Professor Peter Barlow FRSA

Executive Director

Professor Peter Barlow FRSA, has been teaching and training actors, performers, and theatre technicians for more than 30 years, and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

A graduate of Rose Bruford, College of Speech and Drama, Mr Barlow has been responsible for representing and leading the top drama schools in the UK.

His current adventure oversees the colossal endeavour of Sharjah Performing Arts Academy as the Executive Director.

Professor Barlow’s career highlights include:

Director and Chief Executive:   Guildford School of Acting

Vice Principal:   Laine Theatre Arts

Professional Judge:   Olivier Awards 2011 and 2013

Visiting Senior Fellow:   Guildford School of Acting

Senior Fellow:   University of Surrey School of Arts

Fellow:   Royal Society of Arts                                                           

Chairman:   Conference of Drama Schools

Director:   National Council for Drama Training (NCDT)

External Examiner:   London Southbank University and Trinity Laban (City University)

Chairman:   Board of Examiners (University of Surrey)

Professional Member:   UK Theatre

Member:   Royal Television Society

Chairman:   Hampshire Arts Centres Association

Director:   Connections Media Ltd.

Director:   Common Stock Theatre Company Ltd.

Director:   Hornpipe Theatre Company Ltd.

Attached Course Monitor (NCDT):   Academy of Live and Recorded Arts

Attached Course Monitor (NCDT):   Rose Bruford College


  • Visiting Professor University of South Florida, Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Visiting Professor University of La Verne, California
  • Visiting Acting Expert, Bernstein School of Musical Theatre Bologna Italy
  • Visiting Acting and Musical Theatre Expert, Baardar Academy Oslo Norway
  • Acting Tutor, Italia Conti Academy London
  • Associate Director, Masterclass, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London


  • Securing World Class Training for a World Class Performing Arts Industry. Government Lobbying paper on behalf of Conference of Drama Schools and National Council for Drama Training
  • Globalization of Theatre; what effect does international theatre have on local theatre? Presentation for annual conference of Korean Theatre Studies Association
  • “The Ingredients for Successful Actor Training.” Presentation for 5th International Theatre Olympics Seoul 2010
  • The Global influence of Western Musical Theatre. Presentation for international Conference of Chinese Musical Theatre, Beijing 2010


Mr Barlow’s students include:

Mike Jibson – Olivier Award winner (King George in Hamilton)

Kobna Holdbrrok Smith - Olivier Award winner

T’nia Miller - actress

Rania Kurdi – actress, singer, writer, Star of Jordanian television (The Rania Show)

Rachid Sbitri – actor, Homeland and many other TV and film series worldwide

Sasha Rosen – singer, songwriter

Karen David – actress, Once Upon a Time, Galavant, Fear the Walking Dead

Chris Geere – actor,  Waterloo Road, You’re The Worst FXX, A Million Little Things

Jade Anouka – actress, Trauma, Doctor Who and many other TV roles

Chris Key - international Stage Director for Cameron Mackintosh

Sasha Roiz – film and TV actor, The Day After Tomorrow, Grimm, Suits and many more

Shimi Goodman – actor and singer

Paola Bontempi – Award winning actress and TV host, Six Wives

Charlotte Braenna – award winning musical theatre actress

Omar Ibrahim – comedian

Juli Ana – singer/actress

Janine Johnson - Singer

Luke Kempner – comedian, impressionist, actor and singer

Danielle Meleani – Broadway actress

Stephen Carlile – actor, The Lion King Musical

Taj Atwal – actress, Stella and In The Club

Ameer Choudrie – film actor

Lauren Samuels – singer and actress, Over the Rainbow and Grease (West End Theatre)