Giles Foreman is one of the leading acting coaches in the UK and throughout Europe, and is a specialist in the Methodological approach to acting.
Giles has worked as an acting coach at the Drama Centre, London; Deutsche Schauspiel Akademie, Berlin; The Forum for Filmschauspiel, Berlin; Creative Education, The City Lit; NODA; Stage Center – Jerusalem, the Pula International Festival of Theatre, Croatia; the International Festival of Making Theater, Athens; Trixter and Eicar in Paris; FOCAL in Switzerland; GFCA in Luxembourg; at the Centro del Actor in Madrid; First Take Schauspielschule in Koln, and Munich’s Acting Atelier. He is a specialist in realism for stage and screen and also the ‘Movement Psychology’ work of Yat Malmgren, introducing the work to a new generation of actors in Zurich, Berlin, Paris, Munich, Madrid and Rome.
He has run workshops all over the world and has coached on many movies (See filmography below). These include the award-winning film by Hong Khaou, Lilting starring Ben Whishaw; Schutzlos (Tatort); Der Kreis (which recently won the Teddy award and the audience award at the Berlin Film Festival and has been nominated as an entrant for the best foreign language film at the Oscars); the multi award-winning film Der Goalie bin Ig directed by Sabine Boss; Dawn directed by Romed Wyder and starring Jason Isaacs (UK, Swiss and Israeli co-production); Gletscherblut directed by Marvin Kren (Austria); Swiss Grounding, Sennentuntschi and Das Schweizer Missen Massaker all directed by Michael Steiner; Pedaleur du Charme directed by Daniel von Aarburg; the award-winning Teddy-nominated Romeos directed by Sabina Bernardi; and Ruhestoerung directed by Robert Ralston. He also worked on the video for the Kooks single – Sway. He regularly coaches actors individually on films. He has directed two shorts to date, most recently Oleander in Luxembourg and Job’s Dinner starring Maureen Lipman and Philip Franks.
Giles was a founder member of EuroCircles, a company created to promote pan–European cultural exchange, and has produced a variety of pieces from around Europe, notably Lorca’s In Five Years Time, directed by the Spanish director Marta Momblant-Ribas (Critics Choice – Time Out and The Guardian), and an installation / performance event The Krankenhaus from Berlin. He worked with Visiting Arts (British Council) and the Gate to bring Tbilisi’s Basement Theatre to the Gate’s East Meets West season.
Giles Foreman trained as an actor himself at the Drama Centre, London under the renowned Christopher Fettes, Yat Malmgren and Reuven Adiv; an academy that produced a host of Internationally celebrated actors including Anthony Hopkins, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Anne Marie Duff, Paul Bettany, Michael Fassbender, Geraldine James, Tom Hardy and many others.
Giles studied alongside Helen McCrory, Tara Fitzgerald, Anastasia Hille, Colin Tierney, John Simm, Sean Harris, Anne Marie Duff among others. As a member of the teaching staff at Drama Centre London he taught during a period that produced many renowned actors, notably Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy. He has coached and or directed huge numbers of actors over the years. To name a few: Santiago Cabrera, Gwendoline Christie, Ryan Gage, Stephen Wright, Ruta Gedmintas, Jaime Murray, Morven Christie, Daniel Sharman, Alex Gonzalez, Lily Cole, Aura Garrido, Alba Gonzalez, Carla Juri, Delia Meyer, Suki Waterhouse, Michael Neuenschwander, Merlin Leonhardt, Salvatore Greco, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Catrinel Marlon, Alessandra Balazs, Aleksy Komorowski, Alice Spisa.
Theatre credits include: Double Tongue (Border Crossings), Don Quixote (Gate Theatre), The Island (Eurocircles Tour – Georgia, Germany), A Language of Love (GIFT Festival, BAC), Shivah (Royal National Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Peter Hall Company, Haymarket Theatre), Merlin, The Broken Heart (Arts Threshold), Aubrey Beardsley in Beardsley (Stage One) and Boffi in Pirandello’s As You Desire Me (New End). TV credits include Bonekickers, Warwalks, The Bill and 100 per cent and his film work includes Trigger Tiger, Napanee, The Cave, Summer Suite, Red Wolf and The Changeling.
