Director and Founder of Carney Academy
“I started Carney Academy in order to ensure that people get the best possible training and understanding about theatre in today’s modern world. My experience in the West End, regionally and at drama schools throughout the country has enlightened me to the needs of the profession. Through Carney Academy this knowledge and experience will be fed to ensure that students get the best possible training. I am also aware of the importance of drama as a tool to develop personal attributes that feed into every aspect of a person’s life – all of which is at the heart of Carney Academy’s ethos.“
Director of Carney Academy Ruth Carney-Nash
Ruth Carney-Nash Biography
Ruth Carney-Nash is a freelance theatre director. Ruth recently directed the acclaimed productions of Order and Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down at Sheffield’s Lantern Theatre. Prior to this she was been Associate Director to Olivier and Tony Award winning Director Matthew Warchus on Ghost the Musical currently running at The Piccadilly Theatre London and The Lunt Fontanne Theatre, New York. While Associate Director for this production Ruth auditioned over 3000 people for the London, New York and Holland productions of the show.
For Sheffield Theatres Ruth was Associate Director and in the inaugural season after reopening, Ruth directed the highly acclaimed verbatim play Sisters. Prior to this she directed Confessions of a City a promenade piece using the entire Crucible Theatre building and this was billed as Sheffield Telegraphs “Cultural event of the decade”
Ruth was Associate Director to Matthew Warchus on Lord of the Rings at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and the national Tour of Our House which visited the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield.
Ruths’ directing credits include Touched at Latitude and Oxford Playhouse; A Model Girl, Greenwich Theatre; the UK Professional Premiere of The Laramie Project at Sound Theatre, London and the World Premiere of The Lemon Princess by Rachael McGill from an original idea by Ruth Carney at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.
Other directing credits include: Les Liaisons Dangerous; My Matisse; Blue Remembered Hills; Measure for Measure; The Sea; Music Lessons; Family; Company; Mina Laury; Emma and Oleanna
Ruth has an MA in Theatre Directing from The Russian Theatre Academy Moscow, and Middlesex University. Ruth has extensive experience teaching, training and directing actors at schools such as RADA, LAMDA, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham School of Acting and Rose Bruford.