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RADA Faculty

The following list represents the core faculty of Shakespeare in Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Since the faculty are working artists, the faculty that are available to teach vary from semester to semester.

Geoff Bullen - Course Director

Geoff Bullen is RADA's Associate Director and Course Director of the RADA/New York University Shakespeare in Performance Course. Recent productions include : CHAPLIN (Edinburgh Festival 2007), CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and TOSCA (Magdala Opera), ON THE BLACK HILL for AJTC Theatre Company, and INTO THE WOODS, ASSASSINS and LITTLE WOMEN at RADA. His varied career includes work in commercial and regional theatre, theatre in schools and in adult education.

Andrew Charity - Group Singing

Andrew Charity studied at the Royal College of Music/London University/London Opera Centre, and has since pursued a freelance career as conductor, composer, pianist and singing coach/teacher.  He has taught at RADA for 25 years, and also more recently at the Arts Educational Drama Department, as well as pursuing various freelance conducting engagements and activities, including opera, orchestral, choral and show business events.  He has recently run a very successful series of workshops for people who think that they can't sing, or who think that they are tone deaf.

Andrew Cuthbert — Voice

Trained at RADA.  Has worked extensively in theatre: in repertory, on tour, at the National Theatre and in the West End.  Recently appeared in two plays at London’s Finborough Theatre and as Herod in a production of Salome for the RADA Directors’Course.   Has also worked in film,TV, radio and voiceover.  He recently performed in an acted reading of his new play, ‘Tokyo Joe’ on local radio.   Has worked at RADA for fifteen years, teaching voice and text on the core course and on the short courses, including three three-week workshops in Tokyo.  He is an examiner for the RADA Shakespeare Certificates.

Neil Fraser – Head of Lighting

Neil’s career started at Contact Theatre in Manchester designing Light and Sound, working extensively with Artistic Directors Richard Williams and Anthony Clark. He has since designed lighting for numerous projects, including: To Kill A Mockingbird (Greenwich); The Snowman (Leicester Haymarket); The Wizard of Oz (Everyman, Liverpool); Afterbirth & Carver (Arcola) for William Gaskill, for whom he has also lit over ten productions at RADA.

Neil has also worked extensively for Polka Theatre (Wimbledon). Productions include: Yoshi & The Tea Kettle and Dreams of Anne Frank, both of which won London Fringe awards for Best Children’s Theatre two consecutive years running.

London credits include: Songs for Stray Cats for Paines Plough (Donmar); and Galileo (Young Vic). Bloody Poetry for the New York Theatre Exchange Co. at the CSC theatre (Off Broadway, NY).

Neil joined RADA as Head of Lighting in 1985 and was appointed theatre Technical Arts (TTA) Course Leader in 2002. Neil has also taught freelance for the Universities Manchester, London and Loughborough, the Metropolitan University of Manchester, Middlesex Polytechnic, the Central School of Art and Design, and the Inchbald School of Interior Design. For Selecon Lighting he has spoken at conferences and seminars in Arnhem, Apeldoorn, Kazan, Saratov, Beijing and Cardiff.

Dewi Matthews – Alexander Technique

Dewi trained as a Teacher of the Alexander Technique from 1983-1986 and is a member of The Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique.  He has a small private practice in Highbury and The City, and does weekly evening classes at the BBC.  He has taught group Alexander classes at the Drama Studio and has taught at RADA since 1986 as well as at other leading drama schools in London, including the Central School of Speech and Drama and the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.  He taught Adult Education evening classes for three years at the Quintin Kynaston School in London.

Vivian Munn – Course Coordinator
Vivian Munn trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and for twenty years worked extensively as an actor in the UK and abroad. His theatre work includes London’s West End, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Shakespeare Company, the Young Vic and seasons with various regional theatres and national touring companies.  He has directed a wide spectrum of plays from the 16th century to the present day and taught at a number of British drama schools. He is an Academy Associate Teacher at RADA working on the BA in Acting, Foundation and Short Courses Programmes. His recent RADA projects have included Broken Pieces by A.C.Smith, The Tempest by William Shakespeare at the Rose Theatre, Bankside, The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and The Platonic Lady by Susanna Centlivre. He is Director of RADA’s Elders Company and a member of RADA’s audition panel.

