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. She has worked regularly with Perfect Pitch notably MD’ing’ From Up Here in its West End Showcase.
Her Musical Supervisor credits include the cast albums of Dracula Spectacular, In 80 Tagen Um Die Welt and Playback the Musical (demo)
Her composing credits include: Dangerous Nights at Jermyn Street; Mulan, Island of Clowns and Back to Front all the NYMT; CCTV, The Open Door, Girl In The Ashes, Sunnyville, Great Expectations, Fool’s Gold all for the YMT:UK. She composed the music for Bryony Lavery’s play Her Aching Heart for Drill Hall and La Pucelle at the Oval House. She wrote the music for The Roaring Girl and Man is Man both at the award winning Finborough Theatre. In collaboration with Phil Willmott Annemarie wrote the music to Around the World in 80 Days, (published by Samuel French), which has had both a UK and German tour, Uncle Ebenezer (published by Oberon) commissioned by BAC and The Wolf Boys commissioned by the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Between 2007-2009 Annemarie wrote for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds inc: the score for Black Eyed Susan (which reopened the Theatre after its major refurbishment), plus the music/lyrics for the critically acclaimed pantomimes Cinderella and the Glass Slipper(2007), Puss in Boots (2008) and Jack and the Beanstalk (2009) all in collaboration with Daniel O’Brien. This partnership continued for The MTA with Aladdin (2013), Beauty and the Beast (2014) Robinson Crusoe (2015) and Mother Goose (2017). Along with book writer Nick Stimson, Annemarie has written 6 musicals for The MTA, Dangerous Daughters(2010) Published by Samuel French, Celebs Anon(2011) The Sunshine Gang (2012), The Ballad of Kitty Jay (2013), Just the Ticket (2014), The Venus Factor (2015) and Oh My, Nellie Bly (2018) published by Samuel French. In 2013 Annemarie wrote the songs for the UK tour of Boxed In for Shifting Sands Theatre Company.
Helen Siveter: Head of Dance
Currently, Associate Director on High Fidelity At The Turbine Theatre.
West End credits: Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre), Matilda – The Musical (Cambridge Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Novello, Prince of Wales Theatre), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Fame (Aldwych Theatre)
Other credits: Sketch You Up (Edinburgh Fringe), Little Shop Of Horrors (Regents Park), Cabaret (UK Tour), Chicago (UK Tour), Rent (English Theatre Frankfurt), Fame (UK tour), Mamma Mia (International Tour), Saturday Night Fever (UK tour), Oh! What a Night (UK tour), The Wiz (Hackney Empire), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Bristol Hippodrome), Charleys Aunt (CMC), Peter Pan (Reading Hexagon), Mother Goose (Oxford Playhouse) and P&O Aurora.
Concerts: Magic at the Musicals (Royal Albert Hall); Tommy (Prince Edward); Spirit of Fire (Royal Albert Hall) West End to Broadway (Palace Theatre).
Television credits: Britain’s Got Talent (ITV), Proms in the Park (BBC3), Sunday Night at the Palladium (ITV), The Laurence Olivier Awards 2014 and 2015 (ITV), Sounds of the Musicals (Channel 4), Surprise Surprise (ITV), Horizon (BBC), This Morning (ITV), The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV), The Late Late Show (RTÉ), The Buzz (Channel 4), The Fame School Graduates (Meridian)
Film credits: Mamma Mia 2:Here we go again!
Choreography Credits: Legally Blonde (Stockwell Playhouse), Beauty and the Beast (BGA Centre), Rent (Garrick Theatre), In Touch (Bridewell Theatre)
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.
Josh Mathieson: Head of Voice/Vice Principal
Giles Taylor: Deputy Head of Acting
Giles is an actor and singer with a wide range of experience spanning almost thirty years. He has worked for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End and on Broadway, as well as at numerous repertory theatres around the country, including Chichester Festival Theatre, Birmingham Rep, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, and with Sir Alan Ayckbourn at Scarborough.
His most recent theatre credits include Twelfth Night and A Christmas Carol for the RSC, national tours of Shakespeare In Love and King Charles III, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies for the RSC in Stratford, the West End and on Broadway, This House at the NT, and An Ideal Husband at Chichester. Othercredits include After The Dance at the NT, The Secret Garden and The Wizard of Oz at both Birmingham Rep and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sam West’s acclaimed revival of Waste at the Almeida Theatre, The Way of the World and The Music Man at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
On television he has been seen in The Musketeers, the acclaimed Stuart: a Life Backwards and Stephen Poliakoff’s Friends and Crocodiles, Mr Selfridge, Foyle’s War and Is That All There Is?.
Giles teaches acting – especially Shakespeare – both in various drama schools, including Central, Drama Studio and Guildford School of Acting. He also works as a Verse & Rhetoric Consultant on productions across the country – most recently for the RSC’s acclaimed production of Dido, Queen of Carthage. Other credits include West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of As You Like It, the Manchester Royal Exchange’s production of The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s Globe on their 2008 tour of Romeo and Juliet, and for the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park’s recent productions of Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet.
He also teaches regularly at The Actors’ Centre and on the Genesis Programme for emerging directors at the Young Vic. He is an Associate Artiste of the National Youth Theatre, and is regularly involved as an actor, director, writer and dramaturg with Scene and Heard, a mentoring project for inner-city kids, which has recently won a Queen’s Award.
His first book – Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric, co-authored with director Philip Wilson – was published in 2013 by Oberon Books, and is now on many reading lists for drama schools and university drama courses.
Alec Mann – Deputy Head of Dance
Selina Hamilton – Deputy Head of Dance
Stephani Shanks in Strictly Ballroom (Piccadilly Theatre), Havana Diva in Guys and Dolls (Phoenix Theatre), Original London cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre), Constance Sack in Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre/ Garrick Theatre), Grease (Piccadilly Theatre), Original London cast of Spamalot (Palace Theatre).
Other Credits: Mamma Mia! International tour, Dirty Dancing UK tour, 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Classical Spectacular (Royal Albert hall)
Recently finished filming for Everybody’s talking about Jamie (directed by Jonathan Butterell),
Ensemble in Cats (directed by Tom Hooper),
Debutante in Beauty and the Beast (directed by Bill Condon)
Competitor in Midsomer Murders episode (ITV), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), The Mobo Awards (BBC), This Morning (ITV), The One Show (BBC), The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV)
Health & 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.
