Alumni T-Z

Head shot of Holly Taylor Holly Taylor-Zuntz
Blogger for the GIFT (Georgian International Festival of Arts). Holly began working for GIFT 2018, when she arrived in Georgia from London. She is a performer and director, who studied European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College (ETA, 2018), performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and sings Georgian folk songs!

Head shot of Laurie Taylor Laurie Taylor 
He was educated at St Mary's College, Liverpool, the Rose Bruford College of Drama in Kent, and Birkbeck College, University of London where he obtained his BA. He then went on to do an MA at Leicester University. His career began with a stint as a librarian, after which he became a professional actor, then an English teacher before joining the Sociology Department of the University of York, where he went on to become Professor of Sociology. He is a consultant, writes for newspapers and magazines, contributes to television programmes and is an accomplished public speaker.  
BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed - Laurie Taylor 

Head shot of Ben Thomas Ben Thomas (Fellow)
Ben [Keith] graduated from Rose Bruford in 1976 and is perhaps best known as a Play School presenter. He made his debut appearance on the programme on 28th January 1980. He later presented Play Away (1982-84); BBC Manchester’s production Knock Knock (1982); All Star Record Breakers (1982); Stop Go! (1983); and Up Our Street (1985).  He has had numerous TV and theatre credits since then and was a member of the board of directors for the Talawa Theatre Company and a board member at Greenwich Theatre.

Head shot of Bill Thomas Bill Thomas 
An English actor of stage and screen ranking amongst the most prolific character actors of his generation with over 400 roles on stage, films, television and commercials. He was Tom Henshall in the BBC series Cutting It, Charles Quance in the classic BBC serial The House of Eliott and a generation of young adults know him as Mr Tucknott, the pompous and long suffering bank manager in the classic Bodger and Badger series on BBCTV.  With Jeff Teare and Patrick Prior he pioneered a series of political dramas, in satirical attacks on Margaret Thatcher's government. The same team produced pantomimes for many years during the 1980s and 90's which set a standard in British theatre for integrity and quality. He has also had sculpture exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London.

Head shot of Jacqueline Tong Head shot of Jacqueline Tong Jacqueline Tong
Jacqueline is an English actress best known for playing Daisy Barnes (nee Peel) in the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs from 1973 to 1975. In 1975, she was nominated for  Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in the Primetime Emmy Awards. After Upstairs Downstairs ended she went back to theatre, has had numerous roles in television, has appeared in three films, How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989), Princess Caraboo (1994) and Angel (2007) and has done extensive radio work. [Feast Management]

Head shot of John Emmet Tracy John Emmet Tracy
An American theatre, film and television actor. Graduating from Rose Bruford in 2007, John has an extensive stage career and was recipient of the 2013 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role for his work in Terminus. He is also the creator of The 24 Hour Shakespeare Project, for which he performed continuously for 24 straight hours in all 38 of Shakespeare's plays to raise money for British Columbia Children's Hospital. He also has an extensive career on TV and his film work includes appearances in American Mary (2012), If I Stay (2014), Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story (2016), Steven Spielberg's The BFG (2016), and Fifty Shades Freed (2018). He appeared as Augustus Cartwright in six episodes of Batwoman (2019-2021)

Head shot of David Tse David Tse Ka-shing (Fellow)  
David read law before training at Rose Bruford College (acting) and the Leicester Haymarket Theatre (directing). He studied Beijing Opera movement with Lee Siu Wah and during M. Butterfly with Jamie Guan. Inspired by East Asian physical style, he became Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Theatre where for 13 years, he successfully led the company to become the UK’s only revenue-funded British East Asian touring theatre. In 2006-08, he was the first Creative Director of Chinatown Arts Space, which produced the ground-breaking Five Circles Arts Festival. David was made a Fellow of Rose Bruford College in 2007.

