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Our Team

We have a great team here at Creative Culture.

Meet them here.

Our teaching team

Our tutors who teach at the Creative Culture Institute of Art

James Land

Film studies

James is an award-winning, Royal Television Society nominated filmmaker and screenwriter. With a first-class BA in Directing & Film Theory and an MA in Screenwriting & Film Theory from Middlesex University, James has an extensive background in both the practical and theoretical aspects of film. James’ films have been screened at the BFI and internationally; he has written essays on film theory; and is founder of the production company 85 Media.

AJ Langer

Voice Coaching

Originally from Ohio and growing up in Los Angeles, AJ is a former American TV actor most notable for her role as Rayanne Graff on My So-Called Life (1994). AJ has appeared in other shows including Drexell’s Class (1991), It’s Like, You Know… (1999), and most recently in Private Practice (2011-12). These have been coupled with various film appearances between 1991 and 2013. She now lives in Devon with her family and teaches voice coaching.

Sam Morgan

Performance Skills

Sam is an actor, writer, comedian, director, and Improvisation specialist. He has a BA in Acting from the Italia Conti Academy alongside qualifications from the IO Theatre in Chicago, the Plain Clothes Theatre Company, and Nose to Nose. Sam’s acting experience encompasses roles on stage to TV performances, including in The Hunt for Tony Blair (2011) and his self-produced comedy Being There. He has also written sketches for BBC Radio and for the screen.

Alisavo Marinou

Art & Photography

Alisavo is versatile and multi-disciplined visual artist and photographer. She holds a BA in Fine Art & History of Art from the University of Reading, a Diploma in Concept Art & Digital Animation from SAE Athens and has herself published photography in gallery spaces across Europe. Alisavo teaches both practical and theoretical components of drawing, painting, photography, digital art, and post-production editing.

Chris Brooks

Performance Skills

Chris has over two decades experience as a storyteller, performance poet and comic performer. He combines his background in education with an interest in the perennialism of folklore, fairy tales, and religious texts. This has led to him organising and executing numerous successful talks, workshops and courses on these subjects. Chris’ inspiring teaching has assisted the growth of some of the most prominent performers across the South West.

Dr. Martin Reeve

classical theatre

Martin is a British actor who has appeared on several notable TV shows including Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Casualty, and Downtown Abbey. He is renowned for his work on the stage and teaches classical theatre and performs himself. Martin’s specialism is Shakespeare and he holds a PhD in Drama from the Royal Holloway College in London.

Linda Lewis

Creative writing

Linda is a short story specialist and author of several books including The Writer’s Treasury of Ideas and Finding Ideas. She is one of the UK’s most successful short story authors having sold over 1,000 stories, mainly to women’s magazines such as The People’s Friend, as well as overseas in Australia and Sweden. Linda was previously a tutor for the Writers Bureau and the National Association of Writers Group and taught courses at Swanwick Writer’s Summer School between 2011 and 2016.

Mark Cassidy

Performance Skills

Mark is an actor and theatre workshop practitioner, having performed in numerous plays for over 30 years. He is co-founder of the Boo to a Goose Theatre and an Associate Artist with Interwoven Productions. Mark also holds an Acting Diploma from the ALRA, further qualifications from the University of Manchester and the University of Central Lancashire, as well as being a specialist in the Meisner Technique.

Josephine Larsen

Acting & Employability

Josephine’s education started at Bristol’s Old Vic and moved on to studying dance with Budd Thompson in Copenhagen. Since then her intriguing career has entailed far more than can be condensed in a short bio. It began as the star of La Vie En Rose (1979-81), then a role in the French cult film Clementine Tango. She later worked with the Reineke Fuchs Rock Opera and the avant-garde Berlin Play Actors group. Josephine is author of The Power of Acting (2016) and founder of Art 14, a system of learning self-actualisation and confidence skills.

Graham Scatler

Creative Writing

Graham is an author and television scriptwriter. He began his accomplished career in music, and in 1976 he founded Tabitha Music Limited, a music publishing company. Alongside his work as a producer and artist manager, he has written prolifically. His first novel, Ticket to Ride, was published in 2006, and more recently More than a woman (2016) and Cowboys and Angels (2017) have been released. Nowadays he lectures and teaches the skills necessary to be a creative and original writer.

Our directors

Those who run Creative Culture South West

Ben Tallamy

Project Manager

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Chris Brooks

Course Development

Chris has over two decades experience as a storyteller, performance poet and comic performer. Having an extensive background in education, he has devised and run numerous successful workshops and courses which have helped to establish some of south west Englands most well known performers.

Garth Davis

Programming and marketing

With over 15 years experience in the entertainment sector, Garth has worked as a venue manager, production manager, programmer and booking agent. Having entered the sector initially in the live music industry where he worked with musical acts from all over the world of various genres; Garth has gone on to produce events and exhibitions in a broad range of the arts including comedy, cabaret, spoken word and theatre.


Have what it takes to teach and thinking of joining our team? Then get in touch.