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Peter Hunt Bio

Peter Hunt

FOUNDER (BA MA ACTING)

Peter trained as an actor at the prestigious London Drama School ‘Arts Ed’, and posses a wealth of experience across Film, TV and Theatre having worked in the industry from an early age.

Peter has an impressive list of TV and Film appearances staring in popular titles such as ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘A&E’, ‘Videopolis’, ‘Be Aware’ and most recently played Gary in the BBC 3 sitcom ‘The Gemma Factor’.

Having stared in the UK Premier of Ciaran McConville’s ‘Lay your Sleeping Head’ his experience also spans onto the stage obtaining theatre credits in ‘Eight’, ‘As You Like It’,‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘A Duty of Care’, ‘Friendly Fire’, ‘Company’ ‘The Play That Killed Me’, ‘God Wept’, ‘The Devil Laughed’ and recently in ‘The Lonely Clouds’ at the Lowry Theatre, Manchester.

Graduating with a degree in Film & TV production, Peter has also worked behind the camera on household titles such as ‘Where the Heart is’ (ITV), ‘Shameless’ (C4) and ‘The Innocence Project’ (BBC). Experiencing both sides of the camera has led him to work in casting, as an agent and further fulfilled the role as the casting assistant for ‘Where The Heart Is’,‘Coronation Street’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Doctors’, ‘Eastenders’, ‘Holby City’, ‘Judge John Deed’ and ‘Walking the Dead’. A highlight for Peter was being selected as an assistant to help cast additional roles in Manchester for the filming of Guy Richie’s Warner Brother’s Movie ‘Sherlock Holmes’.

Peter’s commitment to further his career led him to spend a year working for ITV Drama Manchester in 2006 organising and co-ordinating titles including ‘Mobile’, ‘Cold Blood’ and the popular series ‘Blue Murder’ starring Caroline Quentin.

Devoting his career to working with actors, Peter founded ActUpNorth in 2009 to provide training programmes for actors outside of London. Peter now continues to commit his time to nurture and discover the next generation of actors in his new position as Casting Director of ‘Hollyoaks’.

David Crowley Bio

David Crowley

CREATIVE DIRECTOR (BA MA ACTING)

David achieved a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies and furthered his actor training by doing an MA in Acting at ‘The Arts Educational Schools, London’.

His TV acting credits include ‘Coronation Street’ (ITV) ‘Emmerdale’ (ITV) ‘Hollyoaks’ (C4) ‘The Syndicate’ (BBC) ‘Moving On’ (ITV) ‘Animal Crackers’. ‘In the Flesh’ (BBC) as well as commercials with a variety of well known brands, including ‘The Coop’, ‘Pomigrate’ and ‘Bensons for Beds’.

David has also worked extensively in theatre with lead roles in The Lowry’s hit trilogy of war plays, ‘The Play That Killed Me’, ‘God Wept and the Devil Laughed’ and ‘The Lonely Clouds of Guernica’. He appeared in the Coronation Street plays as well as the UK premier of ‘The Picketers’ and ‘Making Ugly’. David has worked at theatres such as Margate Theatre Royal, Nottingham Theatre Royal and The Lawrence Batley Theatre.

David has gone on to work extensively in both TV and Theatre, both as an actor and director. He is currently Associate Director on West Yorkshire Playhouse’s hit play ‘Beryl’ which is currently touring throughout the UK to rave reviews. He is an award winning director picking up a Manchester Theatre Award for ‘Thick as Thieves’. His other directing credits include ‘RAW’, Babushka’, Burt n Joyce’ (U.K. Tour), ’Elves and the Shoemaker’ and ‘Little Red’. David has also been recently appointed Associate Director of TroubleHouse Theatre Company.

As well as directing professional public productions, David has been teaching for over five years at various drama schools and universities throughout the UK. He has covered everything from teaching Acting Technique, to directing numerous plays and TV projects.

In 2016 David began working as audition/ onset acting coach at Lime Pictures and also works privately with a number of well known actors, musicians and pop bands.

Corrie Shelley Bio

Corrie Shelley

OFFICE MANAGER

Corrie has vast experience of working and managing offices having worked with some of the UK’s leading companies.

Corrie has always had a keen interest in the world of acting and the performing arts and was thrust back into this side of the industry after getting much recognition for her work with leading northern agents taking professional actors headshots.

Corrie understands the needs of all of our pupils and tutors and takes it upon herself to ensure the smooth running of the school.

A number of years ago she established her own photography company and continues to run her business alongside her work with ActUpNorth. www.actorsheadshotsmanchester.com

Corrie is also a freelance Casting Assistant and has worked on some major commercial campaigns including, Barclaycard, Sofology, Safestyle.

Lee Toomes Bio

Lee Toomes

TUTOR (BA ACTING)

Lee trained at the Arden School of Theatre gaining a first class BA Hons in Acting.

