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.
Alan Bradshaw: Head of Dance
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
Performance credits include: Swing/Children’s Dance Captain/Cover Mr Braithwaite in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), Custus in Crazy for You (Kilworth House Theatre), Lady be Good!; Pepe in The Boyfriend (for which he was Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer to Bill Deamer); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (for which he was Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer to Jenny Arnold) and Messenger in Macbeth (all at
Tilly Vosburgh: Head of Acting
Tilly trained at the Anna Scher Theatre, and has worked extensively in TV, film, radio and theatre. Film credits include Meantime and Vera Drake with Mike Leigh, The Awakening, Erik The Viking and The Pirates of Penzance. TV credits include Call The Midwife, New Tricks, Holby City, 18 months in Eastenders, Murder Prevention, The Smoking Room, Waking The Dead, Tipping The Velvet, Holding On, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Raspberry, and Teenage Health Freak. On stage she has appeared in Drag On at the Royal Court, The Pitchfork Disney at the Bush, My Sister In This House at Hampstead, The Threepenny Opera at the Bloomsbury, and Raspberry at the Soho Poly and Edinburgh Festival. She plays Ronnie Corbett’s daughter Ellie in When The Dog Dies on Radio 4, now on its third series, and has been in many radio plays, most recently Red Berries. Alongside acting, Tilly has been teaching screen acting at LSMT since 2001, and at CPA since 2006. She is also a director at the RADA Contemporary Drama Summer school. Tilly wrote a short film Domestic Flight, which played in festivals around the world in 2009. She also wrote for the radio 4 comedy series Late.
Helen Siveter: Deputy Head of Dance
Helen is currently on tour with Cabaret.
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: 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); Peter Pan (Reading Hexagon); Mother Goose (Oxford Playhouse) and P&O Aurora.
Concerts: Tommy (Prince Edward); Spirit of Fire (Royal Albert Hall) and West End to Broadway (Palace Theatre).
Television credits: 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) and The Fame School Graduates (Meridian).
Film credits: Mamma Mia 2:Here we go again!
Chris Whittaker: Deputy Head of Dance
Giles Taylor: Deputy Head of Acting
Giles is an actor and singer with a wide range of experience spanning over twenty five years. He has worked for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and extensively for the New Shakespeare Company at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, as well as at numerous repertory theatres around the country, including the Chichester Festival Theatre, Birmingham Rep, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and with Sir Alan Ayckbourn at Scarborough.
Michael Webborn: Deputy Head of Musical Theatre
Michael has worked around the UK as a Musical Director, Accompanist, Arranger and Composer.As Musical Director: For the MTA: Animus (World Premiere, Bridewell Theatre, London). For the Landor Theatre, London: The Clockmaker’s Daughter (World Premiere), Meet Me in St. Louis (UKPremiere), [title of show] (London Premiere), Next Thing You Know, Hot Mikado, Curtains (European Premiere). For Shakespeare 4 Kidz: Beauty and the Beast (International Tour), Pinocchio (International Tour), The Jungle Book (International Tour), The Snow Queen (International Tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK and International Tour), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (DUCTAC Theatre, Dubai), Aladdin (International Tour), Macbeth (UK and International Tour), The Tempest (UK and International Tour), The Little Mermaid (International Tour).
Health & Welfare:
Angie Peake RN (Adult) RN (Mental Health) DipHE, PGDip, MSc (distinction): Health & Welfare Consultant.
Angie is a dual registered nurse with an extensive background working with young people. Previously she was the lead nurse in an Adolescent Acute Mental Health Services. Most recently she has taken up position as the Clinical Team manager for HEWS in Haringey. She has a Masters Degree in Systemic Management, Coaching and Consultation. Angie has worked as a youth centric counsellor for several years and is an experienced Solution Focussed Therapist. In more recent years Angie has also held private practice working predominantly with performers with suspected/known mental health issues. She wrote the industry standard charter #time4change
As the Consultant for The MTA Angie will be supporting staff by providing consultation and advice on all health and welfare issues. Students will also be able to access Angie’s services should the need arise.
