Staff

The college is extremely proud of it’s experienced and dynamic teachers, who have over 70 years’ experience as examiners and moderators for leading exam boards, and with The British Academy of Dramatic Combat. Five have MAs in Performing Arts Practice, from the likes of RADA, LIPA and the University of Sheffield, and their links provide unique opportunities for their students.

Kevin Rowntree 

Curriculum Leader for Performing and Production Arts 

Kevin trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of Leeds, and has since worked with a number of prominent theatre companies including Trestle Theatre Company and English Touring Theatre. His work as a fight director, and the fact he is a qualified instructor of stage combat, has meant Kevin has had the opportunity to work within the film industry as a special action performer. On top of this, he has taught acting, movement and stage combat at colleges, universities and drama schools across the UK including E15, Mountview and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has even set up his own theatre company specialising in contemporary productions of world theatre.

Kevin has had the pleasure of working all over the world as a director including the USA and India.

Gideon Clear

Acting Teacher

Gideon trained at The Mountview Theatre School graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Acting. He has had an extensive career working professionally as an actor in theatre, television and radio, most notably with United Productions for the BBC, the British Film Services, Really Useful Theatres and Oneword Radio.

Gideon also worked as an Associate Director, casting for, directing and producing bespoke theatre presentations and training workshops for the likes of the BBC, Channel 4, London Underground and the Ministry of Defence.

He has worked at Pendleton Sixth Form College for over 10-years.

Les Williams

Acting Teacher

After graduating from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Les worked professionally as an actor and director. He was part of two UK tours and even lived and worked Louisiana, USA, to work with Le Petit Theatre Company on the musical production ‘The King and I’ as an associate director.

On his return Les turned to teaching, and found a new passion. In his time teaching acting and drama, he has worked in Italy, for Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and now Pendleton Sixth Form College.

He has a Master’s Degree and two PGCE teaching qualifications.

Graham Wilkins

Technical Theatre Teacher

Graham completed a BA Honours Degree in 3D Design back in 1987 while he worked at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, which was his first introduction to contemporary performance. Graham then went on to work as a freelance designer working on theatre, interior and retail projects, which eventually developed into him having his own design and manufacturing company.

Throughout his career he has worked as a designer alongside teaching. He has worked throughout the UK and Europe on theatre productions and trade exhibitions. Clients have included Hewlett Packard, Harrods, British Gas and Clarins.

Joseph Meighan

Associate Theatre Director

Joe started his own career in the Pendleton hallways just a handful of years ago and has since gone on to study at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. After gaining his degree, Joe went on to direct productions including Les Miserables, Romeo and Juliet, The Phantom of the Opera and GHOST.

He is also the artistic director and founder of MYT Productions in Manchester, a youth theatre group.

Neil Bennett

Head of The Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts

Neil, a professional organist, completed a scholarship at Chetham’s School of Music and Cambridge University. He then began a professional career as a conductor of choirs and orchestras, and was musical director at The Players’ Theatre in London’s West End.

During his extensive career with the American Musical Company of New York and the Broadway Musical Company, Neil lived in New York and arranged and conducted musicals for productions in the USA and Europe.