​​​​​​​Bristol Acting Academy

BAA

Bristol
​Acting

Academy

Teaching Staff

All of the teaching staff at the BAA are teaching at, or have taught at, or are graduates of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Gary Owston.

Gary is the Director of the Bristol Acting Academy and has been teaching for the last 30 years. He teaches Voice, Accents & Dialects and Acting. Gary trained as an actor at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, and at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Gary has taught in most of the top London Drama Schools, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the Children's Theatre in Minneapolis and is currently the Senior Voice & Dialect Tutor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Gail Gordon.

Gail teaches Movement. After successful theatre and choreographic careers which have included international performances, invitation appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, choreographing shows in London's West End as well as notable provincial theatres including the Bristol Old Vic, Bath Theatre Royal and The Everyman at Cheltenham, Gail is now Head of Dance and Movement Director at The Bristol Old vic Theatre School. She has choreographed numerous productions for BOVTS. Her most recent venture is as Dance Director for Chantry Dance Company which feeds her particular interest in cross-art form work.

Sam Ellis.

Actor/Director. Sam is a Drama Tutor at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He received an MA in Directing from the School in 2010. Sam trained as an actor at The Royal Scottish Academy Of Music & Drama and Ecole Philippe Gaulier. Over the past twenty years he has played many roles for stage, television and film, including “Private Hastings” in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.

Toby Hulse.

Toby teaches Improvisation.  He trained as a director at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and, after four years as Associate Director (Education) at Bristol Old Vic, now works freelance as a playwright, theatre director and creative practitioner.  He has written for, amongst others, the Watermill, The Egg, Polka and Bristol Old Vic, and directed for Oxford Playhouse, Gonzo Moose, Pickled Image, Bristol Old Vic and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  He is a Guest Tutor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where he teaches Improvisation, Clowning and Performing for a Younger Audience.


Rae Piper.

Rae is a professional dancer, actor and choreographer. She has performed in ballets, musicals, operettas and straight theatre, as well as working as a contortionist and aerialist. Her credits include founder member of Chantry Dance Company (CDC); Compagnia del Cuerpo de Indias, Sadler’s Wells, LBS; ‘Anyone For Tea’ for Les Enfants Terrible, Lyric Hammersmith; Swing/Acrobatics Captain (original cast) in Love Never Dies, Adelphi Theatre, West End. Rae assists Paul Chantry in his choreographic work outside of CDC. She has taught on a peripatetic basis for over 10years at BOVTS, also at Bristol University, The Circus Space and Sadler's Wells.

Paul Chantry.

Paul has had a successful career as a dancer and actor, working with choreographers/directors such as Gillian Lynne, David Bintley, Javier De Frutos, Richard Jones and James Conway. He has performed for companies including Sadler's Wells, Opera De Lille, Scottish Opera,  English National Opera amongst others. Paul leads Chantry Dance Company (CDC) which has performed at Sadler's Wells amongst other venues. Outside of CDC, Paul has choreographed shows for Les Enfants Terribles,  The Merry Opera Company, The Royal Festival Hall and Birmingham Stage Company. He has taught classes at venues including Sadler's Wells, ENO, Pineapple, Danceworks and Central School of Ballet.

Chris Donnelly.

Chris teaches Acting and is also a Director. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has had a successful career as an actor. Chris has worked for: Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory; London’s West End; Regional tours; TV; Radio and is a regular teacher/director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. 

Katherine Rogers.

Katherine is a Director. She trained as an actor at Anna Scher's Theatre and RADA. She has worked extensively in TV and theatre, with several seasons at the RSC, the National and in Regional theatres. Katharine has been a director for the last 15 years and works regularly in a number of accredited drama schools. She is the co-director of Splice Theatre and has been producing work in Bristol and the South West since 2006.

Pamela Rudge.

Pam teaches singing. She studied at the Royal College of Music. Pam has a wide repertoire, from early to contemporary music, singing opera, light opera, oratorio, recitals and concert work, performing in concert halls, theatres and cathedrals throughout the UK, and also in France, Germany, Holland, Zimbabwe and Mali. This season she will be singing works that include Rossini's Petite Messe Solonelle, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Handel's Dixit Dominus, as well as Elgar's Sea Pictures.

Bernie Hodges.

Bernie is a graduate of the Bristol Acting Academy. He is now an experienced actor with numerous roles in film, TV & theatre and won the award for best male actor at the 'Two days of laughter film festival 2012'. He is one of the most popular Voice Artists in the south west lending his voice to TV dramas, documentaries, animation, computer games, corporate films and advertisements. Bernie was also Casting Director on interdependent features "SHANK", "Release" and "Buffering" - he was also the Co-Producer for the films "Buffering", "Contracted" and "CAL" and Co-writer and Producer on the Sci-fi comedy Pod-cast series HoLEY vOid and upcoming Horror feature "Dark Vision"... 

Ed Viney.

Ed trained as a Director at the National Theatre.  He was Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio and has worked as an Assistant Director at Chichester Festival Theatre, and on the UK tour of South Pacific. Most recently he was Assistant Director to Richard Eyre on The Dark Earth & The Light Sky.  He was Creative Associate at the Bush Theatre and has directed new work at the Arcola Theatre, Hull Truck and Ustinov Studio, Bath.  He has taught at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is Artistic Associate of Blue Brook Productions. 


Conner McKenzy

Conner is an award-winning Producer and Actor. He has been in the film and television industry for over 10 years working in front of and behind the camera.
Conner is a graduate at the Bristol Acting Academy and since then has performed in high end commercials such as Mc’Coy’s crisps, Sky and Furniture Village. Featured in music videos with the likes of ‘Sway and Example’…. And produced awarding winning films such as ‘Lux’.
Conner has built up an impressive wealth of experience and knowledge  over the years which he now shares and provides insight into the film and television industry by teaching Acting For Camera courses around the UK.