London Faculty: Spring and Fall Sessions

CORE COURSES

Alexandra Wood, Intermediate Playwriting 
Alexandra Wood (she/her) is a playwright from London. Her plays include Descent (due to be released Oct 21 on Audible); The Tyler Sisters (Hampstead); Never Vera Blue (Futures Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe); The Human Ear (Paines Plough); Ages (Old Vic New Voices); a translation of Manfred Karge’s Man to Man (Wales Millennium Centre); 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). She is a past winner of the George Devine Award and was playwright-in-residence at Paines Plough in 2013. Her plays are published by Nick Hern Books.

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, Director of Short Courses, Shakespeare in Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
Geoff Bullen was formerly RADA's Director of Actor Training and has been Course Director of the RADA/New York University Shakespeare in Performance course for 18 years.

Recent productions at RADA include: Guys and DollsThe CrucibleThe House of Bernarda AlbaInto the WoodsAssassins, and Sweet Charity. In addition, he regularly directs the RADA 3rd Year Acting Tree Showcase.

He graduated in Drama from Manchester University, and his varied career includes work in commercial and regional theatre, theatre in schools and in adult education. He has recently directed On the Black Hill with AJTC at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, and All’s Well That Ends Well and The Winter’s Tale at the Cleveland Playhouse, Ohio.

He has directed three companies in The Mousetrap, the world’s longest-running play, in the West End. He recently worked on Fly Half, a new play by Gary Lagden inspired by Welsh rugby union football.

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.

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.