His directing work includes: Demons by Lars Noren (GFCA), Virginia Woolf – Between a Rock and a Wave (Vienna), Comme Il Vous Plaira (GFCA Paris), The Oresteia (Theatro Technis), The Bacchae (Theatro Technis), Amphitryon by John Dryden (Theatro Technis), Don Juan by Moliere (GFCA), The Phoenician Women (Theatro Technis) Oedipus Rex (Arcola Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Chelsea Theatre) Richard III (Courtyard Theatre), Electra (Theatro Technics) Macbeth, and The Other Side of the Wall (Tristan Bates Theatre), Hilda by Marie Ndiaye (Pentameters Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival for the Caravanserai), The Wall – a piece Giles created and directed after a two year process in which he visited the Saharawi Refugee Camps in the Southern Algerian Saharan desert (performed as part of the Sandblast Festival Nov 2007), The Tempest (Central School of Speech and Drama), Dr Faustus (The Caravanserai at the Bridewell Theatre), Trenches (Pentameters). He co-wrote and directed Kicking Oscar’s Corpse (Man in the Moon – a true story dealing with human rights in Syria – the idea arising from a journalistic trip), Joan of Arc, The Mayor of Zalamea, Britannicus, A Month in the Country, Six Characters in Search of an Author, As You Like It (Drama Centre, London), Party Time (Landor Theatre), The Suspicious Truth by Juan Ruiz de Alarcon (Garage Theatre) and Armenia – A Thousand Branches (Hellenic Centre).
Giles has also directed two short films: Job’s Dinner, starring Maureen Lipman and Philip Franks, and Oleander.
He produced La Femme et Le TGV and cast Jane Birkin in the title role. The film has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short film, Oscars 2017 (status at February 2017).
In 2005 he founded Caravanserai Productions and Acting Studio alongside a group of advanced students, and is the current Director. In 2012 he created the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting in the heart of the UK film and TV industry in Soho, London. In 2015 this expanded to Paris with a studio in the 18th arrondissement – GFCA Paris, offering the same intensive range of advanced-level training; followed by GFCA Zurich and GFCA Luxembourg in 2016. In 2014 he founded Micalzo Films – a production company with a slate of films currently in development.
Giles Foreman Filmography:
2016 La Femme et le TGV – short. Dir: Timo von Gunten OSCAR NOMINATED: LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
2016 Blue My Mind – feature. Dir: Lisa Bruhlmann
2016 The Station – feature. Dir: Marvin Kren
2015 Mimi – Dir: Brando di Sica
2015 Lina Liebt – Dir: Michael Shearer
2015 Berlin Eins – Dir: Marvin Kren
2015 L’ame du Tigre – Dir: Francois Yang
2015 Oleander – Dir: Giles Foreman
2015 Der Verdacht – Dir: Sabine Boss
2014 Schutzlos (Tatort Luzern) – Dir: Manuel Hendry
2014 Klassentreffen – Dir: Ulrike Schweige
2014 Job’s Dinner Dir: Giles Foreman
2014 Der Kreis – Dir: Stefan Haupt
2013 Lilting – Dir: Hong Khaou
2013 Ziellos – Dir: Nicklaus Hilbery
2013 Tatort (Luzern – ongoing) – Dir: various
2013 Achtung Fertig Charlie 2 – Dir: Oliver Rihs
2013 Der Goalie bin Ig – feature Dir: Sabine Boss
2013 Autour de Luisa – feature. Dir: Olga Bailliff
2012 Sperm – short. Dir: Nicola Quilter
2012 Feuchtgebiete – feature. Dir: David Wendt
2012 The Station – feature. Dir: Marvin Kren
2012 Dawn – feature. Dir: Romed Wyder
2012 Das Missen Masakker – feature. Dir: Michael Steiner
2011 Romeos – feature. Dir: Sabine Bernardi
2011 X Men-First Class – feature Dir: Matthew Vaughn
2011 Immortals – feature. Dir: Tarsem Singh
2010 Sennentuntschi – feature. Dir: Michael Steiner
2010 Ruhestrorung – TV Movie. Dir Robert Ralston
2010 Hugo Koblett – feature. Dir: Daniel Von Aarburg
2006 Swiss Grounding – feature. Dir: Michael Steiner
2006 Trigger Tiger – feature. Dir: Salome Machaidze
In Development as a Producer
The Kelpie’s Pearls – feature
John Dee – feature
Trespassers – feature
Silke – TV Series