Resident tutors and course leaders
SSPA is proud to be represented by the most experienced, qualified teachers found in Oxfordshire, with a collective appreciation and love for Theatre and Dance TV and Film. All tutors are DBS checked and have an enormous ability in their teaching field. Our tutors have worked professionally in their chosen aspect of the Theatre Arts and wish to pass on their knowledge and attributes to those wishing to pursue a career in the Performing Arts.
Gary Lewin - Director/Acting Coach
Gary trained at The Urdang Academy in Musical Theatre and worked professionally within the industry before falling in love with teaching. He has spent the last 10 years working with young performers in local theatre companies and schools. Gary has worked as a choreographer and a director, but his real passion has been helping aspiring performers reach their goals or next steps in their training. His students have been successful in gaining a place at some of the most prestigious schools or conservatoires in the country. This is where the idea of Stepping Stone Performing Arts was born. After a decade of helping people reach their potential on a smaller scale, with the help of SSPA he hopes to grow his ambition in helping people reach the next step and have a great time in the process. Credit: Move It – Kensington Olympia ,Featured dancer, IDTA Awards – Lancaster Gate Hotel Dancer, MTV Commercial Model/ Featured Dancer, Everybody Dance Now – ITV Studios Featured dancer Slice of Saturday Night – Urdang Studios Gary, Guys and Dolls – Urdang Studios Nathan, Robin Hood Panto – Pyramid Pantomime Robin/Fryer tuck Director and choreographer credits: Crazy for you (Oxford PlayHouse) Evita, West side story Oxford Music Centre, Annie get your gun, Addams family, Thoroughly modern Milly Oliver, Billy Elliot, Guys and Dolls, school show cases concerts.
Frankie Alexandra - Musical Director/Vocal Coach
Frankie attained a BA HONS Degree in Musical Theatre at the Blackpool School of Arts (University of Lancaster). Previously attaining a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts, and a BTEC in Production at Abingdon & Witney College. She was classically trained at school, and achieved top grades in Singing, Piano and Music Theory. Frankie also went to Trinity College Laban in London for their Opera & Musical Theatre courses. She received one-to-one Conducting Tuition from the former MD of Phantom of the Opera in the West End. A local lady, who has embraced all aspects of theatre, working with professional and amateur groups in and around Oxfordshire. Frankie is an active Musical Director, Director, Singer, Musical Theatre Coach, Choreographer and Choir Arranger. She even gets involved with work behind the scenes as Costume and Props Coordinator when the opportunity arises. She is also the current MD for the Bicester Military Wives Choir. Her strength and passion for vocal technique, acting through song, and audition preparation aids her excitement to have the opportunity to work with Stepping Stone P/Arts. Her wide knowledge and understanding of performance and production skills allows her to support and encourage development in her pupils and fellow performers. Frankie has worked with various groups such as The Pauline Quirke Academy, Musical Mania, Musical Youth Company of Oxford, Oxford Operatic Society, Kidlington Operatic Society, amongst other well-loved performing companies in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Lancashire.
Gemma Peramiquel- Dance Coach
Gemma started with Musical Theatre at Urdang Academy, London. She furthered her studies with a postgrad in performing arts by Institut del Teatre. She had a choreographic internship at Bill Young Space in New York and a contemporary dance grant at National School for Performing Arts Copenhagen where her final 2 works toured. She was awarded a residency Cité International des Arts with Marie de Paris & Pepinieres Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes for a community project in Paris. Her work Sefurity Eggseat was performed at Zelyonka Fest, Kiev. She earned a commission from Stripart festival and she choreographed a literature project “Dance me a book “ and “Remou-te” in Barcelona. She choreographed at the First European Dansathon by Foundation BNP Paribas, Sadler's Wells, Maison de la Danse Lyon and Théâtre de Liege; developing an installation playground for audiences to interact with. She presented Botanic Dance at Oxford Green Week funded by the City Council. Gemma has been teaching different dance styles since 2008; embracing different ages, abilities and expertise.
