I trained at a brilliant school called the Drama Centre London. It was there I learned about the innovators who were to influence and form my creative career. The great American innovators I learned from Mr Reuven Adiv. This magnificent coach allowed my group to express themselves through the senses and transform using animals. Mr. Lee Strasberg, one of the founding members of the Group theatre, taught this wonderful man which was to bring to life contemporary acting to the west. So as far as 6 degrees of separation are concerned there is one seat between the Godfather of American Acting and me.
My acting career has been an exciting experience. I have been blessed to work with fabulous actors and directors. On stage I worked at the Crucible Theatre. I was in a fantastic Hamlet production starring John Simm, Michelle Dockery and John Nettles. I also was to have one of the greatest creative experiences of my life, playing Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Mr. Michael Grandage.
Working in film and television has also been rewarding. I was lucky enough to work on shows like Midsomer Murders, Father Brown, Vexed and A Touch of Frost. I think Being Human was a favourite though. I baddie Vampire! Who wouldn’t enjoy that?! In film it has to be Louis Leterrier’s Unleashed. I was in a room watching and working with Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins and Jet Li. It was the stuff of dreams for me.
As a teacher and director I have been blessed with fantastic students and wonderful experiences in brilliant buildings. As I director I have worked with actors like Daniela Denby-Ashe, Chris Coghill and Kevin Bishop. I have overseen readings with John Simm, Andy Lincoln and Joe Duttine. I have worked with George Peck, Principle at the Oxford School of Drama and with Dan Bowling at the Royal academy of Music, both buildings I still love and currently work for.
My experience is varied and my joy in working in this wonderful art form is as acute as it was on my first day at Drama Centre.