About the Players

Jude Akuwudike is a Nigerian born Londoner. He has trained at RADA and has spent many years working principally as a stage actor. He has worked in many productions for the National Theatre, including a production of Not About Nightingales which was also presented at The Alley Theatre, Houston, and on Broadway. He has appeared in many productions at the RSC and at The Royal Court and on many London and Regional Stages. Jude has performed in Macbett, Macbeth, Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, and Luminosity at RSC, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, Edmond, Henry V, The Machine WreckersRichard II, and Ion at National Theatre. Jude has performed extensively on many of the other London stages as well as many television and film appearances.

Richard Neale trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include: Travelling Light (New Vic Basement), Privates on Parade (New Vic Theatre, Stoke), Cinderella (Swan Theatre, High Wycombe), various national and international tours for Natural Theatre Company, Claudio in Measure for Measure, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (both for Creation Theatre Co), Puckoon (Big Telly Theatre Company), Cassio in Othello (Creation Theatre Co),  King Lear (Actors From the London Stage) and Kurt Tucholsky – His Life and Songs (Soho Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Tobacco Factory), Richard II (Tobacco Factory), The Tempest (Actors From The London Stage) and Charlotte's Web (Birmingham Stage Co/Derby Theatre).

Jan Shepherd is very excited to be back with AFTLS, having previously toured with A Midsummer Night Dream playing Helena, Hippolyta, Peter Quince and various fairies. She recently played Martha in the UK Tour of The Last of the Lake, and Jessica in Through the Night at the Finborough Theatre as part of the Papatango New Writing Festival. Prior to that she was in Flare Path at the Hamarket Theatre, and toured with Calendar Girls following a West End run at The Noel Coward Theatre. Other Theatre credits include: Frau Gabor in Spring Awakening, Demonica in Cinderella at His Majesties Theatre – Aberdeen, The Vagina Monologues – West End and UK Tour, Lady Macduff in Macbeth and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with The One Tree Company at the Arcola Theatre, and Cordelia in King Lear at the Southwark Playhouse. Jan also teaches and is on the Audition Panel at Drama Centre, London.

Jack Whitham grew up in both Liverpool and Birmingham. He trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Since graduating he has appeared on Stage, Television, Film, and Radio. He has performed in many of Shakespeare’s main works, spending over two years working at the RSC. He has also appeared at both The Globe and the National Theatre. Jack has also directed numerous plays with a youth Drama group in London as well as leading workshops in voice, improvisation and text analysis. He is also currently starring in the award winning British web-series The Art of Awkward Conversation. As well as acting, Jack is passionate about playing his guitar and writing folk songs which he will happily play to anyone dumb enough to give him the opportunity! Twitter: @Jack_Whitam

Alinka Wright was a member of Birmingham’s ‘Stage2’ Youth Theatre from the age of 10 through 19 before beginning her training at The Drama Centre London. During her training she appeared for three years as regular character, Rachel in the BBC Asian Network Radio Soap, Silverstreet, and played leading roles in several BBC Radio 4 plays. Since graduating, Alinka’s stage roles have included Dora in Les Justes by Albert Camus, Julia in the Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, she has toured around the USA playing Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Aquila Theatre, and Jessica / Nerrissa in The Merchant of Venice, with AFTLS. She has been working on new material with the Old Vic New Voices production team, having been selected to appear in the 24 Hour Plays headed up by Kevin Spacey at The Old Vic Theatre, London. Alinka is also a writer, and before coming to the USA she performed her own material for the first time in a production she was commissioned to write, The Last Southbound Train, in association with University of the Arts London. She is currently under commission for BBC Radio 4. Alinka also plays the piano and dances the Jive. As a teacher, Alinka has given one to one lessons in Stanislavski and Movement Psychology to acting students preparing for auditions; and has given classes to larger groups on performing Shakespeare.