Visiting Professors at ATRiuM
The Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries is pleased to welcome our visiting professors to the ATRiuM.
Terry Hands CBE
Terry Hands is an award-winning British stage director and producer, who founded the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in 1964. He became joint Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1978 with Trevor Nunn in 1978, and Chief Executive in 1986. In 1997 he became been director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
He has won numerous awards and accolades including the 1983 Laurence Olivier and the London Critics Circle Theatre Awards for Best Director for Cyrano de Bergerac. He was nominated for three Tony Awards in 1985: Best Direction of a Play and Best Lighting Design for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and Best Lighting Design for Cyrano de Bergerac. In 1993, he was awarded both the London Evening Standard and the London Critics Circle Theatre Awards for Best Director for Tamburlaine the Great.
“As theatre becomes more important, ATRiuM can play a significant role in developing future talent and future vision in Wales.” Terry Hands.
Dr Karl Jenkins
Brought up on the Gower, Karl Jenkins is a hugely successful composer and musician who initially made his mark in the world of jazz. Best known for his Adiemus project, the first three albums – ‘Songs of Sanctuary’, ‘Cantata Mundi’ and ‘Dances of Time’ having found enormous success worldwide, achieving silver, gold and platinum awards globally.
Karl recently received an honorary degree from the University of Glamorgan.
“Having examined the technical and physical specifications of the ATRiuM, I believe it will play an important role in the development of musicians and composers in Wales. Its prominent position in the centre of Cardiff provides close proximity to the numerous creative and cultural events in the City, and the configuration of the music provision is first class. Essentially, the interdisciplinary configuration of the ATRiuM building will enable budding musicians to study in a ‘real world’ environment.” Dr Karl Jenkins.
Daniel Evans is a successful Welsh actor, who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal National Theatre. Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he has had success both on stage and screen in many productions. He won the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for a role in the Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Merrily We Roll Along’. His television credits include Daniel Deronda, Tomorrow La Scala!, Love in a Cold Climate, Great Expectations, As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet, and he has appeared in numerous successful stage productions across the UK.
“The ATRiuM is a fantastic facility for up and coming young actors in Wales and beyond. The fact that actors will be able to train alongside creative people of other disciplines will not only enrich their education but also provide a great preparation for their future in the industry. I look forward to working with the faculty and to seeing the wealth of young talent which is generated there.” Daniel Evans.
Marc Evans is an acclaimed Welsh film director of several feature films including ‘House of America’ which won Best Film and Best Debut Director at the Stockholm International Film Festival and Resurrection Man, which won the Best British Film Award at Birmingham. He had recent success with the Big Brother-inspired horror My Little Eye, and his latest film is ‘Trauma’ starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari.
“For a small nation like Wales, a thriving film and television industry is vital and the opening of the ATRiuM can make a major contribution on the road to achieving that. It is especially exciting to see a facility where student writers, actors, designers and musicians can work on projects together.” Marc Evans.
A writer, musician and actor, Robin Lyons has many accomplishments. Most recently he is known for his numerous credits as a writer and producer of animated films and series, most notably “SuperTed” and “Hilltop Hospital”, for which he won BAFTA awards, “Under Milk Wood” – a film which uses the voice recording made by Richard Burton, and the recent series of “Fireman Sam”. He is the Managing Director of Calon TV animation company, in Cardiff, and Chairman of The Welsh Animation Group.
“There are currently many courses in animation available, but few that are focused on the needs of the industry. We see the M.A. course at the new ATRiuM as an opportunity not just to train animators to work in our ever-changing industry, but to educate people who will help bring about change, and take our industry forward.” Robin Lyons.