The MTA prides itself on its pioneering approach to pastoral care.
Liz Bayley BA(Hons) Adip ST MFHT: Sports Therapist
Originally from Surrey, Liz has performed in various countries around Europe, including France (The Moulin Rouge, Paris), Italy and Portugal. She was the Dance Captain and Production Manager for FJM Productions in the USA in 2002. She specialised in Latin, Ballroom and Argentine Tango, and worked extensively in London, including being the resident Argentine Tango teacher at Danceworks from 2011-2013.
Having always been fascinated by anatomy and physiology, Liz decided to train in Sports Therapy six years ago. She is now one year away from obtaining a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from King’s College London!
Liz considers herself very lucky to have a number of famous clients on her books and to work backstage on many West End shows including, Wicked, Shrek the Musical, Chicago, Matilda & Jersey Boys! She is thrilled to be working with the talented and lovely students of the MTA.
Warrick McNeill: Physio
Warrick is a New Zealand Trained Physiotherapist who has a Pilates Matwork Qualification. He established a Private Practice, Physioworks, in the West End of London in 1992. Physioworks is well known for being ‘Tough on the causes of Pain’ and uses Movement Health as the basis for treating most musculo-skeletal problems. Warrick believes that Physiotherapy is about educating and empowering his clients to fix themselves, usually with specific exercise. Warrick has interests in treating Dancers, Ergonomics and lecturing – with aim of being clear and simple to convey the concepts to those on his courses. He has worked extensively in theatre, treating performers and technical staff and has been one of the National Theatre’s key physiotherapists since the early 1990’s. He has been the Physiotherapist at the London Studio Centre for 15 years helping under-graduate students develop into professional dancers. Warrick is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies primarily writing on Movement Control or Pilates since 2009. He has co-authored 2 book chapters. He teaches for Performance Matrix and is a Matrix Movement Specialist. He would like to write a book : ‘Does My dog need to do Pilates?’
Wilma Kirsten: Consultant Nutritionist
Wilma Kirsten, your nutrition consultant, holds two science honours degrees and a masters diploma in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). She has been practicing since 2005. With considerable clinic hours under her belt she has honed her expertise to focus on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and hormonal health, including Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS), menopause, thyroid, and stress hormones. For further information please look at her website http://www.wilmakirsten.com/
Theatre credits include Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands. Ensemble in Amadeus at Chichester Festival Theatre and dancer in La Boheme at the Royal Albert Hall. Ensemble in Aladdin, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Ensemble in Robinson Crusoe (Qdos), Dancer in Wella Trend Vision Awards (Icon Dance), Dancer in ROH at Buckingham Palace, Dancer in Stravinsky Project (Michael Clark Company). Workshops include Swing in Pleasures Progress (ROH2), Ensemble in In Touch (Perfect Pitch) and Jane in Shadowthief (Tom Jackson Greaves and Craig Adams) Television includes Veronica in Humans season 2 for Channel 4/AMC, The Hour, assistant choreographer and dancer in Mr Selfridge and The 2012 Royal Variety Performance. Films include Beauty and the Beast, Maleficent, Anna Karenina, Alice, Through the Looking Glass and Avengers – Age of Ultron. Teaching includes workshops for ReBourne/New Adventures, Central School of Ballet and Catalyst Dance. Trained at Central School of Ballet
Training: Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.