TV credits include ‘The Body Farm’ (BBC) ‘Shameless’ (C4), ‘The Syndicate’ (BBC) ‘In the Flesh” (BBC), ‘The Driver’ (BBC), and the sitcom pilot ‘Jobseekers’.

As well as touring the one man WW1 show Before the Leaves fall, Lee has recently completed the national tour of Maxine Peaks play Beryl for the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Other theatre Credits include, The House Behind the Lines for Buglight Theatre, Father Laurence in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Mr Shu Fu in ‘The Good Person of Szechwan’, Obseno in ‘Illyria’ at the RNCM, Pete in ‘Sleeping Around’ for Bla Bla Drama, Ray Mason in ‘Up and Under 2’ at The Lamp room Theatre, and ‘The Fanny Hill Project’ with Theatre State at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Lyric Hammersmith.

Lee is actively involved in the Union, and currently holds the office of Chairman in the Equity Yorkshire General Ridings branch. He is passionate about making sure actors concerns are heard within the industry, especially here in the north. Away from acting Lee also works as a trainer, coach and facilitator for many large corporations including The FA, National Grid and Jaguar Landcover.

Nat Grady Bio

Natalie Grady

TUTOR (BA ACTING)

Natalie trained as an actor at Drama Centre London and has gained extensive experience in the business working with acclaimed actors and directors.

Theatre Includes: See How They Run (West End), As You Like It (RSC and Sheffield Crucible), Gallithea (Shakespeare’s Globe),The Wits (Shakespeare’s Globe), Rafta,Rafta (National Theatre),Tiger at the Gates (National Theatre), What the Butler Saw (Salisbury Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest (Library Theatre Company),Merlin and the Woods of time(Chester Open air),As You Like It(Chester Open air),The Daughter in Law (Library Theatre Company at the Lowry),Peter Pan (Bolton Octagon), Mother Courage and her Children (Library Theatre and Lowry Theatre), The Illiad -workshop (Royal Exchange Theatre),The Love Inn (Bolton Octagon).

Television Includes: Doctors (BBC), Jam and Jerusalem (BBC), Coronation Street (Granada TV).

Awards: Olivier and What’s On Stage Nomination ‘Best Revival’ for See How They Run 2006. Olivier Award Winner ‘Best Comedy’ for Rafta, Rafta 2007 Manchester Theatre Award Winner ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for The Daughter in Law 2012.

Alongside acting, Natalie works as a freelance voice tutor specializing in phonetics, RP and accents and as well as teaching for ActUpNorth, she teaches and directs at ALRA. She has recently developed and directed, alongside Chris Honer, a professional development scheme for the Library Theatre Company, ‘Playing Up North’, which showcases Manchester actors.

Francis Tucker

TUTOR (BA ACTING)

Francis trained at The Birmingham School Of Speech And Drama. Since then he has gone on to work extensively in TV, theatre & film.

TV credits include : ‘ Coronation Street ‘ ( Granada TV) , Cutting It ( BBC ) , Casualty ( BBC ), Dangerfield ( BBC ) & Noah’s Ark ( ITV ).

Films include ‘ 15 minutes that shook the world ‘ & ‘Gravediggers’.

Francis has recently finished a successful tour of ‘ One Night In Istanbul’ playing the Liverpool Echo Area , Dublin Gaiety Theatre and The Belfast Opera House. He also performed a one man show ‘ Di Is Dead ‘ last year at The Liverpool Playhouse and the Edinburgh Pleasance. Francis has performed in many theatres across the U.K including The Liverpool Everyman Playhouse, The Royal Court , Leicester Haymarket , Birmingham Rep , Bolton Octagon and The Oldham Coliseum to name but a few.

Francis has been training actors for the past 7 years and is thrilled to be working with ActUpNorth.

Rachel Toomes

TUTOR (BA MEDIA, HND THEATRE)

With a degree in Media, Rachel has experience both in front of and behind the camera. She is a trained teacher and has previously taught on the adult acting course at Wakefield College.

Rachel’s TV credits include In the Flesh (BBC3), The Syndicate (BBC), Last Tango in Halifax (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV) Emmerdale (ITV), Happy Valley (BBC) and most recently 4 O’Clock Club (CBBC). Recent commercials include Oak Furniture Land, WeBuyAnyCar and ASDA.

Rachel has also had roles in various corporate videos and short films.

Rachel’s stage credits include A View from the Bridge at Wakefield Theatre Royal, Oliver at Leeds Grand, and many appearances with Jaba Theatre Co at Wakefield Theatre Royal and Leeds City Varieties.

Anita Gilbert Bio

Anita Gilbert

TUTOR (BA ACTING)

Anita Gilbert formally trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA), London, on their 3 year professional actor’s course. After graduating and securing an agent, she went on to work professionally in the entertainment industry, working consistently in Theatre, Television, Film, Radio and Voice Over.

