Advanced Intensive Diploma 2014
These are the Group 3 Post-graduate level Diploma students who graduated in September and December 2014.
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At the end of the third term at GFCA, Group 3 took part in an Industry showcase and two plays; AMPHITRYON by John Dryden, directed by Giles Foreman, and THE BALCONY directed by Christopher Simpson.
Most of the group continued on for a fourth Term with us; members completed a second showcase directed by Giles Foreman, and a production of WOLFGANG, directed by Paris Erotokritou. Also MMPH, a play written and directed by post-graduate Audrey Davenport, presented on Thursday 11th December at 1 & 7:30 pm and Friday 12th at 1 pm; and BALM IN GILEAD from 9 – 13 December 2014, directed by Timothy Trimmingham Lee – on Wednesday at 1 pm, Saturday at 2:30 pm, Weds, Fri and Saturday at 7:30 pm.
2013-2014 Post-graduate Intensive Acting Students
*Those who completed Term 4.
Niki Angus* (previously Campbell) is an actor from Devon. She started training in London as a dancer and since then has worked in mime and physical theatre with company The Artful Badger, along with various projects in film and theatre that have inspired her to continue her learning at GFCA. She played Laurencia in our production of Fuente Ovejuna.
Leonardo Celestino* was born and raised in Italy. He studied in Rome at drama school “La Fucina dei Motori Teatrali”. After moving to London he made short films and commercials for Chivas Whisky and “Nido Student Living” with Nick Bradley. Last year he performed in the play “Market Boy” in the role of Snooks written by David Eldridge and directed by Peter Darney. He played Don Fernan Gomez de Guzman in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Cafe Proprietor in Rhinoceros.
Rose Childerhouse originally intended a career in the Fashion Industry, but this led her to her true passion of acting. Previously she had trained with GFCA for 18 months, and played Tracy in last year’s PGIP production of Sugar & Spice. Previous experience includes TV commercials. She played Pascuala in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Grocer’s wife in Rhinoceros.
Audrey Davenport* originally hails from Canada, where she started acting at the age of fourteen. She has lived in France and studied clowning for a year. Audrey is thrilled to be studying at GFCA, where two plays that she has written will soon be produced. She played Jacinta in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and wrote the scene she performed in the showcase.
Maëva Demurger* is a Parisian actress who has featured in French film and television productions since the age of six. After studying French Literature in La Sorbonne, in 2011 she moved to London to pursue acting opportunities in English. Maëva is represented by Axelle Sibiril-Lefebvre at ACT 1 agency, Paris. She played Judge in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Daisy in Rhinoceros.
Diana Dimitrovici* previously studied Performing Arts in Bucharest, Romania. Roles include Christine in My Sister in this House, Trojan Women, and Phoenician Women at Theatro Technis. Previous experience includes TV commercials and short movies; recently she filmed a TV series for HBO. She played Queen Isabella of Castille in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Mrs Boeuf in Rhinoceros.
Laura Garnier* has attended GFCA part-time since 2010. She has a degree in Theatre (University of Kent), has performed for Duckie, in the site-specific production The Story of A Night Pianist, Clemens von Wedemeyer’s The Fourth Wall (The Barbican), & co-devised Daffodil (BAC). Laura played Jacinta in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Housewife in Rhinoceros.
Eduardo Gomez (previously Duarte Gomes)* is from Portugal, and spent two years in France studying at the prestigious acting school “Cours Florent”; he played Esteban in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Papillon in Rhinoceros.
Michael Hanratty* completed the 1-year acting course at Drama Centre London. Acting roles include the lead as Yann in The Orgy in The Lighthouse, numerous roles in The Space’s 5 hour Off-West End-nominated production of Nicholas Nickleby. He is a member of Hiraeth Artistic Productions, playing Sampson and Friar John in Romeo and Juliet and Young Lucius in Titus Andronicus which transferred from the Edinburgh Festival to the Arcola Theatre for a sell-out run. He played Frondoso in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Botard in Rhinoceros.
Leo Hatton* Leo worked for Punchdrunk Theatre’s Art Department including the recent National Theatre collaboration The Drowned Man – and also as a performer in It Felt Like A Kiss at the Manchester International Festival, a BBC / Adam Curtis collaboration. Short films; “Ripper Street” for NFTS and “Enough”, one of the winning films in the 50 Kisses online competition. She played Queen Isabella of Castille in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Housewife in Rhinoceros.
Rich Igoe* credits include: Up in the Wardrobe at the Broadway, Barking, The Communion of Lilies at Barons Court theatre, Tamburlaine at the Lion and Unicorn and Our Town at the Rose theatre. Screen work includes commercials for Htc and Nido; and short film Rayless, which made it into the top ten at The Pitch 2014 at Pinewood, the science-fiction contest. He played Flores in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Logician & Dudard in Rhinoceros.
Mairead Ladyman* came originally from the Outer Hebrides; she began acting at fifteen with Scottish Youth Theatre. After completing her Musical Theatre studies in Glasgow, Mairead pursued acting in Luxembourg where she first encountered GFCA. Mairead is loving the PGIP course and excited for her first London performance. She played Laurencia in our production of Fuente Ovejuna.
Natalia Massucco graduated in 2013 with a degree in Drama from the University of East Anglia, (UEA). Theatre credits include: Bessie Lee in ‘Jane Eyre,’ final year production at UEA, Beatie Bryant in ‘Roots’ at the Junction Theatre in Cambridge and News Reporter in ‘Mugged’ at the National Theatre, both directed by Robert Thorburn. She played Pascuala in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Mrs Boeuf in Rhinoceros.
Leonardo Salerni* previously studied for 3 years in New York at the Lee Strasberg Institute, his credits include the TV series “The Sister Plotz” filmed in New York, “Chaucer in Rome” by John Guare, at the Marilyn Monroe Theater in New York, and Silent Movie “Ms Fantasia and the Timekeeper”, which was well reviewed on the high-profile Wages of Film website. He played King Ferdinand of Aragon & Ortuno in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Jean in Rhinoceros.
Patricia Sluka was born in Switzerland of a Slovakian family. After studying Physics and Mathematics at school, she worked at the Swiss TV station as a presenter. She has worked as a model and actor in commercials, theatre, and both short and feature films. Her latest short, “The Anniversary“ was nominated for the Swiss Hotel Film Awards. She played Cimbranos in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Daisy in Rhinoceros.
Ben Manz (previously Thomas) Theatre credits include ‘The Chalk Legend’ at the HMV Forum in London, ‘L’Olympiad’ at the Bath Music Festival, ‘One Month Early’ with Big Bold Theatre in Edinburgh, and ‘Fame’ with Popular Productions in Dubai. Ben has experience in film and commercial work. He played Roy in Sugar & Spice in 2013, directed by Alex Israel. He played Don Rodrigo Tellez Giron in our production of Fuente Ovejuna, and Berenger in Rhinoceros.