Associate Lecturer BA Acting

John Macneill trained at the (Royal) Central School of Speech & Drama on the three-year acting course. After the Edinburgh Fringe, he joined Bedside Manners to play Bob Cratchet in A Christmas Carol, a small-scale musical tour of community venues in London. As an associate director of the company, John acted in, wrote and/or directed a further ten productions with the company, which ultimately toured to venues nationwide, including The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Barbican Centre, and The Lyric Hammersmith.

He appeared in Buddy and She Loves Me in the West End, as Tony in West Side Story at the National Theatre of Kenya, has worked in various scales of theatre all over the UK, and on television (Black Books, The Bill, Doc Martin) In 2002 he became Kneehigh's admin and marketing co-ordinator, then as co-director of Mundic Nation, he played Jack in Hell Fire Corner co-produced with Hall for Cornwall. John also played Pilia Borza in Barabas (Marlowe's Jew of Malta) and Helyar Jan in Never Say Rabbit in a Boat by Nick Darke at HfC. He played Rooster in Jerusalem touring outdoors for Common Players with Exeter Northcott, and is Jacka Hoblyn in Poldark Series 2, 4 and 5. At AMATA John has worked mainly with 2nd and 3rd Year students on performance, and acting for camera. His final productions The House of Bernarda Alba (2016) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui(2017) won Best Actor/Actress awards, with the cast of UI also winning Best Ensemble Company at the AMATA festival.

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Honors and awards

Year Description

Teaching Excellence Award, Internal Collaboration, Falmouth University

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

  • Blue Mind Theory
  • Solo Performance

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Macneill, Marie

    (2022), THE COASTGUARD BY MARIE MACNEILL - audio recording, In: Recording of The Coastguard, 2021/2022, Chatterbox Audio
  • Macneill, Marie

    (2019), THE COASTGUARD, In: THE COASTGAURD, From 20th February 2020, AMATA; The Old Library, Bodmin;The Acorn Penzance; The Old Bakery, Truro; St Gluvias Church Hall, Penryn; more to follow, (Published)


Areas of teaching

  • and Acting for Camera
  • Performance

Courses taught

  • BA Acting