Advanced Intensive Diploma 2015

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These are our 2014-15 Post-graduate level Diploma students, who graduated in December 2015.

In September 2015 they returned for the final term, and further intensive training, an Industry showcase and three more plays: BLACK BATTLES WITH DOGS, The ASCENT of WOMAN (GFCA’s first devised play) and BARREN SPRING (directed by Giles Foreman, adapted by Lysandre Mbappe of GFCA Paris) to conclude the final term, in December. Actor-Directors also each had the opportunity to direct a play, with showings on 25 & 27 November.

Members of Group 4 alumni participated in a French Industry Showcase hosted by GFCA Paris, and joined follow-on classes here at GFCA London.

In July 2015, Group 4 appeared in two plays; FRANZISKA by Frank Wedekind, directed by Alex Israel, at Studio Soho; and THE BACCHAE, directed by Giles Foreman, at Theatro Technis.


PGIP group 4

PGIP group 4


LOLA ANDREONI is French. Before training, she played Nala in the first French production of The Lion King. Lola performed in the TV series “Platane”, a CANAL+ production; music video “Gandi Lake: Weather Vanes” and short movies: “Bloody Romantism” which opened the 2013 ‘Off-Courts Festival’ and “Carte Postale: Bordeaux”, 2015 ‘Trés-Court Festival’. She played Karaminka, Dr Horstein/Servant in Franziska, and Chorus in The Bacchae.

SAMUEL ARNOLD is French; he started as a dancer. He reached the final of France has Talent, danced at the ‘Palais des festivals’ at Cannes and the premiere of the Michael Jackson film ‘This Is It’. He trained as an actor at EICAR, the International cinema school in Paris, and has made various short films including a remake of ‘Scarface’ playing Tony Montana, directed by Alec Cheronnet, before coming to London. He played Emmeran, Fahrstuhl in Franziska, and Teiresius in The Bacchae.

CONOR BERRY is from Edinburgh. While there, he made 3 short movies directed by Craig Moncur, then moved to America for 6 months, where he spent time in New York coaching children in music. On his return he moved to London, where he has continued working and developing his craft at GFCA He played Almer, Dirckens in Franziska, and Pentheus in The Bacchae.

MARGAUX BILLARD is French, and has been based in London since 2010. Previous roles in theatre include Scenes of a Sexual Nature at GFCA, and Swings and Roundabouts at the White Bear theatre, the feature film “Scarred at Last”  as well as voice-over, including the 2013 UK N.1 chart single “Love me Again” by John Newman. She is due to film the main role in short film “Avec amour Mon Cheri’ this August. She played Gislind in Franziska, and Agave / Chorus in The Bacchae.

MARIANNE CHASE has performed at the Kings Head, Hen and Chickens, Hope, Soho Theatre, Rich Mix and the Edinburgh Festival. She was featured as a Gryffindor Quidditch player in the Harry Potter Film series. After GFCA Foundation where she played The Servant and Death in Lorca’s Blood Wedding, she joined the PGIP Actor/Director route. She works with comedy ensemble Switchblade and will appear in online drama Crying Out Loud later this year. She played Rohrdommel in Franziska, and Agave / Chorus in The Bacchae.

LAURèNE DOVAL is French, and has worked in film and television. She also studied musical theatre. After one year of training in “Les Cours Florent” she moved to London and started her studies in GFCA. She played Sophie in  Franziska, and Agave / Chorus in The Bacchae.

JULIA-MARIA EIBEN is German; she has an acting degree, and additional training in New York and L.A. She has appeared in several short and independent films selected for film festivals, and theatre productions including Claire in The Maids by Jean Genet in Cologne: she has a variety of experience on film sets and has directed two short movies. She played Mother in Franziska, and Chorus in The Bacchae.

GABRIEL MARCEL has worked in Films and TV shows in Uruguay and Spain. In Uruguay he was trained by the National Ballet and Opera, then the french Theatre du Solei, Superior School of film and the Sala Beckett in Barcelona. His most recent work, the Spanish short movie 600$ has been in over 20 festivals including Venice, Milan, Edinburgh, Guadalajara, and New Delhi. He played Hofmiller, Old Baron Hohenkemnath in Franziska,  and Cadmus, Herdsman in The Bacchae.

PALOMA MARISCAL is Spanish; she studied theatre at “Estudio Corazza” for over 2 years, and also has a degree in Audiovisual Communication. Previous acting experience includes short films, a TV Series (Amar en Tiempos Revueltos), corporate video and various commercials in Spain and England (for E-lites cigarettes). Last year she filmed the feature film “Rock Band vs Vampires”. She played Duchess, Mousie in Franziska,  and Chorus in The Bacchae.

HECTOR MOSS trained as a violinist at the Royal Northern College of Music. Whilst there he began acting,  appearing in Coward’s Hayfever. He has appeared as an actor-musician in two feature films: Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, and Steve Knight’s Hummingbird, and has appeared in several independent films. He played Veit Kunz in Franziska and Messenger, Guard in The Bacchae.

NICOLA PEROT is Swiss / Italian, and has featured in numerous Swiss films and television productions. He gained a range of performing experience in the Junges Schauspielhaus Zürich“ including a production of Faust I. For his latest feature movie, der Hamster, he won the TV Movie Award for best supporting actor. He played Duke in Franziska and Dionysus in The Bacchae.

ALTHYR PIVATTO is Brazilian, and was in a theatre company in Brazil for 6 years before moving to the UK to join the Foundation course at GFCA, where he is now a PG Actor/director. Whilst training he played Trofimov in Cherry Orchard, The Moon in Blood Wedding, Count Shabielsky in Ivanov, plus Steven Berkoff’s Metamorphosis, and in Fuente Ovejuna. He played Chief of Police & Hagelmeier in Franziska and Teiresius in The Bacchae.

LUJZA RICHTER is a trilingual actress, born in France. She completed a 3 year intensive stage-training Baccalaureate before coming to London to attend the Foundation course at RADA. After further training with director Di Trevis and movement specialist Liana Niquist she joined this year’s PGIP at GFCA. Lujza is also very interested in experimental and physical theatre, which she hopes to pursue in the future. She played the title role in Franziska and Chorus in The Bacchae.

TOM SHARP is from Plymouth. Whilst studying Drama A-Level in College he played lead roles in ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’, ‘The Crucible’, ‘Lysistrata’ and ‘The Caretaker’. Tom has film experience, appearing in two movies for German television, plus enrolling in Shakespeare and Acting workshops at the Drama Centre, before joining GFCA. He played Breitenbach & Bein in Franziska and Pentheus in The Bacchae.

REBECCA WIELD is from London and trained at The Royal Ballet School, dancing professionally with English National Ballet, and internationally. After injury caused her to retire she taught Pilates at leading London studios, but her strong desire to return to the stage led to the PG programme. Rebecca’s credits include Mother in All My Sons, Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard and Babakina in Ivanov at GFCA. She played Lydia, Dr Horstein/Servant in Franziska, and Chorus in The Bacchae.

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