Paul was born in Glasgow, with a father in the army which meant lots of travel. He studied English and Theatre at the University of Ottawa, Canada - leaving in his final year to join the National Arts Centre Theatre Company for a season as an apprentice actor.
Returning to the U.K., Paul graduated from a three year conservatoire actor training at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London (1985), and spent over 20 years as a professional actor, performing in classical work with major companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and Cheek by Jowl. As well as Canada, Paul has performed as an actor in France, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the USA, and has led workshops and training in London, Mumbai, Moscow and at the ancient theatre in Epidaurus.
Most recently Paul directed "Lucrece" in India for TSE."A Doll's House" at Drama Centre London, "Twelfth Night" in Russian at the Vakhtangov School in Moscow.
Paul has an MA in Voice Studies from Central, and as a teacher has worked at Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), and at the RSC as part of the Text, Voice and Artist Development Department. From 2009 - 2017 he was the Course Director of MA Acting at Drama Centre London (Central Saint Martins), where as well as running the course, he directed and taught acting Shakespeare on Foundation, BA and MA courses. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
PORTIA VAN DE BRAAM
Portia is an actress, dancer, singer and composer, who trained at Drama Centre London. For The Shakespeare Edit she composes the music, performs, and assists with the development of the company.
Prior to acting Portia trained at The Royal Ballet School, and worked as a commercial dancer for a number of years. She danced for designers such as Burberry and Victoria Beckham, and in music videos for bands including Bonobo and Biffy Clyro.
Anita-Joy trained at Drama Centre London. She was a recipient of the Jane Rapley scholarship award. Since graduating in 2013 Anita-Joy has worked extensively in theatre, TV and Film. Her credits include: Agent 47 (Fox), Not Safe for Work (Channel 4), Lucky Man (Sky), We Wait In Joyful Hope (Theatre 503), Fury (Soho Theatre), Girls (Soho Theatre) and Viola in Twelfth’s Night (Shakespeare’s Globe), Cordelia in King Lear, Duke of York's Theatre (ATG)
Script Development: Sophie Ablett, Ben Alderton, Suruchi Aulakh, Alex Bingley, Rosie Brears, Seb Carrington, Deepal Doshi, Laura Hopwood, Kim Jarvis, Kalki Koechlin, Max Keeble, Robinah Kironde, Meher Mistry, Parnalekha Paul, Mikhail Sen, Danielle Stagg, Priyanka Setia, Sarika Singh, Aoife Smyth, Alex Stutt, Grant Sterry, Venice Van Someren, Lucy Walker-Evans, Alex Webb, Aman Uppal, Shivani Tanksale, Annie Tyson, Zoe Waites, Lucy Briggs-Owen and Group 12 MA Acting, Drama Centre London