Theatre Renegade presents
The Renegade Academy
Theatre Renegade, in association with Southwark Playhouse, invites you to enrol in The Renegade Academy.
Working with some of the industry’s leading creatives, The Renegade Academy’s residency at Southwark Playhouse presents ten workshops for actors, writers, directors, musical theatre performers and producers over a week long period (beginning Monday, March 7th). The Renegade Academy aims to help nurture and develop your creative life.
Workshop leaders already announced include:
Rob Drummer – Associate Dramaturg at The Bush Theatre and previously Literary Manager for Hightide Festival Theatre
Jane Boston – Course Leader MA Voice Studies at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Head of the International Centre for Voice
Paul Taylor-Mills – Producer for In the Heights (UK Premiere at Southwark Playhouse and King’s Cross Theatre), Casa Valentina (Southwark Playhouse) and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (UK Tour).
Ryan Forde Iosco – Artistic Director of Theatre Renegade and works as a director (Theatre503, The Bush and Southwark Playhouse) and as a performer (Universal Pictures, Soho Theatre, Belt Up Theatre, Theatre503, The Factory and numerous others).
Amy Draper – As a director These Trees are Made of Blood, Usagi Yojimbo, Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World, Macbeth (all Southwark Playhouse) and recently assistant director for The Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC).
Gemma O’Duffy – theatre credits include: Les Misérables ( West End, 25th Anniversary International Tour and O2 25th Anniversary Concert), We Will Rock You (West End), Spring Awakening (West End and Lyric Hammersmith) and Footloose (West End and UK Tour).
Charlie Westenra – Awards include the 2006 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for Bloody Sunday – Scenes from the Savile Inquiry and award nominations include: the 2006 WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Gladiator Games (also nominated for an Olivier Award as part of the 2006/07 season of Theatre Royal, Stratford East) and the 2003 James Menzies Kitchin Award for Young Directors for Waiting for Lefty.
Alexandra Sarmiento – Dance Captain on In the Heights (currently running at the King’s Cross Theatre), 2011 USA National YoungArts Foundation Winner in Modern Dance and theatre credits include: A Chorus Line (West End Revival, Japan and across the USA), Cabaret (UK Tour with Will Young) and Fame (UK Tour).
Polly Jerrold – Theatre credits include: Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Circles (Birmingham Rep/Tricycle Theatre), Back Down, Feed the Beast (Birmingham Rep.New Wolsey Ipswich), Merlin (Royal & Derngate) and Polly previously worked as Casting Associate at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Josh Boyd-Rochford – JBR is an agent at Simon & How and has been in the industry now for more than thirty years. His clients range from recent graduates to Olivier-Award winners.
Monday, 7th March – 2-5pm
Producing Workshop – Paul Taylor-Mills
During this session Paul will explore working in Off West End/fringe/large-scale venues, support networks for producers, funding and investors. There will also be a short Q&A.
Paul trained at Bath Spa University and the National Youth Theatre.
Paul is the recipient of the Stage One Bursary for young producers and currently runs one of the last standing repertory play seasons in the UK at the Manor Pavilion Theatre in Sidmouth, from June to September every year.
Credits include: In the Heights (King Cross Theatre); Casa Valentina (Southwark Playhouse); Carrie – The Musical (Southwark Playhouse); Summer Rep Season 2015 (Windsor Theatre Royal and Manor Pavilion Theatre); The Cat in the Hat (The Pleasance Theatre, London); Miracle on 34th Street (UK Tour); UK Premiere of Altar Boyz (Greenwich Theatre); Summer Play Season 2014 (Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth); UK Premiere of In the Heights (Southwark Playhouse) nominated for 7 Off West End Awards including Best Musical Production; The Beautiful Game (Union Theatre); The Cat in the Hat (Greenwich Theatre); Miracle on 34th Street (UK Premiere Tour); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (UK tour); European Premieres of bare: the rock musical (Union Theatre and Greenwich Theatre); Stiles and Drewes Three Little Pigs (Greenwich Theatre); Steel Pier (Union Theatre) – nominated for a Whatsonstage Award for Best Off-West End Production; Rent (Greenwich Theatre) – winner of the Broadway World Award 2012 for Best Regional Production; One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (the Lost Theatre); Sleeping Beauty (Above the Stag) – nominated for an Off-West End Award for Best Entertainment; The Best LittleWhorehouse in Texas (Union Theatre) – nominated for two Off-West End Awards including Best Director; Little Shop of Horrors (the White Bear) – nominated for four Off-West End Awards including Best Director; Much Ado About Nothing (Rowntree Park and the Dell at the RSC); Steel Pier (the Bridewell); A Clockwork Orange (the Lost Theatre); West Side Story and Godspell (both Bath Forum); Honk! (4000th anniversary production); Singderella (Cadogan Hall); Blue Remembered Hills (Bath Theatre Royal); The Laramie Project (the Lost Theatre) and Rent (Putney Arts Centre).
