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Dr Benjamin Archer
BA (Hons), PGCLTHE, MA, MPhil, PhD, FHEA


Department of Art and Music

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Benjamin is a trained actor having studied both a BA (Hons) and MA in Acting. He worked professionally for nine years on both stage and screen productions, predominantly in classical theatre, before deciding to pursue a career in academia.

Benjamin’s research focuses on accessibility in actor training for performing Shakespeare. Through his PhD research he created a new pedagogy – The Shakespeare Toolkit – which adapts Stanislavski’s ‘system’, Elizabethan acting practices, and First Folio Technique to create an accessible approach to actor training for performing Shakespeare. The Shakespeare Toolkit comprises of 20 exercises which are available as a free teaching resource via the website.

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Benjamin’s performance credits include:

Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest, Dr Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Roderigo in Othello, Robin in A Wedding Story and Camillo in The Winters Tale.


BA (Hons) Acting and Performance

Whether it’s treading the boards, or taking your mark in front of a camera, our acting and performance degree gives you the freedom to follow your dream, with real-world experience in the industry.

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Take centre stage at university by perfecting your stage technique with internationally experienced academics and build your professional networks with established theatre companies.