Annemarie Lewis Thomas BA (Hons) FRSA: Principal and Head of Musical Theatre:
Originally from Swansea, Annemarie trained At Middlesex Polytechnic, graduating with an honours degree in Performing Arts. As the Musical Director for the award winning Steam Industry she was the MD/Arranger for shows such as the London stage premiere of Calamity Jane, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers all at BAC. Other MD/arrranging credits include: UK No 1 tours of Annie, Totally Frocked Up, Stage Stars and Spirit of the Musicals, the Irish premiere of Rent(for which she was the first person outside of Broadway to collaborate with the Larson estate to produce new arrangements); Martin Charnin’s 9 And a Half Quid Revue at the King’s Head; the UK premieres of Victor/Victoria, The Ultimate Man and Reefer Madness all at the Bridewell: the UK premiere of Naked Boys Singing at Madame JoJos: Pendragon for the NYMT on tour in Japan, Funeral Games, Dick Daredevil, South Pacific and Kiss and Tell all at the Drill Hall, London, the latter of which she also wrote the songs. She has worked regularly with Perfect Pitch notably MD’ing’ From Up Here in its West End Showcase.
Her Musical Supervisor credits include the cast albums of Dracula Spectacular, In 80 Tagen Um Die Welt and Playback the Musical (demo)
Her composing credits include: Dangerous Nights at Jermyn Street; Mulan, Island of Clowns and Back to Front all the NYMT; CCTV, The Open Door, Girl In The Ashes, Sunnyville, Great Expectations, Fool’s Gold all for the YMT:UK. She composed the music for Bryony Lavery’s play Her Aching Heart for Drill Hall and La Pucelle at the Oval House. She wrote the music for The Roaring Girl and Man is Man both at the award winning Finborough Theatre. In collaboration with Phil Willmott Annemarie wrote the music to Around the World in 80 Days, (published by Samuel French), which has had both a UK and German tour, Uncle Ebenezer (published by Oberon) commissioned by BAC and The Wolf Boys commissioned by the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Between 2007-2009 Annemarie wrote for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds inc: the score for Black Eyed Susan (which reopened the Theatre after its major refurbishment), plus the music/lyrics for the critically acclaimed pantomimes Cinderella and the Glass Slipper(2007), Puss in Boots (2008) and Jack and the Beanstalk (2009) all in collaboration with Daniel O’Brien. This partnership continued for The MTA with Aladdin (2013), Beauty and the Beast (2014) Robinson Crusoe (2015) and Mother Goose (2017). Along with book writer Nick Stimson, Annemarie has written 6 musicals for The MTA, Dangerous Daughters(2010) Published by Samuel French, Celebs Anon(2011) The Sunshine Gang (2012), The Ballad of Kitty Jay (2013), Just the Ticket (2014), The Venus Factor (2015) and Oh My, Nellie Bly (2018) published by Samuel French. In 2013 Annemarie wrote the songs for the UK tour of Boxed In for Shifting Sands Theatre Company.
Selina Hamilton – Head of Dance
Stephani Shanks in Strictly Ballroom (Piccadilly Theatre), Havana Diva in Guys and Dolls (Phoenix Theatre), Original London cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre), Constance Sack in Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre/ Garrick Theatre), Grease (Piccadilly Theatre), Original London cast of Spamalot (Palace Theatre).
Other Credits: Mamma Mia! International tour, Dirty Dancing UK tour, 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Classical Spectacular (Royal Albert hall)
Recently finished filming for Everybody’s talking about Jamie (directed by Jonathan Butterell),
Ensemble in Cats (directed by Tom Hooper),
Debutante in Beauty and the Beast (directed by Bill Condon)
Competitor in Midsomer Murders episode (ITV), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), The Mobo Awards (BBC), This Morning (ITV), The One Show (BBC), The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV)
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 Peterloo, Meantime and Vera Drake with Mike Leigh, Far From the Madding Crowd with Thomas Vinterberg, The Awakening, Erik The Viking, The Missionary, Paranoid, Honeycomb Lodge, Radio On, and The Pirates of Penzance. TV credits include Maigret, Damned, Our Girl, Vera Drake, Tommy Cooper-Just Like that, Call The Midwife, New Tricks, Holby City, Casualty, The Bill, 18 months on Eastenders, Murder Prevention, The Smoking Room, Waking The Dead, Tipping The Velvet, Poirot, Strong Poison, Inspector Morse, Holding On, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Victoria Wood- As Seen on TV, Raspberry, and Teenage Health Freak. She presented a kids show on ITV for 2 series called Ad Lib. Most recently she starred in Jake Mann’s first short film Karen, which is playing in festivals across Europe this year, and for which she received her very first best actress nomination.
On stage she has appeared in Drag On at the Royal Court, Banged Up at the Young Vic, The Lower Depths at the Tricycle and on tour, Absent Friends at the Wolsey, Granny and the Gorilla at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Pitchfork Disney at the Bush, My Sister In This House at Hampstead, Last Summer In Chulimsk at the Birmingham Rep, Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera at the Bloomsbury and on tour, Up Against It, Who’s Left, and The Prime Slot Front Cloth, all at the Old Red Lion, Johnny Oil and Raspberry, both at the Soho Poly and Edinburgh Festival.
She played Ronnie Corbett’s daughter Ellie in four series of When The Dog Dies on Radio 4, and has been in countless radio plays. She is also a voice-over artist, and has voiced many ads on TV, radio and in cinemas. She has read stories on Radio 3 and Radio 4, and narrated TV documentaries.
She directed A Better Woman at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, and The Greater Game at the Southwark Playhouse. She has directed numerous play-readings for RADA, and for Women@RADA, and also for Paines Plough. She directed the first reading of the Greater Game at the Leyton Orient Football Ground. She directed Jack Thorne’s Burying Your Brother in the Pavement at the Jasmine Teh Theatre for CPA, as well as The Heights by Lisa McGee. She directed Success by Nick Drake for LSC, and Ting Tang Mine, Welcome to Thebes, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, By the Bog of Cats, Our Mutual Friend, and the Love of the Nightingale all for The MTA.
She adapted Our Mutual Friend for the stage, was one of the writers on Paul Merton’s radio 4 series Late. She wrote a short film Domestic Flight which played in festivals round the world, including Palm Springs, La Bella Donna in Naples, and the London Independent Film Festival.
