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 graphic designer.
Originally from France, Emeline studied Politics and Representation of Interests at Sciences Po Bordeaux. After graduating in 2013, she moved to Paris and worked in Public Affairs for four years within various organisations (consultancy, business organisations). In 2017, she returned to Bordeaux to set up her own business, an online shop selling luxury and handcrafted stationary, locally made by artists and illustrators in Europe. Being an entrepreneur enabled Emeline to learn a lot on a wide range of issues, from project and budget management to communication and marketing.
In October 2019, Emeline decided to realise an old dream of moving back to London, where she studied ten years before as part of an Erasmus exchange program. Her experience within the arts and craft industry and her interest in theatre gave her the confidence to start off a career in the performing arts industry.
Within LSDA’s stimulating environment, Emeline helps bring stability, structure and support to the student’s busy days, as well as working as a team with Jake to ensure the smooth running of the school.
Outside of LSDA, Emeline is working on several projects to develop her skills in theatre producing.