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

    Principal

    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).

    www.simontrinderactor.com

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    Kate Webster

    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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    Josh Mathieson

    Voice Tutor

    Josh is a voice and accent coach and director and trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is the Head of Voice and Co-Vice Principal at theMTA and a Voice and Acting Tutor at The Centre PAC. He has additionally taught at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, City Academy, Associated Studios, W1 Workshops, the University of Westminster, the University of Chichester, the Performance Preparation Academy, Spotlight and Rose Theatre, Kingston.

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    Sarah Perry

    Movement Tutor

    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.

    www.shapesinmotion.com

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    Stephen Sobal

    Impro and Clowning Tutor

    Stephen is an award winning director, performer, teacher and the artistic director of All in. He studied acting at ALRA and clown, bouffon and physical comedy with Philippe Gaulier, Complicite's Jozef Houben, Aitor Basauri, John Wright and John Mowat.

    Directing credits include Love Sick - All in (Best Comedy Award Brighton Fringe), Hysterical - Hoax (Peoples Choice Award at Vault Festival) and Father of Lies - Bête Noire Productions  (Highly Commended Award at Vault Festival).

    Stephen teaches for many educational and performance based institutions including ALRA (acting tutor) ICAT (clown and improv), Fourth Monkey (Acting through clown and Head of Ensemble), Identity School of Acting (clown, improv and commedia), RSC Open Stages, Doreen Bird College, Theatre Royal Bath and The Rose Theatre, Kingston.

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    Jonathan Broadbent

    Associate Tutor

    Jonathan is an actor, director and Associate Artist of Filter Theatre Company for whom he was worked for thirteen years. In 2016 he received the Clarence Derwent Award for his performance as Guy in the Donmar’s production of My Night with Reg which transferred to the West End. More recently he played Felix Humble in Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones at the Orange Tree, Reg in Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests at Chichester Festival Theatre, and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz at Sheffield Crucible for which he was nominated at the 2018 UK Theatre Awards. Having joined the RSC in 1999 playing Edmund in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, he returned to the company in 2016 to play Tattle in William Congreve’s Love for Love directed by Selina Cadell and Harley in Queen Anne by Helen Edmundson. His long-term collaboration with Filter Theatre has seen him play the Baron in Three Sisters, a spandex-clad Oberon in a critically acclaimed version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Orsino and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night – a production that has toured nationally and internationally for over ten years. Stints in the West End include Ghost Stories with Andy Nyman and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Dawn French. This Christmas he will play Brisk in Congreve’s The Double Dealer again at the Orange Tree and directed by Selina Cadell. Next year Jonathan is directing Black Dog by Levi Pinfold for Freckle Productions.

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    Adjoa Andoh

    Associate Tutor

    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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    Joseph Millson

    Associate Tutor

    Joseph may be best known for long running stints in television programmes such as THE LAST KINGDOM, HOLBY CITY, THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, 24 LIVE ANOTHER DAY, CAMPUS and BANISHED. He has appeared in several feature films including I GIVE IT A YEAR, CASINO ROYALE, THE DEAD 2, TANGO ONE and forthcoming leading roles in ALL THE DEVILS MEN , ANGEL HAS FALLEN and DRAGONHEART VENGEANCE.
    Joseph is a very experienced theatre actor he won the 2017 UKTheatre Award for best performance in a play for THE ROVER at the Royal Shakespeare Company (where he is an associate artist), he has appeared in endless productions at the RSC, the National theatre, the royal Court, the Old Vic, Trafalgar studios, in the west end, regional repertory theatre and theatres all over the world.
    He regularly performs in radio dramas for BBC Radio 4.

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    Karen Henthorn

    Associate Tutor

    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

    Associate Tutor

    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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    Bethany Sharp

    Course Coordinator

    Bethany coordinates ICAT’s day to day administration, as well as producing the school’s shows and events.

    Bethany is a freelance producer, playwright and stand-up comedian.

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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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