CREATIVE TEAM

CREATIVE TEAM

Patrons

Stephen Mear- Stephen joins us at Stagebox Musical Theatre as Patron for our company with Elite Teams and clients based in London, Leeds and Manchester! We are immensely proud to have Stephen’s support as one of the world’s most esteemed multi award winning choreographers and directors! Stephen joined us at The Savoy Theatre to cast our London Elite Team and we are delighted that he will continue to work with Stagebox supporting the training of the next generation of outstanding young talent!

Stephen is a double Olivier award winner and Tony nominated choreographer. He has just finished directing and choreographing 42nd Street at The Theatre Du Chatelet in Paris. He also choreographed the revival of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which began at The West Yorkshire Playhouse in December 2015 and the show continues touring the UK into 2017. Mary Poppins has returned for a UK and International Tour this year with joint choreography by Stephen Mear and Matthew Bourne! Rather extraordinarily two of Stephen’s shows are also in the process of transferring to Broadway, Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close and Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton! Across the pond, Stephen has already choreographed the Broadway musical version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Die Fledermaus (Metropolitan Opera New York) and Ragtime/Dreamgirls (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre).

In 2009 Stephen became Associate Choreographer for Chichester Festival Theatre and continued in this role until 2016, he has choreographed the following shows: Mack and Mabel (and UK tour 2015), Gypsy (and Savoy Theatre 2015), Amadeus, The Pajama Game (and Shaftesbury Theatre), Kiss Me, Kate (and The Old Vic, Olivier Award Nomination for Best Choreography), The Grapes of Wrath, The Music Man, How to Succeed, Putting It Together, Just So (and North Shore Music Theatre USA), Funny Girl and Director/Choreographer for She Loves Me (all at CFT).

Further Theatre credits include; Singin in the Rain (Le Chatelet, Paris), City of Angels and The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre), Co-Choreographer with Mathew Bourne on Mary Poppins (London, Broadway and World Tours. Olivier Award for Best Choreography, Tony Award and Drama Desk Nominations for Best Choreography and LA Drama Critics Award for Best Choreography), Anything Goes (National Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Olivier Award for Best Choreography), Crazy for You (Regent’s Park and Novello Theatre. Olivier Nomination for Best Choreography), Singin’ in the Rain (West Yorkshire Playhouse and National Theatre. Olivier Nomination for Best Choreography), Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal Haymarket. Olivier Nomination for Best Choreography), Sinatra (London Palladium and UK Tour. Olivier Nomination for Best Choreography), Soul Train (West End and UK Tour. Olivier Nomination for Best Choreography). Acorn Antiques (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Witches of Eastwick(Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre), Shoes, Director/Choreographer (Sadler’s Wells & Peacock Theatre), On the Town (English National Opera), Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden).

Nigel Lilley- Nigel is a West End Musical Director. He was the Original Musical Director on Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Showboat and Bend It Like Beckham. He is currently working on The Go Between at The Apollo Theatre with Michael Crawford.Other Musical Director credits include: My Fair Lady, Company (Sheffield Crucible); Ragtime (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Spring Awakening (European premiere, Lyric and Novello Theatre); La Cage Aux Folles (Chocolate Factory/Playhouse); Piaf (Donmar Warehouse/ Vaudeville); Lauren Kennedy In Concert (Menier Chocolate Factory); Les Misérables (conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra); The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland/Edinburgh International Festival); Acorn Antiques (UK Tour); The Last Session (UK premiere – Hackney Empire Studio); Putting It Together (Harrogate Theatre)
Music Supervisor credits include: Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible & UK tour); That Day we Sang (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester/Manchester International Festival); Paper Dolls (Tricycle Theatre); The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (Curve Leicester and West End); Sweet Charity (Chocolate Factory/Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Talent (Menier Chocolate Factory).
Other credits include: Sinatra At The London Palladium (Palladium); Les Misérables (Denmark); Maury Yeston’s December Songs (UK premiere – Greenwich Theatre); Philip Quast At The Donmar (Divas season); Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse).
Television credits include: That Day We Sang, Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special, Up The Women, 2008 Royal Variety Performance (Conducting La Cage Aux Folles), Musicality.

Nigel co-authored a guide to Musical Theatre auditions with Mary Hammond called “Thank you – That’s all we need for today” published by Edition Peters.

