Carl Campbell trained
at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London School of Contemporary
Dance, Hilde Holger School of Creative Dance, New York School of Modern
Dance and London School of Singing.
His performing career
includes musicals such as West Side Story (Ashcroft Theatre), Hair (Shaftsbury
Theatre), Catch My Soul, (Prince of Wales), Merchant of Venice (Phoenix
Theatre), Black Mikado (Cambridge Theatre), One Friday (Westminster
Theatre), Joseph And His Technicolor Dreamcoat, (Ashcroft Theatre).
Plays include Dutchman, A Taste of Honey, Another Part of the Forest,
The Tempest, Black Macbeth, The Emperor Jones. Tours include British
Dance - Drama Theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar, Black Mikado. Work in
opera includes Icebrake (Royal Opera House) and television The L - Shaped
Room (BBC), King Oedipus, Hole in the Wall, Brideshead Revisited (Granada
TV), Not For the Likes of Us (BBC), Tales of the Unexpected (Anglia)
and Bodies Don't Lie (BBC). He has choreographed for One Friday (Westminster
Theatre, London), Emperor Jones (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Lament
For Rastafarri (Keskidee Arts Centre), Pulse (Edinburgh Festival), Nigerian
Occupation (Commonwealth Institute), Fall and redemption of Man, (University
Theatre, Lesotho, Africa). Carl has taught as a Dance Tutor for the
ILEA, London Youth Dance Theatre, Rose Bruford School of Speech and
Drama, Middlesex Polytechnic.
He has been Artistic
Director of Carl Campbell Dance Company 7 since 1978 and is one of the
UK’s most experienced dance specialists pioneering community based
Contemporary Caribbean dance practice. Carl formed the Company in 1978
after becoming fed up with the primitive and negative portrayal of black
people’s arts and culture and the stereotypical imagery attached
to it. Working in the West End in the 1970’s, he was one of the
few black people employed in major blockbuster productions.