Staff Profile

  • Emmett Tams is currently a Senior Lecturer and researcher in Acting at the University of Northampton. A former professional actor, he trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is a graduate of the MA Applied and MA Actor Training and Coaching courses at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he was awarded a distinction. He is the artistic director of Dissent Ensemble. He is also a Director and Playwright working extensively in the UK and Belgium. His first degree was from the University of Ulster (European Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) and he has an M.Sc. in Psychology (Distinction) He is a member of the British Psychological Society, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy(FHEA) and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

    As an educator, Emmett has over 20 years of teaching and direction experience. He has worked at undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Royal Central, LAMDA, Drama Studio London, UWL, and ran the theatre programme for Ball State University (USA) at the Cockpit Theatre London. Emmett is currently Head of Second Year, he is responsible for Improvisation for Actors, Actor Methodologies and directs 1st and 2nd Year shows. He heads partnership workshops for schools and colleges.

    Emmett has 30 years of experience as a performer, director, acting coach and educator and has directed over 40 professional productions. Most recent productions include Rhetoric (2019), Bread and Roses Theatre; Out of Line (2018), Bread and Roses Theatre, White Bear Theatre; Mine me you and I (2016), Trust Me (2015), Fiction (2015), Drayton Arms Theatre; Prosopopoeia (2014), Festen (2013), London Theatre; Variations on a theme (2013), Camden People’s Theatre; What the Butler Saw (2013), Arthur Cottrell Theatre.

    Emmett has also directed and performed at the Oval House Theatre, Cockpit Theatre, Southwark playhouse, Riverside Theatre, and extensively in Belgium, Holland, and Spain.