Danielle Hope-  West End leading lady Danielle Hope joins Stagebox as Patron! Danielle Hope was the winner of the BBC talent contest Over The Rainbow and as a result played the part of Dorothy in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Wizard of Oz, which began performances in the West End at the London Palladium in February 2011. Credits include Eponine in Les Miserables in the West End, starting in June 2012. She also played the role of Narrator in the UK Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in 2014. Most recently, Danielle starred as Maria Von Trapp in the UK Tour of The Sound of Music. In 2017, Danielle will take on the role of Sandy in the UK Tour of Grease! Danielle starred in the Magic of the Musicals UK Tour alongside our Stageboxers and we are delighted that Danielle will be joining us as our Patron. Danielle will lead workshops with our Elite Teams and work closely with us over the coming years. She is an incredible role model for our pupils and we are over the moon to be welcoming her to our Stagebox family!

Resident Team

Executive Directors & Producers: Emily & L-J Keston

Emily and L-J Keston are identical twin British Executive Directors specialising in children’s theatrical talent, casting and production. Keston & Keston launched Stagebox, a brand new theatrical workshop concept for talented and aspiring professional performers (aged 7-18 years old) designed to train, enhance and showcase young musical theatre talent in a professional company and training programme. Emily and L-J performed in numerous theatrical, television and film productions including Jenny & Rosie Dolly (The Dolly Sisters) in Mr Selfridge (ITV), The Safe House (ITV), Seeing Red (ITV), Tati’s Hotel (ITV), Bridget Jones and the Edge of Reason (Miramax), Original Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium) and Annie (UK Tour). For Emily and L-J’s work as Executive Directors the duo were recognised at The Yorkshire Young Achiever Awards for their achievement following in the footsteps of previous award winners including Matthew Warchus (Matilda Director, RSC), Kimberley Walsh and The Kaiser Chiefs. Stagebox is also nominated for The Yorkshire Choice Awards 2017. L-J gained a Law degree (LLB) from the University of Bristol where she was the Vice Chancellor Scholar for Music and Drama whilst Emily is a graduate of The University of Sheffield winning the ITV News Award. Their development of young talent is recognised nationally and internationally with the pair providing outstanding opportunities for children in the North of England and now London. In the last 12 months alone, their clients have secured leading roles in: School of Rock (New London Theatre), Matilda (RSC, West End), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour), Mary Poppins (International Tour, Dubai/Zurich), Les Miserables (International Tour, Dubai), Wind in the Willows (UK Tour), Annie (UK Tour), The Full Monty (UK Tour), Annie Get Your Gun (Sheffield Crucible), Strictly Ballroom (WYP) and multiple television/film projects.

Artistic Director: Sammy Murray

Sammy Murray trained at the Royal Ballet School, Guildhall School of Drama and performed in theatre, film and TV for some 20 years before moving into Directing and Choreography.

Sammy Murray is currently choreographing for ITV’s new drama “Victoria” (Series 1 and 2), starring Jenna Coleman. Sammy’s most recent work in 2017 is Witness for the Prosecution (BBC) and Endeavour (ITV). Further television choreography credits include: That Day We Sang (BBC), A Young Doctor’s Notebook (Working Title), John Bishop Panto, Mr Selfridge (ITV), The Hour (BBC), Ballet Shoes (ITV), Giddy Kipper (Sky One), Eric and Ernie (BBC), Victoria Wood’s Midlife Christmas, Housewife 49 (ITV). Theatre, Resident Director and Choreographer: Singin in the Rain (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Acorn Antiques (Tour), That Day We Sang (Royal Exchange/Manchester Int Festival) Assistant Choreographer: Miss Saigon (Aarhus Theatre), Crazy for you. Me and My Girl, The Styne Way (London Palladium) and Three Musketeers (Amsterdam). Sammy also performed in numerous West End Musicals such as 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast, Singing In The Rain, Me and My Girl (National Tour) and Sweet Charity (Victoria Palace Theatre)

Resident Musical Director, Peter Marshall Russell

Peter is the Resident Musical Director at Stagebox. Most recently Peter was the Children’s Rehearsal Pianist for Mary Poppins (International Tour, Dubai) and the Musical Director for Live in London at The Royal Court. Most recently he played live for Magic of the Musicals (UK Tour). Peter works closely with leading production companies, brands and agencies. He is currently working on a new documentary for ITV, as well as a brand-new feature-documentary starring Stephen Hawking. In 2015, he worked with ITV Studios to produce music for their primetime television show, Keep It In The Family with Bradley Walsh.

