Hi there, I’m Abigail. I studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and after graduating I worked as an actress for 10 years. During that time I worked with Andre Previn and the LSO in Streetcar Named Desire at The Barbican. I produced and starred in Permission to Play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Mark Anthony in a UK tour of Julius Caesar, and Kazumi in Halcyon Days at the Riverside Studios.
After 10 years as an actress I set up my own production company called Smoulder Productions and developed a TV series called The Smoke, which was then commissioned by ITV. I also produced a Promo with Danny Dyer, James Redmond, Lex Shrapnel and Dominic Power and played one of the lead characters in the show. I've worked with BAFTA award winning producer Nick Pitt on The Smoke and I'm now currently producing a feature film called Be My Enemy with him.
I have loved teaching LAMDA exams, which I've taught for 8 years. I completed all of the grades and medals myself, so I know what to expect and how to coach people through them. I also bring to my classes my knowledge from being taught by renowned voice and acting coach Patsy Rodenburg. I’m very thrilled to be a part of the Actor's Café and look forward to working with you.
Hi I'm John Gould, a professional Actor and Acting Tutor. I graduated with a BA Honours in Acting at Bretton Hall Drama School, Leeds University after completing a National Diploma in Performing Arts. I've since trained at The Actors Guild, Actor In Session, Translantic Films and The Actors Studio at Pinewood Studios.
I've been fortunate to work on National and International Theatre Tours, Commercials and Independent Films but my most exciting Job has to be working with Alison Steadman on Enjoy by Alan Bennett in the West End, she was a very generous actor and a true professional. It was also a pleasure to work under the direction of Chris Luscombe, who has directed many West End and National Tour productions.
I'm very passionate about teaching, and the spark for it began with Woking Drama Workshop, where I tutored for a number of years. I have also taught acting at various theatre groups, schools and colleges around Surrey, including LAMDA tuition at St. George's College in Weybridge. Three years ago I set up my own acting classes and I'm now very excited about teaching for The Actor's Cafe. I believe that The Actor's Cafe has a great future for all involved, I look forward to meeting you.