ICAT is a boutique school. It’s staff are made up of very experienced working practitioners who also teach at the some of the world’s leading drama schools. Unencumbered by University conditioning, we teach what we know works from our ongoing experience working in every medium with some of the world’s greatest actors and directors including Gregory Doran, Mike Alfreds, Clint Eastwood, Judi Dench, Patrick Stewart, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and more. We employ actors and practitioners who are working or still pursuing a career which keeps the tuition current, specific and totally reality based. As we grow, so do you!
Emma is course leader in Manchester and teaches Mike Alfreds principles, Shakespeare, naturalism (Chekhov/Ibsen) and radio/voice over. She graduated from LAMDA in 1990 winning the prestigious BBC Radio Carleton Hobbs Award and joined the BBC Radio Drama Company working in drama, comedy, light entertainment, live shows and educational programmes. She has extensive radio credits with the BBC and independent companies such as Pier Productions, Arkangel and Riverrun with whom she recorded the highly successful Shakespeare on CD collection which won a prestigious American Audie Award.
She has worked with many renowned directors, actors, voice teachers and playwrights such as Peggy Ashcroft, Paul Scofield, John Tydeman, Tom Soppard, John Barton, Cicely Berry, Andrew Jack, Stephen Daldry, John Caird, Dominic Cooke, Dominic Hill, Sam Walters, David Jones, Stephen Whitaker, Andrew Wade, Bob Hoskins, David Thacker among many others. Her varied and diverse acting career in theatre has included Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre, Hull Truck, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe, Oldham Coliseum, Manchester Library Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, Original Theatre Company, New Vic Stoke,Colchester Mercury, York Theatre Royal, Harrogate Theatre, Perth Theatre, The Tron Glasgow, English Theatre Frankfurt, New Vic Stoke, Kenny Wax Productions, PW Productions, Nimax Productions and the West End. She has toured extensively throughout the UK, and for the RSC in America, Japan and New Zealand.
Television and film includes productions for BBC, ITV, Granada, YTV, Lime Pictures, LA Productions, Darlow Smithson, Tiger Aspect, Company Pictures and Pearson Television.
As a Voice Over artist Emma’s extensive work includes, audio books, commercials, documentaries, animation, promos, audio guides, and games.
She has recorded the soundtrack album to The Beggars Opera for the RSC with music by Ilona Sekacz, directed by John Caird.
She has directed Sonny Deree’s Life Flashes Before His Eyes for the Orange Tree Theatre, and Westway to the World for the Strummer Camp Festival.
She has taught for ALRA, Act Up North, Italia Conti, and The Manchester College and privately coaches professional actors in Voice Over technique, RP and Articulation. She has also coached acting technique for Algorithm and Acrobat films. She has provided accent coaching for productions of Fen, Frankenstein and Night of the Soul.
Simon is the founder and principal of ICAT and teaches Mike Alfreds principles, Shakespeare and naturalism (Chekhov/Ibsen) primarily. He is currently playing Trinculo in Greg Dorans ground breaking production of The Tempest with Simon Russell Beale for the RSC, the critically acclaimed, sell out production heads to the Barbican theatre in the summer of 2017. He recently played regular roles in ITV’s supernatural thriller Midwinter Of The Spirit and BBC’S smash hit series Ordinary Lies season 2.
He trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Upon graduation he won the BBC Carlton Hobbs Award becoming a member of the BBC Radio Rep Company where he has appeared in over 60 plays for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. Since then he has worked continuously in mainstream Theatre including the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Court, Birmingham Rep, Barbican, Young Vic, Bristol Old Vic, Chichester Festival Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, Soho Theatre and Hampstead Theatre.
Simon was the very first actor to play Puck at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in Mike Alfred’s acclaimed 2002 production of ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’, which led to an appearance as Puck in the BBC’s ‘In Search of Shakespeare’ documentary. This led to his first season at the Royal Shakespeare Company where he has appeared in 14 productions in Stratford Upon Avon, America, Madrid and the West End over the last 11 years.
During his time with the Company he won the Clarence Derwent Award (best supporting Actor on the British stage) for his role in ‘The Taming of The Shrew’ and was nominated for the Helen Hayes award in the USA for the same production. He was also nominated for the West End’s Evening Standard Award for his role in the RSC’s award winning ‘House of Desires’. Having appeared alongside Dame Judi Dench and Simon Callow in ‘ Merry Wives the Musical’ Simon was honoured to be one of 30 actors chosen to perform a speech at the closing of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, that company included Sir Ian Mckellen, Patrick Stewart, Sir Antony Sher and Dame Judi Dench.He later reopened the brand new £115,000,000 Theatre playing Ariel to Antony Sher’s Prospero.
Simon spent 4 months in Hamburg playing Puck in Benjamin Britten’s Midsummer Nights Dream at The Hamburg State Opera under world renowned conductor Simone Young. After playing Caliban to Pete Postlethwaite’s Prospero at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre Simon moved into Television and Film appearing on the BBC and ITV in ‘Holby City’, ‘Dalziel and Pascoe’ and ‘The Children’. His film work includes Anton Chekov’s ‘The Duel’, horror flick ‘The Dark Half’ and he starred in a prime time drama for ITV with Anna Friel called ‘Without you’. Simon also appeared in the BBC film of ‘Richard The Second’ produced by Sam Mendes, directed by Rupert Goold and starring David Suchet, Patrick Stewart and Ben Whishaw.
Simon directed ‘Henry V’ for the RSC young company in conjunction with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Swan Theatre Stratford Upon Avon and ‘Kidnapped’ for the Manchester fringe with theatre company ‘In The Red’.
Kate is ICAT London course leader and a founding member of the team. Kate trained as an actor at the RWCMD graduating in 2000. She has worked extensively as an actor at the Young Vic, National Theatre and in the West End. Highlights include The Vagina Monologues (national tour), Lear (Sheffield Crucible) and The Sea (Theatre Royal Haymarket) . She has worked with Antony Sher, Eileen Atkins and Nick Hytner. In 2008 Kate was awarded an MA in European Dance Theatre Practice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and she is on the movement faculty at Shakespeares Globe.
Movement direction/ choreography includes ‘Aladdin’ at the Key Theatre Peterborough, ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ at Blackheath Halls, ‘An Evening of Kurt Weill’, Bath festival, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the Basingstoke Haymarket.