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/
Liz Bayley MSc MCSP HCPC (Chartered Physiotherapist)
Before completing her Masters in Physiotherapy, Liz was a professional dancer for 15 years, performing all over the world, including a year in Paris at ‘The Moulin Rouge’. She then specialised in Latin, Ballroom and Argentine Tango, and worked extensively in London, just missing out on a spot as one of the professionals on ‘Strictly’ in 2008. Her years as a dancer sparked her interest in sports injuries and she obtained an Advanced Diploma in sports therapy in 2009. Liz then worked as a sports therapist in the West End on shows such as Wicked, The Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain, Shrek, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chicago, Matilda and Jersey Boys.
Liz has trained in neurology, respiratory, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Her first degree in psychology compliments her special interest in pain. She has spent time working with the Royal Ballet school at White Lodge, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and with the Matthew Bourne company. Liz is trained in DMA (Dance Medicine Australia) Clinical Pilates and uses her substantial grounding in movement, teaching, and sports massage to enhance her rehabilitation programmes. She also works at a private sports injury and musculoskeletal clinic in Ascot. Liz is honoured to have been connected with the MTA since 2012 and very happy to be back after having her little boy, Miles in 2018.
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.
Most recently Alan played George in the workshop of Perfectly Ordinary, and he is currently the Resident Director on the West End Production of School of Rock
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
Nicky Griffiths – Deputy Head of Dance
Bird College of Performing Arts
Jack and the Beanstalk – Winner of the Best Panto Award 2018 at the Great British Panto Awards.
Love Is Only Love(The Other Palace), Legally Blonde (Stratford Circus),Jack and the Beanstalk (Salisbury Playhouse)- winner of the Best Panto Award 2018, The Jungle Book (UAE Tour), Beauty and the Beast (Salisbury Playhouse) Narnia (UAE Tour), Gracie (Finborough Theatre), Macbeth (Ductac Theatre),Made In Dagenham (Stratford Circus) Wizard of Oz,The Little Mermaid and Snow White (UAE Tour)
Lorraine in Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre), Assist Dance Captain in The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), Penny Johnson in Dirty Dancing (UK Tour),Lisa in Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales Theatre and International Tour), Hairspray (OLC Shaftesbury Theatre), Wicked (OLC Apollo Victoria Theatre), Grease (UK Tour)The Royal Variety Performance, Blue Peter, Alan Titchmarsh Show, This Morning, Commercials for Cable and Wireless, Pilsner Beer and Ford Car, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory(Warner Bros)
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 working with 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)
Daniel was a gymnast from an early age competing in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics both at regional and national level gaining many titles along the way. he later became a Display Gymnast at Shirely Gymnastics Club competing across the UK gaining a Display Team Championship title in 2010.
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 recently toured with the ‘Strauss’ company directly from performing in ‘Kiss Me Kate’ for Welsh National Opera choreographed by Will Tuckett and directed by Jo Davies.
Other theatre credits include: ‘Cats’ (RUG Australia) as Tantomile understudy Jemima, Demeter and Victoria Graziella in ‘West Side Story’ (National tour); first understudy Meg Giry in ‘The Phantom of the Opera – 25th Anniversary tour’ (National tour); ensemble and first understudy Wendy in ‘Peter Pan’ (Mayflower theatre); ‘We Will Rock You’ (Antwerp Belgium); ensemble and understudied and played Wendy in ‘Peter Pan’ (Grand Canal theatre Dublin); first understudy Cinderella in‘Cinderella’ (Orchard theatre); ensemble and 1st understudy Iris in ‘Fame’ (National tour); ‘We Will Rock You’ (Dominion theatre); swing in the original London cast of ‘Movin’ Out’ (Victoria Apollo); alternate Ice Princess in ‘The Snowman’ (Peacock theatre); swing and first understudy Zsa Zsa in ‘Love Shack’ (National tour); Dance Captain and swing in ‘Grease’ (Victoria Palace, Japan and National tour); ‘Cinderella’ (New Victoria Woking), Rumpleteaser, Demeter, Jemima and Tantomile in ‘Cats’ (Stuttgart Germany); Meg Giry in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (Hamburg Germany) and the Spirit in ‘The Spirit of the Dance’ (US tour).
Film and TV credits include: ‘Devils in the Disguise’ for the Discovery Channel, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ directed by Joel Schumacher and ‘Finding Neverland’ directed by Marc Forster.
Radio Credits include: BBC radio production of Smith of Wooten Major.
Rachael has also appeared on the Al Murray Show, took part in the 2008 Olympic handover ceremony and guested for Rock of Ages for their performance at West End Live. She also regularly performs for Incandescence Contemporary Circus Theatre Company and Private Drama Events.
Teaching: Rachael graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance gaining a Distinction for The Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma and teaches at various schools and colleges across London. She taught scholarship classes for the IDTA and RAD along with various workshops in ballet and jazz.
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.
International Associate Choreographer:
Recently Nikki had an exciting experience in Sao Paulo, Brazil and in 2018 had a fabulous time in Seoul, South Korea as International Associate Choreographer staging the smash hit production ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’
Assistant Choreographer and Resident Choreographer:
Nikki assisted Peter Darling on the choreography for the original West End production of ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ in London. She then joined Peter in New York to stage the show on Broadway.
After which, Nikki re-joined the show in the West End as Resident Choreographer.
Nikki also assisted Peter with the choreography of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, the Musical, which opened in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
More recently she has worked with Peter as Tap Dance Advisor for the West End Production of ‘Groundhog Day’, and the workshop for the Broadway Production of ‘Frozen’.
Other Residency credits Include:
Resident Director ‘Rainbow Rocks, My Little Pony Musical’ (Asia Tour 2016). Resident Director/Choreographer on ‘Me and My Girl’ (UK tour), ‘Footloose the Musical’ (UK tour and Playhouse Theatre in the West End), ‘The Rat Pack live from Las Vegas’ (Haymarket and Strand (now Novello) Theatres.)
Theatre credits include:
Ensemble in ‘42nd Street’ (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Jemima in ‘Cats’ (New London Theatre), Pearl in ‘Starlight Express’ (Australasia Tour), Ensemble in ‘Can Can’ (Strand Theatre), ‘Ashley’ and Dance Captain in ‘Starlight Express’ (Apollo Victoria), ‘Sue’ and Dance Captain in ‘A Slice of Saturday Night’ (UK Tour), Ensemble in ‘Carousel’ (National Theatre), ‘Candi’ in ‘Oh What a Night’ (Opera House, Blackpool), Ensemble in ‘Fame’ (Scandinavian Tour), ‘Marty’ in ‘Grease’ (Scandinavian tour), ‘Delores’/’Miss Cashdime’ in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (National Theatre), Ensemble and Dance Captain in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ (UK Tour), ‘Nickie’ in ‘Sweet Charity’ (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Barelli Sister in ‘The Rat Pack’ (Haymarket Theatre), ‘Sheila Bryant’ in ‘A Chorus Line’ (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).
