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Annemarie Lewis Thomas BA (Hons) FRSA: Principal and Head of Musical Theatre:
Originally from Swansea, Annemarie trained At Middlesex Polytechnic, graduating with an honours degree in Performing Arts. As the Musical Director for the award winning Steam Industry she was the MD/Arranger for shows such as the London stage premiere of Calamity Jane, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers all at BAC. Other MD/arrranging credits include: UK No 1 tours of Annie, Totally Frocked Up, Stage Stars and Spirit of the Musicals, the Irish premiere of Rent(for which she was the first person outside of Broadway to collaborate with the Larson estate to produce new arrangements); Martin Charnin’s 9 And a Half Quid Revue at the King’s Head; the UK premieres of Victor/Victoria, The Ultimate Man and Reefer Madness all at the Bridewell: the UK premiere of Naked Boys Singing at Madame JoJos: Pendragon for the NYMT on tour in Japan, Funeral Games, Dick Daredevil, South Pacific and Kiss and Tell all at the Drill Hall, London, the latter of which she also wrote the songs.
Helen Rymer: Acting Vice Principal and Head of Dance
Theatre and Choreography credits: Choreographer for Sunshine on Leith, The MTA, Annie, New Zealand tour. The Dreaming, Union Theatre, Peter Pan, Grand canal Theatre, Dublin, and Southampton Mayflower, 2011. U.K Associate Choreographer for white Christmas, U.K tour 2011/2012. Associate Choreographer/Dance Captain for the workshop of Monkee Business, studio theatre, Dominion, 2011. U.K Associate choreographer for White Christmas, Sunderland Empire, 2010. Associate choreographer/Dance Captain for Aladdin, Southampton Mayflower, 2010. Associate Choreographer for Santa Claus and the return of Jack Frost, Southampton Mayflower, 2009.
Alan Bradshaw: Vice Principal/Head of Dance (from December 2016)
Alan trained at the Guildford School of Acting and graduated with a First Class BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre Performance and the Principal’s Award 2000.
Performance credits include: Swing/Children’s Dance Captain/Cover Mr Braithwaite in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), Custus in Crazy for You (Kilworth House Theatre), Lady be Good!; Pepe in The Boyfriend (for which he was Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer to Bill Deamer); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (for which he was Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer to Jenny Arnold) and Messenger in Macbeth (all at
Tilly Vosburgh: Head of Acting
Tilly trained at the Anna Scher Theatre, and has worked extensively in TV, film, radio and theatre. Film credits include Meantime and Vera Drake with Mike Leigh, The Awakening, Erik The Viking and The Pirates of Penzance. TV credits include Call The Midwife, New Tricks, Holby City, 18 months in Eastenders, Murder Prevention, The Smoking Room, Waking The Dead, Tipping The Velvet, Holding On, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Raspberry, and Teenage Health Freak. On stage she has appeared in Drag On at the Royal Court, The Pitchfork Disney at the Bush, My Sister In This House at Hampstead, The Threepenny Opera at the Bloomsbury, and Raspberry at the Soho Poly and Edinburgh Festival. She plays Ronnie Corbett’s daughter Ellie in When The Dog Dies on Radio 4, now on its third series, and has been in many radio plays, most recently Red Berries. Alongside acting, Tilly has been teaching screen acting at LSMT since 2001, and at CPA since 2006. She is also a director at the RADA Contemporary Drama Summer school. Tilly wrote a short film Domestic Flight, which played in festivals around the world in 2009. She also wrote for the radio 4 comedy series Late.
Nick DiCola: Head of Voice
Nick was the deputy dialect coach for Billy Elliot and the Billy Elliot UK Tour. Other projects include television Drama-Comedy Foreign Bodies with E4 and TNT, Vanities- Trafalgar Studios, The Greater Game- Southwark Playhouse, Spindrift- Curious Directive, The Bucket List-Theatre Ad Infinitum, Dead Royal and Half Wallis for the Ovalhouse, Long Day’s Journey into Night for the Bermuda Performing Arts Festival, The Great Gatsby at Wilton’s Music Hall, Crazy For You with Upstairs at the Gatehouse, and The Master’s Room for BAFTA and The Royal Academy of Art. Nick is also a guest lecturer for voice, accent and dialect at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Rose Bruford College and the National Youth Theatre.
Helen Siveter: Deputy Head of Dance
Training: Linda Butler School of Dance, Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts
Theatre Credits: Currently Dance Captain on CHICAGO (UK Tour)
Memphis(Shaftesbury Theatre), Matilda (Cambridge Theatre), MAMMA MIA! (Novello, Prince of Wales Theatre, International Tour), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Fame (Aldwych Theatre), RENT (English Theatre Frankfurt),
Chris Whittaker: Deputy Head of Dance
After training at London Studio Centre Chris spent many years working as a performer, performing in many West End galas and musicals around the UK. Chris then moved to become a choreographer and has since spent his career choreographing shows around the world.
Giles Taylor: Deputy Head of Acting
Giles is an actor and singer with a wide range of experience spanning over twenty five years. He has worked for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and extensively for the New Shakespeare Company at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, as well as at numerous repertory theatres around the country, including the Chichester Festival Theatre, Birmingham Rep, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and with Sir Alan Ayckbourn at Scarborough.
Michael Webborn: Deputy Head of Musical Theatre
Michael has worked around the UK as a Musical Director, Accompanist, Arranger and Composer.As Musical Director: For the MTA: Animus (World Premiere, Bridewell Theatre, London). For the Landor Theatre, London: The Clockmaker’s Daughter (World Premiere), Meet Me in St. Louis (UKPremiere), [title of show] (London Premiere), Next Thing You Know, Hot Mikado, Curtains (European Premiere). For Shakespeare 4 Kidz: Beauty and the Beast (International Tour), Pinocchio (International Tour), The Jungle Book (International Tour), The Snow Queen (International Tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK and International Tour), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (DUCTAC Theatre, Dubai), Aladdin (International Tour), Macbeth (UK and International Tour), The Tempest (UK and International Tour), The Little Mermaid (International Tour).
