Name: Liz White
Year of Graduation: 2001
Liz White is a successful film and theatre actor and a regular face on our TV screens. She recently played the title role in the film The Woman in Black alongside Daniel Radcliffe, and appeared in Dr Who (BBC1). Other TV appearances include The Crimson Petal and The White and the starring role of WPC Annie Cartwright in the award-winning Life on Mars (both for the BBC). Her film credits include Wild Bill and Vera Drake; on stage she has taken lead roles at The National Theatre and the Almeida.
“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 seen here performing in Dying For It at the Almedia Theatre. Photo by Manual Harlan.
Name: Jamie Lloyd
Year of graduation: 2002
Jamie Lloyd is an Olivier Award-winning theatre director. His directing credits include She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre, The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic and Cyrano de Bergerac at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. For four years, Jamie was also associate director of London’s Donmar Warehouse, a multi-award-winning theatre. He is now Artistic Director of Jamie Lloyd Productions, working in the West End. His “Trafalgar Transformed” season began with James McAvoy as Macbeth.
Name: Jeanna de Waal
Year of graduation: 2009
Jeanna de Waal is a predominantly musical theatre actor whose career has taken her from the West End to Broadway. Jeanna cut her professional teeth on the London production of We Will Rock You, after which she set her sights on the US. Her big break stateside was playing lead Heather in the Broadway production of American Idiot, the musical based on the concept album of the same name by rock band Green Day. The show, lauded by the influential New York Times, helped Jeanna establish her name in North America. Other credits include Glinda the Good in the US tour of Wicked and Janet in The Old Globe, San Diego production of The Rocky Horror Show.
Jeanna de Waal as Glinda in Wicked, picture by Joan Marcus