‘Agony’ (Live TV), ‘2.4 Children’ (BBC), ‘Dramarama’ (ITV), ‘Campion’ (ITV), ‘The Eurovision Song Contest’, 1991.
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat’, and ‘The Rat Pack live from Las Vegas’.
A ‘Coconut for ‘Kid Creole and the Coconuts’.
Nikki is an adjudicator for DWC. She has taught guest workshops at home and Internationally.
‘HAIRSPRAY’ The Gaiety Theatre, Portsmouth
‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Cultural Hall Theatre, Bahrain
‘The Last Leg’ Channel 4,
‘HARRY HILL’S ALIEN FUN CAPSULE’ ITV
‘Henrietta’ Kate Golledge, NYMT
‘NATASIA DEMETRIOU AND ELLIE WHITE ARE GETTIN’ BIG’ Soho Theatre,
Harrods 10th anniversary magazine editorial.
NET A PORTER internet campaign.
‘Ferris & Milnes A Christmas Cracker’ Ambassador theatre, London. ‘
‘CLOSER TO HEAVEN’ The Pet Shop Boys musical Union Theatre, London.
‘Miracle on 34th Street’ UK Tour & Madinat theatre, Dubai.
‘ROCK CITY’ for Celebrity Cruises.
‘One Man Two Guvnors’ Theatre Royal Windsor.
‘Waka Waka for MSC Meraviglia’
‘BBC Young Dancer Of The Year’
’Six-Five Rock n Roll Express’ Assembly Hall Theatre.
‘PULSE’ short film for Oxygen Films.
‘Can’t Stop It’ The Other Palace, London
The X-Factor The Decibellas as guest entertainment for various cruise lines.
‘A Christmas Cracker’ UK Tour.
‘Ahmal & The Night Visitors’ London.
‘Dancing Queen’ for Really Big Pants Productions.
‘MAC Make-up Rocky Horror, STAR TREK, Snowball & The Nutcracker sweet make-up launch.
‘Ivor Novello and the Great British Musical’ The Other Palace , London.
‘Libero’ football magazine shoot.
‘Wish Upon A Prince’ London.
‘One Twenty One Guns’, Bridewell Theatre, London.
‘Sweet Charity’, Sadler’s Wells, London.
‘Grange Hill 40th Anniversary’ Elstree Studios,
UK premier of ‘My Son Pinocchio, Geppetto’s Musical Tale’, music written by Stephen Schwartz.
’An Evening with David Hasselhoff’, indigO2.
‘Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs’ Aylesbury Waterside Theatre for UK Productions.
Wedding of Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford for Hello! Magazine.
‘Celtic Journey’, New York City dance section.
As a performer Philip was fortunate enough to be in shows such as, Fame, Hairspray, 42nd St, Singin In The Rain, Oklohoma &
The Producers. As well as film & TV work including Gulliver’s Travels, Walking On Sunshine, MTV, Top Of The Pops & numerous music videos.
For more information see: http://www.philip-joel.me.uk Twitter: @PhilipJoel
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.
Jay has been an actor for 30 years. Recent work includes: Rush, a feature film directed by Ron Howard. Mrs Biggs for ITV, playing Bruce Reynolds, and Prodo in the Royal National Theatre production of Howard Barker’s Scenes from an Execution.
Jay co-wrote and directed the play Golden Balls at the Old Red Lion where he was also assistant director to Ken McClymont.
He was assistant director to Andrea Brooks on : Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco. The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, The Ugliest Woman in the World by Shaun Prendergast and The Auction of The Ruby Slippers, based on a short story by Salman Rushdie.
He is also the author of LaLa land, an as yet unproduced feature film script.
Jordan trained at RADA and AADA in New York
Theatre includes: Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Theatre); Misalliance (Orange Tree); Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air/UK tour); The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (Orange Tree); The Silver Tassie (National Theatre); Our Ajax (Southwark Playhouse); In Your Image (Soho); Moth (Bush Theatre/High Tide); Thatcherwrite (Theatre503); 55 Days (Hampstead); The Two Worlds of Charlie F (Theatre Royal Haymarket).
TV includes: The Looming Tower (HULU)
Films include: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (20th Century Fox) and The Siege of Jadotville (Netflix)
Short Film: The Dressmaker and RISK
He is soon to start shooting on ‘The Bay’, a new drama series for ITV.
TV Credits inc, Sanditon (Red Planet), Anne (World Productions), Holby City (BBC), Moving On – Two Fat Ladies (LA Productions), Collateral (BBC), Save Me (World Productions), Guerilla (Sky) Father Brown (BBC), Call The Midwife (BBC), Vera (ITV), Dr Who (BBC), Life’s Too Short (BBC), Silent Witness (BBC), Hustle (Kudos), Waterloo Road (Shed Productions)
Theatre Credits inc Oxy and the Morons (New Wolsey), Dealer’s Choice (Theatre Clwyd), Hey Hey Good-Looking (Soho Theatre), Troilus and Cressida (Old Vic), Kiss The Sky (Bush Theatre), Cyrano De Bergerac (Haymarket), In The Midnight Hour (Young Vic),
Radio Credits inc Romeo and Juliet (Goldhawk), Plum House (Hat Trick), Looking For Dad (Radio 4), Male Order (Radio 4), Billy Liar (Radio 4)
Bea is a fully qualified and experienced Alexander Technique Teacher, and a member of the professional body of Alexander teachers, STAT (MSTAT). She teaches the Technique to adults, young people and children on a one to one basis, teaches groups in music colleges and drama schools, works with people with cancer and their families, and at Neals Yard Remedies, in Camden Town. She has a philosophy degree and subsequently trained in physical theatre in Paris, at The Ecole Jacques Lecoq.
Bea has been working in the theatre, and in drama schools, music colleges and circus schools for over 20 years, developing an approach to movement which facilitates and values balance and stillness which is both lively and focussed as a grounding for performance.
Musical Theatre Staff:
Sara Louisa Parry studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Her first professional job was in Les Miserables, UK Tour and the 10th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Other credits include Phantom of the Opera (Ensemble) London. Evita (Ensemble) Oslo. Grease (Miss Lynch) UK tour. Oliver! (Widow Corney) ,Cinderella (Fairy Godmother) and Wind In The Willows (Mrs Otter/Bargewoman) for Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.
Sara is a member of vocal trio Closer and tours the UK with the Neil Sedaka tribute show ‘Oh! Carol’ She recently completed a 24 date tour of the UK with Musical Madness host Heather Stodter in a new show ‘He Writes The Songs’ featuring the songs of Barry Manilow.
