Johnny Harris Studio Theatre Launched at Morley
We are excited to announce the launch of the Johnny Harris Studio Theatre, our specialist performance studio for students on our Acting and Performance courses.
The studio is named for Morley alumnus Johnny Harris, who first joined us as an aspiring actor in 1993. Since leaving Morley, Johnny has built up an impressive filmography, including TV series This is England '86, The Fades, Fortitude, and Whitechapel, and films Gangster No. 1, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Jawbone, a semi-autobiographical film that he also wrote and produced, and which was nominated for a BAFTA Award in the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer category.
Johnny attended the launch event at the College along with a number of other noteworthy people from the film and TV industry, including Ben Roberts from the BFI, Lauren Dark from Film 4, and actresses Vicky McClure and Jo Hartley, both of whom also co-starred in This is England '86.
"It's all very humbling," Johnny said of the studio launch. "I'm here tonight with the man who taught me at Morley, Craig Snelling, and in some ways, it seems like yesterday that I was just about to do my first performance here in that studio, so to now have it named in my honour, it's very, very humbling."
"The thing with Morley is it works on many, many levels. Some people come here just for fun. Some people come here because they want something to do on a Wednesday evening. Some people come here because they want to be great actors. That's the beauty of this place, you can come here for any reason you like. So now we want to just get out there, into the community, and say, 'look, there's a college in your community - or wherever you're from in London, really - so come down to Lambeth, there's a college here.' And I think it's really exciting times for the future."
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