Samantha Unwin

Samantha Unwin

MA Student at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

  • Location: UK
  • Freelancer: Available

Director, acting coach, musician, creator.

My focus is on people and story-telling, no matter the medium. Films, TV, theatre, video games: I have a passion for them all. 

As a director and actor trainer, I have been working on my craft for many years. Since being a child, I have studied, performed in and directed theatre. After completing my A level in Theatre Studies with an A grade, I went on to study a joint BA undergraduate degree in Music and Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London where I received an upper 2:1 as my final mark. During this time, I directed an award-winning production of Harold Pinter’s “The Hothouse”. Now, I am currently undertaking a journey at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where I am studying an MA in Actor Training and Coaching. My ambition is to be a Creative Director.

My current interests are: Brigid Panet, Michael Chekhov, Katie Mitchell, Anne Bogart, Konstantin Stanislavski (particularly the later period of his life), Augusto Boal, Rudolf Laban, Stella Adler, Peter Brook, Eugenio Barba and Jerzy Grotowski, all of whom influence my work. As well as this, I have trained in BTDA ballet, tap and modern jazz, and I am an experienced musician: these skills have a tacit impact on my work.

The actor’s craft is complex, and my aim is to provide theatre-makers with the tools to be able to engage with theatre in a sensitive, personal and critical way. My role is to help performers reach their potential and achieve their ambitions, and I love being a part of that journey.

Composer/musician

An experienced musician, I took a special study of composition as part of my joint degree at Royal Holloway, University of London, and have composed pieces for orchestras, voice, septets, solo instruments and other small ensembles. I composed the music for a production of the play “The Orphan of China”, which played as part of a London festival.

As a performer, I play saxophone, where I received tuition at the Royal College of Music in London, as well as guitar, drums and I also sing. I have played as a part of bands, and ensembles as well as a solo performer.

Writer

As a writer, I have had my stage reviews published in "The Orbital" magazine, and I have also undertaken individual copywriting projects.

Work History

Shadow - Creative Director - BT Sport Studios

Dec 2016 - Dec 2016

Digital Communications Assistant - University of Cambridge

Aug 2015 - Sep 2016

Arts Journalist - The Orbital Magazine

Oct 2014 - Jan 2015

Dance Teacher Assistant (Volunteer) - Theatre Artz

Sep 2009 - Jan 2011

Education

Actor Training and Coaching - MA - Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Sep 2016 - Sep 2017

Music and Drama - BA Joint Undergraduate Degree - Royal Holloway, University of London

Sep 2012 - Sep 2015

Theatre Studies, English Literature and Music - A Levels - St Ivo School

Sep 2011 - Sep 2012

Film Studies, Theatre Studies, English Literature and Music - AS Levels - St Ivo School

Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

English Literature, English Language, Drama, Music, Media Studies, German, Science (Double), Additional Science, Mathematics, CLAIT - GCSEs - St Ivo School

Sep 2008 - Sep 2010

Skills

  • Composition
  • Actor Trainer
  • Creative Writer
  • Director

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