Louise Amos and Helen Tennison
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Helen & Lou
LOUISE AMOS is a professional actress, voice-over artist & audiobook narrator represented by Squawk Voices and Scottish Voice Overs. She is also a director and teacher with over 20 years experience in different environments. Lou was Artistic Director of the BA Professional Acting course at Drama Studio, London from 2016-2019 and now also works as an acting tutor & director at East 15 Acting School.
Louise is a specialist teacher in Uta Hagen technique and Object Exercises, having trained in New York Teacher's Lab at the The Hagen Institute, HB Studio and a Shakespeare specialist teacher /director, with a Masters in Shakespeare and Theatre from The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.
Acting credits include Shakespeare’s Women (Katherina/Mistress Ford, Lady Macbeth) European Tour, And Did Those Feet (Catherine Blake) Putney Arts Theatre, A Bright Room Called Day (Agnes), White Bear Theatre, Quartet (Marquis de Merteuil), Fly in the Ointment Theatre, Glory Days (Angie) Pleasance, Edinburgh, The Letterbox (Martha), Adam Smith Theatre, Miss Julie (Miss Julie) UK Tour.
Directing credits include Here Comes the Bride National Theatre Studio, Mountain Language Symposium Hall, Edinburgh and devised projects include Sufi’s Choice Mimetic Festival, London, The War Project Arthur Cotterell Theatre, The Carriage, Arthur Cotterell Theatre, the Bird@Napo Napo Reform Project, Thailand, Me, Myself & I (Refugee/storytelling project) for London Borough of Newham. Louise has also directed Cymbeline, King Lear and Macbeth for Drama Studio, London, Frayed Knot Soho Theatre & Get Santa! Corbett Theatre.
Lou's recent audio books include the The Dead Can't Speak, Deluded, Child of St. Kilda, Usbornes’ Official Guide to Being an Astronaut , Liar Liar, Broken Dolls and Foyles Book Shop Girls . She regularly works in commercial and corporate voice over and narration. Visit her personal website by clicking here.
HELEN TENNISON As a freelance director Helen’s work spans site-specific theatre, devising, physical theatre new writing and classics. What characterizes her productions is a strong visual language, commitment to the truth, and joy in the rhythms of text. Her show Everything I See I Swallow, featuring feminism, Shibari and aerial rope won an Edinburgh Fringe First in 2019.
Experience includes work for Oxford Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe, Arcola, Dommolhof (Belgium), Sprint Festival, Bermuda Festival and Women at RADA. Helen was recently Artist in Residence at the University of South Florida where she directed The Crucible, Titus Andronicus and Ravens, a multi-media devised play about women and race in American history. As Artistic Director of Barefeat Physical Theatre, she devised work for numerous small-scale tours. Between 2010-14 she produced, adapted and directed 3 Offie Nominated mid-scale tours (Madame Bovary, Sense and Sensibility, Wuthering Heights) in co-production with Rosemary Branch and Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud. Helen directs regularly for Creation Theatre and Midsummer Scene Shakespeare Festival, Croatia.
From 2015-2017 Helen ran the Drama Studio London Two Year Acting Course and short courses. She has taught as part of the Old Vic education team and ran numerous outreach projects for the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.
Having begun her career as an actor and dancer, she is now drawing on these skills to devise a new performance piece inspired by the concepts of psychogeography, and her love of urban architecture. In January 2019 her production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream transfered to the Bermuda Festival. She recently directed a site responsive Dracula at The London Library. In 2020 she worked with Bang Average to create Dirty Corset and wrote a fairytale about dementia for Arts Uplift. Visit her personal website by clicking here.