Luke graduated from University College London with a BA (Hons) in English Literature, subsequently training as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy. After working extensively as a performer in both this country and abroad, he re-trained as a teacher in 2005.
He is now a member of the senior leadership team at Holy Trinity and St Silas School, coordinating drama and EAL. He continues to work as a freelance theatre practitioner and director for a range of arts organisations and is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Luke is a Specialist Leader in Education for The Camden Teaching Network.
Neil trained as an actor–musician at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. He was Artistic Director of the Greenwich Youth Theatre and worked as a freelance director in children’s theatre across the UK. Neil and Luke trained as teachers together at South Bank University. After working in several London primary schools teaching music and drama, he joined the National Theatre as a learning associate. He has since written Education packages for The National Theatre and The Barbican. He writes plays for children as well as lecturing on applied theatre at Drama Schools and Universities.
WHO WE ARE
Kirsty graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSC in Social Policy. She completed her PGCE at Oxford Brookes. She began her teaching career as a year 3 teacher in Camden and has worked across all key stages. She spent six months implementing Play Based Curriculum in Colombo, Sri Lanka. After returning to Camden she became Deputy Head Teacher at Holy Trinity and St Silas Primary School in Camden. Kirsty was instrumental in planning and delivering the pilot Shakespeare projects at her school.
Jeremy Harrison worked in theatre, film and television as an actor-musician, director, musical director and composer before going on to lead the Actor-Musicianship and Theatre for Young Audiences training at Rose Bruford College. Jeremy’s interdisciplinary theatre interests have led him to work in multi- sensory theatre contexts, where he has been exploring ways of engaging young people with complex needs in collaborative projects with artists from a range of disciplines. He works regularly with leading companies in this field including Oily Cart and is the Creative Advisor to the Margot Florence Foundation, a Kent-based charity promoting arts engagement for children with complex disabilities.
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Matthew is a leading freelance theatre director whose credits include Duet for One with Juliet Stevenson at the Almeida and in the West End and the multi-award-winning The Fastest Clock in the Universe with Jude Law at Hampstead Theatre. He was formerly Joint Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and Associate Director of Hampstead Theatre.
He was also Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Actors Centre, where he initiated many innovative training programmes in conjunction with the BBC, Channel 4, the National Theatre and the RSC. He now runs the MA programme for Theatre Directors at East 15.
After graduating from the National Film and Television School, Lisa Keane worked in documentaries, both as an editor and director. She is a long-serving governor at King Alfred School in Barnet, where she initiated a series of conferences questioning the status quo of education which attracted high profile speakers. She has also been a trustee of several educational charities, including CASTLE which helped severely disabled children access the curriculum. In 2009, she was a member of a cross-sectoral working group for UNESCO which was tasked with drawing wider conclusions on the impact of their arts projects. Today her main work is as an artist.
Nick Stuart was educated at Harrow and Oxford. He joined the Department for Education and Science in 1964 and served as Private Secretary to the Minister for the Arts (Jenny Lee) in 1968-69; the Head of the Civil Service (Sir William Armstrong) and to successive Prime Ministers (1973-76). He also served as an Adviser in the Cabinet of the President of the European Commission (Roy Jenkins) in 1978-80. He was appointed CB in 1992. He went on to hold a number of posts as Director General in the Education and Employment Departments between 1987 and 2001 when he retired as Director General for Lifelong Learning.
Since retirement, he has been active in a number of voluntary roles. He served on the Boards of the QCA, UfI Learndirect, CAFCAFF, and the London University Institute of Education; chaired the John Lyon’s Charity and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.
After a forty-year career in book publishing, during which she co-founded Headline Book Publishing (now part of the Hachette Group) and was Deputy MD of Hodder & Stoughton, Sue Fletcher gained an MA in Theatre & Performance from Queen Mary, University of London. In 2016 she co-founded Shakespeare in the Squares, a not-for-profit outdoor touring company which takes a Shakespeare play to a number of London garden squares for one night only.
Fiona Mallin-Robinson has two decades’ experience within the arts and not-for-profit sector. Her experience spans organisations both large and small, including major performing arts organisations in the UK and abroad. She was Marketing & Development Director at English National Ballet (2000-2006) and National Events Manager at Opera Australia, Sydney (1997-2000).Since 2006 she has worked as an independent consultant, specializing in strategic planning, marketing and income generation for charities and arts organisations. Her clients have included: ADAD (Association for Dance of the African Diaspora), The Bush Theatre, Ovarian Cancer Action, Phoenix Cinema and Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Fiona is an Arts Adviser for John Lyon’s Charity, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and on the Board of Trustees for Jackson’s Lane Theatre.
Sue is currently Director of Development at Arts educational School. Previous incarnations include Deputy Director of development Donmar Warehouse. and Head of Trusts and Foundations Donmar Warehouse. She works as a Freelance Consultant Fundraiser & Evaluator.
Tim Yealland MBE
Tim studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and at the Munich Hochschule. His performing career included work in opera and theatre, including the title role in Don Giovanni for Opera 80/ETO, and roles for Opera Factory, ENO, ROH, Opera North and the Chichester Festival. His passion for education has led him to devise and direct projects for most of the main opera companies and orchestras, here and abroad, working in every kind of school and environment, as well as in prisons. He led the education work at English Touring Opera for 16 years. He has written and directed 4 large scale community operas, all with casts of over 200: One Breath (Sheffield), A House on the Moon and Zeppelin Dreams (Wolverhampton) and One Day Two Dawns (Cornwall, winner RPS Music Education Award in 2010). He has also written the libretti for and directed many operas for young people. He works regularly at the Casa da Musica in Porto, devising large-scale new pieces with mixed ability casts. He works regularly alongside old and young people with special needs. He was made an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours.