Annemarie Lewis Thomas, Principal
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; 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, for which she also composed the music. She works regularly with Perfect Pitch most recently MD’ing’ From Up Here in their West End Showcase.
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 also wrote the music for The Roaring Girl and Man is Man both at the Finborough. In collaboration with Phil Willmott Annemarie wrote the music to Around the World in 80 Days, (published by Samuel French), which has been performed both in the UK and Germany. Uncle Ebenezer commissioned by BAC and The Wolf Boys commissioned by the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Since 2007 Annemarie has written several pieces 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) and Puss in Boots (2008). Jack and the Beanstalk (2009) Along with book writer Nick Stimson, Annemarie has written 3 musicals for The MTA, Dangerous Daughters(2010), Celebs Anon(2011) and The Sunshine Gang (2012) . They are currently writing their 4th musical due to be performed in September 2013. In 2013 Annemarie wrote the songs for the UK tour of Boxed In for Shifting Sands Theatre Company.
As a lecturer Annemarie spent 18 years at the Hertfordshire Theatre School writing and running the Musical Theatre component of the course. She has also worked at Middlesex University where she ran the module Singer As Entertainer, as well as writing a Musical Theatre module for the then Performing Arts degree. In FE Annemarie worked at the Hertford Regional College helping them to make the transition from A Level to BTEC and contributing to the creation of the course. She works freelance as an audition consultant/workshop facilitator.
Annemarie also regularly contributes as a journalist to several publications on the subject of Musical Theatre.
Recent credits inc: Musical Supervisor for Robin Hood (Cambridge Touring Theatre) & Around The World in 80 Days (Scoop Theatre, London), West End Backwards (Kings Head) She has just finished recording a demo and MD’ing’ a workshop of new musical Playback (currently in development) Dangerous Daughters has now been picked up by Perfect Pitch Musical Developments – Nick and Annemarie are currently midst re-writes ready for a professional production in 2013. The show will also be licensed for performance by Perfect Pitch. In Feb 2013 Annemarie was one of the guests in the Page to Stage Season at the Landor where her show An Evening with the Music & Lyrics of Annemarie Lewis Thomas featured a number of West End guests singing her material. The Ballad of Kitty Jay and Great Expectations were both produced in London in the Summer of 2013. She is currently writing Aladdin for The MTA.
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Carly Hainsby AISTD, Vice-Principal and Head of Dance
Carly trained at Bird College graduating with teaching qualification’s in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Anatomy and Physiology and a National Diploma in Musical Theatre. She also trained with the YMCA to obtain her Exercise to Music and Professional Studio Instructor qualifications.
As a performer most recently Carly has worked extensively for “Chicago” and has performed in productions in Istanbul, Rio and Marrakech as well as numerous events in the UK.
Theatre Credits include The Wizard of Oz , Chicago, Annie in which she played the role of Lily St Regis, Crazy For You in which she played the role of Patsy, Arms and the Cow for Opera North, Calamity Jane, Anything Goes, La Traviata for Grange Park Opera, Chess in which she played the role of The White Queen and The Wiz.
She was also a featured singer and dancer for the Jean Ann Ryan company for NCL and a member of the Moulin Rouge Company both in Paris and for their touring productions all over the world.
Her choreographic credits include, “The Music of Annemarie Lewis Thomas “ at The Landor Theatre, Pimpinone for the Buxton festival, “Carmen” for London Opera Vocal, pieces for “Broadway Then and Now” and “Burlesque and Other Distractions” for Bird College at The Orchard Theatre.
For the MTA Carly has choreographed “The Ballad of Kitty Jay”, “The Sunshine Gang“, “ Celebs Anon” and “Dangerous Daughters” as well as pieces for each production of “Something Old, Something New”
Carly has worked with BML Workshops London as an Assistant Choreographer and Choreographer for their 2013 projects.
Carly teaches at many Performing Arts Colleges and schools and runs her own company providing theatre workshops and masterclasses.
Nick Crossley, Deputy Head of Dance
Recent credits inc: Ensemble in Love Never Dies (Adelphi) Oliver(Palladium), ‘the Spirit of Fosse’ Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), prior to this he toured the UK with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang . Nick’s other theatre credits include Starlight Express, Fame, We Will Rock You, West Side Story and Cats
Nick has also appeared on television in The Bill for ITV and the Period Drama Byron for BBC 2.
Recordings include the original cast recording of We Will Rock You.
Nick continues to teach and give workshops in colleges and schools across the country and is currently studying towards his Masters Degree with the Open University.
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.
Nick DiCola, Head of Voice
Nick DiCola holds an MA with distinction in Voice Studies from Central School of Speech and Drama and a BA in both Linguistics and Russian Language from the University of Rochester. He teaches at City Literary Institute and heads the voice curriculum for Best School of Acting in St. Albans. Nick has taught voice as a visiting lecturer at Rose Bruford College, Read College of Dance and Theatre and the London School of Musical Theatre. In addition to working with private clients, Nick has provided voice and dialect support for productions such as Crazy For You with Upstairs at the Gatehouse, The Master’s Room for BAFTA and The Royal Academy of Art, The Great Gatsby at Wilton’s Music Hall, Made in Britain for Scratch Theatre Company, Winter’s Tale and King John at East 15 Acting School, and The National Theatre Connections festival with Watford Palace Theatre and The Oxford Playhouse. Nick is currently working as a voice coach on Billy Elliot
Colin Farquharson, Deputy Head of Voice
Colin Farquharson trained as an actor in South Africa. He appeared in various Shakespearean productions including, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander); Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick); and The Merchant Of Venice (Lorenzo) before making his musical theatre debut in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Simion)at the State Theatre in Pretoria. In the UK Colin has continued working on stage appearing as Murkor in Bink and the Riddle of the Sphinx (People’s Theatre Company) and Sobad in The Magic Toybox (Chaplin’s Theatre Company). Recently, Colin has focused more on film work and has appeared in several award winning short films including Tarrot (DEATH), Working Late (TIM) , Crass Transit (Businessman) and The Endless Game (Man in Black).
