CHRISTOPHER COWELL - DIRECTOR
Currently Head of Acting at the Royal Academy of Music, he works in the UK and internationally as a stage director and acting coach.
International directing work includes Semele and The Journey to Reims (Chicago), The Barber of Seville, The Elixir of Love, Orlando, Don Pasquale, The Turk in Italy, Rinaldo, The Marriage of Figaro (Denmark), Julius Cæsar and The Magic Flute (Portugal).
In the U.K. for Covent Garden he revived The Tales of Hoffmann and directed his own adaptation of Cinderella. Other directing work includes May Night, The Snowmaiden, Agrippina, Madam Butterfly, The Fairy Queen, English Eccentrics, Thelma, Falstaff, Eugene Onegin, Hansel and Gretel, Faust, Die Fledermaus, Turandot and The Flying Dutchman.
He has taught on both acting and technical theatre courses at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and LAMDA, as well as leading numerous masterclasses and short courses across the UK and abroad.
James Taylor - Musical director
James studied Music & Sound Recording (BMus Tonmeister) at the University of Surrey, followed by a postgraduate diploma in Musical Direction & Vocal Coaching at LAMDA.
James recently worked as children's Vocal Coach for Disney's live-action Beauty & The Beast, and is also a tutor at The Urdang Academy, LAMDA, ArtsEd & City Academy.
His credits as MD include: DISASTER The Musical (Charing Cross Theatre), Jest End (Waterloo East Theatre), West End Up Close with Julie Atherton (HoSB), Zedel Follies (Crazy Coqs), Adele is Younger Than Us (EdFringe & VAULT Festival), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Waterloo East), The Urdang Academy Summer Show (Hackney Empire), Evelyn Hoskins “There Was a Little Girl” (Battersea Barge), West End Up Close with Jodie Jacobs (HoSB), Interstellar DENIM (VAULT Festival), The Winter’s Tale (Pleasance Theatre), LAMDA US Showcase 2015 (LA & NYC).
His credits as Pianist: Gaby Roslin Show (BBC Radio London), David Grindrod Casting, Will Burton Casting, National Theatre, Debbie O’Brien Casting, The Really Useful Group.
Donna Berlin - Movement Director
Donna is an award winning Choreographer & Movement Director, she has choreographed many in-house productions at LAMDA where she has been an audition panellist and member of the Movement Department for 29 years. In her workshops and classes she uses her experience as an actor and choreographer to help actors better understand and express themselves physically with great success.
She started in the performing arts as a dancer at an early age. Throughout her years she has studied and performed many forms of dance from ballet to lindy hop, including kathak and stepping and specialising in jazz and rhythm tap. She was the resident choreographer at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch for 6 years years doing their annual pantomimes and other shows throughout their seasons including A Funny Thing Happened on The Way To the Forum, Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show & The Great Gatsby to name a few. Her other credits include: Showstoppers: The Improvised Musical (Olivier winner 2016 for ‘Best Entertainment’), Attempts on Her Life, Waves (National Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Notre Dame USA); Operas: The Merry Widow (Opera UK), Carmen (Opera Novella); feature film American Blend (White Stripes Productions) as choreographer and dance double for David Oyelowo, and TV shows including Faking It (RDF Productions), which won BBC Best Factual Moment and an International Emmy.
As an actress Donna has appeared in many soap operas, TV shows and films including Eastenders, Casualty, Drifters (E4), Doctors, Hollyoaks, New Tricks, Extras, Lead Balloon and Todd Margaret to name a few. As an actor she is experienced in musicals, comedy, classical, and devised theatre.