School of Theatre & Dance
British International Theatre Program

Guest Artists (BRIT Program)

"The caliber of the Guest Artists and their extensive list of credits speaks volumes about the quality of learning available in Theatre USF's BRIT Program."

2017 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists
2017 BRIT Theatre Production: Antigone, by Sophocles, retold by Pamela Carter
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Eduard Lewis, Director
Eduard Lewis trained on the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck University and Arts Educational and was a Resident Trainee Director at Royal Exchange Theatre 2012/2013.

As a director, he has worked on many shows including The Bruntwood Prize Ceremony, Crap Dad Island, Light & Shadow, Skylines (Royal Exchange Theatre), Consignment (Old Red Lion), Yuppies (Rosemary Branch Theatre), Neither Towards Nor Away (George Tavern), Internal Motion (Curious Directive), Daisy Cutter & Dealers Choice (Warwick Arts Centre Studio), Mercy Seat (CAPITAL Centre). As an Assistant Director he has worked on Talk Show (Royal Court Downstairs), Orpheus Descending, Accrington Pals, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cannibals, Black Roses (Royal Exchange Theatre), Talk Show (Royal Exchange Theatre and Live Theatre).



Pamela Carter, Playwright
Playwright Pamela Carter lives in London. Her plays produced in the UK include Skane (Hampstead Theatre) Downstairs; winner of Berlin Theatertreffen Stuckemarkt 2012), What We Know (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh) and Slope and An Argument About Sex (after Marivaux's La Dispute) for Stewart Laing's untitled Projects. Since 2010, she has been writing for the Swedish conceptual art duo Goldin+Senneby on the Nordenskiold Model, their on-going investigation into algorithmic trading and financial reality. As a Dramaturg, she has worked with companies including the National Theatre of Scotland, Malmo Opera House, and Vanishing Point (Interiors, and Saturday Night). She has been the IASH/Traverse Theatre Creative Fellow at Edinburgh University, and also under commission to Hampstead Theatre. Almost Here premiered at the Staatschausspiele in Dresden, Germany in 2013.


Kane Husbands, Movement Director
Kane Husbands is a theatre director specializing in movement, physical theatre and choreography. He has recently been working with National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Saudi Aramco on a Middle Eastern performance of a modern retelling of the ‘1001 Nights’ tales.

Over the past few years Kane has been privileged enough to choreograph dance theatre pieces that have toured around multiple cities in China and developed regional community theatre pieces delving into intergenerational theatre practice with both younger and older participants. As a freelance movement director, choreographer and facilitator in the UK, Kane has worked for a variety of theatres and companies including; National Theatre, Old Vic Theatre, MAC Birmingham, Sheffield Crucible Theatre, SCOOP Outdoor Theatre, Arts Admin amongst others. He trained at Rose Bruford College on the BA (hons) European Theatre Arts course, graduating with a First class honours.


2016 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists
2016 BRIT Theatre Production: A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare
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Richard Beecham, Director
Richard Beecham was born and brought up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He began his directing career as an Assistant Director at Northern Stage and Live Theatre, and has also held positions at the Bolton Octagon, the National Theatre Studio and the RSC. His other productions include The Invention of Love, The School for Scandal, The Miser, Side by Side by Sondheim (Salisbury Playhouse), A Taste of Honey, Neville’s Island, How The Other Half Loves (Watford Palace), Humble Boy (Northampton Theatre Royal), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Private Lives, Charley’s Aunt (Northcott Theatre, Exeter), The Bench (Battersea Arts Centre) The Human Cost and Just Before the War (Young Vic, London), and recently a critically acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller’s Playing for Time starring Sian Phillips at the Sheffield Crucible.  The Guitar, premiering at UKJFF 2015 (UK Jewish Film Festival), marked Richard Beecham’s debut as a filmmaker.


Alice Malin, Associate Director
Three Streets Productions


2015 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists
2015 BRIT Theatre Production: A Tale of Two Cities, by Chalres Dickens, Adapted by Mike Poulton.  For more information and photos of the production click here.


Eduard Lewis, Director
Eduard Lewis trained on the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck University and Arts Educational and was a Resident Trainee Director at Royal Exchange Theatre 2012/2013.

As a director, he has worked on many shows including The Bruntwood Prize Ceremony, Crap Dad Island, Light & Shadow, Skylines (Royal Exchange Theatre), Consignment (Old Red Lion), Yuppies (Rosemary Branch Theatre), Neither Towards Nor Away (George Tavern), Internal Motion (Curious Directive), Daisy Cutter & Dealers Choice (Warwick Arts Centre Studio), Mercy Seat (CAPITAL Centre).  As an Assistant Director he has worked on Talk Show (Royal Court Downstairs), Orpheus Descending, Accrington Pals, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cannibals, Black Roses (Royal Exchange Theatre), Talk Show (Royal Exchange Theatre and Live Theatre). 



Jonnie Riordan, Movement Director
Jonnie is the Associate Director of ThickSkin.

Theatre credits (performance) include: Full Stop (Light The Fuse / Lyric Hammersmith / GDIF), Canticles (Brighton Festival / Aldeburgh Music / Frantic Assembly), Boy Magnet (ThickSkin), Overture (Laurence Olivier Awards), These Imagined Stories (ThickSkin), The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Holland Park); Night Film (Stand + Stare Collective); Mortal: A Drama (Wellcome Collection); The Fear (Frantic Assembly's Ignition); In His Image (Hampstead Theatre). Film Credits: Wild Lions (Otso Films); Dylan (Queen Mary Productions) and Arcane (BSU films).

