Amanda Brennan, BA, MA
Amanda Brennan is an actor, teacher and director. She joined Central in September 2005. Her areas of specialism include actor training, in particular the pedagogy of teaching and coaching, psycho-physical acting methods, notably Michael Chekhov Techniques, and Screen Acting.
Prior to joining Central, Amanda was the Director of Studies at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts where she managed the three, two- and one-year courses. She has worked on a freelance basis at several drama schools, including Arts Educational, Mountview and the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. In 2006 she joined Ofsted as a specialist in Actor Training; she subsequently inspected many of the DaDA schools. She currently works for the British Accreditation Council as a subject expert.
Recent international work has included projects for the British Council in Egypt and Bulgaria. In 2008 she ran a series of screen workshops at the Filmini short film festival and Sofia film festival. In 2007 she established a film company with the actor Sara Kestelman, BASK Films. A current project is a documentary called Yes, but that's not all.
Previous theatre projects have included work as a director at the Royal Court Young People’s Theatre, Greenwich Young People’s Theatre, Gate Theatre, Lyric Studio Theatre; and as a writer: Rosemary Branch, King’s Head, Hen and Chickens and Finborough Theatres.
> Eastern theories of the body to actor training, with specific reference to Chi Kung
Supervision offered in the area of contemporary actor training.
2008 'The Body Tells the Story', ELIA Teachers Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria
2006 Workshop with Lenard Petit, ‘The techniques of Michael Chekhov’, How to Act, Central School of Speech & Drama
2009 director, Elizabeth, site-specific production, Westminster Abbey
2009 acting coach, Connoisseurs, dir. George Milton (nominated for Rain Dance Film Festival)
Various productions as an acting coach on television, film and theatre