Alongside acting, directing and writing, she has been teaching screen acting at LSMT since 2001, she is a director at the RADA Contemporary Drama Summer school, and has been since 2011. She also taught on the NYU Shakespeare Play Project, taught for several years at CPA, and has recently taught screen acting at Trinity Laban. She was the judge for the Best Student film for the 48 Hour Film Project.
Josh Mathieson: Head of Voice/Vice Principal
Josh graduated with a First Class BA(Hons) in Drama and Creative Writing from Kingston University, and went on to gain his MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Josh went on to design and deliver the practical voice component of the Musical Theatre Performance course at the University of Chichester in his post as Associate Lecturer (Voice Specialist), and has also taught voice, accent and acting at various performing arts colleges and drama schools including the Independent Centre for Actor Training (ICAT) and The Centre Performing Arts College. He has also taught workshops at Spotlight, City Academy, Associated Studios, W1 Workshops, the Performance Preparation Academy (PPA), the University of Westminster and Rose Theatre Kingston.
Voice Coaching credits include:
Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves (Theatre503, 2016), The Midas Project with BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 2017), The Happy Theory (The Yard, 2017), Grimm Tales (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2017), Alice in Winterland (Rose Theatre Kingston, 2017), Romeo and Juliet (Guildford Shakespeare Company, 2018), The Railway Children (Rose Theatre Kingston, 2018), Seussical (for theMTA, Pleasance, 2018), Beast Quest (Hampton Court Palace, 2018) and Hansel and Gretel (Rose Theatre Kingston, 2018).
Giles Taylor: Deputy Head of Acting
Giles is an actor and singer with a wide range of experience spanning almost thirty years. He has worked for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End and on Broadway, as well as at numerous repertory theatres around the country, including Chichester Festival Theatre, Birmingham Rep, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, and with Sir Alan Ayckbourn at Scarborough.
His most recent theatre credits include Twelfth Night and A Christmas Carol for the RSC, national tours of Shakespeare In Love and King Charles III, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies for the RSC in Stratford, the West End and on Broadway, This House at the NT, and An Ideal Husband at Chichester. Othercredits include After The Dance at the NT, The Secret Garden and The Wizard of Oz at both Birmingham Rep and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sam West’s acclaimed revival of Waste at the Almeida Theatre, The Way of the World and The Music Man at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
On television he has been seen in The Musketeers, the acclaimed Stuart: a Life Backwards and Stephen Poliakoff’s Friends and Crocodiles, Mr Selfridge, Foyle’s War and Is That All There Is?.
Giles teaches acting – especially Shakespeare – both in various drama schools, including Central, Drama Studio and Guildford School of Acting. He also works as a Verse & Rhetoric Consultant on productions across the country – most recently for the RSC’s acclaimed production of Dido, Queen of Carthage. Other credits include West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of As You Like It, the Manchester Royal Exchange’s production of The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s Globe on their 2008 tour of Romeo and Juliet, and for the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park’s recent productions of Pericles, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet.
He also teaches regularly at The Actors’ Centre and on the Genesis Programme for emerging directors at the Young Vic. He is an Associate Artiste of the National Youth Theatre, and is regularly involved as an actor, director, writer and dramaturg with Scene and Heard, a mentoring project for inner-city kids, which has recently won a Queen’s Award.
His first book – Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric, co-authored with director Philip Wilson – was published in 2013 by Oberon Books, and is now on many reading lists for drama schools and university drama courses.
Helen Siveter: Deputy Head of Dance
Currently, Associate Director on High Fidelity At The Turbine Theatre.
West End credits: Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre), Matilda – The Musical (Cambridge Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Novello, Prince of Wales Theatre), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Fame (Aldwych Theatre)
Other credits: Sketch You Up (Edinburgh Fringe), Little Shop Of Horrors (Regents Park), Cabaret (UK Tour), Chicago (UK Tour), Rent (English Theatre Frankfurt), Fame (UK tour), Mamma Mia (International Tour), Saturday Night Fever (UK tour), Oh! What a Night (UK tour), The Wiz (Hackney Empire), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Bristol Hippodrome), Charleys Aunt (CMC), Peter Pan (Reading Hexagon), Mother Goose (Oxford Playhouse) and P&O Aurora.
Concerts: Magic at the Musicals (Royal Albert Hall); Tommy (Prince Edward); Spirit of Fire (Royal Albert Hall) West End to Broadway (Palace Theatre).
Television credits: Britain’s Got Talent (ITV), Proms in the Park (BBC3), Sunday Night at the Palladium (ITV), The Laurence Olivier Awards 2014 and 2015 (ITV), Sounds of the Musicals (Channel 4), Surprise Surprise (ITV), Horizon (BBC), This Morning (ITV), The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV), The Late Late Show (RTÉ), The Buzz (Channel 4), The Fame School Graduates (Meridian)
Film credits: Mamma Mia 2:Here we go again!
Choreography Credits: Legally Blonde (Stockwell Playhouse), Beauty and the Beast (BGA Centre), Rent (Garrick Theatre), In Touch (Bridewell Theatre)
Alec Mann: Deputy Head of Dance
Sean Green: Deputy Head of Musical Theatre
Sean has a classical music degree from Birmingham University and completed a postgraduate diploma in Musical Direction from the Mountview School of Theatre Arts in 2009. Recent credits as Musical Director include Twelfth Night at the Young Vic, Liver Birds: Flying Home at Liverpool Royal Court, the UK Tour of the Wedding Singer, One Love at Birmingham Rep, Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre, The Buskers Opera at the Park Theatre, Into The Woods at Manchester Royal Exchange and prior to that he toured Europe as Assistant MD on the European Tour of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with BB Promotions. Keyboard player credits include Wicked (UK and International Tour), Stephen Ward the Musical (Aldwych Theatre), Cabaret (UK Tour), Evita (UK and European Tour), The Phantom of the Opera (UK Tour), Whistle Down the Wind (UK Tour) and Peter Pan with Michael Rose Productions in Dublin and Southampton. Other credits as Musical Director include the original production of Soul Sister at the Hackney Empire, The Savoy Theatre and the UK Tour, the UK Tour of Britain’s Got Bhangra with Rifco Arts, and Little Red Riding Hood, Five Guys Named Moe and Aladdin all at Stratford East Theatre Royal. He was assistant MD on I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky, a joint production between Stratford East and the Barbican, and has worked on two Eyebrow 48 Hour Showtime Challenges – Crazy For You and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Workshop Credits include Miss Littlewood with the RSC, Leave Hitler To Me Lad with Duck Egg Theatre Company (UK Tour), Laila with Rifco Arts, The Diary of Me with Perfect Pitch, and Fanny Hill at the Jermyn Street theatre. Sean has taught at Mountview School of Theatre Arts, Guildford School of Acting, Arts Educational London, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Urdang, Tring Park School and the Performance Preparation Academy.