Peter has had music placed on national and international networks, most recently his music appeared on US Network, Reelz Channel about Glee Star Cory Monteith, on ‘Autopsy: Cory Monteith’. Peter has also written music for many companies and worldwide brands including; Sheffield Theatres and other theatrical brands

Much of Peter’s music has been published on labels released by production music giants De Wolfe Music, Altitude Music & Synctracks and is regularly placed on national and international TV/commercials. Peter is a classically trained pianist and musical director, having studied under Gordon Fergus-Thompson and Ian Jones, at the Royal College of Music, London, and Valentina Kalashnik at the University of Sheffield.

Resident Vocal Coaches: Julie Gossage & Richard Halton

West End Vocal Coaches, Julie Gossage and Richard Halton are Stagebox Elite Team London Resident Vocal Coaches and Consultants in Leeds & Manchester!

We are proud and privileged to announce our vocal training will be led permanently by our outstanding duo straight from the West End!

Julie and Richard train countless West End stars currently appearing as lead roles including Olivier Award nominees.

We will work with their fabulous training model here at Stagebox and it is something we feel passionately about whilst working with young people! The Vocal Balance Technique produces voices that are strong, flexible, free and healthy, allowing you to sing for long periods of time without fatigue or strain. It is based on the Italian idea of “Bel Canto” or Beautiful Singing. It is a blend of ideas, techniques and practices, evolved over many years, which have achieved some quite simply amazing results!

Julie was born in Staffordshire in the UK and trained for six years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. On leaving she was invited to join the Welsh National Opera where she performed such roles as Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Flora (La Traviata), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte) and Rosina (The Barber of Seville). Julie has also performed at The English National Opera as Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) and Pitti-Sing in the acclaimed Jonathan Miller production of The Mikado.

She has over 20 years of experience teaching both in the UK and internationally.

Other work includes, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for English Touring Opera, Aurelio (L’Assedio di Calais) for Wexford Festival Opera amongst many others. Recordings include Edith (The Pirates of Penzance) conducted by the late Sir Charles Mackerras for TER Records. She has also given numerous recitals and concerts to a wide range of audiences.

Richard studied singing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and with Renato Cappecchi in the USA.
On leaving GSMD he enjoyed a 20-year career continuously in work performing over 40 principal roles with all the major British Opera companies, collaborating with many of the world’s finest conductors, directors and choreographers. He has also given recitals, concerts, oratorios at home and abroad, and taken part in many commercially released recordings. He was also versatile enough to take on, amongst others, the title role in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London and Ravenal in Showboat, which he performed for nearly two years on national tour and twice at The London Palladium.

Julie and Richard will train our Elite Teams vocally and intensively throughout the programmes and courses.
www.vocalbalance.co.uk

Guest Creatives

Stageboxers are trained exclusively by industry professionals. In the last 6 months alone they have been trained by:

Nigel Lilley– Nigel is a West End Musical Director. He was the Original Musical Director on Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Showboat and Bend It Like Beckham. He is currently working on The Go Between at The Apollo Theatre with Michael Crawford.Other Musical Director credits include: My Fair Lady, Company (Sheffield Crucible); Ragtime (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Spring Awakening (European premiere, Lyric and Novello Theatre); La Cage Aux Folles (Chocolate Factory/Playhouse); Piaf (Donmar Warehouse/ Vaudeville); Lauren Kennedy In Concert (Menier Chocolate Factory); Les Misérables (conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra); The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland/Edinburgh International Festival); Acorn Antiques (UK Tour); The Last Session (UK premiere – Hackney Empire Studio); Putting It Together (Harrogate Theatre)
Music Supervisor credits include: Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible & UK tour); That Day we Sang (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester/Manchester International Festival); Paper Dolls (Tricycle Theatre); The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (Curve Leicester and West End); Sweet Charity (Chocolate Factory/Theatre Royal, Haymarket); Talent (Menier Chocolate Factory).
Other credits include: Sinatra At The London Palladium (Palladium); Les Misérables (Denmark); Maury Yeston’s December Songs (UK premiere – Greenwich Theatre); Philip Quast At The Donmar (Divas season); Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse).
Television credits include: That Day We Sang, Victoria Wood’s Christmas Special, Up The Women, 2008 Royal Variety Performance (Conducting La Cage Aux Folles), Musicality.