Colin worked in the theatre and film industry for 10 years before returning to study and completing his MA in Voice Studies at Central School of Speech and Drama. Colin now works as a freelance voice teacher focusing on the connection between the voice and body and has taught for many institutions including Central School of Speech and Drama, Guildford School of Acting, East 15, Gloucester University, HULT Business School, to name but a few. He has also run workshops internationally, in Austria, South Africa and Botswana.
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.
Iain Vince-Gatt, Deputy Head of Musical Theatre
Iain trained at the Guildhall School of Music.
Musical Theatre credits include: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Into The Woods, Alvaro’s Balcony, I Love You Because (Best Musical off West End Award Winner 2008), Daddy Cool The Musical, Dancing In The Streets, Bat Boy The Musical, Chicago, Sweet Charity, Boys From Syracuse, Jesus Christ Superstar, City Of Angels, Little Shop Of Horrors, When Harry Met Barry, Tonight at 8.30, The Sound Of Music. La Cage Aux Folles, Elegies, Cabaret. Return To The Forbidden Planet, Spend Spend Spend, Kat And The Kings, They’re Playing Our Song, Footloose (European Premiers).
Iain has also been the Musical Supervisor for the Whatsonstage Awards for the past three years. Along with this, he has just finished as Musical Supervisor on the new musical “Wolf Boy”. He was also Musical Supervisor for “Daddy Cool the Musical” (World Tour), “Dancing in the Streets” (West End) and “Bat Boy” (Shaftesbury Theatre). In Europe he was Musical Supervisor for “Footloose” and the Pearl Anniversary tour of “The Rocky Horror Show” in Europe, UK and West End. He has also supervised workshops for the new musicals of “The Realness” (Only Connect), “Super Alice Smith” (Perfect Pitch), “The Diary of Ann Frank”, “A Girl Called Dusty” (David Ian Productions), “Robin and the Seven Hoods” and “When Harry Met Barry”.
Iain has also been Assistant Conductor for both the Scottish Opera and Ballet Companies. He has been the Musical Director for many popular performers including Alison Moyet, Mary Wilson, Rita Coolidge, Ben E. King, The Nolans, The Crystals, The Platters and The Drifters, and has recently worked with The Saturdays. Television Credits include Late Edition (STV), Dana’s Festival (STV), Road to the Isles (STV), and Stars in Your Eyes (BBC SCOTLAND), ZDF, RTL Germany. He has also made many broadcasts for Radio Scotland and Radio Clyde, as well as in Europe. Producer and Arranger for Klub Records. Compositions include “Cloud”, “A Cantata for Xmas”, and “Decades”. Concerts include H.R.H. Prince Edward and Tribute to Sir Harry Lauder (Jimmy Logan).
Iain is also a well established West End vocal coach, and has lectured in various colleges throughout his career which include Napier University, Glasgow University, Conservatoire of Music in Berlin, Italia Conti, Notre Dame School Of Music, RSAMD and he was recently involved in the development of the new BA in Musical Theatre course at Trinity College, London.
Sarah-Jane McElhatton, P.A to the Principal & Company Stage Manager
Sarah-Jane graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in a Two Year Technical Theatre and Stage Management course in 2010 with a Distinction and has a 2:1 in BA Hons Drama from the University of Lincoln School of Performing Arts.
She grew up in Coventry and moved to London after finishing University in order to further her passion for technical theatre.
Her recent stage management credits include Grimm & Grimmer with Gonzo Moose Theatre Company as DSM, Jerwood Opera writing programme with Aldeburgh Music as ASM, Die Dreigroschenoper with the Royal Academy of Music as DSM, The Three Pintos with UCL as DSM, Luck Wright’s Cynical Ballads at the Leicester Square Theatre as SM, Spring Awakening with The English Theatre Frankfurt Company as ASM, and Jack & the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds as ASM. Sarah-Jane has also Stage Managed five Miniaturists shows which consisted of performing five new plays at the Arcola Theatre in one day.
She has also Stage Managed six of The MTA shows which include Celebs Anon, Something Old & Something New, Zombie Prom, Cinderella, Epson Downs and Dangerous Daughters.
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. She is currently a lead nurse in Adolescent Acute Mental Health Services. 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.
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 holistic approach to training. www.counsellingforperformers.co.uk
Wilma Kirsten, Consultant Nutritionist
Wilma Kirsten is a Harley Street nutrition expert who specialises in gut disorders and female hormonal health. Her honours degree in Nutritional Therapy, masters diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and extensive clinical experience means that the students are privy to advice from a true expert in the field.