Theatre:Nicky is currently playing the role of ‘Lorraine’ in Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre. Her other theatre credits include, Assistant Dance Captain on the West End production of The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre; ‘Penny Johnson’ in the UK Tour of Dirty Dancing; Dance Captain/Goldilocks in Mother Goose (Hackey Empire) ‘Lisa’ in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales and International Tour); ‘Lou-Anne’ and understudy ‘Amber Von-Tussle’ in the original London cast of Hairspray (Shaftesbury); ‘Witch’s Mother’ in the original London cast of Wicked (Apollo Victoria); swing in Dirty Dancing (UK tour); understudy ‘Patty’, ‘Frenchie’ and ‘Miss Lynch’ in Grease (UK Tour) and tap soloist, dance captain and assistant choreographer in Fire of Dance (UK and International tour) Television and Film: The Royal Variety Performance (BBC1 and ITV); This Morning (ITV); The Paul O’Grady Show (Channel 4); Blue Peter (BBC1); Hairspray The School Musical (Sky) and The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Warner Bros). Various commercials for Ford Cars, Pilsner Beer and Cable and Wireless. Nicky also teaches masterclasses and workshops at various professional performing arts schools, runs her own West End Workshops, choreographed The Bodyguard’s entry for West End Eurovision at the Dominion Theatre and is Assistant Choreographer on a dance piece created for Elegant Entertainment.
Sophia started her training at the Staples School of Dance in Retford where she regularly performed with the amateur dramatics society. At 16 she went to Northern Ballet School for a 3 year (classical course) diploma in dance and drama.
She was a York Scholar for 5 years with Miss Louise Browne O.B.E and an Adeline Genee Semi Finalist A.R.A.D.
She Joined Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed ‘New Adventures’ company in 2002 where her credits included: Sugar, Cupid and Marshmallow in Nutcracker! The Girlfriend and French Princess in the 10th anniversary of Swan lake, creating the role of Bunny Munroe in Edward Scissorhand’s, Irene the Glamorous Step Sister in Cinderella and creating the role of Feral in the Original cast of Sleeping Beauty.
David Kar-Hing Lee
Began as a West End performer and went on to work as artistic producer, adjudicator of dance, actor and choreographer. During this time, he had the privilege of 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.
Soon to be appearing in the original UK cast of Strictly Ballroom (Westend)
Theatre Includes: Strictly Ballroom UK Tour, (Fran) Guys and Dolls, (Diva) Savoy and Phoenix Theatre West End. Original London cast Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Savoy Theatre West End Rock of Ages, (Constance Sack) Shaftesbury / Garrick TheatreWest End Original London cast Spamalot, Palace Theatre West End Grease (u/s Marty and Cha Cha) Piccadilly Theatre West End Dirty Dancing (u/s Baby) UK Tour Mamma Mia (swing and u/s Ally) International Tour
Film Includes: The forthcoming remake of Beauty and the Beast. (Walt Disney Productions.)
Other work Includes: Dancer for the opening ceremony, 2012 Olympic games. (Directed by Danny Boyle.) Classical Spectacular (Royal Albert Hall.)
Training: London Studio Centre
Theatre: Kiss Me Kate (UK Tour); Toad in Wind in the Willows (Vaudeville Theatre/Duchess Theatre/Royal Opera House.); Sirius in The Star Child (Menier Chocolate Factory); West Side Story (Sage, Gateshead); Soho Cinders (Queen’s Theatre, London); West Side Story (UK Tour), We Will Rock You, Vienna/Zurich; On The Town (London Coliseum); Death In Venice (London Coliseum); A Journey of Jazz (Sadler’s Wells, London); Oliver! (London Palladium) and various pantomimes nationwide.
Training: London Studio Centre
Theatre: In the Heights (King’s Cross Theatre); Mamma Mia! (International Tour); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Arena Tour/Australian Tour); Get Got (Edinburgh Festival); Legally Blonde (Savoy/UK Tour); Fame (Irish Tour).
Tara is about to play Mary Delgado in the Jersey Boys UK Tour
Julia began dancing with Susan Robinson before going on to train professionally with Central School of Ballet in London. Whilst there she won a bronze medal at the Genée International Ballet Competition and toured with Ballet Central. Upon graduation she joined Northern Ballet Theatre, performing in their productions of The Three Musketeers, A Christmas Carol and Romeo and Juliet.