Nigel co-authored a guide to Musical Theatre auditions with Mary Hammond called “Thank you – That’s all we need for today” published by Edition Peters.

Jo Hawes– Leading Children’s UK Casting Director on West End & UK Tour shows. Jo is casting Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Oliver, The Sound of Music.

David Hulston– West End Choreographer. David is currently choreographing Into The Woods at The West Yorkshire Playhouse and Resident Director on the 2016 Sister Act Tour starring Alexandra Burke. David Hulston is currently Resident Director on Nativity! and will begin work later this year!

Tim English- West End Resident Director Aladdin & The Lion King. Prior to Aladdin, Tim was the Resident Director on the UK and European tours of the hugely successful award winning production, The Lion King for 3 years with Disney Theatrical Productions. Prior to The Lion King, for ten years, Tim was involved in casting, directing and maintaining four shows for Mark Bradley International including the award winning The Three Waiters worldwide. Tim has also had a very successful career as a performer. Credits include: Me and My Girl, My Fair Lady, Elvis – The Musical, HMS Pinafore, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver!, Always, Mamma Mia! and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Jo Morris– Jo’s theatre credits include: Associate Choreographer for Mack and Mabel (Chichester Festival

Theatre & UK Tour); Associate Choreographer for Singin’ In The Rain (Chatelet Theatre, Paris); Choreographer for Cinderella (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage); Choreographer for The Little Shop Of Horrors (Pleasance Theatre); Choreographer for Bye Bye Birdie (MPA); Associate Choreographer/Dance Captain In The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre & Minerva Theatre, Chichester); Choreographer for The Winslow Boy (The Old Vic); Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain in Kiss me, Kate (The Old Vic & Chichester Festival Theatre); Assistant Choreographer/ Dance Captain in the Olivier Award-winning Crazy For You (Regents Park Open Air Theatre);Rehearsal Director on Shoes (Peacock Theatre); Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain in Me &My Girl (Sheffield Crucible); Dance Captain/Onstage Swing in Shoes (Sadlers Wells); AssistantChoreographer for Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal Haymarket & Menier Chocolate Factory);

Assistant choreographer/Dance captain in the Olivier Award-winning Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park
Open Air Theatre); Assistant choreographer for Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre); Dancecaptain in On The Town (English National Opera/Coliseum, London & Chatelet Theatre, Paris); Assistant choreographer/Dance captain in Gigi (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Assistant choreographer for The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre); Wicked (Victoria Apollo); Sinatra(London Palladium); Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre); Grease (Scandanavian Tour); Tonight’s The Tonight (Victoria Palace); Fame (UK Tour).
Workshops include: Shoes for Sadlers Wells; The Little Mermaid for Broadway; Mary Poppins for Broadway.

Other credits include; Assistant Choreographer to Stephen Mear on So You Think You Can Dance – Series 1 (BBC); Blessed (BBC); Celebrity Big Brother (Endamol); Rebourn (BBC); Bustamove (MTV) music video for Goldfrapp; Orange Mobile Phone commercial and Showtime at the Stadium(BBC).

Pippa Cleary & Jake Brunger– “One of musical theatre’s most dynamic writing partnerships” – The Stage

Jake and Pippa’s most recent musical adaptation of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole ran at Leicester’s Curve Theatre, where it was nominated for the 2015 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People, and their original new musical Prodigy, commissioned by National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT), ran at the St James Theatre in August 2015 (Original Cast Recording due for release in Spring 2016).

Their new adaptation of Treasure Island opened for a six week run at Singapore Repertory Theatre in October 2015, and the UK premiere of Red Riding Hood was the Pleasance Theatre’s 2015/6 Christmas show, produced by Paul Taylor Mills. They are Associate Artists of Leicester Curve.

Other works include: Jet Set Go! (George Square Theatre/Jermyn Street Theatre). The Great British Soap Opera (George Square Theatre/Jermyn Street Theatre), Mallory Towers, Hey Beautiful People (Soho Theatre), Prodigy (NYMT) and Red Riding Hood (Singapore Repertory Theatre).

They were the first British writers to be accepted onto the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project in Chicago, where they were mentored by Tony-nominated lyricist Craig Carnelia and Jon Lind, former head of A&R at Hollywood Records, culminating in a sell-out concert at the Josephine Louis Theater.

