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.
In 2019-2020 the following professionals spoke to our graduating year.
Actor and Director
John was invited to give some do’s and don’ts advice for our actors preparing to launch their careers.
John Patterson is an award-winning director and TV actor. He is best known for his roles in Intern (Channel 4), New Tricks (BBC) and Murder on the Home Front (ITV). John is also the Artistic Director of the Angel Theatre Company and has directed many productions there including his award-winning Catastrophe and Rockaby. He also mentors and gives workshops to training actors, preparing them for the profession.
Alumni - Director
Blanche is a director for Theatre, Film and Opera. She graduated from Drama Studio London in 2005 and has directed in theatres across the UK, notably, the RSC (2017), the Globe (2019) and the National Theatre (2019). Her most recent work was Botticelli In The Fire at Hampstead theatre. She has also written plays such as Lost Hearts and The Master and Margarita (adaptation) which have been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and London Theatres.
Alumni – Actor
Olivia returned to DSL to talk to current students about her time at DSL and her work for the National Theatre.
Olivia graduated from DSL in 2010. Since leaving, she has starred in the National Theatre productions Young Chekhov, The Hard Problem, King Lear and Othello. She has also starred in TV’s Apple Tree Yard (2017), The Woman in White (2018), Queens of Mystery (2019) and most recently Roadkill (2020).
Simon gave our graduating students a practical demonstration of acting notes for Coward and Wilde.
Simon is an actor who is known recently for his role in Not Going Out. He has recently starred in films such as Suite Française (2014), Jupiter Ascending (2015) and Netflix’s A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018). He has also appeared in TV programmes such as Doctors (2008-2016) and Endeavour (2018). Since 2017 he has starred in Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall.
Maggie was invited to talk to our final year students about how to survive the industry.
Maggie Ollerenshaw is an actress who made her TV debut in 1974. She is most famous for her role in Open All Hours (1982). Recently she has appeared in Scarborough (2019), Doctors (2019), Thomas and Friends (2020) and Little Princess (2020). She also works in film, her most recent is War Horse (2011). She has been in Theatre productions such as 4000 Days at the Park Theatre (2016)
Alumni – Actor
Sam Benjamin is an actor and writer. He has recently appeared in BBC’s The War of the Worlds (2020) and is known for his roles in Binge Watching (BBC 2019) and Peaky Blinders (BBC 2016). His most recent film work is Netflix’s I Am Vengeance:Retallation (2020). During the Covid-19 pandemic he played han Solo in The Show Must Go Online Shakespeare’s Star Wars (2020).
Niamh and Finbar conducted a Shakespeare workshop for our graduating students.
Niamh is an actor known for her roles in RSC Romeo and Juliet (1986), Heartbeat (2010), Hereafter (2010) and Testament of Youth (2014). Recently she has had roles in Returning (2020). Father Brown (2020) and Macbeth (RSC 2018). Her next film, The Little People will be released in 2021. She has worked in theatre throughout her career, performing at the RSC and the National Theatre. Highlights include My Brilliant Friend (National Theatre 2019-20), As You Like it (RSC 1996) and Macbeth (RSC 2018).
Finbar is also an actor best known for his performance in Not About Nightingales (Tennessee Williams). Recently he has appeared in The World We Knew (2020), Treadstone (2019) and Suffragette (2015). Like Niamh, Finbar has worked in theatre throughout his career, performing regularly at the National Theatre and the RSC. His credits include Girl From The North Country (Noel Coward Theatre 2017) and The Lady From The Sea (Donmar Theatre 2017).
Hannah gave our final year students the benefit of her many years of experience in casting.
Hannah Miller has been the casting director of the RSC since 2008. Prior to this she worked in casting positions at many theatres including the National Theatre and the Birmingham Rep.
Cal gave a very entertaining talk on comedy acting. Sharing useful tips and recounting stories of his career and his time studying at École Philippe Gaulier.
Cal McCrystal is a Comedy Director who specialises in clowning. He has worked in Broadway, West End, film and television, opera, pantomime and clown and physical comedy. His most recent credits include Cats (2019), Iolanthe (ENO, 2018) Paddington 2 (2017). He has frequently worked in theatres such as the RSC and the National Theatre. One of his most well-known works was One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre, 2011).
Annabelle discussed her career with our students and gave advice on working in the industry
Annabelle is an actress who is best known for her roles as Violet Buckle in Call the Midwife (2015-2020) and Monica Gallagher in Shameless (2004-13). She has also appeared in Father Brown (2020), Treadstone (2019), Torville and Dean (2018). Annabelle has also regularly worked in theatre, performing at the RSC, the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic since the beginning of her career.
Howard gave some advice to our students about ADR (Automated Dialog Replacement or Looping) before they began using it themselves on their graduate film projects.
Howard is a specialist in sound editing. He has worked on productions such as Class (2016), Killing Jesus (2015), Babylon (2014), Wuthering Heights (2011) and The Duchess (2008) as a dialogue editor and a ADR editor. In 2002 he won an Emmy for his Sound Editing for Band of Brothers.
Cathy discussed her experience in the acting industry and finding the positive in what you have to offer.
Cathy Tyson is an actress who is known for her award-winning role in the film Mona Lisa (1986). Since then she has appeared in Band of Gold (1996) and Grange Hill (2007). She has recently appeared in The Loss Adjuster (2020), The Sandman (2020), JoJo and Gran Gran (2020) and the video game Watch Dogs: Legion (2020).
Maxine presented the Anon Prize for Shakespeare Performances at our online Graduation event in July and shared her wisdom with our graduates.
Maxine made her name in Victoria Wood's Dinner Ladies (1998-2000) and has gone on to have a varied and highly successful career. In 2012 she wrote, directed and starred in the radio play Beryl: A Love Story On Two Wheels, which she later adapted for the stage. In 2014 she played Hamlet in a radical reimagining of the role for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Recently she has been seen on TV screens in Alan Bennet’s Talking Heads (2020) and Inside No. 9 (2020).