Last Updated: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Action Centre Stage at College

Distinguished actor and director joins Performing Arts team at North Lindsey College.

Peter Lawton has had a stellar career in acting and directing and is now bringing his talents to the College.

After graduating from the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester, Peter worked extensively as a professional actor in theatre, television and film, before becoming a lecturer and professional director. 

Peter’s TV roles include parts in Brookside, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks. In the theatre he has starred in productions of Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Sisters and Neverland among many others.

Since gaining an MA in Theatre, Writing, Directing and Performance from the University of York Peter has written and devised many original plays. Having produced over 50 shows Peter has become an experienced director. He is currently the artistic director of “Status Theatre Company”, based in Hull and involved in developing projects in the run up to Hull's tenure as UK City of Culture in 2017.

Peter is keen to share all his experience with students on the Performing Arts courses at North Lindsey College. He works with local actors and writers and is looking to develop this further in the area.

He has already teamed up with another new tutor at North Lindsey, creative writing lecturer, Mark Holloway, who has extensive experience as a TV scriptwriter. Mark has written scripts for Hollyoaks, Grange Hill, Neighbours and Emmerdale.

They are planning some dynamic workshops for students incorporating both scriptwriting and acting. Working alongside experienced professionals students will have the opportunity to develop their skills under excellent tutelage.

Students will benefit from the wealth of Peter’s experience both on and off the stage.

For those privileged enough to work with him there are many opportunities to progress in the industry. Peter is also hoping to offer internships to successful students within his own theatre company.

Peter said, “Everything I will be teaching student actors about acting has one aim only: to fire them up emotionally and behaviourally so that they can give a vivid, involving, and memorable performance. Success will be achieved through study, struggle, preparation, infinite trial and error, training, discipline, experience and work!" "The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. Come and join us if you are serious about being seen!”

Performing Arts students at College will be presenting a full programme of events throughout the year.  Come along to see them in some scenes from contemporary theatre at the College’s Open Evening on Thursday 23rd October 5 – 8pm.

For more information contact Cindy Beresford at North Lindsey College on 01724 294166.