Luke Marquez BA(Hons), PGDE, MA.

Artistic Director

Luke Marquez

Artistic Director 

Directing credits include: Nightlife - The Furnace Nightclub (Site specific); The Anima Project - Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014, **** Edfringe Review; The Gathering - Artsite, Post-Modern Gallery (Site specific); The Magnificent Doctor Faustus - Shoebox Theatre; The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party - Shoebox Theatre; The Wonderful World of Dissocia  - Shoebox Theatre 2016; An Account of a Savage – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016, **** Broadway Baby; When the Rain Stops Falling - Shoebox Theatre; The Unbinding - 2017/18 Tour.

 

Luke is an experienced Director, Lecturer and Workshop Leader specialising in contemporary theatre and arts education. Having graduated from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with an MA in Applied Theatre, he went on to establish Wrong Shoes Theatre Company and the Shoebox Theatre, through which he creates and programmes contemporary theatre and new work. He has also worked with other theatres and arts education organisations including the Pegasus Theatre. Oxford and Prime Youth Theatre. In addition, he has a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts and a PGDE in Drama. Luke has been providing one-to-one tuition and theatre workshops for over 12 years, working within a professional and community context, as well as within formal education. 

 

As a Director he works with both scripted and devised theatre, experimenting with experiential performance and encouraging the audience to engage with the work. He often creates theatre in unusual settings, combining a range of disciplines and a collaborative approaches to theatre making.

Billie Piper

Patron

Billie Piper was born in 1982 in Swindon, England, where she studied at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Her career began when she appeared on the children’s television show Scratchy & Co. At the age of 15 Piper became the youngest artist to debut at number one in the UK Singles Chart.

In 2005 Piper got her acting breakthrough when she was cast as Rose Tyler in revival of The Doctor Who. The role saw Piper win the Most Popular Actress in the 2005 and 2006 National Television Awards. She was also awarded South Bank Show Award’s Breakthrough of the Year 2006, Television and Radio Industries Club’s Best New TV Talent 2006 and Best Actress at TV Quick and TV Choice Awards. In 2007 she returned to television to star in Secret Diary of a Call Girl where she starred as Hannah Baxter for three series. Other notable performances are her role as Hero in the televised ShakespeRe-Told: Much Ado About Nothing, for this role she won the TRIC Award for New TV Talent (also for Doctor Who) and nominated for Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress. More recently she has played Lily Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful series which saw her nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Fangoria Chainsaw.

In theatre she started her stage career in 2007 in Treats, playing Ann at the Garrick Theatre, she was nominated for Evening Standard Theatre Award’s Best Actress. In 2011 she appeared as Carly in Reasons to be Pretty at the Almeida Theatre, but it was her portrayal of Connie in The Effect at the National Theatre that got her nominated for Best Actress in a Play for the Whatsonstage.com Awards and Laurence Olivier Awards. Following this she played the role of Paige in Great Britain at the National Theatre which also saw her nominated for the London Evening Standard Theatre Award’s Best Actress and win Best Actress at the What’s On Stage Theatre Awards.

Piper returned to the West End in Yerma at the Young Vic in the summer of 2016 where the show received 5 star reviews and won her the Olivier Award, Evening Standard Theatre Award and Critics’ Choice for Best Actress. In January 2017 it was announced the production would return to The Young Vic in July 2017 once again starring Piper in the title role. 

Cheryl Stapleton 

Masterclass Practitioner - Comedy and Commedia dell'arte 

Cheryl Stapleton is a comedy actress, director and qualified drama teacher. She runs Learning Through Theatre, delivering workshops nationwide and staging Commedia dell'Arte masked theatre productions. She trained in physical performance with leading experts including Philippe Gaulier, Marcello Magni, John Rudlin, Antonio Fava and mask-maker Michael Chase. Her specialism is physical comedy and has taught at Circomedia, RADA, University College London, University of Gloucestershire and at schools and colleges throughout the UK.

Bee Daws

Masterclass Practitioner - Puppetry

Bee Daws is an experienced puppeteer and puppet maker, specialising in hand and rod puppetry and Bunraku puppets.

 

As well as receiving training from War Horse’s Tom Morris and Toby Olié, Little Angel Theatre and Blind Summit Theatre - Bee was taught by ‘Fly in a pie’ founder Marc Parrett and is training in puppet building skills with Peter Pullon. She also studied Theatre Directing at the University of Falmouth and works as regular practitioner for the Shoebox Theatre. 

Edalia Day

Masterclass Practitioner - Jacques Lecoq and Clowning

Edalia has been a professional actor and facilitator for over 10 years. Since training at ALRA and the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Edalia has played a variety of classical and contemporary roles often with actor musicianship, physical comedy, and wild physical abandon! Most recently, Edalia played Prospero and Trinculo in an open-air production of the Tempest with Red Rose Chain Theatre Company.
 
Edalia is currently touring ‘Super Hamlet 64’, a one-person mix of clown, music, spoken word, video-gaming and Shakespeare's tragedies, Too Pretty to Punch and Spectacular Spacebots!

Rebecca Martin

Youth Theatre Teacher 

Rebecca is an experienced performer and teacher specialising in early-years Drama. 

As well as playing Lillian in Wrong Shoes' most recent touring production of The Unbinding, she also has a BA (Hons) in Drama from the University of Winchester.

Credits include: The Unbinding (Wrong Shoes Theatre Company) - Lillian  Woyzeck (P.E.A Theatre Company, 2016) - Doctor. Out for the Count (DNA Theatre Company, 2014) - Lucy. Capti-Gaeth (The Unknown Theatre Company, 2013) - Four.

Tom Jordan

Stage Combat Practitioner

Tom Jordan is a professional Fight Choreographer and Stage Combat Instructor, working across the UK. He is an RSC Associate Practitioner, experienced instructor and Vice Chairman of the APC, and is an associate teacher at Guildford School of Acting. He has taught for Theatre Royal Bath, The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and St. Davids Hall, Cardiff among many other establishments. He is also the Stage Combat instructor at University of Gloucestershire and runs APC exam courses across the UK.

Aaron Parsons

Masterclass Practitioner - Directing 

Aaron Parsons is an experienced theatre director, making highly visual work, incorporating physical theatre, puppetry and text in both conventional and non-conventional theatre spaces. Since graduating from Bristol Old Vic with an MA in Directing, he has worked as Associate Director for Prime Theatre, is an Associate Artist for New Mutiny and has made work for Travelling Light, Thimble Theatre, Rose Theatre Kingston, Circomedia and Bath Literature Festival.

Matt Cross

Masterclass Practitioner - Screen Acting

Matt Cross is a professional actor, writer and director working in television, film and theatre. Television Credits Include: Tim in Misfits - Quite Funny Films, Sean in Shameless - Company Pictures, Jimmy Lips in Life on Mars - Kudos Television, Paul in Law and Order UK - Kudos Television, Casualty, Holby City and Doctors - BBC. Film Credits Include: Akut in Tarzan - David Yates,Warner Bros, Muto in Godzilla - Andy Serkis, Warner Bros, Alex in Any Other Sense - James Tyler, Lester in Bypass Duane Hopkins, Dominic in Trance - Danny Boyle, Warner Bros, Des in Come on Eileen - Cloud 8 Productions, Tim in Double Time -Tiger Aspects, Apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar - Really Useful Films, Mike in Monster - Independent.

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