Dannie Lu Carr, director, writer & actor
Dannie’s work as a director, writer, actor, voiceover artist, acting coach, personal & business development consultant and public speaker keeps her incredibly busy and travelling the length and breadth of the globe.
Her directing work includes Top Girls, Marat/Sade, The Gut Girls, Look Back in Anger, The Threepenny Opera, The Winterling, Summer & Smoke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Death of a Salesman, A View From the Bridge, Golden Boy, Mother Courage and Her Children, O Go My Man, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Closer. She is also set to direct The Lizzie Play in Summer 2013, which will be the debut show from her own production company, Wasted Poppy.
Dannie has worked on a range of short scripts for projects both on and off stage. She is currently amidst script development for her first full-length feature film. Her first book, Brilliant Assertiveness, was published by Pearsons in May 2012 and she is presently working on her second.
As an actor and voiceover artist, Dannie has performed a vast range of roles including both Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Banquo in an all-female production of Macbeth; she has strutted her stuff as Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island, danced her boots off as Maggie in Scott Williams’ beautifully intimate production of Dancing at Lughnasa for The Impulse Company, and she also played Morli in Big Finish’s Dalek Empire Series, both II and III.
Her voice has been used for BBC3 trailers, Eurosport documentaries, Classic FM idents and, more recently, she provided the voice of the vile ‘Mum’ in Delacheroy Films’ Dead in France which is now on general release.
Her consulting and public speaking work deals predominantly with Creativity, Risk Taking, Confidence & Assertiveness, Rule Breaking, and The Power of Story.
As an acting coach and visiting director, Dannie has worked with Mountview Academy, East 15 Acting School, The Bridge Theatre Training Company and The Impulse Company. She is the Meisner Specialist at City Lit and also teaches at The Giles Foreman Acting Studio.
Niki Flacks, Mind/Body teacher
Niki Flacks’ impressive career as director, actor, teacher, psychologist, spans both sides of the Atlantic. Productions directed in London include most recently the UK premiere of Love in the Insecurity Zone (Hen and Chickens), Measure for Measure and The Importance of Being Earnest (New Players), UK premiere of Star Power (Landor), Anouilh’s Antigone, All in the Timing, Dysfunctional Families: The Stuff of Drama, Recipes for the New Millennium, Hecuba, The Bergman Project (An original theatrical montage based on Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage, Miss Julie and Doll’s House), Hay Fever, The Children’s Hour, The Three Sisters (The Cockpit), Strindberg’s The Father (The Courtyard West End), the world premiere of Bernardo Stella’s Autumn Music (Pentameters), May Contain Nuts (Hen and Chickens), The Kindness of Strangers (The Landor), Shakespeare’s Pericles with Stephen Beckett at Ludlow Castle in Wales. She directed two London premieres of Mike Folie’s plays, The Adjustment and Slave Shack, and another London premiere of Richard Brockman’s Informed Consent. U.S. productions include Kithless in Paradise (The Lion, Theatre Row) The Women, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Absurd Person Singular, Old Times, Kindertransport, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Seagull, Three Divas, Naked by the River and The Tiger and the Typists.
As an actress she co-starred on Broadway in Private Lives with Maggie Smith (directed by Sir John Gielgud), Candide (directed by Harold Prince), Dinner at Eight (directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie) and Spokesong (directed by Kenneth Frankel). Flacks played leading roles at most of the major regional/repertory theatres in America: The Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Yale Rep, Washington Arena Stage, Atlanta Alliance, Buffalo Arena, Dallas Theatre Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Hillberry Classic Theatre and Dallas Shakespeare Festival. Her musical tours and off-Broadway include Maria in West Side Story (opposite Richard Chamberlain), Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (opposite Leonard Nimoy), Amy in Company, When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder? and Off the Wall (opposite Henry Winkler). On television she starred as the infamous Karen Woleck on One Life to Live, as well as many guest appearances on various series. Flacks’ films include: The Lathe of Heaven, Semi-tough, Murder in Texas, The Acorn People, Miriam and Raggedy Ann and Andy.
Flacks is a frequent tutor at the Actors Centre in London’s West End and at the Algonquin Theater in New York. She was invited to Israel by the British Council to train both professional actors and promising student-actors. Her very popular workshops in Paris led to her being invited to be part of the prestigious faculty of European A.C.T. teaching actors in London, Paris and Berlin. She has been an assistant professor of theatre at Southern Methodist University and holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M.S.W. from The University of Texas at Arlington. She is author of the book, PowerTalk, Macmillan Publishing Co. and founder of The Bergerac Company, where she developed corporate training by combining theatre skills and psychology. Bergerac’s flagship program, PowerTalk, has been taught all over the world.
Trine Garrett, actor, teacher & director
Trine moved to London at the age of 19 where her training as a professional cocktail maker was soon followed by her training at The Actors Company. She later joined the Actors Centre, signed up for an Introduction to Meisner with Scott Williams and has never looked back. Since completing her two year training with The Impulse Company, Trine has continued to work closely with Scott and she now teaches at both The Impulse Company and the Actor’s Centre.
Trine is Scott's first substitute on the Year course.