Sara combines her professional singing work with a busy teaching practice. She is a Vocal Studies tutor at Performers College, Trinity Laban and The MTA.
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)
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).
Joe is a freelance musical director and vocal coach.
Musical direction credits include: Wasted, The Rink (Southwark Playhouse); Superhero (Winner – Off West End Award, Best New Musical, 2017); My Fair Lady (The Mill at Sonning); 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (The Other Palace); Seven Crazy Bitches (The Vaults); The Events (UK & US Tour / Queen Elizabeth Hall); Rock City (Celebrity Cruises); Assassins (Pleasance); Side by Side by Sondheim (Headliners Club).
As an actor: Our Town (Almeida).
Joe works as a vocal coach at LAMDA, and teaches singing and musical theatre history at Millennium Performing Arts.
He is the associate conductor of Singing with Friends, a dementia-friendly choir at Wigmore Hall, the musical director of Barnes Community Choir, and the founder of The Collective (a choir for actors, songwriters and other waifs and strays).
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
Sean has a classical music degree from Birmingham University and completed a postgraduate diploma in Musical Direction from the Mountview School of Theatre Arts in 2009. Recent credits as Musical Director include Twelfth Night at the Young Vic, Liver Birds: Flying Home at Liverpool Royal Court, the UK Tour of the Wedding Singer, One Love at Birmingham Rep, Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre, The Buskers Opera at the Park Theatre, Into The Woods at Manchester Royal Exchange and prior to that he toured Europe as Assistant MD on the European Tour of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with BB Promotions. Keyboard player credits include Wicked (UK and International Tour), Stephen Ward the Musical (Aldwych Theatre), Cabaret (UK Tour), Evita (UK and European Tour), The Phantom of the Opera (UK Tour), Whistle Down the Wind (UK Tour) and Peter Pan with Michael Rose Productions in Dublin and Southampton. Other credits as Musical Director include the original production of Soul Sister at the Hackney Empire, The Savoy Theatre and the UK Tour, the UK Tour of Britain’s Got Bhangra with Rifco Arts, and Little Red Riding Hood, Five Guys Named Moe and Aladdin all at Stratford East Theatre Royal. He was assistant MD on I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky, a joint production between Stratford East and the Barbican, and has worked on two Eyebrow 48 Hour Showtime Challenges – Crazy For You and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Workshop Credits include Miss Littlewood with the RSC, Leave Hitler To Me Lad with Duck Egg Theatre Company (UK Tour), Laila with Rifco Arts, The Diary of Me with Perfect Pitch, and Fanny Hill at the Jermyn Street theatre. Sean has taught at Mountview School of Theatre Arts, Guildford School of Acting, Arts Educational London, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Urdang, Tring Park School and the Performance Preparation Academy.
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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.
Molly hails from Cork, Ireland and is a graduate of The CIT Cork School of Music (BMus) and The
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA). Theatre credits include: Anne Bronte in Wasted at Southwark Playhouse, Betty in Sunset Boulevard UK Tour, Kolokolo Bird in Just So, The Barn Theatre, Stand-by Julie Jordan (to Katherine Jenkins) in Carousel at ENO’s Coliseum, Chava in Fiddler on The Roof at Grange Park Opera/BBC Proms and ensemble/cover Johanna in Sweeney Todd at ENO’s Coliseum. Upcoming projects include The Light In the Piazza as ensemble and understudy Clara.
In a career spanning over 15 years Eamonn has worked as a musician, actor and composer in theatres all over the world. He studied voice with Mary Hammond and Maureen Scott at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was recently elected as an Associate. As a composer he has written original music for Peter Pan (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Wind in the Willows, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, A Christmas Carol, Hamlet, Tess of the d’Urbervilles & Arabian Nights (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Three Sunrises (St James Theatre RE:act); The Man Who Was Thursday (Arcola Theatre); A Flea in Her Ear (Tabard Theatre); Stones in his Pockets (Dukes, Lancaster); Portia Coughlan (Old Red Lion); Stones in his Pockets, Around the World in Eighty Days & The Glass Menagerie (Chipping Norton Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Stockholm English Speaking Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Barakura Festival Theatre, Japan); The Massacre (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Liquorice & Smokerings (New Wolsey, Ipswich); and Frankenstein (Dorset Corset Theatre Company). The score for his original musical The House of Mirrors & Hearts won the MTM Award for Best New Score at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010, and after its critically acclaimed run at the Arcola Theatre in 2015, received its US premiere in July at the Towle Theatre, Indiana in 2016. For more info visit www.eamonnodwyer.com
Jimmy trained as a chorister in St Pauls Cathedral Choir as a child, with the National Youth Music Theatre as a teenager, and is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London. As a composer Jimmy has had his music recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra in Abbey Road, sung by choirs across Europe and The Americas, and his musicals including ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘NHS The Musical’ are regularly performed on the regional UK Theatre circuit. Jimmy toured worldwide for five years with members of The Who, Spandau Ballet, YES, Free, Bad Company, Procol Harum, The Alan Parsons Project, Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, Billy Preston, Paul Young, Darlene Love, the Harlem Boys Choir and The British Rock Symphony. Jimmy also has a prolific career as a musical director and performer, having worked on shows such as Evita, The Prince & The Pauper, All You Need Is Love!, Strike Up The Band, Mamma Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar and Bugsy Malone. Numerous recordings include Louise Dearman’s debut album ‘You and I’, Lionel Richie’s ‘Live in Hanover’ and Eric Clapton’s Grammy award winning ’Reptile.
As a producer Jimmy has presented three seasons at the Edinburgh Festival, the world tour of Dietrich: Natural Duty, Britten in Brooklyn at Wiltons Music Hall, The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Paddington Bear’s First Concert at Underbelly, Lunch & The Bow of Ulysses at Trafalgar Studios, and was associate producer on Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre and The Mentalists at The Wyndhams. Jimmy also provides management services to the global screen industry as well as creating and working on worldwide YouTuber products. Jimmy was Lead Artist for Birmingham’s Gallery 37 arts participation programme for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, was Associate Director of the Theatre Royal Plymouth from 2006-2009, and for ten years was a regular guest artist on BBC Radio Five Live’s Breakfast, Drive, Matthew Bannister and Anita Anand shows. Jimmy founded artist management agency JWL in 2005 which he continues to run. Jimmy currently sits on the board of the British Youth Music Theatre, on the committee of the Night for Life for the National Brain Appeal and was Chairman of Cancer Research UK North Essex for three years. In 2015 Jimmy was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his ‘outstanding contribution to the UK music industry’.
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.
