London Faculty: Spring and Fall Sessions

CORE COURSES

Clare Bayley, Intermediate Playwriting (Fall 2019)
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
On Sabbatical Fall 2019
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.

Britt Harrison, Advanced Screenwriting (Fall 2019)
As a consultant, she has provided script- and story-editing on film and TV projects, as well as financial and practical development advice. Recent clients have included: StudioCanal, Altitude Films, New Sparta (equity film financiers), Emerald Films (This is Drama - an online drama channel), and numerous new and established writers and directors. She worked as a Script Consultant on the 2016 feature Altamira, directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Antonio Banderas.

Harrison has read over 6,000 screenplays as well as attended film festivals and markets in Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto. Established screenwriters and directors she has worked with include Oscar winners and nominees such as: Franco Zeffirelli (Romeo + Juliet), Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields), Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener), and Al Reinert (Apollo 13).

She was the executive producer of Barley Fields on the Other Side of the Mountain, directed by Tian Tsering. Her screenwriting credits include the TV series Barbarians Rising and Neighbourhood Blues Series IV. Other screenplay commissions include Toploader, a comedy set in 1970s California, about the apocryphal events that shaped the format war between Betamax and VHS; Kingdom, a re-write for Oscar-nominated US producer, Fred Miller, about the politicization of American Christianity; an adaptation of the Michael Morpugo novel Kensuke’s Kingdom for director Terry Jones; an adaptation of the prize-winning French novel The Soul of Malaya for a French producer and The Florentines, one of several writing projects for Franco Zeffirelli. She also wrote the ‘director’s draft’ of The Lion in Winter for director Andrew Konchalovsky and producer Dyson Lovell, which was filmed in 2002 with Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart.

As well as her freelance work, Britt Harrison has had three full-time executive positions, all involving the sourcing, commissioning, and developing of feature films. She has been the Senior Script Executive at the BBC, Head of Feature Film Development for World Productions, and the Head of Development at the Film Agency for Wales.

In addition to her freelance and consulting work, Britt Harrison has been a lecturer at institutions such as the London Film School, Goldsmiths, University of London, Central Film School, City University, London, and others, teaching Screenwriting, Creative Writing, Film, and Camera and Production.

She has also created and delivered workshops, lectures and seminars for film schools including NFTS (National Film and Television School, Short Course Unit, Beaconsfield), the EICTV (Cuban Film School, Havana), the senior executive team of a start-up satellite channel in Malaysia, and many of the leading universities and film training organizations in the UK.

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.

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.