Health and Welfare
Angie Peake RN (Adult) RN (Mental Health) DipHE, PGDip, MSc (distinction): Health & Welfare Consultant.
Angie is a dual registered nurse with an extensive background working with young people. Previously she was the lead nurse in an Adolescent Acute Mental Health Services. Most recently she has taken up position as the Clinical Team manager for HEWS in Haringey. She has a Masters Degree in Systemic Management, Coaching and Consultation. Angie has worked as a youth centric counsellor for several years and is an experienced Solution Focussed Therapist. In more recent years Angie has also held private practice working predominantly with performers with suspected/known mental health issues. She wrote the industry standard charter #time4change
As the Consultant for The MTA Angie will be supporting staff by providing consultation and advice on all health and welfare issues. Students will also be able to access Angie’s services should the need arise.
The MTA prides itself on its pioneering approach to pastoral care.
Liz Bayley BA(Hons) Adip ST MFHT: Sports Therapist
Originally from Surrey, Liz has performed in various countries around Europe, including France (The Moulin Rouge, Paris), Italy and Portugal. She was the Dance Captain and Production Manager for FJM Productions in the USA in 2002. She specialised in Latin, Ballroom and Argentine Tango, and worked extensively in London, including being the resident Argentine Tango teacher at Danceworks from 2011-2013.
Having always been fascinated by anatomy and physiology, Liz decided to train in Sports Therapy six years ago. She is now one year away from obtaining a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from King’s College London!
Liz considers herself very lucky to have a number of famous clients on her books and to work backstage on many West End shows including, Wicked, Shrek the Musical, Chicago, Matilda & Jersey Boys! She is thrilled to be working with the talented and lovely students of the MTA.
Warrick McNeill: Physio
Warrick is a New Zealand Trained Physiotherapist who has a Pilates Matwork Qualification. He established a Private Practice, Physioworks, in the West End of London in 1992. Physioworks is well known for being ‘Tough on the causes of Pain’ and uses Movement Health as the basis for treating most musculo-skeletal problems. Warrick believes that Physiotherapy is about educating and empowering his clients to fix themselves, usually with specific exercise. Warrick has interests in treating Dancers, Ergonomics and lecturing – with aim of being clear and simple to convey the concepts to those on his courses. He has worked extensively in theatre, treating performers and technical staff and has been one of the National Theatre’s key physiotherapists since the early 1990’s. He has been the Physiotherapist at the London Studio Centre for 15 years helping under-graduate students develop into professional dancers. Warrick is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies primarily writing on Movement Control or Pilates since 2009. He has co-authored 2 book chapters. He teaches for Performance Matrix and is a Matrix Movement Specialist. He would like to write a book : ‘Does My dog need to do Pilates?’
Wilma Kirsten: Consultant Nutritionist
Wilma Kirsten, your nutrition consultant, holds two science honours degrees and a masters diploma in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). She has been practicing since 2005. With considerable clinic hours under her belt she has honed her expertise to focus on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and hormonal health, including Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS), menopause, thyroid, and stress hormones. For further information please look at her website http://www.wilmakirsten.com/
Theatre credits include Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands. Ensemble in Amadeus at Chichester Festival Theatre and dancer in La Boheme at the Royal Albert Hall. Ensemble in Aladdin, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Ensemble in Robinson Crusoe (Qdos), Dancer in Wella Trend Vision Awards (Icon Dance), Dancer in ROH at Buckingham Palace, Dancer in Stravinsky Project (Michael Clark Company). Workshops include Swing in Pleasures Progress (ROH2), Ensemble in In Touch (Perfect Pitch) and Jane in Shadowthief (Tom Jackson Greaves and Craig Adams) Television includes Veronica in Humans season 2 for Channel 4/AMC, The Hour, assistant choreographer and dancer in Mr Selfridge and The 2012 Royal Variety Performance. Films include Beauty and the Beast, Maleficent, Anna Karenina, Alice, Through the Looking Glass and Avengers – Age of Ultron. Teaching includes workshops for ReBourne/New Adventures, Central School of Ballet and Catalyst Dance. Trained at Central School of Ballet
Training: Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.
Theatre:Nicky is currently playing the role of ‘Lorraine’ in Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre. Her other theatre credits include, Assistant Dance Captain on the West End production of The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre; ‘Penny Johnson’ in the UK Tour of Dirty Dancing; Dance Captain/Goldilocks in Mother Goose (Hackey Empire) ‘Lisa’ in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales and International Tour); ‘Lou-Anne’ and understudy ‘Amber Von-Tussle’ in the original London cast of Hairspray (Shaftesbury); ‘Witch’s Mother’ in the original London cast of Wicked (Apollo Victoria); swing in Dirty Dancing (UK tour); understudy ‘Patty’, ‘Frenchie’ and ‘Miss Lynch’ in Grease (UK Tour) and tap soloist, dance captain and assistant choreographer in Fire of Dance (UK and International tour) Television and Film: The Royal Variety Performance (BBC1 and ITV); This Morning (ITV); The Paul O’Grady Show (Channel 4); Blue Peter (BBC1); Hairspray The School Musical (Sky) and The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Warner Bros). Various commercials for Ford Cars, Pilsner Beer and Cable and Wireless. Nicky also teaches masterclasses and workshops at various professional performing arts schools, runs her own West End Workshops, choreographed The Bodyguard’s entry for West End Eurovision at the Dominion Theatre and is Assistant Choreographer on a dance piece created for Elegant Entertainment.
Sophia started her training at the Staples School of Dance in Retford where she regularly performed with the amateur dramatics society. At 16 she went to Northern Ballet School for a 3 year (classical course) diploma in dance and drama.
She was a York Scholar for 5 years with Miss Louise Browne O.B.E and an Adeline Genee Semi Finalist A.R.A.D.
