London Faculty


Brian Gilbert, Directing the Actor
Brian Gilbert worked as a professional actor until 1979, when he joined the National Film and Television School as a directing student. So well-received was his graduation film, The Devotee, that producer David Puttnam immediately commissioned him to write and direct a feature length film for the Channel 4 FIRST LOVE series – Sharma & Beyond with Michael Maloney, Suzanne Burden and Tom Wilkinson. From there, he went on to directThe Frog Prince for producer David Puttnam.

He has worked in both Hollywood and the UK. In Hollywood he directed Vice Versa (1988) starring Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage for Columbia Pictures, and Not Without My Daughter (1990) starring Sally Field and Alfred Molina for Pathé. His 1996 film Tom & Viv (Miramax) starring Miranda Richardson, Willem Dafoe and Rosemary Harris was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress and won The National Board of Review awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Wilde, which starred Stephen Fry, Vanessa Redgrave and Jude Law was nominated for a Golden Globe (1997) for Best Actor and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Promising Newcomer. In 2002, he directed Christina Ricci in The Gathering. He wrote and directed the documentary Lord Haw-Haw: Portrait Of A Fanatic, and in 2006, directed the stage play Allegiance starring Mel Smith and Michael Fassbender to considerable acclaim. As well as working on several projects of his own, he is currently teaching at the National Film & Television School on the MA course for directors, and since 2010 has also run the Directors Series each year for the NFTS.

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Archie Tait, Advanced Screenwriting
Archie Tait is a film and TV drama script consultant and producer. As Director of the Cinema Department of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, he established ICA Projects, one of the UK’s longest-established distributors of World Cinema, and introduced the work of directors Terence Davies, Jim Jarmusch, Pedro Almodovar, Chen Kaige, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Luc Besson and many others. Moving on from the ICA he became Head of Development at Zenith Productions (Sid and Nancy, Simple Men, Velvet Goldmine) where he also produced many primetime TV drama series and serials. For ITV, he produced 100 hours of the long-running family drama Heartbeat. Archie was Head of Workshops at the London Film School, where he also taught  producing, and TV drama writing on the MA Screenwriting course.  Archie is the co-founder of and lead instructor on the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic TV Writers’ Program, an initiative of the UK film and TV industry. Archie teaches Advanced Screenwriting for NYU Tisch London program.

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Geoff Bullen, Course Supervisor, Shakespeare in Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
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.

Gary Lagden, Shakespeare in Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
Gary comes from Port Talbot, South Wales and trained as an actor at RADA. Since Graduating in 1994 he has acted in over 70 productions. He has toured nationally and internationally, including work in Russia, Denmark and Azerbaijan. He has worked for many companies including Manchester's Royal Exchange, Theatre Centre, The Touring Consortium, Tangere Arts, The Young Vic, The Royal Court and Nottingham Playhouse Roundabout. He is about to begin work on a one man show The First by Jayne Williams for The Spark Arts in Leicester.

Gary's work as a director includes shows for Tangere Arts, Mountview Academy and at RADA. Last year he directed Othello for the BA students at RADA and most recently he directed Macbeth for the Foundation course also at RADA.

Additional RADA faculty.

More information about the spring and fall program Shakespeare in Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


Ellis Jones, Theatre in London
Ellis has overseen the training of many of today’s most exciting British actors. At the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art he was Head of Acting 1993 to 2003, and as Vice-Principal (1998 to 2003) he was co-creator of Shakespeare in Performance, the highly successful collaboration between RADA and 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 televised Shakespeare productions, including as The Fool in King Lear for ITV, and as Elbow in Measure for Measure for the BBC. He was awarded an Arts Council Associate directorship, subsequently directing shows throughout the UK, and was Artistic Director of the theatre at Keswick, Cumbria. He worked as Consultant Director for acting programs at Tisch Asia in Singapore, and as a Visiting Director of the Shanghai Theatre Academy directed Taking Steps - the first-ever Mandarin-language production of a comedy by Britain’s most successful playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn. He is the creator of the on-line training resource Teach Yourself Acting and of its widely read blog.

Dr. Amy Sargeant, British Cinema: London on Film

Dr. Sargeant 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 Director

Brooke coordinates all aspects of the NYU Tisch London Program in liaison with NYU Tisch Special Programs in New York. Brooke also works in close contact with course delivery partner, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). She has a BA in Anthropology and History, an Honours degree in Anthropology, and a Masters in Museum Curation from the University of Queensland, Australia. She was previously a Senior Hospital Claims Adjudicator for Bupa Australia, the country’s second largest private health fund, before moving to London and taking up her current position in January 2011. 

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.

Summer Programs


Sharon Badal, Producing Essentials and Media Moguls

Sharon Badal is vice president of filmmaker relations and shorts programming for Tribeca. She has been with the festival since its inception in 2001 and has produced special projects for Tribeca since 1999.

Her first job was at age 14 as an usher in her father’s suburban movie theatre, and it was there that she fell in love with “the movies.” Since that rather inauspicious start she has produced numerous live-events, worked in distribution and marketing for three major studios and, since 1994, has been on the faculty at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.  She is the author of “Swimming Upstream – A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution,” published by Focal Press.

She has been involved with actor Denis Leary’s Firefighter Foundation since 2002 as development associate and project coordinator and has received commendations from the New Orleans and Seaside Heights Fire Departments for her recovery efforts post Hurricane Katrina and Sandy, respectively. Sharon is the executive producer of the feature documentary “Let’s Roll,” which follows a group of Los Angeles firefighters as they bicycle across the United States to reach New York on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

She has been a jury member and/or panelist for many film festivals and organizations including the Regional Student Academy Awards, Alcine FF Madrid Spain, Bend FF Oregon, Calgary FF, DOC NYC, Jameson Dublin FF and Galway FF Ireland, Holly Shorts FF Los Angeles, Hot Springs Documentary FF, IFP Conference: Screen Forward NY, Keynote Speaker for Orlando FF, New Hampshire FF, New Orleans FF, Nordisk Panorama Iceland/Norway/Finland, Palm Springs ShortsFest , Rhode Island FF, Savannah FF, Sundance ShortsLab, CFC Worldwide, ImagineNative and TIFF in Toronto.  

Her hobbies include ballet, boxing and aviation, and some of her favorites things are chocolate, Aaron Rodgers & the Green Bay Packers and The Walking Dead.

Film Marketing and Distribution
Senior Colloquium: Exit Strategies
Producing Essentials
Media Moguls in the 20th Century

Formerly: The “Producing in Dublin” program, The Business of Producing at Stern School of Business, faculty advisor for the UGFTV internship program, Gallatin advisor.

B.F.A., New York University, Tisch School of the Arts Film & Television
M.A., New York University, Gallatin – Specialization in Cinema Studies and Business

More information about the summer program Producing in London.