Recent theatre credits include Emma in an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s Hands Around, Natalya Stepanova in Chekhov’s The Proposal, Maria in Twelfth Night and Olga in Three Sisters performed in rep, and Pearl in the UK premiere of Mike Folie’s Love in the Insecurity Zone directed by Niki Flacks.
Trine is also artistic director of [Foreign Affairs], an international theatre company which for over two years has brought its exciting brand of pop-up theatre to new audiences across London. Recent productions include the hugely popular A Night of Affairs at the Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, the premiere of Benny Andersen’s The Contract Killer, a collaboration with the acclaimed artist David Ben White, Temples to the domestic, and most recently Simoom and The Bond, two one-act-plays by August Strindberg recently translated and published by Norvik Press.
November 2012 sees Trine playing Nora in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House directed by Camila França as part of [Foreign Affairs]’ Scandinavian Season.
Jack Price, director, teacher & actor
Jack started as a runner at the Gate Theatre under then Artistic Director Stephen Daldry. He moved onto editing feature film trailers and directed his first short film at 18 years of age. He joined Ridley Scott Associates, aged 26, as a director.
Jack has won numerous awards for his film and advertising work, his recent Greenpeace films became the most shared viral films on earth in June 2011. Jack's film "Indigo" played in eleven major festivals worldwide. It was selected for the 60th Berlinale where it was awarded the "Special Mention" for the Crystal Bear.
An alumnus of The Impulse Company, in 2007, Jack began teaching acting at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol in 2009. Jack also creates video blog posts for www.actbristol.com and runs a year long acting program in Bristol with Sarah Fyson, who also studied with the Impulse Company.
“Boom Town” Jack's feature film project is currently in pre production for release in 2014.
Jack is represented by Marc Helwig at ICM, Los Angeles.
Stuart Spencer, playwright
Stuart Spencer is the author of numerous plays that have been produced both in New York at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and around the country. His play Resident Alien was produced at the Humana Festival of New Plays, and has since had numerous productions at many regional theatres, including the Milwaukee Rep and Florida’s Hippodrome Theatre. Resident Alien is published by Broadway Play Publishing. His play Alabaster City was commissioned by South Coast Rep and his one-act Blue Stars is published in The Best American Short Plays of 1993-94. As an undergraduate, his play The Golden Rose was designated "Best Play" at the American College Theatre Festival.
His book on the art of playwriting, The Playwright’s Guidebook, was published in 2002 by Farrar Straus & Giroux under the Faber and Faber imprint. Edward Albee calls the book "indispensable" and David Lindsay-Abaire (author of Rabbit Hole and Fuddy Meers) says that the book ‘charts a straightforward course through the knotty and twisting wilds of playwriting. If you want to be a playwright, here’s your bible.’ The book is currently in its second printing.
As a screenwriter, he has been commissioned to write films for actor/director Campbell Scott and for director George Camarda. He has written the screenplay version of Resident Alien for Langley Productions in Los Angeles. Stuart currently teaches playwriting, dramaturgy, dramatic literature, and theatre history at Sarah Lawrence College. In the past he has taught at New York University, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, The New School for Social Research, SUNY/Purchase, the Ensemble Studio Theatre Institute for Professional Training, and The Young Playwrights Festival program, which brings the art of playwriting into New York's inner city schools.
He has served as a theatre and film editor of Bomb Magazine, a quarterly magazine that publishes writing and art by, and interviews with, contemporary artists. His interview subjects include Robert Schenkkan, Campbell Scott, Joyce Carol Oates, John Ford Noonan, and Horton Foote.
Stuart has held positions in the story editing department of CBS Films and the literary department of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, where he served as Literary Manager for two years. In this latter capacity he helped to discover and cultivate new American writers and their plays, supervised and served as dramaturg for an ongoing series of readings, workshops, and major productions of the theatre, and moderated the Playwrights Unit that included, at the time, such notable writers as Eduardo Machado and John Patrick Shanley.
He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Fiona Watson, actor & director
An alumnus of The Impulse Company, Fiona fell in love with the work in 2007 and completed the Two Year Course playing Olwen Peel in J.B. Priestly’s Dangerous Corner and Charlotte in Harold Pinter’s Party Time, Impulse conservatory productions directed by Scott Williams.
Since then she has co-directed conservatory productions with Scott, Agnes of God andDoubt in 2010, and a series of performance evenings Impulse – Past/Present/ Future in 2012. She also played Anna in the Impulse/Drowning Fish premiere of Brenda Gottsche’s Sleeping Dogs in 2012.
With 25 years of experience as a performer working with companies including Birmingham Rep, Liverpool Playhouse, Chester Gateway Theatre, and Contact Theatre, Fiona originally studied Drama at Manchester University, then physical theatre, mime and mask skills at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
She also worked with Cardboard Citizens, training in Forum Theatre and running workshops and co-directing performances with homeless people in Hastings.
Other recent performance work includes Oenone in Offstage Theatre’s sell-out Edinburgh production of Phaedre, the Duchess of York in The Faction’s Richard III and lots of parts in Southwark Playhouse’s ensemble production of Henry V.
Fiona is also an associate artist with tangled feet theatre company, one of Britain’s leading outdoor companies, co-devising and performing in six site-specific shows over the last 4 years and leading a number of workshops and residencies.
TV appearances include Medics, Coronation Street, The Bill and In Suspicious Circumstances.