Board of Directors
LSDA’s current Board of Directors are David Game, Chairman of the David Game College Group, Drama Centre London trained Jake Taylor (current Principal), Casting Director Urvashi Chand and BAFTA award winning actor and director Noel Clarke who is recognised for discovering and nurturing new talent.
Read David's Biography
David is chairman of the David Game College Group, one of the largest groups of colleges in the UK, providing a wide variety of courses ranging from business to the arts. David Game’s aim has been to establish the most diverse range of colleges and courses that provide the highest quality leadership and teaching. He is an avid art collector – David Game College doubles up as a gallery exhibiting his varied collection of contemporary paintings.
Read Jake's Biography
Jake founded the London School of Dramatic Art with Urvashi Chand in 2005. Originally from Abergavenny in Wales, he moved to London to train as an actor and dancer. His acting training began at the CTTC and culminated in a degree at the Drama Centre, London. Since graduating he has performed in numerous theatre productions in London and across the UK.
Prior to the formation of LSDA Jake worked as a Training Consultant for fundraising companies in the UK, working with both National and International charities and NGO’s (Amnesty International, the Red Cross, Greenpeace, Unicef, NSPCC among others). Jake relocated to Vancouver, Canada in 2003 to set up and manage a fundraising company.
As Principal Jake takes a hands-on approach to ensure all students have a positive learning experience during their time at LSDA.
Jake is also a keen photographer and enjoys graphic design.
Read Noel's Biography
Born in West London, an actor, writer and director, Noel was first recognized for his work in Richard Wilson’s Royal Court Theatre production of Where Do We Live, when he won Most Promising Performer at the 2003 Olivier Awards. He went on to take roles in top TV dramas including Metrosexuality, Waking the Dead, A Touch of Frost, Jane Halls, Superhero, and three series of Auf Weidersehen Pet. The BBC’s hugely popular Dr Who franchise brought Noel to the attention of British TV audiences, when he took on the role of Mickey Smith. He also wrote and starred in Menhaj Huda’s W10 LDN for Kudos Productions.
In 2005 Noel took the lead role of Sam Peel in Kidulthood, a film produced from his own original screenplay, which Menhaj Huda directed. Clarke won Best Screenplay for Kidulthood at the Dinard Film Festival. He went on to script and reprise his role as Sam in the UK sequel Adulthood, this time also taking on the role of director. Recent credits include: Vertigo Film’s Doghouse, Huge with Thandie Newton, Eddie Izzard, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll with Andy Serkis, Ray Winstone, Heartless opposite Jim Sturgess and Neil Marshall’s Centurion opposite Michael Fassbender.
Read Urvashi's Biography
Urvashi is a casting director who has cast a wide-range of features with actors that include: Robert Pattinson, Tom Hiddleston, Emma Roberts and Sean Bean. Her credits include TOMORROW directed by Martha Pinson and exec.produced by Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff with Stephen Fry, Paul Kaye, Joss Stone and Stephanie Leonidas, LEGACY produced by Noel Clarke and Jason Maza and SCOTTISH MUSSEL directed by Talulah Riley with Harry Enfield, Rufus Hound, Martin Compston and Joe Thomas. Urvashi did the UK casting for MISTER PIP based on the Man Booker nominated book by Lloyd Jones for the creator and director of Shrek and The Chronicles of Narnia, Andrew Adamson. Further credits include EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE by Kidulthood director Menhaj Huda where she cast the then unknown James Floyd in the lead. Urvashi also cast 4321 for Universal Pictures directed by BAFTA winner Noel Clarke.
Urvashi Chand read Philosophy at London University and then studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama and Mountview Theatre School. She went on to direct fringe theatre in London before working with Danielle Roffe in casting on a number of films including Steven Herek’s Rockstar, Mike and Jack Binder’s The Search for John Gissing, Nick Love’s Goodbye Charlie Bright and Lagaan, the first Indian film to be nominated for an Oscar. She has also cast for The Bill. Her episodes won a Royal Television Society award and were nominated for a BAFTA and a Rose D’or.
Urvashi has a number of features in development including Richard Stanley’s Vacation, BAFTA nominee Richard Hawkins’s Most Dangerous Girl, The Postman with Ridley Scott Associates and two films with Alexandra Stone (Franklyn/Fast Food Nation/Young Adam) at CMP.