Our current pool of teachers, facilitators and collaborators includes:

Tigger Blaize

© Michael Wharley Photography 2014Tigger is from Guernsey and trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. S/he has many years experience in performing; from physical theatre to full and half mask, puppetry, acrobatics and children’s theatre. Most recently Tigger has been collaborating and devising with physical theatre company, Plain Paper Productions on a piece about gender.

Tom Daplyn

tom DTom is an actor, writer, and director who trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2001. Since then Tom has worked in theatre, film, and television and has a particular interest in storytelling and physical theatre. Tom founded Tacit Theatre in 2006 and continues to work with them, both as cast and as a member of the creative team, most recently co-directing and appearing as The Sheriff in their Christmas production of The Ballad of Robin Hood at the Southwark Playhouse.  Tom has worked with Scaffold State since 2014, as movement coach in Sanguine, assistant director in Ripen Our Darkness, and several times as a guest tutor on the introductory course.

Stephen Fewell

stephen headshotStephen studied at Oxford University and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy. Theatre credits include Walking the Tightrope (Theatre Deli/Uncut), The Weird Little World of William Willow (Omnibus), 1984 (The Almeida, West End), Manchester Sound: The Massacre (Library Theatre), Alan Turing in Breaking The Code (Frankfurt), Romeo and Juliet (Headlong), Little Fines (Soundbites), The Tempest (Barbican BITE, tour of Palestine), Cello (The Yard), Things that Make No Sense/ Wiff Waff (Theatre Uncut), Into Thy Hands (Jericho House, Wilton’s Music Hall), Arthur Andersen in ENRON (Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal Court and West End), Billy Bow (Nuffield),  Paradise Lost (Headlong), Henry IV Parts I & II (Bristol Old Vic), Christopher Marlowe in The Lie (King’s Head), Only When I Laugh, Under the Yum-Yum Tree (Mill, Sonning), Macbeth (Salisbury Playhouse) Lady Windermere’s Fan (Manchester Royal Exchange), Twelfth Night (BAC), The Long and the Short and the Tall (West End) The Metamorphoses (Clod Ensemble), Travels with My Aunt (Leicester Haymarket), Of Thee I Sing (Barbican). TV and Film includes The Courtroom (Ch4), All Rise for Julian Clary (BBC), Sexdrive (Independent). Radio includes; Frankenstein, Vienna, Wildthyme, Bernice Summerfield series, Doctor Who (Big Finish/BBC4extra). Stephen chairs the JMK Trust for theatre directors, http://www.jmktrust.org.

Barry Fitzgerald

barry headshot 2Barry is a freelance director and theatre facilitator working in a variety of professional and community settings. He is a visiting lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, teaches on the MA Acting at ArtsEd London, and regularly leads on projects with the Arcola Theatre, Gendered Intelligence, Hackney Shed, London Bubble and Outbox Theatre. Barry is the artistic director of Dare Say Theatre, a company with an aim to create performances inspired by and engaging with communities.

As an actor, Barry has performed at venues such as the Arcola Theatre, Contact Manchester, Hackney Showroom, the Pleasance, Shoreditch Town Hall as well as with tours of Ireland and the UK.

Outside of a drama setting Barry has worked on the festival team at the British Film Institute, helping produce the BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.


Andrei Ionescu

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Kieron Jecchinis

Kieron Head ShotKieron has acted professionally for 33 years. He trained at RADA. Since becoming professional he has worked in theatre, film, TV and radio. Theatre work includes the West End, RSC, Regional rep (incl Manchester Royal Exchange) and The Stratford Shakespeare festival in Canada. He has worked on devised productions with companies such as Vtol – where he collaborated and toured for a year and a half. Recently he has been working on several productions with The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond.  His film work includes Full Metal Jacket and Empire Of The Sun.  TV includes Poirot, In Suspicious Circumstances, Bonhoeffer, Brass Eye, Space Precinct, Hollyoaks and The Bill.

While working with these various theatre companies Kieron has led and been involved in workshops with all ages – applying and/or introducing approaches and disciplines peculiar to those companies. He also ran a series of exploratory workshops at the BAC.