She Joined Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed ‘New Adventures’ company in 2002 where her credits included: Sugar, Cupid and Marshmallow in Nutcracker! The Girlfriend and French Princess in the 10th anniversary of Swan lake, creating the role of Bunny Munroe in Edward Scissorhand’s, Irene the Glamorous Step Sister in Cinderella and creating the role of Feral in the Original cast of Sleeping Beauty.
David Kar-Hing Lee
Began as a West End performer and went on to work as artistic producer, adjudicator of dance, actor and choreographer. During this time, he had the privilege of Jason Scott Lee, Gillian Lynne, Elaine Paige, Michael Ball, Richard O’Brien, Miranda Richardson, Brian Blessed, Celia Imrie, Lindsay Duncan, Danny La Rue, Peter Firth and Jonathan Price to name but a few.
West End highlights include Fame – The Musical, Miss Saigon at the Drury Lane Theatre, Beauty & the Beast, Oh! What A Night, The King & I, The Lion King, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the recent revival of Miss Saigon.
Radio & TV highlights: Saigon – Year of The Cat, Wild Thing, Beijing’s Slowest Elevator, The Interpreter, Avenue Of Eternal Peace, Spooks (BBC television)
Leanne is a professional commercial dancer who graduated from Performers College in July 2007.
Leanne has worked with many artists including Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Rizzle Kicks, Kylie Minogue, Little Mix, Paul McCartney, Girls Aloud, S Club 7,JLS, One Direction, Olly Murs, Scissor Sisters, Boyzone, Lilly Allen, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Leona Lewis, Kesha, The Wanted, The Saturdays, Blue, Wiley, 5ive, Liberty X, 911, B*Witched, Honeyz, Atomic Kitten, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Goldfrapp, Hurts, Rebecca Ferguson, Cliff Richard and Alesha Dixon.
Credits include Victoria Secrets Fashion Show 2014, S Club 7 ‘Bring it All Back’ tour 2015, XFACTOR Tour 2014, Big Reunion Christmas Tour and Big Reunion Boy Band Tour, Girls Aloud ‘10’ Tour, Boyzone ‘Brother tour’, Stars In Their Eyes TV show, Surprise Surprise, Your Face Sounds Familiar, Britain’s Got Talent, Dancing On Ice, National Television Awards, Strictly Come Dancing, Royal Variety Show, XFactor, Olympics and Paralympics closing ceremonies, Queens Jubilee Concert, Brit Awards, Children in Need, So You Think You Can Dance, Eurovision, Clothes Show Live, Glastonbury, Summertime Ball, Radio 1 Big Weekend, Help for Heroes Concert, Fashion shows for Agent Provocateur, Boux Avenue, Ann Summers, Hed Kandi, UGG, Leanne also filmed with Christian Louboutin in a promotional video for his collection and appeared in Ministry of Sounds ‘Move it, Lose it’ workout DVD.
Rachael trained at Northern Ballet School and was a Royal Ballet senior Associate whilst training she qualified and took part in the prestigious Adeleine Genee Awards and also won the IDTA ballet scholarship.
Rachael is currently in ‘Kiss Me Kate’ for Welsh National Opera choreographed by Will Tuckett and directed by Jo Davies.
Matt started his dance career after graduating from Masters performing arts college in 2009. He went straight into the professional industry to work with some of the biggest UK artists and artists from across the globe. Matt’s work stems from TV, Fashion and theatre which has helped him gain a vast amount of knowledge within dance, working and teaching alike.
Credits include BBC, ITV, SKY, RHIANNA, LITTLE MIX, THE SATURDAYS, THE WANTED, TAKE THAT, PIXIE LOTT, CHERYL COLE and many more. Matt has taught at some of the leading colleges across the country and is really pleased to be teaching as part of the MTA faculty!
Selina is about to start the first UK staging of Strictly Ballroom the Musical at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Theatre Includes: Strictly Ballroom workshop, (Fran) Guys and Dolls, (Diva) Savoy and Phoenix Theatre West End. Original London cast Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Savoy Theatre West End Rock of Ages, (Constance Sack) Shaftesbury / Garrick TheatreWest End Original London cast Spamalot, Palace Theatre West End Grease (u/s Marty and Cha Cha) Piccadilly Theatre West End Dirty Dancing (u/s Baby) UK Tour Mamma Mia (swing and u/s Ally) International Tour
Film Includes: The forthcoming remake of Beauty and the Beast. (Walt Disney Productions.)
Other work Includes: Dancer for the opening ceremony, 2012 Olympic games. (Directed by Danny Boyle.) Classical Spectacular (Royal Albert Hall.)
Training: London Studio Centre
Theatre: Kiss Me Kate (UK Tour); Toad in Wind in the Willows (Vaudeville Theatre/Duchess Theatre/Royal Opera House.); Sirius in The Star Child (Menier Chocolate Factory); West Side Story (Sage, Gateshead); Soho Cinders (Queen’s Theatre, London); West Side Story (UK Tour), We Will Rock You, Vienna/Zurich; On The Town (London Coliseum); Death In Venice (London Coliseum); A Journey of Jazz (Sadler’s Wells, London); Oliver! (London Palladium) and various pantomimes nationwide.
Tom Jackson Greaves
Born in Cornwall, Tom trained at Laban and London Contemporary Dance School.
