Actor and director Suzanne Packer, known for her many roles including Casualty and Keeping Faith, is joining the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama as a full-time senior lecturer for the autumn and spring terms. Suzanne is already well-known at the College as a visiting lecturer and regularly sits on the College’s audition panels.
‘I’m delighted to be joining the Royal Welsh College in a more permanent capacity,’ said Suzanne. ‘I’m also looking forward to re-acquainting myself with students I have already worked with as a guest teacher and performer over the last few years.
When I first stepped into the building at the age of 15 (to have singing lessons), I wouldn’t have imagined that this College would have developed to such high esteem and international recognition for acting training.
As a Cardiffian and as a professional actor, I’ve worked with a number of Royal Welsh College alumni, so this makes me especially proud, and it’s a real testimony to the hard work and commitment of the past and current teaching staff. I think these are very exciting times for RWCMD, and to play even a small part in helping these students to explore and build on their existing talents under Jonathan Munby’s leadership is a great privilege.’
Suzanne is the second new appointment by the College’s new Director of Drama Performance Jonathan Munby. Joining RWCMD in August, Jonathan announced that award-winning playwright, screenwriter and poet Chinonyerem Odimba would be the College’s first ever Writer-in-Residence from September.
As part of the College’s new focus on international repertoire, academic and director Dr Shondrika Moss-Bouldin from Georgia State University will be joining the department online this term as a visiting professor, focusing on African American playwrights.
‘We are living in times of great change where a call for diversity across our staff, student intake and repertoire is no longer an option, but an imperative,’ said Jonathan.
I am ready to meet these challenges head on and deliver a programme of work that will truly deliver an acting training for the 21st century.’