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Our vision for the GSA

To build on the significant success of the GSA and in support of the University of Surrey’s strategy, we have outlined the following vision for the School.
A globally-leading university conservatoire and centre of creative excellence for specialised and intensive training, education and research in performer and technical theatre training and performance making. At its core a creative and reflective community of practitioners and researchers positively contributing to the social, economic, political and cultural challenges of the contemporary world.

Maintaining the unique nature of a conservatoire within a research led university requires teaching and research of the highest quality. It is vital that close engagement with the creative industries and the related sectors are combined with a robust conviction and communication of the benefits of its activities to industry and society.

We have great ambitions for GSA. The Advisory Board will help us achieve these ambitions by:

  • Offering advice, guidance and ideas
  • Providing motivation, encouragement and focus
  • Promoting GSA within their own industries and networks
  • Helping us secure investment

The Advisory Board’s terms of reference will be:

  1. To advise the School on projects which will have an impact on the achievement of GSA’s vision, mission and strategic goals.
  2. To act as advocates on behalf of the School to a variety of constituencies
  3. To assist the School in achieving sustained excellence across a broad range of criteria.
  4. To act as a sounding board for the School

Advisory Board Members

Ashley Herman (Chair)       Deputy Chairman | Encore Tickets, Theatre Producer

Alex Armitage                     Chief Executive | Noel Gay

William Archer                    Theatre Investment Manager | William Archer Investors LLP

Sian Alexander                   Executive Director | Lyric Theatre Hammersmith

William Herman                  General Manager | Jermyn Street Theatre, GSA Alumnus

Bruce Guthrie                     Theatre Director, GSA Alumnus

Lucy Evans                         Director of Faculty Operations | University of Surrey

David Dobson                     Business Development Director | Really Useful Group

Chris Davis                          Managing Director | Chris Davis Management

Irene Cotton                        Casting Director

Yvie Burnett                         Vocal Coach

Lisa Burger                          Executive Director | National Theatre

Kevin McGrath OBE            Chair | McGrath Charitable Trust

Sarah Litchfield                    University Secretary and Legal Counsel | University of Surrey

Alastair Lindsey-Renton       Agent | Curtis Brown Literary & Talent Agency, GSA Alumnus

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith       Actor, GSA Alumnus

Sean McNamara                  Head of Guildford School of Acting, GSA Alumnus

Prof Graham Miller               Executive Dean, FASS | University of Surrey

Robert Noble                        Deputy Managing Director | Cameron Mackintosh Productions

Hugh Wooldridge                 Theatre Director

Fiona Thomas                      Vice-President | Disney Theatrical Europe

Paul Taylor-Mills                   Theatre Producer

Ian Talbot                              Theatre Director

Sean Sweeney                     Theatre Producer | Charing Cross Theatre

Luke Shires                          Managing Director | Joe Public Marketing

Mark Shenton                       Theatre Critic

David Sharkey                      Chief Operating Officer | University of Surrey

Jan Sawkins                          Member of Council | University of Surrey

Chris Ryan                            Commercial Director | Encore Tickets

Peter Polycarpou                  Actor/Director