Creative Consultants for CentreStage Studios HK.
AManda Brennan, Principle Lecturer The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
CENTRESTAGE STUDIOS HK ACTING COACH CONSULTANT
Amanda has worked as a teacher and coach for over twenty five years. She has taught Acting and consulted at many of the leading drama schools in the UK including, Webber Douglas where she was the Director of Studies (2002 – 2005), Arts Educational, Guilford School of Acing, E15, ALRA, Mountview, and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2005 to present. Principal Lecturer in Acting / Course leader for the MA in Screen Acting). She has led BA and Masters programmes in Acting for stage and screen and Actor training and coaching and developed one of the first specialist Screen Acting programmes in the UK for Royal Central.
After her initial training at Dartington College of Arts Amanda was a performer, director and writer. She has directed many productions and toured nationally with various shows in community settings including Young People’s Theatre Venues, Prisons, Conferences, schools and colleges. As a director her productions have included an adaptation of The Overcoat by Gogol (Hen and Chickens); The Bald Prima Dona by Eugene Ionesco (Gate Theatre); Picnic on a Battlefield by Fernando Arrabal (Gate Theatre) and Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca. Schools tour for the Gate Theatre, Over the Edge (Writer) Rosemary Branch Theatre.
Her work in film and television began with coaching individual actors in preparation for auditions and roles on a variety of films most recently: Noor directed by Ashvin Kapour (2016); Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Directed by Tim Burton (2016); The Night Of directed by Steven Zaillion HBO 2015; 10,000 Saints directed by Rob Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman (2014); X + Y directed by Morgan Matthews (2014); Enders Game directed by Gavin Hood (2013); Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese (2010/11); Jerusalem directed by Ian Rickson (2011) and Shakespeare Must Die directed by Ing K (2010).
Amanda has been producing films since 2005
- Fangirls directed by Kate Herron ( Nominated for best director London shorts)
- Birthcloud directed by Amanda Brennan ( Won Best Ensemble Cast, Best Supporting Actor, Best costume, Best Score Monaco Film Festival)
- Nocturn directed by Col Spector (2014)
- Hen Party Executive Producer (EP) directed by Keir Burrows (2014)
- Angels and Gypsies directed by Joe Ransom (2014)
- Healey’s House (EP) directed by Rob Savage (2014)
- The Befuddled Box of Betty Buttifint (2013) directed by Janis Pugh (Feature. Screened at East End Film Festival 2014
- Beautiful Death directed by Janis Pugh (2012) (screened at Oaxaca & Aesthetica, Film Festival)
- Grace directed by Keir Burrows, (2012) (screened at Cambridge, Texas (Best Screen play),Tribeca Film Festivals)
- Occupy Your Heart (2012) directed by Rebecca Gatward
- The Man Who Wasn’t There directed by Smita Bhide (2012)
- Donkey directed by Keir Burrows (EP) (2011) (Winner of Best Short Film Reykjavik Film Festival, critics choice at Tribeca Film Festival, accepted at seventeen Festivals)
- Au Pair directed by Josh Appignanesi ( 2011)
- Revolution Now directed by Smita Bhide (2011) (screened at Norwich Film Fesival).
- BUMP directed by Smita Bhide ( 2010)
- The Interview directed by George Milton (2010)
- Fiancée directed by George Milton (2010)
- Connoisseurs (2009) directed by George Milton (Winner at Rain Dance Film Festival 2011 Acting coach)
- All Mod Cons directed by George Milton (2008)
- Cock of the North directed by George Milton (2008(Screened Curzon Soho)
- Yes But That’s Not All (Short documentary 2016)
- Letters to April (Short 2016)
- Birthcloud (Short 2015)
- Beyond the Forest ( Short 2014)
- The Door Next Door (Short 2014)
- Spaces Between Us (Short 2013)
Amanda has a BA in Theatre from Dartington College of Arts, an MA in Performing Arts from Middlesex University. She has trained as a QiGong teacher at the Elemental College of Chi Kung London andis particularly interested in integrating body work practice into performance training. She has spoken at several conferences on the subject of Michael Chekhov’s concept of radiation, energy, presence and performance.