His directing and design credits for ThickSkin include: co-Director of Boy Magnet and White Noise; Director of Found (Albany Uncover); Associate Director of Chalk Farm and The Static; Associate Video Designer of In An Alien Landscape (with Birds of Paradise).  His other work as Associate Director / Movement Director includes: Cracking, Hooked and Bat Boy (Iso Productions).

Jonnie co-directed the 2014 Frantic Assembly Ignition project: Would the real...please stand up.


Ruth Sutcliffe, Set Designer / Co-Costume Design
At school, literature, music & art were key, while training at the Centre for Young Musicians, and spending summers in the workshops, paint frames & venues of the National Youth Theatre.  This led to a year as apprentice in the scenic workshops of the Central School of Speech and Drama, working with various visiting designers & directors on college projects and professional commissions.  Two years later she graduated from Central having increasingly specialised in design & scenography.  She became the apprentice to designer Anthony Ward at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

In 2009 Ruth was a winner of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design receiving the commission for THE DUCHESS OF MALFI, directed by Laurie Sansom, at the Royal & Derngate, also nominated for best design at the Theatre Awards UK (TMA).

She won an OffWestEnd award : best set design, for her work on  Tennessee Williams’ KINGDOM OF EARTH at The Print Room, directed by Lucy Bailey  and more recently collaborated again with Bailey on THE TAMING OF THE SHREW for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Other designs include: HEDDA GABLER (Royal & Derngate); BRONTE (Shared Experience) YERMA (The Gate); THE GYPSY BIBLE (Opera North); REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST and MR PYE (cssd); ELLE (TheatreDelicatessen); costume for THE BOY ON THE SWING (Arcola)



Benjamin Osborn, Composer
Ben Osborn is the musical director of Fellswoop Theatre (Bristol, UK) and regularly collaborates with other theatre companies as a composer, sound designer, musical director and actor-musician. His soundtrack to By the Bog of Cats won the Cameron Macintosh Award and his other productions with FellSwoop have won Exeter Ignite’s Wildfire award (Ablutions) and the Methuen Drama Emerging Artists Award with judges' commendation for music (Belleville Rendez-vous). Recent theatre work includes Eliza and the Wild Swans (Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter), Current Location (Fringe Madrid), Like Enemies of the State (New Diorama Theatre and Stockholm Fringe Festival) and The Boy Who Kicked Pigs (Jackson's Lane Theatre, London; Peter Brooke Award winner). His songs have won the New Roots Folk Musician Award and recent short stories and articles of his have been featured by (among others) Living in the Future, The Bridge House Anthology, WarConRes and OpenDemocracy and his libretto On False Perspective was performed at the Britten Theatre last year.

2014 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists
2014 BRIT Theatre Production: Ravens.  A devised work among the director, playwright and student actors in the show.  For more information and photos of the production click here.



Kate Kerrow, Playwright
Kate trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and worked as an actress between 2001 - 2008 for a variety of companies across the UK, including The Birmingham Rep, Belfast Opera House, The Bristol Old Vic, and the Edinburgh Festival. Working as an actress enabled her to work with a diversity of literature from classical texts to new writing.

Her first play, The Riot Showgrrrls Club, was produced for Edinburgh Festival in 2008 and then completed a UK tour in 2009. This led to her co-creating the cabaret show Mother Mae I which is currently on UK tour.

Kate spent most of 2009 working towards her MA in Literature and researching/writing two plays - her first full length work, The Tenth Box, and a short play Culling commissioned by Scary Little Girls Productions. In 2010, she was selected as one of three playwrights for The Arvon/Jerwood Mentorship Scheme and received twelve months’ mentorship from critically acclaimed playwright, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Last year, The Tenth Box received part-publication by The Jerwood Charitable Foundation and The Arvon Foundation in their anthology, Marginalia. The play received a London reading, and was longlisted for The Bruntwood Prize with Manchester Royal Exchange.



Helen Tennison, Director
Helen's directing draws on her devising and physical theatre background to create a strong visual aesthetic. Her work ranges from Shakespeare (she also leads regular workshops in verse speaking), to new writing and site specific pieces. She is particularly interested in the meeting point between naturalism and expressionism and enjoys being involved in the development of new scripts.  For more information about Helen, click here.


Eva Auster, Video and Projection Designer
Eva Auster is a freelance video and projection designer with experience working with UK theatre companies and directors, creating visual content for live performances and online/ promotional videos.

Trained in Theatre Studies, Eva completed her BA (Hons) degree in 2005, then obtained her MA degree in Visual Media Design from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2008. She has specialist knowledge and experience using projections, as well as knowledge of various video equipment and technologies and specialist AV operating systems. She is passionate about visual media and the arts and enjoys working with others to create modern and contemporary work.
In 2011, Eva took part in the Building Interactive Systems for Dance, Music, Installation and Performance Art  at the renowned STEIM centre in Amsterdam.  Since then Eva has been engaging with interactive systems, including working with graphical programming software Isadora and video tracking technologies.  Her performance arts practice includes theatre, digital design, performance, interactive technology, physical theatre, live events and dance.