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.
Wilma Kirsten: Consultant Nutritionist
Wilma Kirsten, your nutrition consultant, holds two science honours degrees and a masters diploma in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). She has been practicing since 2005. With considerable clinic hours under her belt she has honed her expertise to focus on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and hormonal health, including Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS), menopause, thyroid, and stress hormones. For further information please look at her website http://www.wilmakirsten.com/
Liz Bayley MSc MCSP HCPC (Chartered Physiotherapist)
Before completing her Masters in Physiotherapy, Liz was a professional dancer for 15 years, performing all over the world, including a year in Paris at ‘The Moulin Rouge’. She then specialised in Latin, Ballroom and Argentine Tango, and worked extensively in London, just missing out on a spot as one of the professionals on ‘Strictly’ in 2008. Her years as a dancer sparked her interest in sports injuries and she obtained an Advanced Diploma in sports therapy in 2009. Liz then worked as a sports therapist in the West End on shows such as Wicked, The Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain, Shrek, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chicago, Matilda and Jersey Boys.
Liz has trained in neurology, respiratory, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Her first degree in psychology compliments her special interest in pain. She has spent time working with the Royal Ballet school at White Lodge, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and with the Matthew Bourne company. Liz is trained in DMA (Dance Medicine Australia) Clinical Pilates and uses her substantial grounding in movement, teaching, and sports massage to enhance her rehabilitation programmes. She also works at a private sports injury and musculoskeletal clinic in Ascot. Liz is honoured to have been connected with the MTA since 2012 and very happy to be back after having her little boy, Miles in 2018.
Alan trained at the Guildford School of Acting and graduated with a First Class BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre Performance and the Principal’s Award 2000.
Most recently Alan played George in the workshop of Perfectly Ordinary, and he is currently the Resident Director on the West End Production of School of Rock
Performance credits include: Swing/Children’s Dance Captain/Cover Mr Braithwaite in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), Custus in Crazy for You (Kilworth House Theatre), Lady be Good!; Pepe in The Boyfriend (for which he was Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer to Bill Deamer); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (for which he was Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer to Jenny Arnold) and Messenger in Macbeth (all at
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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)
Training: The London Studio Centre, where she was awarded the Tom Merrifield Bursary, for the most likely to succeed as a triple threat.
Theatre includes: Swing/ Ensemble, understudy Tanya/ Rosie/ Ali in MAMMA MIA! (West End) Ensemble and understudy for Ali in MAMMA MIA! (international tour), Ensemble in The Bodyguard (Adelphi), Ensemble and understudy for Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot (English Theatre, Frankfurt) and Durla in the highly acclaimed The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas(Union Theatre). Katy has appeared in pantomime for three years as part of the Ensemble in Jack and The Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast for Bill Kenwright Ltd (Theatre Royal, Windsor). She also played the role of Gracie in the original UK tour of Angelina Ballerina – The Mousical.
Concerts include: Lytham West End Proms 2018 (Ensemble/ Hunyak) Lytham West End Proms 2019 (Ensemble) West End Live (Mamma Mia!, Bodyguard, Angelina Ballerina- the Mousical)
TV appearences: BBC’s Miranda My such fun Celebration (mamma Mia), ITV’S This Morning (Mamma Mia) The One Show (42nd Street)
Recordings: Jon Robyns debut album Open Book (Backing Vocalist)
Rachael trained at Northern Ballet School and was a Royal Ballet senior Associate whilst training she qualified and took part in the prestigious Adeleine Genee Awards and also won the IDTA ballet scholarship.
Rachael recently toured with the ‘Strauss’ company directly from performing in ‘Kiss Me Kate’ for Welsh National Opera choreographed by Will Tuckett and directed by Jo Davies.
Other theatre credits include: ‘Cats’ (RUG Australia) as Tantomile understudy Jemima, Demeter and Victoria Graziella in ‘West Side Story’ (National tour); first understudy Meg Giry in ‘The Phantom of the Opera – 25th Anniversary tour’ (National tour); ensemble and first understudy Wendy in ‘Peter Pan’ (Mayflower theatre); ‘We Will Rock You’ (Antwerp Belgium); ensemble and understudied and played Wendy in ‘Peter Pan’ (Grand Canal theatre Dublin); first understudy Cinderella in‘Cinderella’ (Orchard theatre); ensemble and 1st understudy Iris in ‘Fame’ (National tour); ‘We Will Rock You’ (Dominion theatre); swing in the original London cast of ‘Movin’ Out’ (Victoria Apollo); alternate Ice Princess in ‘The Snowman’ (Peacock theatre); swing and first understudy Zsa Zsa in ‘Love Shack’ (National tour); Dance Captain and swing in ‘Grease’ (Victoria Palace, Japan and National tour); ‘Cinderella’ (New Victoria Woking), Rumpleteaser, Demeter, Jemima and Tantomile in ‘Cats’ (Stuttgart Germany); Meg Giry in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (Hamburg Germany) and the Spirit in ‘The Spirit of the Dance’ (US tour).
Film and TV credits include: ‘Devils in the Disguise’ for the Discovery Channel, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ directed by Joel Schumacher and ‘Finding Neverland’ directed by Marc Forster.
Radio Credits include: BBC radio production of Smith of Wooten Major.
Rachael has also appeared on the Al Murray Show, took part in the 2008 Olympic handover ceremony and guested for Rock of Ages for their performance at West End Live. She also regularly performs for Incandescence Contemporary Circus Theatre Company and Private Drama Events.
Teaching: Rachael graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance gaining a Distinction for The Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma and teaches at various schools and colleges across London. She taught scholarship classes for the IDTA and RAD along with various workshops in ballet and jazz.
Training: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC and the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. She is a 2011 USA National YoungArts Foundation Level I Winner in Modern Dance.
Alexzandra is currently Dance Captain and Swing for Hamilton in the West End since the original cast opened in London in 2017.
Theatre includes: Connie Wong in A Chorus Line (London Palladium/USA/Japan), ensemble in Rufus Norris’ Cabaret (UK Tour), Lambchops in Fame The Musical (25th Anniversary UK Tour), associate choreographer/swing for the Olivier Award winning production of In The Heights (King’s Cross), Daisy in the McOnie Company’s Jekyll and Hyde (Old Vic), Sally in Broad Shadow (NT), dance captain/ensemble for Strictly Ballroom (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto), and the Broadway development workshops for Drew McOnie’s King Kong.
