Directing and Teaching

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

BA Acting

Shakespeare/Stanislavski projects:

Measure For Measure


BA Acting


Stanislavski approach classes

Central School of Speech and Drama

MA Actor Training and Coaching

2014-18 Stanislavski workshops

Dorset School of Acting

2015-17 Master classes in Michael Chekhov techniques

NAFA, Singapore

BA Acting Course 2011


Royal Shakespeare Company


Workshop on Michael Chekhov for Development Department

Arts Educational Schools

MA Course 2005

Shakespeare and Ibsen Scenes

Identity School of Acting


Classes in acting technique

Guildford School of Acting

Memory of Water

Memory of Water

Memory of Water

Memory of Water


The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman


The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson

East 15 Acting School





Machine Breakers

Machine Breakers

Machine Breakers

Machine Breakers





Golden City

Golden City

Golden City

Golden City

Frida and Diego

Frida and Diego

Frida and Diego

Frida and Diego

Stars In The Morning Sky

Stars In The Morning Sky



BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre Course

2018 The Seagull by Chekhov

2017/19 Summerfolk by Gorky

2014 Scenes from Waiting for Godot and Endgame by Beckett, and Rhinoceros by Ionesco

2013 Platonov/Wild Honey by Chekhov

2012 Summerfolk by Gorky

2010 Widows by Ariel Dorfman

2010 Machinal by Sophie Treadwell

2009 Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

BA Acting Course

2019 The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

2018 The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

2017 Platonov/Wild Honey by Anton Chekhov

2010/11 Brecht Reviews devised performances of songs, poems and scenes by Bertolt Brecht

2008 The Machine Breakers by Ernst Toller (world premiere of a new translation by Alan Pearlman)

2007 The Crucible by Arthur Miller

2006 Their Very Own and Golden City by Arnold Wesker

2003 Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams

MA Acting Course 2006

The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca

Post Graduate TV, Film and Radio Course 2004-09

The Dearly Beloved by Philip Osment

Fen by Caryl Churchill

The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan

Post Graduate Course Tutor 2000-2003

The Crucible Arthur Miller

Summerfolk Maxim Gorky

Wild Honey Chekhov/Frayn

Widows Ariel Dorfman

Frida and Diego - A Love Story Greg Cullen

The Matchgirls (revised)

Philistines Maxim Gorky

Vinegar Tom and Fen Caryl Churchill

Guest Director 1999-2000

Stars In The Morning Sky Alexander Galin

Dona Rosita Federico Garcia Lorca

Road Jim Cartwright

Death Of A Salesman Arthur Miller

Measure For Measure William Shakespeare

The Changeling and The Dutch Courtesan William Poel Festival at the Globe Theatre

Comments from students on the E15 Post Graduate Course

Thanks so much. Largely because of you the course has been exactly what I hoped and needed. You're an inspiration.

Woody Murray

I've learned so much this year so I'll be eternally grateful. Thanks for all your kindness and understanding too.

Hannele Niva

The best teacher I've ever had.

Asif Beg

Thanks for your commitment to us all - it's a great journey with you around.

Nicki Walsh

It's been the most amazing, exhilarating, exciting, exhausting learning experience. From the start I felt that I had your support as a teacher, director and friend - allowing me to find confidence in and explore my abilities as an actor. I'm glad to be able to say that I was on a course I'm proud of. We've been given a solid, professional basis on which to build, all in only three terms too!

Melissa Ashworth

Not only is he a skilled tutor who gets excellent results, he also puts an unbelievable amount of his personal time and energy in to the course and each individual student. He is incredibly patient and thorough. I've studied on a relatively large amount of further and higher education courses. I've got to know many good tutors, but John Gillett is miles above any expectations I could have had as a result of this.

A student from East 15, now part of the University of Essex, who nominated John for a Student's Award for "great teachers at Essex"

Comments from BA Acting Course students include:

An incredible experience.

Thanks for being a great inspiration.

Your tolerance and devotion was appreciated.

Thank you for your wisdom, support, inspiration and understanding.

Thank you for allowing me the freedom to explore and for all the genuine support you've given me. I've learned so much.


Rose Bruford College

The Crucible

The Crucible

Accrington Pals

Accrington Pals

The American Clock

The American Clock

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

American Theatre Arts Course


Introduction to Stanislavski classes

Theatre Degree Course (Hons)


Measure For Measure William Shakespeare, 2nd Year Finals

The Accrington Pals Peter Whelan, 3rd Year Finals, ICA, London

The American Clock Arthur Miller, 3rd Year Finals, Rose Bruford College

Medea Euripides, 2nd Year work on complex text

Tom Jones based on Henry Fielding's novel, 3rd Year Finals, Lilian Baylis Theatre, London

The Crucible Arthur Miller, 3rd Year Finals, The Barn Theatre

Community Theatre Arts Course


Student intiated projects: Students research material regarding a specific issue under the guidance of the tutor/director and devise and perform their own script

Acting Exercises: "If", responsiveness, sense memory, atmosphere, concentration, objectives and imagination

Brecht and Stanislavski: An examination of the differences and similarities in theories of theatre within their historical background including directed scenes from Brecht's The Mother

Professional Preparation: Assisting final year students to select and perform audition speeches

Devising From A Classic Text: A detailed examination of the differences between Aeschylus' and Berkoff's Agamemnon including content and style and culminating in a devised combination of both texts

Small Scale Touring: Productions of Yerma Federico Garcia Lorca, Stamping, Shouting and Singing Home Lisa Evans

Italia Conti BA Course






King John Shakespeare


'Tis Pity She's a Whore John Ford


Measure for Measure Shakespeare


Widows Ariel Dorfman


The Broken Heart John Ford


'Tis Pity She's a Whore John Ford

A Warwickshire Testimony April de Angelis




Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi Pam Gems

The Music Lovers Feydeau

Re:Actors Theatre Group


Night Breath Bryan Oliver Drill Hall, London


Sleeping Dogs Philip Osment White Bear Theatre, London


3 Week Acting Workshops on Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov and six showcases of scenes at the Jermyn Street Theatre and the Diorama, London, and in Brighton

Comments from actors in Re:Actors productions, showcases and workshops:

Thank you for being thoroughly inspiring.

Helen Day

The workshop was everything and more than I expected it to be. Stretching, stimulating and soul searching. Thank you for being such a caring but strong director. It has certainly made me a more powerful and truthful actor.

Christine Eyre

You are brilliant, supportive and clear.

Megan Jones

You've no idea how much this workshop has helped me, brought back confidence [and] self-belief.

Christopher Shonning

This course has been a breath of fresh air. It got me in touch again with the process.

Celine Griscom

Thanks to someone with dedication to detail, precision and absolute professionalism and for re-inspiring me.

Angela Prince

Bloody brilliant.

Karen Ford

Sleeping Dogs reviews include:

A really poetic, tragic play... literate and intelligent... John Gillett makes his presence known by creating a virtually seamless piece of work.

Borough News

...topical, tragic and believable... unexpected degree of emotional insight.

Time Out



Michael Chekhov Workshop for 2nd Year Musical Theatre Students


Audition Practice, 3rd Year Students

Actors Centre London


Acting Workshop on The Crucible Arthur Miller