Professor Ken Rea is a theatre director, acting teacher, and one of Europe's top presentation skills trainers.
Starting out in advertising, in New Zealand, he soon turned to theatre as an actor and director. As Professor of Theatre at the renowned Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Ken has trained some of Britain's leading actors and film stars, including Ewan McGregor, Lily James, Joseph Fiennes, Dominic West, Jodie Whittaker, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Rhys Ifans, Michelle Dockery, Freddie Fox, Simon Russell Beale, Orlando Bloom, Paapa Essiedu and Daniel Craig.
Through his corporate training Ken has made a striking difference to more than 2,000 people in business and industry, right up to CEO level. Organisations include: Amazon Web Services, BBC, BT, KLM, Life Sci, Lloyds of London, Macquarie, Metropolitan Police, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, NATO, NatWest, Orange, Royal Bank of Scotland, Sainsbury's. As a journalist, he has been a regular feature writer for The Times and was for 15 years a theatre critic for The Guardian. He has also chaired numerous European conferences.
As a public speaker, Ken has given many large-scale presentations in the worlds of business and the arts, sometimes to audiences of over a thousand.
His bestselling book, The Outstanding Actor, Seven Keys to Success, has inspired both actors and business leaders: The Outstanding Actor.