Paul Chesterton Head of Acting

Paul Chesterton

Head of Acting


Biography

Paul has been a director and actor for over 15 years. Having graduated in 2000 from G.S.A. he has worked extensively as an actor in theatres such as The National Theatre, The Young Vic, Theatre Royal Bath and Birmingham Rep. Paul has worked as Artistic Director for Heartbreak Productions and is also a teacher and facilitator, teaching students from primary school to Masters level.

 

Acting credits include:  The Alchemist, Present Laughter;,The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other and The Odyssey at The Royal National Theatre; After Dido – The Young Vic; A View from The Bridge – The Touring Consortium and Theatre Royal Nottingham; Dracula at The Birmingham Rep. Laertes in Hamlet; Paris in Romeo and Juliet; Lysander in A Midsummer Nights Dream for Creation Theatre Company. Sir George Versatile in He’s Much to Blame at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds; Terry, Martin, Stewart and Earnest in Confusions; Brian in Joking Apart at The Mill at Sonning.

 

Directing Credits: The Nativity – A Donkey’s Tale (BOVTS); Much Ado About Nothing, The Secret Garden and Taming of the Shrew (Heartbreak Productions); Lady Anna: All at Sea (National Tour -Resident Director); Chips by Shaun Miller and Withdrawn by Pippa Moss (Open Letter Theatre Company – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016);  Boys by Ella Hickson at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015; Dick – The Adult Panto at The Star Inn Guildford, Titus Andronicus (assistant director) – Bold Tendencies Car Park, London; The Roses of Eyam by Don Taylor and Mike Bartlett’s 13 at G-Live Studio Theatre and Coram Boy at The Holy Trinity Church in Guildford.

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