Cookies and Privacy

The University uses cookies on this website to provide the best experience possible including delivering personalised content on this website, other websites and social media. By continuing to use the site you agree to this, or your can go to our cookie policy to learn more and manage your settings.

Staff and Facilities

BSA Staff and Facilities

Here, you can see a list of key staff from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's Acting department.

The School itself has an executive body, made up of administrative and academic staff, while the Faculty Executive Dean, Director of the School, Registrar and Course Directors manage the School.

The Registrar is responsible for all academic issues relating to student assessment. The Course Directors are responsible for the delivery of each course.

The specialist departments of the School – acting, voice, singing, physical skills and production – are led by Heads of Department.

Meet our Staff

Want to know more about our acting tutors?

Our students are taught by academic staff with a real passion for the subjects they teach - take a closer look.

A-Z tutor list

Performance

Acting

Prof. Stephen Simms: Head of Acting, Director
Danièle SandersonHead of Undergraduate Studies (Acting) and Course Director - BA Acting
Lise Olson: Course Director - MA/PgDip Acting, Director
Alex Taylor: Head of Postgraduate Studies - Acting and Course Director - MA/PgDip Professional Voice Practice and MFA Acting
Robert Miles: Course Director, Foundation Course in Acting 
Dr Paola Botham: Tutor
Louise Papillon: Acting & Physical Skills Tutor, Director and Librarian
Andrew Potter: Acting Tutor, Director
Clifford MilnerSenior Acting Tutor Recorded Media, Director
Dr Gareth Somers: Lecturer

Visiting Acting Tutors

Mike Allen: Acting Tutor
Rod Dungate: Acting Tutor
Edward Pinner: Acting Tutor
John Partridge: Acting Tutor

Singing

Rob Miles: Head of Singing
Iain Jackson: Resident Accompanist

Visiting Singing Tutors

SJ Bourne: Singing Tutor
Kerry Hodgkin: Singing Tutor
Aimée Whatson: Singing Tutor
Richard Hughes
David Merriman: Accompanist, M/D, Ensemble Singing Tutor
Angela Moran: Accompanist
Joe Robinson: Accompanist, M/D, Ensemble Singing Tutor
Ben Wiles: Accompanist, M/D, Singing Tutor

Voice

Alex Taylor: MA Professional Voice Practice Course Director, Head of Voice
Simon Ratcliffe: Voice Tutor

Visiting Voice Tutors

Rhian Cronshaw: Voice Tutor
Phyllida Furse: Voice Tutor
Francoise Walot
Voice Tutor
Lottie Williams-Burrell
Voice Tutor

Physical Skills

Polly Hudson: Head of Movement

Visiting Physical Skills Tutors

Verity Bray: Movement Tutor
Roger Bartlett: Stage Combat Tutor
Maria Blundell-Palethorpe: Movement Tutor
Colin Lang: Movement Tutor
Dave McKenna: Movement Tutor
Ruth Jacombs
Pauline Wetherell
Rebecca Thomas
Claire Corfield: Yoga

Performance Research

Aleksandar Dundjerovic: Professor in Performing Arts

Recorded Media

Clifford MilnerDirector, Screen Acting and Acting for the Microphone Tutor

Visiting Tutors

TV/Film
Nicholas Prosser
James Larkin
Lyndall Grant (Perf Capture)
Michael Baig-Clifford

Radio
Rosemary Watts
Peter L Wild
Julie Beckett
Sean Connolly

Voice Over
David Hodge
Kate Harbour

Applied Theatre

Peter Wynne-Willson: Head of Course
Dr Paola Botham: Contextual Studies Tutor
Simon Ratcliffe: Voice Tutor
Terina Talbot: Workshop Facilitation, Personal Tutor
Bobby Colvill

Visiting Tutors

Stephanie Dale: New Writing
Mollie Guilfoyle: Community Arts
Movement Tutor
Françoise Walot: Voice Tutor
Pippa Frith: Professional Practice & Administration
Gladstone Wilson: Singing Tutor

Stage Management

Jacqui Findlay: BA Stage Management Course Director
Louise Turner: Lecturer
Helen Gibbs:
Lecturer

Visiting Tutors

Charlie Horne: Technical Theatre
Laura Killeen: Production Administration
Hollie Wright: Production Design
Nikki French: Practical Stage Management

Production Staff

Jacqui Findlay: Production Manager
Claire D’Angelo: Production Assistant
Jonathan Pearce: Production Technician
Louise Turner: Staff Stage Manager
Helen Gibbs: Staff Stage Manager
Rob Dicks: Scenic Designer
John Bailey: Head of Props
Jacki Cottom: Head of Wardrobe

Visiting Directors have included:

Specialist Lecturers include:

BSA - Abou - OurStaff
Here, you can see the of all staff at Birmingham School of Acting

The School itself has an executive body, made up of administrative and academic staff, while the Faculty Executive Dean, Director of the School, Registrar and Course Directors manage the School.