Monday, 7th March – 6-9pm
Telling Stories, a workshop for Playwrights – Rob Drummer
The workshop will look at how we begin to tell stories as playwrights, focusing on the beginnings of a new play, ways to get started with a new idea and exercises around developing character and finding the heart of your play.
Rob Drummer a Dramaturg, Writer and Director and is Associate Dramaturg at The Bush Theatre as well as an Associate of Company of Angels. Previously he joined HighTide Festival Theatre as the first Literary Manager in 2011 and worked at the company for two years. Work includes; Home (National Theatre), Sense(Company of Angels), Eisteddfod (HighTide, Latitude) and Endless Poem (London 2012 Festival), Perish (HighTide Festival 2012). He has an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has previously assisted Athol Fugard on his play The Train Driver. Rob was funded through Arts Council England and the British Council on their Artists’ International Development Fund. Previously Rob curated the monthly Arts Club, Horseplay at Proud Galleries.
Tuesday, 8th March – 10:30am-1:30pm
Acting – New Writing – Ryan Forde Iosco
Ryan trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is the Artistic Director of Theatre Renegade, a theatre company that focuses on new writing and social issues (recently producing and developing the world premiere of Scarlet at Southwark Playhouse and Courting Drama, next taking place on June 26th, 2016 in the Large).
Directing credits include: Hell Land (Theatre503), A Deafening Silence (Bush Theatre, Upstairs), Only On Sundays (Bush Theatre, Upstairs), Panorama (Sadler’s Wells Theatre and International Tour), an excerpt from Olivier-winning playwright Grae Cleugh’s High Risk Red (Southwark Playhouse, Little) and with several drama schools.
Acting credits include work with: Universal Pictures, BBC, Soho Theatre, Belt Up Theatre, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Arcola Theatre, Theatre503, The Lowry, The Factory and numerous others.
During this session Ryan will use a selection of excerpts from new plays, sent out a few days before the workshop.
Tuesday, 8th March – 2:30-5:30pm
Directing Workshop – Amy Draper
During this session Amy will explore practical exercises for directors as well as looking at working in a collaborative devising process, awards, bursaries and approaches. There will also be a short Q&A.
Amy Draper is about to direct Macbeth, a Shakespeare for Schools production at Southwark Playhouse. Directing credits include: These Trees are Made of Blood, Usagi Yojimbo and Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World (Southwark Playhouse); Life on the Refrigerator Door (Yard Theatre); The Door (Park Theatre) and Angel Cake (Camden People’s Theatre). She was recently the Assistant Director on The Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC).
Wednesday, 9th March – 10:30am-1:30pm
Casting Director Workshop – Polly Jerrold
In this session Polly will work through monologues with participants and hold a Q&A about casting and the industry.
Prior to becoming a freelance casting director Polly worked as Casting Associate at the Royal Exchange Theatre where she worked on a wide range of productions from the world première of Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock to a co-production of Bernstein’s Wonderful Town with the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder.
Polly continues to enjoy a close relationship with the Royal Exchange in a freelance capacity along with casting numerous productions for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Recent Birmingham REP credits include: Of Mice and Men, Anita And Me, A Christmas Carol, Rachel De-lahay’s Circles, Steve Thompson’s Feed the Beast and a large scale tour of The Government Inspector as part of the collaborative Ramps on the Moon initiative.
Other recent credits include: Margaret Edson’s Wit (Royal Exchange) and Arnold Ridley’s The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange/Told by an Idiot); Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); James And The Giant Peach (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Rumpelstiltskin (the egg at Theatre Royal Bath); Ella Hickson’s Merlin (Royal & Derngate/Nuffield Theatre) and Little Shop Of Horrors (Royal Exchange).
Polly is currently casting a feature film based on Catherine Bruton’s novel We Can Be Heroes as well as Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Brideshead Revisited (ETT & York Theatre Royal), Educating Rita (Hull Truck) and Beyond The Fence, a new musical for Sky Arts, Wingspan and Neil Laidlaw Productions currently showing at the Arts Theatre. She will also shortly begin casting for a major new production of a Broadway musical that will tour the UK in 2017.
Wednesday, 9th March – 2.30-5.30pm
Voice and the Actor – Jane Boston
This is a workshop designed to focus attention on the principles of open, supported, expressive voice work for performance, whether it be theatre, film or television.
The fundamental ingredients for healthy and effective voice use will be addressed by way of a number of physical exercises that are designed to refresh and further develop the actor’s vocal practice.
The workshop will start by cultivating an awareness of the physical set up in relation to posture and alignment, move through to breath, the free vibration and onset of sound and finally to articulation, with particular attention paid to the ways in which this approach forms the basis for all healthy and expressive vocal work in performance wherever it is required.
Led by Jane Boston, head of the world renowned Masters in Voice Studies course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, this will be a practical voice workshop and it is relevant to any actor who is interested in their continuing professional development.
Thursday, 10th March – 4-7pm
Les Misérables Workshop – Gemma O’Duffy
In this workshop Gemma will be looking at material from Les Misérables and exercises used in the audition/rehearsal process of the show and film. Participants will need to be familiar with the songs At the End of the Day, Lovely Ladies (for the ladies) and Do You Hear the People Sing (for the gents).