Brigid Panet - Sonnets

Brigid acted professionally in theatre and TV for 15 years before starting to teach and direct, mostly in Drama Schools.  She also trained as a dancer and has studied and taught Laban Movement for actors for many years.  Brigid has taught and directed in Canada, the USA and Brazil and devised and directed three Shakespeare tours for the Royal National Theatre Education Department. She has been working at RADA for over 20 years and has taught and directed plays at most of the major London drama schools. Brigid has now completed her book, ‘Essential Acting’, on her working method which combines Stanislavsky’s Method of Physical Action with Laban’s analysis of movement which was published by Rutledge.

Darren Royston - Dance

Darren has recently been appointed Artistic Director of NONSUCH History and Dance, an educational charity supporting research and performance of historical dances. He currently works freelance as a choreographer & movement director in theatre, opera, and television including pop promos for Rufus Wainwright. He received a MA (Distinction) from the Laban Centre, London and read English Literature (including Shakespeare in Performance option) at Cambridge University. In 1997, Darren was awarded the Bonnie Bird Choreography Award. He has worked as the assistant to Sue Lefton (RSC Movement Director) and Terry John Bates (International Opera & Theatre Choreographer) and he has choreographed several plays and operas throughout the UK and worldwide including open air Shakespeare festivals (Tempest, Romeo & Juliet), The Cherry Orchard (ETT Tour with Prunella Scales), Miss Julie (Royal Swedish production) and appeared as the renaissance dance choreographer on Carlton TV and for the BBC. His UK musical theatre work includes the UK premiere of Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle and, in September 2007, the World Premier of a new rock musical in Norway and a production of Honk! With 140 children. At RADA Darren has choreographed numerous Shakespeare productions and musicals that include Guys and Dolls, Into The Woods and Assassin. www.darrenroyston.com

Jeremy Stockwell - Clown

Early appearances in classical theatre, including Shakespeare at the Old Vic, lead eventually to stand-up routines at the Comedy Store.  In the eighties, as a founder member of impro group Late at the Gate, Jeremy devised and co-produced "Not the Edinburgh Festival" for the Gate Theatre.  He was directed by Ken Campbell at the Royal National Theatre, where he went on to produce, devise and appear in Theatre Unstuck and other events in aid of Comic Relief.

Writing credits: a stage play about Stuart Sutcliffe, the artist and former Beatles bass player and another in which he played Stan Laurel.  He has variously written, presented or appeared in many British TV series, including "Spitting Image".  In the States: "Young Charlie Chaplin" (HBO); "Gophers" (HBO); and "Get The Picture" (Nickelodeon).

In the early nineties, with ex-members of Keith Johnstone's Theatre Machine, he formed Alice's Diner, with whom he has devised shows for Shakespeare's Globe, Battersea Arts Centre, The Bush, White Bear, and The Roxy-Prague.  As well as teaching Action classes at RADA, he has also lead improvisation, mime and physical theatre workshops for actors, students, prisoners, therapists, for the RNT Studio and Education Department, Webber Douglas and Oxford University Drama Society.

Adrienne Thomas  - Speech

Adrienne Thomas gained an MA in Modern History from Oxford University, after which she trained as an actress at The Central School of Speech and Drama.  She has appeared in a wide variety of modern and classical plays in the West End, at the Royal Court Theatre and in numerous regional theatres.  She was also in Charlton Heston’s film of ‘A Man For All Seasons’ for US Television.

She has been teaching voice since 1996 and now divides her time between RADA, The British American Drama Academy and Fordham University’s London Dramatic Academy. For the last five years she has been teaching on a Shakespeare Conference at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. She has been a leading examiner for the RADA Shakespeare Certificates for four years. She is also involved in corporate training, bringing her vocal and performance expertise to helping business people improve their communication and presentation skills.  She has a particular interest in applying practical voice work to the needs of classical text.

Bret Yount – Stage Combat & Combat for Camera

Trained at the Guildford School of Acting and the University of Arkansas.  Bret is a member of the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat, The Society of American Fight Directors and The Equity Theatre Fight Directors Register.  Bret is the Master of Combat at RADA and also teaches at Central School of Speech & Drama, The City Literary Institute, and Italia Conti (BA Acting).