Stephen James Martin: Owner and Principal 2017 – Present
Stephen started performing at a young age, catching the acting bug in primary and followed quickly by his love of dance. He studied Musical Theatre at Edinburgh Telford College and graduated with his Higher National Diploma in 2005. Once graduated he went to work with The Scottish Theatre and Musical School, The Performance Academy, CRAFT Theatre Company, The Ripple Project and South Morningside Stage Club. Stephen writes most of his own shows and has directed and choreographed them along the way.
In 2013 Stephen set up SJM Creative, part of this company included SJM Holiday Camp that provided performance holiday camps over the school holidays. They have grown over the years and now run 5 weeks throughout the year. This year SJM Perofrmance Academy was established that will be providing theatre lessons for children P1 to S4. They have their first production of Cinderella at the Roxy Theatre this December. SJM Creative is now the main production team behind South Morningside Stage Club and bring Peter fae the Pans to the Churchill Theatre in Feb 2018, a brand new show written by Stephen.
Stephen believes that the arts should be accessible for everyone: whether as a spectator or participant. He has worked hard with his projects over the last 10 years to provide a theatre experience that expands and challenges his groups, as well as giving the audience a great theatrical experience. He looks forward to continuing growing and developing the minds of the students he teaches and is even more eager and excited to get started at Edinburgh Acting School, knowing that he can continue to be challenged, while achieving some greatness in 2018. He whole heartily thanks Anna Tinline for setting up the company in 1982 and still blames her for getting him on this magical creative rollercoaster career he has had over the last 12 years. To Kirsty O’Sullivan, you’ve handed over a piece of you in EAS, and I promise to keep it safe. Always my Cinderella.
Kirsty O’Sullivan (nee Halliday): Owner and Principal 2011-2017
Kirsty has been acting from before she was even ten performing both on stage and screen. She studied Acting and then Musical Theatre at Edinburgh’s Telford college gaining a Higher National Certificate in each. Kirsty then went on to study Drama and Performance and started teaching drama alongside her studies. She has since taught for Edinburgh Acting School, Scottish Youth Theatre, Stagecoach Performing Arts, Brunton Youth Theatre, East Lothian Youth Theatre and many more teaching both adults and children. Kirsty also directs and writes alongside teaching and continues to keep her passion for the art very much alive.
She believes in using drama as a way of gaining confidence, communication skills and, of course, nourishing natural talent. She continues to act alongside teaching so that she is constantly learning more about the art to pass on to students and has performed with several theatre companies in Edinburgh and beyond.
Having taken over the acting school in 2011 she was very excited about all that the school had to offer and what she could bring to it. Over her time at EAS she watched dozens of students get into full-time acting courses and move into professional acting. She put on shows at Summerhall and the Scottish Storytelling Centre (Netherbow Theatre) with the students, and in 2015 she took the winter off teaching to play Cinderella herself in the Brunton Theatre’s famous pantomime. In 2016 she moved overseas to Grand Cayman and became the Education and Operations Officer at the Cayman Drama Society (Prospect Playhouse). She continued to run the school from abroad but in late 2017 decided it was time to move on, and set up the Jason Telford scholarship in memory of a dear friend to leave a positive mark behind with EAS. She wishes all the best to EAS, it’s new principal, and all the lucky students yet to pass through the doors.
Marion Geoffray: Beginners Acting Tutor
Marion is a professionally trained actress who has studied Drama both in France and in the UK. After completing her MA at RADA in 2011, she performed in many stage productions and short films in and around London. She has an extensive background in teaching Drama to both children and adults in various settings (workshops, school, communities, festivals,private).
In 2013 she created bilingual (French/English) workshops in partnership with EDUCA London, devising and directing original end of year shows with her students. Since then, she has collaborated with The Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, Festival d’Avignon, The Fringe, The Globe Theatre and many other institutions delivering workshops, producing shows and providing consultancy. Currently setting up her own bilingual theatre company in Edinburgh, she thoroughly enjoys exploring the boundaries of language in theatre whilst questioning gender and social behaviours on stage.
Jen McGregor: Intermediate/Advanced Acting Tutor
Jen McGregor is a Scottish writer and director. She trained at Mountview. Recent credits include Comfort and Joy (TREND Festival, Rome), Winter Fuel Allowance (Village Pub Theatre), Heaven Burns (Previously… Scotland’s History Festival), #SonsOfGod: Vox (Charioteer Theatre/Piccolo Theatre of Milan, Festival Castel dei Mondi), Volante (Hothouse, Traverse).
Jen was mentored by Rob Drummond through Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. She is currently working with Fronteiras Theatre Lab and Previously… Scotland’s History Festival, and is one of Birds of Paradise’s inaugural BOP Artists.
Kirsty Eila McIntyre: Intermediate/Advanced Acting Tutor
Kirsty trained at East 15 Acting School where, as well as learning different acting techniques, she trained in puppetry, circus skills, mime, clowning, reminiscence, street and invisible theatre.
Since graduating Kirsty has worked as an actress with several different theatre companies including The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Urban Fox, Canny Creatures, The Tron, Tightlaced Theatre, Black Dingo Productions, and Oak Note Theatre. She has played lead roles in several short films and a feature film, and has recorded several short stories, voice overs and an audio book.
She regularly continues her own training as a member of the Tron 100 Club which provides workshops and support to theatre professionals. By continuing her own development it means that she is able to offer a varied programme of techniques to her students. She has run workshops with children and adults throughout the UK, and is delighted to be working for Edinburgh Acting School.
Anna Tinline: Founder and Principal 1982-2011
Anna trained at Queen Margaret College and went on to qualify as a drama teacher at Moray House College of Education. She began her career teaching at Tynecastle High School where she set up her own theatre group. She was also involved in the founding of the Scottish Youth Theatre and Scottish Association of Drama in Education. She set up Edinburgh Acting School (EAS) in 1982. The aims and ethos of the school embody her belief in the value of drama teaching and her passionate commitment to performing arts. Since then, besides directing and contributing to the school’s teaching programme, she has directed many stage plays and musicals involving both children and adults. In recent years, she has also carried out a wide range of external teaching and consultancy including: voice training for television and radio presenters: courses in Presentations skills for Edinburgh University departments: Edinburgh College of Art and corporate businesses. She treads the boards throughout the year to refresh her acting skills to keep her hand in. Anna moved abroad in 2011 to follow her other passion, and became a foster mummy to dogs in need of homes. She continues her work with animals in Spain.
Sometimes it is good to have fresh faces, having tutors that are involved in the profession, and sometimes we need time off too! But rest assured, we have a host of wonderful tutors who cover our classes from time to time and we think they all bring something unique to the school. In the past guest tutors have included James Martin (of Still Game fame), Justin Skelton, Jordanna O’Neill (Rose Bruford Graduate), Andy Correlli (Siege Perilous), Scott Harrison, Kirsten Brown, Paul Murray, Antony Okill (RSAMD Graduate), Melanie Jordan (Plutot La Vie), Janet Lawson (Stage Fight Scotland) and many more!
We have recently welcomed Suzanne Dance, Suzanne Lofthus, Kirsty McIntyre, Jen McGregor and Flavia D’Avila to our cover tutor team also.