Stephen is the Principal of Birmingham School of Acting, one of the UK’s leading conservatoires of acting, where he is also the Head of Acting. At Birmingham City University he is Professor of Actor Education – the only person to hold this title in the country. He directs and teaches on the acting courses at BSA. Recent full-scale productions include Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Two Noble Kinsmen, Beaumont and Fletchers’ Philaster, Buchner’s Woyzeck and Wedekind’s Lulu. Most recently he has directed the award-winning musical Spring Awakening, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Total Eclipse and A Clockwork Orange.


Directing “Love Lies a Bleeding”

Stephen is a graduate of Bristol University and an Honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where he received the George Bernard Shaw scholarship, the Beerbohm-Tree Prize, and the RADA Silver medal. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company with whom he acted for several years in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. His time at the RSC gave him the privilege of solo work training with Cicely Berry and John Barton. He has performed in a large number of cities around the world, both with the RSC and the British Council. Roles include Lysander in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Feste in 12 Night, Kent in King Lear, and Duke of York in Henry VI.

moricet in 13 Rue de L'Amour

Moricet in “13 Rue de L’Amour” by Feydeau

Stephen has worked as a director and drama tutor with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and as a member of the acclaimed theatre group “Actor’s from the London Stage” he performed and delivered lectures and workshops at universities across the USA, including Ohio, Memphis, Texas, Virginia, Boston, and Pomona LA. He has appeared in London’s West End, various television series, and major international feature films, including Kenneth Branagh’s “Henry V” and Ben Elton’s “Maybe Baby” (Hugh Laurie/Joley Richardson/Emma Thompson). He was also a member of Declan Donnellan’s multi-award-winning “Cheek by Jowl “ theatre company.

Lysander in RSC "Midsummer Night's Dream"

Lysander in RSC “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Stephen has played a wide variety of classical and contemporary roles in British reparatory and festival theatres, working with leading directors such as Adrian Noble, John Caird, Jude Kelly, and Katie Mitchell.