Aside from acting Kieron is a strong collaborator and communicator. A firm believer in ‘The Company”.  Holds by what George Costigan once said to him “The most important people in the room are the audience, they deserve 110% from you. If you’re not prepared to give them that don’t bother showing up”.

His knowledge acquired from years of experience working in all media has allowed him to speak and teach with authority on related subjects from a performer’s perspective.

Theatre includes: Egon in Beast (UnTitled Th co), Jerome in Bingo (Young Vic, Chichester fest), Aram in The Conspirators, Mickey in Then the Snow Came, Mr. Broome  in Mary Broome, Mr. Hodges in Alison’s House, Joe in Ring of Truth, Don in Factors Unforeseen, Manuel in De Montford, Stephens in The Woman Hater and Fine in Clara (Orange Tree Theatre), Schlosser in Awake and Sing (Almeida), Wilson in The Front Page (Chichester Fest)

Jasmine Jone

jasmineJasmine trained at Drama Centre London. Her education in Comedy began when she joined the cast of News Revue, London’s longest running live comedy show. She is the founding member of The Feral Pigeons comedy troupe; writing and performing original comedy at Latitude Festival, Leicester Square Theatre and a number of other London venues. Jasmine has written a sitcom which is currently in post production. She is a regular performer of character comedy on the London live circuit.

Gareth Kennerley


Gareth Kennerley studied Drama and English at the University of Bristol before undertaking a 3 year acting training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has completed an MA in film studies. He has worked extensively as an actor in theatre in London and around the UK since 2005, including engagements at the National Theatre and in the West End. His credits encompass classical, musical and physical theatre as well as new writing.

He has taught movement and voice as a visiting session leader for various drama classes in club, school and university environments, and also coaches 1 to 1 acting and audition-technique classes as a private tutor, having recently helped students to gain places at Central and LAMDA. He has led his own two-week acting master-classes courses for mature students at the Dylan Thomas Centre in South Wales, and has varied experience of using theatre in outreach community and educational environments.

He has worked as a freelance tutor in London, affiliated with established and respected companies (such as City Academy, Drama Queens and the Arts Factory) offering acting and performance classes to both corporate and leisure clients. He has experience in this context of teaching acting, voice, physical theatre, improvisation, public speaking, presentation and communication skills and verse. He also works as a life skills coach on a 1-1 basis with private clients.

His friendly and enthusiastic approach engages his students intellectually and imaginatively in original ways with the task at hand, with clarity of thought and expression always paramount. His training methods draw on his accumulated experience as a professional performer and teacher and are influenced by his time at Guildhall – his voice and verse work being particularly inspired by his experience as a student under Patsy Rodenburg. Ultimately it is all about the student, and Gareth thrives in tailoring a training experience to meet the needs of the individual even in a group context.

His acting credits Include leading and featured roles in: 5 Guys Chillin’, Hook Up, Pedal Pusher, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, War Horse, Saint Joan, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd, Doctor Faustus, King Lear, Richard II, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Pendulum, Pavement, Rush, Stand up Diggers All, Compression, The School for Scandal and Carmen.

Screen work includes several short films and commercials.

Radio work includes leading roles for BBC Radio 4 drama.

He has worked on development projects for the National Theatre Studio, the Battersea Arts Centre, the Orange Tree Theatre and others.

Gareth was the first recipient of the Michael Bryant Verse Speaking Award judged at the National Theatre in 2005.

Jennifer Lunn

jenlunnJennifer Lunn studied Directing at Rose Bruford College and Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. She graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Directing. She is Artistic Director of Culturcated Theatre Company, Associate Director at The Jack Studio Theatre and is currently working as Associate Director for Just Jones &. She has directed a whole host of productions both nationally and internationally ranging from one man shows to large-scale musicals and classic texts.

She has extensive training and teaching experience across a variety of settings. She has developed and delivered bespoke educational projects for schools, youth settings and further education colleges and has worked extensively with young performers auditioning for drama schools, several previous students have gained places at RADA.

She has also worked in corporate settings, using creative approaches and exercises to help organisations explore their methods of working, formulate five-year plans and problem solve in a non-threatening environment. She has used performance, narrative and interactive sessions at conferences and courses.

She also run many community and outreach projects both alongside theatre productions and as standalone projects. After graduating she trained in Reminiscence Theatre with Pam Schweitzer MBE and has created several intergenerational theatre pieces exploring the lives of older people across Europe.

