The Oxford School of Drama is pleased to announce the appointment of Georgina Sowerby as the school’s Head of Acting. This is a new, senior artistic post and Georgina will lead the acting faculty as well as working alongside the Senior Management Team on the strategic development and management of the School. She will take up this new role in January 2021.
Georgina initially trained as an actor at Drama Centre London, working for organisations such as the National Theatre, Royal Court and BBC Scotland. She began directing theatre in the late 90s, assisting James Neale-Kennerley (Gay Sweatshop), before co-founding two organisations – Moving Arts Initiative, which devised mixed media storytelling events for families in Peckham, and Dirty Market, an innovative Bricolage-inspired performance group.
Georgina has been teaching acting, especially the Stanislavski technique and Uta Hagen’s approach, for over 20 years. She has directed over 30 student productions for DCL, DSL, LSDA, London South Bank University and others. She was Course Leader of the Masters in Acting at DramaCentre@CSM and then joined the MA in Creative Performance Practice team at London South Bank University. She is currently piloting a programme, Orpheus Street, for early career actors and artists to discover, explore and develop their own creative agency in association with Dirty Market.
Georgina said: “I am absolutely thrilled to join the team at The Oxford School of Drama. OSD is a unique organisation with an inspiring independent identity. So many wonderful actors have developed their craft here, and the holistic training it offers in this magical, wholesome setting is needed now more than ever. I look forward to contributing to Oxford School of Drama’s next creative chapter.”
Babou Ceesay, Trustee, was on the interview panel that appointed Georgina. He said “Georgina brings exceptional skills and experience as both teacher and artist. Her practice demonstrates that inclusivity is in her DNA. This appointment will support the School’s ongoing work to empower our students to develop their individuality and confidence as artists entering the profession.”
The Oxford School of Drama is a world-leading independent drama school offering professional actor training on a Three Year and One Year Acting Course, plus a Six Month Foundation Course. It is one of the youngest conservatories in the country and boasts an illustrious award-winning alumni.
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