The Oxford School of Drama has announced that George Peck, the founder of the School, will retire as Principal in 2019. For details about the role of Principal and how to apply go to:
George Peck founded The Oxford School of Drama 32 years ago. Kate Ashcroft, Executive Director from 1997 – 2017 and now Head of Marketing and Development, will leave at the same time.
George Peck said “In 1986 I wanted to build a school which offered a contemporary and creative approach to actor training. Looking back it is astonishing to realise how much has been achieved in so short a time. It’s been a huge privilege to work alongside so many talented tutors and students and we are all immensely proud of the work the graduates are doing in the industry. It is, and will I am certain continue to be, a truly inspirational and vocational school.”
Peter Wilson Smith, Chair of The Oxford School of Drama board said today, “George has created a remarkable drama school with a unique character and a reputation for nurturing exceptional talent. The many Oxford School of Drama alumni now enjoying success in the profession is testimony to the quality of the organisation that he and Kate Ashcroft have guided and developed over more than two decades. It is a challenge replacing an inspirational founder but we have an outstanding team of tutors and staff in place who will continue the OSD tradition as we embark on the search for a successor.”