Film includes: Everyone’s Talking About Jamie, scheduled to be released by 20th Century Fox in 2020.
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.
Originally from Edinburgh, Lindsay trained at Bird College, graduating with a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Dance and Theatre Performance.
She is currently the UK Resident Choreographer of Be More Chill (London) and will be the Dance Captain/Swing on the brand new production of Carousel coming to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (London) this summer.
Most recently, she was the Resident Director and Resident Choreographer on the UK tour production of Hairspray.
Other Theatre credits include: Dance Captain/onstage swing, Grease (UK Tour); Per- former, Frantic Assembly Advanced Training Programme (London); Swing, u/s Fe- male Authority Figure, Hairspray (UK Tour); Swing, u/s Liz, Pam, Kylie, Strictly Ballroom (Leeds and Toronto); Dance Captain/Swing, Bugsy Malone (London); Martha/ Dance Captain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour); Ensemble, Cin- derella (Milton Keynes); Tap Dancer in Olympic Opening Ceremony 2012 (London); Bebe in A Chorus Line, under the director of Baayork Lee (Tel Aviv).
Lindsay was also a member of Kinisi Dance Company from 2010- 2013.
Commercial/TV credits include: Performing with the cast of Bugsy Malone at the Olivier Awards 2016 (ITV); Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV); Call The Midwife (BBC); Girl in the Skinny Jeans (Nokia); Olympic Opening Ceremony (BBC); Got to Dance (Sky 1)
Choreography credits include: Paper Hearts (Edinburgh Fringe/First Stage, Hamburg/ Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London); Jakil ‘Istanbul’ music video; Three Guys Naked From The Waist Down (Finborough Theatre, London), working with original lyricist & librettist Jerry Colker.
Alongside her performing career, Lindsay is also a highly experienced teacher, working at many schools and colleges around the uk and abroad. She is also fitness instruc- tor and in her spare time, volunteers for several London based charities. She has a passion for sharing her love of dance with others and believes that the arts should be accessible for all.
Aleta Thompson, a Choreographer and former principle dancer of one of the UK’s most successful all female crews MYSELF, is a well established UK based dancer, teacher and choreographer. Having trained amongst some the best dancers in the world, she is well informed and connected to the industry, with a CV that boasts credits from the likes of MTV, O2, NIKE, REEBOK, Red Bull, All Stars The Movie, CIARA, COLDPLAY, STEFFLON DON, JEREMIH, CHANEL, Got to Dance, XBOX, Sky1, BBC, KISS TV, Channel 4 and more.
Aleta continues to perform and tour throughout the UK and internationally, and teaches at an advanced/professional level at both vocational dance colleges based in the UK, as well as workshops throughout Europe. Her dance style is at the cutting edge with strong influences from Hip Hop techniques and grooves, peppered with commercial Jazz Funk. Perfectly combining underground rawness with a commercial twist, is what makes Aleta’s style unique and a visual spectacular! With its current, edgy, feel and a real emphasis on musicality, Aleta’s style of choreography has fast become popular amongst dancers in and around the UK.
‘HAIRSPRAY’ The Gaiety Theatre, Portsmouth, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Cultural Hall Theatre, Bahrain
‘The Last Leg’ Channel 4, ‘HARRY HILL’S ALIEN FUN CAPSULE’ ITV, ‘Henrietta’ Kate Golledge, NYMT
‘NATASIA DEMETRIOU AND ELLIE WHITE ARE GETTIN’ BIG’ Soho Theatre, Harrods 10th anniversary magazine editorial. NET A PORTER internet campaign, ‘Ferris & Milnes A Christmas Cracker’ Ambassador Theatre, London, ‘CLOSER TO HEAVEN’ The Pet Shop Boys musical Union Theatre, London.
‘Miracle on 34th Street’ UK Tour & Madinat Theatre, Dubai, ‘ROCK CITY’ for Celebrity Cruises, ‘One Man Two Guvnors’ Theatre Royal Windsor, ‘Waka Waka for MSC Meraviglia’, ‘BBC Young Dancer Of The Year’, ‘Six-Five Rock n Roll Express’ Assembly Hall Theatre, ‘PULSE’ short film for Oxygen Films, ‘Can’t Stop It’ The Other Palace, London, The X-Factor The Decibellas as guest entertainment for various cruise lines, ‘A Christmas Cracker’ UK Tour, ‘Ahmal & The Night Visitors’ London, ‘Dancing Queen’ for Really Big Pants Productions.
‘MAC Make-up Rocky Horror, STAR TREK, Snowball & The Nutcracker sweet make-up launch, ‘Ivor Novello and the Great British Musical’ The Other Palace , London, ‘Libero’ football magazine shoot, ‘Wish Upon A Prince’ London, ‘One Twenty One Guns’, Bridewell Theatre, London, ‘Sweet Charity’, Sadler’s Wells, London.
‘Grange Hill 40th Anniversary’ Elstree Studios, UK premier of ‘My Son Pinocchio, Geppetto’s Musical Tale’, Music by Stephen Schwartz, ‘An Evening with David Hasselhoff’, indigO2, ‘Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs’ Aylesbury Waterside Theatre for UK Productions, Wedding of Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford for Hello! Magazine, ‘Celtic Journey’, New York City dance section.
As a performer Philip was fortunate enough to be in shows such as, Fame, Hairspray, 42nd St, Singing In The Rain, Oklahoma & The Producers. As well as film & TV work including Gulliver’s Travels, Walking On Sunshine, MTV, Top Of The Pops & numerous music videos.
For more information see: http://www.philip-joel.me.uk Twitter: @PhilipJoel
Originally from Gloucestershire, Jaye’s first dance teacher was her mother, Diane Painter. Jaye began choreographing for her mother’s company at the age of eleven. Jaye then successfully took over the family dance company at the age of fifteen, with the dancers and herself winning county, regional and national titles. She also took her own group to represent England in the European street dance championships.
Jaye moved to London in 2009 to study dance, completing a degree at the University of East London. Whilst there, Jaye auditioned and gained a place within the Lawrence Olivier award-winning company Boy Blue Entertainment. It was training under Kenrick Sandy MBE that really began to highlight her potential as a professional performer. Since then, she has gone on to have an eclectic and successful career as a performer across multiple disciplines.
