• Artistic Team:
  • Artistic Director & Dramaturg: Julian Jones
  • Producer: Andrew Livingstone
  • Associate Playwright: Thomas Clancy
  • Associate Designer: Hazel Wilson
  • Associate Stage Managers: Tom Lewer; Drew McNeil; Samantha Metzelar
  • Associate Lighting Designers: Chris Withers; Jonny Ellis
  • Assosiate Sound Designer: Sammy Myers
  • Associate Director: Rob Kirby
  • Associate Film Companies: Inquisition Media & Out Of Sync Films;
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  • Acting; Movement & Voice Workshop Leaders:
  • Thomasina Unsworth (Lecturer in Acting - author of Becoming an Actor: NHB and Senior Lecture in Acting at Rose Bruford College)
  • Natasha Fedorova (Lecturer in Movement - Moscow Art Theatre; Harvard University; Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; Rose Bruford College)
  • Julian Jones (Lecturer in Acting - author of final chapter in The Complete Brecht Toolkit by Stephen Unwin: NHB and Senior Lecturer in Acting at Rose Bruford College; Visiting Lecturer in Acting at E15 & Birkbeck College
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  • Marketing & Design:
  • Logo Design for NU: Michael O’Connor
  • Poster Design for Pussy: Elspeth Livingstone
Associate Actors:
Herons:
Joanne Dockery (Great Britain - National Theatre; A Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time - West End)
Haley Squires (Author of Vera, Vera, Vera - Upstairs at The Royal Court)
Dave Beynon
Maddy Hill (Best Newcomer - Soap Awards 2014 - Nancy Carter in Eastenders)
Daniel Dingsdale (Ariel in The Tempest for GB Theatre Company)
Dave Hearn (The Play That Goes Wrong - Duchess Theatre; West End)
George Banks (The History Boys - Bath Theatre Royal/No1 Tour)
Matt Brewer
Tomas Dunlea (Plays Ringo Starr in the TV Movie: Cilla)
 
Novemberunderground:
Imogen Hudson-Clayton
Harry Owens
Peter Mooney (The Commitments - Palace Theatre; West End)
Andrew Livingstone
Talya Harris
Gerard McGrath
Robert Kirby
Siddy Holloway
Ed Thorpe
 
Pussy:
Emma James
Emma Tansley
Kirsten Callaghan
Bethan Thomas
Chloe Levis-Johnson
 
 
Biographies of Artistic Team:
Julian Jones: Artistic Director & Dramaturg
Julian trained at RADA from 1984-1986 and worked as an actor (stage name - Julian Protheroe) in Theatre, Television and Film for twenty years before taking up his post as Senior Lecture in Acting at Rose Bruford College in 2006. Acting credits include Slim in Of Mice and Men (Birmingham Rep; The Savoy West End; and The Old Vic), Dan in Closer (Manchester Library Theatre), Caliban in The Tempest (The RNT - tour), Dray In The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Manchester Royal Exchange), Jimmy Porter in Look Back In Anger (Lancaster Dukes Theatre), Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Cheltenham Everyman Theatre) and Chris Keller in All My Sons (Chester Gateway Theatre).
 
