ALRA Acting Schools in London & Manchester

ALRA Staff

ALRA has resident and freelance teaching staff and a team of support staff who work tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of the school and maintain high standards. Please see individual profiles below.

* Staff based at ALRA North

Patrons

ALRA South

  • Jimmy Akingbola +

    Jimmy Akingbola is an award winning actor and graduate from ALRA who has worked extensively with numerous credits in TV, film, radio and theatre. Jimmy is an inspiring figure within the British acting scene and a leading networker through the company he co-founded – TriForce Promotions.
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ALRA North

  • Barrie Rutter +

    Barrie Rutter OBE, actor and the founder and Artistic Director of the Northern Broadsides theatre company based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. Barrie was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama and became an ALRA patron in 2010.
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ALRA Directors & Trustees

  • Harry Cowd (Chair of the Board) +

    Harry became Chair of the Board at ALRA in 2010. He serves in the public, charity and voluntary sectors and was a primary Head Teacher before retirement. Harry chairs Merton Vision; The Battersea Power Station Community Forum and is a Churchwarden. He has experience of working with minority communities and is also past chair of POLKA Theatre and a Local and Health Authority
  • Tony Bradshaw +

    Tony Bradshaw is a former Wigan secondary head teacher. He is currently vice chair of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, a trustee of the Young Persons Centre in Wigan and treasurer of his local church. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and past president of Wigan Rotary Club. He became a trustee of ALRA in 2011.
  • Carolyn Lloyd-Davies +

    Carolyn is the founder of Living the Drama Ltd, a social enterprise company dedicated to producing new plays which challenge society's prejudices. She graduated from ALRA in 2005 and set up a corporate theatre company, Acting for Change. AfC is now a sister company to Living the Drama. Originally trained as a teacher, she also has over 20 years' experience as a management consultant.
  • Clive Lynch +

    Clive has worked in the financial services sector since 1978, including his own private practice since 2005. This, together with the experience of a son who has graduated from the ALRA Foundation and 3 Year Acting courses, provides a different perspective for the Board of Trustees.
  • Luke Adamson +

    I am a young actor, director, writer and producer from Selby in Yorkshire. I made my professional stage debut aged only nine and my professional TV debut aged sixteen. I completed a BA(Hons) in acting at the Academy of Live and Recorded arts between 2008-2011. In 2010 I founded Black Coffee Theatre with two friends, I am also Creative Associate for touring Shakespeare company Permanently Bard and the Audience Development, Outreach & Fundraising Officer for The Hope Theatre in Islington. I am working hard to create theatre for new as well as existing audiences and move away from the elitism
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Senior Management:

  • Adrian Hall (Principal) +

    Born in Uganda and raised in Liverpool & Staines, Adrian worked as an actor until moving into education. Adrian has worked as a teacher and lecturer at all levels from Primary to HE. Most notably he has held senior lecturer and management positions at other leading actor training conservatories in the UK before joining ALRA in 2011. He is also a trained counsellor and one of ALRA’s safeguarding officers.
  • Sarah Double (Assistant Principal) +

    Sarah studied Stage Management and Technical Theatre at LAMDA and worked for 10 years in theatres across the UK, the Middle East and Australia. On returning to the UK she was the Senior Events Manager at Kempton Park Racecourse for 2 and a half years. Missing theatre she did her PGC in Arts Management and in 2003 co-founded Youth Music Theatre: UK, where she worked for 5 years. She joined the ALRA team in September 2008.
  • Aly Spiro (Head of Acting) +

    Aly Spiro has been working as an actress for many years. She has worked extensively in Theatre, TV, Film and Radio and is probably best known for playing Sarah Sugden in Emmerdale. Aly has been working at drama schools for over ten years at ALRA, LAMDA, Central, Mountview and Urdang both directing and teaching. She is very happy to now be settled at ALRA as Head of Acting.
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Curriculum & Quality Assurance:

  • Kieran Sheehan (Programme Director) * +

    Kieran's credits include Revival Movement Director for Glyndebourne, a number of Arts Council England grants for his own performance work, Associate Artist at ice and fire, Dance Digital and an RSC company movement practitioner placement. He has worked as a movement director for circus, theatre and community projects as well as recently co-developing a range of pioneering projects for Opera North education department. Kieran trained at London Contemporary Dance School, GSA and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

  • Beatrice Armstrong (QA & Curriculum Officer) +

    Beatrice helps to ensure that ALRA meets the requirements of external partners and internal and external reviews and deals with OFSTED and the Quality Assurance Agency to ensure that ALRA remains compliant. Beatrice is also a writer and has been awarded a Malcolm Bradbury Continuation Grant by the UEA.

