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London Faculty

Kate Beales, Arts & Theatre in London (BBC Group only)
A graduate of Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Fine Art, Kate Beales has trained in directing, dramaturgy, and theatre education work at major European theatres, such as the National Theatre and Deutsches Schauspielhaus. She has taught for the English Shakespeare Company, the Oxford University Advanced Studies Centre, and the Marlowe Society. For the past 15 years, she has been directing productions and devising educational projects for theatres and arts institutions, including the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Tate, as well as numerous schools and colleges in the UK and overseas.

Geoff Bullen, Shakespeare in Performance (at RADA); Course Supervisor

RADA’s Associate Director, Geoff Bullen, has directed Guys and Dolls, Into The Woods, Assassins, All About My Mother and Sondheim's Saturday Night. Other work includes All’s Well That Ends Well at the Cleveland Playhouse, Ohio; Cavalleria Rusticana and Tosca for Magdala Opera; the Edinburgh Festival premieres of Beside Picasso and Bacon; The Tempest at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam; and the first performance of David Rudkin’s Red Sun. In October 2011, he directed the 59th year production of The Mousetrap at the St Martin's Theatre, becoming the 24th director in that production's history and he is currently at work on Penlee - The Loss of a Lifeboat with RADA graduate Joseph Kloska.

Jane Elsdon-Dew, Television Production at the BBC; Course Supervisor
Jane Elsdon-Dew has worked for the BBC and BBC programs for over 35 years and has worked as series producer, producer, studio and film director. Jane has been nominated for two BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film & TV Arts) and an RTS Award, a UK National Television award. For the past five years, Jane has worked as a trainer for the BBC Production Academy, not only training multi-camera directors, but also producers and presenters.

Ellis Jones, Theatre in London
has supervised the training of many of today’s most exciting actors. RADA’s Head of Acting  1993 to 2003, then  Vice-Principal 1998 to 2003, he was co-creator of the Shakespeare in Performance course for NYU Tisch London.  More recently he has served as Creative Director of RADA’s Enterprise Company, producing educational and corporate projects, including British classical theatre productions on the Cunard transatlantic liner, the Queen Mary 2. He has starred in a number of situation comedies on the UK ITV channel and in TV Shakespeare productions for the BBC. He was awarded an Arts Council Associate directorship, and was Artistic Director of the theatre at Keswick, Cumbria. He has been a consultant director for acting programs at Tisch Asia in Singapore, Visiting Professor for the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing, and directed the first-ever Chinese-language production of a play by Britain’s most successful playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. He is the creator of the new on-line training resource www.teachyourselfacting.com and writes for the blog http://teachyourselfacting.blogspot.co.uk/.

Dr. Roy Kendall, Advanced Playwriting , Advanced Screenwriting; Course Director

Actor, director, writer, and teacher, Dr. Roy Kendall has scripted films for both BBC and ITV and plays for radio, one of which won the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain’s award for Best Original Radio Play. He has had a dozen plays produced on the professional stage, including Body & Soul, for which he was nominated Most Promising Playwright and which was produced in the West End of London after a nationwide tour. He has taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Morley College, where he was director of the Theatre School for many years. He was also adviser to the Emmy Award-winning BBC/HBO production Shakespeare: The Animated Tales.

Dr Amy Sargeant
, British Cinema – London on Film
studied at the Universities of Cambridge, London, and Bristol. Formerly a production designer in film and television, she is currently reader in film at the University of Warwick. She has written extensively on British cinema, being the co-editor of British Historical Cinema (Routledge, 2002) and the author of British Cinema: A Critical History (BFI, 2005).

Brooke Sheldon
, Program Coordinator

assists Mary Jane Walsh in the day to day running of the Tisch London Program. She has previously worked for one of Australia’s largest health funds in administration. She is a graduate of the University of Queensland, Australia. She holds a B.A in Anthropology and Australian history, an Honours degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Museum Studies. Her current research involves cultural heritage and Victorian Spiritualism.

Archie Tait, Writing for Television (BBC Group only)

Director of the cinema department of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Archie Tait established one of the UK’s longest-established distributors of World Cinema, introducing the work of directors Terence Davies, Jim Jarmusch, Pedro Almodovar, Chen Kaige, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Luc Besson and many others. He was Head of Development at Zenith Productions (Sid and Nancy, Simple Men, Velvet Goldmine) where he also produced many primetime UK TV drama series and serials. For ITV, he produced 100 hours of the long-running family drama Heartbeat. He is Head of Workshops at the London Film School in the UK and also teaches on this School’s MA Screenwriting course.

Mary Jane Walsh, Program Director
A graduate of the Universities of Birmingham, Westminster, and Grenoble (France), Mary Jane Walsh is a producer and consultant in the British film and television industry. She has worked for Channel 4 TV, BBC TV, WNET/PBS, and BBC radio as well as for the British Film Institute, Edinburgh International Film Festival, National Film and Television School (UK), and the Screenwriters’ Studio. She has also served on various international film festival juries and as an elected member of the Council of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). She has been running the NYU Tisch London Program since its inception in 1998.

Richard Williams, Arts in London
Has taught at Liverpool Hope and Manchester Universities and directed at many British drama schools. He was artistic director of the Oxford Stage Company, Liverpool Playhouse, and the Arts Theatre in London. He has directed over 200 productions, ranging from the West End to opera and children’s theatre, and his own plays have been produced professionally in London. He is the course director of Foundation Studies in Performance at the Drama Centre in London and associate artistic director at Anvil Arts Theatre in Basingstoke, England.

Mandie Wright, Studies in Shakespeare

Freelance theatre practitioner Mandie Wright has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) for over 15 years as an education associate. Recently, her role has included creating interactive web site resources (RSC Exploring Shakespeare), project-managing the RSC Teaching Shakespeare—Time for Change campaign leading to the current Stand Up for Shakespeare manifesto, and programming and leading the RSC Summer School and extension courses. In addition to a range of work with actors and other practitioners covering live events, recording work, and written projects she has also directed adult and undergraduate theatre studies, performing arts, and women’s studies courses. She is a drama consultant for the University of Worcester Post-Graduate Teacher Education Program. Latest publication: Teaching Drama: How to Be a Brilliant English Teacher (Routledge, 2005).