Matt Eaton, Composer and Sound Designer
Multi-instrumentalist Matthew Eaton, is best known to Domino as one of the founding members of Pram but also as an accomplished sound designer with professional experience in theatre and film. Over the past years, Matt has worked on countless scores for projects including Hamlet (Creation Theatre Co), It Ain't All Bollywood (Rifco Arts) and most recently worked on a production The Gambler for BBC Radio 3. Versitile and swift, Matt enabled by his own studio facilities has created sounds from exotic asian to mysterious and eerie to sugar plum nursery style. Only Matt knows how to make running a screwdriver along an electric guitar sound like the perfect match for an underwater dream.

2013 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists
2013 BRIT Theatre Production: Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus.  For more information and photos of the production click here.


 

Director, Helen Tennison

Helen's directing draws on her devising and physical theatre background to create a strong visual aesthetic. Her work ranges from Shakespeare (she also leads regular workshops in verse speaking), to new writing and site specific pieces. She is particularly interested in the meeting point between naturalism and expressionism and enjoys being involved in the development of new scripts.  For more information about Helen, click here.


 

 

Composer and Sound Designer, Matt Eaton

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Eaton is best known to Domino as one of the founding members of Pram but also as an accomplished sound designer with professional experience in theatre and film. Over the past three years, Matt has worked on countless scores for projects including Hamlet (Creation Theatre Co), It Ain't All Bollywood (Rifco Arts) and most recently worked on a production The Gambler for BBC Radio 3. Versitile and swift, Matt enabled by his own studio facilities has created sounds from exotic asian to mysterious and eerie to sugar plum nursery style. Only Matt knows how to make running a screwdriver along an electric guitar sound like the perfect match for an underwater dream.


 

Vocal Instructor, Tim Charrington

As an actor, Tim Charrington understands how vital it is to the performance to speak with confidence in an appropriate and authentic dialect.  Whether an American attempting a Mauritian accent or a Londoner attempting 1940s RP, the challenge can be daunting.

Directors and Producers also recognize the importance of dialect to their production – and the difficulty of achieving a consistency across the whole cast for a given location or period.

Tim Charrington has been teaching dialects for over 20 years with a background as a professional actor and director.

 


 

Fight Choreographer, Philip d’Orleans

A member of Equity’s Register of Fight Directors, some of his recent credits include productions for the Royal Opera House, Vienna’s English Theatre, and The Tricyle Theatre, He currently teaches at Drama Studio London, Richmond University, the London College of Music, the Court Theatre Training Co. and the School of the Science of Acting. His international teaching takes him to Germany and Switzerland on a regular basis.

Philip is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, the Arms & Armour Society and the International Hoplology Society. He has lectured at the Wallace Collection, the Tower of London, and at the Globe Exhibition Space.         


2012 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists
2012 BRIT Theatre Production: the original devised work Body Stories.  For more information and photos of the production click here.

            

Filter Theatre Company (in residence Jan 9 - Feb 24, 2012)
Filter Co-Artistic Director / Director: Oliver Dimsdale

Writer: Stephen Brown
Sound Design and Composition: Christopher Branch, Marc Teitler
Choreographer:  Frauke Requardt
Filter Co-Artistic Director / Acting Mentor: Benjamin Roberts
Filter Co-Artistic Director / Show Consultant: Tim Phillips

Filter Theatre Company is a "ground-breaking theatre collective" (London Evening Standard). The company integrates sound, movement and storytelling to create fresh and moving works of theatre. They have performed across Europe and the USA and made shows for the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.  For more information on Filter Theatre Company, please visit their website.

2011 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists
2011 BRIT Theatre Production: Shakespeare (adaptation) The Othello Project.  For more information and photos of the production click here.

Frantic Assembly Theatre Co, Directors (in residence Jan 16 - Feb 5, 2011)

Frantic Assembly is celebrated at home and abroad for creating thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre.  The company attracts new and young audiences with work that reflects contemporary culture.  Vivid and dynamic, Frantic Assembly's unique physical style combines movement, design, music and text.  Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett (and co-founder Vicki Middleton) formed Frantic Assembly in 1994.  They seek to collaborate on original ideas with today's most exciting artists.

For more information on Frantic Assembly please visit their website.



Paul Miller, Director (in residence Jan 31 - Feb 23, 2011)

Paul Miller is Associate Director of the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.  Most recently he has directed Democracy, Hamlet, and True West at the Crucible Theatre.  He also directed Elling, based on the novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and original stage adaptation by Axel Hellstenius in collaboration with Petter Næss.  This show was nominated for two Olivier Awards.

Laurie Dennett, Set Designer (in residence Jan 31 - Feb 23, 2011)

Mr Dennett trained at Wimbledon School of Art, wont he 1964 Royal Society of Arts bursary for Theatre Design, and became resident designer (sets and costumes) of various theatres in England.  He designed a temporary theatre for the Royal Exchange Theatre Company, and most recently designed The Entertainer, Antigone, Flags and Whistle in the Dark for the Royal Exchange Theatre.

2010 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists
2010 BRIT Theatre Production: Dion Boucicault's The Shaughraun.  For more information and photos of the production click here.

Malachi Bognanov, Director (in residence Jan 11 - Feb 21, 2010)

Associate Director of the English Shakespeare Company (1997–2000) Malachi Bogdanov directed international tours of productions including A Midsummer Nights Dream, A Threepenny Opera, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Titus Andronicus and an award winning production of Richard the Third.

