Meet the Team

Juliette Malan

j biog 2Juliette’s love of acting began at 11 years old when she appeared in the professional touring production of ‘Annie’. When she grew up a bit more, she studied Theatre Studies and English at Trinity College, Wales. She followed this up with a Post Graduate qualification in Acting from Mountview Theatre School, London, one of the top drama schools in the country.

Juliette had a short career as an actress in London before deciding to bring together her two passions of Acting and Teaching to become a full time drama teacher.

Over the past 15 years Juliette has taught for a large variety of schools, youth theatres and arts organisations. She started Direct Theatre School with husband Peter in 2001 and it has gone from strength to strength ever since.

J_biogAlongside her teaching, Juliette also works as a free-lance theatre practitioner and has worked at Salisbury Playhouse and Theatre Royal Winchester and with local organisations Treehouse Theatre, Bournemouth Theatre in Education and Curious Arts.

Working with these professional groups and organisations allows Juliette to keep in touch with the professional world of acting today which constantly provides new ideas and inspirations for Juliette to bring back to Direct Theatre School.

Juliette is also a qualified Lamda teacher.

I really enjoy teaching and being around young people. Their creativity and imagination is inspiring. To see children grow in confidence and self belief when they realise what they can achieve… I have a fantastic job! Juliette

Peter Courtenay

P biog (2)Peter began acting at The Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1978 where he worked with some of the leading directors and playwrights of the time, including Edward Bond, Heathcote Williams, Howard Brentton, and Caryl Churchill.

This was an exciting time to be involved in theatre, particularly at the Royal Court, which attracted some of Britain’s most prominent political writers and directors; many of whom are now studied by drama students everywhere.

Thirty years on and he has had a wealth of acting experience and professional credits to his name. He has performed in countless productions from London to The Edinburgh fringe; from repertory companies to Large scale No1 Tours. Peter’s TV work for the BBC includes Scar Stories, Asylum, Boy in Darkness and My Fathers Expectations and he performed in a number of plays for Radio 4. He has also appeared in numerous commercials and training films and has provided voice over’s for advertising in the UK and abroad.

P biogOne of Peter’s specialist areas is Improvisation for Performance. He spent four years on London’s Improvisation circuit which included a years residency at a top London Comedy Club.

Alongside his acting career he has also worked behind the scenes as a professional stage manager at The Tricycle and Bloomsbury Theatre’s in London.

Starting Direct Theatre School with Juliette in 2001 has allowed Peter to bring his passion for theatre, and his wealth of experience in the professional acting world to the company. Over the last five years he has developed his skills as a playwright, producing five full length plays and a feature film for the young actors involved with Direct Theatre School.

He continues to work as a freelance actor and regularly runs workshops on acting and improvisation techniques for Teachers conferences, local schools and HE Colleges such as Brockenhurst; arts organisations like Activate, Wave and Lighthouse, Poole.

Peter also enjoys directing for Theatre Orb, a local arts funded company that provides a platform for new writing.

Juliette and I work closely to create a youth theatre with a strong creative identity in which young people feel comfortable enough to be themselves whilst aiming for the highest standard of performance possible. Peter