Time to put British east Asian theatre in the spotlight. Guardian article, November 2008.
British-Chinese Heritage centre: Interview

Head shot of Danny Tull Danny Tull 
An English director and film editor who attained a degree in music technology at Rose Bruford College, 1995 to 1998. He started editing video at Metropolis Video in London's Neals Yard in 1998 working on music videos, documentaries, television, commercial and non-commercial, with directors such as Jonas Akerlund, Chris Cunningham, Johan Renck and editing music videos for artists such as Madonna, Jamiroquai, Manic Street Preachers, Justin Timberlake, Moby, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
[Danny B. Tull homepage] [Danny Tull YouTube channel]

Head shot of Pavla Ustinov Pavla Ustinov 
Pavla Marina Ustinov, daughter of actor Peter Ustinov, graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1975. She appeared in The thief of Baghdad (1978) playing Princess Yasmine alongside her father as the Caliph. She earned a reputation as an actress and director, known for Warum die UFOs unseren Salat klauen (1980), writer and director of L'hôtel de l'avenir (2004), and Va doucement ça urge! (in development).

Head shot of Teunkie van der Sluij Teunkie Van der Sluij 
A theatre director and a former television actor (he appeared as an actor in the country's longest-running and highest-rating soap opera Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden in 2004) who works predominantly in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States. Teunkie read Drama at the University of Amsterdam before studying directing at London's Rose Bruford College (2008). He made his debut in 2008 with Yasser by Abdelkader Benali, a production which was selected as Critic's Choice in both The Sunday Times and the Chicago Tribune. He went on to direct the Dutch premiere of Simon Stephens' Motortown at the Theatre Royal, The Hague and later directed a production at the Orange Tree Theatre. He worked as associate director on Lars Noren's Autumn & Winter and directed the London premiere of Jon Fosse's Winter. He also directed an Off West End Award nominated revival of Michael Wall's Women Laughing in 2012.

Shot of Yngvil holding a trumpet  Yngvil Vatn Guttu
Yngvil is a composer, musician, theatre director and performer, writer, educator and community activist.  Born in Oslo, Norway she left to study theatre and music at Rose Bruford College in London, graduating in 1991.  She went to Alaska on a theatre tour in 2002 and decided to stay. She ran several youth theatre companies before she decided to focus on her own projects –including EnviroBEATAntiFREEZEConNECT and Spenard JazzFest as well as her own music. The Boochever Award helped fund her debut album Akutaq (2010) and she recently released the sequel Plan B in Anchorage and Oslo (2011). Future plans include an album with songs and a recording with her favourite instrument, the Norwegian willow flute – and an Anchorage Jazz Festival.

Camilo Vergara
Theatre Studies BA (Hons) student Camilo Vergara not only won the National Prize for Dramaturgy in Colombia, but his radio play The Last Light was selected as the regional winner for the Americas in the BBC International Playwriting Competition, 2021.

Head shot of Kari Vidarsson Kári Viðarsson
Kári graduated with a BA (Hons) from the European Theatre Arts course in 2009. In 2010 he started his own theatre and residency, The Freezer, in his hometown of Rif, a small fishing village of 160 people on the west coast of Iceland. The aim of the venture was to bring culture and theatre back to rural Iceland as well as showing that professional theatre could thrive anywhere with the right kind of connection to its community. Alongside working in The Freezer, he has taken on freelance work for stage, film, commercials and voiceover. In 2015 he received the Eyrarrós Award, one of the most prestigious cultural awards in Iceland, awarded by the presidential office to an outstanding cultural project in rural Iceland.

Head shot of Kim Vithana Kim Vithana  
A British actress who has worked mainly in television production: Rosie Sattar in the TV series Holby City from 2003-2005, Doctor Bannerjee in Coronation Street, and roles in CasualtyEastendersCrackerLove Hurts and Dangerfield. She had acted in television serials Family PrideSpecials, and Firm friends, when the filmmaker Gurinder Chadha took her on to play the role of Ginder in Bhaji on the beach, which brought her much recognition. She has also worked on the Silver Street radio programme on the BBC Asian Network.

Head shot of Andrew Wade Andrew Wade (Fellow)
Andrew graduated from Rose Bruford in 1976 and joined the RSC in 1987 as Assistant Head of Voice from 1987-90. He became Head of Voice from 1990-2003. He directed and devised a number of poetry programs and conferences with the legendary Cecily Berry. Since leaving the RSC in 2003, Andrew has worked predominately in the US leading Master Classes and Workshops, as well as coaching with theatre companies and actors.