In 2003 he wrote and directed Bill Shakespeare’s Italian Job at the Edinburgh Festival and was the subject of a BBC documentary. In 2004 it also toured to the Neuss International Shakespeare Festival in Germany as well as returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has directed a number of shows for the Neuss festival including his production of  a new adaptation of Marlowe’s Edward the Second (2006). The same year Malachi directed MODERN CAUTIONARY TALES FOR CHILDREN written and performed my Murray Lachlan Young, the show toured throughout the UK and gained five star reviews from The Scotsman and The List during its run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In Italy Malachi has recently directed a new version of Alice in Wonderland for La Botte E Il Cilindro as well as directing Dracula, L'Anconitana, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Merchant of Venice all in Italian and produced by MabTeatro.

In the UK Malachi has directed Stone Soup (2005) and Pandora’s Box (2006 Birmingham MAC and Edinburgh Festival) and Pinocchio (MAC 2006). In 2006 he was commissioned to write and direct a new version of The Odyssey, From Ithaca With Love, which was performed in June 2006 to celebrate the opening of the prestigious new Millennium Point Building in Birmingham.

In 2007 Malachi Directed his first feature film "La Mandragola" (The Mandrake Root) for which he also wrote the screenplay.  The film was nominated by the Royal Television Society for best drama.

Malachi is an Honorary Professor of Northumberland University, Newcastle.

Corin Mellinger, Vocal Coach (in residence Jan 24 - Feb 8, 2010)

Corin Mellinger is an accent and dialect coach based near London. He trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.  He has worked as an actor in theatre, film, television and voice-over for over twenty years.

He holds an M.A in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama where he studied under some of the world’s leading voice teachers including Cicely Berry, Kristin Linklater, Christina Shewell and Barbara Houseman. 

Bruce French, Set and Costume designer (in residence Jan 21 - Feb 10, 2010)

2009 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists
2009 BRIT Theatre Production: James Phillips' Bobby and the Chimps.  For more information and photos of the production click here.

James Phillips | Director/Playwright (in residence January 4 - March 10)

James' first play, The Rubenstein Kiss, premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London and won the John Whiting Award and the TMA Award for Best New Play. He wrote The Little Fir Tree, a fairy story commissioned by the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. He directed both of these productions. He has recently completed his second large scale play, Love in the Shining City. He is currently starting work on another commission for Hampstead Theatre.

Alongside this he is currently writing a six part drama for TalkBack Thames, set between London and Moscow and a film with the Italian director David Grieco set in Tuscany and for Malcolm McDowell.

As a Theatre Director his productions include Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune at the Sound Theatre, West End; Macbeth at the Crucible Sheffield, which he adapted for four actors; Trettondagsafton at the National Academy in Stockholm, Sweden.

His first professional production Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme at the Pleasance, London, won an award from NESTA, the national endowment for the arts. He was the youngest ever recipient of such an award. His first adaptation of Macbeth, whilst still a student, toured Japan and played for the Japanese Royal Family at the Globe Theatre in Tokyo.

Louisa Clein | Actor (in residence January 14 - 31)

Louisa trained at the Drama Centre London and graduated in 2000.

In 2001, a year after graduating, Louisa made her television debut as Charlie Deed in the BBC series Judge John Deed which ran until 2007. She has also appeared in shows such as Holby City, Doctors, and Casualty, and played the role of Zelda Kay in Island at War in 2004

Between television appearances, she has appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream, My Children, My Africa!. Her performance as Hilda in The Lady from the Sea earned her second place in the Ian Charleson Award, the most prestigious national award for actors and actresses under 30. In the winter of 2005 she gave a critically acclaimed performance as Anna in The Rubinstein Kiss. In 2006, Louisa assumed the role of the radical pianist Harriet Cohen in Dearest Tania, scripted by Duncan Honeybourne.

Louisa's recent performances include performing in the Almeida Theatre's production of "Waste" (2008) and filming a sci-fi movie to be released next year (early 2009).

In summer 2009, Louisa will perform in the Sylvia Plath play "Three Women" at the Edinburgh Festival.

Alan Lane | Director (in residence January 25 - February 13)

Alan is Artistic Director of Slung Low. Slung Low credits include: Helium (Barbican/ OSBTT 08); Small Worlds (Liverpool 08);They Only Come at Night; 1139 Miles; Bricks; Time at Moghul Gardens (Bradford Festival); Boxed (Theatre Workshop, Sheffield); Castaway Café (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Counterbalance  (NSDF ’00).

Other directing credits include: Lostlings (Almeida Projects, Almeida Theatre); Heart of a Dog (Theatre in the Mill); Starsong (Theatre Workshop, Sheffield); Clickwind (Theatre in the Mill, Bradford); Bus (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Sigernost (National Theatre of Croatia, Osijeck); How to Build a Time Machine (International Tour, Seabright Productions); A Verse and a Chorus (Hen and Chicken’s Theatre).

He was Resident Assistant Director to the West Yorkshire Playhouse ’05- ’06.

Alan regularly lectures on devised theatre for a number of UK universities.

He is a selector for the National Student Drama Festival.

2008 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists
2008 BRIT Theatre Production: Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.  For more information and photos of the production click here.

