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Staff

Management

Tim Gill | Principal

Paul Jaynes | Director of Studies

Paul has 40 years’ experience of working in theatre. Starting life as an actor, Paul has over 20 television credits for companies such as Granada TV, Yorkshire TV and the BBC and has also worked in theatres including Leeds Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic, Contact and the Royal Exchange in Manchester. Paul then went on to become a theatre director working at places such as Coventry Belgrade, Leicester Studio and The Library and Forum theatres in Manchester. During this time Paul moved into teaching and has taught at Bristol Old Vic, Webber Douglas, Manchester Metropolitan and eventually became Head of Acting at the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester. Paul moved to London and has been Director of Studies at Court Theatre Training Company for the last 4 and a half years.

Kayleigh Marsh Davis | Operations Manager

Kayleigh has a first-class degree in Theatre Studies from the University of East London and due to a passion for theatre has been involved with the creative industries throughout her education and professional career; working with companies such as the Almeida Theatre, Angel Shed Theatre Company, Milton Keynes Theatre Creative Learning London 2012 Olympic Committee. Prior to Court Theatre Training Company, Kayleigh was the Studio Coordinator for Feast Creative, a leading graphic design studio for the arts, and managed clients such as ATG, Central School of Ballet, New Adventures, EMG, Park Theatre and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Sarah How | Administrator

Sarah has a background in Opera and Musicological research, having achieved a Master’s degree in Musicology & Ethnomusicology from King’s College London and a first class BA in Music from the University of Southampton. Before starting with Court Theatre Training Company, Sarah worked in the Employability and Skills team at East Sussex County Council, undertaking freelance work as a Mezzo-Soprano and tutoring music theory alongside this role.


Tutors

Rosanna Brandi | Singing

Italian-born, Rosanna moved to London in 2009 to complete a master’s degree in Jazz Performance at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Among highlights, she has toured Italian Theatres as a singer with actor Giancarlo Giannini (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Hannibal) and opened for Elton John. She has been performing and teaching regularly in the UK and released her debut album under her own name in 2016.

Dave Bourn | Improvisation

Dave is a writer, director and improviser and teaches devising and improvisation at the University of West London, London College of Music, and Giles Foreman Centre for Acting, as well as in the business arena. He is also a member of the Applied Improvisation Network a worldwide organisation exploring the impact of improvisation beyond the theatre. Dave has worked extensively with character comedians including Stephen K. Amos and Phil Nichol and also directed the Perrier nominated show Things I Like I Lick.

David Brown | Voice

David was awarded a BA in Acting from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; a MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is certified as a Designated Meisner Teacher by the Meisner Institute. He is also a LAMDA Examinations teacher. David has acted professionally with numerous credits in commercials, film and theatre and understands what it is like to feel the pressure of standing in front of an audience. He is a sympathetic, supportive and engaging teacher.

Andrew Killian | Theatre History

Andrew Killian joined the Dublin Shakespeare Society at sixteen and has spent his working life in theatre. He has stage-managed plays and operas in London and throughout Britain. He has toured in the United States, Europe, and India. He was stage controller of the Royal National Theatre and the UK manager of the British American Theatre Institute. As a director of Albion Theatre Company, he has presented productions in US colleges and universities. He teaches at various British drama schools and also provides speaker support at conferences and corporate events. He has recently recorded forty of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Claire Llewellyn | Stage Combat

Claire Llewellyn originally trained as an actor at Mountview but has been a qualified BADC Stage Combat teacher for over 12 years. Claire is an Associate Teacher and Fight Director with Rc-Annie working all over the UK and internationally. She is a trainee examiner for the BADC and has served on the Committee for 8 years as Workshop Officer. Notable Fight Director credits include Ages of the Moon, Whodunnit, The Process, Wait Until Dark. As Associate FD Prince of Egypt, Witness for the Prosecution and Alone in Berlin.

Kate Montague | Voice

Kate is a richly experienced voice tutor, and somatic psychotherapist. She is and established visiting voice lecturer on the BA Acting degree at the Court Theatre Training Company. Kate has a degree in acting and a Masters in voice studies from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is an experienced actress with credits in theatre, television and film.

Cory Peterson | Acting

Cory Peterson graduated with honours from the University of St. Thomas in his native Minnesota, USA with a degree in politics and economics. Cory then studied at the Webber Douglas Academy in London and GSA where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Acting. Notable theatre, TV and film credits include The Crown, Jurassic World 2, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Patrick Melrose. Cory has taught at universities and drama schools in both the USA and UK, notably the School for Film & TV NYC, Italia Conti, Court Theatre Training Company and the University of Surrey.

Lina Pettersson | Movement

Lina initially trained as a dancer and graduated from Laban with a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre and performed in various shows ranging from baroque dance to short film and installations. Her focus then shifted towards movement for actors and movement directing, as well as building her own acting experience. Lina is also a yoga teacher.

Winston Stephenson | Movement

a Sports Injury/Rehabilitation Therapist for over 23 years. He runs a wellbeing company, Balance, which offers health & fitness programming, remedial training, injury rehabilitation and personal development. He has taught at many health clubs and corporate institutions across London as well for international appointments.

Peter Warnock | Acting for Camera/Voice Over

As a working actor and voice over for nearly 30years, Peter is ideally placed to be a highly effective acting/voice coach. With an MA from BSA plus teacher training under Berry, Sharpe and Linklater, Peter has taught at LAMDA, ALRA, The Patel Conservatoire, The Courtyard and with The Acting Habit, as well as working with countless actors individually. Acting/VO work includes: Witcher III, Dying Light, Outlander, The Crown; work with RSC, ROH and the Abbey Theatre; over 200hours of episodic TV; and numerous commercials.

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