Karla has over seven years of storytelling experience through her work at the BBC, Sony Pictures Entertainment and various indies.
Whilst a Production Trainee at the BBC, Karla worked in the script department of medical drama Casualty.
She got her start as a professional writer after her six-part mystery thriller was optioned by ITV Studios and she was invited to co-develop a series for Lime Pictures.
In 2017, Karla was one of ten writers shortlisted for Theatre503’s annual residency programme. Later that year, her Edinburgh Fringe show previewed at the theatre before completing a full run at Underbelly, where it was longlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.
In 2018, Karla completed a year's actor training at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, after which she founded Dead Good Theatre.
She performed as the lead in a sold out run of The Thing That Came to Dinner at London’s Vault Festival, starred in RCSSD’s production of Alice Birch’s Astronauts and went on to perform in a self-penned short play in front of a sold out audience at Southwark Playhouse.
Having returned to her beloved hometown of Manchester, she is currently working on a teen drama for the BBC and was recently part of the writers room for forthcoming Netflix series Get Even.
Emily is a proud Northern actor from Hull. Her career started when she took part in a short film aired at a local cinema aged 14.
Since then, she has performed at Hull New Theatre, Hull Truck and with touring shows.
She trained at the National Youth Theatre and spent a year training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she performed in Alice Birch’s BLANK.
Emily is currently on the directors programme at the Young Vic, expanding her skills with a view to creating more of her own work.
Emily also has an extensive background in dance, physical theatre and choreography, with experience of choreographic dance works for national competitions.
In 2018, Emily was awarded Middle Child’s first ever Career Kickstarter Fund and has just finished filming her first short film, written and produced by herself.
Emily is so excited to be part of DGT and is looking forward to creating the stories she’s always wanted to hear.
Spotlight PIN: 9258-8975-5821
Matthew James Morrison is a London-based actor and internationally published model from Nottinghamshire.
He began his career young, performing in the church, school productions, and as part of the Nottingham Playhouse Youth Theatre, before going on to National Youth Theatre and the National Youth Film Academy.
Matthew trained with NYT and took on a featured role in their 2011 production of Slick. He was then cast as an actor/singer in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Team Welcoming Ceremonies. He also trained with the NYFA and featured in short film 7 minutes.
In autumn 2012, Matthew attended Queen Mary, University of London and graduated with a BSc in Mathematics. He subsequently received a fully funded scholarship to complete an MSc in Mathematics.
Since graduating, Matthew has returned to the acting scene and gained an impressive portfolio in commercials, modelling, music videos, and short films. His recent credits include Walkers, Vogue Italia Online, Hyundai, Chelsea F.C., JLL, Hertz UK, and has worked with household names such as Guy Ritchie.
He is now in rehearsals for Silent Meat by David Levesley, which will be performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre this June.
Spotlight PIN: 9376-9055-8093
Following a career in international business and having completed an MSc in Business Creativity & Innovation, London-based Claire began her acting career later in life, kick starting her training at RADA where she completed all three terms of the “Introduction to Acting” course and the Contemporary Scene Study course.
Following this, Claire’s desire to learn her craft has seen her gain further training at The Actors Centre, Actors Studio, The Showreel, private acting and voice tuition and, most recently, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she completed a year of acting training.
Claire is steadily building a wealth of acting credits; she performed in Alice Birch’s BLANK whilst at Central and, most recently, performed with Karla in her short play at Southwark Playhouse. With valuable short film experience under her belt, Claire is also a talented voice over artist, having delivered for clients including the BBC and online retailers.
After years of experience writing poetry, Claire is now turning her hand to writing for the stage and is currently working on her one-woman-show “Squashed” (working title). She is also writing short sketches for a couple of work-in-progress characters she is developing.
In addition to her acting career, Claire is a guest lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire where she teaches creative leadership, using both her actor training and business experience. She also uses her facilitation skills to help businesses with creativity workshops.
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Hiftu is a multilingual Scottish actress and a recent graduate from the Oxford School of Drama.
Her first short film, Last Night in Edinburgh, directed by Bita Shafipour premiered at the Palm Spring International Shortsfest and won a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award in 2015. The film tells the story of two sisters on a night that sees them both sacrifice perceived symbols of their girlhood in very different ways before reuniting to begin a protest that sends shockwaves through their family.
In 2016, she won best actress for the British-Urdu drama Tehzeeb at the Omladinski Film Festival in Sarajevo.
In the film, Hiftu plays the eponymous Tehzeeb and the story explores an arranged marriage in which neither party is happy with the match. Directed by Myriam Raja, it was also screened as part of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival.
In 2018, Hiftu performed at Soho Theatre in Shudder, her final show at OSD.
After graduating from drama school Hiftu played the role of Julie in a production of Miss Julie by Zinnie Harris, directed by Shilpa T-Hyland. The show opened at Perth Theatre before touring Scotland.
Hiftu also starred in the short film Meet Me by the Water which was directed by Raisah Ahmed is available to view on BBC iPlayer.
Her additional languages include fluent Bangla and semi-fluent Hindi and Urdu. She has a degree in Civil Engineering and also worked for many years as a radio producer for BBC Asian Network and Radio 4.
Represented by Narrow Road
Spotlight PIN: 9219-5641-8702
Mitchell is a London-based actor who hails from Essex. Having spent over ten years working in the industry, and with both stage and screen credits under his belt, he is one of DGT's most experienced actors.
In 2017, he took to the Chichester Festival Theatre stage to star alongside Sir Ian McKellen in Jonathan Munby’s production of King Lear. The show received high praise from critics across the industry with The Independent describing the production as "extraordinarily moving" in their five star review.