Wilma fundamentally believes that we are what we eat and that the power of good nutrition should not be underestimated. She advocates eating to sustain a good quality of life not merely ingesting food for the sake of it. Wilma understands that we are all unique individuals with different lifestyles and incorporates that knowledge in guiding her patients to experience the benefits of well chosen food options. She never loses sight of the goals that the patient sets at the onset of a consultation and offers support throughout this unique adventure which focuses on eating well for life.
As well as her busy clinical practice, Wilma is also an expert columnist on Nutrition for Positive Health Online Magazine and is completing her second science degree in Biological Psychology through the Open University.
For more information visit http://www.wilmakirsten.com/
Liz Bayley BA(Hons) Adip ST MFHT, Sports Therapist
Sports Therapy 4 Dancers was established by Liz, prior to that she was a professional dancer for over 10 years.
Originally from Surrey, she 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 now specialises in Latin, Ballroom and Argentine Tango and continues to teach and perform in London.
Having always been fascinated by anatomy and physiology, Liz decided to train in Sports Therapy 4 years ago, after sustaining many injuries herself and seeing so many of her co-performers go through the same thing. She treats sports, dance and occupational injuries, in addition to correcting postural imbalances and prescribing Pilates based exercise for rehabilitation and conditioning. She is a registered Kinesio Tape practitioner (the bright tape used in the Olympics). She was honoured to work with a Venezuelan Paralympic Cyclist for London 2012. With Liz’s help, he came 7th out of 76 athletes!
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 also travels to Paris every 6 weeks to treat the dancers in the Moulin Rouge, Lido and Crazy Horse. She is thrilled to be working with the talented and lovely students of the MTA. When not inflicting pain (ultimately to fix it) at The MTA, Liz works out of her own clinic at her house in Raynes Park, near Wimbledon and in Theatre Land – London.
For more information visit: www.sportstherapy4dancers.com
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.
Giles is an actor and singer with a wide range of experience spanning the last 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 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 This House at the NT, and The Way of the World at Chichester. Other recent credits 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 Music Man at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and Macbeth and Lady Be Good at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park.
On television he has been seen most recently in Mr Selfridge and Foyle’s War on ITV, the acclaimed Stuart: a Life Backwards and Stephen Poliakoff’s Friends and Crocodiles, both for the BBC.
As a teacher Giles works as a Shakespeare Consultant both for drama schools and performing arts colleges, including Guidlford School of Acting and Millennium Performing Arts. He has also worked on individual productions – most recently for the 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.
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.
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.
Please note that it is The MTA policy for all staff to be currently working in the industry, therefore teachers are likely to change subject to professional commitments.
Theatre and Choreography credits: Choreographer for 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. U.K Assistant Choreographer for White Christmas, Plymouth Theatre Royal, and Salford Lowry Theatre, 2009. Assistant Choreographer and Resident Choreographer for Chitty Chitty bang Bang 2009/2010 U.K tour. Associate choreographer/ Dance captain for Cinderella the musical Pantomime at Southampton Mayflower Theatre, 2008. Dance captain in Hello Dolly, U.K tour, 2008. Dance Captain/Swing in white Christmas Edinburgh playhouse and Cardiff Millennium Centre, 2007. Dance Captain in Annie, U.K tour, 2007. Dancer in Follies in Concert at the London Palladium, 2007. Dance Captain/ swing in white christmas Plymouth Theatre Royal, 2006. Santa Claus the Musical, 2005. Dance Captain onboard oriana P&O Cruise line, 2005. Dance ensemble in Tanz der vampire, Apollo theatre, stuttgart,2003, and various pantomimes.
Television credits: Ednaette in Dame Edna treatment, ITV. Gabriella in odeon High School Musical promotion, disney. Dancer in the Paul O’Grady show, Olga TV channel 4. Featured Dancer in It’s Now or Never, ITV. Actress in ‘Womes’s Talk’ documentary, Sky, UK Living.
Helen has taught and choreographed at Various Colleges and Schools.
Luke originally from Leicester, furthered his training at Laine Theatre Arts.
His most recent credit was to appear on the second series of BBC’s “So You Think You Can Dance” finishing runner up. Other Credits include (swing) Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Palace Theatre. (Dance Captian swing) Grease, Picadilly Theatre. Macavity, Cats Uk tour,
Saturday Night Fever in Koln, Germany where he understudied the role’s of Bobby C and Chester. Copacabana, Danish tour, directed by Craig Revel Horward.
The Phantom Of The Opera (Slavemaster) Her Majesty’s Theatre and The “Producers” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane…
Pantomimes include Peter Pan for E & B Productions Woking/Stoke/Milton Keynes and Cinderella at the Hackney Empire.
Film; The Phantom Of The Opera and Finding Neverland.
Luke has appeared in various music videos, trade and fashion shows.
Training: Linda Butler School of Dance, Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts
Currently Dance Captain at MAMMA MIA! (Novello Theatre).
Matilda (Cambridge Theatre), MAMMA MIA! (Prince of Wales Theatre and International Tour), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Fame (Aldwych Theatre),RENT (English Theatre Frankfurt), Fame, Saturday Night Fever, Oh! What a Night (UK Tour), The Wiz(Hackney Empire), Snow White and the Seven Dwarves(Bristol Hippodrome), Peter Pan (Reading Hexagon),Mother Goose (Oxford Playhouse), Dance Captain on P&O Aurora where she performed in Grease, Elvis the Musical, Half a Sixpence, Jolson and Charley’s Aunt
Concerts: Tommy in Concert (Prince Edward), Spirit of Fire (Royal Albert Hall), West End to Broadway (Palace Theatre), Singer for CABBAret! Dancer for The Rhythmics.
