre management. He joins Drama Studio London after working for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd for the last ten years. Toby is responsible for contracting for all courses. He provides administrative support to the staff and students with a focus on the 3 year BA course.

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Estelle Welch

Estelle has recently graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with a BA in Arts Management. She began working at DSL in 2018 on an internship and then stayed on as Administration Assistant. She is currently the Interim Marketing and Communications Manager with responsibilities for in house and external marketing, social media and advertising. She also provides administration support for all departments at DSL, with particular responsibility for Evening Courses and co-ordinating Specialist Evening Talks and Masterclasses.

OUTREACH OFFICER
Honey Gabriel

Honey studied Economics at Loughborough University and went on to work as a Consultant in Private Equity assisting firms with their operational change management. After exploring her love for acting by attending some part-time courses - including DSL’s Evening Beginners Course - Honey successfully auditioned for DSL's 2 Year Diploma course. She graduated in 2019 and continues to work in the industry as an actor and voiceover artist.

Honey works on DSL's outreach programmes including running our Open Day workshops and assistance with our evening courses. She also provides support with the timetable scheduling and other workshops and classes.

FINANCE MANAGER
Tamasine Martin 

Tamasine has spent most of her career in large blue-chip companies but moved to DSL in 2011 on a part-time basis as finance officer/bookkeeper. She deals with student finance and pays all freelance staff and suppliers. In her spare time, she is an active member of her local amateur dramatics society, enjoying being both on stage and working front of house.

TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER
Jaimie Wakefield

Originally from Shropshire, Jaimie studied Technical Theatre and Stage Management (specialising in Stage & Production Management) at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He has worked in a variety of Technical and Stage Management roles, from fringe shows and opera to films and events and now joins Drama Studio London as Stage Manager. In this role, Jaimie provides technical support to all theatre work, including delivering lighting and sound for each in-house performance, and sourcing props for all classes and performances. Alongside this, he manages the prop stores and co-ordinates hires.

RECORDED MEDIA MANAGER
Max Jukes

Max is not only a staff member but also an alumni of Drama Studio London. Whilst studying here he received a Commendation for his work in the Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award, which lead to work at the BBC. Since graduating from DSL in 2018 Max has gone on to record voice media for not only film but also large corporate clients like Mercedes-Benzes and Univar Solutions. Max provides technical support for all the recorded media at DSL.