I am a trained theatre director and tutor who has worked at RADA and Mountview Academy. I have been on various audition panels and have work as a theatre director at the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Young Vic, Old Vic and on the West End.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I prepare and tutor my clients for Drama School Auditions, Acting and Drama at all school levels up to GSCE. I also provide proof-reading and essay writing services. I can provide all tutorials in person or online
- Tell me about your qualifications.
MA in Drama & Theatre Studies,
BA in English and Pyschology,
Training in Theatre Direction: National Theatre, Young Vic Theatre.
- How much do you charge?
£40 per hour which includes travel within Zones 1-3.
- Where do you teach?
I work from N4, situated between Crouch End and Finsbury Park. I'm more than happy to also travel to anywhere in London within Zones 1-3. I regularly travel to Chelsea, Hackney, Clapham and Hampstead. Further travel is no problem at all but costs will need to be covered.
- When are you available?
I am flexible. All times are possible and will confirmed on request. I'm happy and eager to make sure I can make the tutorials work around your schedule and lifestyle so you can get the maximum benefit
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I'm happy to work with all ages
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Drama School Auditions
All levels in school of Drama and English up GCSE level
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Delighted to work with you over Skype to help with audition preparation. Many casting directors will ask you to audition over Skype if logistics are a problem. It's a very difficult format to make a positive impression. But I will guide you through a process to ensure you can make the best impact possible
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have been on audition panels at Mountview Academy and the Actors Centre. I've also ran audition sessions at the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Young Vic.
I have run dozens of drama workshops with children and adults of all ages getting the best of each individual.
I also work one-on-one with clients on drama school auditions, improving their skills and confidence in that stressful situations.
I work with children of all levels to improve their studies with English, Drama and public speaking up to GCSE level. I am happy to coach your child on most subject through all primary school levels.
I was selected as the recipient of the JMK Trust Award 2011, the most sought after award for directors under 30.
I was the first person to receive the Jerwood Assistant Director Bursary from the Young Vic in 2010.
I directed Arthur Miller's The Last Yankee at the Print Room Theatre which received four Off West End Award Nominations.
I have worked as an associate/assistant director with the following directors:
Josie Rourke, Donmar Warehouse, The Vote by James Graham
Sir Nicholas Hytner, National Theatre, Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
Michael Grandage, MGC Noel Coward Theatre, Privates on Parade by Peter Nichols
Lindsay Posner, Old Vic Theatre, The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan
Polly Findlay, Lyric Hammersmith, Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales
Joe Hill-Gibbins, Young Vic Theatre, The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh
Austin Pendleton, National Theatre, Detroit by Lisa D'Amour
I also directed the graduating acting class of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in their final year production, Women of Troy.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I can get one if you request it
- Where and with whom did you train?
National Theatre, London
Young Vic Theatre, London
National University of Ireland, Galway Ireland
• MA in Drama and Theatre
• On request
Cathal worked with me on my audition piece for the National Theatre. He made me feel very at ease and took the time to find out what I wanted to portray from my chosen speech. He helped me bring out a real depth in the character and gave me techniques to use in order to really make my performance as intricate as possible.
Cathal also gave me great advice about the audition process as a whole which enabled me to feel fully prepared and confident for my time with the casting director. I know my performance in the audition would not have gone as well had I not had Cathal's help and I would definitely look to him again for tuition in the future.
Cathal prepared me excellently for auditions with drama school and general meetings. He was able to give me an insight into what would suit me best for the different auditions and the people I would be meeting. His encouraging, professional and friendly manner made me feel safe to try out bolder ideas in the rehearsals.
He also has an excellent ability to speak to actors on various levels, readjust the way he presents an idea if it isn't working for you, and above all, I appreciated how collaborative he made the whole process feel. I would not have felt as confident or prepared for my drama school auditions without his help. He is a very friendly, patient, honest and talented director to develop your work with.
Just a brief note to say what a wonderful workshop the girls had today. Cathal was really insightful, inspiring and had an excellent way of working with them. I know they will have taken a lot of useful and relevant approaches to text away with them – it was a resounding success on all fronts and he was a credit to the Donmar.
"Cathal Cleary was brilliant. Incredibly detailed script work to unpack the different mode of utterance in the play
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