10 April 2019

Masquerade welcomes Gareth Armstrong


Gareth arrived to examine students from Masquerade and other schools in Acting, Musical Theatre and Speech & Drama exams.

Since graduating in Drama from Hull University, Gareth has combined the roles of actor and director throughout a career that has taken him to over fifty countries. From an early association with Shakespeare through the National Youth Theatre his roles have ranged from Romeo to Richard III, and from Puck to Prospero. He has been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and worked at Shakespeare’s Globe and in the West End.

Gareth was a founder Director of the Made in Wales Stage Company, presenting new Anglo-Welsh plays, and was an Artistic Director of Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre where he directed classics, new plays and the modern repertoire. As a freelance he has directed in theatres all over Britain and has worked as a guest director in Europe and America. He was an Associate Artist at Salisbury Playhouse, and works as an Associate Director of the US based company, AFTLS, which tours and teaches in campuses across the States.

He performed in his own one-man show, ‘Shylock’, for ten years and the play, which has won international awards, has been translated for the stage into Italian, Spanish, French, and Russian, filmed for Dutch television and broadcast on Romanian radio. He now specializes in directing other solo performers and his book on the subject ‘So you want to do a solo show’ has just been published by Nick Hern Books, who also commissioned his last book, ‘A Case for Shylock – Around the World with Shakespeare’s Jew’ which has a foreword by Judi Dench.

As well as examining for Trinity Guildhall Gareth works with students at the Bristol Old Vic Drama School and London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. He also records audio books, is a frequent broadcaster on the BBC and played three running characters in Radio 4’s ‘The Archers’.

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