Meet The Team

NIC HARVEY

Nic joined the Workshop at the age of 7 in 1995, appearing in several TV and film projects including Peak Practice, Bernard’s Watch, Shane Meadows’ A Room For Romeo Brass, and Paradise Heights alongside Neil Morrissey and Pam Ferris. During his time in the over-16 group, Nic developed an interest in the production side of theatre, his self-penned directorial debut The Last Of Joseph Moon being staged at the NAYT Festival in 2006. This was followed by The Curse Of The Devil’s Verse, which was later revived for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe when Nic established his own theatre company Sheep Soup.

Completing his stint as a student at 21, Nic began teaching and directing at the Workshop in 2010. He directed The Heights at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough (Workshop’s National Theatre Connections entry) and Twelfth Night at Nottingham Playhouse as part of the Shakespeare Youth Festival. Other personal highlights include Grim, an adaptation of Brothers Grimm stories in collaboration with NTU puppetry students, and most recently a large-scale version of King Lear in a disused warehouse. Sheep Soup’s acclaimed musical Mrs Green is due to return to Nottingham Playhouse in October 2014 following a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe.

FIONA WATSON

Fiona has been at the Workshop for 9 years as a Workshop Leader for the 11-16 Wednesday Group and with the Over 16’s. She has been associated with the group for even longer as all three of her daughters have been members also, the older two successfully auditioning 15 years ago and this she knows how much young people can grow and benefit from being involved in the Workshop.

Fiona has also been teaching drama and musical theatre in other schools and venue right across the region for more than 20 years and many of the students she has taught, from as young as 4 years old, have gone on to professional careers in both film and TV as well as in the West End and abroad. She has produced numerous plays and musicals, both inside and outside of The Television Workshop. She has also worked with various production companies in many different roles including Paul Holman Associates, Paramount, Hawthorn Productions to name but a few. Fiona has also made a few TV and film appearances in her time with the most memorable being when she was for a few short screen minutes married to Mark Hammill of Luke Skywalker fame. Generally, however, she leaves the screen time to her far more talented students.

TIM EVANS

Tim Evans (Murphy) is a professional actor, Theatre director, Teacher and Tutor at both The Television Workshop and The Actors Workshop Nottingham.

Amongst others he has worked with Notts TV and Spool films, Samanya Theatre Company, Sheep Soup, Broken Holmes Productions, Pint size Theatre, Lakeside youth Theatre, Young Urban Actors, Sprouts Drama, Young Actors Company and is now artistic director of Giant Steps Theatre. He lectures on drama workshop delivery on the communicating mathematics module at the University of Leicester. Healso devises and delivers drama workshops and theatre projects for schools. He has a BSc in Mathematics with Astronomy from the University of Leicester and a lot of his theatre making has been Science and Maths based.

Tim was a member of The Television Workshop from 1992-2001 and has been a tutor since 2009. He staged managed the Workshop’s production of We Happy Few in 2009 and Hamlet in 2012. Going on to direct Moira Buffini’s Dying for It in2014 and Shaw’s Major Barbara in 2015. He is currently in rehearsals with the Television Workshop, directing Mike Bartlett’s ’13’ (30th March-2nd April). He is also working on the development of a new musical with Sheep Soup Theatre, and a comedy sketch show to be performed at this year’s Edinburgh fringe.

Sketch Up, an eight episode Notts TV production directed by Tim, is currently being aired and he is in preproduction for a follow up televised play.

He is looking for the truth.

BEN WELCH

IAN SMITH

Ian has been the director of the Workshop since 1987 directing over 200 shows with the Workshop. Under his direction, two plays for the National Theatre Connections project – The Spider Men (2006) and He’s Talking (2008) – have won through to be performed at the National Theatre.  Many of the plays have been original commissions and he works closely with writers to produce exciting, relevant and authentic young people’s drama. He has also written a number of performance pieces for the group – one of which was performed at the children’s BAFTAs. He helped write ten episodes of CITV’s Dangerville, taking part in the pitch for the programme, in casting, on-set coaching, and research and feedback sessions in schools.

He also works with actors, producers and directors in script development, most recently with Tinie Tempah on a new drama project. He worked closely with Clio Bernard on The Selfish Giant and continues to work with patron Shane Meadows, many of whose films have substantial Workshop involvement. He has recently completed a successful comedy development project with Hat Trick Productions and also has run casting/development workshops with Lucky Giant, the comedy arm of NBC Universal. He also was responsible for working with the main actors on Skins in pre shoot workshops for three seasons.

As Workshop director, his work includes running weekly acting sessions, holding regular castings and acting as agent for his 300 strong group.

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