Paul Clarkson - Head of Acting Courses

Paul Clarkson

Head of Acting Courses

Paul has been a Director, Actor and Teacher for over 30 years. He has been Assistant Director at the Swan Theatre Worcester, Associate Director at Derby Playhouse Theatre, Director of Drama at Pangbourne College Berkshire and Course Director of the BA (Hons) Acting course at Birmingham School of Acting. He trained at LAMDA and in 1984 won the Laurence Olivier Award as Actor of the Year in a Musical playing John Tallentire in Howard Goodall and Melvyn Bragg’s ‘The Hired Man' at The Astoria Theatre London. He also created the role of Harry Bright in the original production of 'Mamma Mia' at The Prince Edward Theatre London.

Other theatre work includes: 'Wicked' at the Apollo Theatre Victoria, playing Dr Dillamond and The Wizard of Oz. Alfie Byrne in the European Premiere of 'A Man of No Importance' at the Union Theatre Southwark and the Arts Theatre London. Dave in the world premiere of 'Promises and Lies' (Birmingham Rep). Hamp in 'For King and Country' (Greenwich Theatre) 'Working Class Hero', 'The Hired Man', 'Venetian Twins', (Nuffield Southampton). ‘Down The Dock Road' (Chester Gateway). Mephistopheles in ‘Doctor Faustus’, Captain Plume in 'The Recruiting Officer' and Lieutenant Clark in 'Our Country's Good' (Swan Worcester).

TV includes: Two years as Zoe and Archie’s Dad, Graham Carpenter in 'Hollyoaks', Keith Nicholl in two series of 'The Manageress' for Channel 4, Mr Christian in three series of 'Trippers Day' for ITV, 'Outnumbered', 'Christmas Bedtime', 'Heartbeat', 'Macallum', 'Kavanagh QC', 'Kiss Me Kate', 'Eleven Men Against Eleven', 'Underworld', 'Drop The Dead Donkey', 'Dream Team', 'Home is the Sailor', 'Anna Lee', 'Class Act', 'Doctors', 'Casualty', 'The Bill' and 'Crossroads'.

Radio includes: Gavin in two series of 'Any Bloke' by Gary Brown, Alex Wiltshire in one series of 'Saplings', 'The Archers', 'The Climb', 'The Waterloo Model', 'Poseidon's Gold', 'Gilbert Without Sullivan', 'Julie and the Prince', 'The Bribery Warehouse' and ‘The Music Teacher’.

As a director his productions include: ‘Women in Love’, ‘Laurel and Hardy’ and ‘Outside Edge’ for Derby Theatre ‘The Dreaming’ and ‘The Tempest’ at Birmingham Crescent Theatre, ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole’ at the Rose Theatre, ‘Ladybird’ for BOVTS, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘The Comedy of Errors’ at The Drake Centre Pangbourne and Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Time and Time Again’ for Frinton Summer Theatre. He most recently directed Howard Goodall and Charles Hart’s ‘The Dreaming’ at the Union Theatre Southwark.

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