Expert Advice

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Our expert contributors and authors:

Bill Connington

Bill Connington

Bill Connington is an actor, writer, and Alexander Technique teacher. The former chairman of the board of the American Center for the Alexander Technique, Bill is a lecturer in acting at the Yale School of Drama and has taught performers at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, the Juilliard School, and the Actors Studio MFA Program. His Physical Expression on Stage and Screen was published by Methuen Drama in 2014.
John Matthews

John Matthews

John Matthews is Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Acting at Theatre Royal Plymouth. He has written two books published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: Training for Performance (2011) and Anatomy of Performance Training (2014).
Ken Rea

Ken Rea

Ken Rea is the senior acting tutor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and artistic director of Koru Theatre. The Outstanding Actor was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015.
Neil Rutherford

Neil Rutherford

Originally an actor, Neil Rutherford became Head of Casting for the Ambassador Theatre Group prior to setting up his own freelance company, Neil Rutherford Casting. He is a Creative and Casting Consultant with ATG and Associate Director and Casting Director for musicals at the Sydney Opera House.
His Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting was published by Methuen Drama in 2012.

Donna Soto-Morettini

Donna Soto-Morettini has been the Head of Acting programmes at Central School, LIPA, and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire. She has worked extensively since 2006 as a casting director and performance coach for the BBC and ITV.

She is also author of Popular Singing for Methuen Drama and The Philosophical Actor for Intellect Books.

Nancy Bishop

Emmy-award nominated Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, C.S.A., has cast supporting talent on over fifty major projects.

Her Secrets from the Casting Couch was published in 2009 by Methuen Drama.

David Carey

David Carey is a Senior Voice Tutor at RADA and was previously Principal Lecturer of Voice Studies at Central School of Speech and Drama.

He is co-author of The Vocal Arts Workbook and The Verbal Arts Workbook with his wife, Rebecca.

Rebecca Carey

Rebecca Clark Carey is a voice tutor at RADA and she has extensive theatre experience as an actor and voice coach in the US.
Rob Ostlere

Rob Ostlere

Rob Ostlere, a 2008 graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) is a British actor, perhaps best known for his roles in Holby City and Game of Thrones. He regularly blogs on and, in 2016, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama publishes his book, The Actor's Career Bible: Auditioning, Networking, Survival & Success.

Michael Wharley

Originally a successful stage actor, Michael Wharley retrained as a photographer for clients in the entertainment industries. He is experienced in shooting headshots, advertisements and live events.

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland's foremost commentators on the arts. Every August, he is one of the judges for the Scotsman Fringe Firsts and an advisor for the Carol Tambor Award.

His Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide is a must-have for any aspiring performer/producers.

Louise Grainger

Manager of Marketing, Events, Training and Membership Services at Equity, Louise Grainger organises events for Equity, represents the union at other industry events, and leads seminars and workshops about working professionally in entertainment.

Chris Ritchie

Dr Chris Ritchie created the innovative Comedy: Writing and Performance degree at Southampton Solent University. He is the principal editor of Comedy Studies Journal (Intellect) and has been lecturing on stand-up comedy since 1994.

His latest book is Performing Live Comedy, published by Methuen Drama in 2012.

John Gillett

John Gillett trained in one of the first Stanislavski-based schools in London, the Actors Workshop. He has acted since 1973, and from 1979 also taught acting and directed at East 15, the Actors Centre, Mountview, Rose Bruford College, Italia Conti, Arts Educational and Identity.

He is author of Acting Stanislavski, and is co-author, with Christina Gutekunst, of Voice Into Acting.

Jim Volz

Jim Volz has produced over 100 professional productions, and has published 7 books and more than 100 articles. He was a theatre critic for Back Stage magazine and is the Editor of the Shakespeare publication, quarto. He is currently a Professor at California State University, Fullerton.

His latest books include How to Run a Theatre and Working in American Theatre.

Rob Swain

Rob Swain is a practising theatre director and the programme director of the MFA Theatre Directing at Birkbeck University. He is the Chair of the National Council for Drama Training and a panel chair for the accreditation of acting programmes in drama schools across the UK.

He is author of Directing: A Handbook for Emerging Theatre Directors.

Tom Salinsky

Co-founder of The Spontaneity Shop (with his wife, Deborah Frances-White below), Tom Salinsky has performed improvisation at the Royal Court, the RSC, the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Theatre and the Bloomsbury Theatre.

He is co-author of The Improv Handbook, published by Methuen Drama in 2008.

Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White and her husband (Tom Salinsky above) have toured the world and performed at many comedy festivals by invitation. They teach at RADA, The Actors Centre, The National Youth Theatre, and many other colleges and institutions, as well as their own successful workshop program.

She is co-author of The Improv Handbook.

Geoffrey Colman

Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama, Geoffrey Colman is regularly invited to give masterclasses and workshops both in the UK and abroad. His freelance directing career has combined work in opera and theatre, and he has also worked as a professional acting coach across the world.

Jean Marlow

An experienced actress and teacher, Jean Marlow has run The Actors' Theatre School in London for a number of years.

She is editor of several anthologies including Audition Speeches for Men and Audition Speeches for Women.

Gill Foreman

Gill Foreman was the Acting Head of the Young People's Programme at the Royal Shakespeare Co. and is former Director of Education at the Bristol Old Vic.

She is author of A Practical Guide to Working in Theatre, published by Methuen Drama in 2009.

Peter Maccoy

Peter Maccoy has been a professional theatre practitioner for over 25 years. He has worked as a stage manager for many theatre companies and has taught at Central School of Speech and Drama since 1993. He is currently Chair of the Training and Education Committee for the Association of British Theatre Technicians.

His Essentials of Stage Management was published by Methuen Drama in 2004.

Theresa Robbins Dudeck

Theresa Robbins Dudeck, Ph.D., is currently an Instructor of Acting at Chapman University in southern California. She is also an experienced teacher/practitioner of Keith Johnstone‚Äôs Impro System and of  applied theatre techniques. 

Theresa's book Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography is publishing in autumn, 2013. She lives in Los Angeles.

Scott Williams

Scott Williams hails from California, but now lives in London, England, where he is the Artistic Director of The Impulse Company. He teaches and directs all over the world, bringing his unique take on the Meisner techniques for acting to professionals and students in Paris, Hong Kong, Sydney, New York, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, and many other cultural centres. He studied with Sanford Meisner at Neighborhood Playhouse, and with William Ball at the American Conservatory Theatre.

Lyn Cramer

Lyn Cramer is Endowed Professor of Musical Theatre Dance at Oklahoma Univeristy. Teaching for over 23 years in higher education, Lyn Cramer is also a professional director-choreographer and a member of SDC (Stage Society of Directors and Choreographers) and AEA (Actors Equity Association). Many of her former students grace the Broadway stage and work nationally and internationally in musical theatre.