Choreographic credits include: So Here We Are (The Royal Exchange, Manchester); (The Glass Menagerie (Headlong Theatre UK Tour), Juicy and Delicious (Nuffield Theatre Southampton), When We Were Women (The Orange Tree), The Crocodile (Manchester International Festival), Teddy (Southwark Playhouse), Defect The Musical (Arts Ed), Shadowthief (Barnsley Civic), Kerry Ellis at the Palladium (London Palladium), LIFT The Musical (Soho Theatre), Harvest Fire (YMT The Lemon Tree Aberdeen), The Seventh Muse (YMT Barbican Plymouth), short creations at ArtsEd, The MTA, CPA Studios and Dance Academy Russia and music videos for Boy George and Clare Maguire. Tom also creates his own dance-theatre work: Seven Deadly Sins (UK Tour) and Vanity Fowl (Sadlers Wells). Tom was a winner of the New Adventures Choreographer Award in 2012. Tom has also worked extensively as a performer touring regularly with ‘Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures’. Other highlights include; Tristan And Yseult (Kneehigh Theatre) and Kes (Sheffield Crucible), @tjgdance www.tom-jackson-greaves.com
Charlie comes from County Durham where she trained at Marron Theatre Arts before attending the Royal Ballet School where she was Head Girl and received the April Olrich Award for Most Dynamic Dancer. She completed her dance training at London Studio Centre and is now taking her Level 6 Teaching Qualification with BBO. Through her teaching and professional experience she has been invited to teach at Scholarship events around the country and adjudicate various competitions including Loughborough University Annual Dance Competition. Theatre Credits: Kathy Seldon in Singin’ in the Rain (Cork Opera House) Swing, Cover and Played ‘Dead Mam’ in Billy Elliot (Palace Victoria, West End) Charity/Cover Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (Kilworth House). Ensemble, Cover and played Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain (Palace Theatre, West End). Swing, Cover and Played Anita in West Side Story UK and World 50th Anniversary Tours, Alternate Narrator in Joseph (UK Tour) Ensemble in 42nd Street Gala Performance (London Palladium) Television Credits: Saturday Night Takeaway, Surprise Surprise! This Morning, Royal Variety Performance 2011, Bo-Salecta. Film Credits: Billy Elliot LIVE (Cinema and DVD Release) Recording: Singin’ in the Rain (London Cast Recording).
Debbie has been working in Musical Theatre for the past 15 years, working alongside some of the most established creative teams in the industry. Her theatre credits include – Chicago (Garrick Theatre) understudy Mamma Morton. Hairspray (UK Tour) Dance captain/swing and understudy Velma and FAF. Never Forget (UK Tour) Resident Director and understudy Babs. Our House (Cambridge Theatre) Dance Captain/Swing. Mamma Mia (International Tour) Dance Captain/Swing. Footloose (Novello Theatre) Dance Captain/Swing and understudy Ariel, Rusty, Wendy Jo and Urleen. Oh What a Night (UK Tour) Resident Director and played the Role of Candy. Fame (Victoria Palace) Swing and understudy Carmen, Mabel and Miss Bell. Chicago (UK Tour) Dance Captain/Swing and understudy Roxie and Mama Morton. Debbie has many years experience teaching workshops and free classes all across the UK. She also teaches audition technique at many of the top London Colleges.
Debbie is now one of the partners of the prestigious agency Paling and Jenkins, meaning that she has a unique take on the students and what the industry is expecting of graduates today.
Philip gained a scholarship to Performers College in Essex to study dance and musical theatre under the direction of Brian Rogers. He graduated in 2007 with a National Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. During his studies he also gained his I.S.T.D. teaching qualifications in modern and tap. As well as gaining his PTLLS teaching qualifications.
Alec was born in Canterbury but grew up in Perth, Australia. Returning to the UK to further his training at Doreen Bird College.
He has just finished performing in Guys And Dolls at The Phoenix Theatre, London and Tel Aviv Opera House. This winter he will be appearing on BBC’s new drama Taboo starring Tom Hardy.
Originally from Dublin Ciaràn has been working successfully as professional dancer for the past 15 years.He has worked extensively in the entertainment industry as a dancer with musical talents such as Take That, Cheryl Cole, The Saturdays, Robbie Williams, Girls Aloud, Michael Buble, Pixie Lott & many more. He has also regularly danced on major entertainment T.V shows such as, The X-Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice, The Royal Variety Show, Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing On Ice. Throughout these years dancing in front of the camera he has also assisted choreographers behind the scenes gaining experience & knowledge at studios ITV, BBC, RTE and Channel 4.
Choreography Credits include: RTE One ‘The Voice of Ireland’, Lorraine Kelly Fitness DVD Escala’s New album Quadrasonic, Women of Ireland, The June Rodgers Show, Sleeping Beauty & Peter Pan (PHA),Mr & Mrs for ITV and working alongside Darcey Bussell’s new fitness program DDMIX.
Susan trained at the Guildford School of Acting and has recently graduated with an MA in Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance from Birkbeck University. Having enjoyed fifteen years working as an actress she now works as a freelance director and gives acting master classes in contemporary and classical text and Acting through Song.
Directorial credits include: John and Jen (Landor Theatre); a new book-musical for children Rumplestiltskin’s Daughter (Earls Court Festival); Footloose (Jasmine Teh Studio); Oliver! (Towngate Theatre); Back to the 80’s and The Music Man (Kenneth More Theatre); Monkey Town (Rosemary Branch Theatre).
For the London Studio Centre Seedtime Company she directed and designed Vinegar Tom; After Juliet; Stepping Out; Find Me; Fen; Top Girls; Maria Marten; Lady Audley’s Secret and Mixed Dobles (De Valois Studio). For the LSC Dance Overture she devised and directed Celebration Rain; Kitchen Crazy (Wimbledon Theatre); Beached (Shaw Theatre); City Segue (Peacock Theatre); and was Associate Director for Oh! What a Lovely War (Pleasance Theatre and Tour).
Susan is Head of Drama at the London School of Musical Theatre where she has established the drama curriculum over the last decade and annually directs two in-house productions in Contemporary and Classical text. She was Associate Director for LSMTs production of Jason and the Argonauts (Cochrane Theatre); Hope (Bridewell Theatre) and co-directed Roadways (LSMT). Earlier this year she directed My Favorite Year for LSMT at The Bridewell Theatre.