Her natural and encouraging approach to her work allows participants the space to be creative and also to push themselves to new levels of achievement. She strives to make all her work challenging and engaging as well as enjoyable.

She also trained in Restorative Approaches and Conflict Management under Belinda Hopkins of Transforming Conflict.

Jennifer Lunn is a director of theatre, a curator of live events and a provider of creative educational, training and social care projects. She believes strongly in the power of the arts and narrative to promote collaboration and change and is thrilled to be part of Scaffold State as it grows and develops throughout Europe.

Her experience of working internationally has highlighted the challenges of such projects but this work has always resulted in extraordinary collaborations and partnerships alongside inspired and high quality pieces of art.

Her recent work in Oslo and London with Playwright Malmfrid Hovsveen Hallum saw her directing the specially commissioned English translations of Hallum’s plays with casts of both British and Norwegian actors allowing for fascinating discussions and rehearsal processes that really explored the differing approaches of those two countries.

She hopes to bring to Scaffold State that insight along with a passion for telling provocative and relevant stories to audiences in new and exciting forms. She is committed to breaking down barriers to the arts and championing creative spaces and movements which allow us to support and celebrate artists whilst also having an impact on our audiences.

Directing credits include: Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, As You Like It, Threepenny Opera, The Night Before Christmas, Puss in Boots, Crimes of the Heart, in oglinda and The Castle of Birds by Malmfrid Hallum, Joy Wilkinson’s Compression, and the new musicals The Goose Girl, Leaves on the Line, and Caviar and Chips.

Andrew MacBean

andrew headshotAndrew is an actor working mainly in theatre. Recent work includes Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic, and Richard 3 at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory. His experience ranges from weekly rep with 5 days to rehearse a play to the world respected, Royal Shakespeare Company.
Before training at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Andrew spent 20 years in corporate business, selling TV programmes across the world. He built a business from modest beginings to a £150 million annual turnover, employing 150 staff with an enviable reputation with colleagues and competitors alike. This mix of experiences helps him translate the skills that come more naturally to actors to the needs of the business world.
He says “Theatre is a complex mix of focussed skills, working under pressure, to deliver a result. It can take years for corporate departments to develop effective ways of communicating and working together.”
Andrew specialises in creating bespoke training packages to help both individuals and groups work together across both the public and private sector. Over the last 10 years he has helped his clients with developing productive teams, personal impact, negotiating, selling, and generally building effective business relationships.

Gerrard Martin

gerrardGerrard Martin trained at De Montfort University, gaining a BAHons in English Literature and Performing Arts; he then went on to Northern School of Contemporary Dance and obtained a Diploma in Professional Dance Studies

He has danced for the Rosie Kay Dance Company, and has toured nationally with Tavaziva Dance, Union Dance Company, as well as dancing in the West End ‘Lion King’ production, ‘Ballet Black’, ‘Aletta Collins Dance Company’, ‘State of Emergency’, and ‘Phoenix Dance Company’.

Aside from modelling, commercial dance contracts, and film engagements, Gerrard has also danced for ‘The Snowman’, National Theatre, has toured internationally with the ‘English National Opera’, and has performed at the Royal Opera House.

Currently Gerrard is teaching and mentoring on the Children Youth Dance and Adult Classes & Courses programme at the Place.

Gerrard has choreographed for the British Museum, Pegasus Opera and the National Portrait gallery. The West Bengal Federation of Dance, India commissioned Gerrard’s choreography for ‘World Dance Day’. He created his project-based company ‘Gerrard Martin Dance’ in 2011 and has had work featured at the Emerge, Between the Lines, South Bank Urban, Let’s Dance International, and Cloud Dance Festivals.

Gerrard aims to produce works of emotive and socially relevant dance-theatre; to teach and facilitate creativity through movement, yoga, and dance, and wishes to collaborate and engage with artists across different mediums. He is  part of the first cohort of The Kerry  Nicholls Dance Mentoring Programme, and is a trained  Yoga teacher .