West End: & Juliet- as dance captain, swing and cover Nurse (Shaftesbury Theatre) I Can’t Sing- ensemble (The London Palladium)
Other credits: Sylvia- as dance captain, swing and cover Ada/Adela (The Old Vic) A Night with Boy Blue Entertainment (The Barbican) The Olympic Opening Ceremony 2012.
Choreography: Multiple productions for the moving light manufacturer Robe for events in Czech Republic, London, Germany and Las Vegas, with the last production winning the ‘most creative use of light’ at the LDI convention. High School Musical (The Sundial Theatre) High School Musical 2 (The Bacon Theatre)
TV: One Man Walking short film-part of Channel 4s Street Summer (Channel 4) The One Show (BBC) Alan Carr’s Chatty Man (Channel 4) The Royal Variety Show (ITV) The National Television Awards (ITV)
Film: Everybody’s talking about Jamie (Directed by Jonathan Butterell)
Music: Lead vocalist on Sweater Weather with HP Baxxter released on Kontor records, lead vocalist on 4am-Scooter released on Kontor records, featured vocalist on Scooter’s “Music for a big night out” album released on Kontor records.
Mukeni Nel trained at a dance school in Winchester up until the age of 16, during the time training in Winchester he also was part of English Youth Ballet, London Children’s Ballet and went up to Covent Garden every Saturday for the Royal Ballet School Senior Associates. At 16 he went to full time boarding school at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts for two years then trained at The Urdang Academy for three years. During his graduate year he secured a job in the recent International tour of Cats the musical playing Bill Bailey and understudying Mistoffelees. As well as Cats he’s done an array of music videos for artists such as Jasmine Thompson and Oscar Jerome.
Jenny trained at Bird College of Performing Arts, graduating in 2007.
Since graduating, theatre credits include: Ensemble/Missy/Covered and Played Violet Newstead/Cover Roz/Cover Margaret in 9 to 5 The Musical (Savoy Theatre, West End), Ensemble in 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; West End), Assistant Dance Captain/Swing in Elf The Musical(Plymouth Theatre Royal and The Lowry, Salford), Ensemble in Mack and Mabel (Chichester Festival Theatre and UK Tour), Ensemble in Follies (Royal Albert Hall), Ensemble/Featured Broadway Melody Girl in Singin’ in the Rain (UK and International Tour, Ireland and Japan), Dance Captain/Ensemble in Top Hat (UK Tour and Aldwych Theatre, West End), Dance Captain/Ensemble/Cover Rita in White Christmas (Empire Theatre, Sunderland; Theatre Royal, Plymouth; The Lowry, Manchester), Ensemble in Crazy For You (Kilworth House Theatre), Dancer in Verdi’s Aida (Chisinau National Opera, Hackney Empire).
Television includes: This Morning (ITV), The Laurence Olivier Awards, Strictly Come Dancing (BBC), The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Jane McDonald and Friends, Stageschool, ‘Blind Ambition’ with Robson Green.
Jenny has also been lucky enough to teach at colleges and dance schools all over the UK, and enjoys passing on her knowledge and love for performing to young performers learning their craft.
Jenny is represented by Russell Smith Associates.
Alasdair has worked extensively both in Theatre and Television. Theatre credits include: Forbidden Broadway (Menier Chocolate Factory), Frankie Harris in the Ray Davies award winning musical COME DANCING (Theatre Royal Stratford East), SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (The Venue), Boatman/Dennis in the multi award winning production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Chocolate Factory/Wyndhams), PUTTING IT TOGETHER, (Harrogate Theatre), Wild Bill Hickok in CALAMITY JANE (National Tour), Bill Cracker in Happy End (Thursty Dog), Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Pirate King, PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Bromley Open Air), Alec D’Urberville in TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES (Savoy Theatre), the Original Beast in Disneys BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Dominion Theatre), Raoul in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Her Majesties Theatre), Grantaire/Marius/Enjorlas in LES MISERABLES (Palace Theatre), RNT production of CAROUSEL (Shaftesbury Theatre), Cliff in SUNSET BOULEVARD (Adelphi Theatre), ASPECTS OF LOVE (National Tour), Fiddler on the Roof (West Yorkshire Playhouse), MY FAIR LADY (National Tour) BLITZ! (Tyne Theatre)
Television credits. Harry Shaw in TAGGART, Bruce Malcolm in THE BILL, Ewan Patterson in RIVER CITY, Dave Schoffield in CASUALTY, Mr. Connors in HOLBY CITY and P.C. Robertson in BIRDS OF A FEATHER.
Alasdair has worked extensively as a concert artist both on radio and internationally, working with some of the worlds leading Symphony Orchestra including Halle, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Schenzen Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. As a director Alasdair has previously directed Two and Shirley Valentine and most recently Ladies Day all at the Garrick Rep in Lichfield.
Jay has been an actor for 30 years. Recent work includes: Rush, a feature film directed by Ron Howard. Mrs Biggs for ITV, playing Bruce Reynolds, and Prodo in the Royal National Theatre production of Howard Barker’s Scenes from an Execution.
Jay co-wrote and directed the play Golden Balls at the Old Red Lion where he was also assistant director to Ken McClymont.
He was assistant director to Andrea Brooks on : Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco. The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, The Ugliest Woman in the World by Shaun Prendergast and The Auction of The Ruby Slippers, based on a short story by Salman Rushdie.
He is also the author of LaLa land, an as yet unproduced feature film script.
Jordan trained at RADA and AADA in New York
Theatre includes: Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Theatre); Misalliance (Orange Tree); Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air/UK tour); The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (Orange Tree); The Silver Tassie (National Theatre); Our Ajax (Southwark Playhouse); In Your Image (Soho); Moth (Bush Theatre/High Tide); Thatcherwrite (Theatre503); 55 Days (Hampstead); The Two Worlds of Charlie F (Theatre Royal Haymarket).
TV includes: The Looming Tower (HULU)
Films include: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (20th Century Fox) and The Siege of Jadotville (Netflix)
Short Film: The Dressmaker and RISK
He is soon to start shooting on ‘The Bay’, a new drama series for ITV.