Matthew trained as an actor at LAMDA and later moved to directing – cutting his teeth as an assistant at the RSC. Over the years he’s worked with acclaimed Russian director Karma Ginkas, spent time with William Esper in New York, The Moscow Arts Theatre and performed alongside the actor Brian Cox in Orson Welles “Heart of Darkness” for Fiona Banner at the Royal Festival Hall. He was senior acting tutor at GSA and most recently the head of the postgraduate acting course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts; gaining recognition for developing innovative teaching and learning methods. He has worked as an acting teacher, director and coach for the last 17 years. In that time he’s helped numerous actors and performers and continues to be in demand as a freelance teacher and director both nationally and internationally.
Alasdair has worked extensively both in Theatre and Television. Theatre credits include: Forbidden Broadway (Menier Chocolate Factory), Frankie Harris in the Ray Davies award winning musical COME DANCING (Theatre Royal Stratford East), SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (The Venue), Boatman/Dennis in the multi award winning production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Chocolate Factory/Wyndhams), PUTTING IT TOGETHER, (Harrogate Theatre), Wild Bill Hickok in CALAMITY JANE (National Tour), Bill Cracker in Happy End (Thursty Dog), Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Pirate King, PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Bromley Open Air), Alec D’Urberville in TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES (Savoy Theatre), the Original Beast in Disneys BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Dominion Theatre), Raoul in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Her Majesties Theatre), Grantaire/Marius/Enjorlas in LES MISERABLES (Palace Theatre), RNT production of CAROUSEL (Shaftesbury Theatre), Cliff in SUNSET BOULEVARD (Adelphi Theatre), ASPECTS OF LOVE (National Tour), Fiddler on the Roof (West Yorkshire Playhouse), MY FAIR LADY (National Tour) BLITZ! (Tyne Theatre)
Television credits. Harry Shaw in TAGGART, Bruce Malcolm in THE BILL, Ewan Patterson in RIVER CITY, Dave Schoffield in CASUALTY, Mr. Connors in HOLBY CITY and P.C. Robertson in BIRDS OF A FEATHER.
Alasdair has worked extensively as a concert artist both on radio and internationally, working with some of the worlds leading Symphony Orchestra including Halle, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Schenzen Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. As a director Alasdair has previously directed Two and Shirley Valentine and most recently Ladies Day all at the Garrick Rep in Lichfield.
Hugh O’Shea is a freelance voice and dialect coach. His theatre credits include ‘In The Heights’ (Southwark Playhouse), ‘Yellow Face’ (Park Theatre) and ‘Over The Bridge’ (Finborough Theatre). Drama school credits include The Central School of Speech and Drama, LAMDA, ALRA, Rose Bruford and the Identity School of Acting. Hugh also works as the personal dialect/voice coach to actor/comedian, Rory Bremner.
Kat graduated with an MA in Voice Studies from The Central School of Speech and Drama in 2011 and has been first year voice tutor at Arts Educational Schools since 2012 working with students on both the BA Acting for Film and Television and BA Musical Theatre courses as well as coaching voices and accents for productions in the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre (most recently ‘Spring Awakening’ and ‘Harvest’). She also coaches privately with clients ranging from inner city school children to registrars.
Recent professional theatre credits include voice and accent work for ‘Belfry’ by Billy Roche (The Space), ‘Vernon God Little” (The Space), ‘On Golden Pond’ (Salisbury Playhouse), accent work for ‘A Winter’s Tale’ (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), voice and text work for ‘Edward II’ (Rose Theatre, Bankside) and ‘An Experiment with an Air Pump’ (Giant Olive).
Sarah is a London based voice, accent and singing coach. After training as an actress and singer in Australia, she graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a Masters in Voice Studies. During this time Sarah studied under prominent practitioners including Cicely Berry, Barbara Houseman, Kristen Linklater, Penny Dyer and Anne-Marie Speed. Sarah has taught at East 15, Court Theatre Training Company, NIDA, Actors Centre Australia and St Mary’s University. She has recently worked on productions ‘Handbagged’ (BCP), ‘Agamemnon’ (CTTC) and ‘Pearls Before Swine: An Evening with Orson Welles’ (NGP). Sarah continues to work in the industry as a performer and voiceover artist. Acting credits include ‘Spring Awakening’, ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’, ‘The Hatpin’, ‘Ruby Moon’, ‘Crooked’ and ‘Grease’. She is a member of Equity, VASTA and VCN.
Musical Theatre Staff
Sara-Louisa trained classically at the Royal Northern College of Music. Her first professional job was Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre Manchester. She consequently toured with the show to Dublin and Edinburgh and was fortunate to be invited to appear at the Royal Albert Hall for it’s 10thAnniversary Concert in 1995 and also the closing ceremony of the Euro 96 Football Competition at Wembley Stadium.
Sara-Louisa joined the West End production of Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in time for its 10th Anniversary. This was followed by a production of Evita in the Spektrum Theater Oslo, Norway. During 1999 she toured the UK with the musical Grease playing the part of Miss Lynch and understudying and regularly playing the part of ‘Pink Lady’ – Jan.
In May 2001 Sara-Louisa joined the Carl Rosa Opera Company to play Peep-Bo in their production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado touring Australia and New Zealand. During their Autumn Tour of the UK she has performed the roles of Pitti-Sing in The Mikado and Kate in The Pirates of Penzance.
In 2004 Sara-Louisa perform her first role in an opera, playing Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen for Garden Opera’s tour of Kenya.
In 2009 she enjoyed a successful run in The Great American Songbook at Hampstead’s New End Theatre.
Sara-Louisa is currently based in London where she enjoys a mixture of performing and teaching. She regularly appears with the The Masters of the House touring theatres around Britain and on board Royal Caribbean cruise ships.
Leon graduated with BA (Hons) Acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama & works as an actor, director, singing teacher, voice coach, writer & producer.