Julia has performed with Les Ballet Persans (Stockholm), Ballet de Camera de Morelos (Mexico) and Lalaget Danza (Mexico), touring internationally to the USA and Canada. After returning to the UK in 2010 she joined Ballet Theatre UK. Favourite roles include Clara in The Nutcracker, Odette in Swan Lake, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Gerda in The Snow Queen, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty and the title role in ‘La Femme.’
In 2015 Julia performed in the Russia and UK tour of Mark Baldwin’s ‘Inala,’ A Zulu Ballet with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. More recently Julia performed with the English National Opera in Mikado.
Charlie comes from County Durham where she trained at Marron Theatre Arts before attending the Royal Ballet School where she was Head Girl and received the April Olrich Award for Most Dynamic Dancer. She completed her dance training at London Studio Centre and is now taking her Level 6 Teaching Qualification with BBO. Through her teaching and professional experience she has been invited to teach at Scholarship events around the country and adjudicate various competitions including Loughborough University Annual Dance Competition. Theatre Credits: Kathy Seldon in Singin’ in the Rain (Cork Opera House) Swing, Cover and Played ‘Dead Mam’ in Billy Elliot (Palace Victoria, West End) Charity/Cover Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (Kilworth House). Ensemble, Cover and played Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain (Palace Theatre, West End). Swing, Cover and Played Anita in West Side Story UK and World 50th Anniversary Tours, Alternate Narrator in Joseph (UK Tour) Ensemble in 42nd Street Gala Performance (London Palladium) Television Credits: Saturday Night Takeaway, Surprise Surprise! This Morning, Royal Variety Performance 2011, Bo-Salecta. Film Credits: Billy Elliot LIVE (Cinema and DVD Release) Recording: Singin’ in the Rain (London Cast Recording).
Alec was born in Canterbury but grew up in Perth, Australia. Returning to the UK to further his training at Doreen Bird College.
He has just finished performing in Guys And Dolls at The Phoenix Theatre, London and Tel Aviv Opera House. This winter he will be appearing on BBC’s new drama Taboo starring Tom Hardy.
Originally from Dublin Ciaràn has been working successfully as professional dancer for the past 15 years.He has worked extensively in the entertainment industry as a dancer with musical talents such as Take That, Cheryl Cole, The Saturdays, Robbie Williams, Girls Aloud, Michael Buble, Pixie Lott & many more. He has also regularly danced on major entertainment T.V shows such as, The X-Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice, The Royal Variety Show, Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing On Ice. Throughout these years dancing in front of the camera he has also assisted choreographers behind the scenes gaining experience & knowledge at studios ITV, BBC, RTE and Channel 4.
Choreography Credits include: RTE One ‘The Voice of Ireland’, Lorraine Kelly Fitness DVD Escala’s New album Quadrasonic, Women of Ireland, The June Rodgers Show, Sleeping Beauty & Peter Pan (PHA),Mr & Mrs for ITV and working alongside Darcey Bussell’s new fitness program DDMIX.
Susan trained at the Guildford School of Acting and has recently graduated with an MA in Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance from Birkbeck University. Having enjoyed fifteen years working as an actress she now works as a freelance director and gives acting master classes in contemporary and classical text and Acting through Song.
Directorial credits include: John and Jen (Landor Theatre); a new book-musical for children Rumplestiltskin’s Daughter (Earls Court Festival); Footloose (Jasmine Teh Studio); Oliver! (Towngate Theatre); Back to the 80’s and The Music Man (Kenneth More Theatre); Monkey Town (Rosemary Branch Theatre).
For the London Studio Centre Seedtime Company she directed and designed Vinegar Tom; After Juliet; Stepping Out; Find Me; Fen; Top Girls; Maria Marten; Lady Audley’s Secret and Mixed Dobles (De Valois Studio). For the LSC Dance Overture she devised and directed Celebration Rain; Kitchen Crazy (Wimbledon Theatre); Beached (Shaw Theatre); City Segue (Peacock Theatre); and was Associate Director for Oh! What a Lovely War (Pleasance Theatre and Tour).
