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…
Completing his stint as a student at 21 following a successful decade as a child actor, 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. Nic founded theatre company Sheep Soup in 2013, and their acclaimed musicals Mrs Green and The Leftovers have enjoyed sell-out runs 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 stage-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)
Sarah is professional actress, singer and musician, and has begun working with us in our casting and agency department. She also runs sessions with our young actors, and directs video auditions that are sent to casting directors. She has recently taken on casting assistant positions on films including The Devil Outside and Sarah Gavron’s forthcoming feature Girl:Untitled.
Her extensive acting credits include The Crucible (Old Vic), Powder Room, The Long Way Down, Misfits, Pramface, My Mad Fat Diary, Code Of A Killer and Living The Dream.
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, with recent work including CBBC’s Jamie Johnson and the award-winning Andrea Arnold film American Honey. 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 lead actors on Skins in pre shoot workshops for three seasons.
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