  

Tim Luscombe | Director (in residence Jan 5 - Feb 20, 2008)

As a director, Tim’s productions have been seen in the West End, all over the UK, On and Off Broadway (Artist Descending A Staircase at the Helen Hayes Theatre and When She Danced at the Playwrights’ Horizons), and in the Netherlands, Japan and at the National Theatre in Sweden. His London directing credits include Hungry Ghosts (Orange Tree Theatre), Easy Virtue (Garrick), Private Lives (Aldwych), Artist Descending A Staircase (Duke of York’s), The Browning Version and Harlequinade (Royalty), EuroVision (Vaudeville), Relative Values (Savoy) and The One You Love (Royal Court at the Ambassadors).

Recently, Tim has directed The Little Hut with Janie Dee on tour, Parade for Mountview, A Lie of the Mind at RADA, The Taming of the Shrew at the University of Southern Florida, The Rat Trap at the Finborough Theatre in London, and co-directed with Alan Ayckbourn Intimate Exchanges at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough – a collection of plays, all of which subsequently transferred to New York.

This year he will direct his new play The Second World at LAMDA, and in 2013 Uganda at Mountview.


Susan Bovell | Voice (in residence Jan 6 - Jan 18, 2008)

Susan holds an MA in Voice from Central, a Diploma from The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, a Certificate in NLP and a she is an EFT practioner.

She has worked for the last 12 years in the corporate sector devising and implementing communication programs and voice workshops.

She has designed and implemented courses for long-term learners using voice based exercises and has worked extensively with foreign nationals needing to improve the clarity of their speech both in the UK and abroad.

In April 2006 she was invited to travel to Moscow for the international conference of voice with the actors and students of Stanislavski’s world renowned Moscow Arts Theatre. This consolidated the method she has worked with for over 20 years, Stanislavski’s “inner and outer technique”, which provides an unbreakable bond between the physical and psychical nature for the student of acting and voice. 

Susan Bovell has worked as a leading actress in over 100 professional plays in the West End and around the world. Amongst others she has played opposite Gary Oldman, Penelope Keith, Stockard Channing, Christopher Cazenove, and Joanne Woodward, She has worked extensively in television, film, radio and theatre.

Michael Holt | Designer (in residence Jan 6 - Feb 20, 2008)

Michael’s design career has taken him to theatres throughout the United Kingdom for productions of opera, ballet and drama. He has been associated with playwright Alan Ayckbourn at his theatre in Scarborough for over 20 years. His numerous designs for this author/director include Life of Riley, Communicating Doors, Awaking Beauty, Trip To Scarborough, Intimate Exchanges, The Safari Party, What Every Woman Knows, Taking Steps, Wolf at the Door, Man of the Moment, Time and the Conways, and the much praised Othello with Michael Gambon. He also designed the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings at the Joyce Theatre, New York.

West End credits include the long-running West End success The Woman in Black; Absurd Person Singular (Whitehall Theatre), The Glory of the Garden (Duke of York’s Theatre), Rough Justice (Apollo Theatre), and June Moon (Vaudeville Theatre). He designed Julius Caesar at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the highly successful centennial touring production of Charley’s Aunt.

Michael has also written a number of books on stage and costume design and has published a book on the plays of Alan Ayckbourn.

2007 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists
2007 BRIT Theatre Production: Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party.  For more information and photos of the production click here.

 John McEnery | Actor (in residence January 8 - February 26)

John McEnery was born in Birmingham on 1 November, 1943. His first professional job was with the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool which he joined when he was 20 years old and where he spent three seasons.

Whilst at the Everyman he was invited to join the National Theatre Company of Great Britain which he did in 1966, playing every type of part in a wide variety of classical and modern plays. He has also played leading parts at the Nottingham Playhouse and Royal Lyceum Edinburgh during 1972 and 1973. He spent the 1979/80 season with the RSC appearing in Twlefth Night, Nicholas Nickleby, Othello, and Merry Wives of Windsor.

John McEnery trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Jo Cameron Brown | Vocal & Dialect Coach (in residence January 8 - February 26)

Jo trained at RSAMD and works as an actress in all media. Regional Theatre includes: Men Should Weep (7:84), Les Belles, Seours, The Steamie, The Ride down Mount Morgan, Twelfth Night, and Medea. West End credits include: Perfect Days, Evita (original cast,) The Beggars' Opera, and Guys and Dolls (Royal National Theatre.) Televison and Film includes: Cloud Howe, The Singing Detective, Sometime in August, Great Expectations, River City, Judge John Deed, Psychos, Big Battalions, and Pirates of Penzance.

A growing fascination with how we sound and how it tells the story of who we are led to a post-graduate qualification from the Central School of Drama. Jo has taught at RADA, LAMDA, Rose Bruford, ALRA, and Oxford University. She coaches internationally for theatre and film. West End credits include: Whistle Down the Wind, King Lear, Petrol Jesus Nightmare, Footloose, Smoking with Lulu. Television credits include: Losing Gemma, The Kindness of Strangers, Island At War, Low Winter Sun, Anchor Me, and Love From Colditz. Film credits include: Brick Lane, The Trench, Sleepy Hollow, The Restraint of Beasts, 28 Days Later, American Haunting, Young Adam, The I Inside, Mean Machine, Dear Frankie, Starter For Ten, and still to be released Hallam Foe, Angel Deverall, True North, and Trans-Siberian. Actors she has worked with include: Sean Bean, Jamie Bell, Brendan Gleeson, Rebecca Hall, Woody Harrelson, Rhys Ifans, Michelle Krusiec, Damien Lewis, James McEvoy, Emily Mortimer, Samantha Morton, Sophia Myles, Stephen Rea, Mark Strong, Tilda Swinton, and Michelle Yeo.