Directing credits include: Dave: The Less Than Average Fairy (Goldsmith’s College, Tristan Bates Theatre), Julius Caesar (Colchester Castle), Just So (Blakehay Theatre, Weston Super Mare & The Brewhouse, Taunton), Letters To Myself & Queen of Hearts (Goldsmith’s College, Tristan Bates Theatre), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Cambridge Touring Theatre – Best Production, Henley Fringe Festival), The Rivals (Mr. Hart’s Theatrical Company – Best Production & Best Director, Henley Fringe Festival). Acting credits include: April Review (A Stage Kindly), Bitesize (A Stage Kindly), Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Clockhouse Theatre), The Elder in Brecht’s Antigone (Battersea Arts Centre), Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (National Tour). Writing & Producing credits include: The Jewish Legacy: A Night at The Musicals. Since graduating, he has worked in theatre, film & radio as an actor, directed several award winning productions, founded a theatre company & the vocal coaching company TemperVox Voice Coaching. He has also taught singing at the world famous BRIT School as well as on the Musical Theatre degree at Colchester Institute, lectures in voice on the BA (Hons) Acting at the University of Northampton as well as being a visiting lecturer and director for Wessex Academy of Performing Arts, American Musical Theatre Academy, Musicale (Let’s Make A Musical!) & Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Leon is in the process of completing his Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice qualification under the guidance of Anne-Marie Speed.
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Whilst training played Clara in Light in the Piazza.
Theatre: First Cover Eponine in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) Vanessa in In The Heights (London Premier, Southwark Playhouse) Diva 1 in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour) Miss Lynch/Covered and played Jan in Grease (UK Tour)
Concerts: Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens (Criterion Theatre) 2015 Whats On Stage Awards (Prince of Wales Theatre) 2014 Womens Inspirational Awards (Cadogan Hall)
Gary Albert Hughes
Gary trained with full scholarships at The Purcell School of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Academy of Music where he qualified with a diploma in Musical Theatre and gained his Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music Vocal Coaching Diploma. Also a fully qualified and certified natural medicine practitioner Gary has been fully trained in Systematic Kinesiology, muscle testing analysis, nutritional approach to health, acupressure, lymphatic massage, gentle structural manipulations, energetic and vibrational medicine, advanced personal communication and specialist counselling skills which he brings into his work as a Holistic Vocal Coach.
Gary was honoured to be invited as the vocal coach for The Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s The Globe Theatre in 2015 & 2016. This thrilling event invited 46 drama school students from the UK, America and China to participate in an intensive weekend of acting, movement and voice workshops culminating in a full length professional performance at The Globe itself.
Currently, Gary is vocal coach at The Musical Theatre Academy working with students on a one to one basis and enjoys a busy private practice on a Monday. Over the last 8 years he has enjoyed vocal coaching posts at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, The American Musical Theatre Academy, Urdang Academy of Performing Arts and City Academy.
Gary has had a varied and fascinating 12 year career as a performer, musician and vocal coach in classical, musical theatre and pop music.
As a singer/actor Gary appeared as the singing presenter and bespoke comedy song writer in E4’s hit reality dating series ‘Playing It Straight‘ hosted by Alan Carr and Jameela Jamil, sang for Stephen Sondheim at his ’80th Birthday Prom’ (Royal Albert Hall) and his Honorary Doctorate ceremony (Royal Academy of Music), appeared as a guest soloist with Kerry Ellis and Brian May at their ‘Anthems’ concerts (Royal Albert Hall), has played leading roles in Operas and musicals including ‘My Mother Told Me Not To Stare’ (UK Tour), ‘Mother Goose’ (Oxford Playhouse), ‘Follies’ (Sir Jack Lyons Theatre), ‘Company’ (York Gate Studio) and was lucky enough to be a part of ‘The Calendar Girls Celebration’ (Royal Albert Hall) and the ‘Alan J Lerner Memorial Concert’ (Actors Church, Covent Garden).
Gary helps people to understand their voice at a deep level, realise what emotions are holding them back and how to release them, empowering and harbouring the confidence to shine when and where it matters.
Alison Arnopp has studied both classical singing (Royal College of Music) and musical theatre (Royal Academy of Music) at post graduate level in London, after initially training and working as a stage and television actress in her home city of Cork, Ireland.
Credits include: T’ain’t a Bird, workshop, Dir. Tamara Harvey; Tannhauser, Dir. Tim Albery, Royal Opera House; Constance & Sinestra and the Cabinet of Screams, Action to the Word; Babe, The Pajama Game, RAM; Titanic, Whatsonstage Awards 2014; The Magic Flute, London Youth Opera; Thursford Christmas Spectacular; The Fingask Follies; Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart US Tour; Tocatta: Musical Express Indian and Sri Lankan tour. She has also provided session vocals for folk, pop and funk bands as well as animations and short films. She played the lead in an episode of Obsession: Dark Desires for Discovery ID last year.
In April 2013 she was awarded third prize in the international Lotte Lenya Singing Competition, the criteria of which spans opera and classic and contemporary American musical theatre repertoire. This year Alison was awarded a 2014 Professional Development Grant from the Kurt Weill Foundation.
Alison is currently playing the lead in Dusty at the Charing Cross Theatre
Matt is about to MD The School of Rock. Previous to that he was the MD on the West End production of Beautiful, and prior to that he worked on the Infidel (Stratford East) and Taboo, which he also helped develop and put together. Previously Matt was MD of We Will Rock You in Stuttgart and Berlin; and Never Forget at the Savoy theatre and touring. He has also MD’d Footloose, The Rocky Horror Show, Dancing in the Streets, This is Elvis, Vampirette, Bohemian Rhapsody and works as a vocal arranger and vocal coach.
Specialist Skills Practitioners
Geoff Beale: Commedia
Geoff Beale co-founded Ophaboom Theatre, a commedia dell’arte company which has performed all over the UK and Europe for 17 years including five times at the Venice Carnival. He has also taught Commedia at the National and E15 and is a regular performer for The Secret Cinema including being the global performance director for their Star Wars production, Gideon Reeling and a new young company A Commedia of Errors. Most recent credits inc: 2016 movement director for KQJ theatre Beijing, Actor Milan fashion show for Billionaire fasion house, Commedia Consultant Punch and Judy Beijing.
