BA (Hons) coursesActing

Doug Cockle

Course Leader

Doug trained in the United States at Virginia Tech University (BA Theatre Arts) and the Pennsylvania State University (MFA Acting). He has performed professionally for over 18 years in the United States and the United Kingdom in fringe and regional theatre, television, independent and Hollywood feature films, commercials, corporate videos, radio and in PC and console video game voice over work. In addition to his work as an actor he has assisted in casting for television and the West End. He has taught acting and coached movement at Pennsylvania State University (USA), Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford College, Leeds University, Exeter University and at Maltepe and Yeditepe Universities (Turkey). Recent professional work includes the feature film Captain America, television pilot Acting Raw and lead character voice production work on PC games The Book of Unwritten Tales and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

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Katharine Piercey

Senior Lecturer in Singing and Acting

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. She has also worked as a musical director for productions such as Blithe Spirit and A Midsummer’s Nights Dream.

Katharine is an accomplished pianist, flautist and singer, and has worked as a freelance singing teacher for the past ten years. She also has experience of composing and arranging music for theatre.  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.  She is also 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, on the life of Charlie Chaplin, was especially written 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, television 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 and 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 principle 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. Petronilla began her career at the Space Theatre, Capetown – 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 3 stages and studio), the Young Vic, the Gate, West Yorkshire Playhouse, and The West End, and has toured nationally and internationally, to venues of all sizes, including schools, barns, village halls and 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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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 which for most of the time meant 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. He 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 started at the 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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