Steve Dineen - Acting for Film Coach
Steve trained at Central and he’s been a professional actor, director and coach for over 20 years. Screen features include Folie à Deux, How To Kill Your Neighbor, The Notebooks of Cornelius Crow, Mystery Play, Soul’s Ark, Chop, Cruise Blues and Forgetting is So Long. TV includes Joe in Joe’s Story for Channel 4. Steve loves spontaneous and guerrilla-style filmmaking, and often shoots as part of a “Film Fundamentals” or “Introduction to TV and Film Acting” season of workshops. Leading roles on stage include Roger in Vertigo; Rough in Gaslight, Brian in The Murder Game and Matthew in Murder Without Crime (Wolverhampton Rep); John in The Cocktail Hour (Hamburg); Barney in Last of the Red Hot Lovers and John in The Importance of Being Earnest. On National tour he’s appeared in the West End and at more than 150 regional theatres playing everything from Laurence in Abigail’s Party to Frank Strang in Equus, Pato in The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Carl in Dealer’s Choice amongst many others.
Nia Williams - Pianist
Nia is a freelance musician and writer. Her work as a pianist/MD takes her into opera, theatre, musical theatre and dance companies, schools and colleges, and she's accompanied singers and instrumentalists in genres ranging from art song, opera and ballet to musical theatre, jazz and ballads. As an English National Ballet associate artist, Nia co-leads Oxford’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme, and with dance artist Roosa Leimu-Brown, as MuMo Creative, she delivers workshops combining music, movement and storytelling for all age groups and levels. Nia has also led workshops on her own musical theatre compositions with postgraduate students at the Royal Academy of Music. Her theatre company Three Chairs and a Hat, which stages her musicals, made its Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2019. Nia has also written six novels, many short stories, lyrics and libretti. Photo by Guy Brigg
Tom Hopper started his career as an actor by attending Rose Bruford college in 2003 and receiving a BA hons in acting in 2006. After graduating he has appeared in various international movies and tv shows. Some his major credits that have defined his career include playing Sir Percival in BBC's "Merlin", he then went on to Starz original drama series "Black Sails", where he played Billy Bones. Tom then played in Game of Thrones as Dickon Tarly, and is now starring as Luther Hargreeves in the Netflix hit show “The Umbrella Academy” Tom’s movie credits include British hit, teen horror comedy “Tormented”, and international hits such as “Northmen: A Viking sag”, “I feel Pretty”, “Terminator: Dark fate” among many others. Tom has a passion for helping young people find their place in the entertainment industry. He is delighted to help guide Stepping Stones students & fuel their passions for acting and performing.
Adam Stadius is an acting coach currently based between Leeds, London and the North-East of England. Adam trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Music Theatre - with distinction) and has since held teaching posts at college and university levels across the country including the BRIT School of Performing Arts and SLP College. He is currently programme leader for the brand new BA(Hons) Musical Theatre course at Leeds College of Music Whilst at SLP, Adam gained commendation for redesigning their level 6 diploma Musical Theatre course in collaboration with Trinity College, London. As a teacher and practitioner of the Meisner Technique, Adam has instructed professional actors, students and graduates of Drama UK accredited schools including Arts Ed, LAMDA, Mountview, Arden, GSA, RADA, London Studio Centre, and the London School of Musical Theatre. He is co-founder of Both Feet Actor Training and continues to work around the country coaching professionals. Student destinations include Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Aspects of Love (Hope Mill Theatre), Hamilton (Victoria Palace), Kinky Boots (UK Tour), Coronation Street & Emmerdale (ITV) and many more. Recent coaching and directing work includes work with Black Toffee (Parallel) & Project A (Theatre Royal Newcastle). Direction for Musical Theatre includes Pippin, Made in Dagenham, Spend Spend Spend, Parade (SLP) and The Drowsy Chaperone (BRIT School). .
David trained at the RSCM, RSM, the Tanwood Theatre School and has a BA(Hons) in Performance Study from City University. As an actor, David has appeared in 11 west end plays and musicals including, Cats, Les Miserables, Blood Brothers, Starlight Express, Dirty Blonde, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Ziegfeld, Me and My Girl. As a freelance theatre creative and lecturer he has worked extensively at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, The Arts Educational Schools, London College of Music, London Studio Centre, Millennium Performing Arts, The Oxford School of Drama and Accademia Dello Spettacolo in Turin, Italy. David is also the External Examiner for the Musical Theatre Masters Programme at The Royal Academy of Music, the External Examiner for the BA Musical Theatre Programme at The Arts Educational Schools London, a founder Trustee for Read College, a new proposal reviewer for Methuen Drama Publications, exam repertoire consultant for ABRSM, an associate vocal patron of EDS and is a proud member of the Spotlight On team. More recently, David Directed, Aladdin at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings, Chitty, Chitty Bang, Bang, at The Wyvern Theatre, The Sound of Musicals, at the Teatro Murialdo Turin, Summer Holiday, at the Wyvern Theatre, Bad Girls for London College of Music. As Musical Director, Coram Boy at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and as pre production consultant for, The Selfish Giant and Musicanti di Brema both for Mario Restagno at the Accademia Dello Spettacolo in Turin. David also teaches privately in London.
