London Faculty: Spring and Fall Sessions

CORE COURSES

Alexandra Wood, Advanced Playwriting (Fall 2018)
Alexandra is a London-based playwright.  An extract from her new musical, Mammoth, written with composer Matthew Herbert, will be presented at BEAM2018 in March.

Her new English translation of Manfred Karge’s Man to Man (Wales Millennium Centre and Edinburgh Fringe) toured the UK and ended in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November 2017.

Her plays include The Human Ear (Paines Plough); Ages (Old Vic New Voices);  Merit (Plymouth Drum); The Initiate (Paines Plough, winner of a Scotsman Fringe First); The Empty Quarter (Hampstead); an adaptation of Jung Chang’s Wild Swans (Young Vic/ART); The Centre (Islington Community Theatre); Unbroken (Gate); The Lion's Mouth (Rough Cuts/Royal Court); The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court) and the radio play Twelve Years (BBC Radio 4).

Short plays include Pope's Grotto (Paines Plough/Come to Where I’m From), My Name is Tania Head (Decade/Headlong) and work for the Royal Court, Oxford School of Drama, Rose Bruford College, Dry Write, nabokov and curious directive.

Alexandra is a past winner of the George Devine Award and was the Big Room Playwright-in-Residence at Paines Plough in 2013.

Clare Bayley, Advanced Playwriting (Spring 2018)
Clare is a playwright whose plays include The Container (Edinburgh Fringe First Award and Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, produced at Young Vic, London, Chapter Arts, Cardiff and in Toronto, Melbourne, Baltimore, Rome and Mexico); The Enchantment (National Theatre); Blue Sky (Hampstead Theatre, Theatre Clywd, Cardiff and Raleigh, North Carolina); Pixel Dust (Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh and Clapham Omnibus, London). She studied at Cambridge University and worked as a critic and theatre editor for The Independent newspaper, before receiving an M.A. in Playwriting on David Edgar’s course at Birmingham University. She has been teaching Creative Writing since 2011 at London South Bank University and mentoring playwriting M.A. students at Central School of Speech and Drama. She co-wrote Playwriting: An Artists’ and Writers’ Companion (Bloomsbury) and her plays are published by Nick Hern Books. Clare teaches Advanced Playwriting for NYU Tisch London program.

More information about the fall program Advanced Playwriting.

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 NancySimple MenVelvet 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.

More information about the spring and fall program Advanced Screenwriting.

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 DollsInto The Woods,AssassinsAll 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 BaconThe 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.

Additional RADA faculty.

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

COMPANION COURSES

Kate Beales, Studies in Shakespeare
Kate Beales has been teaching at NYU Tisch London for almost twenty years, including Studies in Shakespeare and Arts and Theatre in London (no longer offered).

Kate is a theatre director – she is an Associate Artist in the Learning Department at the National Theatre and at Project Phakama, a community theatre company based at Queen Mary College, London University.

At the NT she is working on a range of projects including the education program for the 2018 production of A Winter’s Tale. At Project Phakama, she directs Of All People, a storytelling and photography project in collaboration with analogue photographer Caroline Gervay.

Kate’s current research is in collaboration with the Drama and Performing Arts Department at London South Bank University, where she is investigating the relationship between immersive theatre and conflict resolution in educational settings. 

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 Coordinator, NYU London
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.