Short Courses Tutors

Every summer at LAMDA, we run a series of short courses between two and eight weeks long.

Taught by the same tutors and industry professionals who lead our full-time training, alongside recent LAMDA graduates and other visiting artists, these courses are an intensive learning experience designed to bring out the best in our summer students.

These are some of the tutors from previous years.

Oliver Birch

Oliver trained at LAMDA. He works professionally as an actor, writer and composer. Recent acting credits include Brexit, a forthcoming Channel Four drama; Ink by James Graham, Duke of York’s Theatre, West End; and Treasure Island at the National Theatre. He has composed music for several theatres, including The Leeds Playhouse, Royal Exchange Manchester and York Theatre Royal and most recently the Roald Dahl Company. His writing credits include works for the Royal Exchange Manchester, the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and the National Theatre. He has won two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts for his plays. He has also directed and taught at LAMDA for the last three years and is part of the admissions team.


Phil Edgerley

Phil is a professional actor whose career has covered working in all areas of the industry both nationally and internationally. He has appeared in nine productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, being invited to become part of Sir Michael Boyd’s long ensemble company in 2011. He has also appeared in productions for, amongst others; the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, dreamthinkspeak and Bath Theatre Royal.

International work includes productions at Lincoln Center and Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, Theatre Rotterdam and the prestigious world-renowned theatre arts festival The Festival d’Avignon. He has also appeared in numerous television film and audio productions; the most recent being Endeavour - Series 4 and EastEnders. Phil is also an Associate Artist of the Oxford Shakespeare Company.

Alongside his acting career, Phil has for the past nine years taught and directed at many actor training institutions including LAMDA, where he has taught acting for the Foundation Diploma, the BA and MA courses. Recent directing credits at LAMDA include workshop productions of The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet, The Two Gentleman of Verona and The Duchess of Malfi.

Emily Jenkins

Emily is a theatre director, Shakespeare consultant and playwright. As a Shakespeare practitioner she works regularly for Shakespeare’s Globe. She was trained and mentored by Giles Block (Head of Text at Shakespeare’s Globe) and her productions for the Globe include The Tempest (Dir. Jeremy Herrin); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dir. Dominic Dromgoole); and King Lear (Dir. Bill Buckhurst). Other productions include Romeo and Juliet for the Ambassadors Theatre, West End and The Tempest for the Royal & Derngate. Emily is also an award-winning playwright and director. Her first play Rainbow won a Fringe First award, and she has since written for Paines Plough, The Traverse Theatre, and attended the Royal Court Young Writers and Studio programmes. Her most recent play COOKIES, was directed by Olivier-nominated director Anna Ledwich and produced at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End. She works regularly here at LAMDA, teaching on our short and semester courses, as well as directing Restoration this year on our BA (Hons) Professional Acting course. 

James Kerr

James has worked as an actor in film, television and theatre. He also works as a Senior Acting Tutor here at LAMDA. As a director, his productions include The Darker Face of the Earth by Rita Dove and Closing Time by Owen McCafferty, both at the National Theatre; translating and directing Aeschylus’ Suppliants at the Gate Theatre; Katherine Burger’s Morphic Resonance at the Donmar Warehouse; and the installation Convictions at the Crumlin Road Courthouse. As Associate Director at the Liverpool Playhouse he directed Twelfth Night and he also directed David Harrower’s play Presence at the Royal Court. More recently he directed his own translation of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound in the abandoned Sound night club in London’s West End. This production transferred to New York CSC.

Jenny Lipman

Jenny Lipman trained as an actor at the Drama Centre. She has worked extensively in the theatre (including the RSC, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Theatre Royal York and Birmingham Rep); working with directors including John Barton, Terry Hands, David Thacker, Charles Marowitz, Christopher Fettes and Ken Campbell. She has performed in Italy at the Teatro Stabile of Turin and toured the Middle and Far East. Her film and television credits include projects with directors Franco Zeffirelli, Bruce Beresford, Michael Apted and Michael Papas.

Jenny’s long association with LAMDA is both as a teacher of acting technique (an approach based on the methodologies of Stanislavski and Uta Hagen) and a director. Public productions include Doug Lucie’s Fashion and two plays by Willy Russell – Stag and Hens and Breezeblock Park. She has also taught and directed at other UK drama schools including RADA, Drama Centre, Guildhall and Central School of Speech and Drama. Internationally, Jenny has conducted workshops and directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing and Twelfth Night for the Teatro Del Borgia in Italy.

Actors who have trained with Jenny include: Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, Anna Maxwell Martin, Dominic Cooper, Maxine Peake, Ruth Wilson, Danny Lee Wynter and Sam Claflin.


Heriberto Montalban

Heriberto is an actor, teacher and movement director specialising in Lecoq-based physical theatre. He holds an MFA in Actor-Created Physical Theatre from Naropa University, completed the pedagogical training program at London International School of Performing Arts in London and has a BA in Education & Theatre from the University of Puerto Rico.

He has worked as a teacher with disadvantaged communities in his native Puerto Rico and as an actor, workshop leader and movement director in several countries including the UK, France, Argentina, Portugal, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Kenya amongst others. Heriberto teaches movement theatre at LAMDA across the acting courses.

Beth Vyse

Beth started her career as an actor at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Sheffield Crucible, Birmingham Rep and Liverpool Everyman. She now writes and creates her own shows and tours them both nationally and internationally. Alongside this Beth works on a regular basis here at LAMDA and has directed The Rivals, The Country Wife, The Man of Mode, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night.