Television Credits: Horizon (BBC), This Morning(ITV), The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV), The Late, Late Show (RTE), The Buzz (Channel 4), The Fame School Graduates (Meridian)
Choreographic Credits: In Touch (Bridewell Theatre),RENT (Garrick)
Helen has been teaching for 10 years and has taught for Doreen Bird College, Bodyworks, Stagecoach, Pineapple Performing Arts, The Professionals and many other dance schools and colleges.
Alec was born in Canterbury but grew up in Perth, Australia. Returning to the UK to further his training at Bird College.
He has most recently been touring China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan this year with the musical Notre Dame de Paris. Alec will be returning to South Korea as assistant choreographer in staging a totally Korean production of the show!
In his final year of college, Alec successfully auditioned for Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium and then onto Notre Dame De Paris (swing and dance captain) at the Dominion Theatre, London.
During Notre Dame he was asked to audition for Kylie Minogues Can’t Get You Out Of My Head video. This led to Alec working with Kylie as her dance partner for the entire Fever album promotion including the videos In Your Eyes, Love At First Sight (which he co-choreographed with Rafael Bonachella) and I Believe In You, culminating in the world tour of KYLIEFEVER2002. Alec worked with Kylie again in 2008 for her European promotion of the singles In My Arms and Wow at 2008′s BRIT awards.
Notable credits include:
Choreography: Mara Galeazzi Gala at Sadlers Wells (tap choreographer). Love At First Sight (Kylie Minogue) USA TV performances (Tonight Show with Jay Leno,MTV TRL,Carson Daly, Regis and Kelly), Mentos “UP2U” commercial (2011), Let’s Dance for Comic Relief (assistant choreographer), Cybertronica Tap for KYLIEFEVER2002, La Variete at The Hackney Empire (assistant choreographer)
Theatre: Viva La Diva (with Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins), West Side Story (Bregenz Festival,Austria), Tap Dogs (Geneva/London), Vampirette (Manchester Opera House), Gadaffi (ENO), Carmen (Royal Albert Hall).
Film: Phantom Of The Opera (Joel Schumacher), Beyond The Sea (Kevin Spacey), Inkheart (Iain Softley), Gullivers Travels (Rob Letterman).
Videos: Maybe and Downtown (Emma Bunton) You Give Me Something (Jamiroquai), Come Up and See Me (Erasure), Shine (Bootyluv) and Get The Party Started (Shirley Bassey).
Television/Commercial: Take That (Brit Awards 2011),Katherine Jenkins (Ryder Cup Concert 2010), Lily Allen (Brit Awards 2010), Scissor Sisters (Brit Awards 2007), Tom Jones (Brit Awards), Jamelia (MOBO Awards 2004) , An Audience With Kylie, Girls Aloud (Royal Variety), MTV Awards (Kylie Minogue 2001).
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 and is an Approved Teacher with the Council for Dance Education and Training. He also has the Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Sector (PTLLS).
Choreography credits. ‘Ivor Novello and the Great British Musical’, St James’s Theatre, London. ‘One Twenty One Guns’, Bridewell Theatre, London. ‘Sweet Charity’, Sadler’s Wells’ London. Choreographer for the UK premier of ‘My Son Pinocchio, Geppetto’s Musical Tale’, music written by Stephen Scwartz. Choreographer ‘An Evening with David Hasselhoff’, indigO2. Choreographer ‘Aladdin’ Milton Keynes Theatre and Bristol Hippodrome for First Family Entertainment. Choreographer Wedding of Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford for Hello!Magazine. Choreographer ‘Celtic Journey’, New York City dance section. This Christmas Philip will be the resident choreographer for First Familys production of ‘Cinderella’ at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking.
Film and Television credits: Lead male dancer ‘The song of life’ for Leftfield, Featured artist for X-Factor’s Aiden Grimshaw’s debut music video ‘All This Love’, Butler for the National Lottery advert, Dancer in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, click track dancer for John Turturo in ‘Nutcracker – The Untold Story’, dance captain MTV ‘Living On The Edge’, ‘Top of the Pops’ as a backing dancer for Inaya Day and GMTV ‘100th Anniversary for the British Heart Foundation’, featured dancer for Bollywood film ‘Veer’.
Theatre credits: ‘FAME The Musical’ Assistant choreographer/Ensemble, ‘42nd St Gala’ at the London Palladium, Dr Coppelius, ‘Coppelia’, Widow Simone ‘La Fille Mal Gardee’, St Margarets Festival Ballet, ‘Aladdin’ at the Liverpool Empire, New Wimbledon Theatre, New Victoria Theatre, Woking and Milton Keynes Theatre, ‘Celtic Journey Dance Sensation’ at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage and Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ at the London Cruise Terminal, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ playing the role of narrator/dance captain and ‘Live at the Bloomsbury’,Bloomsbury Theatre, London. Philip has also appeared as a dancer at the ‘Daisy Ball’ and the ‘Candy Ball’ at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Judge: Janet Cram Awards Modern Dance Final 2012, Shaw Theatre, London.
Philip also teaches dance at a number of musical theatre performing arts colleges across London. He also guest teaches numerous guest celebrities from the show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘Dancing with The Stars’ and has also taught and choreographed for many celebrities including Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff, Paul O’Grady, Ruby Wax, Paul Burling, Anita Dobson, Eric Potts, Russell Grant, Bradley Walsh, Brian Blessed, Les Dennis, Camilla Dallerup, Gareth Gates to name but a few.