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Heads of Department:

  • Stephen Barr (Head of Recorded Media) * +

    Stephen has worked extensively within television and film in post-production and production management roles which has taken him across the globe - working in USA, Germany, Spain, Norway and France – as well as Weatherfield, editing Coronation Street. For 10 years Stephen was co-director of award-winning production company First Take, where he produced and directed the feature documentary, Pink: Past & Present in 2010. Stephen is fluent in all aspects of the film production process – specialising in editing and post-production.
  • Ria Tubman (Head of Stage Management and Technical Theatre) +

    Ria trained in Technical Theatre at Middlesex University and has been working as a Stage and Production Manager since 2000. Since starting her career as DSM at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Ria has gone on to work at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Buxton Opera House, Hackney Empire, as well as working extensively in the West End and on many touring productions, Ria has also worked at many music events and festivals such as Glastonbury.
  • Jayne Courtney (Head of Foundation, Head of 1st Year & Learning Support Coordinator) * +

    Jayne has been teaching and directing for many years across a range of Theatre courses up to HE level and is an experienced examiner and adjudicator. She has been leading the Foundation courses (Full and Part Time) at ALRA North for a number of years. Jayne is one of ALRA’s safeguarding officers, she teachers on the BA course and oversees Learning Support for ALRA North.
  • Jane Vicary (Lead Voice Tutor) * +

    Jane trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her research into voice and gender was published in the VASTA Journal of 2007 and she continued her practice research and training with Nadine George and Margaret Pikes (Roy Hart Theatre) and Kristin Linklater. Working extensively in education, at the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University, she has been Producer and Musical Director for Demi-Paradise, directed at Cumbria Institute of the Arts and was Senior Voice Tutor at the Arden School of Theatre before moving to ALRA.
  • John Wild (Lead Voice Tutor and Student Wellbeing Practitioner) +

    John has worked extensively as an actor, director and voice coach within theatre, TV, film and radio, both in the UK and abroad. John trained in voice at The Central School of Speech and Drama in 1994/5 and then became a Roy Hart voice teacher in 2007 and a designated Kristen Linklater teacher in 2011. John has had unique experience with the voice and continues to have a passion for awakening an individual's potential, by freeing their voice.
  • Michael White (Lead Movement Tutor) * +

    Michael trained at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris after completing a BA in Performance Theatre at York University. He is Artistic Director of Square Peg Theatre who focus on combining new writing with physical theatre to create bold, cinematic and highly choreographed stories for the stage. More info via www.squarepegtheatre.co.uk
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Tutors:

  • Chris Hill (Director in Residence) * +

    Chris trained on the MFA in Theatre directing at Birkbeck and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    He has worked as a director and assistant director with companies including The National Theatre, Opera North, Theatre Royal Bath, Headlong Theatre Company, Bolton Octagon, Birmingham REP, and West Yorkshire Playhouse, where he spent a year as resident assistant director.

    He regularly acts as a mentor for emerging theatre makers, from supervising young companies on behalf of the National Theatre as part of the Connections project, to advising the creators of a large-scale intergenerational dance theatre piece in Kani City, Japan.

  • Andrew Blake (Senior Acting Tutor) * +

    Andy trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He is also a qualified acting teacher working with various institutions across the North West. Theatre credits include: Road, Romeo & Juliet', An Inspector Calls, Casting the Oracle, Death on the Wards. TV credits include: The Innocence Project, Shameless, Boy A and Poppy Shakespeare. He has recorded a couple of projects for BBC Radio Drama. He has experience of both Corporate and Role-play work and has advanced qualifications in Stage Combat.

