Staff & Governance Engaged and experienced staff
Students in Nicholas Nickleby rehearsals

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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
Stuart Harvey Director of Studies

Acting core staff

Paul Chesterton Director of Acting Courses
Geoffrey Brumlik Senior Acting Tutor and Head of MFA Acting Course
Carol Fairlamb Head of Voice and Head of MFA Voice Studies Course
Sue Cowen Senior Voice and Dialect Tutor
Joe Leat Voice and Acting Tutor
Jonathan Grosberg 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

Steve O’Brien Head of Production
Morag Massey Producer (Theatre and Events)

Joe Stathers Lighting Tutor
Ruth Sidery Stage Management Tutor
Bryony Rutter Stage Management Tutor
Frank Bradley
Sound Tutor
Meriel Pym Scenic Crafts Tutor

Andy Scrivens Head of Scenic Construction

Richard Maxwell Head of Film Production
Andy Jenks Audio and Film Tutor
Charlie Parkin 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

Writing and Directing core staff

Jenny Stephens Artistic Director
David Lane Head of Drama Writing
Nik Partridge Head of Drama Directing

Professional services staff

Student and Academic Services, Admissions and Administration
Stuart Harvey Director of Studies
Julia Heeley Higher Education Administration & Student Support Manager
Cherry Khoo Student Support Administrator
Marchia Abokie Admissions Manager
Rosemary Thomas Admissions Administrator
Michael Tew Admissions & Short Courses Administrator
Bianca Bewley Courses Coordinator
Morag Massey Producer (Theatre and Events)
Stephanie Lawrence Executive Assistant

David Lawton Finance Director
Jackie Gait Finance Officer
Sharon Willshear Finance Assistant

Marketing and Student Recruitment 
Matt Carmichael Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager
Kate Chaffey Marketing and Communications Officer
Kate Hearn Student Recruitment Outreach Officer
Vacant Marketing Officer (Courses)
Rachel Holman Marketing Assistant
Edie Foxell Digital Marketing Assistant

Non-degree Course Specialist
Faye Elvin

Premises and Reception
Ben Shillabeer Premises Manager
Fiona Reed Receptionist
Pat Tomes Receptionist

For details of visiting professional services staff, including in student support, counselling, and health and safety, please consult the guide to student support (PDF, 8015 KB).

Graduate Sahir Mehta
As soon as I visited the School, I fell in love with the place. Perhaps it sounds a bit irrational, but sometimes you get a vibe - and you just know! BOVTS gave me all the tools I needed to prepare for a career as an actor. Sahir Mehta, MA Professional Acting, 2018