MEET THE TEAM
MEET OUR TEAM
Director and Workshop leader
Director and Workshop leader
After joining DramaWorkshop as students in their early teens, both Greg and Rebecca have gone on to gain a tremendous amount of experience within the industry, both on and off stage. Most recently Greg could be seen as Ryan Pilkington in BBC1's LINE OF DUTY (series 1 & 5) and Rebecca as Stacey in CH4's RAISED BY WOLVES. They both also have a huge amount of stage experience, both having toured the UK in various theatre shows and worked with BAFTA winning directors. They have also devised and delivered many Theatre in Education workshops, working closely with schools across the Black Country, and were National Theatre Ambassadors for the UK tour of Macbeth. Gregory won a Royal Television Award for Best Newcomer when he was 14 years old and is currently nominated for a BAFTA for 'TV Moment of the Year' for Series 5 of Line of Duty.
They have been Assistant Directors at DramaWorkshop for the past few years, since graduating in Drama from Dudley Evolve, and are very excited to be taking over as Directors as of 2020. As DramaWorkshop Alumni they have first hand experience of the wonderful training and opportunities it offers. They are very passionate about continuing to help children, just like they were, to achieve their potential and most importantly have lots of fun in a safe and supportive environment.
Founder of DramaWorkshop
DramaWorkshop was founded in 2010 by Esther Stanford, a Mother of 2 and a professional actress/writer/director/producer with over 30 years of experience (she started very young!), who learned her craft at the renowned ITV/CENTRAL JUNIOR TELEVISION WORKSHOP.
Esther has a varied career as an actress working in all the different mediums. She's starred in TV series such as EASTENDERS, DOCTORS, HEARTBEAT, THE BILL and theatre performances at THE SWAN THEATRE, RSC and THE EDINBURGH FRINGE.
Recently Esther has had amazing success as a writer. Her play 'About Jack' was directed by BAFTA winning director Ian Smith and toured Birmingham (MAC), Nottingham and London (NEW DIORAMA), receiving rave reviews. As a screenwriter, she currently has 2 TV series in different stages of production and just shot her first short LEAP starring BAFTA nominated and RTS winning star of THE DUMPING GROUND, Kia Pegg.
Esther started DramaWorkshop to give back some of the wonderful experiences she had during her time at ITV Workshop and help children with a passion and interest in drama to achieve their potential and have fun developing their self confidence. During her 10 years of running DramaWorkshop, Esther has seen her students go on to do incredible things, both in and out of the performance industry, and is extremely proud of their achievements. After 10 years Esther has made the decision to step back and hand over the reigns to Rebecca and Gregory. This will allow Esther to focus on the exciting, upcoming career prospects she has, whilst leaving Workshop in trusting hands, allowing it to continue to grow.
Having trained at ITV WORKSHOP (alongside Esther Stanford) Tim went on to work as an actor for many years appearing on TV, in films and on stage. A former head of drama at Oldswinford Hospital School, Tim is the Principal of Pauline Quirke Academy Edgbaston. He is an exceptional director and really knows how to bring out an actor's performance. With 30 years of experience under his belt (like Esther, he started very young!) he is a huge asset to Dramaworkshop. Tim is the Workshop leader of our 18+ Adult Group where he focuses on career progression and the individual self-development of a performer.