TV Credits inc, Sanditon (Red Planet), Anne (World Productions), Holby City (BBC), Moving On – Two Fat Ladies (LA Productions), Collateral (BBC), Save Me (World Productions), Guerilla (Sky) Father Brown (BBC), Call The Midwife (BBC), Vera (ITV), Dr Who (BBC), Life’s Too Short (BBC), Silent Witness (BBC), Hustle (Kudos), Waterloo Road (Shed Productions)
Theatre Credits inc Oxy and the Morons (New Wolsey), Dealer’s Choice (Theatre Clwyd), Hey Hey Good-Looking (Soho Theatre), Troilus and Cressida (Old Vic), Kiss The Sky (Bush Theatre), Cyrano De Bergerac (Haymarket), In The Midnight Hour (Young Vic),
Radio Credits inc Romeo and Juliet (Goldhawk), Plum House (Hat Trick), Looking For Dad (Radio 4), Male Order (Radio 4), Billy Liar (Radio 4)
Bea is a fully qualified and experienced Alexander Technique Teacher, and a member of the professional body of Alexander teachers, STAT (MSTAT). She teaches the Technique to adults, young people and children on a one to one basis, teaches groups in music colleges and drama schools, works with people with cancer and their families, and at Neals Yard Remedies, in Camden Town. She has a philosophy degree and subsequently trained in physical theatre in Paris, at The Ecole Jacques Lecoq.
Bea has been working in the theatre, and in drama schools, music colleges and circus schools for over 20 years, developing an approach to movement which facilitates and values balance and stillness which is both lively and focussed as a grounding for performance.
Musical Theatre Staff:
Sara Louisa Parry studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Her first professional job was in Les Miserables, UK Tour and the 10th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Other credits include Phantom of the Opera (Ensemble) London. Evita (Ensemble) Oslo. Grease (Miss Lynch) UK tour. Oliver! (Widow Corney) ,Cinderella (Fairy Godmother) and Wind In The Willows (Mrs Otter/Bargewoman) for Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.
Sara is a member of vocal trio Closer and tours the UK with the Neil Sedaka tribute show ‘Oh! Carol’ She recently completed a 24 date tour of the UK with Musical Madness host Heather Stodter in a new show ‘He Writes The Songs’ featuring the songs of Barry Manilow.
Sara combines her professional singing work with a busy teaching practice. She is a Vocal Studies tutor at Performers College, Trinity Laban and The MTA.
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Whilst training played Clara in Light in the Piazza.
Theatre: First Cover Eponine in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) Vanessa in In The Heights (London Premier, Southwark Playhouse) Diva 1 in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour) Miss Lynch/Covered and played Jan in Grease (UK Tour)
Concerts: Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens (Criterion Theatre) 2015 Whats On Stage Awards (Prince of Wales Theatre) 2014 Womens Inspirational Awards (Cadogan Hall)
Joe is a freelance musical director and vocal coach.
Musical direction credits include: Wasted, The Rink (Southwark Playhouse); Superhero (Winner – Off West End Award, Best New Musical, 2017); My Fair Lady (The Mill at Sonning); 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (The Other Palace); Seven Crazy Bitches (The Vaults); The Events (UK & US Tour / Queen Elizabeth Hall); Rock City (Celebrity Cruises); Assassins (Pleasance); Side by Side by Sondheim (Headliners Club).
As an actor: Our Town (Almeida).
Joe works as a vocal coach at LAMDA, and teaches singing and musical theatre history at Millennium Performing Arts.
He is the associate conductor of Singing with Friends, a dementia-friendly choir at Wigmore Hall, the musical director of Barnes Community Choir, and the founder of The Collective (a choir for actors, songwriters and other waifs and strays).
Alison Arnopp has studied both classical singing (Royal College of Music) and musical theatre (Royal Academy of Music) at post graduate level in London, after initially training and working as a stage and television actress in her home city of Cork, Ireland.
Credits include: T’ain’t a Bird, workshop, Dir. Tamara Harvey; Tannhauser, Dir. Tim Albery, Royal Opera House; Constance & Sinestra and the Cabinet of Screams, Action to the Word; Babe, The Pajama Game, RAM; Titanic, Whatsonstage Awards 2014; The Magic Flute, London Youth Opera; Thursford Christmas Spectacular; The Fingask Follies; Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart US Tour; Tocatta: Musical Express Indian and Sri Lankan tour. She has also provided session vocals for folk, pop and funk bands as well as animations and short films. She played the lead in an episode of Obsession: Dark Desires for Discovery ID last year.
In April 2013 she was awarded third prize in the international Lotte Lenya Singing Competition, the criteria of which spans opera and classic and contemporary American musical theatre repertoire. This year Alison was awarded a 2014 Professional Development Grant from the Kurt Weill Foundation.
Alison is currently playing the lead in Dusty at the Charing Cross Theatre
Jordan Li-Smith PGDipRAM ALCM
Jordan is a composer/playwright, based in London. He is currently working on several projects,
including an adaption of a major feature film. Jordan often works with writer Ray Rackham, with an
album of their recent work expected to be released in 2019.
Aside from writing, Jordan is an award winning musical director & orchestrator, having trained at
the Royal Academy Of Music, as a Sir Elton John Scholar. He is also a proud alumnus of the
National Youth Music Theatre and an Associate of the London College Of Music. Jordan’s notable
MD credits include the acclaimed actor-musician revival of Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre, for
which he won the first Off West End Award for Best Musical Director. Other credits as MD and/or
orchestrator include; The Assassination Of Katie Hopkins (Theatr Clwyd), The Bubbly Black Girl
Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Some Lovers (The Other Palace),
Through The Mill (Southwark Playhouse). Jordan has recently worked on the feature film
Rocketman, as children’s casting MD and providing other musical assistance.
As an educator of musical theatre, Jordan has taught at the Royal Academy Of Music, LAMDA,
Mountview & The Hammond, having also musically directed productions at Guildford School of
Acting, Urdang Academy, Royal Academy Of Music, British Theatre Academy & Momentum
Performing Arts Academy.
Jordan is Artistic Director of Jord&Co. Productions.
Molly hails from Cork, Ireland and is a graduate of The CIT Cork School of Music (BMus) and The
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA). Theatre credits include: Anne Bronte in Wasted at Southwark Playhouse, Betty in Sunset Boulevard UK Tour, Kolokolo Bird in Just So, The Barn Theatre, Stand-by Julie Jordan (to Katherine Jenkins) in Carousel at ENO’s Coliseum, Chava in Fiddler on The Roof at Grange Park Opera/BBC Proms and ensemble/cover Johanna in Sweeney Todd at ENO’s Coliseum. Upcoming projects include The Light In the Piazza as ensemble and understudy Clara.