Their musical adaptation of Red Riding Hood ran for six weeks at Singapore Repertory Theatre, where it was seen by over 20,000 people. Red Riding Hood is available for worldwide licensing by Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals. They also wrote the music and lyrics for The Snow Gorilla, which was the Rose Theatre Kingston Christmas show, featuring the voice of Brian Blessed.

In addition to their work together Jake’s credits as a playwright include Pub Quiz (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio, which he also directed), ‘Ave It (Old Vic Tunnels), Chavs (Lyric Hammersmith Studio), People Like Us (Vineyard Theatre, New York / Old Vic New Voices) and Four Play, which will be seen as part of the 2015 Old Vic New Voices Festival at the Old Vic Theatre. For more information on Jake please click here.

Jane McMurtrie-West End Associate Choreographer/Children’s Director. Jane is currently Resident Choreographer on Groundhog Day and was Children’s Director on Gypsy and Associate Choreographer on Legally Blonde across the world.

Joanna Goodwin– West End performer and Choreographer Jo is currently the Associate Choreographer on the UK Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Jo is an experienced West End performer and choreography credits also include Assistant Choreographer on the Barnum UK Tour & Associate Choreographer on Happy Days UK Tour.

Chris Hocking (Director of Musical Theatre and Acting & Deputy Principal at the prestigious, world class Arts Educational School, London- Before taking on his position at Arts Ed, Chris choreographed the UK tours of Oklahoma!, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, South Pacific, Fiddler On The Roof, Jekyll and Hyde and The Rise & Fall of Little Voice. Other credits include Club Tropicana – The 80s Musical (which he co-wrote) at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Schwartz Stories at The King’s Head, Let Him Have Justice (Cochrane Theatre),Keeler (Charing Cross Theatre) The Railway Children and Wind In The Willows (both Sevenoaks Playhouse). Chris also has a successful performing career in the West End, on tour and in regional repertory theatre. Shows include Chicago, Carousel, The King and I, The Rocky Horror Show, Chess, Hot Stuff, On the Town, Barnum and Hello, Dolly!
Chris has been awarded The Fellowship of the British & International Federation of Festivals and is Vice-Chair of All England Dance.

Nikki Belsher- Nikki Belsher is the current Resident Choreographer for the hit West End musical Billy Elliot. Nikki was also the Associate Choreographer for Billy Elliot on Broadway.Theatre Credits include: Ethel & Resident Director in Footloose (Playhouse Theatre, West End & UK Tour); Barelli Sister, Resident Director & Dance Captain in The Rat Pack (Haymarket Theatre, West End); Delores/ Miss Cashdime in Singing in the Rain (The National Theatre); Ensemble in Carousel (The National Theatre); Ashley & Dance Captain in Starlight Express (Apollo Theatre); Ensemble in Can Can (Strand Theatre); Understudy Peggy Sawyer & Anytime Annie in 42ND Street (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Jemima & Understudy Gumbie & Jellylorum in CATS (New London Theatre); Sheila Bryant in A Chorus Line (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Nickie in Sweet Charity (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Ensemble & Dance Captain in Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour); Marty in Grease (Scandinavian Tour); Ensemble in FAME (Scandinavian Tour); Candi in Oh What A Night! (Scandinavian Tour); Sue & Dance Captain in A Slice of Saturday Night (UK Tour); Pearl in Starlight Express (Australasian Tour).
Choreography Credits include: Associate Choreographer for Billy Elliot(Imperial Theatre, Broadway); Assistant Choreographer for Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace); Resident Choreographer for Me & My Girl (UK Tour)

Jane Ripley Casting– Casting Directors. Jane Ripley Casting is one of the leading casting offices in the UK with projects including So Awkward, Skins, My Mad Fat Diary, The Inbetweeners and School of Comedy.

Natalie Weiss– Broadway performer and YouTube sensation (Wicked, Les Miserables). Natalie has just finished her West End concert and continues on her Worldwide tour.

Sam Spencer-Lane: Sam is a renowned choreographer for theatre and television- Little Britain Live (Apollo Hammersmith), Back With A  Vengeance (Drury Lane, UK & Australian Tour), A Streetcar to Tennessee (Young Vic), Personals (West End), Rat Pack Confidential (West End), The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Last Five Years (Menier Chocolate Factory), Take Flight (Menier Chocolate Factory), Roger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Bristol Old Vic), They’re Playing Our Song (Menier Chocolate Factory), Privates on Parade (WYP & Birmingham Rep), Alice (WYP & Birmingham Rep), PARADE (Old Vic Tunnels). Television credits include: PRIVATE PEACEFUL (BBC/Fluidity Films), NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (BBC), ILLUSIONS.CHILDREN TV (Thames TV). Sam is currently the external examiner of the Musical Theatre course at Arts Educational and Sam ran and developed the dance and movement programme for Musical Theatre at Mountview from 2002-2012.

