School of Fine & Performing Arts
College of Arts
Teaching at The Lincoln School of Performing Arts Andy has taught across the Year Groups on an assortment of modules since joining the school in 2005 (he is one of the longest serving members of staff at the school, since the school’s formation). He has written new modules, and developed others. Modules he has taught include Languages of Theatres, Page to Stage, Discovery Play, Creation and Realisation, Aspects of Acting, Documentary and Political Theatre (all Year 1), Restoration to Melodrama, Being An Actor, Radio Drama, Advanced Acting & Directing, Modern European Drama, Dramaturgy, Theatre Company, Production Skills, Shakespeare in Performance, Practitioners in Practice, Arts Management, Dissertation (all Year 2), Acting for Media, Multimedia Performance, Post-Modern British Drama, Contemporary Directions in Theatre and Performance, Staging Science, Advanced Scene Study (Year 3). He has been Module Leader on numerous occasions: for the 2016/17 academic year he will lead Advanced Acting Technique (Year 3), Arts Management (Year 2), Acting for Media (Year 3). Andy is developing new MA courses in Creative Producing and Radio Drama. He also has experience as an External Examiner. Prior to Lincoln, as a teacher and workshop leader, Andy was Head of Drama at Bradfield College, a leading independent boarding school, a regular tutor for BBC Radio Training, a director and teacher at numerous top UK Drama Schools, including The Guildhall School of Music & Drama (where he worked for 10 years as teacher and director, and was Head of the Audition Panel; students he taught at Guildhall included Ewan MacGregor, Lennie James and Orlando Bloom), at RADA, E15 and Central, and a visiting lecturer at Universities including Westminster, Kent, Brunel and Bristol (where he was himself an undergraduate, and taught an MA course). Extra-Curricular Activities for and with students In 2008, Andy founded The Lincoln Company, a theatre company comprised of students from all three years at The Lincoln School of Performing Arts, successfully taking a season of five new plays to the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, followed by a second season of seven productions at the 2009 Fringe Festival, followed by another Edinburgh Fringe season of five productions in 2010. The Edinburgh productions were then presented at The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC). Since then The Lincoln Company has become the school company, and has taken annual Seasons of productions to Edinburgh each year. A number of the Edinburgh productions have also been seen abroad, including Weepie, which toured to the Absolut Festival in Dublin (2010), where it won Best Production and one of the student actors was nominated for Best Actor; Blood Brothers, which toured to Warsaw, Poland in February 2011 (produced by Andy Jordan), playing to ten sell-out performances to schools audiences; and The Man Who Fell Out Of Bed, which played at the ITSELF Festival in Warsaw, Poland in July 2011 (directed and produced by Andy Jordan), where the production represented Great Britain at the Festival and won the Special Jury Prize. The Lincoln Company also regularly co-produces an annual production with the Riverhead Theatre in Louth, for which Andy Jordan directed and produced Alan Bennett’s comedy Habeas Corpus in 2013, and Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce in 2016. Andy also runs workshops on Audition Technique, coaches and mentors LSFPA students for their drama school auditions, and regularly guest lectures to students studying Radio Drama and Radio Production on the Media and Audio Courses. Research Andy’s principal research area focusses on Science and Performance and Science-in-Theatre, an area of practice and research in which he is one of the leading international practitioners. For the past 16 years he has collaborated with Professor Carl Djerassi, who is one of the world’s most famous scientists, best known for the synthesis of the Contraceptive Pill, which triggered the social revolution of the 1960’s, but who during the past 20 years has turned to fiction and the theatre, with a series of science-in-fiction novels and science-in-theatre plays. For more information about his on-going professional research collaboration with Carl Djerassi, please see