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Our vision for 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
Sian Alexander  Executive Director | Lyric Theatre Hammersmith
William Herman  General Manager | Jermyn Street Theatre, GSA Alumni
Bruce Guthrie  Theatre Director, GSA Alumni
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 Alumni
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith  Actor, GSA Alumni
Sean McNamara Head of Guildford School of Acting, GSA Alumni
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