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David O'Shea

Senior Lecturer – Acting

B A (Hons), PGDip, PGCAP, FHEA, MA


I am a graduate of De Montfort University B A (Hons) and Bournemouth University (PG Dip/MA). In 2017 I gained  a Post Graduate Diploma in Academic Practice from Southampton University and became a Fellow of the HE Academy the year after.

After winning the Royal Shakespeare Company (nsdf) Buzz Goodbody Award for directing, followed by short internship at the RSC, I became an associate director of the Leicester Haymarket Theatre and Artistic director of the Studio Theatre. I have over twenty professional theatre credits to my name including: Theatre Powys, Hoot Theatre Company,The Soho Theatre, Theatre De Juene, Strasburg, Palais De Musica, Valencia, The Rondo Theatre. I have also worked as a director for Channel 4 club X.  

Other work as a director and lecturer at prominent Drama Schools and Universities include: The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, The Manchester School of Theatre. L’ Escuela del Actor in Spain and The Arden School of Theatre, Manchester where I was Head of School.

Academic work includes: Cambridge University (Trinity Hall), York University,  University York Saint John, De Montfort University and Manchester Metropolitan University.   Areas of specialism include: The Stanislavsky System, Method Acting, Shakespeare, Acting for Camera and Acting through Song.

Professional practice

This is my fifth year as part of the B A (Hons) Acting team where as Unit Leader I have been mainly responsible for the level 4 training syllabus which is primarily investigating psychological realism.

I have am also responsible for the Acting for Camera training along with the Level 6 units Negotiated Practice and Production Practice.

Professional memberships

  • Directors Guild of Great Britain (1988–2019)


  • RSC Buzz Goodbody Award (nsdf) (lifetime)
  • London Fringe Award for Space )Soho Theatre (1989)

Research Specialism

I am currently researching the potential of the Stanislavsky System as a tool for Fiction writing. A Crime Fiction novel (that utilizes this approach) called – The Promised Land – will be published on line this Autumn.

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