Guest Tutors

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Guest Tutors

In addition to our usual tutors, every few week’s classes are taught by visiting tutors and industry professionals. These include specialists in various fields as well as Casting Directors, Producers, Directors and Agents.

The past few weeks, for example has seen us work with Directors from programmes such as ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Eastenders’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Holby City’, ‘Doctors’, ‘Moving On’ and ‘Hollyoaks’.

In the last few weeks alone we have worked with Casting Directors that have cast programmes covering ITV, BBC, CBBC and Channel 4 with credits such as ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Eastenders’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Sherlock’ ‘DCI Banks’ and ‘Games of Thrones’. Films including ‘Human Traffic’, ‘Nil By Mouth’, ‘The Good Shepherd’ and ‘The Imitation Game’. With more guest tutors lined up for 2017, it looks like an exciting few months for our students!

Recent Guest Tutors

Suranne Jones – Award Winning Actress – ‘Scott & Bailey’, ‘The Crimson Field’, ‘Unforgiven’.

Una Evans O’Connell – Agent and MD of ‘EOC Actors Management’ London/Manchester.

Jane Anderson – Casting Director – ‘DCI Banks’, ‘Sherlock’, ‘All at Sea’, ‘Law & Order UK’.

Rebecca Jenner – Casting Director – ‘The Full Monty UK Tour’, ‘War Horse Tour’, ‘Scott & Bailey’.

Nina Gold Casting – Casting directors from Nina Gold – ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘The Fall’.

Michelle Holmes – Actress – ‘Rita Sue & Bob Too’, ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘The Chase’.

Ade Bean – TV Director – ‘Eastenders’, ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘River City’.

Gemma Handcock & Sam Stevenson – Casting Directors – ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Inspector Lynley’, ‘Holby City’ and ‘Eastenders’.

Love Casting – Casting Director Chris Maloney – TVC’s for ‘John Lewis’, ‘Thinkbox’, ‘Mr Kiplings’, ‘Aldi’, ‘McCains’, ‘KFC’, ‘Yorkshire Tea’, ‘ESPN’, ‘Channel 4’, ‘Betfair’, ‘Bensons Beds’, ‘Albelli’, ‘YouView’, ‘McDonalds’, and ‘Sainsburys’ to name but a few.

Manuel Puro – Casting Director – ‘Skeletons’ (Jason Isaacs and Paprika Steen), ‘Moon’ (Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey), ‘Dead Man Running’ (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Brenda Blethyn and Danny Dyer), ‘The Code’ (Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas and Radha Mitchell) and ‘Scorpion King 2’ (Michael Copon and Karen David).

Janet Hampson – Casting Director – ‘Coronation Street’, ‘The Gemma Factor’, ‘Hebburn’ and ‘Citizen Khan’.

Sue Jones – Casting Director – ‘Nil by Mouth’ and ‘Human Traffic’. Sue has worked with a number of top directors including Shane Meadows and Robert De Niro.

Mel Churcher – Acting Coach – Mel has worked as an on set acting coach for many years with the likes of Daniel Craig, Angelina Jolie and Henry Cavill.

Suzy Catliff – Casting Director – UK casting ‘The Inspector Murdoch Mysteries’, series 1 to 6; ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ (feature), ‘Lifeline’ and ‘Empathy’, 2 series of ‘Silent Witness’ and 3 series of ‘Casualty’.

Sarah Hughes – Casting Director – ‘JONATHAN CREEK’, ‘GRASS’, ‘LOVE SOUP’, ‘PARENTS OF THE BAND’, ‘2 PINTS OF LAGER’, ‘PULLING’, John Sullivan’s ‘ROCK & CHIPS’, and in 2010 the second series of ‘THE OLD GUYS’ for BBC1, FREEDOM for BBC Scotland and ‘THE GREAT OUTDOORS’ for BBC4.

Rick Laxton – Casting Director – ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘Coronation Street’.

Nicci Topping – Casting Director – Nicci has just completed casting on a number of feature films including ‘Northern Soul’. 2015 sees Nicci working on a number of new features!

Judy Holt – Actress – TV includes, ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘New Street Law’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘Fat Friends’, ‘The Bill’, ‘A & E’, ‘At Home with the Braithwaites’, ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Children ‘s Ward’.

David Crellin – Actor – credits include ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Accused’, ‘Doctors’, ‘Shameless’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Waterloo Road’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Holby City’ and ‘Cops’.

June West – Casting Director – ‘The Royle Family’, ‘Cold Feet’, ‘Cold Blood’, ‘Blue Murder’.

Sue Jackson – Casting Director – ‘Emmerdale’, ‘The Royal’, ‘See No Evil’, ‘Heartbeat’.

Mark Heller – Film Director – ‘The Passage’, ‘Star Crossed’, ‘The Mulberry Tree’

Jade McCabe – Casting Director – Jade has been working in casting for ten years with Emma Stafford. ‘Clay’, ‘Waterloo Road’, ‘4 O’Clock Club’

Liz Stevenson – Director – ‘The Country’, ‘The Dumb Waiter’, ‘Beef’, ‘Road’, ‘Oprhans’, ‘Rope’

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