Meet The Team
NEALE BIRCH: Director
Neale has been a professional actor and director for twenty eight years, working in regional repertory, small and large scale touring, West End, TV and radio. He has performed and directed in children’s theatre, comedy, drama, musicals and experimental theatre. He has been the Director of Education for The Touring Consortium, devising and leading their extensive education programmes since 1996. In 2007, Neale was the Associate Director of Learning at The Derby Playhouse, re-launching their Youth and Community Theatre groups and devising and leading their Summer School and Autumn Education programme. Neale was an Associate of the Learning Department of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
As an Associate Producer and Director of The Touring Consortium, a large-scale touring drama company, Neale has produced The Diary of Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird and Kes and directed the national tour of Romeo and Juliet. He was the staff director on The Railway Children at London Waterloo and directed Brassed Off for Liverpool Playhouse and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where he has also co-directed The Diary Of Anne Frank. He also directed the national tour of the musical Leader of the Pack. A founder director of Prompt Corner Productions, Neale has directed Torch Song Trilogy, La Ronde, East, The Comedy Of Errors, As You Like It, Confusions, An Evening With Noël, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and the musical The Matchgirls.
Neale was the Staff Director on A Doll’s House for Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and has been the Associate Director for The Touring Consortium national tours of She Stoops to Conquer, Dracula, Of Mice And Men, A View From The Bridge, Hobson’s Choice, Taking Sides, Four Knights in Knaresborough, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and two productions each of The Crucible and To Kill A Mockingbird. He was the Assistant Director for The Touring Partnership national tour of Forty Years On,.
Neale has three years actor training in London, winning the Caryl Brahms Award as the most promising newcomer of 1985. He has appeared in numerous West End productions, toured nationally and had regular appearances on TV and radio. Neale is an Arts Award adviser and a registered chaperone.
WENDY ALLEN: General Manager
Wendy’s business experience ensures that the Academy is run professionally and with the care and welfare of our members at the forefront of everything that we do. As an experienced, registered chaperone, Wendy has worked on numerous Film, TV and Theatre projects, including Being Human, Doctors, Casualty, Waterloo Road, Land Girls, Sweet Medicine, My Parents are Aliens, The Bill, Scratch and Sniff's Den of Doom, Jungle Run, a video shoot for The Arctic Monkeys, and the feature films Crusade, A March Through Time, Bride Flight and many more.
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