For more information see: http://www.philip-joel.me.uk
Kevin trained at the London studio centre. He is currently working for Ministry of Fun performing in and helping organise Flash Mob events.
Theatre includes: Swing and understudy Eddie in Mamma Mia (The Prince of Wales and The Novello) West End live 2010, The Olivier Awards 2009 and Children in Need 2008 , ensemble in MAMMA MIA! (International Tour), swing and understudy Mary Sunshine in Chicago (UK tour), A Tribute to Dirty Dancing (Kenwood House and Marble Hill), ensemble and appearing as Shane and understudying Dallas, Wolf and Larry in Sex, Chips and Rock and Roll , swing in Kiss Me, Kate (UK tour), Bailiff, Court Clerk and Mary Sunshine in Chicago (European tour), Bishop Hogan in Fat Men in Skirts (Cockpit), Sailors Quartet in Anything Goes (Landor) and understudy Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk (ExtravaganzaProductions).
Other work includes: featured dancer in It’s Now or Never (Thames TV), Bill Symons in The Bill – Tour of Duty (Thames TV) and dancer in the video for Paul McCartney’s ‘Brown Eyed Handsome Man’.
As well as performing and teaching, Kevin also runs wowtheguests.com, a wedding first dance company offering choreography services using west end performers to teach bespoke first dances tailored to a couples personal needs.
Matthew trained at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.
Theatre credits include; Assistant Dance Captain in Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) Spirit of Fosse in Chicago (Cambridge Theatre and UK tour), Pep in The Boy Friend (Regent’s Park Open Air), We Will Rock You ( Dominion Theatre), West Side Story (Bregenz Festival), understudy Bobby C in Saturday Night Fever (UK tour and Koln, Germany), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), understudy Doddy and Eugene in Grease (Victoria Palace and Scandinavian arena tour), Dirk and understudying Sal and Stretch in Oh! What a Night (Manchester Palace and UK tour), understudying Nick, Shlomo and Goody in Fame (UK tour) and 42nd Street (UK tour), Ensemble in Shoes (Peacock Theatre)
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. Mamma Mia (International Tour) Dance Captain/Swing. Chicago (UK Tour) Dance Captain/Swing and understudy Roxie and Mamma Morton. 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. Our House (Cambridge Theatre) Dance Captain/Swing. Fame (Victoria Palace) Swing and understudy Carmen, Mabel and Miss Bell.
Choreography Credits – Chicago, Assistant Choreographer to Gary Christ in Rehearsals for the Garrick Theatre. Michael Ball Concert, Choreographer/Stage Direction, Choreographed four numbers and staged the Concert. Mamma Mia, Assistant Choreographer International Tour 2010 Cast Change. Oh What a Night, Assistant Choreographer to Kim Gavin. S Club Juniors, Assistant Choreographer to Gary Lloyd on numerous S Club TV appearances. BBC Panto, Assistant Choreographer to Gary Lloyd.
Television Credits include – Royal Variety Show, CDUK, This Morning, Top of the Pops, Talking Telephone Numbers and Stars in their eyes.
Following a successful performing career, leading to assisting some of the industry’s finest, Richard is now defining himself as a versatile and accomplished choreographer. Previous choreographic credits include “Pal Joey” & “Grease” – Aoyama Theatre, Tokyo and subsequent transfers to Osaka. “From the Hart”, New End Theatre, London. “Magic of the Musicals” – UK tour, “Stars of the Night Gala” – Haymarket Theatre, London.Directing and choreographing ‘Annie” & “Footloose” –Orchard Theatre, Dartford (HQ Venue’s) TV and commercial credits include: Bruno Mars-“Unorthodox Jukebox” campaign. “Ambitions” music video for Donkey Boy, both for Warner Bros Records. “School for Stars” – CBBC. “Children in Need” – BBC
Richard is currently a core creative at both Qdos Entertainment and P&O cruises. Previous works include: Production shows across the entire fleet including the super liners, Azura/Ventura. “Dick Whittington”- Civic Theatre, Chelmsford & Theatre Royal, Plymouth. “Sleeping Beauty” and “Aladdin”, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, “Jack & the Beanstalk”, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, “Sleeping Beauty”, Beck Theatre, Hayes, “Aladdin” – Grand Theatre Swansea,
Richard regularly lectures, directs and choreographs for leading drama college’s across the UK, with previous credits including, directing & choreographing: “Grease”, “A Chorus Line”, “West Side Story”, “Pyjama Game”, “Nunsense”,”Stepping Out”, “Bad Girls-The Musical” Seedtime Showcase-LSC.
As a performer, Richard has been a regular in London’s West End, toured internationally and made TV appearances with shows such as; We Will Rock You, Grease, Cats, Movin’ Out, Peggy Sue Got Married, Me & My Girl, West Side Story, Oh! What a Night, Fame, Night of a 1000 voices, Billy Elliot, Chess, Magic of the Musicals.
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.
Credits Include: Charity/Cover Reno 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)
TV- Saturday Night Takeaway, Surprise Surprise! This Morning, Royal Variety Performance 2011, Bo-Salecta.
Recording – Singin’ in the Rain (London Cast Recording)
Training: London Studio Centre (BA Hons. Degree in Theatre Dance).