below. Andy’s other research interests include Producing in Theatre; Directing in Theatre; New Writing in Theatre; Radio Drama (acting, directing, producing); Alternative, Political, Experimental and New Writing Touring Theatre, UK, 1970s – 1990s; the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Practitioners and Academia. Key Publications: Science-in-Theatre: A Significant New Genre? Chapter One in Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts 2013, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014 The History, Philosophy and Practice of the Bristol Express Theatre Company 1978 – 1994 (founded by Andy Jordan). Unfinished Histories, 2014 Carl Djerassi’s Science-in-Theatre Plays: The Theatrical Realization, Chapter Nine in The SciArtist: Carl Djerassi’s Science-in-Literature in Transatlantic and Interdisciplinary Contexts, ed, Walter Grunzweig, Lit Verlag, 2012 Numerous plays Andy has produced and / or directed have been published between 2000 -2014, eg: Foreplay by Carl Djerassi, University of Wisconsin Press, 2012, Insufficiency and Phallacy by Carl Djerassi (in Chemistry in Theatre), Imperial College Press, 2012; The Dead Wait by Paul Herzberg, Oberon Books, 2013; The Man Who Fell Out Of Bed by Paul Sellar, Oberon Books, 2010; Pythonesque by Roy Smiles, Oberon Books, 2009; Taboos by Carl Djerassi (in Sex in an Age of Technological Reproduction), The University of Wisconsin Press, 2008; Worlds End by Paul Sellar, Oberon Books, 2008; Two Graves by Paul Sellar, Oberon Books, 2007; Talk About The Passion by Graham Farrow, Methuen Drama, 2004; Oxygen by Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann, Wiley-VCH, 2001. Professional Work as a Theatre Director and Producer, and Radio Drama Director Andy just directed The Inn at Lydda by John Wolfson in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (summer 2016), where his production was highly praised by critics. Andy is committed to professional practice as a theatre and radio director and producer. He has worked as a director and producer in theatre, tv, film and radio, where his experience was wide-ranging, pioneering and award-winning. He trained in TV, Radio and Film at the BBC, and was a founder of one of the earliest independent UK TV production companies, Playfair Productions, for whom he conceived the TV drama series Legs, a co-production with LWT and Limehouse Films, and was a founder of Firemountain Films & TV. Worked professionally in theatre as a stage manager, actor, director and producer, and in television, film and radio as a director, writer and producer. After graduating, Andy founded the acclaimed multi award-winning Bristol Express Theatre Company, the acclaimed ACE project-funded national touring company specialising in new writing and new writers, for whom he directed and produced over 100 new theatre plays, including Lunatic & Lover by Michael Meyer (‘Scotsman’ Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Festival / London, and New York); Mary Ann by John Downie (Edinburgh / Bristol); Doolaly Days and Theory for the Attention of Mr Einstein by Paul Unwin (London & Tour); Gulls by Robert Hewett (Glasgow Mayfest and Tour); Prophets in the Black Sky by John Matshikiza (Edinburgh Festival & Tour); Winter Darkness by Allan Cubitt (London; ‘Time Out’ Best New Play / Production Award); Heaven by Sarah Aicher (London; the writer was a victim of the Lockerbie Air Disaster); A Meeting in Rome by Michael Meyer (Edinburgh Festival); Picasso’s Women by Brian McAvera (Edinburgh Festival & Tour). He is one of the UK’s leading directors and producers of new writing (which is one of his specialisms), and is renowned for discovering and helping to develop literally hundreds of new writers, many of whom are now internationally recognised, including Jimmy McGovern (creator of Cracker, The Lakes, The Street), Glenn Chandler (creator of Taggart), Allan Cubitt (Emmy award-winning lead writer Prime Suspect, and creator of The Fall), Don Webb (creator of Byker Grove), Paul Unwin (creator of Casualty), Craig Warner (screenwriter of the award-winning TV films about Princess Margaret and Robert Maxwell), and the acclaimed playwright, Richard Bean, writer of the internationally award-winning One Man, Two Guvnor’s. Andy has also directed and produced new plays by very many established writers, including Athol Fugard, Edward