Chris Cresswell (Tutor Headshot)

Chris Cresswell

Clowning & Physical Theatre Coach

Chris is a cabaret performer, lecturer, film and television actor and a leading exponent of the new wave of vaudeville cabaret. He first appeared on stage at the Winter Gardens Eastbourne when he invaded the stage during the Sooty Show, where he was chosen to play the villain by Harry H Corbett himself.

He was 6. He spent the next few years practicing his art in an abandoned theatre, before running away to join the circus to be a clown! He learnt his craft with comedy circus troupe  Ra Ra Zoo playing to international audiences in places as far flung as Singapore, Philadelphia, Poland, France and Germany.

As a director he has worked in theatre, dance, puppetry, circus performance, spectacle site specific and street theatre with work appearing in the London Mime Festival and other visual theatre festivals. His most recent commission was Lost In Transit an award winning circus theatre show at the Brighton Festival.

Alongside his performance career Chris has always enjoyed passing on his knowledge and experience as a teacher. His particular interest has always been vaudeville theatre, and the role of the clown in theatre.

Other Members

Stacey Williams (Tutor Headshot)

Stacey Williams

Academy Director and Head of Acting & Performance/Co-Founder
Emma Headshot BW

Emma Williams

Academy Director and Head of Movement/Co-Founder
Ian Belsey (Tutor-Headshot)

Ian Belsey

Singing Coach
Louise Jones (Tutor Headshot)

Louise Jones

Voice & Accents
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