Isla is an award-winning actor, most recently appearing in The Exorcist (West End) and in People, Places and Things at the National Theatre. Isla has also worked in television, including the BBC, and is a voice actor whose work includes a series of audio books, Henge (le Fay).
Isla trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, specialising in Classical Acting, which fed her passion for Shakespeare. She also travelled to LA to train further in method acting under Ivana Chubbuck, and attended classes at Stella Adler. Isla has trained in a range of popular acting techniques, and finds method acting hugely useful when working on film but favours Meisner and Stanislavski’s techniques for stage work and actor training.
Isla is also completing a PhD on Gender and Leadership in Performance and is interested in how power and leadership can be conveyed vocally and physically, while embodying best practice leadership techniques.
“I believe in nurturing new talent by providing a supportive and fun environment in which students can explore their creative impulses. I favour simple but effective exercises which enable my students to be more open and receptive, responding instinctively and honestly.”