Jimmy trained as a chorister in St Pauls Cathedral Choir as a child, with the National Youth Music Theatre as a teenager, and is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London. As a composer Jimmy has had his music recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra in Abbey Road, sung by choirs across Europe and The Americas, and his musicals including ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘NHS The Musical’ are regularly performed on the regional UK Theatre circuit. Jimmy toured worldwide for five years with members of The Who, Spandau Ballet, YES, Free, Bad Company, Procol Harum, The Alan Parsons Project, Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, Billy Preston, Paul Young, Darlene Love, the Harlem Boys Choir and The British Rock Symphony. Jimmy also has a prolific career as a musical director and performer, having worked on shows such as Evita, The Prince & The Pauper, All You Need Is Love!, Strike Up The Band, Mamma Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar and Bugsy Malone. Numerous recordings include Louise Dearman’s debut album ‘You and I’, Lionel Richie’s ‘Live in Hanover’ and Eric Clapton’s Grammy award winning ’Reptile.
As a producer Jimmy has presented three seasons at the Edinburgh Festival, the world tour of Dietrich: Natural Duty, Britten in Brooklyn at Wiltons Music Hall, The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Paddington Bear’s First Concert at Underbelly, Lunch & The Bow of Ulysses at Trafalgar Studios, and was associate producer on Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre and The Mentalists at The Wyndhams. Jimmy also provides management services to the global screen industry as well as creating and working on worldwide YouTuber products. Jimmy was Lead Artist for Birmingham’s Gallery 37 arts participation programme for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, was Associate Director of the Theatre Royal Plymouth from 2006-2009, and for ten years was a regular guest artist on BBC Radio Five Live’s Breakfast, Drive, Matthew Bannister and Anita Anand shows. Jimmy founded artist management agency JWL in 2005 which he continues to run. Jimmy currently sits on the board of the British Youth Music Theatre, on the committee of the Night for Life for the National Brain Appeal and was Chairman of Cancer Research UK North Essex for three years. In 2015 Jimmy was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his ‘outstanding contribution to the UK music industry’.
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
Amber is a queer director, writer and PhD researcher, whose work centres around the intersectionalities of identity and the ways in which blackness and queerness can be applied to theatre. Originally training as a performer, during her time at University of Chichester, the pull of directing and writing began. After moving to London, Amber has worked with theatre companies as both a director and facilitator, using the unspoken histories of marginalised voices within theatre as the basis her core values.
Her most recent work includes; extrem(IS)t (as writer/director) R&D, Undetectable (dir. Rikki Beadle-Blair), Since U Been Gone (dir. Billy Barrett), Anna Bella Eema (dir. Jessica Lazaar), Dumbledore Is So Gay (dir. Tom Wright) and La Boheme (dir. Adam Spreadbury-Maher).
Geoff Beale: Commedia
Geoff Beale co-founded Ophaboom Theatre, a commedia dell’arte company which has performed all over the UK and Europe for 17 years including five times at the Venice Carnival. He has also taught Commedia at the National and E15 and is a regular performer for The Secret Cinema including being the global performance director for their Star Wars production, Gideon Reeling and a new young company A Commedia of Errors. Most recent credits inc: 2016 movement director for KQJ theatre Beijing, Actor Milan fashion show for Billionaire fasion house, Commedia Consultant Punch and Judy Beijing.
Anna Williamson: Presenting
Anna has been performing on stage and screen since her early teens and is best known as a presenter on Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, CiTV and ITV’s “Daybreak”, ITV’s hit show, Splash and most recently as the relationship expert on Celebrity Big Brother’s ‘Bit On The Side’ 2015 on Channel 5.
Anna has been performing since her early teens and at 15 joined the girl-group Blush. After a year and a half performing with the group, an opportunity to present on kids TV changed her career path forever. After her first job reporting for Carlton Television alongside Angellica Bell, Konnie Huq and Naomi Wilkinson, she was offered a role on Disney Channel and presented Studio Disney weekdays, as well as the Disney Channel Kids Awards in front of 10,000 people.
After a year at Disney, Anna was snapped up by TransWorld International (TWI) to host a daily live technology show, Gamer, where she completed over 200 live shows. Other credits include, The Tech Guide for G-Cap Media, Channel 5’s Milkshake, The Core and Shake and co-hosting the Channel 5 Summer Roadshows and Robot Wars. For ITV; Rescue Robots, Scary Sleepover, Skillicious and CiTV and she has also fronted various shows in the USA, the most memorable for At It Productions on the hit movie starring Amy Adams, Enchanted. In 2005, Anna joined GMTV where she co-presented with Jamie Rickers on the number 1 rating kids show, Toonattik. After 6 years on the successful show, the duo were snapped up by Nickelodeon to host ‘Jamie and Anna’s U Pick Summer’ and then ‘Jamie and Anna’s Big Weekend’. Together, they have completed over seven separate series for Nickelodeon, including popular fanzine show ‘Anubis Unlocked’. Last summer, they completed their second season of hit series, ‘Camp Orange’ and also toured their adventure game show ‘Boys v Girls – The Ultimate Challenge’. Anna has hosted the Main Stage at Bounce Festival, the sold-out Nickelodeon Skills Awards and the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, interviewing the likes of Snoop Dog, Jack Black, Will Smith and One Direction. This year, Anna took part in ITV’s celebrity diving show Splash! where she got through to the semi-finals and was the last female left in the competition. She is also regular on ITV’s Daybreak and Lorraine, where she has covered everything from celeb interviews to current affairs and regularly hosts the weekly competitions. Due to her natural interest, tenacity and passion to bring the latest showbiz news to the masses, she is considered a highly credible source within the industry and her entertainment column in Digital Spy regularly gets over 100,000 hits. In addition to her television and stage career, Anna is a keen charity supporter and is very proud of her ambassador roles for The Princes Trust and The Young Variety Club. In 2009 she gained a Diploma in Counselling and went on to join Childline as a qualified and practicing volunteer counsellor. Her experience and caring nature have led to her own agony aunt column for teen magazine, Girl Talk and several weekly strands called ‘#Ask Anna’ on ITV daytime show This Morning. Due to the features great success, Anna has been invited back to join Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford on This Morning over the summer. In 2013 Anna was also appointed as an an official ambassador for the mental health charity, Mind. She now talks openly about her own battle with severe anxiety and panic attacks and has hosted several events and debates surrounding this topic, including the ‘Time for Change’ media conference for Channel 4. A registered Life Coach, Anna has also gained a hugely reputable media profile as a ‘mind, body and soul’ campaigner, and top-selling health magazine Top Sante have recruited her as their agony aunt. Anna will be on hand, giving advice and support through monthly reader questions, regular Facebook chats and ad-hoc columns. Anna is also a versatile voice over artist and credits include Sony, GMTV, ITV, Channel 4, Nickelodeon, MTV and Living TV. For more information on Anna, go to – http://www.annawilliamson.co.uk/
Mervyn Millar: Puppetry
Mervyn Millar is a theatre director and puppetry specialist and the Director of Significant Object (www.significantobject.com).