Theatre: The Star Child (workshop, Menier Chocolate Factory); Toad in Wind in the Willows (Royal Opera House); Diesel in West Side Story (Sage, Gateshead); Soho Cinders (Queen’s Theatre, London); Snowboy in West Side Story 50th Anniversary Production (UK Tour), We Will Rock You, Vienna; We Will Rock You, Zurich; Stephen Mears’ On The Town (London Coliseum); ENO’s Death In Venice (London Coliseum); Oliver! (London Palladium); Children’s Variety Performance (Her Majesty’s Theatre, London) and various pantomimes nationwide.
Cris has also been mentored by the Jazz company Body of People (BOP) and appeared as a soloist dancer in their show A Journey of Jazz (Sadler’s Wells, London).
Film/TV: Featured Dancer in films including Muppets Most Wanted (2014 release), Great Expectations and Hugo; Jochen Mass in Rush; Featured Dancer in Bo Selecta and various commercials and music videos.
Choreography: Anything Goes (Wyvern Theatre, Swindon); Wizard of Oz (Wyvern Theatre, Swindon); Fame (Orchard Theatre, Dartford); Assistant Choreographer on LazyTown Live! The Pirate Adventure (UK Tour); Assistant Choreographer on various pantomimes including Dick Whittington (Milton Keynes Theatre) and Qdos’ Cinderella (Theatre Royal, Plymouth). Cris has also choreographed numbers for the Urdang Academy and London Studio Centre shows.
As well as performing, Cris is also currently teaching jazz and tap classes for London Studio Centre, Collins Performing Arts, Central School of Speech & Drama, the British Ballet Organisation and various other venues.
Training: London Studio Centre and Elmhurst Ballet School
Theatre: Rock of Ages, Constance Sack (Garrick Theatre/ Shaftsbury Theatre) Mamma Mia! Swing and cover Ali (International tour), understudied Marty and Cha Cha in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre), Spamalot, original London cast ( Palace Theatre.)
Television: This Morning, The Royal Variety show, The Alan Titchmarsh show and the MOBO Awards.
Other work includes: London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and Classical Spectacular (Royal Albert Hall.)
Matt started his dance career after graduating from Masters performing arts college back 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!
Musical Theatre Staff
Please note that it is The MTA policy for all staff to be currently working in the industry, therefore teachers are likely to change subject to professional commitments.
Matt Smith is currently MD on the new production of 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.
Zara trained at the University of Glamorgan, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and London College of Music.
When not musically directing or composing for professional theatre, Zara works extensively in music and theatre education and specialises in major large-scale devising and performance projects. She has been repeatedly employed by, amongst others, Royal & Derngate, Northampton; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; Central School of Speech & Drama; the International Schools Theatre Association; Trinity Laban; Oldham Theatre Workshop, English Pocket Opera Company, and National Youth Music Theatre. She is also specialises in bespoke devised music theatre projects for young people.
Theatre credits include (MD/Composer, various): Oh! What A Lovely War (Central School of Speech & Drama); Babes In Arms (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts); The Tempest (Watford Palace Theatre); Alice in Wonderland, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Royal & Derngate); Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Cinderella, Telling Tales, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Much Ado About Nothing, Sleeping Beauty (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham); Arabian Nights, Peter Pan, Alice, The Doctor’s Daughter, The Greek, The Life of Pi, The Grimms’s Tales; An Artist and a Mariner; A Time Machine (Central School of Speech & Drama at The Minack); The Love For Three Oranges, The Magic Flute, I Pagliacci (English Pocket Opera Company); The Doctor’s Daughter (Central School of Speech & Drama at the Medway Festival, Kent); Various Cures For Loneliness (Trinity College of Music); Elmer (Birmingham Stage Company Tour); The Good Hope (ALRA); Yo-Yo (My Life is Like a Yo-Yo) (Contemporary Clowning Projects, Regional Tour); Little Shop of Horrors (Torch Theatre); The Song of Ruth, Postcards from Andalucia and Did You Ever Take Your Wife to Camberwell (Refraction Theatre Company at the BAC); Vinegar Tom (Point Theatre Cardiff); The Bacchae (Papaver Youth Theatre).
Phillip is an experienced performer, vocal coach and musician. He studied classical singing and later musical theatre and singing teaching at the Royal Academy of Music under the instruction of west-end vocal coach Mary Hammond and Licenced Estill Voice Craft Practitioner (Vanguard) Ann-Marie Speed.
Phillip has had an extensive performing career in musical theatre, opera and rock that has taken him to several countries all over the world and given him the opportunity to work with elite professionals. His credits include: Backing Singer for Elton John UK tour, Tony in ‘The Boyfriend’, Captain Tempest in ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’, Colston in ‘The Go-Between’, Miss Hannigan in ‘Annie’, Hedwig in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’, Opera chorus for Haddow House Opera in ‘Hercules’ and ‘I Puritani’. Phillip also toured with composer Tan Dun for the UK premier of ‘Marco Polo’. Phillip also performs as guest artist for Costa Crociere as well as working with Perfect Pitch Musicals.
Phillip has a great love for theatre and performance as well as a passion for voice research and teaching. Phillip is the founder of ‘The Vocal Fold’ – sharing research and passion, www.thevocalfold.com where he regularly publishes articles on voice and performance that have received positive feedback from top colleges around the country.