Stevee started his career as an actor, and has been working in Casting for 5 years. He has assisted on feature film productions such as: Dr Strange, Eddie the Eagle, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The Catcher Was a Spy, The Commuter, Crooked House, Rocketman, Men in Black: International, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and Netflix series ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’. He also cast short film ‘The Silent Child’, which went on to win the Academy Award for ‘Best Live Action Short’ in 2018. He continues to cast short films, features, and assist on large scale productions. Screen Credits include: Credits include: Belgravia (ITV) The Kings Man (Film) Rocketman (film); Les Misérables (film); Peep Show (Channel 4); A Touch Of Frost (ITV); Hit The Road Jack (Channel 4); People Just Do Nothing - S5 (BBC).
George trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London. He made his debut in the London company of WICKED (Apollo Victoria) in the role of Boq, later joining the Original UK/Ireland Tour. He recently returned to the London production for a limited engagement. He appeared as Zaki in the Original London Cast of BIG FISH (The Other Palace), prior to which he took on the lead role of Rusty in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Redevelopment Workshop of STARLIGHT EXPRESS (The Other Palace) Credits include: SWEENEY TODD (Welsh National Opera/West Yorkshire Playhouse), PETER PAN (New Wimbledon Theatre & Milton Keynes Theatre), THE GUINEA PIG CLUB (York Theatre Royal), HAIR (European Arena Tour). He was invited to record "I Am The Starlight" with Mica Paris by Andrew Lloyd Webber for his latest album, UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION In 2019, George was invited by the BBC to join the professional Jury representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest. George is an accomplished Director and Vocal Coach, and is a member of the Musical Theatre faculty at The Urdang Academy, London. Directing credits include: THE ADDAMS FAMILY, SPRING AWAKENING, A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, A NEW BRAIN, BAT BOY, INTO THE WOODS, COPACABANA, BAD GIRLS and NINE.
Paul has enjoyed a varied career as an actor, director, musical director and composer. His work includes award-winning productions in the West End and for the Royal National Theatre. He is a hugely experienced trainer of actors. Currently he is the Course Leader for the BA Acting at the London College of Music. Prior to working at LCM he lectured at many of the other leading drama schools in the UK – notably the Urdang Academy where he was Head of Musical Theatre for four years and Rose Bruford where he was Head of Third Year. He has also taught at Arts Educational, the Drama Centre, Guildford School of Acting, Trinity Laban, Italia Conti and Webber Douglas. Paul is the author of Acting Through Song, also published by Nick Hern Books. Paul’s approaches to acting through song are now recognised internationally and he regularly travels abroad to deliver masterclasses and lectures based on his book. His first play, GHBoy, will receive its world premiere in London in 2021.
Laura Hopper is an actor, writer and producer. After training at the Arts Educational School London, she obtained further training at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles. Laura has appeared in several US and UK Film and TV productions including BLACK SAILS (Starz), HOLLYOAKS (Lime Pictures), BULLETPROOF (Sky) and many more. Laura also co-owns a production company, Pine Tree Productions, specialising in TV and Film.