Susan is Head of Drama at the London School of Musical Theatre where she has established the drama curriculum over the last decade and annually directs two in-house productions in Contemporary and Classical text. She was Associate Director for LSMTs production of Jason and the Argonauts (Cochrane Theatre); Hope (Bridewell Theatre) and co-directed Roadways (LSMT). Earlier this year she directed My Favorite Year for LSMT at The Bridewell Theatre.
Matthew trained as an actor at LAMDA and later moved to directing – cutting his teeth as an assistant at the RSC. Over the years he’s worked with acclaimed Russian director Karma Ginkas, spent time with William Esper in New York, The Moscow Arts Theatre and performed alongside the actor Brian Cox in Orson Welles “Heart of Darkness” for Fiona Banner at the Royal Festival Hall. He was senior acting tutor at GSA and most recently the head of the postgraduate acting course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts; gaining recognition for developing innovative teaching and learning methods. He has worked as an acting teacher, director and coach for the last 17 years. In that time he’s helped numerous actors and performers and continues to be in demand as a freelance teacher and director both nationally and internationally.
Alasdair has worked extensively both in Theatre and Television. Theatre credits include: Forbidden Broadway (Menier Chocolate Factory), Frankie Harris in the Ray Davies award winning musical COME DANCING (Theatre Royal Stratford East), SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (The Venue), Boatman/Dennis in the multi award winning production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Chocolate Factory/Wyndhams), PUTTING IT TOGETHER, (Harrogate Theatre), Wild Bill Hickok in CALAMITY JANE (National Tour), Bill Cracker in Happy End (Thursty Dog), Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Pirate King, PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Bromley Open Air), Alec D’Urberville in TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES (Savoy Theatre), the Original Beast in Disneys BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Dominion Theatre), Raoul in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Her Majesties Theatre), Grantaire/Marius/Enjorlas in LES MISERABLES (Palace Theatre), RNT production of CAROUSEL (Shaftesbury Theatre), Cliff in SUNSET BOULEVARD (Adelphi Theatre), ASPECTS OF LOVE (National Tour), Fiddler on the Roof (West Yorkshire Playhouse), MY FAIR LADY (National Tour) BLITZ! (Tyne Theatre)
Television credits. Harry Shaw in TAGGART, Bruce Malcolm in THE BILL, Ewan Patterson in RIVER CITY, Dave Schoffield in CASUALTY, Mr. Connors in HOLBY CITY and P.C. Robertson in BIRDS OF A FEATHER.
Alasdair has worked extensively as a concert artist both on radio and internationally, working with some of the worlds leading Symphony Orchestra including Halle, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Schenzen Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. As a director Alasdair has previously directed Two and Shirley Valentine and most recently Ladies Day all at the Garrick Rep in Lichfield.
Hugh O’Shea is a freelance voice and dialect coach. His theatre credits include ‘In The Heights’ (Southwark Playhouse), ‘Yellow Face’ (Park Theatre) and ‘Over The Bridge’ (Finborough Theatre). Drama school credits include The Central School of Speech and Drama, LAMDA, ALRA, Rose Bruford and the Identity School of Acting. Hugh also works as the personal dialect/voice coach to actor/comedian, Rory Bremner.
Katherine trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London. Her first theatre role upon leaving RADA was the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Alice in Wonderland in London and Stratford-upon-Avon. She then went on to perform in her first West End stage show appearing as ‘Trixie’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Daisy Pulls it off. For the last fourteen years she has gone on to work extensively in theatre, film, television and radio.
Theatre credits include: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang at The Rose Theatre, reprising her role as ‘Miss Casewell’ in the first international tour of The Mousetrap having played the part in the West End in its 58th year.