After a year at Disney, Anna was snapped up by TransWorld International (TWI) to host a daily live technology show, Gamer, where she completed over 200 live shows. Other credits include, The Tech Guide for G-Cap Media, Channel 5’s Milkshake, The Core and Shake and co-hosting the Channel 5 Summer Roadshows and Robot Wars. For ITV; Rescue Robots, Scary Sleepover, Skillicious and CiTV and she has also fronted various shows in the USA, the most memorable for At It Productions on the hit movie starring Amy Adams, Enchanted. In 2005, Anna joined GMTV where she co-presented with Jamie Rickers on the number 1 rating kids show, Toonattik. After 6 years on the successful show, the duo were snapped up by Nickelodeon to host ‘Jamie and Anna’s U Pick Summer’ and then ‘Jamie and Anna’s Big Weekend’. Together, they have completed over seven separate series for Nickelodeon, including popular fanzine show ‘Anubis Unlocked’. Last summer, they completed their second season of hit series, ‘Camp Orange’ and also toured their adventure game show ‘Boys v Girls – The Ultimate Challenge’. Anna has hosted the Main Stage at Bounce Festival, the sold-out Nickelodeon Skills Awards and the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, interviewing the likes of Snoop Dog, Jack Black, Will Smith and One Direction. This year, Anna took part in ITV’s celebrity diving show Splash! where she got through to the semi-finals and was the last female left in the competition. She is also regular on ITV’s Daybreak and Lorraine, where she has covered everything from celeb interviews to current affairs and regularly hosts the weekly competitions. Due to her natural interest, tenacity and passion to bring the latest showbiz news to the masses, she is considered a highly credible source within the industry and her entertainment column in Digital Spy regularly gets over 100,000 hits. In addition to her television and stage career, Anna is a keen charity supporter and is very proud of her ambassador roles for The Princes Trust and The Young Variety Club. In 2009 she gained a Diploma in Counselling and went on to join Childline as a qualified and practicing volunteer counsellor. Her experience and caring nature have led to her own agony aunt column for teen magazine, Girl Talk and several weekly strands called ‘#Ask Anna’ on ITV daytime show This Morning. Due to the features great success, Anna has been invited back to join Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford on This Morning over the summer. In 2013 Anna was also appointed as an an official ambassador for the mental health charity, Mind. She now talks openly about her own battle with severe anxiety and panic attacks and has hosted several events and debates surrounding this topic, including the ‘Time for Change’ media conference for Channel 4. A registered Life Coach, Anna has also gained a hugely reputable media profile as a ‘mind, body and soul’ campaigner, and top-selling health magazine Top Sante have recruited her as their agony aunt. Anna will be on hand, giving advice and support through monthly reader questions, regular Facebook chats and ad-hoc columns. Anna is also a versatile voice over artist and credits include Sony, GMTV, ITV, Channel 4, Nickelodeon, MTV and Living TV. For more information on Anna, go to – http://www.annawilliamson.co.uk/
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 is an actor and narrator. He made his West-End debut in Boeing Boeing in 2007 and has since worked extensively on stage and screen across the globe. He is Exec Producer at Chocolate Fox Audiobooks. Matt joined the BBC Radio Drama Company in 2009 and has been heard in hundreds of radio dramas, comedies and documentaries. He is an award winning audiobook narrator, in demand both in the UK and the US. His ADR work includes major HBO series and Hollywood blockbusters. TV and Radio commercial voiceovers include clients such as Pottermore, 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 and Creative Assembly’s Total War. 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 trained at the Guildford School of Acting.
Her credits include; for Theater: Wit (Manchester Royal Exchange), In the Beginning was the End (dreamthinkspeak), Little Mochi Man, Little Sunshine Little Rainfall & The Paper Washi Wish (all for A Thousand Cranes), My Life in CIA (Give It A Name), The Nightingale (Yellow Earth), Ali Baba and Forty Thieves (Illyria), Around the World in 80 Days (Liverpool Playhouse). For TV: Heart to Heart (SKY), Killing Eve (BBC America), Spot Bots (CBeeBies) Officially Amazing (CBBC), Hebburn, Chaos Laboratories, Ideal, Brain Jitsu, Things Talk, Hiroshima, Broken News, Grass, Jonathan Creek, (all for BBC), Thunderbirds Are Go!, The Bill (both for ITV) and Anne and Katy (Ch4). For film: Life, London Road, Foster, Swinging with the Finckels, Random 11 (part 1), Iris & One Minute past Midnight which won the Best Short Film at Chicago Film Festival in 2005 and for Radio: Fewer Not Less, After the Quake & A Pale View of Hill (all for BBC Radio 4). Haruka is a much sought after voice over artist and is the voice of Noodle, a character from the international pop band Gorillaz.
She is also a qualified Stage Combat Instructor (British Academy of Dramatic Combat) and fight/ movement director. She has taught at various drama schools and workshops in the UK and Europe.
Her fight directing credits include; THE TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON (Park Theatre), ILLEGALIZED (Manchester Royal Exchange& tour), PINK SARI REVOLUTION (Curve Theatre), KAYNE THE FIRST (High Tide Festival), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Grosvenor Light Opera company), BEYONF THE FENCE A NEW MUSICAL(Arts Theatre/ Sky TV), THE THREE MUSKERTEERS (Illyria Theatre company), HARAJUKU GIRLS (Finborough Theatre), YEH SHEN (Polka Theatre & tour), LAST DAYS OF THE LIMEHOUSE( (Limehouse Town Hall),
INCOGNITO (Gate Theatre & tour), TANGO (Reading Rep Theatre/Young Vic studio), TREASURE ISLAND (Simply Theatre Geneva), KNOCK YOURSELF OUT (Courtyard Theatre), THE SOUND OF A VOICE (Volta Theatre/ Arcola Tent), ROMEO AND JULIET (Bilimankhwe Arts),
MY LIFE IN CIA (Give It a Name), PETER PAN (Simply Theatre Geneva), ROBIN HOOD (Simply Theatre Geneva), TOAD (Southwark Playhouse), HENRY 6TH part 1&2 (The Brits School), TWELFTH NGIHT (the Lord Chamberlain’s Men), RUNNING SILK ROAD (Yellow Earth Theatre) THE LADIES CAGE (Finborough Theatre), SCARY PLAY (Caramel Factor), THE DEATH OF COOL (Tristian Bates Theatre), KING ARTHUR(Arcola Theatre), CREENA DEFOOUIE (Edinburgh Festival ) & KING LEAR (Orange Tree Theatre)
Paul L Martin: Cabaret
Paul L Martin has been working in the world of variety entertainment for 29 years since he curated his very first ‘variety show’ in his home town of Littlebourne near Canterbury, Kent at the age of just fifteen in aid of Leukaemia Research Fund.
