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.

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 Attended the Questors Student group after which started his professional career as an actor and workshop leader with the Rainbow T.I.E. Theatre company. Subsequently he attended The Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama and on graduating has appeared in several films and stage plays. In 2007 worked as one of the acting coaches on the Bafta nominated The Seven Sins of England on Channel 4 and the follow up The Enemy within. As well as acting & coaching, he is a musician and a comedy writer/actor with The Errors of Comedy Sketch-Comedy company and the Interference Sketch-Comedy company. He is also a musician and song writer, who has written several soundtracks for audio dramas produced by https://political-art.co.uk/


Duncan Alldridge  | Body and Movement Tutor

A very experienced teacher, Duncan studied theatre to MA level at University and then taught drama and theatre in schools, stage school and colleges for 25 years. He’s performed in and directed a variety of devised physical and fringe theatre projects, and studied with a range of theatre practitioners in movement, improvisation and ensemble techniques. He’s a certified somatic coach and has both performed and directed at the Questors.


Adam Ganne  | Voice and Speech Tutor

Adam trained as an actor at LAMDA, and holds an MFA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has been taught by practitioners such as Barbara Houseman, Kristin Linklater and Annie Morrison. Coming from an international background, he has worked as a voice coach at several theatre productions in Germany, and has taught at drama schools across the UK, including LIPA, Fourth Monkey, Rose Bruford and the London College of Music. Teaching all aspects of practical voice, his special interests lie in a creative approach to articulation, and he regularly coaches actors as well as corporate clients on voice, speech and communication. As an actor he works in film, television and voice-over.

Ant Griffith  | Improvisation & Comedy Tutor, Founder of 'The Slack Captains'

Ant was in Questors Student Group 46, and graduated in Foundations of Acting at Mountview Drama school. He's studied improvisation for 5 years at The Free Association, Hoopla, The Nursery and The Maydays under numerous tutors including Suki Webster, Josie Lawrence, Katy Schutte, Maria Peters, and Graham Dickson. Ant is the founder and tutor of the Questors home improv team The Slack Captains. He's also a musician and songwriter, with several songs in the movie 'The Girl with a Clock for a Heart', currently in pre-production directed by Daniel Barber.

Lucy Aley-Parker  | Platform Tutor

Lucy Aley-Parker graduated as a trained actor and singer from Webber Douglas Academy of Music & Dramatic Art in the 80s. Her voice teachers included Patsy Rodenburg and Francis Thomas, and singing tutors have included Penny Harvey-Piper and Elena Ferrari. She spent a number of years in the professional theatre and appeared in Rep, panto, and on TV, film and radio. After over 10 years as an actor there was a large break in her acting career, spent largely in Her experience also extends to the publishing and events industries, where she ran workshops in vocal presentation skills for the corporate sector. At Questors, she has been an acting and directing member for over 10 years.




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