  • Billy Geraghty (Senior Acting Tutor) +

    Billy has worked as an actor for 25 years. On stage, in Regional theatres as well as the West End and internationally, his credits include leading roles in the musicals Buddy and Great Balls of Fire. For TV: regular characters in The Last Detective, London Bridge, Holly Oaks, East Enders and appearances in other high profile series such as Poldark, Poirot and Whitechapel. Film credits: No Child of Mine, Slapper and Me, and Franklyn amongst others. He has written and directed touring productions for UK and international venues.

  • Jane Jeffery (Senior Acting Tutor, Head of 2nd Year) +

    Jane trained at ALRA after previously working as a lawyer. She has worked extensively in TV appearing in EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Doctors, Hollyoaks, Coalition, River, Top Boy, The Gates, The Bill and Law and Order UK. She has also appeared in the West End and other London theatres and has worked for many years as a guest director and tutor at London drama schools, directing internal projects and final shows for Third Year and Post Graduate students. Jane is the co-Artistic Director of new writing theatre company, First Sight Theatre.

  • Gary Horner (Senior Voice Tutor, Head of 1st Year) +

    Gary trained at Guildford School of Acting and then went on to The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) and gained an MA in Voice studies. Gary also became a Designated Linklater voice teacher in 2015. Gary has taught at RCSSD, Mountview, Arts Ed, Italia Conti, East 15 and The Brit School and is responsible for coaching on theatre productions including the award winning, all female Titus Andronicus from Smooth Faced Gentleman. For more information - www.garyhorner.org

  • Louise Cobbold (SMTT Tutor) +

    Louise trained in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at L.A.M.D.A in 1995 and started her career at The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. Since then she has worked on productions ranging from educational workshops (including foreign language productions) to West End UK tours including 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', 'White Christmas' and 'Dirty Dancing'. She has also worked on commercial tours the highlight being 'French & Saunders' farewell stage show. Louise has project managed live outdoor events, lectured in Stage Management at the University of Winchester and Chichester and worked in a variety of performance mediums spanning puppetry, animation and comedy stand-up.

  • Samantha Ackerley (Design Tutor) * +

    Sam completed her BA (Hons) degree in Design for Performance at Edge Hill University in 2013. Whilst studying there she was awarded an On-Course Excellence Scholarship in Creative Arts. Sam has designed for shows including ‘A Dybbuk’, ‘Peter Pan: The British Musical’, ‘Les Miserables: School Edition’ & ‘Grease’. Sam has also worked as Assistant Curator for exhibitions including ‘Exclaim!’ at The Lowry and ‘Critical Costume’ Symposium at Edge Hill University.

    Sam is a creative individual with experience in set design, model making, technical drawing, costume design & construction, script & character analysis and budget management.

  • Chloe Stephens (Full-time Foundation Coordinator) +

    Chloe started her career working in Casting at Shakespeare’s Globe, and went on to work at the Royal National Theatre. She has a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London and an MA in Movement: Directing & Teaching from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

    Chloe has taught at Mountview Academy, the BRIT school, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and Rose Bruford. Her interests lie in playful and collaborative practice and the use of Michael Chekhov technique in devised theatre.

    She has worked with Page One Theatre as Artistic Director since 2012: www.pageonetheatre.com

  • Diane Alison-Mitchell (Part-time Foundation Coordinator) +

    Diane is a movement director, theatre choreographer and actor movement tutor. Credits include: Othello, Julilus Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company), Klippies (Southwark Playhouse), How Nigeria Became: A story, and a spear that didn't work (Unicorn Theatre), The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), We Are Proud to Present (Bush Theatre), The Island (Young Vic), London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Lola (Trestle Theatre Company).

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Support/Administration:

  • Jonathan Maydew (Registrar) +

    Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Winchester, where he studied Dance & Sport. He has worked extensively in the Arts & Education sectors in Administrative, Senior Management and Creative Roles. Jonathan retains his passion for movement and continues to work within the Arts as a Qualified Feldenkrais Practitioner.

