President & Artistic Associates


As President of Mountview it gives me real pleasure to introduce you to this fine Academy which enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence.

Training is the first step on your stimulating journey to the achievement of your dream of entering a complex and exciting industry. Training is essential so that you can develop not only as an actor but also as an individual.  It is hard work and you are going to need dedication, determination and drive.

Of course, there is no easy route to success and there can be no guarantees, but your professional training will prepare you for the start of what I hope will be a long, fulfilling and fruitful career.

Whether you wish to train for acting, musical theatre, directing or the production arts, if you come to Mountview you will attend an Academy where all the staff are dedicated to helping you get the very best out of your training.

I wish you every success for the future.

Dame Judi Dench, C.H, D.B.E



Sir John Mills, Sir Ralph Richardson, Dame Margaret Rutherford and George Norman.


Mountview’s Artist Associates are a collection of actors, directors, composers, writers and production artists (many of whom originally trained at Mountview) who support our work and creative vision.

Our Artistic Associates regularly work with students by giving masterclasses, supporting performances or developing new work.

Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE
Actor, Playwright and Director

Artistic Director of The Young Vic. Writing: Elmina’s Kitchen (National Theatre and Garrick Theatre). Acting: Casualty, Holby City and Robin Hood (BBC), Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (West End).

Maria Aberg

Credits Include: Days of Significance and As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company),
Hotel (National Theatre) and Little Shop of Horrors (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Annabel Arden
Actor and Director. Co-founder of Complicite.

Directing: Osud (Janacek) and L’enfant et les sortilèges  (Opera North), Turandot (Coliseu dos Recruits), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Glyndebourne Tour), Carmen (The Grange Festival).

Paul Arditti
Olivier and Tony Award Winning Sound Designer

Credits include: The Hard Problem, Behind The Beautiful Forevers, Great Britain (National Theatre) A Streetcar Named Desire, The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic), King Charles III, American Psycho (Almeida Theatre).

Neil Austin
Olivier and Tony Award Winning Lighting Designer

Credits include: Company (Gielgud), Translations (National Theatre), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Noel Coward), Woyzeck (Old Vic).

Alecky Blythe

Credits Include: London Road (National Theatre), Cruising (Bush Theatre), Little Revolution (Almeida Theatre).

Paul Clay

Executive Producer for Manchester International Festival.

Aletta Collins

Choreographer, director and former Associate Artist at the Royal Opera House

Directing: CORALINE (Barbican),

Choreographic work includes: The Red Balloon (Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House), Bloom (Rambert Dance Company); Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe (Phoenix Dance Theatre); Drifting and Tilting – The Songs Of Scott Walker (Barbican), The Twilight Zone (Almeida).

Directing work includes: If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me (Young Vic); La Cenerentola (Opera North); Carmen (Salzburg Festival); and Philip Pullman’s Aladdin (Bristol Old Vic).

Lindsey Coulson

Credits Include: EastEnders, The Street (BBC) and Bulletproof (Sky 1).

Brian Cox CBE

King Lear, Titus Andronicus and The Taming of the Shrew (RSC). Films include X2, Troy, Manhunter, and Rushmore.

Martin Duncan
Theatre and Opera Director

Former Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse and former joint Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre.

David Edelstein

Theatre mechanics producer. Managing Director of Triple E. staging solutions.

Phil Engleheart

Theatre Designer

Alasdair Flint

Theatrical Chandler

Producer of specialist equipment and theatrical paint.

Howard Goodall CBE

Emmy, BAFTA and BRIT Award Winning Composer

Credits include: Bend It Like Beckham, The Hired Man, Into the Storm and The Vicar of Dibley.

Rob Halliday
Lighting Designer and Programmer

Lighting Designer (Tree of Codes, Giudizio Universale), Lighting Programmer (Les Miserables, Billy Elliot, Miss Saigon, Equus, Red), Technical Writer (Lighting & Sound International, The Stage), Lighting Consultant (Leicester Curve, CAST Doncaster, Chester Storyhouse).

Douglas Henshall

Credits Include: Primeval (ITV), Shetland (BBC), Network (National Theatre) and Betrayal (Harold Pinter Theatre).

Amanda Holden
Actor and TV Presenter

Credits Include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre), Shrek The Musical (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Wild at Heart and Britain’s Got Talent (ITV1).

Terry Johnson
Olivier Award Winning Playwright and Director

Directing: Oh! What A Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Duck House (West End and UK tour), Hitchcock Blonde (Royal Court), Insignificance (Donmar Warehouse). Writing credits include Hitchcock Blonde, Piano/Forte (Royal Court), The Graduate (West End).

Akram Khan
Olivier Award Winning Dancer and Choreographer

Choreography includes: XENOS (Onassis Cultural Centre), Until the Lions (Roundhouse), Kaash (Creteil), iTMOi (in the mind of igor) (Grenoble), DESH (Curve Theatre), Vertical Road (Curve Theatre), Gnosis (Sadler’s Wells) and zero degrees (Sadler’s Wells).

Leigh Lawson
Actor, Director and Writer

Credits include: Being Julia (Sony Pictures), Brother Sun, Sister Moon (EIA) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC).

Dame Twiggy Lawson
Model, Actor and Singer

Credits include: The Boy Friend (Winner of the Golden Globes for Best New Actress and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy) and Blithe Spirit (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Eddie Marsan

Credits Include: Vera Drake (Winner of British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor 2004), The World’s End (StudioCanal), War Horse (DreamWorks), Happy-Go-Lucky (Winner of the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor 2008).

Elaine Paige OBE

Roles over a 50-year career include the original Eva Peron in Evita and the original Grizabella in Cats, Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes!

Michael Pennington

Credits include: Hamlet, Measure for Measure, King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost. (RSC)

Tom Piper OBE
Olivier Award Winning Designer

Associate Designer at the RSC from 2004 -2014 where work included the Histories season and the design of TOP Theatre. Recent work includes Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre, New York & West End), Curtain Up exhibition at the V&A and a collaboration with Paul Cummins to create ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’: the fields of poppies which were presented at the Tower of London and then across the UK.

Liam Steel

Director and choreographer

Choreographic work includes: The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Gianni Scchicci – Revival (English Touring Opera), Peter Pan Revival (Co-Director)(Open Air Theatre), To Me, To You…(Consultant) (Wired Aerial Theatre).

Ken Stott

Credits Include: The Hobbit Trilogy (New Line Cinema), Café Society (FilmNation) and Rebus (ITV).

Sarah Travis
Tony Award winning Orchestrator, Musical Director and Musical Supervisor

Orchestrator: Fiddler On the Roof (UK Tour), The A to Z Of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse), Jungle Book (Glasgow Citizens) and Dear World (Charing Cross Theatre).


Roy Williams OBE

Plays: Lift Off (George Devine Award), Clubland (Evening Standard Award), Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads and Sucker Punch (Olivier Award nominee).

Anton Woodward OBE
Stage Automation Engineer

Stage work includes Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express, Billy Elliot, Warhorse, Jerry Springer The Opera and The King’s Speech. Film work includes the Harry Potter, Batman, James Bond and X-Men series. Anton has worked with musical artists including Metallica, Elton John, Sting, Diana Ross and Lady Gaga.