Paul Clarkson Head Of Acting Courses
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 won the 1985 Laurence Olivier Award, as Actor of the Year in a Musical ‘The Hired Man’. 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 (Apollo Theatre Victoria), A Man of No Importance (Union Theatre Southwark and the Arts Theatre London), Promises and Lies (The Birmingham Rep), For King and Country (Greenwich Theatre), Working Class Hero, The Hired Man, Venetian Twins, (Nuffield Southampton), Down The Dock Road (Chester Gateway), Doctor Faustus, The Recruiting Officer and Our Country’s Good (Swan Worcester).

TV includes: Hollyoaks, The Manageress (Channel 4), Trippers Day (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: Any Bloke, 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: Women in Love, Laurel and Hardy and Outside Edge (Derby Theatre), The Dreaming and The Tempest (Birmingham Crescent Theatre), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (the Rose Theatre), Ladybird (BOVTS), A Christmas Carol, Guys and Dolls and The Comedy of Errors (The Drake Centre, Pangbourne) Time and Time Again (Frinton Summer Theatre) and The Dreaming (the Union Theatre, Southwark).

For BOVTS: The Beaux’ Stratagem, Our Town, The Love of the Nightingale, The Mill on the Floss, Mrs Beeton Says, The Snow Queen.


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