  • Lorraine Balderson (Finance & Registry Assistant) * +

  • Lynn Howes (Marketing & Development Manager) +

    Lynn joined ALRA in March 2015 with over 20 years of professional experience, having taken a Theatre Studies degree at Brunel University and a Post-Grad Diploma in Acting at LAMDA. Lynn works in education and Applied Arts and is currently taking an MA in Applied & Participatory Theatre at Royal Holloway University. She is also a published playwright, school governor and a trustee for Giants Theatre.

  • Sarah Brandon (Marketing Assistant) * +

  • Dylan Stafford (Student Liaison Officer) +

    North East born and bred and now living in London, Dylan is well placed to advise on how best to navigate the issues faced by students at both ALRA campuses. As a recent graduate from the ALRA Postgraduate Acting course, Dylan is in prime position to lend a hand on all matters accommodation, funding and pastoral. Alongside working at ALRA, he has extensive, first-hand knowledge of acting agencies including the workings of co-operatives. And as a jobbing actor he is fully aware of the demands of the industry.

  • Sue Watson (Administrative Assistant) +

    Sue has worked at ALRA for 12 years and is usually the first point of contact for students and visitors in the front office.

  • Marina Geraghty (Finance Officer) +

    Marina is the Finance Officer and joined ALRA in February 2013.

  • Jayne Courtney (Head of Foundation, Head of 1st Year & Learning Support Coordinator) * +

    Jayne has been teaching and directing for many years across a range of Theatre courses up to HE level and is an experienced examiner and adjudicator. She has been leading the Foundation courses (Full and Part Time) at ALRA North for a number of years. Jayne is one of ALRA’s safeguarding officers, she teachers on the BA course and oversees Learning Support for ALRA North.

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Resources/Technical:

  • Graham Pearson (Facilities Manager) * +

  • Darren Penton (Facility Manager) +

  • David Ford (Production/Theatre Technician) * +

  • Lydia Sibly (Video Technician) +

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Visiting Faculty

Acting

  • David Crowley +

    David is Associate Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s show ‘Beryl’ (U.K Tour) and an ambassador for the J.M.K Trust. David directed hit comedy Thick as Thieves which won a Manchester Theatre Award. He directs Christmas Shows every year in Oldham as well as working with various companies around the North West. He has also acted on a number of soaps and TV Dramas as well as Touring the UK on theatre shows.
  • Andrew Dennis +

    Andrew studied at Mountview Theatre School and has worked with the RSC, Royal Court, on Number 1 tours and regional repertory theatre - touring to America, China, Hong Kong, Italy, France and Spain. Alongside acting Andrew has worked as a tutor at ALRA since 2007, specialising in storytelling, narrative skills and improvisation. Other credits include: Bleak House at the New Vic Theatre and an international tour of Katrina, a promenade production about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans.
  • Katie Lewis +

  • Lheila Oberman +

    Lheila trained at Guildford School of Acting and has a BEd (Hons) from Oxford Brookes University. She has performance credits in theatre, TV and film work, clowning, physical theatre and improvisation. She trained and performed with Keith Johnstone at the Cockpit Theatre, London, ran improvisation workshops and performed with ‘Off The Cuff’. Additionally, she has taught street theatre and clowning, presented many live stage shows for clients including Disney and Sesame Street and performs regularly on the London comedy circuit.
  • Rob Swinton +

    Rob started writing for theatre in 1972, at Oxford Playhouse. He trained in education and was Head of Drama at a Leeds comprehensive before starting a career in acting and directing. Credits include one-man shows, West End, Number 1 Tours, repertory, the Royal National Theatre, Radio (a regular on "The Archers") Television and Film. He has performed in, or directed over thirty Shakespeare productions and was Artistic Director of the Datfford Shakespeare Festival. See his theatre company via twitter@damncheek.  
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Acting for Camera

  • Billy Geraghty (Senior Acting Tutor) +

    Billy has worked as an actor for 25 years. On stage, in Regional theatres as well as the West End and internationally, his credits include leading roles in the musicals Buddy and Great Balls of Fire. For TV: regular characters in The Last Detective, London Bridge, Holly Oaks, East Enders and appearances in other high profile series such as Poldark, Poirot and Whitechapel. Film credits: No Child of Mine, Slapper and Me, and Franklyn amongst others. He has written and directed touring productions for UK and international venues.
  • Andrew Blake (Senior Acting Tutor) * +

