Coaches & Creatives

Liana Nyquist

LIANA studied at the Drama Centre and then became the assistant to the founder of the Drama Centre Dr Yat Malmgren, in the Laban analysis of character movement. Liana studied classical ballet at the Royal Academy in Sweden and the Martha Graham Technique at the London School of Contemporary Dance (The Place). She is a vanguard figure of physical theatre, having performed with various dance theatre/physical theatre companies all over Europe. While living in Brazil, she devised and gave workshops, worked for the British Council, the universities of Sao Paulo and Campinhas and performed with Brazil’s leading dance company Cisne Negro. She gives workshops in Movement and Analysis of Movement all over Europe and beyond.As a Movement Director in the theatre she has extensive experience working with numerous directors in a varied repertoire: classical, contemporary, farce and beyond. As a Movement Specialist, she coaches actors in both TV and Film – most recently, Sennentuntchi (Kontra Production), Pedaleur de Charme (Maigimax Production) and Clash of the Titans (2009) with Liam Neeson. Liana is a lecturer at CSM, College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts, lecturing across the MA and BA courses. She is Head of Movement at the Drama Centre. 



Olga Masleinnikova

OLGA is a choreographer, performer and lecturer. She graduated with an MA in Theatre Directing from INSAS in Brussels and has specialized in Choreological Studies (Contemporary Developments in Laban’s Principles and Practice) and contemporary dance at Trinity Laban in London, obtaining her Diploma in Dance Studies and receiving a Simone Michelle Award for choreographic excellence. Her work has been shown in venues in London, Ghent, Malmo, Dublin, Paris, Berlin and Reykjavik.  She has taught at Trinity Laban, East 15 Acting School – University of Essex, Bird College for Performing Arts, English National Opera, Kingston University and Theatre Companies “InSite” (Sweden) and “Tangled Feet” (London).

Dannie-Lu Carr


DANNIE is an actor, director, writer, consultant and public speaker. She specialises in The Meisner Technique and the work of Stella Adler. Her credits for both acting and directing include roles such as Morli in the Dalek Empire series, Banquo in an all-female production of Macbeth, Livingstone in Agnes of God and Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa. As a director she has worked on several Arthur Miller, Brecht and Tennessee Williams productions amongst others. More recently she has set up a production company, Flaming Poppy, and has had her first book Brilliant Assertiveness published by Pearsons. She is currently working on her second book and her first feature film as a writer.

Dave Bourn​

DAVE is a writer, director and improviser. He is the improvisation tutor at The Court Theatre Drama School and University of West London/London College of Music. He has worked extensively with character comedians including Felix Dexter, Stephen K Amos and Phil Nichol also directing the Perrier nominated show “Things I Like I Lick”. Most recently he directed and collaborated with Laurence Clark on the highly praised show “Inspired” – commissioned as part of the Olympics. He still performs for fun with his impro group “SPROUT” when time allows.

Janet Amsden

JANET trained in the Art and Science of Movement at Nonington College of Physical Education for three years, before going to Drama Centre. She then became Yat’s movement assistant before leaving for a career as an actress which has spanned forty years in theatre, radio, film and TV and is still ongoing. She has also directed over fifty plays, ranging from the Soho Community Panto through drama school projects and graduating plays, to The Winters Tale for Manchester Youth Theatre at the Library Theatre (Best Special Entertainment Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 1998). Also, Jazz Goes to the Movies and Guitars Galore – music concerts at Taplow Court, for UNICEF.


Lindsay Richardson

LINDSAY is a professional singer and actor, who trained classically at Trinity College of Music, London and in musical theatre at City Lit. She has performed as a soloist at many of Britain’s major venues and festivals, recorded both on CD and DVD, toured and performed across Europe. Radio broadcasts include Radio 3′s In Tune, Danish Radio, and Radio 4′s Woman’s Hour. She has directed opera; and devised, coached and staged modern musical drama for school pupils. She provides performance workshops for choirs and theatre groups, vocal coaching for singers and actors, and for private individuals as well as those in public life.

Colin Tierney

COLIN trained at Drama Centre London. He has worked extensively as an actor in theatre and TV, working with some of the country’s leading directors including Sam Mendes, Adrian Noble, Katie Mitchell, Peter Hall, Howard Davies and Jonathan Kent.Theatre credits include the title role in Hamlet at Bristol Old Vic, Henry 6th and The Dutchess of Malfi [RSC], Machine Wreckers, Guiding Star, Othello, Paul [National Theatre], The Life of Galileo, and Ivanov [Almeida and Maly theatre Moscow], The Seagull, Last Days of Troy[ Royal Exchange], Betrayal [The Crucible] – and most recently, Florian Zellers’s The Father, at The Ustinov Theatre. His TV work includes Vera, Silent Witness, DCI Banks, Island at War, The Vice, Foyles War, Garrows Law and Cracker. His film work includes Nowhere Boy, The Walk, Splintered and Bye, Bye Baby.

Dylan Brown

DYLAN has worked on many television productions as an actor, including Midsommer Murders, Vexed, Being Human, A Touch of Frost, Eastenders, Casualty and Holby. Film incudes Luc Besson’s Unleashed, Ken Russell’s The Mystery of Dr Martinu, Sacha Bennets’ Devilwood and Tuesday and Neil Marshall’s Centurion. Stage; National Theatre in Thea Sharrock’s Free Stage. At the Sheffield Crucible Theatre he played Puck in Michael Grandage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rosencrantz in Paul Miller’s Hamlet. Directing credits include Romeo and Juliet (featuring Anthony Howell) at The Drama Centre London and Ayckbourne’s Confusions for ACT Brighton, Accomplices by Simon Bent (featuring John Simm and Andrew Lincoln) at the Soho House London and Nevermind By Martin Sadofski. Teaching includes Diorama Arts Centre, Drama Centre London, Bodyworks and the Academy of Creative Training.

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