Head shot of Lawrence Walker Lawrence Walker 
Television credits include a regular part in Our Girl as the character Dangleberries (BBC), and as Matt in Casualty (BBC). He has also appeared in the film The Rezort (Generation Z) and on stage in Back Down (The Birmingham Repertory). He appeared in the RSC's production of Ella Hickson's Wendy & Peter Pan (2013/15) alongside fellow RB Alumni Laura Prior and Cavan Clarke. [Production photo]

Head shot of Kevin Wallace Kevin Wallace (Fellow)
Graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1978 and worked as a stage and television actor in his native Ireland and in Britain.  In January 2002 he re-established Kevin Wallace Limited (KWL), to produce musicals and plays. Later he was in-house producer with Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group (RUG) for eight years. He established productions of The Phantom of the Opera in Switzerland, Belgium, Mexico and Denmark; a US tour of Cats; the original production of Sunset Boulevard, and produced the new production of Sunset Boulevard. He produced the UK tour of Jesus Christ Superstar
and won an International Emmy Award in 2001 as Executive Producer of the film based on that production. Wallace also produced the Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar that received a 2000 Tony Award Nomination for Best Musical Revival. With Saul Zaentz he produced The Lord of the Rings directed by Matthew Warchus.

Head shot of Jessica Warbeck Jessica Warbeck
Jessica appeared as Bianca in Othello for "Playing Shakespeare" in 2015,and returned to play Hero and Conrade in the Shakespeare Globe cast of Much Ado About Nothing which toured in the summer of 2015.

Desdemona can be a rather thankless part, and even some of the best productions can be dragged down by an insipid interpretation that leaves you wondering why everyone is losing their head over her. Yet here, Warbeck has a rational strength that makes her a worthy match for the army commander, delivering her lines quite naturally without any of the shrill simpering that blights over versions, and making her all the more sympathetic, an innocent fatality in a political game. 

Reciting Shakespeare sonnet 55: YouTube

Head shot of Myfanwy Waring Myfanwy Waring   
A Welsh actress, best known for her role as PC Amber Johannsen in the British drama series The Bill (2004-05). She has also had roles in the films Dot the I (2003) and Animal (2005).

In December 2004, Waring avoided serious injury when a Sri Lankan resort she was staying at was hit by a tsunami triggered by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Waring, who was swimming when the wave hit, was swept up by the wave, but was able to grab onto a tree and hold on until the waters receded.

Head shot of Charles Way Charles Way
Charles started at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in 1974, and during his time there he began to write plays for students to perform. It was from the college, via tutor Stuart Bennett, who was well known for his contribution to young people’s theatre, that he received his first paid commission. In the autumn of 1977 he joined Leeds Playhouse Theatre-in- Education team. A year later he moved to London and joined Theatre Centre. In the 1980s he moved to Wales and wrote for Theatre Gwent. He became writer in residence at The Orchard Theatre, Devon in the mid-80s before returning to Wales and working with Hijinx Theatre. A well as being a prolific writer of plays for children, he has also written plays for adults, and has directed many of his own plays.

Head shot of David Webber David Webber 
After graduating from Rose Bruford in 1989 David appeared in Coronation Street in December 1992 and June 1993 as PC, and later Sergeant Bannen. He has also appeared in The Brittas Empire2point4 ChildrenPrime Suspect 5The KnockGrange HillThe BillLondon's BurningTipping the Velvet, EastEndersDoctors, and Holby City. His film roles include Formula 51BrokenThe Avengers (1998), The 51st state (2001) and Captain Phillips (2013) while stage appearances include Hiawatha, Leave TakingThe Basset TableNo One Writes to the ColonelThe Looking GlassDownfallNight and Day, Ticket to WriteOthelloOne LoveMaster Harold and his Boys and Twelfth Night.
He is part of BBA Shakespeare 
see also: programme for The Lion, Talawa theatre.