As puppetry designer & director his work includes: James II (NTS/NT), Die Brüder Löwenherz (Schauspielhaus Zürich), Siegfried and Die Walküre (Opera National du Rhin), Great Expectations and The Comedy of Errors (RSC), The Odyssey (Lyric Hammersmith, Bristol Old Vic) Get Santa! (Royal Court), The Secret Garden (WYP, Birmingham Rep), The Thief of Baghdad (ROH), The Magic Carpet (Lyric Hammersmith), Unfolding Andersen (theatre-rites / British Library), James and the Giant Peach (Bolton Octagon, MEN award winner) and work for the Young Vic and the National Theatre Studio. He has a longstanding association with Handspring Puppet Company and was part of the creative team on War Horse from the first workshops, appearing in the first two casts at the NT and subsequently directing the puppetry in London, New York, Toronto and Berlin. Other work for Handspring includes Stiller (with Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel, Co-director), Crow (Festival 2012/GDIF, Director), Jubilee Salute (with National Theatre, Co-director), Tall Horse (Asst Director) and Or You Could Kiss Me (with National Theatre, performer). He was Artistic Director of Handspring UK. He was Director at the Finborough Theatre for the Steam Industry between 1998 and 2000 and has directed at theatres including the National Theatre (Cottesloe), BAC, Theatre Royal Plymouth, NVT (Norway) & international touring with his company wireframe. His collaboration with Kazuko Hohki and Andy Cox, Evidence for the Existence of Borrowers, won a Total Theatre Award and a Herald Angel Award. He is the author of The Horse’s Mouth, about the development process of War Horse, and The Journey of The Tall Horse, documenting a collaboration between two African puppet companies. Both are published by Oberon Books. In 2010 he became the first puppetry specialist to win an Arts Foundation Fellowship.
Matt Addis: Recorded Voice
Matt is an actor and narrator. He made his West-End debut in Boeing Boeing in 2007 and has since worked extensively on stage and screen across the globe. He is Exec Producer at Chocolate Fox Audiobooks. Matt joined the BBC Radio Drama Company in 2009 and has been heard in hundreds of radio dramas, comedies and documentaries. He is an award winning audiobook narrator, in demand both in the UK and the US. His ADR work includes major HBO series and Hollywood blockbusters. TV and Radio commercial voiceovers include clients such as Pottermore, Vauxhall, Ford, Skoda, Sony, Domino’s Pizza, PayPal, the Stereophonics, Crowded House and the Samaritans. He has voiced many major computer games, including CodeMasters F1 Race Stars and Creative Assembly’s Total War. His live voice work includes the Global Fashion Awards, United Nations events at Windsor Castle, and many prestigious poetry readings. Matt coaches actors and presenters from both sides of the Atlantic in finding and using their voice in recorded media. He has taught a week-long Masterclass in Recorded Voice at The MTA since 2011 which gives students an unparalleled introduction into the world of voice work, through practical workshops using industry standard practices and equipment.
Haruka Kuroda: Stage Combat
Haruka trained at the Guildford School of Acting.
Her credits include; for Theater: Wit (Manchester Royal Exchange), In the Beginning was the End (dreamthinkspeak), Little Mochi Man, Little Sunshine Little Rainfall & The Paper Washi Wish (all for A Thousand Cranes), My Life in CIA (Give It A Name), The Nightingale (Yellow Earth), Ali Baba and Forty Thieves (Illyria), Around the World in 80 Days (Liverpool Playhouse). For TV: Heart to Heart (SKY), Killing Eve (BBC America), Spot Bots (CBeeBies) Officially Amazing (CBBC), Hebburn, Chaos Laboratories, Ideal, Brain Jitsu, Things Talk, Hiroshima, Broken News, Grass, Jonathan Creek, (all for BBC), Thunderbirds Are Go!, The Bill (both for ITV) and Anne and Katy (Ch4). For film: Life, London Road, Foster, Swinging with the Finckels, Random 11 (part 1), Iris & One Minute past Midnight which won the Best Short Film at Chicago Film Festival in 2005 and for Radio: Fewer Not Less, After the Quake & A Pale View of Hill (all for BBC Radio 4). Haruka is a much sought after voice over artist and is the voice of Noodle, a character from the international pop band Gorillaz.
She is also a qualified Stage Combat Instructor (British Academy of Dramatic Combat) and fight/ movement director. She has taught at various drama schools and workshops in the UK and Europe.
Her fight directing credits include; THE TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON (Park Theatre), ILLEGALIZED (Manchester Royal Exchange& tour), PINK SARI REVOLUTION (Curve Theatre), KAYNE THE FIRST (High Tide Festival), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Grosvenor Light Opera company), BEYONF THE FENCE A NEW MUSICAL(Arts Theatre/ Sky TV), THE THREE MUSKERTEERS (Illyria Theatre company), HARAJUKU GIRLS (Finborough Theatre), YEH SHEN (Polka Theatre & tour), LAST DAYS OF THE LIMEHOUSE( (Limehouse Town Hall),
INCOGNITO (Gate Theatre & tour), TANGO (Reading Rep Theatre/Young Vic studio), TREASURE ISLAND (Simply Theatre Geneva), KNOCK YOURSELF OUT (Courtyard Theatre), THE SOUND OF A VOICE (Volta Theatre/ Arcola Tent), ROMEO AND JULIET (Bilimankhwe Arts),
MY LIFE IN CIA (Give It a Name), PETER PAN (Simply Theatre Geneva), ROBIN HOOD (Simply Theatre Geneva), TOAD (Southwark Playhouse), HENRY 6TH part 1&2 (The Brits School), TWELFTH NGIHT (the Lord Chamberlain’s Men), RUNNING SILK ROAD (Yellow Earth Theatre) THE LADIES CAGE (Finborough Theatre), SCARY PLAY (Caramel Factor), THE DEATH OF COOL (Tristian Bates Theatre), KING ARTHUR(Arcola Theatre), CREENA DEFOOUIE (Edinburgh Festival ) & KING LEAR (Orange Tree Theatre)
Paul L Martin: Cabaret