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Ranjit KrishnammaRanjit Krishnamma
Ranjit has been acting professionally for around 30 years in film, theatre, TV, and radio. His recent appearances in theatre have been with the Royal Shakespeare Co. Shared Experience, The Globe and The National Theatre.
Recent TV work includes Law and Order, Eastenders, Harley Street, Waking the Dead, Murphy's Law, Casualty and Little Britain.
Ranjit has led The Mastery for around twenty years. He has also developed intensive workshops of his own including “Feeling What Is,” “Beyond the Method,” (a six week acting course) a short dramatic intensive called “Expresso,” a residential drama/development/holiday in France – “The Heart of Drama,” and an outdoor adventure week in North Wales, ”Into the Wild.” Most recently he has been involved in co-creating and co-leading “The Space” workshop designed as a laboratory for emerging leaders.

In his spare time he enjoys rock climbing and writing fiction.

'I like to lead from a place that acknowledges the one-ness that exists beneath our conditioned minds and I encourage an individual and intense exploration of the inner world and its relationship to our daily lives. I am proud to be a part of what I believe to be some of the most effective and ethical human development work on the planet.'


Olivia Nelson
Originally trained as an actor (BA Hons) and movement teacher, Olivia has undergone numerous courses with the Actors Institute and later with the Institute for Creativity, including the One Year Course in Professional Acting & One Year Leadership Programme.

Olivia teaches a range of movement, drama, acting & self-development techniques privately and in business. Acting experience includes, Of Mice and Men with the Chester Gateway, To Kidnap a Princess and Heart Beat, Granada TV.

Olivia has also hosted the Mastery and associated workshops in Manchester for a number of years and has undergone several years training to lead this work.

"This is not a workshop where you sit around discussing how you could change or explore aspects of your life that seem stale or stunted in growth. You get up and do it! Risk taking, permission and safety abound in this 'one in a million' workshop."

Adrian Longstaffe
Adrian has worked as a teacher in more than six careers including veterinary medicine, choreography, acting training and educational technology. He graduated as a psychotherapist in 2000 and leads his own personal development workshops.

"The Mastery has been a vital element in my journey. I have sat on the back row of more than 50 masteries in the last 20 years and have spent the last five years in leadership training, gaining the Diploma in Leadership of the Institute for Creativity in 2003. My experiences across the fields of academia, personal development and theatre have resulted in a fascination with the training of actors -- one of the few groups of people for whom the taking of emotional risk is part of the job description. Responsible acting training has so much to offer in terms of emotional intelligence for the rest of us."

"One of my aims is to enable people to walk their emotional universe with the same confidence that they walk their intellectual universe -- balancing the rational with the non-rational."

Russell Fleet
Russell has been around the Mastery since 1995 when he trained at the Actors Institute, the originators of the work. Since then he has been a professional actor and moved into health promotion in 2000, training to lead a number of workshops aimed at improving people’s self-efficacy. He is most proud of his work over the last 8 years as a trainer of Assertiveness, an intensive personal development course which looks at what stops us asking for what we want and is most closely related to the Mastery in approach and outcome.

In November 2008 he attended a training course for Mastery leaders in Vancouver and was accredited by Dan Fauci, the creator of this work as a licensed co-leader.

Sam Chittenden
Sam has been a senior leader in health for a number of years, through which she has coached and mentored many individuals.

She is a published and performing poet (as Beth Somerford), and is currently writing a book about creative leadership.

Sam has been involved in the Mastery workshops since 2007. In November 2008 she attended a training course for Mastery leaders in Vancouver led by Dan Fauci. Following her successful co-leadership in the recent Mastery in Bath, she is now accredited to co-lead this work.

"When I took the Mastery in 2007, I discovered a voice and a determination I didn't know I had, and this has led to my continued invovlement. I continue to be fascinated by what participants discover in the space this workshop creates."

"The Mastery of Self Expression is a weekend of exploration for everyone involved. I am always bowled over by the creativity and passion shown by participants, and by the changes they choose to make in their worlds."

Christine Kimberley

Christine Trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She has run her own Theatre Company and worked extensively in Romania and for the department of Drama at the New University of Sofia in Bulgaria.

She is external advisor for City University for all the performing arts degrees at Arts Educational Schools London.

She works as a director and acting coach and uses her transferable skills to coach presentation, public speaking and speech writing.

Since discovering The Mastery as a participant in 1983 Christine has been actively involved in the promotion and stewardship of the work. She designed and developed the One Year Course in Acting for The Actors Institute and continued to run it when she became a director of TAI in 1993.

In partnership she set up The Institute for Creativity and developed and led modules for its One Year Leadership training.

She has led over 50 Mastery workshops and believes the Mastery to be one of the most potent and valuable contributions to the late 20th Century phenomenon of personal growth and development.

In 2010 she published her book ‘On the Edge’ to celebrate the work and record of its growth, development and success for posterity.

“ I love the fact that The Mastery has such a carefully crafted structure. It’s a crucible, a laboratory, a play ground. It’s a safe place, an ethically held space to celebrate the amazing creative potential which is the birthright of each and every one of us.”

What they said about the Leaders

Last updated 16/03/17



Change and growth takes place when a person has risked himself, and dares to become involved in experimenting with his own life.
Herbet Otto

If you are never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take chances. Julia Soul