Victoria is trained at both RADA / Birkbeck University (MA) and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (BA). Her credits as Director include Call me Vicky (The Pleasance), The Cereal Cafe (The Other Palace) News Revue (The Canal Cafe Theatre), Jam Jars (The Actors Centre), Luck of the Draw (Charterhouse Prod, RADA Festival 2016), Variety shows for Hapag Lloyd Cruises, UKIP!The Musical (Movement Director, winner of THE STAGE award for Ensemble Excellence, Waterloo East, Ed Festival). As Associate Director; Rock of Ages (UK Tour, Nick Winston for DLAP Productions) Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus (The Other Palace Theatre, Arlene Phillips), Associate Director for 27 The Musical (Cockpit Theatre, Arelene Phillips). Assistant Director - Zanna Don’t! (Entourage Prod, The Landor), The Mikado (Entourage Prod, The RISE Leicester Square). Victoria also is heavily involved in the creation and development of new musical theatre. As a playwright she has written Zelda (Musical Workshop, The Other Palace), Rosa (Musical Workshop), By Virtue Fall (Winner of LOST Theatre One Act Festival - The LOST Theatre/The Space Theatre), Pieces of Eight (RADA Festival/Stanley Halls Invention Festival), Forget me not (The Vaults, Waterloo), A Little bit of Dickens (Hertford Theatre/Jamie Oliver’s Feastival/ Edinburgh Fringe), A Little Bit of Rodgers and Hammerstein(Hertford Theatre), Alba Ur (RADA). As a Dramaturg her credits include Myth (as above), The Ballad of Paragon Station (International Tour incl Gilded Balloon, Hull Truck Theatre, Lyttelton Arts Festival New Zealand), Jam Jars (as above), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (St Leonards-on-Sea Festival), and Butter (Winner of Outstanding New Work Award at The Vaults, Waterloo). This year Victoria was shortlisted for the Northern Writers’ Awards 2018. Victoria also produces the yearly Off West End awards ceremony and has worked as a reader for various theatres including The National Theatre and the Finborough.
Training: The London School Of Musical Theatre. Credits. Dr Dolittle (UAE Tour), Jungle Book (Brighton Open Air Theatre) Jungle Book (UAE Tour), Narnia (UAE Tour), Austen The Musical (National Tour), Fantastic Mr Fox (National Tour/Lyric Hammersmith), Wind In The Willows (Brighton Open Air Theatre) Romeo & Juliet (The Madinat Dubai), Midsummer Nights Dream, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, Aladdin, (DUCTAC Dubai) Peter Pan (88 London Road) Firing Life (Camden Fringe) Caucasian Chalk Circle (St Leonard's Church Shoreditch), Honk (Stockwell Playhouse). Film: The Catch, Psychopaths Anonomous (short)
Lisa trained at the Royal Academy of Music on the Postgraduate Musical Theatre course during which under the tuition of Mary Hammond she also became a licentiate of the Royal Academy specialising in the Estill Voice Model. Lisa has performed with the RSC and in the West End. She has also performed on numerous occasions at the Royal Albert Hall in the BBC Proms. Lisa was the founder and Musical Director for the West End Gospel Choir and was often invited to take singing and choral workshops for the BBC. Lisa taught singing at Guildford School of Acting on both the degree and MA programme after which she became Head of Musical Theatre at the Urdang Academy. As well as leading workshops both in the UK and abroad she was also the founder and director of the Gala Theatre Stage School during which time she had the pleasure of meeting and working with Gary Lewin, director of Stepping Stone Performing Arts School.
David began dancing from an early age, however his dance training was not formal, his skills were self taught by watching iconic performers such as Michael Jackson and Usher on both T.V and film. He did not begin formal training until 2006 when he attended Urdang academy for three years to do a national diploma in musical theatre. His first professional performances were with the dance group supremebeings, in music videos for uk artist Sway, they also performed at the 2006 MOBO Awards. Other works include ‘move it’ Olympia 2007-09, strike breaking convention at Sadler Wells, Bloch global fashion show, Never forget the Take That musical and 5 years in the west end and touring casts of Michael Jackson’s Thriller Live After his 5 years with Thriller live he then changed his career to another creative field, and got taught men’s tailoring at the royal National theatre in the costume department as their first men’s tailoring apprentice. He is now a freelance garment constructor/ tailor and also working on his own garment construction projects.
Training: The Arts Educational Schools London Theatre credits: Mrs Greer in Annie (UK tour); Resident Choreographer on Summer Holiday (UK tour); Resident Director on Jersey Boys (International tour); Dance Captain in Top Hat (West End/UK and International tours); Broadway to West End (Really Useful Group); BBC Prom Sondheim at 80 (Royal Albert Hall); Miracle on 34th Street (UK tour) and South Pacific (Kilworth House). Television and film credits: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!; Strictly Come Dancingand The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Kev trained at The Urdang Academy. After graduating he trained with the internationally recognised Bolshoi Ballet Company for three months and performed in ‘La Bayadere’ at The Coliseum Theatre, London. Some other credits include ‘Simply Ballroom’ and ‘Boogie Nights’ (Qdos Entertainment), ‘Hot Ice’ (Pleasure Beach Arena) and ‘Mrs Briggs’ (ITV Productions). After performing Kev transitioned into talent management. Working with agencies such as KLM, Global Artists and currently C.A.M (Creative Artists Management). Managing emerging and established talent globally. With clients appearing in prime time television and theatre, such as Top Boy (Netflix), The Witcher (Netflix), Game of Thrones (HBO), Waitress, & Juliet (West End), and Blockbuster films, Cats The Movie, Bohemian Rhapsody and X-Men Apocalypse.
