Our programme of courses and workshops are watched over by the team responsible for The Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School – Artistic Director, Sophie Jacobs-Wyburn and Executive Director, Alex Duarte-Davies.
Each course and workshop will be led and supported by them and industry professionals, offering their expertise and mentorship.
Sophie is a champion of innate creativity, a theatre-maker and an advocate for creating professional art work with those of all ages.
Currently the Artistic Director with the Theatre School, Sophie oversees the curriculum and directs all public performance and artistic projects. Exceptionally fortunate when in training to be encouraged by teachers and mentors to explore as many different theatrical styles and forms as possible, Sophie is now dedicated to encouraging the same individual exploration of creativity.
Firmly believing in serious playfulness, and playful solemnity, Sophie specialises in puppetry, theatrical anarchy, and joyful pushing of the boundaries.
Alex is driven by finding that spark of individual joy and discovery that can happen when creating or watching art unfold. She is an advocate for young people and empowering everyone to discover their inner artist!
Currently the Executive Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Theatre School, as well as running The Egg Theatre’s outreach work, Alex programmes and produces the body of work that young individuals experience and create – both virtually and in person. She particularly enjoys creating theatre in unusual places and inspiring audiences, actors and creators, to discover something new about themselves.
A wide range of Creative Practitioners work with us on our courses and projects. Come and meet them!
Alison is a Folkestone-based artist, scenographer and theatre designer from Wales, working in theatre, dance, installation and site responsive practice, locally and internationally. She enjoys working closely with communities and found spaces or outdoor environments, and her focus is always on connection and empathy. She trained at RADA; is a resident at Pervasive Media Studio; part of the Open Access Transmedia Creative Europe project; and founder of Bread & Goose. As a year-round sea swimmer. much of her work is inspired by our relationship with water and our natural environment. Current work in development includes: Beacons, a treasure hunt and live performance event for Folkestone; and The (Future) Wales Coast Path, supported by National Theatre Wales.
Ruby has been working as a scenic designer and fabricator for over a decade.
She specialises in building large scale, outdoor interactive work, and has designed and built work for audiences up to 25,000
Previous clients include Glastonbury Fest, Boomtown Fair, Leftcoast and Live and Local.
Following a fellowship with the South West Creative Technology Network, Ruby has been developing interactive, soft-robotic animatronics and robotics with the aim of creating audience reactive experiences. Soft robotics is still a very new field, likely to become one of the cornerstones of future practice in film making, theatre and animatronics.
Elgiva is Associate Director at Punchdrunk, the innovative multi-genre production company. Since 2009 she has worked as Director and Associate Artist with Theatre-Rites, a field leader in the creation of experimental theatre and events for children.
She is also Artistic Director of her own performance company, Oblique House, and Co-Founder and Director of creative studio We Are Here.
As a freelance performance director she has worked on national and international tours and off-west End theatre productions as well as working in opera and contemporary music.
She has worked as a Creative Producer on national festivals, with Kew Gardens and at the egg on the Incubator programme.
Alana Ashley is a makeup artist and designer. Working professionally for the past 15 years, she is experienced in a wide range of beauty and specific makeup processes and styles. With a strong creative approach, Alana specializes in face/body painting, vintage styling and sfx.
Emma Stevens-Johnson has a long and distinguished career in vocal tuition for film, television and theatre. She has recently finished work as accent and dialect coach on the critically acclaimed Here I Belong with Pentabus Theatre company and Ordinary Lives (Series 2 BBC1 Red Productions) and Mountaintop (F10 Theatre Company). Emma has been interviewed numerous times on radio, television and in the national press. Her work has also been highlighted in the BBC Wales documentary ‘Vicar Academy’.
Stevens-Johnson has worked with numerous people from many backgrounds. Her clients have included Rebekah Staton (Ordinary Lies), Rod Hallet (Ant Man), Rhod Gilbert, Ed Stoppard (Upstairs, Downstairs), Gabriella Marcinkova (360), Sharon Morgan, Lee Jones (The Bastard Executioner/Home & Away), Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsman), Gareth Bale, Katey Segal (Married with Kids), Kurt Stutter (Sons of Anarchy), Scott Haran, Darren Evans, Sara Lloyd-Gregory, Pooneh Hajimohammadi (The Machine), Leona Vaughan (Wolf Blood, Stella) and Yasmin Paige (Submarine).
Alex Fung is a creative and efficient lead animator with an interdisciplinary background in art, motion design and film direction.
He enjoys exploring all areas of production, from concept, through to final delivery and found my niche in animation. He is passionate about making visual ideas come to life with digital SLRs, After Effects and Cinema 4D.
Jim is an Bristol based creative generalist game developer who has been making immersive, playful experiences for 15 years. He has held leading roles for three games and worked in large triple AAA game studio, small indie studios and theatrical institutions.
He has worked as the lead developer on three games released in the public domain, experimented with robotics, and even worked with world famous Theatre Company Punchdrunk to push the boundaries of interactive theatre.
Saikat is a Bristol based British Bangladeshi writer and performer. Acting highlights include Tinkerbell in Peter Pan at Bristol Old Vic and then The National Theatre, Vince Arya in Monday Monday for ITV and Mr Chadley in Pennyworth for Epix and appearing in East is East.
As a writer, his work includes three autobiographical solo shows, The Tiger and the Moustache, Strictly Balti and In Search of Goldoni, a Christmas family show for Travelling Light Theatre Company, Three Kings, and most recently a play called Book Club which deals with conversations around race. He is also currently working on an epic poem, Bristol Argonautica.