Lucia McAnespie


Lucia is from Belfast and trained at RADA. She is delighted to be working with Scaffold State and excited to be involved in such inspiring projects from their infancy. Having worked extensively across the UK and throughout Europe, her theatre credits include: Factory Girls (Lyric Theatre Belfast),  Carthaginians (Millennium  Forum),  Hanjo (Soho Theatre),  Happiness (Edinburgh Playhouse Studio),  Stephen And The Sexy Partridge (Trafalgar Studios),  Twelfth Night (Ludlow Festival),  Gabriel (The Arcola),  As You Like ItThe Merry Wives of Windsor, Taming of The Shrew and The Tempest (GB Theatre Norway/British Isles Tour),  Macbeth, A Skull in Connemara and Ajax (Riverside Studios), Oliver Twist and La Ronde (Greenwich Theatre/National Tour),  One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (ADG World Tour)  The Crane (Leicester Haymarket),  A Christmas Carol (Greenwich Playhouse), Wuthering Height and Richard III (QE2 World Tour), The Assassination of Paris Hilton (Assembly Rooms Edinburgh) Quan Shih Yin Hesitates (The Old Red Lion), Convictions (Tinderbox, Belfast)

TV and Film credits include: Line of Duty (BBC 1), Seconds from Disaster (National Geographic), The Iceberg that Sank the Titanic (BBC 2), Stumped (NI Film Commission),

Radio includes: Rutabaga Romance, An Incident at Bethlehem (BBC Radio 4), Iph..After Iphigenia at Allus (BBC Radio 3) The Price of A Kiss (BBC Radio Ulster).

Lucia has also been a workshop leader and children’s facilitator for many years.  Through her work with Touchstone Education, she has worked with autistic children across London; encouraging them to use drama, movement and story-telling to help make sense of the world around them.

Richard Neale

Richard Neale

Richard trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has worked as an actor and teacher for the last 13 years.

He teaches various courses at drama schools in the UK, and for American universities, acting for fun for non actors and works with corporate firms on behavioral/management and interviewing skills and techniques. In recent years Richard’s facilitation work has lead to him working for a social care charity with young people in schools, hospitals and youth centres.

Seeing people discover, explore and realise are at the heart of Richards work, whether working one on one on presentation skills or through directing work and beyond. Seeing people gain confidence, learn about themselves, rise to challenges and the positive outcomes that any contact work has never fail to excite and enthuse his passion for coaching.

Jennifer Rhodes

jen Rhodes.jpgSinging Teacher/Performance Coach
Jennifer gained her Masters in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has since worked extensively as an actor, singer and musician in plays, operas and musicals throughout the UK and beyond. Jennifer divides her time between performing and teaching working as a Singing and Performance coach and vocal animateur for various performing arts institutions and theatre companies. She has taught vocal technique to diploma students at Cambridge Performing Arts and Arts Educational schools, and has been musical director of various performances and choral projects with students. Having studied singing with Amanda Roocroft (RCM), Jennifer recently Jennifer completed training with the English National Opera’s prestigious Opera Works program. In addition to leading workshops and teaching from her home studio, current projects include overseeing the development of community and educational work with Opera Coast. Jennifer enjoys crossing between the Musical theatre/pop and classical worlds. With her roots cemented firmly in acting and theatre, Jennifer is an expert in text work and particularly enjoys working on performance skills with her students.Theatre Credits include: 1st Soprano in Masterclass (English Theatre Frankfurt); Sheba in Dandy Dick (ATG/Theatre Royal Brighton and UK Tour); Anna in The Yalta Game; Proprietress in Elegy for a Lady; Michaela in Carmen (all in rep at Stephen Joseph Theatre); Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband; Elma in Bus Stop; Satin in Nana; Kiss Me Kate (all in rep at Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Penny in Honk! (Royal and Derngate, Northampton); Belle in A Christmas Carol (Theatre-by-the-Lake); Zerlina in Don Giovanni; Bet/Charlotte in Oliver! (New Vic Theatre), Journalist in The Sundowe (Eden Court/Tour); Sorge in Goethe’s Faust Parts One and Two; Antonia in
Man of La Mancha (Royal Lyceum Theatre), A Walk in the Park; Tir Na Nog (Assembly Rooms/OM Productions), Catriona in Whisky Galore! (Cutting Edge Productions); Kabaret (Stellar Quines).

Liviu Romanescu

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