CENTRESTAGE STUDIOS HK PUBLIC SPEAKING & FILM MAKING CONSULTANT
Femi Oyeniran is a London-based actor/filmmaker who has starred in hit feature films including Kidulthood; Adulthood; Anuvahood; The Intent. Having starred in Demons Never Die, Femi embarked on writing his first feature film - It’s A Lot, which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced. It was released theatrically in 2013. Femi is next to be seen acting alongside Kelly Brook in romantic-comedy Taking Stock.
On completing his law degree at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2008, Femi decided to focus on acting and filmmaking. His directorial debut was a semi-autobiographical short film called Fresh off the Boat and most recent Red Room. He also produces an online chat show concept called Cut the Chat. He has also shot a feature length documentary about fatherhood, which features Trevor McDonald, David Lammy and Spike Lee. In 2014, he produced a 10 x30 minute series for Sky Living called “Venus vs Mars”, which was transmitted in April 2015.
As a producer, he is currently at the financing stage of Penny Woolcock’s next feature film The Day the Dog Died, a sports drama You Know What You Are and a feel-good drama Guerilla Poets. He also has several projects in development for TV and film including a comedy scribed with BAFTA award-winner Adam Deacon.
Femi also has a keen interest in politics. He has previously appeared on The Daily Politics; The Today Programme; BBC Breakfast; Sky News and BBC News 24 to discuss youth culture in London. He was also a commissioner on the Speaker of the House of Common’s Digital Democracy commission; making recommendations on how parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom can embrace the opportunities afforded by the digital world. He recently delivered a TEDxHouseofParliament talk about youth offenders he worked with to create films called “Prison Democracy”. He also appears regularly as a newspaper reviewer on Sunrise on Sky News. He was also selected as a “Ones to Watch” delegate at the Edinburgh International TV Festival as well as being one of the 2015 cohort of Broadcast magazine’s “Broadcast Hot shot”.
CENTRESTAGE STUDIOS HK EDUCATION & CONFIDENCE CONSULTANT
Felicity has been a tutor for two years working internationally as an EFL and Modern Languages teach in Spain, Malaysia, Greece, Switzerland and the UK; she also runs workshops in confidence building for children. Felicity is a Programme Manager as a part of the Tutorfair Foundation team providing free tuition in State Schools across London.
Felicity teaches French from beginners though to post-graduate level and Spanish from beginners to A Level, as well as English 11+/common entrance in all areas: verbal and non-verbal reasoning, comprehension and creative writing. She works to expand the emotional intelligence of a student and confidence building in individuals; helping students understand what is unique to them whilst making sure they don't go into interviews sounding like they've been prepped. She believes in unlocking a student's potential, helping them to access the subject and adapting at class to their needs.
CENTRESTAGE STUDIOS HK CREATIVE CONSULTANT
Theatre credits include: The Sound of Music (Leicester Curve); Little Shop of Horrors (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); Soul Man (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Dreamboats and Petticoats (Playhouse Theatre, West End); Les Miserables (Queen's Theatre); The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre); The Wizard of Oz (Bristol Old Vic); The Pirates of Penzance (Olivier winner for Best Actor- Regent's Park Open Air Festival, National Theatre); Oklahoma! (Olivier winner for Best Actor - National Theatre); Doctor Doolittle (SFX); Sherlock Holmes (West End); Les Miserables (RSC); Heathcliff (original cast); A Tribute to the Blues Brothers (West End); Cats (New London Theatre); Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Barnum (Victoria Palace Theatre); King (Prince Edward Theatre); Billy Elliot (workshop - West End); Whistle Down the Wind (Sydmonton Festival).
Film credits include: Tom in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast; Our Robot Overlords (Embankment Films) and Oklahoma! (National Theatre for DVD).
Television credits include: Galvant (ABC); Atlantis (BBC TV); Upstairs Downstairs (BBC TV) and Holby City (BBC TV).