Gemma trained as a performer at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Theatre includes: ensemble/1st cover Scaramouche in We Will Rock You (West End), Rusty in Footloose (West End and UK tour), Seagulls Dance (Soho Laundry), Irene McNally in The Piper (Savoy) and Puss in Boots in Nursery Crimes (King’s Head). Gemma was proud to be part of the critically acclaimed Spring Awakening (Lyric, Hammersmith, and West End) and then joined the newly directed Les Misérables, which took the production back home to Paris (original company, 25th anniversary international tour).
Also, the Les Misérables 25th anniversary concert at The O2 and The Royal Variety Performance with the Les Misérables cast.
Most recently, Woman 2 in Shoes (Peacock) and Diva 1 in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace)Factory Girl in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre)
Concerts includes: Gemma was a finalist for the BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre 2006. She has worked extensively as a soloist in the UK and abroad with various orchestras, including The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Music of Bond, Summer Nights (TonbridgeCastle) and concerts for the Hallé Orchestra under the musical direction of Carl Davis CBE (Bridgewater Hall).
Television/Film includes: Celtic Soul Brothers, Children in Need, Paloma Faith music video New York and T-Mobile commercial. Gemma also appears in the Oscar winning movie of ‘Les Miserables’
Gemma has been teaching alongside her career in theatre, and has been involved with many different performing arts schools up and down the country.She works with top London agency Morgan and Goodman Kids as their main vocal coach and teaches privately at home. Gemma runs Staveley Theatre Academy, which is based at The Hertford Theatre. It is an audition entry academy that offers students the chance to work with industry professionals and be coached for entering the business or drama school.
Friday 11th March, 10:30am-1:30pm
In the Heights Dance Workshop – Alexzandra Sarmiento
Alexzandra trained at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art & Performing Arts in New York City and has also studied at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. She is a 2011 USA National YoungArts Foundation Winner in Modern Dance. Alexzandra is currently the dance captain for the West End transfer of “In The Heights”.
Other theatre credits include Connie Wong in “A Chorus Line” (West End Revival, Japan, and across the USA), Rufus Norris’ “Cabaret” starring Will Young (UK Tour), and Lambchops in “Fame” (UK Tour). Alexzandra has also worked with Bill T. Jones, Dwight Rhoden, and Desmond Richardson amongst other choreographers. She has been a part of “unTitled”, currently headed by “Got To Dance” winner, Lukas McFarlane, and has also performed with UK Stand Up, Body Politic, Dance Adventures’ Best of British, and at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park.
Friday, 11th March 2-5pm
Approaches to Shakespeare: Twelfth Night or What You Will – Charlie Westenra
This workshop will offer up a tool kit of ideas, approaches and exercises to help actors perform Shakespeare with confidence and skill.
Please note a working knowledge of the play is essential.
Charlotte Westenra is currently developing HERE, a new musical by Kate Marlais and Alex Young. It won the S+S Award for Best New Unproduced Musical of 2016. She recently worked with Christopher Wheeldon on the Scenario of his new one act ballet Strapless for the Royal Ballet.
She studied drama at the University of Manchester and trained at Augusto Boal’s Centre of the Theatre of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro. She was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse 2004–05 and directed Kiss of the Spider Woman and Lower Ninth for the theatre, as well as working as Associate Director to Michael Grandage for Frost/Nixon and to Jamie Lloyd for Piaf (Donmar Warehouse and West End). She went on to work at theatres including the Tricycle, Trafalgar Studios and Sheffield Crucible. She is currently an Associate Artist at the Gate Theatre, where her productions include Sunset Baby. Credits elsewhere include The Return of the Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre), Venice Preserv’d (Spectators’ Guild), the 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala (Old Vic), About Bill (Landor Theatre), Blair’s Children (Cockpit Theatre), Titanic (Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast) and Brazil and Casablanca (Secret Cinema).
Westenra’s awards include the 2006 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for her credit as Associate Director to Nicolas Kent for Bloody Sunday – Scenes from the Savile Inquiry. Award nominations include the 2006 WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Gladiator Games (also nominated for an Olivier Award as part of the 2006/07 season of Theatre Royal, Stratford East) and the 2003 James Menzies Kitchin Award for Young Directors for Waiting for Lefty.
Friday, 11th March 6-9pm
Acting Through Song Workshop – Musical Theatre – Josh Boyd-Rochford
During this session JBR will be working on audition technique, breaking down a song musically and lyrically and using the principles of storytelling to stay in the moment and deliver an audition song that is well crafted and full of dramatic interest.
Starting his performing career as principal boy soprano at English National Opera in 1985, JBR has been in the industry now for more than thirty years. His performing career included work in opera, musical theatre, stage, film, television, for Pippa Ailion and Working Title Productions. JBR now works as a coach, dramaturg and agent. His clients at Simon & How range from recent graduates to an Olivier award winner.