Chris Coxon has been working in the entertainment industry for more than 10 years, primarily as an actor, but also as a dancer, musician, writer and voice artist. He graduated in 2008 with a degree in Musical Theatre from the Arts Educational Schools, London. Since then his varied career has encompassed West End musicals, plays, films, television, commercials, audiobooks, animations and pantomimes.
While up in the North East, Matt developed a love for theatre through local stage school and school productions which would lead him to study at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. This training would prepare him for a hugely diverse body of work: Matt has performed in shows of all kinds, from the West End productions of “Les Miserables”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, and “Sweeney Todd”, UK and worldwide tours of “The Last Tango” and “The Pirates Of Penzance”, and leading in-house venues like Leicester Curve and The English Theatre, Frankfurt. He’s worked in small scale fringe venues, right up to concert arenas like the Royal Albert Hall and London’s O2. His work as a singer has taken him around the world with numerous cruise lines including P&O and Cunard as well as leading London cabaret venues The Crazy Coqs and The Hippodrome Casino.
Colin trained at Arts Educational Schools London. His stage credits include the original West End production of “Big” the Musical at the Dominion Theatre as Tom/cover Josh . Other theatre; "Elf the Musical" at Theatre Royal Plymouth and The Lowry, Salford where he understudied and played the role of Buddy, also "Elf a Christmas Spectacular" the arena tour. "Midnight-a new musical" at the Union Theatre with Debunk Theatre. The European premier of "Big the Musical" at Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Bord Gais, Dublin. Pantomimes at Colchester Mercury Theatre and Buxton Opera House. The UK tour of "The Sound of Music." "The Snow Dog" and " Jack Frost" both with Full House Theatre Company. "Chess" at the Union Theatre and "White Christmas" at Pitlochry Festival Theatre. He is also a co founder and artist with Palms Down Dance that has developed original dance theatre for Basic Space Fest and the Bunker Theatre, as well as two dance shorts “Jukebox Negotiations” parts 1 and 2 which aim to raise awareness of living with bi polar disorder.
Theatre Credits: Spring Awakening, Once, Bad Jews, Fiddler on the Roof, Brief Encounter
Film: Les Miserables, 1917
Dougie trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has since enjoyed a varied career in plays, musicals and TV. He appeared as Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard UK tour at the start of 2018 and continued in that tour as it travelled internationally to Italy and Holland. He previously toured the UK with the Broadway hit show La Cage aux Folles where he played Jean-michel, prior to this he enjoyed two years in Londons West End in Les Miserables performing as a swing and also Marius. He has performed in the Wembley SSE arena (Love Beyond), the Royal Albert Hall (Sondheim at 80) and the Savoy (Our House 10th anniversary). He has toured the UK in many shows as stated above but also Cider with Rosie (Everyman Cheltenham production) and The Jungle Book (Oxfordshire Theatre Company) . He also champions new work workshopping a number of new musicals such as Pierced by Tamar Broadbent (Leicester Square Theatre) , Harriet by Eva Rice, Zelda by Vicki Gimby (The Other Palace) and Alice by Paul Turner (The Other Palace).
