As outlined above I am equally experienced and happy to teach drama lessons to young children, coach professional actors and lecture students at university level.
My approach is eclectic and is informed by a life time of training and work in the UK and beyond. Whilst the techniques and methodologies I engage with are diverse I do essentially believe the best work is done when there is a commitment to bravery, kindness and generosity. It is my job to model these behaviours in the class and encourage them in the leaners so that they might develop quickly and confidently.
My feedback consistently speaks to my ability to create a safe, inclusive learning environment which responds to the needs of the leaners and allows them to master their inherent creativity. There has always been a synergetic relationship between my work as a writer-director and my work as a teacher. Whilst I am constantly learning new things about my craft in professional rehearsal rooms I never fully trust those lessons until I am able to articulate them to my students. This is when the almost magical must be made robustly practical. When my theories face unexpected questions, when students take ownership of my exercises in their own unique way, that is when my own craft truly evolves. Helping a student unlock their potential helps me unlock my own. Pushing them pushes me. Teaching is a vital force in my creative life and one which I take very seriously and enjoy very thoroughly.
Since completing my training on the prestigious Birkbeck Directors course in 2012 I have worked consistently as both a theatre maker and teacher. After winning the Director’s Guild Award I became an associate director at the Lyric Hammersmith, a staff director at the National Theatre and a resident director in the West End. Outside of the UK I have worked as a writer, director and teacher in Germany, Greece and Spain.
My teaching experience is extensive: As well as facilitating classes for the theatres named above I also continue to work as an acting teacher and director for The National Youth Theatre, StageBox and City Academy. I have worked at other stage schools including Estrellas del Teatro in Spain where I ensured that native and non-native english speakers passed their LAMDA exams with distinction as well as helping students get into a range of UK drama schools.
In addition to coaching students practically for the profession I enjoy working as the adjunct theatre lecturer for Lawrence University, USA (London Campus). This role ensures an ongoing engagement with theatre in a rigorously academic setting and speaks to my ability to teach theatre as practically or theoretically as desired.
Cancellation policy: Refund subject to 24 hours notice, otherwise credit for future lessons will be given.
Experience Teaching, Training & Facilitating.
2019-Present Acting Tutor. StageBox. London, Leeds & Manchester UK.
2018-Present Teacher & Director. City Academy. London. UK.
2018-Present Adjunct Lecturer. Lawrence University. London UK
2018- Present Associate Artist. National Youth Theatre. London, UK.
2019-2020 Drama Teacher. Nightingale Community Academy. London, UK.
2017-2018 Drama Teacher. Estrellas Theatre. Tenerife, Spain.
2016. Course Leader. Lyrix Organix. Kingston, UK.
2013-2014. Resident Director. National Theatre. London,UK.
(Whilst working as a staff director at the NT I was made the resident director on the West End production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. Along with my directorial responsibilities I was also in charge of facilitating workshops for students, teaching them about the various aspect of theatre making)
2013. Drama Teacher. Barbara Speake Stage School. London, UK.
2011-12. Resident Director. Lyric Hammersmith. London, UK.
(Whilst at the Lyric Hammersmith I worked with the theatre’s young company, leading workshops and directing shows. I was also responsible for delivering all of the school workshops for the productions on which I worked, details below)
Writing and Directing.
Rehearsing Writer and Director. Enkidu’s Last Dream. Chiswick Playhouse.
2019 Writer and Director. Metamorphs Courtyard Theatre.
2019 Writer and Director. Red Envy Courtyard Theatre.
2019 Writer and Director. The Epic of Gilgamesh Courtyard Theatre.
2018 Writer and Director. Looking for Lollock. Courtyard Theatre.
2018 Writer Beauty And The Beast. Dir. Mo Sands. Estrellas Theatre. Tenerife, Spain.
2017 Writer Helen. Dir. Andrew Whyment. Squint (Short Film)
2015 Writer. The Queen’s Speech. Dir. Andrew Whyment. Squint and Pleasance theatre.
2014 Writer. Antigone In The UK. Dir. George Rodosthenous. Michael Cacoyiannis Theatre. Athens.
2013-2014 Resident Director. The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time. (Simon Stephens) Dir. Marianne Elliot. National Theatre Productions.
2013. Writer and Director. Meri. Lyric Hammersmith (Studio)
2013 Associate Director Gala. Dir. Sean Holmes. Lyric Hammersmith
2012. Associate Director. Morning. (Simon Stephens) Dir Sean Holmes. Lyric Young Company. Lyric Hammersmith; Traverse Theatre.
2012 Assistant Director. The Chair Plays. (Edward Bond) Dir. Edward Bond. Lyric Hammersmith.
2012 Co-Director (with Stef O’Driscoll) Alice By Heart. (Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik) The Lyric Young Company. The Lyric Hammersmith.
2012 Assistant Director. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare) Dir. Sean Holmes. Filter and Lyric Hammersmith.
2012 Writer and Director. The Nymph. The Lyric Hammersmith (Studio)
2011 Assistant Director. Aladdin. (Morgan Lloyd Malcolm & Joel Horwood.) Dir. Steve Marmion. Lyric Hammersmith.
2011 Assistant Director. Saved. (Edward Bond) Dir. Sean Holmes. Lyric Hammersmith.
2010 Writer and Director. Jamie Blake. Edinburgh Fringe.
Perfect! Really fantastic classes! Ashley has taught me a lot already; including some very helpful techniques for script analyses and monologue prep. He has a lovely approach to teaching, very encouraging and made jumping back into acting much easier than anticipated. Thanks so much for everything so far!
Excellent commitment, bravery and creativity thus far. Looking forward to really tackling some monologues!
Ashley is an amazing acting\creative writing teacher. He is a well-spoken individual with incredible ideas, patient and incredibly inspiring professional. The energy he has for his work is rare. I have been improving a bit more in every lesson. Highly recommended :)
Ashley has directed me in three shows. He brings a wealth of experience not only in direction and acting but also in highly inventive and creative writing. His style is inclusive. He invests time and effort to ensure every member of the company is involved. He gets to know his actors and tailors roles to ensure there is always sufficient opportunities to develop further and to be challenged.
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