‘Marquise’ in a production of Alfred De Musset’s one act play A Door Must Be Kept Open or Shut at the Osborne Studio Gallery in Knightsbridge, London. The number one National tour of the acclaimed Nell Dunn play Steaming playing ‘Nancy’. An American tour of Twelfth Night for AFTLS playing both ‘Olivia’ and ‘Maria’ and the world premiere of Terms of Endearment with the award-winning Linda Gray and Suranne Jones. She has played ‘Sorrel’ in Game Plan at the Manchester Library Theatre, ‘Meg’ in a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Chimes at The Southwark Playhouse, ‘Penny/Antonia’ in The Shell Seekers and ‘Laurel’ in The Chalk Garden, Bill Kenwright’s number one tour. Katherine has also performed in open air productions of Romeo and Juliet,The Taming of the Shrew and a new musical version of The Beggar’s Opera by Grant Olding with The Changeling theatre company.
T.V credits include Doctors (BBC) Casualty (BBC) and Beech is Back (ITV).
Film credits include Three Minute Moments for All Enquiries Productions and Prisoners of the Sun for Miromar/Cinemakers.
Katherine has recorded numerous radio dramas for BBC Radio 4 including George Silverman’s Explanation with Paul Schofield.
Katherine has taken a short break from the industry to complete her MFA in Voice Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. For the past 15 years she has developed a successful private coaching portfolio of students and acting clients. She has taught acting and voice at Hurtwood House, Guildford School of Acting (GSA), London College of Music, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and LIPA
Musical Theatre Staff:
Sara Louisa Parry studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Her first professional job was in the cast of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre, Manchester and toured with the show to Dublin and Edinburgh. She was also a member of the cast in the 10th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1995.
Other credits include Phantom of the Opera (Ensemble) London. Evita (Ensemble) Spektrum Theater Oslo, Grease (Miss Lynch) UK tour.
Recent productions include Oliver! (Widow Corney) in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Fairy Godmother) at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.
Sara Louisa is currently based in London, regularly touring the UK and cruising the ‘High Seas’ with the theatre show ‘The Master’s of The House’.
She also tours the UK with the Neil Sedaka tribute show ‘Oh! Carol’.
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Whilst training played Clara in Light in the Piazza.
Theatre: First Cover Eponine in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) Vanessa in In The Heights (London Premier, Southwark Playhouse) Diva 1 in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour) Miss Lynch/Covered and played Jan in Grease (UK Tour)
Concerts: Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens (Criterion Theatre) 2015 Whats On Stage Awards (Prince of Wales Theatre) 2014 Womens Inspirational Awards (Cadogan Hall)
Gary Albert Hughes
Gary trained with full scholarships at The Purcell School of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Academy of Music where he qualified with a diploma in Musical Theatre and gained his Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music Vocal Coaching Diploma. Also a fully qualified and certified natural medicine practitioner Gary has been fully trained in Systematic Kinesiology, muscle testing analysis, nutritional approach to health, acupressure, lymphatic massage, gentle structural manipulations, energetic and vibrational medicine, advanced personal communication and specialist counselling skills which he brings into his work as a Holistic Vocal Coach.
Gary was honoured to be invited as the vocal coach for The Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s The Globe Theatre in 2015 & 2016. This thrilling event invited 46 drama school students from the UK, America and China to participate in an intensive weekend of acting, movement and voice workshops culminating in a full length professional performance at The Globe itself.
Currently, Gary is vocal coach at The Musical Theatre Academy working with students on a one to one basis and enjoys a busy private practice on a Monday. Over the last 8 years he has enjoyed vocal coaching posts at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, The American Musical Theatre Academy, Urdang Academy of Performing Arts and City Academy.
Gary has had a varied and fascinating 12 year career as a performer, musician and vocal coach in classical, musical theatre and pop music.