Professional credits include, Agnes Gray (BBC Radio 4), Heartbeat (ITV) Hollyoaks, The Courtroom (Mersey TV), Barbara, Crossroads (Carlton TV), Hale & Pace (LWT), Dream (Feature Film – Acier Productions), Jack & The Beanstalk and Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds), Electra (Actors of Dionysus) Trying to Get Back Home,(New Perspectives Theatre Company).

She now works extensively as a freelance acting coach and drama tutor, specialising in audition technique, and LAMDA examinations (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art). She is also on the board of examiners for LAMDA.

Her other work includes working as an assistant agent at a top theatrical agency Philippa Howell Personal Management, which allows her the perfect insight into the business and to what is happening right now.

Adam Jowett

TUTOR (BA ACTING)

Adam graduated from The Arden School Of Theatre where he received a First Class BA Hons in Acting. Here he trained rigorously in the Stanislavski technique and attended a number of Meisner Masterclasses. Since then he has gone on to co-create his own multi award winning production company ‘Blackhand’, specialising in comedic short films and sketch shows. He has also produced and acted in a number of published plays including ‘Some Voices’ by Joe Penhall and ‘Look Back In Anger’ by John Osbourne.

Adam has a wealth of experience in both Television and Theatre, most recently filming ‘Witness For The Prosecution’ (BBC) and completing a seven month tour as the lead in ‘The Great Gatsby’. Other theatre includes – Claudio in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, Cassio in ‘Othello’ (Lancaster Castle), Macduff in ‘Macbeth’ (Oldham Collesium), Other TV includes – Scott & Bailey (ITV), Emmerdale (ITV) Hollyoaks (C4), Shameless (C4) and Last Tango In Halifax (BBC).

Adam also has experience teaching acting technique at Salford University and co-hosts ‘Davies & Jowett’s – The Actor’s Podcast’, with guest interviews from the acting industry and with committed listeners from all over the globe.

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Barry Evans

TUTOR (HND THEATRE, ACTING)

Barry is an experienced actor, director and workshop facilitator having trained alongside the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough under the tuition of Paul Elsam (author of Acting Characters) and Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

Professionally, Barry has worked in various mediums including theatre, film, radio, commercial and roleplay work with doctors, medical students and CID officers. Barry is also an aspiring director.

Acting Credits : Life On Mars, Hyperdrive, Drop Dead Gorgeous (BBC) Emmerdale (ITV) Smyths Toy Shop (Christmas 2014 campaign) The Lost Generation (Feature Film), The Tempest, Ashgirl, Time Of My Life (Westwood-Theatre-in-The-Round), Pinocchio.co.uk (Stephen Joseph Theatre) Richard III, Five Go Mad In Buxton (Buxton Festival)

Directing Credits : Night on The Field of Waterloo (24:7 Theatre Festival), Time Of My Life (Scarborough, Manchester) Karaoke Cara (JB Shorts 13) Waiting Around, The Royals (Salford University)

Barry is passionate about helping develop an actor’s abilities and enjoys getting the best out of the individual. He is also passionate about the industry itself and is heavily involved in the Union, Equity (currently Northern Area Councillor 2014 – 2016).

Nathan McMullen

TUTOR (BA ACTING)

Nathan trained at Manchester School of Theatre and began his career working at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the Worm Collector. He has also worked at The Liverpool Everyman as Witch 3 in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, The Royal Court Liverpool in Alan Bleasdale’s ‘Down The Dock Road’ and later returned to the West Yorkshire Playhouse as the title role in Jack and The Beanstalk.

His first Television appearance would be as Guest Lead role Devlan O’Connor in Casualty. Soon followed by Coronation Street ‘A Knights Tale’ and ‘Kelly + Victor’. All before landing a Leading Role in Channel 4’s Misfits series 4&5 playing the role of Finn. He has since had parts in BBC’s ‘The Driver’ and Dr Who Christmas Special ‘Last Christmas’.

Natasha Symms Bio

Natasha Symms

TUTOR (BA ACTING)

Natasha attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. Upon graduation she won her first role as regular Kate Patrick in Hollyoaks, where she stayed for two and a half years. Since leaving Hollyoaks she has appeared on stage in productions of Closer, Deep Blue Sea , Allo Allo , Raving Beauties , and Back Before Midnight.

Her commercial credits include , Golden Wonder, Coca Cola, Dulux and played the Asda Mum in their controversial Xmas 2012 campaign.

Television credits include , Coronation Street ,Waterloo Rd ,Touch of Frost, Casualty ,Dream Team,Heartbeat ,Crime Stories, Heading Out , and she recently appeared as Marlons love interest, Chloe in Emmerdale.

As a director she has taken part in the National Theatres Connections festival directing plays for young people with performances at The Lowry ,Theatre Clwyd and Tara Arts in London.

Natasha has a Post Graduate in Directing from Central School of Speech and Drama and has recently gained her Certificate in Education.

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