Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

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Faculty and Guests

Artistic Associates and Guests

Timberlake Wertenbaker, Honorary Chair
Timberlake Wertenbaker, an internationally renowned playwright, has received many awards for her work, including the Drama Critic's Circle Award for 'Our Country's Good' and the Critic's Circle Theatre Award for Best West End play 'Three Birds Alighting on a Field'. Her other plays, translations and adaptations include The Grace of Mary Traverse, The Love of a Nightingale, Credible Witness, Jenufa, Britannicus, Phedre, Hippolytus, Hecuba, Galileo's Daughter, After Darwin, and The Line.

Ben Whishaw, Artistic Associate
Proclaimed by many critics as one of the best young actors of his generation, Ben graduated from RADA in 2004 and played Hamlet at the Old Vic in the same year, directed by Trevor Nunn. Ben's film credits/leading roles include Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Bright Star, The Tempest, Stoned, I'm Not There and Brideshead Revisited. His theatre credits include plays in London and New York at The National Theatre, the Royal Court and off Broadway. Television credits include Criminal Justice and The Hour.

Teaching Faculty

Kathryn Pogson, Acting
Kathryn Pogson trained at Drama Centre. Theatre credits/leading roles include The Arbor and Aunt Dan and Lemon (OBIE Award) at the Royal Court, London, and Public Theatre, N.Y. For the Royal Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Balcony. London’s West End: Richard II, Richard III, and Hamlet. The Globe: Merchant of Venice.

Zoe Waites, Acting Shakespeare
Zoe is a RADA graduate with extensive experience in theatre, television and radio, particularly in the classical repertoire. After playing Juliet for the RSC shortly after graduating, she took on numerous leading roles for the company, working in both  Stratford and London, plus touring throughout the UK, internationally and to New York. Zoe has gone on to play principal parts at theatres across the country as well as in London, where her work includes ‘Mrs Klein’ and ‘The Play about the Baby’ at the Almeida; ‘Endpaper’, a one-woman play as part of the epic Sixty-Six Books at the Bush; and West End productions of the highly acclaimed ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ (which also visited Toronto) and Trevor Nunn’s ‘Birdsong’. As well as numerous television and radio credits, Zoe has most recently just finished a run of ‘King Lear’ at the Almeida playing Goneril to Jonathon Pryce’s Lear.

Leo Wringer, Acting Shakespeare
Leo’s theatre work includes: Blackta, More Grimm Tales, Hamlet (Young Vic); King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors (RSC); Julius Caesar, The Taming Of The Shrew, Titus Andronicus, Othello, (Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory, Bristol). Medea, (Abbey, Dublin & Queens Theatre, London), The Winter’s Tale (Complicite); Sixty-Six Books, Two Horsemen (Bush Theatre); While You Lie, (Traverse Theatre); The Wheel (National Theatre of Scotland); Search and Destroy, (Royal Court).
Film and Television includes The Kitchen Toto (Skreba Films); Silent Witness, Judge John Deed, Rough Crossings, Canterbury Tales, Casualty, (BBC); The Bill, Law and Order, (ITV) and Rebus (STV).

Ally Cologna, Physical Theater
A teacher at the Webber Douglas Academy in London, Allison Cologna trained at Paris’ Lecoq School and Theatre de Complicité.

Christopher Cook, Dramatic Criticism
Christopher Cook is an honorary visiting fellow at the University of London's Birkbeck College, he teaches for Syracuse in London and BADA; he is a cultural historian who has worked in broadcasting for the BBC, Channel 4 and continues to broadcast on cultural matters for BBC Radios 4 and 5 and the World Service. Christopher has been Head of Dept in one of London's Art Schools and is a Visiting Professor at University of the Arts, London. He has been a Visiting Professor at Gresham College where he has lectured on the visual construction of broadcast news in the UK and 'The Making of Modern Celebrity'.

Gerda Druks-Kok
Gerda Druks-Kok came to London from The Netherlands in 1978 with a background in dance and education to train as a teacher in the Alexander Technique with Patrick Macdonald and Shoshanna Kaminitz. Since qualifying Gerda runs a private practice in Central London. She gives workshops for a wide variety of organisations such as The International Congress of the F.M. Alexander Technique and has been involved in training students to become teachers in the Alexander Technique. She is at present a member of the Training Course committee of STAT.


Sue Goodman, Movement
After completing a degree in English and Drama, Sue studied expressive dance with Sigurd Leeder in Switzerland for three yrs. Returning to South Africa she ran the movement dept at Cape TownUniversity for five yrs. She established South Africa's first non-racial dance company, Jazzart, running it for five yrs before coming to London to study the Graham technique with Jane Dudley at The Place. She was head of Choreographic Studies at the the London Studio Centre and taught worldwide for the Royal Academy of Dancing. She is presently the Artistic Directorof D@win, the third yr dance company at Winchester University and Artistic Coordinaotor for the Step into Dance partnership run by the RAD.

Angela Hardcastle, Period Dance
Ballet mistress for the English National Opera, Angela Hardcastle has worked as a choreographer throughout the United Kingdom.

Gordon Kemp, Stage Combat (armed and unarmed)
Gordon Kemp trained as an actor and continued his stage combat training with Philip Stafford at the Globe Theatre. He is a certified teacher of Stage Combat at E15 Acting School, the University of Bath and LDA. He continues to act and choreograph stage fights. He is a founding member and resident fight director for the swashbuckling theatre company, LiveBlades.

Alison King, Auditions and Space, Place and Text
Alison has taught and directed at various drama schools including Mountview and Drama Studio (LSE). From 1992-2006 she was acting and auditions tutor at Webber Douglas Academy. Prior to teaching Alison spent several years acting in theatre, films and television, appearing for several seasons at leading repertory theatres. She has directed 'Educating Rita' in Germany for The English Speaking Theatre, and 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' in Cyprus and also fringe productions at Hampstead New End and Barons Court Theatre. Alison has been giving audition classes at Fordham since 2006, and this semester is also teaching an acting class. Although not on a regular basis, she holds workshops at The Actors Centre, in London, and at their Northern centres, Manchester and Newcastle. She has just finished acting in a play 'We Will Be Gone', written by her daughter Anna Jordan.

Simon Money, Voice, Speech and Dialects
Simon is a voice and accent coach apprenticed to Patsy Rodenburg at Guildhall, while studying for his MA in Training Actors (Voice). Recent projects: world premiere of SUM at the Royal Opera House, Mack and Mabel at Southwark Playhouse, Dancing at Lughnasa at the Mercury Theatre; he is Head of Voice at Actorworks, where he also directs. Simon is co founder of the theatre company Sterling Work, for whom he recently directed Betrayal. Simon has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and works with private and corporate clients as well as in theatre,film and television.


Dee Purrett, Alexander Technique
An LDA faculty member since 1991, Dee Purrett has worked regularly in experimental and sociological theatre.

Rosamund Shelley, Audition Tutorials
Information coming soon.


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