Emmy trained at Trinity College of Music (BMus Hons Jazz) and has performed at some of the UK’s leading jazz venues, such as Pizza on the Park and the 606, and at festivals such as The Isle of Wight Jazz Festival, Marlborough Jazz Festival and London Jazz Festival. She is a member of the London Vocal Project, a contemporary jazz-vocal ensemble, which has featured alongside artists such as Bobby Mcferrin (at the British premier of his latest album VOCAbuLaries), Mica Paris (as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad) and Dame Cleo Laine. With LVP she has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Ronnie Scotts and Maida Vale Studios (for BBC Radio 3), and recently recorded the ‘Mirrors’ vocal suite with British jazz greats Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone (due for release Jan 2013)
In addition to the teach at The MTA, Emmy also teaches principal-study voice at Colchester Institute and musicianship at Tech Music Schools. She has studied vocal technqiue intensively and takes a great interest in vocal health.
Specialist Skills Practitioners
Please note that it is The MTA policy for all staff to be currently working in the industry, therefore teachers are likely to change subject to professional commitments.
Gerry Flanagan, Commedia Del Arte
Gerry Flanagan is renowned as a performer/director/clown practitioner. He is Artistic Director of Shifting Sands Theatre. He has performed with many companies including the David Glass Ensemble and Bubble Theatre.
In 1998 he founded Shifting Sands to create stimulating, accessible theatre that is both comic and moving. Shows include: Faustus – A Devilish Comedy, Romeo & Juliet, Great Expectations, The Deadline and The Devil’s Doctor. He has performed in all the Shifting Sands shows. Gerry has taught clown and related subjects for the last twenty two years.
“that wonderful, bewildered clown, Gerry Flanagan”
Haruka Kuroda, Actor/ Stage Combat Instructor
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).
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.
George Stiles (Music) and Anthony Drewe (Lyrics), Creative Patrons
During this time their musicals include the internationally acclaimed hit Honk! which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2000, and has since been seen by over 6 million people around the world; Mary Poppins, currently playing on Broadway and touring the UK, for which they wrote the new songs; Just So, which won the first ever Vivian Ellis Prize, and has subsequently been produced by Cameron Mackintosh; Tutankhamun and Peter Pan, winner of two major awards at the 1996 International Musical Of The Year, which began it’s life in the UK in 2001 as a concert at the Royal Festival Hall for the BBC, starring John Thaw and Sheila Hancock. They have also written numerous cabaret songs which have been performed in TV, radio and theatre shows.
Stiles and Drewe are currently working on three new shows; A Private Function, based on the film by Alan Bennett, Soapdish and Soho Cinders. An all-star concert celebrating their 25 years together was staged earlier this year at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, entitled A Spoonful Of Stiles And Drewe, the CD of which has just been released.
With lyricist Paul Leigh, George has also written the scores for Moll Flanders, Tom Jones and The Three Musketeers. He composed the music for Sam Mendes’ productions of Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya and Habeas Corpus at The Donmar Warehouse, and was Dame Edna Everage’s musical director for a year.
With composer Tony Hatch, Anthony wrote lyrics for The Card and, with Singaporean composer Dick Lee, the lyrics for A Twist of Fate. His work as a director includes Snoopy (Watermill Theatre), Honk! (South Africa, Chicago, Tokyo and Singapore), Just So (North Shore Music Theatre, Massachussetts, and Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Thing About Men (King’s Head). As a performer recent work includes Rogues to Riches (Watermill Theatre), The Three Musketeers (Danish tour) and A Twist of Fate (Singapore).
Stiles and Drewe are founding Board members of Mercury Musical Developments, a charitable organisation that promotes new musical theatre writing in the UK.
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.
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. She has now surely established herself as one of finest musical theatre performers in the UK.’ broadwayworld.com. Lara’s screen career has included roles in television series’ such as Robin (BBC), True Blood (HBO) and Spooks (BBC). She is most well-known for portrayal of Irene Adler in the BAFTA award winning BBC series Sherlock. Lara is currently a series regular on US TV show Da Vinci’s Demons and is returning to the stage this autumn to play Louise in the musical Gypsy alongside Imelda Staunton at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Lara’s previous theatre work includes: Uncle Vanya at The Festival Theatre; Parade at The Donmar Warehouse and Mark Taper Theatre, Los Angeles; Into The Woods at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; The Last Five Years at The Menier Chocolate Factory; Miss Saigon Cameron Mackintosh Ltd; The Royal National Theatre’s Honk! directed by Julia McKenzie; Beau Jest at The Hackney Empire; High Society directed by Ian Talbot; A Chorus Line at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre directed by Nikolai Foster; The Boy Friend at the Theatre Royal Windsor and UK tour; Chicago UK tour; Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street UK tour; Grease at the Victoria Palace Theatre, West End; The Wizard of OZ at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Primrose Larkin in The Darling Buds of May UK tour.
As a teenager, Lara’s passion for theatre was ignited from working extensively with the National Youth Music Theatre appearing in numerous productions including Pendragon at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, The City Center Theater, New York and The National Theatre, Taipei.
