BA (Hons) coursesActing

Meet the team

So much more than teaching.

Our team doesn’t just inform – they inspire with memorable, groundbreaking courses. Our talented teaching staff work nationally and internationally as actors, directors, stage managers, and technicians.

Katharine Piercey

Course Leader

Katharine trained as an Actor Musician at Rose Bruford College and has an MA with Distinction in Devised Performance from the University of Winchester.

Her varied work as a professional actor musician has included Poppy at the ICA and Disjointed at Jermyn Street Theatre; touring with Quantum Theatre for Science; the films Ali G in Da House (Working Title) and Bonviva (DMI Productions), and a Tetley Tea advert.

A pianist, flautist and singer, Katharine also composes and arranges music for the theatre and spent 10 years working as a freelance singing teacher and musical director before moving into Higher Education. She has composed music for theatre productions such as Second Person Narrative, Ashgirl, Daisy Pulls it Off, The Good Person of Szechwan, Vanity Fair, Canterbury Tales, On the Razzle, Spring Awakening, Tales from Ovid, Beauty & the Beast and Mother Courage. Musical director credits include The Light Burns Blue, Dracula, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Blithe Spirit.

In 2012, she set up Sandpiper Theatre, a company which focuses on creating original theatre pieces using music as its source and inspiration. The company launched with A-Roving We Will Go, a promenade-style piece using actor musicians and written especially for the opening of the 2012 Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival. Katharine went on to create Mermaid & The Oyster, a site-specific piece devised in association with Oyster Pleasance for the 2014 Bournemouth Arts by the Sea festival, and as part of the Bathing Beauties exhibition at the Arts University Bournemouth.

Other directing credits include Freedom, Bread & Peace: a multi-media performance of a new score written by Karen Wimhurst, commissioned by Soundstorm and the Arts University Bournemouth for the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival; Turn of the Screw: a new musical written by Paul Knight and Chloe Austin, based on the novel by Henry James; and Into the Woods: a co-production between Kokoro, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s new music ensemble, and graduating students from the Arts University Bournemouth.

Katharine is also the co-founder of Gaudy Bunting, a theatre company which investigates the wider political perspective of different female roles, framed within a subversion of the classic comic double act (

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Kenneth Robertson

Senior Lecturer in Acting

MA (Performance). Cert. Ed. Art and Drama.

Ken has worked as an actor with The Young Vic, The Royal Shakespeare Company (under the directorship of Trevor Nunn), and he was a founder member of the award-winning Cheek By Jowl theatre company.

He has worked for numerous repertory theatres, London’s West End, touring companies and London fringe theatres. In 1973 he worked with the award-winning Japanese Physical Theatre Company: Red Buddha Theatre, directed by the world renowned musician, Stomu Yamashta.

In 1974 a play about the life of Charlie Chaplin was written especially for him and it played at Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Royal, in London. He received critical praise in the national press for his interpretation of the tramp character and his acting abilities – impersonation, song, dance, acrobatics and juggling and for recreating/devising routines for the production.

He has also appeared in many films, TV productions and TV and film commercials.

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Dr. Petronilla Whitfield

Senior Lecturer in Voice and Acting

Associate Professor Petronilla trained as an actress at Arts Educational Schools. She has an MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a PhD in Arts Education from Warwick University.

Petronilla was a professional actress for over twenty years, working with leading theatre companies and directors. She was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Peter Hall Company, The Young Vic, and has appeared in principal roles in the West End of London (Theatre Royal Haymarket, Donmar Warehouse, Aldwych Theatre, and Playhouse Theatre).

Petronilla has also toured in England and abroad with various theatre companies, and worked at many repertory theatres in the country. She began her career at the Space Theatre, Cape Town, the first multi-racial theatre in South Africa.

Her television appearances have included Grushko (BBC), Urban Jungle (BBC), Harry Enfield Show (Hat Trick Productions), and Terry and Julian (Channel 4).

Petronilla has taught voice and acting at Bath Spa University, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview Theatre Academy, and East 15 Acting School. Petronilla also has a PGCE and Certificate for Teaching English to Adults (CELTA).

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Jonny Hoskins

Senior Lecturer in Acting

Jonny studied Drama at Manchester University and trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

He has over 20 years’ experience as an actor, movement director, teacher, stilt-walker and puppeteer.

He has worked at the National Theatre (all three stages and studio), the Young Vic, the Gate, West Yorkshire Playhouse, and The West End. He has toured nationally and internationally, to venues of all sizes, including schools, barns, village halls – even a nuclear bunker.

Jonny has a qualification in Psychodrama, and has worked in Drama-Based Training, Corporate Role-Play, and Executive Coaching. His research interests include clowning, outdoor immersive theatre and theatre for ecological awareness.

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Craig Norman


Craig has worked as an actor, playwright and director. He trained at the University Of Glamorgan/Welsh College of Music and Drama and has a BA (Hons) in Theatre & Media Drama and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Post Compulsory Education and Training from the University of Southampton.

He is currently studying for an MA in Theatre & Performance at King’s College, London. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As an actor, Craig has worked locally and in London and he has toured nationally and internationally with classical and contemporary productions. His writing has been performed locally as well as nationally in Ringwood, Bristol, Exeter, London and internationally in Ireland. He has directed several productions at local venues including at Poole Lighthouse.

His first year of the MA at King’s College has allowed him to explore verbatim and in-yer-face theatre, the tension in terms of ownership between playwrights and performers and the success and/or failure of participatory arts projects. For his forthcoming dissertation, Craig is interested in exploring site-specific theatre.

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John Camble

Production Manager

John trained at the New College of Speech and Drama and has worked extensively in Stage and Production Management for over 30 years.

In Rep he worked at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter; Nottingham Playhouse and York Theatre Royal; in the West End at the Duke of York’s, the Mermaid, the Garrick, Sadler’s Wells and the Palladium.

He has Company Managed several touring productions for Triumph Apollo, Bill Kenwright and The Really Useful Company, and was Production Manager for the National Youth Music Theatre for 8 years.

TV work includes Floor Managing for Carlton TV and Production Managing for BBC Events.

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Pete Clifton

Technical Manager

After studying technical theatre at Middlesex University, Pete started his career as an Assistant Theatre Technician, operating the lighting and sound equipment.

He gradually worked his way up to become a Lighting Designer and Production Manager and has worked in many venues around the country ranging from the West End to mid-scale regional theatre to small scale arts centres.

Pete lived in Nottingham for several years where he co-founded the critically acclaimed 20-20 Theatre Company and worked at Nottingham Trent University on the Contemporary Art course.

He was Technical or Production Manager for many arts festivals in and around Nottingham, which at the time was one of the most important centres of Contemporary Art outside London. He joined AUB in 2005 where, as Technical Manager, he is responsible for Lighting Design and looking after the Acting course’s lighting, sound, video & recording equipment.

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