Alex is a musican, composer and sound designer based in Bristol. As a musician, he has toured nationally with companies such as Wise Children on their self titled first production, and the National Theatre with ‘Jane Eyre’ as well as performing in productions closer to home with ‘Rapunzel’ at the egg theatre in Bath and ‘100:Unearth’ with Cornish landscape theatre company, Wildworks. As a composer and sound designer his work focuses on the combination of acoustic and electronic sounds and combining field recordings and found sounds to create immersive natural textures. He releases music under his own name and also plays Bass for Rachael Dadd.
Joseff is a South-West based Sound Artist; the bridge between a composer and sound designer. His work explores how these roles run in tandem and how sound can tap into our subconscious.
He trusts simplicity and granulated textures, valuing subtlety, space, evolving sound-cycles and the human ability to connect and be centered.
Joseff also puts immense value on the power of our natural environment and its movements.
Joseff has had work performed both nationally and internationally. Between 2016 – 18 he was Co-Artistic Director of Sofar Sounds Bristol. He curated over 40 immersive shows with eclectic artists from varying backgrounds and influences. These were staged in a wide-range of community venues in the South-West. Joseff also releases music under his own name, with his debut EP ‘Talking to Trees’ set to be released in August.
Michelle is an Irish actor, writer and director.
She is currently writing and developing a new play, investigating
our relationship with acute anxiety in 21st century life, and how it
feels to be trapped by it.
Inspired by her practice in qualitative research (exploring what
drives human thought and behaviour), she’s particularly interested
in the story of how our minds work.
Michelle loves working collaboratively with a broad range of
practitioners (from psychologists and scientists to composers,
technologists and game designers) to build worlds that are exciting
and challenging to play in. She is an associate artist with
interactive theatre-makers Coney, and Punchdrunk recently
collaborated with her on Audiences of the Future.
Theatre includes: Co-Writer & Co-Director of HOW WE SAVE THE
WORLD (Coney/The Natural History Museum/National
Environmental Research Council); Dramaturg/Director of THE
MOON UNDER WATER (Creative Arts East/ Applause Rural
Touring/National Centre for Writing); Co-Director & Maker of YOUR
CONNECTION IS NOT PRIVATE (Coney/Free Word Centre/Camden
People’s Theatre); Writer & Director of NIGHTMARE PLANTS (Bram
Stoker Festival/National Botanic Gardens of Ireland).
Ben is a creative technologist and co-director of award winning interactive studio, Megaverse. He is currently working on a range of different pioneering apps and experiences that combine new and emerging technologies with storytelling to create platform native experiences. Some of Ben’s most notable work includes creating the VR content for National Youth Theatre’s groundbreaking production of Frankenstein, which saw 4750 audience members experience VR as part of a live theatre show. Megaverse have won multiple awards including Design Week’s Best App design and Best Interaction design. Ben is the inaugural associate digital artist at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and has also been part of the Royal Shakespeare Digital Cohort. He is passionate about sharing his experiences and expertise making immersive and interactive stories with young people and to help them find their voice in this exciting emerging field. Ben has showcased work at prestigious events including Unity for Humanities, Creative XR, Cannes XR and later this year at SXSW.
Alex is a Bristol based movement director, facilitator, dancer and actor who recently graduated from Bath School of Music and Arts with a first class degree in acting. She works regularly with The egg’s outreach department and with Bristol Old Vic outreach department, nurturing young people’s creativity and theatrical exploration. She participated in the Made In Bristol scheme and as a result is a member of the Bristol based theatre company Inkbloc Ensemble, who have toured several devised shows. She regularly dances with Twisted Theatre and Angels Dance Academy (seen on series 2 of The Greatest Dancer).
Alex loves working with young people and developing their ensemble skills, playfulness and openness. Her experience with dance and movement heavily influences the high energy style which shapes their theatre practices.
Stevie has worked in theatre for over 25 years, creating theatre for, and with, young audiences.
As a performer, she has toured in shows nationally and internationally, from Stirling in Scotland to the Sydney Opera House!
As a director, she has made shows with Theatr Button (Germany), Theatre of Incurable Players, Rude Mechanical Theatre Company, Egg Theatre and Flibbertigibbet Theatre www.flibbertigibbettheatre.co.uk
She loves devising new work with young people and regularly runs sessions for The Egg Theatre, Tobacco Factory, Theatre Alibi and Travelling Light.
Miss Jacqui knows a lot about working with the cards that you are dealt. Especially because she is someone who always tries to challenge societal perceptions, like what it actually means to be a black woman with a disability.
A wheelchair user herself Miss Jacqui wants her poetry and music to help her listeners see the world differently, and inspire others to feel confident in being themselves.
Her love for Spoken Word/Poetry came to light in 2011, when she joined “Poets Platform” led by Kat Francois who is a well-known performance poet on the global poetry scene. It’s why Miss Jacqui care about the lyrical content in her work. She wants her work to be accessible for all while carrying a strong message to help people see the world differently, so that she can inspire and make people feel comfortable about being themselves.
As well as being an ambassador for multiple organisations that she holds close to her heart. Especially because equality, community, and exploring different art forms is something that Miss Jacqui is passionate about as well as positive change.
Since then Miss Jacqui has performed at various locations like the 2012 Paralympic Team Welcoming Ceremonies, Southbank Centre, and Roundhouse to name a few. Some of Miss Jacqui influences include music that focuses on a storytelling. Miss Jacqui believes that creativity can be a universal language and in her spare time, she is devoted to the exploration of poetry, music, songwriting, and of course performing.
When you are a minority in a minority in a minority, you have no choice but to stand out.
I want to break as many stereotypes as possible when it comes to me being a black woman with a disability.
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