Bond, Peter Nichols, Robert Holman, Michael Meyer, Alan Plater, Bill Morrison, Bonnie Greer, Ronald Hayman, Neil McKay, Shaun McKenna and Alexander McCall Smith. He has been particularly associated with the Edinburgh Festival, having won a number of Festival Awards (including two Scotsman Fringe First Awards), and produced and directed a huge range of straight plays, comedy, music and One Person Shows, many of which introduced artists who are now household names. His freelance theatre directing credits includes work for many UK repertory theatres; leading drama schools; in London’s West End; and in New York and San Francisco. At the start of his career, Andy trained as an actor (at the renowned Webber Douglas Academy), before becoming an Arts Council-sponsored Assistant Director at theatres including The Nuffield in Southampton (he was part of the team which founded the repertory company there) and Joan Littlewood’s Stratford East Theatre Royal. He subsequently directed plays at almost every major regional theatre in the UK, including the Manchester Royal Exchange, Sheffield Crucible, Nottingham Playhouse, Leicester Haymarket, Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Playhouse, Coventry Belgrade, Dundee Rep, Birmingham Rep. In radio, where he was a Senior Radio Drama Producer for the BBC, based in Bristol, Birmingham and London, he worked across all networks including Radios 4, 3, 2, and BBC World Service, where he was also a Drama Editor. Andy was the Organiser of the BBC Carlton Hobbs Student Radio Drama Award, was a regular workshop leader in schools, colleges, universities, writers’ groups and at festivals for the BBC Radio Drama Young Playwright’s Festival, and was the Organiser of the BBC World Service International Playwriting Festival. He is one of the UK’s leading audio producers, having directed numerous internationally award-winning productions including two Sony International Radio Awards (the Radio Oscar’s), two Giles Cooper Awards, The New York Radio Festival Award (for his producing / editing World Service Play of the Week strand), the European Broadcasting Union Award; and very many representations / nominations for other awards including The Prix Italia, The Prix Futura and The Writers Guild Awards. He is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading radio directors, having received widespread critical and public acclaim. He has directed and produced a very large number of radio plays, series, features and documentaries, and still regularly directs and produces for BBC radio, most recently including Schiller’s Don Carlos, for BBC R3 with Sir Derek Jacobi and Richard Coyle; Now, Voyager for BBC R4 with Dame Joan Plowright and Anthony Head; and Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof for BBC R3 with Joss Ackland, Gemma Jones, Elizabeth McGovern and Alison Steadman. In 2011 he took The Lincoln Company to Warsaw, Poland, where he produced and directed a new Paul Sellar play, The Man Who Fell Out Of Bed, which won a Special Jury Award at the 2011 ITSELF Festival (the jury was headed by the Hollywood and Broadway actor Stacy Keach). With Andy Jordan Productions, he has produced and/or directed over 29 new plays since the year 2000, including three plays in London’s West End in 2007/8, all of which were hugely critically praised, and all of which have been published: Lies Have Been Told: An Evening with Robert Maxwell (currently being turned into a Hollywood film); 2Graves (released as a feature film in 2013) and Worlds End. Recent AJP productions include A Midsummer Night’s Madness (Edinburgh Festival, winner of the FRESH AIR BEST FRINGE PRODUCTION AWARD, 2010, by William Shakespeare, adapted by The Company, co-production with The Hackney Empire Theatre, directed by Susie McKenna, music by Orphy Robinson); Bette and Joan (produced by Ann Pinnington Productions Ltd with AJP, The Arts Theatre, London, directed by Bill Alexander, starring Greta Scacchi and Anita Dobson, music by Brian May, 2011); The World According to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith, directed by Warren Hooper (Edinburgh Festival, nominated for a Scotsman Fringe First Award by Mark Fisher of The Guardian/Scotsman newspapers); Andy Jordan is one of the leading international practitioners in the field of science and performance and science-in-theatre. For