Teaching Faculty Pool
Kathryn Pogson, Program Director
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
Ally trained at the Jacques Lecoq school. She was joint artistic director of Brouhaha Theatre Company 1991-2004. Brouhaha specialized in a visual form of theatre making drawing especially from the forms of storytelling, mask work and clown. Ally teaches physical theatre at The Royal School of Speech and Drama, St Mary's University and LDA Fordham University USA. As an actor she has collaborated with, Paul Hunter and John Wright (Told by an Idiot), Marcello Magni (Complicite) and Alain Gautré (clown genius). TV includes 'When Britain Went Bananas' and 'Deadringers' BBC2.
She has recently directed for Haste Theatre 'Beyond Cragporth Rock' (London run and UK tour), The Upstairs Brigade, 'Birthday in Suburbia' (St Mary's University and Brighton Fringe) and collaborated with Actors of Dionysus on their project Antigone. She regularly directs at St Mary's University..
After Gerda finished her studies at the Dutch academy for children’s education, she continued her studies, direction modern and educational dance in the Theatre Academy of Amsterdam, where she discovered the Alexander Technique. Inspired by the Alexander work, she later moved to London to train as a teacher in the Alexander Technique with Patrick Macdonald. After qualification, she opened a private practice, worked in Adult education and gave introductory workshops about the Alexander Technique in a variety of organizations. A few years later, in 1988, she became a faculty member of what is now LDA. At the same time she was involved in training Alexander students to become teachers and was invited to join the Alexander Institute with Marjorie and Dr. Wilfred Barlow. When the Alexander Institute closed, she co-founded the Alexander Studio, began presenting workshops at the International Congress of the Alexander Technique and became a member of the teacher training course committee.
Charlotte has been working with historical dance and movement for nearly a decade. Her choreographies have been seen in many places including Hampton Court Palace, The Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Dover Castle, Bolton Castle and Bolsover Castle. She worked as choreographer on three major 17thC Masque recreations at The Banqueting House. She has also worked as a consultant and movement director for many period TV dramas. She is currently an Associate Artist for Historic Royal Palaces and holds an MA in Dance Studies exploring the lost dances of the 13thC.
Kate trained at the Drama Centre, London. She has played many leading roles in theatre including Isabella in Measure for Measure, Adela in The House of Bernarda Alba at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, the title role in the Duchess of Malfi at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre and Aricia in Racine’s Phaedra at Riverside Studios. She has played series regulars and guest roles in several TV series. Kate is also a screenwriter for film and TV. In 2014, her TV film The Challenger, starring William Hurt won the Royal Television Society award for best single drama.
Kat is a voice and dialect specialist with an MA in Voice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her recent professional credits include productions for Out of Joint, Nottingham Playhouse, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, and Salisbury Playhouse. She also teaches at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Gordon Kemp, Stage Combat (armed and unarmed)
After originally training as an actor at the London Academy of Performing Arts, Gordon opted to continue his stage combat training, serving an apprenticeship at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. He then went on to qualify as a certified teacher with both the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat. He now works as a professional fight director for both theatre and film. Recent credits include The Phoenix Of Madrid at the Ustinov Studio, Bath; and the world premiere of John Gielgud & Terrence Rattigan's adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities at the Corbett Theatre, London. Gordon also teaches stage combat at various drama schools across the country. These include East 15 Acting School, where he teaches on the U.K.'s only full time 3 year stage combat degree course, and also Bath Spa University, Fordham University and the London Dramatic Academy. When time allows, he still works as an actor and is a founding member, choreographer and performer with the swashbuckling theatre company, LiveBlades.
Bryan Oliver is an actor, writer, director and drama teacher, and trained in both Meisner and Stanislavski. As an actor he has played leading roles for Repertory Theatres and Touring Companies and worked for many Fringe and Alternative Theatre Companies. Being fairly tall, he was often asked to play police and fireman roles on TV. As a writer he has had several plays produced by BBC Radio 4 and Radio Telefis Eirean and has written, directed and produced many plays on the London Fringe. He is a founder member of The Actors Gateway where he teaches the Meisner technique.
Dee Purrett, Alexander Technique
An LDA faculty member since 1991, Dee Purrett has worked regularly in experimental and sociological theatre.
After studying Spanish, French and German at Cambridge University Simon trained as an actor at Guildhall and with Philippe Gaulier. He has acted all over the country with the RSC and others, picking up a British Theatre Awards nomination for Best Performer and a Fringe First in Edinburgh, and in the West End and at BAM NY with all-male Shakespeare company Propeller. He has taught Shakespeare at Drama schools in Barcelona, Rome and Germany, and translated plays for the Royal Court, the Institut Français and the Old Vic. He has also written extensively for radio.