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Daniel Matthew Lemon, Creative Director

Dan made his first stage appearance in Oliver! on the Sunderland Empire at age 13. Whilst studying a Masters in History at the University of Edinburgh, Daniel appeared in a number of stage performances on the Traverse Theatre before spending a year in Melbourne working alongside actor / director Jasper Bagg as an Assistant Director and Script Editor on new writing.

Daniel moved to London in 2015 and trained part time in workshops under the instruction of stars such as Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrien, Robert Sheehan and Neil Maskell. He returned to the North East of England in 2018 to set up "The Actors Forge," a network of Actors and Creative Producers across the North of England with the goal of developing regional film and theatre projects.

His most recent work includes Audible’s production of LJ: Ross’ - The Infirmary, starring, Tom Bateman, Alun Armstong and Kevin Whatley.


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Stephen Sharkey, Course Director

With a strong background in stage and screen Stephen designs and implements the sessions taught at the forge, using a variety of learning and teaching methods.

Stephen focuses on emotional realism and reactivity in acting through the Meisner technique teaching actors to trust their instincts and focus on the individual in front of them as a method of delivering a truthful performance.

Stephen is passionate and dedicated to the craft of acting and brings an understanding of the essentials and fundamentals to actors of all levels.


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Laura Brown, Creative Manager

Laura initially joined The Actor’s Forge as a member, looking to explore and develop her interest in acting; having had a real passion but a lack of confidence to pursue the craft.

Now Laura is a regular performer with a number of theatre credits under her belt, including a recent role in Jez Butterworth’s “The River",” performed at The People’s Theatre and an upcoming role in “Voltemand and Cornelius are Joyfully returned.”

Behind the scenes, she works closely with Dan and Stephen on overseeing The Actor’s Forge structure, direction and online presence.