Tim Woodward | Actor (in residence January 8 - February 26)

Tim Woodward trained at RADA before commencing his career at The Citizens Theatre Glasgow. Theatre credits include; Ten Rounds at the Tricycle Theatre, Hamlet at The Globe Theatre, Anthony & Cleopatra and As You Like it for the RSC, The Colour of Justice at the Tricycle Theatre, Burning Blue at the Haymarket and Ambassadors Theatre, Medea a the Almeida and on Broadway and An Awfully Big Adventure at the Liverpool Playhouse.

Extensive TV includes; The Secret Road to Nuremberg, Poirot, Murphy’s Law, Murder Squad, Midsomer Murders, Blue Murder, Vanity Fair, The Bill, Silent Witness, Heartbeat VI, Prime Suspect, Pie in The Sky, Absolutely Fabulous and many others. Film credits include; Enemy of the Unseen, K19- The Widow Maker, The Scarlet Letter, Kind David and The Europeans.

 

2006 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists

Tim Carroll | Director (in residence January 9 - January 20)

Tim Carroll began his career with the English Shakespeare Company, for whom he directed Julius Caesar, Cymbeline and The Tempest. As Associate Director of the Northcott Theatre in Exeter (1994-5) he directed many productions including Amadeus, The Last Yankee, Charley's Aunt, Abigail's Party and several new plays. Since then he has been a guest director at many theatres: most recently he directed W.S. Gilbert's Engaged for the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. Since 1997 he has directed three productions in Hungary: The Clearing; Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards and The Duchess of Malfi. This year he directed The Tempest in Lisbon.

His first opera production was for Kent Opera in 1994: Benjamin Britten's The Prodigal Son. He is now Director of Productions for Kent Opera, for whom he has staged Purcell in the Theatre (1995), Monteverdi's Orfeo (1997/8), Handel's Acis and Galatea (2002) and Britten's Albert Herring (2003). Other operas include Eight Songs for a Mad King (Maxwell Davies), El Cimarron (Henze) and Twice Through The Heart (Turnage) for Psappha Modern Music Ensemble. At the Gran Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona since 1999 he has staged three Sarah Walker shows: Cabaret Classico, The Divine Sarah and White Christmas, as well as Britten's Five Canticles. In 2003 he directed Monteverdi's il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria for the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh and at Shakespeare's Globe.

Tim Carroll is Associate Director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, where he has directed Peter Oswald's Augustine's Oak in 1999, The Two Noble Kinsmen in 2000, and Macbeth in 2001. In 2002 his production of Twelfth Night won Evening Standard, Time Out, Critics' Circle and Olivier Awards, and in 2003 Twelfth Night was revived for a record-breaking run at the Globe, followed by a tour of the United States. He also directed The Golden Ass, a new verse play by Peter Oswald. Last year at the Globe he directed Richard II and Dido, Queen of Carthage. This year he directed Romeo and Juliet.

Tamara Harvey | Director ( In residence January 9 - February 27)

Tamara’s theatre credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, USA); the premiere of Who’s The Daddy (King’s Head Theatre, London); Odysseus (RADA); The Golden Ass (University of South Florida, USA); Sitting Pretty (Watford Palace Theatre); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Assembly Rooms Edinburgh and West End – Co-Director with Terry Johnson); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); Markings (premiere, Southwark Playhouse and Traverse, Edinburgh); A Tempestade (Associate Director, Teatro Sao Luiz, Lisbon); Young Emma (premiere, Finborough Theatre, London); Daylight Spirits (Mercury Musicals workshop at the Arts Theatre); The Graduate (UK Tour); Something Cloudy, Something Clear (UK premiere, Finborough Theatre, London); La Traviata (co-director, English Touring Opera). She has been assistant director on numerous productions, including Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Golden Ass and Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe, Sweet Panic and Life x 3 in the West End and La Finta Giardintera and Sárka & Osud at Garsington Opera. She is a graduate of the University of Bristol and trained as a directing intern at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Sian Williams | Choreographer (in residence February 1 - February 28)

Siân trained at the London College of Dance and Drama. She founded the Kosh dance theatre company with Michael Merwitzer in 1982 and has performed in all its productions. Choreography and theatre awards include the Manchester Evening News Dance Theatre Award, Cairo Experimental Theatre Award, New York Film & Television Festival Bronze Medal, Best Foreign Theatre Presentation in Chile. Siân has been Master of Dance for the Globe Theatre Company since the year 2000. Other work includes performing in Opera North’s La Traviata; choreography for ENO’s A Better Place; choreography for RSAMD’s production of Stravinsky’s Renard; choreography for the Gate Theatre’s  Marieluise; Movement Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company on The Winter’s Tale, Timon of Athens, Macbeth, As You Like It and Jubilee. Siân recently performed in Twentieth-Century Girls and directed A Square of Sky for The Kosh. Siân was Master of Dance for the Globe Theatre’s 2005 productions of The Tempest, The Storm and The Winter’s Tale and performed in both The Tempest and The Storm. Siân is currently working with the Kosh in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre anddirector Richard Wilson on the development of a new dance theatre production.

