“I picked up a LIPA prospectus and it sounded amazing and cool and wonderfully inspiring. I definitely wanted to come and I wasn’t disappointed; it was great. What was the most important thing I learned? That in acting there is no one right way, and you have to take what is best for you and keep working harder at it, and if the well runs dry, work deeper.”
Liz White (Acting 2000) starred as WPC Annie Cartwright in Life On Mars (BBC), other recent lead role TV credits include A Short Stay in Switzerland (BBC), The Fixer (ITV1), A Thing Called Love (BBC1). She is also due to star as Jennett in the Hammer Films 2011 adaption of The Woman in Black, also starring Daniel Radcliffe. Liz seen here performing in Dying For It at the Almedia Theatre. Photo by Manual Harlan.
Jamie Lloyd is an award-winning theatre director, who nurtured his interest in directing while studying the Acting degree at LIPA.
Following graduation, Jamie worked with Trevor Nunn on Anything Goes (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Michael Grandage on Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre with Ewan McGregor) and Evita (Aldephi Theatre). Jamie directed all of the cast changes on Guys and Dolls, including Patrick Swayze as Nathan Detroit. Jamie then went on to stage the UK touring version, plus productions at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne and the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, for which he received a Helpmann nomination for Best Direction.
Having served his apprenticeship, Jamie started to direct in his own right, starting with two Pinter projects: The Caretaker with David Bradley, Nigel Harman and Con O’Neill (Sheffield Crucible and Tricycle Theatre) and The Lover and The Collection in the West End (Comedy Theatre) with Timothy West, Gina McKee, Richard Coyle and Charlie Cox.
Jamie also directed the world premiere of Eric’s at the Liverpool Everyman, before returning to London to direct the world premiere of The Pride at the Royal Court, for which he won an Olivier award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
Jamie is now Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse, where he will return to direct in 2010, following his Olivier-nominated production of Piaf, which transferred to the West End (Vaudeville Theatre). He is re-mounting the production at the Teatro Liceo in Buenos Aires, where Elena Roger (who won the Olivier Award for her portrayal in London) will reprise the role of Edith Piaf. He most recently directed James McAvoy in Three Days of Rain at the Apollo Theatre in the West End.
Photo. Marc Brenner
Jamie Lloyd was recently on the panel for a Financial Times podcast discussing 'Musicals: serious art, or just plain silly?' You can hear this via clicking on this link.