the past 16 years he has collaborated with the scientist and playwright, Professor Carl Djerassi, who is one of the world’s most famous scientists, best known for the synthesis of the Contraceptive Pill, which triggered the social revolution of the 1960’s, an achievement which made him the only living person to be included in The Sunday Times list of the Top Thirty Men of the Millennium, a poll topped by Sir Isaac Newton and which also featured Galileo, Shakespeare, Marx, Lenin, Einstein and many other such luminaries. During the past 20 years Djerassi has turned to fiction and the theatre, with a series of science-in-fiction novels and science-in-theatre plays. Andy Jordan has directed and produced the world premieres of all 10 of Carl Djerassi’s theatre plays, which have now been translated into 21 languages, widely published, and given over 50 productions around the world including Off-Broadway, Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo, Vienna, Cologne, Munich, Berlin, Sofia, Geneva, Seoul, Singapore, Los Angeles, Lisbon, Detroit, Zurich, Toronto, Bologna, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Further information can be found at www.djerassi.com Since the year 2000, the plays of Carl Djerassi he has produced and directed are: Oxygen (Riverside Studios, London, with Catherine Cusack, Jack Klaff, Robert Demeger, 2001); An Immaculate Misconception (Bridewell Theatre, London, 2002); Ego (Edinburgh Festival, 2003); Three on a Couch (Kings Head Theatre, London, with Leigh Zimmerman, Michael Praed, 2004); Calculus (New End Theatre, London, with David Gant, John Kane, 2005); Phallacy (New End Theatre and Kings Head Theatre, London, with Karen Archer, 2005); Taboos (New End Theatre, London, with Nicola Bryant, 2006); Insufficiency (Riverside Studios, London, with Tim Dutton, 2012); Foreplay (Kings Head Theatre, London, and The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, with Lesley Harcourt – nominated Best Actress in the Off West End Awards, April-May, 2014); and revivals of two of Djerassi’s earlier plays, Ego (called Three on a Couch in the UK) and Insufficiency (at ZSpace Theatre, San Francisco, USA, October-November, 2014). He has also just directed a tribute evening, which took place at RADA, in March 2017, A Celebration of Carl Djerassi’s Literary Work - Andy worked with the late Professor Carl Djerassi, one of the world’s leading scientists, and a playwright, on all 10 of Djerassi’s theatre plays, directing and producing them all in London.
Module Co-ordinator / Leader, and tutor, across all three student years, across various modules and the MA programme.
Andy’s teaching specialisms are: Acting and Performance, Acting for Media, Arts Management (including Company Formation, Funding and Marketing), Actor Training, Audition Technique, Theatre and Science, New Writing and Dramaturgy (theatre), Theatre Producing, Theatre Directing, Radio Drama (acting, directing, writing), Multimedia, Contemporary and Experimental Performance, Documentary and Political Theatre, Shakespearian Drama, Restoration Drama, Victorian Drama (melodrama), Edwardian Theatre, Post-War British Drama, Modern European Drama, Histories of Performance, Solo Performance, Practitioners in Practice, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fringe, Alternative, Political and Experimental Theatre of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Commercial Theatre.
Andy regularly works for the BBC as a radio drama director, and in the theatre as a producer and director in the UK and abroad. His most recent professional theatre play productions include directing a new play for the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, summer 2016, The Inn at Lydda by John Wolfson, which performed in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to excellent reviews. In the autumn of 2016, Andy produced Strindberg’s Women, two plays by August Strindberg (Storm and The Stronger), which performed in London’s West End at The Jermyn Street Theatre to very good reviews. He has also just directed a tribute evening, which took place at RADA, in March 2017, A Celebration of Carl Djerassi’s Literary Work - Andy worked with professor Carl Djerassi, one of the world’s leading scientists, and a playwright, on all 10 of Djerassi’s theatre plays, directing and producing them all in London.