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STAFF

Gillie Kerrod

Gillie trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and works as a professional actress in Theatre, Television, Voice over and Roleplay. She works as a voice over artist recording educational material for children and adults. Gillie also works as a freelance drama workshop leader and has been working with Calderdale Theatre School since 1983 and as Artistic Director since 1992. She has worked as a drama practitioner for many organisations including The National Trust, Leeds University, The National Media Museum, Wild Rose Theatre Arts, and currently for Q20 Theatre Company and The International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA).

Stephen Finegold

Having gained a First Class Honours Degree in Performance Arts from Bradford University Stephen went on to study acting at Royal Central School for Speech and Drama and has performed in theatre, television and film ever since.  Companies Stephen has worked for include Shared Experience, The National Theatre, The New Vic in Stoke, The Library Theatre in Manchester and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

 

Stephen's particular interests are visual theatre, using clown and mask and the exploration of new and unusual spaces, which take theatre performances out of traditional spaces. He is increasingly interested in the role of music in theatre and has recorded four albums as a founder member of Acoustic Blue.

 

Stephen has been Associate Director with Works Well Productions for fourteen years and has directed theatre throughout the UK. He has recently embarked on a new venture working with Fabio Luisi and Sesto Quatrini on staging opera in Europe as well as continuing to act as Artistic Director and Ensemble Leader for International Schools Theatre Association festivals worldwide."

Robert Garrett

Rob trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. As a theatre actor he has worked at Bolton Octagon, Royal Exchange and Library Theatre in Manchester, and Derby Playhouse, amongst many others. Favourite parts played include Orsino in ‘Twelfth Night’, Antipholus of Ephesus in ‘Comedy of Errors’ and the Ghost/Player King in a production at Lancaster Castle. Most recently he appeared as Jeremy in ‘Posh’ for Beacon Actors. On Television he appeared as Sir Thomas Wyatt in ‘Elizabeth R’ and in the series ‘Family at War’ as well as films and plays made for television. 

 

For many years he worked as a voice teacher at Bretton Hall campus of Leeds University teaching all aspects of voice and speech training. He has also worked for theatre in education companies delivering workshops, in addition to education companies at for Harrogate Theatre, Theatr Clwyd and Bolton Octagon. He is particularly interested in the vocal development of young people.

He has written three plays for Calderdale Theatre School; ‘Golden Voyage’, ‘Island of the Mighty’, and most recently ‘The Monkey King’ in 2013.

Jennifer Birch

Jennifer joined Calderdale Theatre School in 2002 as a student in Year 7. When she left CTS she studied Drama at Liverpool John Moores University, graduating in 2014. Since then, she has been performing across the country in numerous childrens productions, including Alice in Wonderland and Cyril the Squirrel. She has a passion for puppets, and is behind all the magnificent puppets you may have seen in recent CTS productions. It is safe to say, she is mad about puppets. 

Ben Healey

Ben studied theatre at Huddersfield University and has been an active writer and director since. He is the founder of local theatre group Grim North Theatre; a company that specialise in Avant-guarde and experimental theatre forms.

Ben works within the education department at Eureka! the National Children’s Museum.  As part of the team he devises content for the public performances and also trains the front of house staff in delivering workshops and shows, storytelling and spontaneous engagement.

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