Who we are
Nestled in the heart of Exeter, just above its beautiful quayside, Cygnet Theatre has been training actors and entertaining audiences since 1980. Originally founded by Monica Shallis and Mary Evans, our ethos has always been to train actors by throwing them into the footlights and performing to the public from day one. Our patron is the renowned theatre and film director Peter Brook.
“An actor must be able to do, in an understanding, controlled and totally exceptional way, those things which other people do every day without the actor’s awareness of quality: to stand, to walk, to sit etc. and in the process of this, to love, to hate, to laugh, to cry, and sometimes to kill or to die.”Monica Shalls, Founder of Cygnet Training Theatre