Head shot of Roy Alexander Weise Roy Alexander Weise MBE
Graduated from the Directing course at Rose Bruford and became the 19th annual winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award, directing his critically acclaimed, sell out production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall at the Young Vic (2016). In 2018 he directed Nine night at the National Theatre and was nominated at the 2018 Evening Standard Awards for the ‘Emerging Talent’ Award. He is a joint Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Associate Artist of the Donmar Warehouse and a tutor at Open Door. He was awarded an MBE in the 2020 Queen's New Year's honours.
Nine night: nine questions for director Roy Alexander Weise (National Theatre)
Interview with Roy Alexander Weise 
The Stage

Head shot of David Whitaker David Whitaker  
A British playwright (one of the country's youngest ), actor and theatre director whose work has been performed in both England and America. Best known for his work with writing partner Callum Patrick Hughes, their play Coffee and John was produced in Texas in February 2010, two days before his 22nd birthday. Their second play, Ourselves Alone, premièred in 2011.

Head shot of Sarah White Sarah White
Accomplished actress Sarah joined the Liverpool soap Brookside, where she played Bev McLaughlin, only weeks after graduating from the Rose Bruford Drama School. She said: “We spent years studying theatre techniques and what seemed like moments studying television acting and there I was joining Brookside!” Her exhilarating performances as mad-cap Bev prompted viewers to vote her Best Comedy Actress before Brookside ended last November.
She has also appeared in Day Release (1997), God's Own Country (2017) and Ammonite (2020).
see also newspaper cuttings file re. her role as Bev McLaughlin, 1993.

Head shot of Sarah Whittuck Sarah Whittuck 
Graduated from Rose Bruford in 1993 with a degree in Theatre Arts. Her television credits include Marigold (BBC), The Bill, The Sins (BBC) Peak practice (Central) and The Prince (LWT). She has also been a regular on the stage in both musicals and pantomimes e.g. Audrey in The little shop of horrors (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) and Miranda in Return to the forbidden planet (Regional tour). She also played the part of Lucy Locket in The beggars opera (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), the Kid in Pal Joey (Theatre Royal, York) and Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret (Octagon Theatre, Bolton). Her panto credits include Peter Pan (3 times), Cinderella in Cinderella and Fairy Goodapple in Snow White (Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar).

Head shot of Tracy Whitwell Tracy Whitwell
An actress who has worked in British film and television, including hit shows Playing the FieldSoldier Soldier and Peep Show. She has written for radio, stage and television and loves directing music videos. Born and brought up in Gateshead, north-east England, she wrote plays and short stories from an early age then had her head turned, and she ran off to London's Rose Bruford College to be an actress. By 1993 she was wearing a wig and an old fashioned dress and pretending to be impoverished on TV in a Catherine Cookson mini-series.  After twelve years  in front of the camera, Tracy realised she'd like to write professionally and came up with her first full length stage play KABOOM!!!. Many stage plays, screenplays, and a music video followed until 2012 when she decided she was finally ready to do the thing she'd longed for since she was six. She wrote her first novel. A crime / horror / comedy tale about an alcohol soaked, gobby, thrill-seeking actress who talks to ghosts. 

Head shot of Gloria Williams Gloria Williams
An award-winning British actress and playwright who is an ATA graduate of Rose Bruford (2005) and a graduate of The Royal Court Theatre Young Writers’ Group and Talawa Theatre Company. She wrote Bullet Hole, which premiered at the Camden Fringe Festival 2017 and was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Choice Award. Her most notable work to date, Monday, garnered widespread acclaim at international festivals and won "Best Overall Production" in the Uk at The Lost One Act Play Festival. The Stage interview

Head shot of Roy Williams Roy Williams (Fellow) 
Roy was 25 years old when he took a theatre-writing degree at Rose Bruford College and has worked ever since as a writer. His works (the majority of which are in stock in the LRC) include: Night & Day (1996); 
Josie’s boys (1996); No Boys Cricket Club (1996); Starstruck (1998); Lift Off (1999); Local Boy (2000); The Gift (2000); Souls (2000); Clubland (2001); Sing yer heart out for the lads (2002); Fallout (2003); Baby Girl (2007); Days of Significance (2007); Joe Guy (2007); Sucker Punch (2010). His most recent plays are Death of England (2020) and Death of England: Delroy (2020).
"Portrait of the artist" from The Guardian

