Andrew Fillis

Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I trained as an actor at The Arden School of Theatre in conjunction with the Royal Exchange, Manchester – accredited by Manchester University. Upon graduation I worked extensively in theatre and several stints in Brookside on Channel 4.

I started my own theatre company and proceeded to tour several small-scale productions and one mid-scale production nationally as well as two runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I also devised and toured Shakespeare shows to primary and junior schools as well as Comedy and Murder Mystery events.

I started training actors in 2005 at Arden School of the Theatre, then I became the Head of Postgraduate Studies and Head of Acting at ALRA. I have taught most aspects of acting (except dance!). I joined the team at Staffordshire University in 2016 where I have mostly focused on Acting for Camera.

I am passionate about acting and training committed actors and helping them work!

Professional memberships and activities

Member of Actors Guild

Am in Spotlight and Mandy.com

Fellow of HEA

Academic qualifications

PGCE Higher Education – Manchester Metropolitan

BA Acting – Manchester University

Expertise

Acting

Actor Training

Emotional Intelligence / Psychology and the Actor

Employability

Research interests

Acting Industry Developments

Incorporating Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive developments in training actors and personal development

Mindfulness

Enterprise and commercial interests

I still work as an actor – mostly recently in Coronation St and Emmerdale as well as Stage productions.

Teaching

Explorations in Acting

Play Production

Acting for Recorded Media

Explorations in Rehearsals

Final Film Project

Acting for Digital Media

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020