After graduating in Drama and Theology at Hull University, Kit spent a short time as a (very bad) musician and teacher before training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. After 10 years as an actor, including 3 years at the National, numerous TV and film appearances and over 100 theatre productions, Kit turned to directing and writing. He has run 2 UK rep theatres, has directed more than 150 productions all over the world, had 6 of his plays performed professionally and for the last 20 years has run theatre based corporate training companies. He has been the Managing Director of DSL since 2010
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF 3 YEAR STUDIES
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 @ 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.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DIPLOMA & SHORT COURSES
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.
Gill works as an actor, director and corporate trainer. She graduated from Drama Studio London twenty years ago and acted in TV, Commercials and Theatre, both fringe and Repertory Theatre. Her directing credits include The Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera North and Out of Joint Theatre Company as well as tours and education work for schools, prisons and currently The National Theatre.
ADMINISTRATOR & OFFICE MANAGER
Originally from France, Stephanie has been in London for 10 years (but retains a strong accent!). She has worked as an Admin/Office Manager in various fields, such as Experiential Marketing, Baby Swimming and Antiquities. As Administrator and Office Manager at Drama Studio London, she will provide administrative support to students and staff and ensure that the building and office are taken care of. In her spare time, she enjoys going to gigs and art exhibitions, likes to bake and has a real passion for cheese!
MARKETING & ADMISSIONS MANAGER
Claire has worked in the performing arts in one or other capacity her whole life. Her career began in the West End and after some years performing she moved to France to raise a family, set up a dance school and began writing. Her career has since covered teaching, publishing, office management for cultural organisations, performing, writing and directing and various roles in marketing and arts administration. Claire loves music, theatre, sharing food with friends, getting her teeth into a project, the countryside and her sons who live in Paris.
Jo read Art History and Theory at the University of Essex before training as a Stage Manager. Her stage management career included the West End, the Edinburgh Fringe, touring and children’s shows. Jo has worked as an Administrator for a theatre and a mask theatre company. She has worked in a prop hire company, in buying, and most recently was the Administrator for a masters degree at an academic department at a local NHS trust. Jo loves the arts, walking, swimming and visiting the Mediterranean.
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. She enjoys gardening, loves her cat, Princess, and is a massive Bee Gees fan!
Jonny has worked in education since graduating University in 2013 and has been on-hand help for teachers and students with their Media, Drama and Music lessons. Moving to London from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Jonny provides technical support to the Media Department, including editing footage and audio for all classwork. In his spare time, Jonny enjoys sampling a variety of beers from local pubs, going to gigs and exploring the nightlife London has to offer. He also enjoys watching aeroplanes, walking dogs and spending time with family.
Originally from South Wales, Carys studied at the University of Sheffield, earning a BA(Hons) in English and Theatre. Since graduating she has worked in various Technical and Stage Management roles, from Fringe work to Touring productions, before settling into this role at Drama Studio London. As Stage Manager, Carys provides technical support to all theatre work, including providing lighting and sound for each in-house performance, and providing props for all classes and performances. Carys also assists with the graduation productions, and manages the prop stores including hires. In her spare time, she enjoys going to gigs and seeing as much theatre as she can!