The Arden School of Theatre Staff Profiles
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Marie CritchleyHead of Acting
Marie started her acting career at The Young Vic Youth Theatre, London after graduating with a degree in English from Liverpool University.
Marie has worked extensively in television where she has performed alongside actors that include Kenneth Branagh, Keeley Hawes, Michael Gambon Stephen Graham, Vicky McClure and Olivia Colman.
Screen credits include JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy (BBC/HBO) BAFTA award winners In The Flesh and Don’t Take My Baby (BBC) The Secret Agent, See No Evil, South Riding,Ripper Street, Wallander and Lilies.
Marie’s theatre work includes A View From The Bridge (West End Birmingham Rep, Bristol Old Vic) The Snow Queen, Jude, William (The Young Vic) Adam Bede,Our Day Out, To Serve Them All My Days (Royal Theatre Northampton) Beautiful Thing ( Bolton Octagon/York Theatre Royal) Can’t Pay Won’t Pay! Brassed Off and Dreamers (Oldham Coliseum)
Marie completed a postgraduate qualification in teaching at Central School Of Speech and Drama and has since trained with international acting coach and Meisner specialist Larry Silverberg and Hollywood acting coach Ron Burrus from The Stella Adler Studio in New York.
Will NelsonHead of Musical Theatre
Will specialises in the study of movements in performing arts in historical context and performance theory. Will teaches on the Acting for Live and Recorded Media, Musical Theatre, Vocal Studies, and Theatre and Performance programmes.
Will completed MA study at Lancaster University in 2013 after undergraduate study at The University of Cumbria. For the past ten years, he has been investigating the links between radical political and artistic movements, particularly the notion of a British Avant-Garde. He has published and presented several papers around this subject and has reviewed texts for New Theatre Quarterly.
Will established DIY West End Theatre Company in Morecambe in 2017 (in conjunction with the UK Centre of the International Theatre Institute) and works frequently with this group to promote performance “to regenerate the health and wealth of the town” and as a director and producer of both new and established work.
Away from work, Will lives with two middle-aged goldfish, is a keen walker and runner and has an ambition to complete a marathon before the age of 40.
Dr Wayne Steven JacksonHead of Theatre and Performance
Wayne has been making theatre, both solo and as a co-founder of Escape Theatre, since 2004. His work explores autobiographical experiences and the vulnerability of memory to map, challenge, and document social change, often exploiting and experimenting with technology as a second performer to represent voices that are, for a number of reasons, not present.
His practice has been continually supported by hÅb, and previously greenroom, through Method Lab and Works Ahead commissions. His performance work includes Escape in Chic (2004), Nought Point Nought Seven Nine per Hour (2005), Losing (2008), How I Lost the Pound Coin (And Why I Want It Back) (2009), (and two) (2012), Now|Then (2017), From Me To Us (2020). He has delivered contemporary theatre workshops across Europe, at higher Education institutions in England, Spain, Norway, and Denmark. Through his role as Head of Theatre and Performance (TaP) at the Arden School of Theatre, he trains creative performers to make postmodern, innovative, and evocative new work.
His 2019 doctoral research explored the performance of memory in connection to placemaking, specifically located in his home city of Hull during its year as City of Culture in 2017, and resulted in the critically acclaimed Now|Then. He has presented his academic research in theatre, performance, and memory at a number of conferences both nationally and internationally including at Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA), Queen’s University Belfast, and NCTE’s Assembly for Research in Birmingham, Alabama. His most recent chapter ‘From the Screen to the Streets: Translating Digital Engagement into Performance Practice to Facilitate Multiple Contributions to Placemaking’ is published in IAB’s Negotiating Place and Space through Digital Literacies (2019).
He is also collaborative founder and senior lecturer for the trans-Pennine MA in Performance Practice with Sheffield Hallam University.