Anna Williamson: Presenting
Anna has been performing on stage and screen since her early teens and is best known as a presenter on Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, CiTV and ITV’s “Daybreak”, ITV’s hit show, Splash and most recently as the relationship expert on Celebrity Big Brother’s ‘Bit On The Side’ 2015 on Channel 5.
Anna has been performing since her early teens and at 15 joined the girl-group Blush. After a year and a half performing with the group, an opportunity to present on kids TV changed her career path forever. After her first job reporting for Carlton Television alongside Angellica Bell, Konnie Huq and Naomi Wilkinson, she was offered a role on Disney Channel and presented Studio Disney weekdays, as well as the Disney Channel Kids Awards in front of 10,000 people.
Mervyn Millar: Puppetry
Mervyn Millar is a theatre director and puppetry specialist and the Director of Significant Object (www.significantobject.com).
As puppetry designer & director his work includes: James II (NTS/NT), Die Brüder Löwenherz (Schauspielhaus Zürich), Siegfried and Die Walküre (Opera National du Rhin), Great Expectations and The Comedy of Errors (RSC), The Odyssey (Lyric Hammersmith, Bristol Old Vic) Get Santa! (Royal Court), The Secret Garden (WYP, Birmingham Rep), The Thief of Baghdad (ROH), The Magic Carpet (Lyric Hammersmith), Unfolding Andersen (theatre-rites / British Library), James and the Giant Peach (Bolton Octagon, MEN award winner) and work for the Young Vic and the National Theatre Studio. He has a longstanding association with Handspring Puppet Company and was part of the creative team on War Horse from the first workshops, appearing in the first two casts at the NT and subsequently directing the puppetry in London, New York, Toronto and Berlin. Other work for Handspring includes Stiller (with Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel, Co-director), Crow (Festival 2012/GDIF, Director), Jubilee Salute (with National Theatre, Co-director), Tall Horse (Asst Director) and Or You Could Kiss Me (with National Theatre, performer). He was Artistic Director of Handspring UK. He was Director at the Finborough Theatre for the Steam Industry between 1998 and 2000 and has directed at theatres including the National Theatre (Cottesloe), BAC, Theatre Royal Plymouth, NVT (Norway) & international touring with his company wireframe. His collaboration with Kazuko Hohki and Andy Cox, Evidence for the Existence of Borrowers, won a Total Theatre Award and a Herald Angel Award. He is the author of The Horse’s Mouth, about the development process of War Horse, and The Journey of The Tall Horse, documenting a collaboration between two African puppet companies. Both are published by Oberon Books. In 2010 he became the first puppetry specialist to win an Arts Foundation Fellowship.
Matt Addis: Recorded Voice
Matt read English & French at the University of Manchester and trained at Mountview. He made his West-End debut in Boeing Boeing in 2007 and has since worked extensively on stage and screen across the globe. Matt joined the BBC Radio Drama Company in 2009 and has been heard in hundreds of radio dramas, comedies and documentaries. He is a popular audiobook reader both here in the UK and in the US. His ADR work includes major HBO series and Hollywood blockbusters. TV and Radio commercial voiceovers include clients such as Vauxhall, Ford, Skoda, Sony, Domino’s Pizza, PayPal, the Stereophonics, Crowded House and the Samaritans. He has voiced many major computer games, including CodeMasters F1 Race Stars. His live voice work includes the Global Fashion Awards, United Nations events at Windsor Castle, and many prestigious poetry readings. Matt coaches actors and presenters from both sides of the Atlantic in finding and using their voice in recorded media. He has taught a week-long Masterclass in Recorded Voice at The MTA since 2011 which gives students an unparalleled introduction into the world of voice work, through practical workshops using industry standard practices and equipment.
Haruka Kuroda: Stage Combat
Haruka Kuroda trained at the Guildford School of Acting. Her theatre credits include The Paper Washi Wish (Manchester Exchange studio); The Nightingale (Polka Theatre and tour), Ali Baba and Forty Thieves (Illyria), Around the World in 80 Days (Liverpool Playhouse and tour), for TV: Chaos Laboratories, Ideal (in which she plays one of the regular characters and has been in all 6 series), Hiroshima, Broken News, Grass, Jonathan Creek, (all for the BBC) and The Bill (ITV); for film: I Like London In the Rain (NFTS), Foster, Swinging with the Finckels (both with Kintop Pictures), Iris (Fox), One Minute past Midnight which won the Best Short Film at Chicago Film Festival in 2005 and for Radio: After the Quake, A Pale View of Hill (Both for BBC Radio 4).
Haruka is much sought after voice over artist and she has been the voice of Noodle, the international pop band Gorillaz since 2000. She is also a qualified Stage Combat Instructor (British Academy of Dramatic Combat).
Board of Advisors
Nia Lynn: Vocal Consultant
Nia Lynn is the Principle Study Jazz Singing Specialist at the Royal Academy of Music, and a specialist teacher at Trinity-Laban College of Music & Dance, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and work at Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a mentor for the creative learning department ont heir Leadership MMus course. She is the Head of Voice at The MTA, London (voted School of the Year 2011 by The Stage), where she heads the full-time programme specialising in voice and breath work as well as accents and dialects (including the International Phonetic Alphabet).
Carly Hainsby: Dance Consultant
Carly trained at Bird College graduating with ISTD teaching qualification’s in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Anatomy and Physiology and a National Diploma in Musical Theatre.
As a performer most recently Carly had the privilege to work with Chet walker on the workshop of the new musical “Feelin in the Mood”She has worked extensively for “Chicago” and has performed in productions in Istanbul, Rio and Marrakech as well as in the UK.