Jennifer Rooney- Jennifer Rooney is currently Associate Movement Director for Once the Musical(Olympia Theatre, Dublin) and was also Resident Movement Director for Once the Musical (The Phoenix Theatre, London).
After training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance she began her career working for The Walt Disney Company (US) as a performer, before building a career as a choreographer in Ireland. Event credits include, The Special Olympics Opening Ceremony (Croke Park Dublin), Children in Need Live (BBCNI), Belfast Fashion Week 2009, ‘Toccata’ (Tour of India and Africa), Maritime Festival (City Hall Belfast), Waterloo Ball (Belfast). Theatre credits include, Teenage Kicks (Millennium Forum, Derry), 4 Quartets (Maiden Voyage Dance Company), Sweet Charity, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Break, Hatch (MAC Belfast), Fiddler on the Roof, R&H Cinderella, (Grand Opera House, Belfast), Oliver! (Stranmillis College Theatre), Oklahoma, The Pirates of Penzance, Carousel, Anything Goes (The Ardowen Theatre, Enniskillen), Nativity (Riverside Theatre, Coleraine), The Mikado (Island Hall, Lisburn and Buxton Gilbert & Sullivan Festival 2013).

Shaun Henson: Shaun Henson has been a performer in the West End for over 25 years. He has featured in over 22 West End shows, including CATS, Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, Billy Elliot, The Witches of Eastwick, Les Miserables, Lord of the Rings, Anything Goes, Tommy & Kiss Me Kate to name a few.
Film credits include: Oklahoma, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat & Jesus Christ Superstar.  Shaun has worked extensively in TV, and been a vocalist on a number of original cast albums. He has vast musical theatre experience and enjoys passing on his knowledge through his teaching. As a choreographer, Shaun has implemented workshops and masterclasses at some of the most respected theatre schools and colleges around the country, such as Italia Conti, Laine Theatre Arts, Performers, Millennium, Guildford School of Acting, London School of Musical Theatre, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Pineapple Dance Studios.

Steven Harris– West End Choreographer. Steven was Associate Choreographer for the Original West End Cast of Stephen Ward at The Aldwych. The Sound of Music (KLCC Kuala Lumpur), Chess Co-Director/ Choreographer (Union Theatre and Offies Nominee for Best Choreographer 2014) Laughing Matters for Celia Imrie ( St James Theatre London). 

Caroline Hurst (Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training)–  Caroline Hurst, Head of Singing. Caroline lectures and coaches in musical theatre singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Mountview Academy of Performing Arts and has her own private practice in London, Manchester and Glasgow. She performed professionally in opera, recital, concert and musical theatre for a number of years before discovering her passion for teaching and the Estill Model!

Caroline graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2000 with BA Musical Studies (Hons) and MMus (Advanced Opera). She also attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Further Education Teaching and is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Arts Education at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Caroline qualified as a Certified Master Teacher of Estill in October 2006.

Damien Delaney– Children’s Dance Captain & West End Performer. Damien was the Children’s Dance Captain on Billy Elliot for 4 years.

Anthony Whiteman– Choreographer. Anthony was the Associate Choreographer on Mary Poppins. Anthony was also Dance Captain on Billy Elliot.

Jerry Knight Smith CDG– Casting Director, The Royal Exchange.

Carl Sanderson- Carl has just returned from playing Bert Berry in Stephen Mear’s “42 Street” at Theatré Du Chatelet and prior to that was also Resident Director on Hairspray! UK Tour!
Other credits include – Guys and Dolls, Pajama Game and The Music Man( Chichester Festival Theatre), Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre) , My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible and National Tour), Ragtime, Midsummer Nights Dream and Hello Dolly! (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Crazy For You( Regents Park Open Air Theatre and Novello Theatre), Hairspray( National Tour), Sweet Charity( Menier Chocolate Factory), Cats (New London Theatre and National Tour), Doctor Doolittle (National Tour) Acorn Antiques The Musical! (Haymarket Theatre and National Tour), The Phantom of the Opera (West End and National Tour), The Mikado (Savoy Theatre), Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria), The Mikado, The Merry Widow, HMS Pinafore , The Gondoliers ( Opera Della Luna),La Vie Parisienne(Iford Arts), Beauty and the Beast (Wakefield Theatre Royal), Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Camelot (Covent Garden Festival). Television- Victoria Wood Christmas Special and Acorn Antiques The Musical ! Film- That Day We Sang (BBC) , The Dresser (BBC).

