“A major new writing and directing talent.”
Welcome to the official website of Toby Clarke.
Toby has had an extensive career in theatre, TV and film as a Director, Playwright and Acting Coach spanning over 18 years. He has most recently directed the Olivier Award Nominated Warheads at Park Theatre, he is currently Rep Company Director at Theatre Peckham, Elders Company Director at Southwark Playhouse and Young Company Director Director at Stratford East.
He has produced work nationally as a Writer/Director and as an Acting Coach has worked for the BBC. Toby has supported a number of actors to gain representation with top agents, including Troika, Curtis Brown and Lou Coulson Associates.
Toby has had the privilege of training and mentoring a number of now established actors including BAFTA Nominee Ruth Madeley, Seraphina Beh (Eastenders, Bush Theatre), Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls, Royal Court, Almeida Theatre), Jamael Westman (Hamilton), Milly Zero (Eastenders ), Michael Salami (Hollyoaks) & Severine Howell Meri.
“I can never thank Toby enough for all he’s done for me. My career would not have grown to what it has become without his guidance.” Severine Howell Meri (Hanna, Regular)
"Toby pushes you in a detailed and thorough way which ensures you produce your best work. I would highly recommend him as an Acting Tutor and Mentor." Milly Zero (Eastenders, Regular)
Each year, he offers private acting tuition for aspiring and professional actors. Please see below for more details.
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Toby trained as a Director and Dramaturg at the Central School of Speech and Drama and then with the National Theatre Studio.
As a Freelance Director, Toby has produced work with NYT, Southwark Playhouse, Ovalhouse and Lyric Hammersmith. He directed Warheads by Taz Skylar at the Park Theatre in August 2019 which has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement and received unanimous ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Critical Acclaim.
During Lockdown, Toby worked with Stratford East to produce, Those of Hero Figures, 3 short films about he impact of Covid-19 on Key Workers' children.
Toby is co founder of Sketty Theatre (sketty.org.uk), an interdisciplinary production company, fusing text, puppetry and movement. Their work toured nationally to the Bristol Old Vic Studio, Ustinov Studio and the New Wimbledon to name a few, producing 4 critically-acclaimed new plays. Their work was developed with the support of Soho theatre, Ovalhouse and the NT Studio and was frequently funded by Arts Council England and The Peggy Ramsay Foundation
"Backed by tight performances, it powers along with the tightness of a military drill." The Stage (Warheads 2019)
“Impressed, moved and completely hooked. Terrific.” The Observer (Result 2016)
“It’s an engrossing, incident-packed play, performed by a solid company, elevated by a nifty inverted in-the-round staging from director Toby Clarke.“ Time Out (Take a Deep Breath by Bola Agbaje, 2013)
“This is just the kind of little show that you discover on the fringe and which makes the whole Edinburgh experience worthwhile." Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (Imogen, 2006)
Toby was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2013 with IMAM and then Longlisted for the same award this year for Me.
With Sketty Theatre he was twice awarded Time Out Critics Choice with Imogen.
His latest piece, The Eden Effect, was performed at the Camden People's Theatre in May 2019 and The Curve Leicester in October. His next play, Making Fatiha, will was also performed at CPT, next touring to the Luton Hat Factory in 2020.
He is currently developing a new Musical, Borrowed, with Composer Roly Botha And is under commission with UCL and The Bloomsbury Theatre.
"The Ice Man by Toby Clarke is a compelling creation. The overall vision of the play is brilliantly executed…and it’s a brilliant reflection on Murakami’s original story.” Younger Theatre
“Your mind will be assaulted. And you'll take a gross pleasure in it. The shock hits you hard. It threw me into a delirious state of giggles – if I didn't laugh, I'd cry.” Broadway Baby
Each year, Toby offers affordable private coaching (one to one and workshops). This can be geared towards Drama School auditions, professional castings, self tapes or if you’re just wanting to brush up on a particular area of your craft.
He specializes in Naturalism, Shakespeare and Contemporary Text.
This year alone, Toby has taught actors who have been accepted at RADA, RCSSD, LAMDA, GSA & Bristol Old Vic (See Testimonials below).
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"It is difficult to put into words how grateful I am for people like Toby. He has given me and many others the opportunity to play, explore and thrive as an actor by opening doors others attempt to keep shut."
Kwabena Ansah (Signed with Lou Coulson Associates), August 2018
"Thanks to Toby's help, I was able to get into my top choice Drama School, Bristol Old Vic! I couldn't have done it without his support, encouragement and extensive knowledge."
Chiara Lari, Bristol Old Vic 2019
"Toby's guidance was an important factor in me getting into LAMDA. He helped me develop the belief that I could penetrate acting spaces that I didn't realise I could be part of."
Tienne Simon, LAMDA 2019
"Toby's insight as a mentor was invaluable, his coaching and advice definitely helped me get into GSA." Will Pierson, GSA 2019
"Toby gave me the freedom to try, fail and then try again. I grew tremendously as an actor in my time working with him." Fraser Crossingham, RCSSD 2019
"Toby's one to one time allowed me to take risks to improve not only my acting skills but finding new approaches as an a actor."
Ayla Wheatley, RADA 2019