Board of Advisors
Debbie O’Brien, Casting Director
West End productions include: The Harder They Come (Playhouse), Grease (Piccadilly and Victoria Palace), Showboat (Royal Albert Hall), Dancing in the Streets (Playhouse), The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas (Savoy), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Palladium), Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria), The Snowman (Peacock), Fame (Aldwych), Peter Pan and The Pirates of Penzance (Savoy), Mum’s the Word (Albery), Daisy Pulls It Off (Lyric), The King and I (Palladium), Napoleon (Shaftesbury), Madame Melville (Vaudeville), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Playhouse), La Cava (Piccadilly). Smokey Joe’s Café (Prince of Wales), The Rocky Horror Show (Queen’s, Piccadilly, Duke of Yorks, Victoria Palace), Soul Train (Victoria Palace), Rent (Shaftesbury), Always (Victoria Palace), Steaming (Piccadilly), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Apollo), Disgracefully Yours (Comedy).
UK tours include: Thriller Live, Defending the Caveman, Dancing in the Streets, The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas, Mahabharata, Bratz Passion for Fashion, Sweet Soul Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Starlight Express, Anything Goes, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, What a Feeling, Dirty Dusting, Mack and Mabel, Fame, Mum’s the Word, The King and I, The Misanthrope, The Threepenny Opera, A Chorus Line, A Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Rocky Horror Show, Soul Train, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Othello, Trafford Tanzi. Wild Animus (UK/European Tour/Site Specific/Multi Media Project)
Overseas productions include: Vagina Monologues, At Peace, Talking to Terrorists, Rent, The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, Fame, Magical Rhythms of Ireland, Starlight Express, An Immaculate Misconception, Footloose, A Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Steaming, The Rocky Horror Show, Private Lives, Fire of Dance, Musical Starlight, Yehenara, I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document.
Regional productions include : Cinderella (Southampton), Little Shop of Horrors (Ipswich), Oklahoma! (Kilworth House), Laurel and Hardy (Ipswich), Jack and the Beanstalk (Stafford and Wakefield), Beauty and the Beast (Ipswich), Blues in the Night (Ipswich), The Pirates of Penzance (Kilworth House), White Christmas (Edinburgh, Cardiff, Plymouth and Southampton), Cinderella (Wakefield), The Snowman (Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh), Side by Side by Sondheim (Stevenage), Santa Claus, the Musical (Birmingham, Liverpool and Southampton), Only You Can Save Mankind and 100% Sex Therapy (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Around the World in 80 Days, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, They’re Playing Our Song, Stepping Out, Mephistopheles Smith, An Inspector Calls, Romeo and Juliet.
Other productions include : The Harder They Come (Barbican), Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall), Poison and Ain’t Misbehavin’, both at the Tricycle Theatre; Dick Whittington at Sadler’s Wells; the workshops of Grim, Artie, Gwen and Lance, Time’s Up, In the Red, Only You Can Save Mankind, Nelson, Mahabharata and Little Women; The Mikado. Specialist casting on Eugene Onegin (English National Opera) and La Boheme (Royal Albert Hall).
Recorded media: Waybulloo (RDF/BBC), Grandpa In My Pocket (Adastra/Cbeebies), What’s Your News? (TT Animation/Nickolodeon), Grease is the Word (Talkback Thames), Upbeat, Mobile, Sky, Success! and Challenges (Pearson Education), How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? (BBC), Amahl and the Night Visitors (BBC); Planet Cook (BBC/Platinum Films), Energy (Max Media/Pearson).
Alexandra McLean-William, Theatrical Agent & Producer
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:-
ANDY BARNES, Producer
Andy Barnes is an independent theatre producer based in London.
Andy originally trained as a Detective with the Metropolitan Police, a career he pursued for 14 years before his first production, a modern revival of the classic soul, funk musical, The Wiz. The production at the Hackney Empire was described as “seriously funky entertainment” by the Evening Standard and “sheer pizzazz” by Time Out, and was back at the same venue, by request, a year later.
Leaving the doors of Scotland Yard for the steps of the Central School of Speech & Drama, Andy completed an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice. Following this he attended the New Producers Workshop run by S.O.L.T and started producing full-time. Andy received the prestigious Society of London Theatre Producers Bursary in 2006.
A number of productions have followed; Departure Lounge at The Arts Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Royal George Chicago and recently at Waterloo East Theatre where it was nominated for Best New Musical in the Whatsonstage.com Awards.
Other productions include; As Producer: Through the Door at Trafalgar Studios starring Paul Keating & Julie Atherton; Days of Hope at the Kings Head starring David Burt and Siobhan McCarthy; Dr. Foster at the Menier Chocolate Factory, produced in association with the RSC Fringe, starring Zubin Varla & Rachel Pickup; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at the Gene Frankel Theatre, New York and Dreams Come Out to Play at Birmingham Rep and Tour. As Associate Producer; When Harry Met Sally (UK Tour) starring Rupert Hill & Sarah Jayne Dunn and the forthcoming UK Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me on a Sunday starring Claire Sweeney.
Andy is Executive Producer of Perfect Pitch Musicals Ltd, a company he created for the development and showcasing of new British musical theatre which has lead to several productions, notably The Go-Between by David Wood OBE & Richard Taylor which will premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse in September before a regional tour. Established in 2006, the company recently produced a concert of songs from new musicals starring West End leading lady Kerry Ellis, and has published the “Perfect Pitch Songbook” containing 16 brand new songs by new composers, from the works they have developed.
Tanya has worked as a Theatrical agent for nearly 17 years and has owned MORGAN AND GOODMAN (est. 1980) since 2005. 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. 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.
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 career, 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 still small (it’s been established for less than a year), M&GKids already has children starring in the West End, on 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 across America and Europe where, aside from filming many Politicians, she was lucky enough to work with such stars 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.
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.