Head shot of Phil Wilmott Phil Wilmott (Fellow)
An multi-award winning director, artistic director, playwright, composer, librettist, teacher, dramaturg, arts journalist and occasional actor. He trained as an actor at Rose Bruford in the 1980s and was made a fellow of the college in 2012. ​​He has been one of the most commissioned musical theatre writer / composers in the UK and Britain’s foremost director of Ancient Greek drama. He is the Founding Artistic Director of four successful theatre companies:
THE FINBOROUGH THEATRE, one of the most influential small theatres in the the world
THE PHIL WILLMOTT COMPANY, which presents an annual season called Essential Classics GODS & MONSTERS, which presents the annual London Free Theatre Festival
FREE THEATRE UK extending the reach of Free Theatre beyond Central London.
He was an Associate Artist of London's acclaimed B.A.C (Battersea Arts Centre) for ten years. He is a former Associate Director of the Yvonne Artaud Theatre in Guildford and The King's Head Theatre, London's senior Off West End venue. He headed graduate writer/director training at London's Arts Educational School where he has also been co-director of the U.K’s leading degree course in Musical Theatre and its Head of Acting.
Phil Willmott talking to Patti Boulaye Youtube

Head shot of Tomas Wolstenholme Tomas Wolstenholme 
Tomas trained on the Actor Musicianship program at Rose Bruford College and made his professional debut in Once. Credits whilst training include: The Fall of the House of Usher (Musical Director), Into the Woods, The Crucible, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, and Swindlestock - A New Musical (Composer, MD).

Denise Wong 
Denise Wong trained at Rose Bruford College, graduating from the Community Theatre Arts course in 1979, and at the Circle in the Square, New York. She spent three years with Theatre Exchange, including playing St Joan in Joan the Saint.  She appeared as Juliet in Measure for Measure at the Young Vic (1985), and in A midsummer night's dream (1987). She joined the Black Mime Theatre Company and became its Artistic Director, 1986-98. Since 2008 she has been a teacher in primary and secondary schools, teaching English and Drama and often working with disaffected young people.
See articles in Total Theatre magazine;
see Staging black feminisms, 133-153.
see Black British Women's theatre, 123-159.
Denise features in BBA Shakespeare

Head shot of Samantha Wraith Samantha Wraith
Co-founder of Theatre Obscura, and Chair of Trustees at Root Experience. Samantha graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2005 (ETA) and has gone on to be a theatre practitioner, dramatherapist, creative process coach, performance and visual artist. She is co-Artistic Director for Encounter Theatre & Therapy (ETT) and helped create the #See me #Hear me annual performance event to support adults with learning disabilities to emerge as artists and use performance as a tool for self-advocacy. 

Head shot of Emma Wray Emma Wray
Born Gillian Elizabeth Wray she studied Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College from 1983-86 and was given her first leading TV role two months after receiving her BA. Best known for starring as 'Brenda Wilson' in the Granada Television sitcom Watching between 1987 and 1993, for which she also sang the theme tune What Does He See In Me? Theme tune. She also played a major role in Yorkshire Television's Stay Lucky with Dennis Waterman et al. throughout the same period. She returned to primetime TV in 1996 with the lead role in the drama comedy True Love, co-starring Philip Glenister, and created by writer Simon Nye.

Head shot of Saya Zahawi Zahawi, Saya 
Born in the Kurdish province of Iraq, moved to Syria 3 years later and then at the age of 6,  emigrated to Norway which is where she grew up. This cultural mix is embodied in her webiste Mesopotamian nights under Northern lights. She also founded the company Liars Lovers Loser's Luck. She is keen on 
representing Kurds and telling the world about their history and current political situation, while her productions aim to educate children and teenagers through theatre and music.​

Head shot of Joanne Zorian Joanne Zorian
Joanne trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, graduating in 1977,  followed by many years in various roles in repertory theatre. She co-wrote and performed in the one woman show The Ladies Who Lunch at the Edinburgh Festival and in London. In film she has appeared in London's Burning (1986), Shirley Valentine (1989) (in the same production Gillian Kearney played the young Shirley) and Eva: Stories (2019). She has appeared in several TV soap operas including Coronation Street. She is also a voiceover artist with her voice put to use for continuity announcements on Channel Four, and is an acting and voice coach, giving lessons in stage appearances, public speaking & television presentation. 
Joanne Zorian | Coronation Street Wiki | Fandom

 

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