After 4 annual shows and a total of £5,500 raised for various charities, Paul moved to London and trained in musical theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, where he also won a singing scholarship. Since then he has performed in musicals, plays and on television but a constant and growing passion for cabaret, vaudeville, revue and music hall has dominated his career, whether it be as a performer, promoter, agent or producer.
Drag has been a recurring theme in Paul’s work, cutting his teeth at the world famous Madame JoJo’s in 1999 as Trinity Million. Other drag creations include the mermaid Coral Reef and Paulus. He made his New York debut in 2005 at both Don’t Tell Mama and Birdland and debuted in Australia in 2006 at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne. Martin has also performed in the Supperclub, Rome, La Charlotte de L’Isle, Paris, The Sugar Club, Dublin and in various venues in Berlin as well as cabaret clubs up and down the country.
As an actor, Paul has played Sylvia St. Croix in the UK premiere of the musical ‘Ruthless’ for which he won Musical Stage’s ‘Best Actor in A Musical award; was in the original cast of ‘Beautiful and Damned’ choreographed by Craig Revel-Horwood; was invited to join the Dundee Rep for their 10-year anniversary season playing The Beadle in Sweeney Todd, and created the role of Philip Salon for the Boy George musical Taboo in its workshop stages.
For fifteen years, Paul had close ties to the cult London cabaret venue The Battersea Barge, producing many cabarets for them including the hugely successful talent contest ‘Cheese ‘n’ Crackers’, Diva Nite and their annual adult pantomimes, which he variously produced, wrote, directed and starred in alongside cabaret favourites including Sarah-Louise Young, Dusty Limits, Laurie Hagen, Piff the Magic Dragon and Fancy Chance. Paul’s work on the Barge gave early opportunities – and often the very first gigs – to successful artistes like Sara Pascoe, Holly Walsh, Kate Smurthwaite, Shazia Mirza, Euan Morton, David Menkin, Frisky & Mannish and Eastend Cabaret, to name but a few.
For ten years, Paul ran the entertainment agency Excess All Areas (formerly Better Chemistry) and under this banner he spearheaded the annual Cabaret Convention and London Cabaret Awards, which played host to cabaret performers, promoters, and practitioners from across the UK and Ireland and rewarded the most dedicated, talented and inspiring members of the cabaret community. Paul was awarded ‘Best Producer (Cabaret)’ by fringe report during this time. His expertise has been sought to judge many talent competitions including National Burlesque Awards; Drag Idol for Royal Vauxhall Tavern; Pride’s Got Talent; Musical Comedy Awards and Burlesque Idol at The Hippodrome Casino.
His work as event host and Ringmaster has created long-lasting working relationships with Home Live Art and their Alternative Village Fete at the National Theatre; the award-winning Festival of Thrift in Darlington and Redcar; The Urban Village Fete for Wayne Hemingway and Hemingway Designs; the Ukulele Festival of Scotland, and seen him play key roles in the LOCOG Staff Wrap Party at the Copperbox for the 2012 London Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Battersea Park.
Paul is a public speaker, regularly appearing to speak and entertain Women’s Institute, Probus, U3A and Rotary groups.
Paul works as a teacher and facilitator, specialising in cabaret and acting through song. As well as presenting Cabaret Special week for the MTA since it’s first intake of students, he regularly runs his own short courses and workshops and has been involved with the Singers’ Cabaret Workshop with co-founder Jamie Anderson; Actors Centre, London; Arts Educational Drama School, East 15 Drama School and ALRA, and in 2018 he ran sold-out masterclasses at the Chicago-Paris Cabaret Conference at Chicago Old Town Folk School and DePaul University Music School. He also contributed to Gary Williams’ book ‘Cabaret Secrets’.
On television, Paul has judged look-alikes losing weight on the six episodes of ‘Bigger Than…’ for Sky Living, mentored retired performers back into the industry for Mary Portas’ C4 programme ‘Mary’s Silver Service’ (unaired episode) and appears prominently as ‘Paulus’, the hard-to-impress member of ‘The Hundred’ judging panel on ‘All Together Now’ from Remarkable Television for BBC One, alongside Geri Horner and host Rob Beckett for the six episodes of series 1 in 2018 and ‘All Together Celebrities’ which aired on Christmas Eve 2018, and the six episodes for series 2, which aired in 2019.
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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).
She is currently working as Voice Coach for the Royal Shakespeare Company on the Olivier award winning musical, ‘Matilda’. She also represented the RSC in a series of workshops at this year’s International drama students conference in Sheffield where she will be returning this summer to continue work with the Sheffield theatres summer programme. She has also worked with Jean Abreu on his new solo piece called Blood, she has also been working the Battersea Arts Centre on their production ‘Brand New Ancients’ which will be performed at this years Latitude festival as well as on-going work on a new piece with Up and Coming young Director Jacqui Honess-Martin debuting in 2012. Nia has a full and varied career as a performer, and was a nominee for Jazz Musician of the Year 2010. Nia’s work focuses on body and breath, text and voice, interpretation and improvisation. Nia’s twelve years of teaching and practical experience make her a leading member of the voice community and a specialist within her field. She is also studying to qualify as a British Wheel of Yoga instructor with TriYoga UK in 2014.
Debbie O’Brien: Casting Director
West End productions include : Thriller Live, Annie (children’s casting), Kinky Boots (children’s casting), The Knowledge, The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, Sinatra, American Idiot, Dusty, Show Boat (children’s casting), The Bodyguard (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, 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.
UK tours include : Grease, Footloose, Room, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Laila, a new Musical, Jackie the Musical, Let It Be, American Idiot, Dirty Dancing, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Crush the Musical, Thriller Live, The Bodyguard and Annie (children’s casting), Dancing in the Streets, The Threepenny Opera, Our House, Soul Sister, I Was a Rat, Carnaby Street, 51 Shades of Maggie, Doctor In the House, Hormonal Housewives, Tell Me On a Sunday, Cacophony, Menopause the Musical, Flashdance, Defending the Caveman, The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas, Mahabharata, Sweet Soul Music, Starlight Express, Anything Goes, What a Feeling, Dirty Dusting, Mack and Mabel, The Misanthrope, A Chorus Line, A Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train, Wild Animus.
