Visiting Practitioners

Jim Arnold

Jim Arnold CDG was Associate Casting Director for Pippa Ailion Casting from 2012-2018, before establishing Jim Arnold Casting in 2018. He was the Original Casting Associate for Matilda, the Musical at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, and was Casting Assistant at the RSC for 3 and a half years from 2007-2011. He has worked with several leading Casting Directors in TV, film and theatre and is a full member of the Casting Director’s Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.

Credits as Casting Director include: Wicked (Apollo Victoria); The Prince of Egypt (Dominion);Pretty Woman: The Musical (West End); West Side Story (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Curtains (UK tour).

Credits as Associate Casting Director for Pippa Ailion Casting include: Wicked (Apollo Victoria, UK & International tours); Street Scene (Teatro Real, Madrid); My Fair Lady (Teatro di San Carlo, Naples); Tiger Bay – The Musical (Wales Millennium Centre – Wales Theatre Award 2018 for Best Ensemble); The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium & UK tour); Funny Girl(Savoy & UK tour).

Katherine Morgan

Katherine was a member of the Peer Productions company 2009-2010. From here she went on to train at LAMDA and graduated in 2013. 

Her first professional job was for Mark Rylance in his version of Much Ado about Nothing at The Old Vic in the summer of 2013.  Since then, Katherine has worked with Mischief Theatre in the West End, toured the U.K. and worked regionally. Katherine also works in computer games and leads the cast in ground-breaking Virtual Reality release The Invisible Hours. 

Credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (The Old Vic), Followers (Southwark Playhouse), Grandad, Me and Teddy Too (Polka Theatre), The Lone Pine Club (Pentabus), All That Lives (Oval House), Inkheart (HomeMCR), Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Mischief Comedy), The Railway Children (Number 1 U.K. tour), Seesaw (Unicorn Theatre), Three Days in the Country (The Old Laundry), Alcatraz (The Vaults), The Invisible Hours (Tequila Works). 

She has also has been involved in the development of new work for The RSC, The Young Vic and Polka Theatre as well as working with artistic director of Peer Productions, Nina Lemon on new play Love, Beauty, Attraction. 

Katherine has worked with Peer Productions for a number of years specialising in Shakespeare. She leads the company in workshops to develop their skills with his language and prepare them for their drama school auditions. 

Polly Byroft-Brown

Polly is Peer Productions alumna from 2012. She has also graduated from East 15 Acting School with a BA in Physical Theatre in 2016. Since then, she co-founded Ditto Theatre Company - an award-winning family theatre company that tours their original stories nationally and internationally. She also runs her own photography business, focusing mainly on Actors' headshots and events. 

Websites:

dittotheatrecompany.co.uk

pollybycroftbrown.co.uk

@kpollybb - Twitter

@pollybbphoto - Insta 

@dittotheatre - Insta  

Aedan Day

Aedan is an actor, writer, director and teacher. He graduated from Peer Productions in 2015, then trained at drama school Rose Bruford College graduating in 2019. In his spare time whilst training, Aedan also founded and taught the Rose Bruford Playwriting Group. He recently worked as the acting coach for feature film House of Bricks which premiered in Los Angeles in June.

Stage credits include; Anthony in Preach (Hoxton Hall), Buddy Fidler in City of Angels (Stratford Circus), The Boy in The Snowman(Birmingham Rep/Sadler’s Wells and Seoul Opera House), Edwards in Blue Stockings, Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Estragon in Waiting for Godot, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Belyaev in Three Days in the Country (Rose Bruford).

Playwriting credits include; Responsibility (RBC Symposium), Daffy (Redgates Theatre), Could You Be Loved (UpFest) and Half-Cast (PP Politics).

Directing credits include; Congratulations by Isobel Hughes (Ye Olde Rose & Crown), Stray Dogs by Matt Wixey (Page to Stage, Horse & Stables), and his own works; Responsibility, Could You Be Loved and Half-Cast.

Aedan loves actors, and loves to empower them through the work. He works very physically and with detail and flair to ensure actors can feel liberated and instinctive in the work they do. He has worked with Peer Productions as a facilitator, teacher and actor on a freelance basis since 2015.

Be Cortade

Be is a qualified Psychotherapist/Counsellor and has been working mostly with young people aged 14 to 25 for over two years. She is also working as a volunteer with a charity and has her own practice - Blue Cloud Walking. Be believes that we each are the expert of our own lives and that we all have within ourselves the capacity to overcome our struggles and become a better version of ourselves. Her expertise lies in helping people find their own resources. From her own experience, she has developed a model where she combines therapy with walking outside - preferably in nature or parks, drawing on the benefits of walking and nature to enrich and sometimes accelerates the therapeutic experience.

Be now works as our Wellbeing Specialist, regularly providing workshops for our young people on various aspects of mental health and wellbeing, as well as one-on-one therapy sessions for crisis relief.

Outside of her passion for her job, Be is also a keen linguist and a enjoys long-distance walks in the UK and abroad. She also works as a volunteer barrista in a local charity.