    Andy trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He is also a qualified acting teacher working with various institutions across the North West. Theatre credits include: Road, Romeo & Juliet', An Inspector Calls, Casting the Oracle, Death on the Wards. TV credits include: The Innocence Project, Shameless, Boy A and Poppy Shakespeare. He has recorded a couple of projects for BBC Radio Drama. He has experience of both Corporate and Role-play work and has advanced qualifications in Stage Combat.
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Acting for Radio

  • Emma Gregory * +

    Emma worked as an actress after graduating from LAMDA in 1990, winning the BBC Radio Carleton Hobbs Award. She joined the BBC Radio Repertory Company, working in drama, comedy, light entertainment, live shows and educational programmes. Her TV credits include work for the BBC, ITV, Granada, YTV, Darlow Smithson, Pearson Television and Company Pictures. Theatre credits, among many, are: RSC, Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, West Yorkshire Playhouse. She has toured extensively throughout the UK, and across the world.
  • Gordon House +

    Gordon headed the multi award-winning BBC World Service Drama team for fourteen years. He became Head of BBC Radio Drama in 2001, a post held until his retirement. Currently an Executive Director at Goldhawk Essential he was voted Radio Academy Drama Producer of the Year.
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Voice

  • Holly Aisbitt +

    Holly studied classical singing at Trinity College of Music and Musical Theatre at Mountview. Her performance credits include: Into the Woods, with Ray Cooney on Time's Up, the Proms and on board the QM2 and her own one woman show. She has various recording credits on Acid Jazz label Twisted Tongue. She has also taught at E15 and Italia Conti and joined ALRA in Sept 2012. She is working towards becoming a Certified Master Teacher in the Estill Model.
  • Sally Bishop +

    Sally trained at The Webber Douglas Academy and has worked as an actress, writer and script editor for stage and film. In 2006 Sally gained a Masters Degree in Voice Studies at The Central School of Speech and Drama. She now works as a voice and text coach within leading corporate companies (Nokia, Symbian, Mills&Boon, Olympics 2012) and at top London drama schools including; Central School, Rose Bruford and Arts Educational. She has been a coach at ALRA since 2007.
  • Tim Bond (Choral & Musicianship) * +

  • Mary Cunningham * +

  • Joanna Clark * +

    Joanna trained in professional voice practice at the Birmingham School of Acting and also received training in accent and dialect working with Edda Sharpe. Teaching practice placements included working at Manchester Met and the RSC. Prior to becoming a voice coach she trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has since gained a PGCE. Joanna has numerous acting credits including West End and has made TV appearances for Channel 4 and ITV including Emmerdale.
  • Natalie Grady * +

    Natalie trained at Drama Centre London and has worked with acclaimed actors and directors including Samuel West, Douglas Hodge, Tim Piggot-Smith, Sir. Nicholas Hytner, MeeraSyal and more. Theatre credits include performances in award winning productions at premiere venues. Natalie also has numerous TV and radio credits. Natalie is a freelance voice tutor specializing in phonetics, RP and accents. She teaches and directs at the Arden School of Theatre and runs acting and text workshops for high profile companies.
  • Emma Gregory * +

    Emma worked as an actress after graduating from LAMDA in 1990, winning the BBC Radio Carleton Hobbs Award. She joined the BBC Radio Repertory Company, working in drama, comedy, light entertainment, live shows and educational programmes. Her TV credits include work for the BBC, ITV, Granada, YTV, Darlow Smithson, Pearson Television and Company Pictures. Theatre credits, among many, are: RSC, Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, West Yorkshire Playhouse. She has toured extensively throughout the UK, and across the world.
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  • Helen Parry * +

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Movement

  • Ruth Cooper-Brown (Combat) +

    Ruth is the Co-Founder of Rc-Annie limited (the UK’s leading dramatic violence company, est 2005). She has been on the British Academy of Dramatic Combats (BADC) committee for 10 years, 6 as the Chair. She is A BADC certified Teacher, Examiner and a Fight Director. Recent Fight Direction work includes productions at Shakespeare’s Globe, The National Theatre, The RSC and The Tricycle Theatre. Other theatre includes work at The Bush Theatre, The Old Vic, Northern Stage, The Rose Theatre Kingston, Theatre Royal Bath, The Park Theatre, The Southwark Playhouse, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Sheffield Crucible and The Salisbury Playhouse.
  • Kate Engineer +