Yolanda Vazquez | Voice Coach (in residence January 16 - January 27)

Yolanda trained at the Drama Centre London under the auspices of Christopher Fettes and Yat Malgrem.  She has worked extensively in theatre, television and film, her latest credits include: Pinochet’s Progress ( BBC )  Hermione in The Winter’s Tale,  Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre)Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC).

Yolanda is a freelance practitioner at Shakespeare’s Globe and works across all ages including MA, undergraduates students and international outreach.  Since 2003 she has also worked for the PDLL department at Central School Of Speech and Drama leading courses on Shakespeare and  Acting.

 

2005 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists

Tim Carroll working with students during the 2003 BRIT Program

Tim Carroll | Director (in residence January 10 - January 21, 2005)

Tim Carroll began his career with the English Shakespeare Company, for whom he directed Julius Caesar, Cymbeline and The Tempest. As Associate Director of the Northcott Theatre in Exeter (1994-5) he directed many productions including Amadeus, The Last Yankee, Charley's Aunt, Abigail's Party and several new plays. Since then he has been a guest director at many theatres: most recently he directed W.S. Gilbert's Engaged for the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. Since 1997 he has directed three productions in Hungary: The Clearing; Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards and The Duchess of Malfi. This year he directed The Tempest in Lisbon.

His first opera production was for Kent Opera in 1994: Benjamin Britten's The Prodigal Son. He is now Director of Productions for Kent Opera, for whom he has staged Purcell in the Theatre (1995), Monteverdi's Orfeo (1997/8), Handel's Acis and Galatea (2002) and Britten's Albert Herring (2003). Other operas include Eight Songs for a Mad King (Maxwell Davies), El Cimarron (Henze) and Twice Through The Heart (Turnage) for Psappha Modern Music Ensemble. At the Gran Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona since 1999 he has staged three Sarah Walker shows: Cabaret Classico, The Divine Sarah and White Christmas, as well as Britten's Five Canticles. In 2003 he directed Monteverdi's il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria for the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh and at Shakespeare's Globe.

Tim Carroll is Associate Director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, where he has directed Peter Oswald's Augustine's Oak in 1999, The Two Noble Kinsmen in 2000, and Macbeth in 2001. In 2002 his production of Twelfth Night won Evening Standard, Time Out, Critics' Circle and Olivier Awards, and in 2003 Twelfth Night was revived for a record-breaking run at the Globe, followed by a tour of the United States. He also directed The Golden Ass, a new verse play by Peter Oswald. Last year at the Globe he directed Richard II and Dido, Queen of Carthage. This year he directed Romeo and Juliet.

Tamara Harvey | Director ( In residence February 4 - March 4, 2005)

Tamara Harvey has directed and assisted directed at some of England's most renowned theatrical venues such as Shakespear's Globe Theatre and Gielgud Theatre in London. Her directing has taken her across Europe and across the Atlantic to direct at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in 2000. We are honored to have her here with us directing this year's BRIT program.

 

Sian Williams | Choreographer (in residence February 7 - February 18, 2005)

Ms. Williams is co-founder of The Kosh, an arts production company in England. The Kosh creates live physical performance events and video productions. Founded in 1982, the aim of The Kosh is to make the arts accessible and through the arts provide life-enhancing experiences. Dancers, actors, writers, designers and educationalists are involved in devising original theatre performances and video productions.

Laura Hopkins | Designer (in-residency February 21 - February 25, 2005)

Laura trained in interior design and at the Motley theatre design course. She designs for theatre, opera and dance, and has collaborated on numerous devised pieces. She is also the Environmental Engineer of the International Necronautical Society (www.necronauts.org).

Recent work includes: Faustus and Othello (nominated for TMA award), both for Northampton Royal; The INS Broadcasting Unit (ICA); Elixir of Love (New Zealand Opera) and The Master and Margarita (NYT).

Previous work includes: Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Golden Ass and Macbeth (all at Shakespeare¹s Globe); Cosi Fan Tutte (English National Opera); Mister Heracles (TMA award for Best Design), Dealers Choice, Kes and Betrayal (all West Yorkshire Playhouse); A Reckoning and Office (both Soho); Cinderella, the musical, and Hamlet (both Bristol Old Vic); Swan Lake Re-mixed (Volkoper, Vienna); Falstaff (ENO/Opera North); Breath, Boom and Bailegangaire (both Royal Court); Look Back in Anger and Crimes of the Heart (both Royal Exchange); The Rake¹s Progress (WNO). Devised work includes: Clair de Luz, If We Shadows, Blood, Never Better, A Plague on Both your Houses and Maps for Lost Lovers.

2004 British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists

 

Margarete Forsyth | Director and Designer for TheatreUSF's The Tempest

Studied at Erlangen University in Germany and trained as a designer on the Motley Design Course in London. In 1994 she won a Time Out Award as Artistic Director of Greenwich Studio Theatre and was nominated as Best Director in the London Fringe Awards, and in 1995 was runner up to the Royal Court in the Peter Brook Empty Space awards. Recent work as director includes: the cabaret opera Send for Mr Plim, Spring Awakening, The Nun, and Mozart's early opera Bastien and Bastienne, all at Battersea Arts Centre, What Now, Little Man? at Greenwich Theatre, Goethe's Faust, Brecht's The Life of Galileo, Büchner's Danton's Death (all Young Vic). As designer: Three Sisters by Chekhov and the "sequel" Three Sisters 2 by the South African playwright Reza de Wit (Orange Tree, Richmond), Koltes' Roberto Zucco (RADA). She has also directed at the Edinburgh Festival, the ICA, the baroque Markgrafentheater Erlangen in Germany, the Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury, the Berlin cabaret venue Bar Jeder Vernunft, at most of London's leading theatre schools, and many times for Carlos Opera.