The Registrar is responsible for all academic issues relating to student assessment. The Course Directors are responsible for the delivery of each course.

The specialist departments of the School – acting, voice, singing, physical skills and production – are led by Heads of Department.

Want to know more about our acting tutors?

If you'd like to view our teaching staff in more detail, please visit:

Meet our Staff

Executive Body

Stephen Simms, Director of Birmingham School of Acting
Daniele Sanderson, Deputy Head of School and Course Director - BA (Hons) Acting, Acting Tutor, Director
Lise Olson, BA (Hons), MFA: Course Director PG Dip / MA Acting, Acting Tutor, Director
Jacqui Findlay,
Course Director, BA (Hons) Stage Management, Production Manager, Tutor
Peter Wynne-Willson, Course Director, BA (Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education)
Alex Taylor
, Course Director MFA in Acting: The British Tradition, MA in Professional Voice Practice
Lindsay Pettifor, Personal Assistant to Director of School and School Quality Officer,
Sarah Edge, Admissions Officer
Tim Francis, Programme Administrator

Performance

Acting

Prof. Stephen Simms: Head of Acting, Director
Danièle Sanderson: BA Course Director, Director
Lise Olson: PGDip/MA Acting Course Director, Director
Alex Taylor: MFA Acting; the British rector
Dr Paola Tutor
Louise Papillon: Acting & Physical Skills Tutor, Director and Librarian
Andrew Potter: Acting Tutor, Director
Clifford MilnerSenior Acting Tutor Recorded Media, Director

Visiting Tutors

Mike Allen: Acting Tutor
Rod Dungate: Acting Tutor
Edward Pinner: Acting Tutor

Voice

Alex Taylor: MA Professional Voice Practice Course Director, Head of Voice
Simon Ratcliffe: Voice Tutor

Visiting Tutors

Rhian Cronshaw: Voice Tutor
Phyllida Furse: Voice Tutor

Singing


Rob Miles: Head of Singing
Iain Jackson: Resident Accompanist


Visiting Tutors

SJ Bourne: Singing Tutor
Kerry Hodgkin: Singing Tutor
Ben Mann: Singing Tutor 
Aimée Singing Tutor


David Merriman: Accompanist, M/D, Ensemble Singing Tutor
Angela Moran: Accompanist
Joe Robinson: Accompanist, M/D, Ensemble Singing Tutor
Ben Wiles: Accompanist, M/D, Singing Tutor  

Physical Skills

Polly Hudson: Head of Movement

Visiting tutors:

Verity Bray: Movement Tutor
Movement Tutor
Roger Bartlett: Stage Combat Tutor
Maria Blundell-Palethorpe: Movement Tutor
Claire Carnell: Feldenkrais Tutor
Colin Lang: Movement Tutor
Dave McKenna: Movement Tutor

Recorded Media

Clifford MilnerDirector, Screen Acting and Acting for the Microphone Tutor

Visiting Tutors

TV/Film
Nicholas Prosser
James Larkin
Lyndall Grant (Perf Capture)
Michael Baig-Clifford

Radio
Rosemary Watts
Peter L Wild
Julie Beckett
Sean Connolly

Voice Over
David Hodge
Kate Harbour

Applied Performance

Peter Wynne-Willson: Head of Course
Dr Paola Botham: Contextual Studies Tutor
Simon Ratcliffe: Voice Tutor
Terina Talbot: Workshop Facilitation, Personal Tutor
Dr Francesca Leighton: Community and Identity, Personal Tutor

Visiting Tutors

Stephanie Dale: New Writing
Mollie Guilfoyle: Community Arts
Movement Tutor
Françoise Walot: Voice Tutor
Pippa Frith: Professional Practice & Administration
Gladstone Wilson: Singing Tutor

Stage Management

Jacqui Findlay: BA Stage Management Course Director
Louise Turner: Assistant Lecturer
Helen Gibbs:
Assistant Lecturer

Visiting Tutors

Charlie Home: Technical Theatre
Health & Safety
Ruth Morgan: Professional Development
Pippa Frith: Arts Administration
Hollie Wright: Props, Costume and Scenic Design
Faith Whenham: Industry Research

Production Staff

Jacqui Findlay: Production Manager
Leonie H: Assistant
Jonathan P
Louise Turner: Staff Stage Manager
Helen Gibbs: Staff Stage Manager
Rob Dicks: Scenic Designer
John Bailey: Props Master
Jacki Cottom: Wardrobe Mistress
Sunita Nar: Wardrobe Assistant

Visiting Directors include:

John Adams
Malachi Bogdanov
Phillip Breen
Iain Davie
Chris Garner
Gari Jones
Samuel Miller
Jacob Murray
Vik Sivalingam
Alexandra Spencer-Jones
Gregory Thompson
Max Webster
Stephen

Anthony Ekundayo Lennon
Hal Chambers
Benet Catty
Aleksander Sasha Dundjerovic

Specialist Lecturers

Neil Rutherford
Suzy Catliff
Clive Mendes
Helen Gold