    Kate has been working at ALRA North since 2012. She also works across the north of England as a freelance Movement Director, Choreographer and teacher and runs a bodywork practice using Pilates and release-based techniques with physical performers. Originally trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre of Movement and Dance, Kate has worked at many organisations including Dundee Repertory Theatre, Opera North, Manchester Youth Theatre, Edge Hill University.
  • Lucia Tong +

    Lucia began training in Chinese dance and as a member of the Hong Kong National Rhythmic Gymnastics team. She studied at the University of California-Berkeley, and has worked with dance and theatre companies across the globe including Handspring Puppet Company, Troika Ranch, Upswing Aerial, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Joe Goode Performance Group amongst others. Lucia directs her own company, Pangea Art, creating multimedia work in collaboration with diverse artists and is co-director of Arts 4 Human Rights.
  • Gareth Taylor (Lead Movement Tutor) +

    After graduating from GSA, Gareth trained at the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris. Since returning he’s worked with some of the fastest growing theatre companies in the UK, including Punchdrunk, Slung Low, Rough Fiction and the award winning curious directive, of which he’s a Creative Associate. As a performance capture artist he has worked on over 30 video games as well as multiple feature films. He is Movement Associate of The Mocap Vaults who teach performance capture techniques to the new generation of actors, animators and directors, preparing them for a life in lycra.
  • Michael White (Lead Movement Tutor) * +

    Michael trained at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris after completing a BA in Performance Theatre at York University. He is Artistic Director of Square Peg Theatre who focus on combining new writing with physical theatre to create bold, cinematic and highly choreographed stories for the stage. More info via www.squarepegtheatre.co.uk
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Film Directors

  • Neil Alderton +

    Neil Alderton is an award winning Television Director with credits on Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders. He has made Documentaries and Factual Programmes for the BBC and ITV. He is married to TV Writer Maxine Alderton and lives in Manchester.
  • Chris Cronin +

    Chris gained attention through his ability to lead a team with limited resources and deliver high-quality productions on micro-budgets. In 2015, Chris picked up best director for short film 'Unkillable' presented at the Los Angeles Director's Guild and took home the People's Choice award in the Reed Film Competition at BAFTA.
  • Samuel Dore +

    Samuel Dore has been a London-based freelance film maker since 2000, and works in all genres of film. His work is primarily focused on drama and music videos; he’s won awards for his short films and has been developing a music video portfolio with mainstream bands. He’s also worked in television making short VTs for See Hear, Vee-TV and Wicked! His website is www.bursteardrum.net
  • Lynne Harwood +

    Lynne trained at The Broadcast Training Centreand at the BBC and National Film School and has an MA in Screenwriting. She's written several short films and two features commissioned by UK Film Council. Lynne has written for Liverpool's Everyman and Playhouse Theatres and was a finalist in the Television Arts Performance Showcase and Runner-up on Linda LaPlante's Screenwriting competition. She has directed on co-productions nationally and internationally and has also been a judge at the Royal Television Society Awards.
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Foundation Course

  • Tim Bond (Choral & Musicianship) * +

  • Hannah Quigley +

    Hannah Quigley is a director with particular experience with new writing. Her credits include Associate Director at the Minack Theatre with Moving Stories theatre company, Write Club - a new writing initiative at the White Bear Theatre, Slipping by Chloe Mashiter, QuienEs? and The Ladies Room (Old Red Lion Theatre). Hannah has developed theatre projects at the NT Studio, Young Vic Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Soho Theatre, Oval House and West Yorkshire Playhouse and is also a filmmaker.
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Directors on Public Productions Include:

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  • Gerard Bell +

  • Helena Bell +

  • Lucy Bradley +

     