 

Julian Forsyth | Actor; will play Prospero in TheatreUSF's The Tempest

Theatre appearances include: for the Royal Shakespeare ompany: Measure for Measure and The Blue Angel, directed by Trevor Nunn; for the multi-award-winning Almeida Theatre in London: The Silver Tassie, Lulu and Scenes from an Execution with Glenda Jackson, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (National Theatre), The Diary of Anne Frank (Tour), Oedipus (Royal Exchange), A Midsummer Night's Dream, St Joan, Les Miserables, Martin Guerre, The Blue Angel (all London's West End), Fagin in Oliver! (Sadler's Wells, London), Macbeth with Corin Redgrave (BAC London), Dr Manette in Tale of Two Cities (adapted and directed by Matthew Francis for Greenwich Theatre), Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles adapted by Simon Williams, A Doll's House for Sir Alan Ayckbourn at Scarborough, and the operas Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, La Traviata for Music Theatre London. TV includes appearances in the long-running series Holby City, EastEnders and Poirot.As Associate Director of Greenwich Studio Theatre Julian won a Time Out Award and the London Fringe Best Director Award for his translations and adaptations of plays from Germany, Denmark, France, Austria and Switzerland. He also directs and teaches regularly at some of London's leading theatre schools.

 

Mel Churcher | Teaching Voice/Speech for TheatreUSF's The Tempest

As an actor, Mel's credits included Jill in Equus for the Royal National Theatre, Hermia in Midsummer Night's Dream for the New Shakespeare Company at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre as well as numerous television roles in series such as Upstairs, Downstairs, Duchess of Duke Street and Edward VII. She has worked for many years in drama schools and theatres including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Manchester Royal Exchange and London's West End and has been resident Voice Coach at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre for the last eight years. Internationally she has run workshops in the USA, Croatia, Norway, Singapore, Germany, Portugal and the Czech Republic. Mel is currently on the council of the British Voice Association. Coaching on movies includes The Secret Garden, The Fifth Element, Joan of Arc, Madeline, The Count of Monte Cristo, Snatch, Harry Potter (The Quidditch match!), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, 102 Dalmations, The Hole, The Forsyte Saga (TV) and - not yet released - Danny the Dog with Jet Li, Tristan and Isolde, and Jerry Bruckheimer's King Arthur. Mel's book Acting for Film: Truth 24 Times a Second was published by Virgin Books in 2003.

Previous British International Theatre (BRIT) Program Guest Artists

Patrick Garland | Director/Author, BRIT Guest Artist '91, '97

While at USF: Taught master classes in Shakespeare.
Recent Work: Directed The Woman in Black Off-Broadway. He has also directed Dame Eileen Atkins in Virginia for West End and Broadway and Simon Callow in the highly acclaimed Dickens which is transferring to New York.

Edward Hall | Director, Guest BRIT Artist '96
While at USF: Directed the 1996 production of A Winter's Tale.
Recent Work: Directed Henry V and an upcoming production of Julius Caesar for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Together with Sir Peter Hall and others, Edward directed the internationally acclaimed epic Tantalus for Denver, New York, and London. Edward has also directed several films.

Mel Churcher | Speech/Voice, BRIT Guest Artist '01
While at USF: Acted as the speech/voice coach on As You Like It.
Recent Work: Coached John Turturro and Katherine Borowitz on their English accents in the Hollywood movie Secret Passage in Venice.

Rachel Kavanaugh | Director, BRIT Guest Artist '98, '01
Recent Work: Recently directed Alice in Wonderland for the Royal Shakespeare Company and is currently directing Romeo and Juliet for the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Then she returned to Regent's Park, London to direct As You Like It in the Spring of 2002.

Sam Mendes | Director, BRIT Guest Artist '91
Recent Work: Just finished directing a new film starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law for Stephen Spielberg. In 2002, he directed his last and 10th season at the Donmar Theatre which he founded. Also, he directed the 1999 Academy Award winning movie American Beauty and the award winning musical Cabaret.

Joe Harmston | Director, BRIT Guest Artist '94, '95, '97
While at USF: Assistant Director to Matthew Francis on Twelfth Night in 1994. A year later he directed Golden Girls. And in 1997, he directed the BRIT School Tour.
Recent Work: Directed two highly acclaimed productions of Henry V and Macbeth at the Arundel Festival and a Harold Pinter double bill in the West End, London.

Dominic Hill | Director, BRIT Guest Artist '98
While at USF: Assistant director with Rachel Kavanaugh on A Midsummer Night's Dream
Recent Work: Currently directing Romeo and Juliet. He will soon begin rehearsals for Five Finger Exercises by Peter Shaffer at Salisbury Playhouse. In the near future he will be directing a tour of Just Between Ourselves by Alan Ayckbourn.

Ian Talbot | Actor/Producer/Director, BRIT Guest Artist '01
Recent Work: Currently artistic director of the English Shakespeare Company. In 2002, he played Sir Toby Belch in a 400th anniversary production of Twelfth Night at the Inner Temple in London and will be giving a command performance before Queen Elizabeth II.

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