Welcome from the Artistic Director
Fourth Monkey started life as an act of rebellion.
I had hoped to create a training methodology which reflected the requirements of the current performance landscape, but also gave a platform to a far greater range of stories than are currently presented in modern theatre and broadcast media.
The goal of Fourth Monkey is to create a world ignited by a visceral cacophony of bold and diverse voices and since its inception in 2010, I believe that we have gone a long way towards making that happen.
Our high profile, ground breaking theatre Performances not only provides a stage for our actors, but also challenges the status quo.
STEVE GREEN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
FOURTH MONKEY ACTOR TRAINING COMPANY
Many drama schools say they are inclusive. But Fourth Monkey represents more than a box-ticking exercise. We do not have a quota for whom we wish to accept. We do not look for certain schools on your application form and we don’t place unreasonable fees in the way of accessing our training. We allow you to work alongside your education at Fourth Monkey and there are no hidden extras – everything is included in your termly fees.
This represents a revolution in the arts, advocating a social change in attitudes towards who can train as an actor. It doesn’t have to be the privileged few, or even those who are lucky enough to be ‘discovered’; but hard-working young actors can take their future in their hands and forge a career for themselves in the arts.
I see an application to train at Fourth Monkey as the start of a lifelong journey. If you don’t get offered a place right away, we can point you in the direction of where to focus your efforts; once accepted, we support you personally through your training with us and after graduation, we provide you with discounted rehearsal space, performance opportunities and professional development through the Evolve Programme.
Our motto is, ‘Once a Monkey, always a Monkey.’
Steve is a writer, director and is the founder of Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company. He trained at Middlesex University under the instruction of practitioners such as John Wright (Trestle, Told by an Idiot), Steve Tiller (The Wedding Collective), John Topping and Huw Thomas. Based on his experience of an experimental form of training, Steve developed a clear creative education philosophy founded in ensemble, exploration and inclusion, forming the foundation of the Fourth Monkey pedagogy.
Directing credits include: Titus Andronicus, Tamburlaine the Great Part I & II, Julius Caesar, Plasticine, Ascension Part I & II, The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso and the Mona Lisa, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Nights at the Circus, Elephant Man, 4.48 Psychosis, A Clockwork Orange, The Penelopiad, The Love of the Nightingale, The Pope and the Witch, The Crucible, Waiting for Godot, The Caretaker, Metamorphosis, Pass it on, The Creation of the World and other business, Overdue, Left Luggage, Oh What a Lovely War, Shelter, Playing the Victim, A Game of two Halves and Inamorata.
Director of Training and Deputy CEO
Charleen is the co-founder of Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company, directing the organisation’s training programmes and pedagogy. Charleen’s twenty years working as a practitioner, actor, director and choreographer both nationally and internationally – from the National Theatre to the iconic Admiralspalast in Berlin – has enabled her to draw on her vast experience as both a performer and creative in developing the unique Fourth Monkey training.
Her theatre work includes: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National), Our Country’s Good, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tobacco, Bristol), Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse), The Taming of the Shrew, Doubt (Landor), The Full Monty (New Players Theatre & Catford Broadway Theatre), Chicago, Chess the Musical, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Oh! What A Night!, Viva La Diva (UK Tour), Classical Spectacular (Royal Albert Hall), The Blues Brothers (US & European Tour) and This is the Night (Richmond), as well as Angels in America (Workshop, National).
Her directorial credits with Fourth Monkey include: 4:48 Psychosis (co-directed with Steve Green; London & Edinburgh Fringe), The Peculiar Tale Of Pablo Picasso and The Mona Lisa (Director, Fourth Monkey Theatre Company, Brockley Jack), The White Devil (The Monkey House) and Elephant Man (Movement Director, Edinburgh Fringe and national tour for Fourth Monkey Ensemble).