Ali Poynter Costume Making Tutor

Ali Poynter

Costume Making Tutor


Biography

Ali joined BOVTS in 2017 on a permanent basis, having been a visiting tutor for 10 years and a freelance costume maker for the last 23 years. She holds a BA in Fashion (Middlesex University) and graduated from the BOVTS Cosutme course in 1999.

Ali has spent many years working across Theatre, TV, Film and in the Fashion Industry. Production credits include: Young Vic Theatre, ENO, BBC, Endermol, and Coast – ranging from Opera & Fashion to Light Entertainment.

Ali teaches costume making to undergraduates on the FDA and BA (Hons) programme. Current modules include: pattern drafting and cutting, garment development and construction, sewing and corsetry techniques, and design interpretation. The Costume department works alongside the Acting, Design and Production Arts departments to produce costumes for the many productions. Ali provides technical support to the students in realisation of a particular garment and finish.

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice