I am a British director who started my theatre career as a puppeteer at John and Lyndie Wright’s famous Little Angel Marionette Theatre in Islington, London.
When I was awarded a bursary from the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1983, I continued my training at the Divadlo Drak in Hradec Kralové under the artistic directorship of Josef Krofta. There, I learned about poetic design, and about staging with actors and puppets. On the same bursary, I took part in the Basics of Acting Technique seminar, run by the legendary Rudi Shelly at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
By this time, I knew that my talent lay in directing actors to fine performances. I returned to London and started directing plays there, partly with my own ensemble, The Wild Man Theatre Company.
In 1985, I was invited to work at the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg where Peter Zadek was Artistic Director. I worked as his assistant director and also with Jerome Savary, Peter Palitzsch und Michael Bogdanov. Later, I co-directed plays with Peter Zadek at renowned theatres in Europe.
From 1991, I directed plays in theatres around Germany and Austria, parallel to which I taught directing at the prestigious Ernst Busch Theatre School in Berlin from 1999.
In 2005, I was appointed Professor of Acting and Basics of Acting Technique at the Max Reinhardt Seminar (University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna). Here, I developed a unique course of acting training and have provided the foundation of acting technique for many generations of actors.
By founding Act-Actor-Acting, I wish to make some of my work accessible as a resource for actors.
Whether you are already an actor or just starting out on your training for professional work, I warmly welcome you to my website and hope you will find it useful.