At Rose Bruford College he teaches and directs on both the Acting and Actor Musician BA Hons Programmes. His work with first year actors is focused on the teachings of Stanislavski and Meisner. With second year actors he works on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. He also teaches Dramaturgy and is Contextual Study co-ordinator across all three years of the training. For several years he taught Acting for Camera at Webber Douglas Drama School and, along with a colleague from Rose Bruford, delivers an annual workshop on Brecht for the MA Directing course at Birkbeck College. He is a visiting Lecturer at East 15 Acting School where he leads workshops on both Brecht and Shakespeare.
Julian directed a new play, Body of Water, for Made From Scratch Theatre Company, which was shortlisted for Best Ensemble at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011. Other plays he has directed include Shakespeare’s Julius CaesarMacbeth and The Winter's Tale; Chekhov’s The Seagul and Three Sisters; Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock and Herons; Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County; and Earthquakes in London by Mike Bartlett. For Burning Oak he has recently directed two new plays by Royal Court Young Writer Tom Clancy: Novemberunderground, which was performed at the Soho Theatre Upstairs in July 2012 and then at The Underbelly as part of The Edinburgh Festival - 2013; followed by Pussy, performed at The Phoenix Artist Club as part of The Camden Fringe - 2014. Also in 2013 he directed four short plays at The Bargehouse in Waterloo as site-specific productions. These were: Now That's What I Call Music by David Watson; Expecting by Alex Wood; Fucking Instruments by Nick Payne & Ben Ockrent and The Frugal Horn by Nick Payne.
Julian has recently been working with The Royal Shakespeare Company delivering acting workshops as part of their Open Stages initiative across the country. Also in 2011 Julian and a group of Rose Bruford graduates ran several workshops with the aim of developing a series of exercises intended to help the actor when approaching Brecht. These exercises constitute the final chapter of Stephen Unwin’s book The Complete Brecht Toolkit published by NHB in 2014. He is currently working on a book based on his approach to teaching Shakespeare.  Julian’s particular interest in Greek Theatre has led to a BA in History and Archaeology, a Masters in Classical Studies and a diploma from the Epidauros Summer School run by the University of Athens. Julian is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.
He lives with his wife Thomasina and two daughters Isobel & Esme in Brighton.

Tom Clancy: Associate Playwright (Novemberunderground & Pussy)
Plays Performed:
  • Even Cotton Wool’s Alright Wi’ Ketchup – Mercury Theatre, Colchester (2010)
  • 14 Lexden Road – Made From Scratch Theatre Company at The Camden Eye (2010)
  • Close – Cockpit Theatre, London (2011)
  •  Novemberunderground (Rehearsed Reading) – Made From Scratch Theatre Company at 491 Gallery, London (2011) Novemberunderground – Rose Bruford Drama School, London (as part of Symposium, 2012)
  • Fridgilante – The Hospital Club (2012)
  •  Novemberunderground – Soho Theatre (one performance as part of The Rose Tinted Festival 2012)
  • Wizards (Rehearsed Reading) – Shoreditch Town Hall (HighTide 2012)
Coming Up:
  •  Under commission from HighTide Festival Theatre for a new play in 2013 as part of Escalator Plays.
  •  Currently writing an episode of ‘E20’ as part of the BBC E20 Writer’s School.
  • Currently working on a play for The Royal Court Theatre as part of their Invitation Only Studio Group.
  • Associate Artist of Made From Scratch Theatre Company.
  • Currently writing a play called Venus, which will be going to Edinburgh in 2013.
Notable Achievements:
  •  Finalist for Old Vic New Voices 24hr Plays – (2010)
  • Graduate of Royal Court Young Writer’s Programme - (2011)
  •  Novemberunderground longlisted for The Bruntwood Prize – (2011)
  • Winner of inaugural Made From Scratch Theatre Company New Writing Award – (2011)
  • The BBC E20 Writer’s School – (2012)
  • Graduate of Royal Court Studio Group – (2012)

Rob Kirby: Associate Director:
Robert wanted to be a gold miner when he grew up, but at the age of 6 when panning for Gold at Legoland Winsdor his dream was shattered when long time friend James Pearson stole all the gold he had found. Feeling bemused and bitter by the gold mining industry and its competiveness, he sensibly turned his attention to acting and went to train at Rose Bruford College. Theatre whilst training includes Earthquakes in London, Machinal, Cymbeline, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, Three Sisters and Punk Rock. Other experience includes False Rape Story (BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat), Bush Bazaar (Bush Theatre) & Frank & Ferdinand (NT Studio). He has worked for the National Youth Theatre as an Assistant Course Director (2010 & 2011) and a Company Manager for their Junior Summer Courses (2012).