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

Alex is 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.

David Brown | Voice and Speech Tutor

David trained on the acting programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the voice studies programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is an accredited Meisner Teacher, holding DMT status from the Meisner Institute. He tutored under Patsy Rodenburg for three years and has been taught by Kristin Linklater, Barbara Houseman, David and Rebecca Carey, Frankie Armstrong and Lyn Darnley. He has worked at LAMDA, Goldsmiths, Fourth Monkey, Italia Conti, The Court Theatre and De Montfort University. Professionally as an actor, he has worked in commercials, film and theatre.

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