Laurent de Montalembert, Director of Fonact
Laurent has trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. After graduating he worked closely with Christian Burgess, Head of Drama at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has worked as a director on the Preliminary Acting Course course and the Guildhall summer school.
In France, Laurent worked at ENSATT where he assisted Hungarian director Arpad Shilling on his devised piece Audition, Competition. He worked at the National Theatre of Strasbourg (TNS) as a movement teacher and was a panel member for the national auditions in 2012. He worked alongside Julie Brochen and Christian Burgess in Italy at Prima del Teatro.
He founded the Fontainebleau School of Acting in 2014.
Christian Burgess, Acting Course Director
Christian Burgess trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He worked as an actor for many years in theatre, TV & film. Theatre Companies include: National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Shared Experience, Joint Stock, Manchester Royal Exchange, Riverside Studios, Donmar.
Christian was appointed Head of Acting at Guildhall in 2003 and Director of Drama 2011-2018; from 2014-18 he was appointed Vice-Principal. Christian has directed many projects and full-scale productions at the School, and has encouraged cross-disciplinary engagement between actors, musicians and production arts students. He has directed 10 projects for Prima del Teatro, an annual international theatre festival in Tuscany, as well as workshops in UK, China and Argentina. Christian has collaborated with Laurent de Montalembert for many years, and is now an Acting Course Director at Fonact.
Lucinda Millward, Acting Course Director
Lucinda trained at the Guildhall School as an actor and has worked for the last 10 years within the industry in both theatre and television. Before training at the Guildhall School, Lucinda studied History at Oxford University and also studied for an MA in Text and Performance at RADA. Lucinda worked as a teacher and director at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she teaches MA and BA classical acting students, as well as students within the opera and music departments. Lucinda set up and directed the first two years of the Preliminary Acting Course at the conservatoire, as well as leading workshops for the Guildhall Summer School. Lucinda was a member of panel auditioning BA and MA students for the three-year acting course at Guildhall - internationally and within the UK.
In addition, Lucinda has attended intensive teacher training with Liz Lerman – US pedagogue - in ‘Critical Response Process’ a series of intensive workshops learning how to give productive creative feedback to artists. Lucinda also runs a successful educational agency in London.
Ed trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Prior to this he studied Drama/English at the University of Bristol and worked in the Education department at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Theatre credits include Dear Brutus (Southwark Playhouse), First Light (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Cheek by Jowl's production of The Winter's Tale (Barbican, BAM, International & U.K. Tour). He has directed extensively for the award-winning Young Pleasance Theatre company. As of 2018 he will sit on the audition panel at Guildhall for the BA and MA acting programmes.
Jamie Bradley studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Chelsea College of Art. He has extensive experience in theatre, television and film and has performed with companies such as Complicite, Kneehigh, Transport and Fevered Sleep as well as at the National Theatre. He has directed and devised multiple projects at Guildhall, Fontainebleau School of Acting and LAMDA and as a teacher has led workshops for Complicite, Transport, Selma Susanna Studio Amsterdam, Pro Corda and English Chamber Orchestra.
Claire trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she was awarded the Gold Medal for her year. Since graduating, Claire has worked extensively in theatre, television and film. Theatre includes Anna Karenina, Orpheus Descending, Three Birds, Strawgirl, The Adoption Papers, and Roots (Best Actress nomination) with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company), Three Birds (Bush Theatre London), Macbeth (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh and Nottingham Playhouse), My Mother said I Never Should (Watford Palace Theatre), Daisy Pulls it Off (Watermill Theatre).
Television includes: Apocolypse Slough, Eastenders, Trial and Retribution, Lewis, Holby City, Doctors, The Bill, The Killing of Laura Kitchen and The Tudors. Film includes: Thor 2, Smoke, The Pursuit.
Claire also maintains a strong connection with Guildhall, where she has taught and directed.
Grace trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has worked with progressive and international directors such as Declan Donnellan, Katie Mitchell, Vladimir Scherban, Owen Horsley, Alain Perroux and Mike Alfreds, and a three week masterclass with Christian Burgess, Laurent De Montalembert and Julie Brochen at Primo Del Teatro in San Minato, Tuscany. Professional acting experience includes The Forbidden Zone (Schaubühne production), Peer Gynt (Barbican and London Symphony Orchestra), See What I See (Oxford Playhouse, Eyestrings), Tomorrow I Was Always A Lion (Arcola, Belarus Free Theatre) and The Winter’s Tale (international tour, Cheek By Jowl). She holds a diploma in both classical and musical theatre singing, and works frequently in voiceover. Grace teaches on the Preliminary Acting Course at Guildhall, Guildhall Outreach Programs and as an assistant director and movement teacher for the Guildhall Summer School.
Since graduating From the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Rona has worked extensively in theatre, television and film. Her recent theatre credits include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ( Donmar Warehouse), Cover My Tracks ( Old Vic ), Glory on Earth (Royal Lyceum), Diary of a Teenage Girl (Southwark Playhouse-Best Actress nomination), The James Plays, Dead Don’t Floss (National Theatre), Anhedonia (Royal Court), To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Scuttlers (Royal Exchange), The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic), Crave (Bush Theatre) She has recently finished filming Ready Player One with Steven Spielberg and Decline and Fall for BBC. Rona works for the Guildhall auditions process.
Jeremy Banster is a French actor, writer, director and producer.
His acting career began at the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Paris in 1995. His teachers were Jean-Pierre Martino, Tsillah Chelton, and Didier Sandre. Jeremy co-produced and co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film Pure Life, which he shot in French Guiana, Brazil, Surinam, Paris and Toulon, France. The film was selected in many film festivals around the world and won numerous awards including Best First Feature movie and Best Young Actor at The Lumieres Awards, Prize of the Foreigners World Press.
In 2016, with his film company, Cantina Studio, he worked on the Canadian TV series, X Company (CBS) and on feature movies in France such as The Sleeper by the River by Manuel Sanchez (Cesar Nomination) and The Hand of Fatma by Ahmed El Manounni (Best Director in the Tangier International Film Festival). In the same year, he began teaching cinema to our students at Fonact and The European City Of Cinema of Luc Besson.
Kirsty is an actress, director, writer and teacher. She studied English Literature at QMW, and trained to be an actress at LAMDA.
Kirsty has worked extensively in theatre and television, playing lead roles at the RSC, National Theatre, The Globe Theatre, The Royal Court, The Bush and many other British Theatres. She has worked internationally with Ivo Van Hove and Out of Joint, as well as working with many prominent directors that include: Peter Gill, Michael Grandage, Daniel Kramer, Josie Rouke, Lyndsey Turner, Sean Holmes, Maria Aberg and Jonathan Munby. Kirsty has also had the good fortune to work alongside exceptional writers such as: Caryl Churchill, Simon Stephens, Ayad Akhtar, David Elridge, David Grieg, Dennis Kelly, Sam Holcroft and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm.
On leaving drama school, Kirsty was trained to lead Shakespeare workshops at the National Theatre and it was here that her desire to teach was born. She has worked at LAMDA for the past 13 years and has directed many productions. Laurent de Montalembert was one of her first students at LAMDA, and she was delighted when he asked her to join the Fonact staff. Kirsty has been teaching at Fonact regularly for the last 4 years.