Regional and international productions include : Starlight Express (Bochum and international tour), Caroline or Change, Oxy and the Morons, Top Hat, Kiss Me Kate, Godiva Rocks, Treasure Island, Five Guys Named Moe, Priscilla Queen of the Desert (NCL), West Side Story, Ostrich Boys, Red Snapper, The Sisterhood, Medea, Singing in the Rain, Legally Blonde, Cougar, Cats (RCCL), Midsummer Songs, The BFG, Evolution, South Pacific, Sister Act, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Merry Wives of Windsor and Twelfth Night, Jackie the Musical, Hairspray, Fame, Alice In Wonderland, The Sound of Music, Chicago, Hair, The Opera Show, Soul Sister; Little Shop of Horrors, The Corstorphine Road Nativity, White Christmas, And Then The Dark, Mods and Rox, Robin Hood, Noises Off, It’s a Wonderful Life, Laurel and Hardy, Blues in the Night, My Fair Lady, Anything Goes, The Sound of Music, Me and My Girl, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Crazy For You, Oklahoma!, The Opera Show and The Pirates of Penzance, Amadeus, The Snowman; Side by Side by Sondheim, Only You Can Save Mankind and 100% Sex Therapy
Cruise Companies include : NCL, Aida, P&O, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Crystal
Recorded media : Waybuloo, Grandpa In My Pocket, What’s Your News?, Buddy Patrol, Tic Toc, Quick Quack Duck, Grease is the Word, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria , Amahl and the Night Visitors, Planet Cook, Energy.
Other experience includes : UK Tour manager for Mark Morris Dance Group, Tricia Brown Dance Company, Stephen Petronio Dance Company, Elizabeth Streb Dance Company; Acting Administrative Director, Dance Umbrella; General Manager, Maybox Theatres; General Manager, Theatre of Comedy and Shaftesbury Theatre; European consultant, Pace/Turnstyle Ltd; Project Manager, Peacock Theatre refurbishment; Deputy Project Manager, Sadler’s Wells redevelopment.
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.She looks after a small number of creatives, Casting Director, Musical Directors and writers and is very hands on in developing the projects of the writers and even co-producing their work with established producers. Tanya has a very personal style of management; looking after her artists rather than just representing them. And by managing to keep her list select over the years, she believes has allowed her the time to personally develop her actor’s careers, running the definition of a Boutique Agency. One of the most fulfilling things about being an agent, (aside from nurturing the careers of new actors), is in having a very long working relationship with her clients; indeed, she has represented some of her actors since the very beginning of her and their careers, working with and supporting them throughout. More recently, Tanya has established a new arm of the agency; M&GKids. Despite having a partner to run the kids division, she has been hands on with auditioning the kids and discovering the new talent. The enthusiasm of these children is infectious and, thus far, the enterprise is proving to be very rewarding. Although small and it will remain so, M&GKids already has children starring in the West End, on Feature Films, TV Drama and in many Commercials. Having begun her career in London working as a model, Tanya can readily identify with the casting process on the other side of the camera. She moved on to work in Production, with a company based at Pinewood studios. This work took her filming across America and Europe where, aside from filming many Politicians and stars, she was lucky enough to work with such legends as Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Quentin Crisp, (whom she filmed in his favourite New York restaurant). Tanya is married to actor/writer David Bardsley, giving her a valuable insight into the workings of an actor’s mind! They live in London with their three children, the middle one has already made her West End debut at the age of 11! Tanya is a member of Women in Film and Television and BAFTA. NB The MTA have the right to change the faculty – however we will always guarantee that all staff are still currently working in the industry, have a substantial CV of West End (or equivalent) credits and all of whom are experienced teachers.
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:- www.mclean-williams.com
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.Kim in the European premiere of the musical revue “PERSONALS” at the New End Theatre, Hampstead.And she created the role of Emma West, in “A TWIST OF FATE” at the Jubilee Theatre, Raffles, Singapore. Petra in Stephen Sondheims “A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC”, at the Leicester Haymarket. Ida in “HONK” at the Victoria theatre, Singapore. The title role in the European premiere of “VICTOR VICTORIA” at the Bridewell Theatre. Liz Imbrie in “HIGH SOCIETY” Uk tour 2004/5, and the Shaftesbury theatre. Reno Sweeney in the 2006 national tour of “ANYTHING GOES”. Which she was nominated for a TMA award for best performance in a musical . Mrs Overall in “ACORN ANTIQUES” UK tour 2006/7 directed by Victoria Wood. Alex Spofford in “THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK” UK tour. Guest vocalist on “STRICTLY COME DANCING” the Professionals tour, CLOSER THAN EVER at the Landor Theatre, London, Dorothy Brock in 42nd ST,at The Curve, Leicester and The Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s “INTO THE WOODS” at the wonderful Esplanade Theatre, Singapore. Ria is currently rehearsing JERRY’S GIRLS which has it’s London premiere at The St James studio theatre in March. Workshops include creating the role of Norma Desmond in “SUNSET BOULEVARD” at Sydmonton Festival. Stephen Sondheims MASTERCLASS at St Catherines college Oxford, Mercedes in “CARMEN NEGRA” at the Royalty Theatre, London. And “ZORRO” the musical at The Old Vic theatre, London. Concerts have taken Ria worldwide. South Africa, Singapore, Shanghai, France, Belgium. She regularly is a guest soloist in Denmark, singing with all the major orchestras. In 2009, she was a guest soloist for the Danish Royal family at the concert house at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. She has appeared as a soloist with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at The Royal Albert Hall. Sung by personal request at Buckingham Palace for The Duke Of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. As a soloist with The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra. A guest soloist in “Children Will Listen”, celebrating the work of Stephen Sondheim at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane. “A Night Under The Stars” with Bryn Tyrfel at his annual festival in North Wales. Mary Magdelene in “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR” at the Barbican theatre, Eva Peron in “EVITA” in concert, Highams park Chelmsford. Fantine in “Les Miserables” in concert Cardiff Castle. And “MISSLEADING LADIES” at St Davids Hall Cardiff, which she co- devised with her brother Ceri Dupree. And in March this year again as a guest soloist in the “Best Of Broadway” at the Royal Albert Hall with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She has recorded her own TV show “One Night Only With Ria Jones” for BBC Wales. Guested on three Royal Variety shows for the BBC, aswell as appearing on numerous TV chat shows and radio shows. Including “Friday Night Is Music Night” for BBC Radio 2. And recently “Welsh In The West End” for ITV1 Wales. Recordings to date are “Les Miserables” Manchester cast recording. Soloist “A Tribute To Hal Prince”. Kim in “Personals”. Emma West in “A Twist Of Fate”. Guest soloist on Pier Nielsen’s album “My Way” (which went platinum), and Jesper Lundgaard’s Album “Symphony For My Love”. Both recorded with The Sonderyllands Symphony Orchestra. “Abbaphonic”, and “The Music Of Rodgers And Hammerstein” with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. “Its Better With A Band” with the Prinsens Musikorps, And her recently launched album “Have You Met Miss Jones?” Most recently Ria has been understudy for Glenn Close at the ENO’s production of Sunset Boulevard, and is now on a UK tour of the show, playing the role of Norma Desmond.