Debbie O’Brien: Casting Director
West End productions include : In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, Sinatra, American Idiot, Dusty, Thriller Live, Show Boat (children’s casting), The Bodyguard (children’s casting), Kinky Boots (children’s casting), Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Grease, Flashdance, Piaf, The Snowman, Respect La Diva, The King and I, The Harder They Come, Showboat, Dancing in the Streets, The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Peter Pan, The Pirates of Penzance, Mum’s the Word, Daisy Pulls It Off, Napoleon, Madame Melville, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, La Cava, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train, Rent, Always, Steaming, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Disgracefully Yours.
Andy Barnes: Producer
Andy trained at Central School of Speech & Drama.
He is Executive Producer of Perfect Pitch, a company he and partner Wendy, created for the development and production of new British musical theatre which has led to several productions, notably The Go-Between starring Michael Crawford (West End & West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal & Derngate, Northampton & Derby Live) Winner Best Musical Production at UK Theatre Awards & nomination for Best Regional Production – Whatsonstage.com awards; Lift (Soho Theatre) nominated for Best Original Music – Whatsonstage.com awards; The House of Mirrors & Hearts at the Arcola Theatre; and From Up Here (South Hill Park).
Tanya Greep: Agent
Tanya has worked as a Theatrical agent since 1993, she then bought out the other partner in MORGAN AND GOODMAN (est. 1980) in 2004 recently changing the name of the company to TMG London. She represents leading artists in every genre of the business – Film, TV, Commercials, Theatre and Musical Theatre – and has also helped British artists establish themselves successfully in America.
Alexandra McLean-William: Agent
Alexandra founded McLean-Williams Management in 2001 in response to demand from a growing number of respected actors for a more dedicated and personal style of representation.
Prior to that, Alexandra was a highly influential public relations consultant in the entertainment industry, handling personal press, publicity and promotional requirements of numerous high caliber actors and theatre productions.
Alexandra has also worked on the launch of two entertainment magazines one for the highly successful “Time Out Group” and the other for “Express Newspapers”.
She was also notably, on the launch team of “Classic FM”, the first commercial classical radio station in the UK. The highly successful launch helped to establish the station as one of the most popular in the UK.
Most recently, Alexandra and Robin Cousins, MBE, who have worked together on a number of projects, have now set up their own theatre production company MWC Theatrical. They are hoping to stage their first West End production in 2011/12 in partnership with ACT Productions.
Outside of her working life Alexandra has been closely involved with a number of prestigious charities helping their fundraising efforts.
McLean-Williams Management is a member of The PMA (Personal Managers Association) and Women in Film & Television.
For more information see the agency website at:-
Ria Jones: Performer Patron
Ria Jones was born in Swansea South Wales. At 19, she became the youngest actress ever to play the role of Eva Peron in the musical “EVITA”. Followed shortly by her west end debut in the musical “CHESS”, in which she played both Svetlana and Florence. She then went on to play Grizabella in “CATS” at the New London theatre, where she stayed for two years. Her next theatre role was Fantine in “LES MISERABLES”, at Manchester’s Palace Theatre, followed by the national tour, and the west end. Then came the role of the narrator in “JOSEPH AND HIS AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT” at the Appollo Hammersmith, and the national tour. Other credits include “ROMANCE ROMANCE” at the Bridewell Theatre, playing both Josephine and Monica. Necrophorous in “NINE” at the Donmar Warehouse.
Lara Pulver: Performer Patron
Known for her work on stage and TV shows such as Sherlock, Lara recently costarred in the hit mini-series Fleming with Dominic Cooper and will soon appearing in the new Tom Cruise feature film Edge of Tomorrow.
Starting out with a successful career on stage, Lara was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award and a Theatregoers Choice Award for her of Lucille Frank in Parade at The Donmar Warehouse. Critics praised production, ‘Completing the cast is Lara Pulver, who follows her quite performance in Jason Robert Brown‘s The Last Five Years at the Chocolate Factory last year with another outstanding portrayal as Frank.
Diane Langton: Performer Patron
Diane trained at the Corona Academy and started her professional career as a dancer, touring with ballet companies throughout Europe, followed by appearances on That Was The Week That Was and the London Palladium.
In 1968 Diane won the part of Jeanie in Hair. She later worked with Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, and twice appeared at the Royal Court Theatre in Tooth of Crime andTee Zee. Her many West End Musicals inc: Jesus Christ Superstar, Two Gentlemen of Verona , Petra in A Little Night Music (directed by Hal Prince); Fastrada in Pippin (directed by Bob Fosse), Diana in A Chorus Line (directed by Michael Bennett) Angel in The Rink , Heather in I’m Getting My Act Together , Molly Molloy in Windy City , Silvia in Stepping Out ; Side by Side by Sondheim; How Lucky CanYou Get; Songbook ; Vi in Nell Dunn’s Steaming ; Grizabella in Cats (New London); Mama Morton inChicago (Adelphi); Carlotta in Follies (Royal Festival Hall) and the Birdlady in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward)
George Stiles (Music) and Antony Drewe (Lyrics): Creative Patrons
George Stiles: Music
Anthony Drewe: Book & Lyrics
Stiles and Drewe are a multi award-winning musical theatre writing partnership. They have written the scores for the Olivier Award nominated BETTY BLUE EYES, SOHO CINDERS, HONK!, JUST SO, PETER PAN – A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, TUTANKHAMUN and the new songs, dance and vocal arrangements for the world-wide smash-hit Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of MARY POPPINS. Since winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, HONK! has been seen by more than 6 million people all over the world in over 8,000 productions in more than 20 languages.
Current projects include WIND IN THE WILLOWS with Julian Fellowes for the West End, a new adaptation of Graham Greene’s TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT, and a new version of HALF A SIXPENCE for Cameron Mackintosh. All three will have their UK premieres in 2016. In development they have SOAPDISH for Broadway, and a new project with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell.