Teaching & Directing

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Mission Statement 

To engage and empower students and professionals through the passionate communication of the craft of acting.        


     Recent Work

      Positions held

Training & Education

Conservatoire Teaching experience

Modules & Classes Taught

Other Teaching



  • I am a dedicated and fully committed teacher who can enthuse and engage students.
  • I communicate clearly and demystify the acting process.
  • I have a vast experience of the craft of acting and am passionate about passing on the skills needed for a successful and fulfilling career.
  • As Head of Acting at ArtsEd, I created a structured acting module that spanned the full three years training and dramatically improved the quality of acting on the Musical Theatre course.
  •  As a course convenor, I have been responsible for documentation, administrative duties, staff recruitment, course management and structure, individual tutorials and reports, written annual evaluations and liaising with Universities.
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    Recent work

    Director As You Like It a collaboration with Drama Studio London, working with students and professional actors. August 2023

    DOxford School of Drama 3yr COurseirector Comedy of Errors a collaboration with Drama Studio London, working with students and professional actors. August 2022

    Director Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing. The UK premiere of this electrifying piece of  forgotten work. - Waterloo East Theatre 2022 Nominated for Best Director (Play) in the Offies.

    Director A Midsummer Night's Dream a collaboration with Drama Studio London, working with students and professional actors. August 2021

    Director Tokens of Affection by Maureen Lawrence. The London premiere of this electrifying piece of  forgotten work. - Waterloo East Theatre February 2019

    Actors Lab Module Provider Royal Central School of Speech and Drama  - CDT BA (Hons)  2018-19

    Workshop leader  - Actors Centre  (Finding the Funny) 2018-

    Workshop leader - Audition Practice/Scene Study 2018-

    Director Fiddler on the Roof, London College of Music final year show BA(Hons) Musical Theatre. (2017)

    Director: staged reading of  'The Climbers' by Carmen Nasr for The Finborough Theatre's 'Vibrant Festival' of new writing (2017)

    Dramaturg/Director The Martini Experience  'Who Shot Wayne Sleep?'- The Vault Festival (2017)

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    Positions Held:

    Head of BA Acting in Stage & Screen PPA Guildford (2019-20)

    Head of Acting, (BA Hons) MTS ArtsEd, (2010-2016)
    Course Convenor (BA Hons) Performance Studies, SoA ArtsEd, (2007-2012)

    Joint Head of Acting SoA ArtsEd, (2009-2010)
    External Examiner for Acting for Stage and Screen, Performance Preparation Academy BA (Hons) Guildford. (2017-)

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    Training and Education

    Guildhall School of Music & Drama 3 yr Acting (AGSM) 1980-83

    BA (Hons) Performance Studies (First Class) - City University 2005

    PGC Shakespeare & Theatre (Merit) - University of Birmingham/Shakespeare Institute 2011

    MA Text & Performance- Birkbeck University 2016-2017.

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    Conservatoire Teaching Experience

    Oxford School of Drama

    2023 - Visiting Director  BA acting February 

    2022-23 Tutor  Foundation course

    Drama Studio London

    2017-2023 Visiting Director BA Acting/ MFA acting/ Post Graduate Acting 

    Royal Central School of Speech & Drama -  CDT 3 yr BA  (Hons)

    2018-19 Actors Laboratory Module Provider - analysis and practical application of text 

    Arts Educational School of Musical Theatre BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

    2010-2016   Head of Acting & Member of Executive Committee. 

    2010-2016   Second Year Acting Tutor.

    2014-2016   Acting show support for students in third year shows.

    2014-2016  Co-director of scenes for final year students West End Showcase.

    2010   Sondheim acting Project Director: Assassins, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd.

    2009   Director  3rd Year public production  Anything Goes

    Arts Educational School of Acting  -   BA (Hons) Acting

    2016 -   Dissertation Supervisor Post Diploma BA Performance Studies

    2007-2012  Head of Course Post Diploma BA in Performance Studies 

    2009-2010  Joint Head of Acting

    2005-2011   Comedy in Performance Module Tutor (PDBA)

    2005-2009 Project Director (Coward, Chekhov, Rattigan, Wilde)

    2007   Character-Creation Module Tutor.

    2007  Acting Technique tutor.

    Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts - BA (Hons) Acting

    2007-2009  ‘Actor & Text’ Tutor

    2007- 2008 Shakespeare Project Director  As You like It, Macbeth, Comedy of Errors

    Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts - BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

    2009 Project director – Shakespeare Scenes

    Academy of Live and Recorded Arts - 1 year Diploma

    2007 Acting Technique Tutor  

    2007 ‘Actor & Text’ Tutor

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    Specific Modules/Classes Taught:

    Modules for both Acting & Musical Theatre students:

    Actions & Objectives, Belief in the situation, Non –Method based motivational techniques, textual analysis, subtext, character creation, comedy, practical contextual studies, Early 20th Century British playwrights, audition practice.

    Modules devised specifically for Musical Theatre Students:

    Making accessible badly written or challenging text (‘crap text’), Scene into Song (‘Lift Off’), Performance Analysis, Acting Audition Practice, Acting Show Support for final year shows

    Projects directed (1st & 2nd year Acting)

    Chekhov, Coward, Rattigan, Wilde, Shakespeare, Mamet, Fo, Contemporary Scenes, Sondheim

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    Other Teaching

     ‘Spotlight On’ Easter Course (Oxford) ages 13-20 (April 2017 )

    1-2-1 Audition tutoring for students and recent graduates. (2010 - )

    Summer School, Acting audition technique ArtsEd (2016)

    Noel Coward Workshop for American Students (2016) 

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    Merryn Owen

    Head of Post Graduate Performance


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