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)
Other theatre credits inc: The Courtesan in The Comedy of Errors (National and Worldwide tours for the RSC);Pearl Lamont in Johnny On A Spot and Miss Lucie in Sweet Bird of Youth; Guys and Dolls (all National Theatre). She also developed a biographical musical What I Did For Love (RNT Studio), which as showcased to great acclaim. On TV Diane achieved national recognition for her part as Kathy Roberts in two hit series of The Rag Trade , and more recently as Nana McQueen in Hollyoaks ; Bev , Cindy Beale’s mother in Eastenders (BBC); Ruby Rowan , Nick Berry’s mother in Heartbeat and Junie , Del’s girlfriend in Only Fools and Horses. Her many other TV appearances inc: Alas Smith and Jones; Bergerac; Minder; Streets Apart; Boon; Starburst; Carry On Laughing; How To Be A Little Sod; Tonight at 8:30pm; The Bill; Doctors; Holby City; The Best of the Royal Variety Show and her own TV special Let There Be Langton. Diane’s recording credits inc : I Can Talk To You (EMI); Climbin (PYE) and many cast recordings. The Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber ; Bianca in a new recording of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate (TER). She was invited by Marvin Hamlisch in 1978 to appear with him in concert at The Royal Albert Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year Diane was given the honour of being invited to appear in the first of two Royal Variety Performances in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen Mother, the second being in 1982. She has had much success with her one-woman show with appearances at The Green Room and Pizza On The Park.
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 had their UK premieres in 2016. In development they have SOAPDISH for Broadway, and a new project with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell.
Stiles and Drewe have also completed a trilogy of 50-minute musicals for younger audiences, GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF and THREE LITTLE PIGS, which recently enjoyed a run at London’s Palace Theatre. Independently, George composed the musicals MOLL FLANDERS, THE THREE MUSKETEERS and TOM JONES, and the music for Sam Mendes’ productions of TWELFTH NIGHT and UNCLE VANYA. Anthony has written lyrics for the musicals THE CARD and A TWIST OF FATE. Stiles and Drewe have written two revues, and have contributed songs to a variety of theatre, TV and radio shows including the RSC’s SHAKESPEARE REVUE, the National Theatre’s CHAIN PLAY and Dame Edna Everage’s LOOK AT ME WHEN I’M TALKING TO YOU. Stiles and Drewe’s many awards include: The Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical (Honk!), three of the top prizes at the International Musical of the Year Awards for Peter Pan and The Three Musketeers, the TMA Best Musical Award (Moll Flanders), The Straits Times Award for Best Musical (A Twist of Fate), the first ever Vivian Ellis Prize (Just So). Mary Poppins has won 45 major theatre awards around the globe including Tony, Olivier, Helpmann and London Evening Standard Awards. George and Anthony recognise new musical theatre writing via their annual “Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize”, now in its 9th year, and in 2016 launched their new “Mentorship Award” supported by Music Theatre International (MTI). They are also founding board members of Mercury Musical Developments (MMD). www.stilesanddrewe.com
Sue Vincent: Performer Patron
Sue always had showbiz ambitions after watching Pauline Quirk on Junior Showtime. One of her earliest memories was of pretending to be one of Pan’s People while dancing around the lounge dressed in a swimsuit and wellies. At the age of five, she was thrown out of tap dancing classes because they said she had no rhythm. But undeterred, Sue was accepted into the Fiona Martin School of Speech & Drama based at The Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool.
It was a turning point. Even though she no longer had any use for her red leather tap shoes, she knew that she had found her niche. Her dancing days were rediscovered, briefly, at the age of 10, when she won the school disco dancing competition, thrusting inappropriately to Disco Inferno. Although thrilled with her triumph, the prize of a bumper bag of Chewits came as a great disappointment.
In 1994, Sue enrolled at the Hertfordshire Theatre School and after graduating helped set up The Market Theatre in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, a professional theatre for new writing. Her first play Eyes Down Looking premiered in 1999 and then went on to sell out at The Hen & Chickens Theatre on the London Fringe.
After being invited to join Comedy Rep at The Soho Theatre in 2003, Eyes Down Looking was renamed Girls In Season and performed as part of their spring season. Sue worked as part of the regular writing team with The Comedy Project at The Soho Theatre for the following three seasons and also worked on the London Comedy Circuit with her character ‘Bubbly Brenda’, a bitter Butlin’s redcoat.
Her television appearances include Coronation Street, Bad Education, Midsomer Murders and Fresh Meat. She is best known as Derilee in the final series of Shameless on Channel 4 and as Margaret, the long-suffering wife of Uncle Terry (Ted Robbins) in Mount Pleasant (SKY1).
In 2016, Sue appeared alongside David Hasselhoff in Hoff The Record (Dave), Holby City and Doctors (BBC1)
Amanda Abbington: Performer Patron
Originally trained at the Hertfordshire Theatre School.
Roles in Theatre inc: Beverly in Abigail’s Party (40th anniversary tour), God Bless the Child at the Royal Court
TV inc: Maude in Plotlands, Shona in 20 Things to Do Before You’re 30, Sonia in Bernard’s Watch, Man Stroke Woman, Siobhan Casey in After You’ve Gone, Babs in Married Single Other, Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge, the voice of Gwen in Dinopaws, DS Jo Moffat in Cuffs, Fran in Stag, but is probably most well known for playing Mary Morstan in Sherlock, for which she won the Crime Thriller Award for Best Supporting Actress, and was nominated for a prestigious Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
Vanessa Fisher: Performer Patron
Vanessa began her professional training at Northampton College’s BTEC Musical Theatre course where she graduated with a triple distinction. Vanessa completed her training at the prestigious Urdang Academy and throughout her training taught at various dance and drama schools and exhibitons around the country such as Make Believe Arts and Gold Starz Dance School , Shockout Arts and Move It! to name a few. Her broad knowledge and thirst for the industry aided her to graduate with a BA Honors in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre in 2014.
Vanessa’s professional working credits include dancing in Children in Need, Strictly Come Dancing and Britain’s Got Talent, various adverts and musicals such as Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Motown, Hansel & Gretel and Follies. She has recently finished understudying the part of the Narrator at The London Palladium’s summer production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
As well as performing, Vanessa thrives off being able to inspire young aspiring performers with the knowledge she has gained over her years and nothing excites her more than seeing their confidence and passion grow. Vanessa is also an activist that champions diversity and equality within both the theatre industry as well globally. Vanessa co founded a charity in Sierra Leone, West Africa with the hope of providing aid and support specifically to young children and women. Vanessa believes in being the change you hope to see and channels her activism through her art.