Emily Charlton- Emily is an internationally acclaimed world championship dance coach, choreographer and Elite trainer. Emily recently won the Barbara Sharples International Choreographic Awards. Emily’s specialism is training and nurturing young talent and we feel honoured that she will join our team. Her pupils are currently World Champion title holders and Emily continues to lead masterclasses internationally as well as teaching her own pupils at The Vale School of Dance. Instagram: valedance27

Charlotte Mason-Apps- Charlotte has extensive West End, TV and Film credits and was most recently on our screens playing Corabelle in “Harry Price: Ghost Hunter” (2016) and in Witness for the Prosecution (Mammoth/BBC). Charlotte was also recently a professional dancer on Series 1 of ITV’s “Victoria” starring Jenna Coleman. Charlotte trained in Musical Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting (MA, GSA) after studying for her medical degree at the University of Bristol, and her other professional credits include: Pan (2015), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Star Wars: Rogue One (Disney, in production), Sincerely Mr Todd (Greenwich Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Greenwich Playhouse) A Little Chaos (BBC), White Christmas (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Annie (UK Tour), Tommy (Original London Cast), Ruth Rendell: May and June (ITV), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Paramount Pictures), Phantom of the Opera and Harry Potter (Warner Bros).

Christina Tedders– West End Actor Musician. Christina is currently rehearsing for The Commitments UK Tour having just finished the UK Tour of Calamity Jane alongside Jodie Prenger. She also played Girl on numerous occasions in the original London cast of Once.

Sarah Cortez- Sarah has worked extensively in the West End as a performer and Dance Captain. Sarah’s theatrical credits include: Singing’ In The Rain (National Theatre), SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (West Yorkshire Playhouse), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (choreographed by Arlene Phillips), MARY POPPINS (Prince Edward Theatre/Cameron Mackintosh), BARBARA COOK & FRIENDS (Bill Deamer), Dance Captain on SINATRA (Theatre du Chatelet, Stephen Mear), Assistant Dance Captain in THE KING AND I, Children’s Dance Captain in OLIVER (UK Tour & West End, Cameron Mackintosh), Dance Captain on CINDERELLA, Dance Captain on SLEEPING BEAUTY, DIRTY DANCING (UK Tour).

Television & Film credits include: SHOWTIME @THE STADIUM (BBC), NOEL’S HOUSE PARTY (BBC) & ALEXANDER (Warner Bros).

Anna Swan- Anna trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School. Film and TV credits include A Royal Night Out, Winter, We’ll Take Manhattan and most recently ITV’s Victoria. Stage credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC), La Boheme (The Soho Theatre) & Catnip (Arts Theatre). Anna is also a writer and made a TV pilot Kerry in which she plays the title role. The pilot is currently in script development.
Anna taught on the East 15 Acting School Children’s workshops for three years, working with children from 8 to 18. She also assisted with the Southwark Playhouse on Wasted by Kate Tempest. Anna teaches one to one preparation for auditions and drama school auditions.
Anna is currently preparing to play the role of Bella in Gaslight.

Matt Abrams- Musical Director: Masters of Show Choir (Arts Theatre, West End), Little Shop of Horrors (UK Tour), The Godfather (UK Tour), Cinderella (Kings Theatre, Glasgow), Stageschool (E4 TV), Legally Blonde (Upstairs At The Gatehouse), I Do! I Do! (Riverside Studios), Ernest (Edinburgh Fringe), Here’s To Life (National Portrait Gallery), Avenue Q (Theatre Royal, Windsor), Lucky Stiff (Sadlers Wells), Promises Promises (Southwark Playhouse), Pirates of Penzance (Brookside Theatre, Romford), Geek!(Tristan Bates Theatre).

As a teacher/MD, he has worked at – Guilford School of Acting, Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre, Arts Educational School, Stagedoor Manor (New York), Sylvia Young Theatre School, Musical Theatre Academy, Brighton Academy, Associated Studios.