Meet the Tutors
David Emmet | Director of Studies; Acting Tutor, Foundation Course in Acting
David is a hugely experienced director and acting tutor at The Questors. After training on the Foundation Course and the Advanced Performance Course, he acted and directed at The Questors and founded what is now the Young Studio Course in 1978. He moved on to become the Acting Tutor on the Foundation Course in 1982 and took over as Director of Studies from Alfred Emmet, the founder of the course, in 1983, since when he has guided and trained the students in 34 Groups. He is the author of all the teaching materials used on the acting course and has directed nearly 60 productions at The Questors.
Richard Gallagher | Acting Tutor, Advanced Performance Course
After training at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre (now ‘Manchester Met’), Richard began his career as an actor at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Some years later, during a prolonged European tour for Theatre Totale, he wrote his first play, which was performed at the Contact Theatre (Manchester). Other plays, short stories and books followed. He has taught various aspects of theatre and writing for Kingston College, Stockport College, Salford University Manchester Met, Open Ealing and privately.
Alex Marker | Youth Theatre Director and Senior Tutor
the current director of The Questors Youth Theatre, and has taught on
the programme for twenty years. Alex is a qualified teacher (PGCE:
University of Greenwich). He has run workshops and masterclasses for a
range of organisations and is a recurring guest tutor for the Royal
Shakespeare Company Open Stages Project. Alex is also lecturer in stage
design, construction and painting for the University of West London and
Kingston College. Since graduating (BA Hons in Theatre Design: Wimbledon
School of Art), Alex has designed over 150 productions for fringe,
regional, touring, site-specific and West End venues. He is Resident
Designer and Deputy Chief Executive at the Finborough Theatre.
Francesca McInally | Young Studio & Lead Tutor, Encore
Francesca trained at East 15 Acting School, The Questors and in the Meisner Technique with Scott Williams at The Impulse Company. She has worked professionally as an actress, director and facilitator and currently facilitates for Richmond Theatre, Richmond Trust, The Questors Theatre and Wizard Theatre's Pupil Premium project, as well as private LAMDA and drama school/NYT preparation.
Laura Rae | Learning and Participation Officer and Senior Tutor
Laura studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she gained an MA in Applied Theatre, specialising in education in theatre settings. She has delivered creative writing and drama workshops in schools, colleges, prisons, day care centres, homeless activity centres, hospitals and theatres. In addition to her work with us, Laura leads educational projects for the Tricycle Theatre and Mousetrap Theatre Company and delivers creative writing workshops for the homeless charity Crisis.
Paul Whiting | Lead Tutor, Acting for All
Paul was himself a
member of the Questors Youth Theatre and a graduate of The Questors
Foundation Course in Acting and Advanced Performance Course before
embarking on further training at Rose Bruford College of Speech and
Drama and a professional career. He has appeared in films, plays and
radio dramas. In 2007 he was one of the acting coaches for the BAFTA
nominated Seven Sins of England, and in 2009 for The Enemy Within, both
appeared on Channel 4. He is a founding member of the sketch-comedy
companies The Errors of Comedy and Interference.
Nicholas Jonne Wilson | Body and Movement Tutor
Jonne has worked
professionally as an actor, director, writer, acting consultant and
trainer for over thirty years. Following extensive training in classical
ballet, Jonne became a respected non-verbal communication consultant
and trainer. He is co-creator of avant-garde theatre company
Theatrestorm, has directed over forty plays and consulted on over two
hundred. He is the founder of The Body Method and runs workshops in the
UK and Europe.