Our tutors at the Workshop bring a huge range of skills and experience in the arts, TV/film/theatre and education industries, and all share a connection with and passion for the Workshop and its ethos.
We bring in an even wider variety of teachers, directors and artists in all kinds of disciplines to run our programme of sessions throughout the year, but here are just a few of the leading characters…
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 a large-scale, female-led version of King Lear in a disused warehouse.
Nic’s recent Workshop productions include Primadonna, The Heresy Of Love, and world-premieres of devised plays Headwreck and Instinct. Sheep Soup’s acclaimed musicals Mrs Green and The Leftovers have enjoyed sell-out successes in venues including Nottingham Playhouse, Salford Lowry, Leicester Curve and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Nic took on the role of Nottingham Workshop director in 2015.
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 (2014), Shaw’s Major Barbara (2015), Mike Bartlett’s 13 (2016), Charlotte’s Web (2017) and Tolstoy’s The Power Of Darkness (2018)
Ben runs the Monday Under-11 group, is the production manager for our annual Play Season, and has been a Workshop member since the age of 13. As general manager and performer with Sheep Soup, he has toured the country with new musicals Mrs Green and The Leftovers, and co-wrote and starred in musical sketch comedy The Invention Of Acting.
Ben co-runs popular charity arts festival Hockley Hustle each year, which more recently has included a fantastic programme of workshops and performances for young people know as Young Hustlers. He is also heavily involved in managing the programme for Nottingham City Of Literature and its annual Poetry Festival.
Ian was director of the Workshop from 1987-2015, 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.
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