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Staff & Governance

A wealth of experience

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is proud of its engaged, experienced, industry-leading staff members.

Executive Leadership Team

Fiona Francombe Principal and CEO
Jenny Stephens Artistic Director
David Lawton Finance Director

Acting core staff

Paul Chesterton Director of Acting Courses
Geoffrey Brumlik Senior Acting Tutor and Head of MFA Acting Course
Hanna Adu-Boateng Acting Tutor
Carol Fairlamb Head of Voice and Head of MFA Voice Studies Course
Sue Cowen Senior Voice and Dialect Tutor
Dionne Draper Head of Music and Singing
Jack Price Head of MA Screen Acting Course
Jonathan Howell Head of Movement and Stage Combat
Clare Fox Dance Tutor
Joêl Daniel Movement Tutor

Production core staff

Helen Bater Director of Production Courses
Joe Stathers Head of Production Arts Courses
Ruth Sidery Stage Management Tutor
Elizabeth Morgan Stage Management Tutor
Frank Bradley Sound Tutor
Andy Scrivens Head of Scenic Construction
Meriel Pym Scenic Crafts Tutor
Richard Maxwell Head of Film Production
Andy Jenks Audio and Film Tutor
Dave Taylor Post Production Tutor, Coordinator and Editor
Jill Blundell Head of Costume
Ali Poynter Costume Making Tutor
Lois Edmunds Costume Making Tutor
Angela Davies Head of Design
Bronia Housman Design Tutor
Stephanie Dale Head of Drama Writing
Nik Partridge Head of Drama Directing

Professional services staff

Julia Heeley Higher Education Administration & Student Support Manager
Marchia Abokie Admissions Manager
Rosemary Thomas Admissions Administrator
Michael Tew Admissions & Short Courses Administrator
Bianca Bewley Courses Coordinator
Ruby Gilmour Associate Producer
Stephanie Lawrence Executive Assistant (currently on maternity leave)
Sarah White Executive Assistant (maternity cover)
Fiona Reed Receptionist
Pat Tomes Receptionist

Jackie Gait Finance Officer
Sharon Willshear Finance Assistant

Marketing and Student Recruitment 
Matt Carmichael Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager
George Spender Marketing and Communications Officer
Anastasia Kudryashova Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer
Rachel Holman Marketing Assistant

Estates Manager
Joe Watt

Students drinking coffee in Clifton Village
The training provided by the MFA programme is superb. The depth with which we explore, paired with unyielding curiosity that is met with the most knowledgeable, passionate, expert tutors is what makes BOVTS programme one of the finest around. I feel honoured to call BOVTS my grad school. Rachel McVay, MA Professional Acting Student