In 2018, Mitchell added to his wealth of performance skills by completing a year's formal actor training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
In August of that year, he appeared in the RCSSD’s production of Alice Birch’s Astronauts, in which he showed his incredible range as an actor, playing multiple characters - from a downtrodden housing block tenant to a darkly comical parody of radio presenter Nick Ferrari. The play also enabled Mitch to flex his clowning muscles as he embodied Boris Johnson in one of the most heightened and slapstick moments of the show.
Since then, Mitchell has returned to screen, working on several short films, and has also enjoyed treading the boards in one act plays.
Mitchell's talent for devising and character work has also lead him to work on several collaborative projects since graduating drama school, including the week long R&D of Dead Good Theatre's debut play, Leaving.
Spotlight PIN: 8614-3492-5174
Jiyan is a multi-skilled London and New York based actor, writer and producer.
Hi interested in acting first started when he performed at the Kenneth More Theatre at the tender age of nine. This pushed him to pursue his interest throughout his secondary school education, as well as auditioning and acting during his teens.
These industry experiences helped Jiyan realise the power of self-sufficiency and how important it can be to create your own work. With this in mind, he set out to learn all aspects of the creative process and undertook a BA in Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. The degree enabled him to acquire a broad range of skills including directing screen fiction, video editing, film producing and screenwriting.
After graduating with a 2:1, Jiyan participated in the National Youth Film Academy Breakthrough course. He then went on to add to his skillset by completing a year's actor training at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he further cemented his desire to develop as a young BAME actor on an International platform.
Sharing his passion for Drama has always been important to Jiyan and, recognising the innate benefits the art form can bring to young people, he has taken on part time work as a Drama teacher in a primary school and in youth centres across London.
Jiyan is also currently working on numerous projects that are set to be released next year and he looks forward to bringing his passion for telling captivating stories to his role as a Dead Good Theatre company member.
Ciara is the youngest member of DGT but already has a wealth of experience to her name.
A Hertfordshire based actor, she got her start through her local drama school, The Vallé Academy. During the decade she spent at the school, she performed in various shows as part of their in house theatre company Studio Players. Productions have included a sketch show, an improv show based on Whose Line is it Anyway and multiple plays, including Sweeney Todd, in which she played the role of Mrs. Lovett.
She has also performed in short films and co-wrote and starred in a devised piece on the subject of OCD as part of Patchwork, a collection of devised, improvised and scripted pieces which opened at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub in Walthamstow in 2018.
In 2018, Ciara also completed a year long diploma course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, at the end of which she performed in Alice Birch’s BLANK.
Most recently, Ciara was employed at Thorpe Park as a scare actor during their winter season in the Saw Alive Maze attraction as part of Fright Nights.
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Sumiti is a London-based actress from India.
Having worked extensively in the food and beverage industry after gaining an MA in Hospitality Management from the University of West London, it was only in her late twenties that she realised what really excited her was being on stage.
Since then, she has trained at drama schools across London. She got her start in 2016 with a three week summer school at Mountview Academy. She subsequently trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2018 for a year. At the end of the course, she performed in Alice Birch’s BLANK, taking on the role of a young mother who suffers a horrific trauma.
Shortly after her training at Central, Sumiti gained her foundation level in Stage Combat. The training included small sword and unarmed fighting techniques.
Keen to diversify her skills portfolio, Sumiti then went on to train in Musical Theatre at City Academy, and took part in a showcase event at the end of the course.
Dead Good Theatre is a huge stepping stone for Sumiti. As the first female member of her family to tread the boards of the London stage, she looks forward to starring in DGT's first production as a company.
Chloe is a working class writer and actor of Chinese and British heritage. Originally from Leeds, she is now based in London and Zurich.
With a wide range of experience on both stage and screen, Chloe's credits include An Klondike (Netflix), Coronation Street and Emmerdale and she's performed at venues including the Rich Mix, Southwark Playhouse and Tristan Bates Theatre.
As a writer, Chloe most recently collaborated on James Graham’s Sketching. The play ran at Wilton’s Music Hall in October 2018 and was subsequently published by Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury Publishing).
In 2017, she was long-listed for the Verity Bargate Award for her one-woman show, Things I Know. Prior to that she received funding from Film London for her short film, Cupidity, as part of the London Calling 2016 slate, which went on to win ‘Best Short’ at the Unrestricted View Film Festival. Her short story, Days of Apryl, was shortlisted for the 4th Estate/Guardian BAME award in 2016. She has had several short plays produced including Penpals (Southwark Theatre), 24 Hours (Vaults Festival) and Shoes (Rich Mix).
Chloe is currently working on a project inspired by the poems and short stories of Tennessee Williams, leading to a three week run at Trafalgar Studios in spring 2020.
Represented by International Artists Management
Spotlight PIN: 8458-9083-8543
Like most actors, Oli discovered his love for acting while at school. However, after dropping out of college, he realised that formal education wasn’t going to be his path to an acting career. He opted out of auditioning for drama schools and instead put all his efforts into getting involved in as many projects and opportunities that he could as well as self-educating and studying the craft.
Since taking the plunge, Oli has achieved two LAMDA gold medals with distinction, one in acting and another in devising drama. He's also starred in over twenty short films, five plays and two commercials. He was a finalist for the Joseph Millson Bursary which led to becoming a member of the prestigious Actor's Centre, where he continues to receive training and mentorship. More recently, he was nominated for a best actor award for a role in an award winning short opposite Oliver Ford Davies and secured a small role opposite Marc Warren and Michael C Hall in Netflix series 'Safe'.
As a natural storyteller, Oli is also a keen screenwriter and written a few short films, a feature and a sitcom series.
Represented by Nina Lee Management
Spotlight PIN: 4772-4503-8810