  • Joyce Branagh +

  • Ben Caplan +

  • Neil Caple +

  • James Cartwright +

  • Susie Catliff +

  • Darren Cheek +

  • Phil Clark +

  • Kate Coogan +

  • Jenny Eastop +

  • Dee Evans +

  • Emma Gersch +

  • Martin Gibbons +

  • Natalie Grady * +

    Natalie trained at Drama Centre London and has worked with acclaimed actors and directors including Samuel West, Douglas Hodge, Tim Piggot-Smith, Sir. Nicholas Hytner, MeeraSyal and more. Theatre credits include performances in award winning productions at premiere venues. Natalie also has numerous TV and radio credits. Natalie is a freelance voice tutor specializing in phonetics, RP and accents. She teaches and directs at the Arden School of Theatre and runs acting and text workshops for high profile companies.

  • Teresa Grimsditch +

  • Andrew Hall +

  • Chris Hill (Director in Residence) * +

    Chris trained on the MFA in Theatre directing at Birkbeck and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    He has worked as a director and assistant director with companies including The National Theatre, Opera North, Theatre Royal Bath, Headlong Theatre Company, Bolton Octagon, Birmingham REP, and West Yorkshire Playhouse, where he spent a year as resident assistant director.

    He regularly acts as a mentor for emerging theatre makers, from supervising young companies on behalf of the National Theatre as part of the Connections project, to advising the creators of a large-scale intergenerational dance theatre piece in Kani City, Japan.

  • Judy Holt +

  • Sarah Hughes +

  • Rosamunde Hutt +

  • Louise Jameson +

  • Martin Jameson +

  • Jane Jeffery (Senior Acting Tutor, Head of 2nd Year) +

    Jane trained at ALRA after previously working as a lawyer. She has worked extensively in TV appearing in EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Doctors, Hollyoaks, Coalition, River, Top Boy, The Gates, The Bill and Law and Order UK. She has also appeared in the West End and other London theatres and has worked for many years as a guest director and tutor at London drama schools, directing internal projects and final shows for Third Year and Post Graduate students. Jane is the co-Artistic Director of new writing theatre company, First Sight Theatre.

  • Des Kennedy +

  • Titania Krimpas +

  • Katie Lewis +

  • Kwong Loke +

  • Ewan Marshall +

  • Ken McClymont +

  • Laurence Mitchell +

  • Chris Monks +

  • Jonathan Moore +

  • Kate Morton +

  • Gareth Nicholls +

  • Kenn Oldfield +

  • Madeleine O’Reilly +

  • Liz Postlethwaite +

  • Chris Robert +

  • Paul Robinson +

  • Kevin Shaw +

  • Pip Short +

  • Ruta Staseviciute +

  • Guy Slater +

  • Roman Stefanski +

  • Alyx Tole +

  • Sean Turner +

  • George Turvey +

  • Dickon Tyrrell +

  • Max Webster +

  • Holly Wilson +

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Set & Costume Designers on Public Productions

  • Lauren Cameron +

  • Nik Corall +

  • Richard Foxton +

  • Madeline Herbert +

  • Rhyannon Richardson +

  • Anna Toumanova +

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Lighting Designers on Public Productions 

  • Mark Dymock +

  • Douglas Kuhrt +

  • Aideen Malone +

  • Prema Mehta +

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Stage Managers

  • Emma Hansford +

  • Neil Webb +

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Wardrobe

  • Xye Appleton +

  • Natasha Brain +

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Stage Craft

  • David Evans +

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ALRA's Notable Alumni
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Reasons to study at ALRA
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    ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA’s acting training includes includes specialist instruction in stage, film, TV, audio, comedy, voice and movement and is supported with contextual studies to prepare for work.
  • ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA has built strong relationships within the industry and our showcases and productions are directed and attended by agents, directors, casting directors, writers, producers and our own inspiring Alumni.
  • ALRA’s resident teams are dedicated, talented professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a passion for teaching. Our students are supported in all aspects of their studies.
  • ALRA’s reputation of securing opportunities for students grows each year and our Alumni are working in the West End, Regional and Touring Theatre Productions, as well as in Film, TV and Comedy both in the UK and beyond.
  • ALRA recruits a comparatively small number of students each year so that everybody has our full attention and feels part of the school from the moment they arrive.
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