As a singer/actor Gary appeared as the singing presenter and bespoke comedy song writer in E4’s hit reality dating series ‘Playing It Straight‘ hosted by Alan Carr and Jameela Jamil, sang for Stephen Sondheim at his ’80th Birthday Prom’ (Royal Albert Hall) and his Honorary Doctorate ceremony (Royal Academy of Music), appeared as a guest soloist with Kerry Ellis and Brian May at their ‘Anthems’ concerts (Royal Albert Hall), has played leading roles in Operas and musicals including ‘My Mother Told Me Not To Stare’ (UK Tour), ‘Mother Goose’ (Oxford Playhouse), ‘Follies’ (Sir Jack Lyons Theatre), ‘Company’ (York Gate Studio) and was lucky enough to be a part of ‘The Calendar Girls Celebration’ (Royal Albert Hall) and the ‘Alan J Lerner Memorial Concert’ (Actors Church, Covent Garden).
Gary helps people to understand their voice at a deep level, realise what emotions are holding them back and how to release them, empowering and harbouring the confidence to shine when and where it matters.
Alison Arnopp has studied both classical singing (Royal College of Music) and musical theatre (Royal Academy of Music) at post graduate level in London, after initially training and working as a stage and television actress in her home city of Cork, Ireland.
Credits include: T’ain’t a Bird, workshop, Dir. Tamara Harvey; Tannhauser, Dir. Tim Albery, Royal Opera House; Constance & Sinestra and the Cabinet of Screams, Action to the Word; Babe, The Pajama Game, RAM; Titanic, Whatsonstage Awards 2014; The Magic Flute, London Youth Opera; Thursford Christmas Spectacular; The Fingask Follies; Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart US Tour; Tocatta: Musical Express Indian and Sri Lankan tour. She has also provided session vocals for folk, pop and funk bands as well as animations and short films. She played the lead in an episode of Obsession: Dark Desires for Discovery ID last year.
In April 2013 she was awarded third prize in the international Lotte Lenya Singing Competition, the criteria of which spans opera and classic and contemporary American musical theatre repertoire. This year Alison was awarded a 2014 Professional Development Grant from the Kurt Weill Foundation.
Alison is currently playing the lead in Dusty at the Charing Cross Theatre
Matt is about to MD The School of Rock. Previous to that he was the MD on the West End production of Beautiful, and prior to that he worked on the Infidel (Stratford East) and Taboo, which he also helped develop and put together. Previously Matt was MD of We Will Rock You in Stuttgart and Berlin; and Never Forget at the Savoy theatre and touring. He has also MD’d Footloose, The Rocky Horror Show, Dancing in the Streets, This is Elvis, Vampirette, Bohemian Rhapsody and works as a vocal arranger and vocal coach.
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
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 read English & French at the University of Manchester and trained at Mountview. He made his West-End debut in Boeing Boeing in 2007 and has since worked extensively on stage and screen across the globe. Matt joined the BBC Radio Drama Company in 2009 and has been heard in hundreds of radio dramas, comedies and documentaries. He is a popular audiobook reader both here in the UK and in the US. His ADR work includes major HBO series and Hollywood blockbusters. TV and Radio commercial voiceovers include clients such as Vauxhall, Ford, Skoda, Sony, Domino’s Pizza, PayPal, the Stereophonics, Crowded House and the Samaritans. He has voiced many major computer games, including CodeMasters F1 Race Stars. His live voice work includes the Global Fashion Awards, United Nations events at Windsor Castle, and many prestigious poetry readings. Matt coaches actors and presenters from both sides of the Atlantic in finding and using their voice in recorded media. He has taught a week-long Masterclass in Recorded Voice at The MTA since 2011 which gives students an unparalleled introduction into the world of voice work, through practical workshops using industry standard practices and equipment.
Haruka Kuroda: Stage Combat
Haruka trained at the Guildford School of Acting.
Her credits include; for Theater: Wit (Manchester Royal Exchange), In the Beginning was the End (dreamthinkspeak), Little Sunshine Little Rainfall (A Thousand Cranes), My Life in CIA (Give It A Name), The Paper Washi Wish (A Thousand Cranes), The Nightingale (Yellow Earth), Ali Baba and Forty Thieves (Illyria), Around the World in 80 Days (Liverpool Playhouse). For TV: 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.
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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