Independent Centre for Actor Training

Meet The Staff

ICAT prides itself on using work­ing artists to share their know­ledge with a new gen­er­a­tion. Our staff are deeply involved in the industry inter­na­tion­ally and con­tin­ue to work with some of the most excit­ing artists in the world. Train with those who do this for a living!

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    Simon Trinder


    Simon Trained at the Royal Welsh Col­lege of Music and Drama. Since 2000 he has worked con­sist­ently in inter­na­tion­al televi­sion, theatre, film and radio (BBC Carlton Hobbes winner 2000). High­lights include 13 pro­duc­tions at the RSC (Clar­ence Derwent Award winner, Helen Hayes award USA/Evening Stand­ard award nom­in­ee) most recently play­ing Trin­culo in the ground­break­ing pro­duc­tion of The Tem­pest star­ring Simon Rus­sell Beale, Puck In Mike Alfreds Crit­ic­ally acclaimed Mid­sum­mer Nights Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Court and reg­u­lar roles in Ordin­ary Lies (BBC), Without You (ITV), Mid­winter of The Spirit (ITV), Katy (CBBC).

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    Kate Webster

    London Course Leader

    Kitty is an actor and move­ment dir­ect­or. She trained at the Royal Welsh Col­lege of Music and Drama and Trin­ity Laban. Kate has move­ment directed/ cho­reo­graphed many plays and pieces and has per­formed at The Young Vic, The Nation­al and on the West End, amongst many others. She is part of the move­ment fac­ulty at Shakespeare’s Globe and teaches reg­u­larly at the Royal Welsh Col­lege and Brit School.

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    Emma Gregory

    Manchester Course Leader

    Emma gradu­ated from LAMDA in 1990 win­ning the pres­ti­gi­ous BBC Radio Car­leton Hobbs Award. As well as being a hugely pro­lif­ic voice over artist she has worked with many renowned dir­ect­ors, actors, voice teach­ers and play­wrights such as Peggy Ash­croft, Paul Scofield, Tom Stop­pard, John Barton, Cicely Berry and Steph­en Daldry. Her varied and diverse acting career in theatre has included Royal Shakespeare Com­pany, The Royal Nation­al Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and Bris­tol Old Vic.

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    Sarah Perry

    London Movement

    Sarah is a move­ment dir­ect­or, per­form­ance coach and prac­ti­tion­er. She is the founder of Shapes in Motion and the coordin­at­or of the recently formed MoCap Troupe, and was the Move­ment Coach on ‘Jupiter Ascend­ing’ dir­ec­ted by The Wachow­skis and on Guard­i­ans of the Galaxy dir­ec­ted by James Gunn amongst many other not­able movies. Sarah teaches Move­ment for Actors reg­u­larly at The Actors Centre and has also taught for Spot­light, Moun­tview, The Birm­ing­ham School of Acting and many other UK edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions.

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    Lindsey Brocklebank

    Manchester Movement

    Cur­rently a Lec­turer at Bolton Uni­ver­sity as well as founder and cre­at­ive dir­ect­or of Mael­strom Theatre. Lind­sey has lec­tured at Edge Hill, ALRA, UCLAN,  LIPA, Salford and Lan­caster as well as Cho­reo­graphed and ment­ored for Youth Com­pan­ies and Pro­fes­sion­al Theatre com­pan­ies. As a per­former Lind­sey has worked in dance in the NW, nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally. In her early career she worked with Jean Gaudin, (FRA) David Dor­f­man (USA) and Mat­thew Bourne (UK) Lind­sey cre­ated and per­formed in solo works for Irvine Welsh, Hanif Kur­ishi and award win­ning poet and writer Tim Wells.

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    Abi Lumb

    London Voice

    Abi holds an MA in Pro­fes­sion­al Voice Prac­tice from Royal Birm­ing­ham Con­ser­vatoire and teaches voice at a number of drama schools & uni­ver­sit­ies includ­ing Moun­tview, ALRA, Manchester School of Theatre, Rose Bruford, Bris­tol Old Vic Theatre School. Prior to train­ing as a voice coach, Abi was an act­ress and per­formed in vari­ous No1 tours and in the West End- play­ing the lead role of Sophie in the Olivi­er award nom­in­ated ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’.
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    Nicola Redman

    Manchester Voice

    With an MA Voice Stud­ies from Royal Cent­ral School of Speech and Drama, and a varied per­form­ance career span­ning 10 years, accent and vocal coach Nic’s work covers the fun­da­ment­als of voice from breath onto text as well as accent coach­ing and char­ac­ter voicing for gaming and anim­a­tion. She has taught at LIPA, RADA, Arts Ed, East 15 and now, delight­fully, ICAT.

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    Adjoa Andoh

    Adjoa is one of Britain’s most recog­nis­able actors with a career span­ning dec­ades in every medium. High­lights include reg­u­lar roles in East­endersHolby and Dr Who. Sea­sons at the Nation­al Theatre, RSC and Donmar Ware­house. Film work includes Noel Clark’s Adult­hood and play­ing oppos­ite Morgan Free­man and Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood’s smash hit Invictus.

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    Karen Henthorn

    Karen is an actor with a hugely impress­ive CV, cov­er­ing tele­vi­sion, theatre and film. She has played reg­u­lar roles in long run­ning series such as Coron­a­tion StreetEast­enders and Shame­less. Karen recently played the role of Rose Nar­ra­cott in the Nation­al Theatre’s Inter­na­tion­al tour of smash hit show, War Horse.
    Karen teaches reg­u­larly at ICAT, Italia Conti and Manchester School of Theatre.
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    James Quinn

    James has been an actor since 1982 and has worked con­sist­ently in Stage, TV, Radio Film & Voice Overs ever since. Also a writer, James played the title role 3 series of in his own radio comedy, ‘Sir Ralph Stanza’, has had plays premiered at SJT Scar­boro and Liv­er­pool Every­man and had three TV sitcom scripts com­mis­sioned by BBC Comedy. James is also co-founder of ‘JB Shorts’, Manchester’s twice-yearly fest­iv­al of short plays by estab­lished TV writers which has recently com­pleted its 18th season.

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    Mike Alfreds

    Course Advisor

    Described by Sir Ian Mck­el­len as one of the best three dir­ect­ors in the coun­try, Mike Alfreds is a true master of the ensemble. Born in London, Mike trained in the USA and Israel. During his illus­tri­ous career, he foun­ded the world famous ‘Shared Exper­i­ence’ theatre com­pany, was an asso­ci­ate dir­ect­or at the Royal Nation­al Theatre and has dir­ec­ted at the Royal Shakespeare Com­pany and Shakespeare’s Globe amongst many other places. He authored the books ‘Dif­fer­ent Every Night’ and ‘Then What Hap­pens’.

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    Greg Doran

    Course Advisor

    Greg is the artist­ic dir­ect­or of the Royal Shakespeare Com­pany. He took over from Michael Boyd as artist­ic dir­ect­or in 2012. His career high­lights include Macbeth star­ring Sir Antony Sher, Alls Well that Ends Well star­ring Dame Judi Dench, Hamlet with David Ten­nant and Patrick Stew­art, Richard 2nd star­ring David Ten­nant and the gound­break­ing motion cap­ture pro­duc­tion of The Tem­pest star­ring Simon Rus­sell Beale.

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