Trained on the Directors’ Course at Drama Centre London, I have directed over 50 productions in this country as well as internationally. I hold an MA and a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London. My PhD thesis was concerned with The Laban-Malmgren System of Character Analysis, the core subject around which all courses at the Drama Centre evolved.
I have taught and directed in most leading drama schools in the UK and was, in turn, Director of the School of Performance at Rose Bruford College and Vice-Principal and Director of Drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. I was Principal of Drama Centre London from 2001-2011.
I served for many years as Vice Chair of the Directors Guild of Great Britain; on the Drama Committee of the Scottish Arts Council and on the Board of the Citizens’ Theatre. From 2000 to October 2006, I was Chairman of the Conference of Drama Schools and a Deputy Chair of the National Council for Drama Training.
What I teach
I teach Theatre Analysis, a class examining questions of interpretation through a series of student–led, performed projects constructed around key moments from the history of Western theatre.
The theatres of various periods are viewed from a perspective likely to be of use to actors and directors relating their own experiences to fundamental questions of ethics, philosophy or religion, as alive today as ever.
I also direct BA Acting students in some of their rehearsal exercises: over the past few years I have directed productions of Hamlet, Tis Pity She’s A Whore, The Changeling, Michel Tremblay’s Mass For A Full Moon in Summer and G.B. Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple.
While directing I supervise the development of emerging directors on the BA Directing course, who act as Assistant Directors as part of their course. I also supervise research students towards MPhil and PhD degrees.