Sam is an actor, writer and director originally from the north east of England. Acting credits include: 'Jamie' in The Last Five Years, 'Guy' in My Night With Reg (Less Is More Theatre), 'Harry Robinson' in The Ladykillers (Ipswich New Wolsey, Queens Hornchurch, Salisbury Playhouse), ‘Wilfred Crompton’ in Spring and Port Wine (Oldham Coliseum 2017); 'Seymour' in Little Shop Of Horrors (UK Tour 2016), 'Boq' in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre, West End); 'Princeton’ & ‘Rod' in Avenue Q (UK Tour 2012); 'Man' in Starting Here, Starting Now'; Greg' in Single Sex and 'Gena Hamlet' in Galka Motalka (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); 'Harry' in Love On The Dole and 'Young Collector/Sailor' in A Streetcar Named Desire (Bolton Octagon); 'Colin Ireland & Robin Oake' in Out Out Out (Pitgems Theatre); "Jim/Ensemble" in The Hired Man (Bolton Octagon) which won the 2010 TMA Award for Best Performance in a Musical, awarded to the entire ensemble. He Also originated the role of 'Ben' in Firing Life. Television includes: The Late Late Show (RTE) and Ireland:AM (TV3). Radio Includes: 'Nino Sarratore' in The Story Of A New Name & My Brilliant Friend (BBC Radio 4), Various Characters in National Velvet (BBC Radio 4) Workshops: 'Boy & Zacky' in Big Fish; 'John-Michael' in Doris Stokes, "Will" in The Muddy Choir. Other Work Includes: The Music of Kooman & Diamond (IlliaDebuts, London Debut), "The Concrete Jungle": UK Album Launch (IlliaDebuts), 'West End Switched Off' (Parallel Productions) Sam also worked as a puppet coach for the 2014 professional UK tour of Avenue Q. In 2016 he made his directorial debut with How To Curse at London's Etcetera Theatre. He is also a magician and Escape Room creator. For more information visit www.samlupton.com
Regan is a freelance actor, teacher, choreographer and director. Regan teaches extensively throughout the UK, and has worked for the most prestigious vocational colleges, universities and dance schools. These include The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Urdang London, Guilford School Of Acting, London Studio Centre and more. Creative Credits Include: Harry Hills Tea Time Show - (SKY TV) | Fully Blown - (BBC Three) | The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (Film) | The Sweet Smell Of Success (Royal Academy Of Music) | WAGS – The Musical (Workshop) | Cissie And Ada; An Hysterical Rectomy (UK Tour) | Lift – A New Musical (Guildford School Of Acting) | Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan - Panto (Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells) | Jack And The Beanstalk & Beauty And The Beast - Panto (Shaw Theatre, London) | 3 Days And 3 Minutes With Larry (UK Tour) | Evita - The Musical, (MT4uth) | CBeebies Summer Song - (BBC) | Remains Of The Day - A New Musical (The Union Theatre) | Elegies For Angels, Punks And Raging Queens (The Shaw Theatre). Performance Credits Include: Miss Demeanour (Various) - (@themissdemeanour) | Pirates! - (West End Workshop) | Money Supermarket.Com Epic Squads (Advert) | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical (UK Tour) | Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical (UK Tour & New Zealand) | Vampirette: A New Musical (Manchester Opera House) | So You Think You Can Dance (BBC) | Masquerade (Really Useful Group) | Saturday Night Fever (Robert Stigwood) | Mary Poppins (Broadway Workshop) | Animal Charm (Film) | Housefull II (Film).
Theatre credits include The End of the Line/A Bunch of Amateurs (Southwold); Dry (Human Story Theatre); When the Rain Stops Falling (Cheltenham/Oxford); Dangling (Oxford); Blithe Spirit (Studio Theatral du Luberon); The Dresser (The Duke of York’s/Tour); The King & I (London Palladium); And Then The Dark (Wolsey, Ipswich); Skylight, Two, Love Love Love, Shopping & F***ing, A Taste of Honey, Sweet Peter, Twelfth Night, An Inspector Calls, Posh, Cock (Ruskin Platforms); As You Like It (Newcastle), Another Country (Richmond); Rookery Nook (Theatre Royal, Brighton & Redgrave Farnham); The Importance of Being Earnest (Cirencester); Othello (tour); Romeo & Juliet (tour); Heartbreak House (tour); Lost in a Mirror (BAC); An Inspector Calls (tour) Television includes: The Crown, Rosemary & Thyme, Eastenders, The Bill, Messiah, Hustle, Trevor’s World of Sport, Prince Albert in Reputations, Attachments, Dangerfield, In the Red, Ruth Rendell Mystery. Film includes Star Wars: Rogue One, Queen and Country (John Boorman), Come Together (Working Title), Dream (Acier) and Lady Godiva. Paul can be heard narrating numerous audio books, including The Woman in Black and I’m The King of the Castle, both for Susan Hill. Concert narrations include Vaughan Williams’ An Oxford Elegy, with Robert Secret and the Oxford Harmonic Society; Peter and the Wolf for the Oxford Chamber Music Festival; Clara Schumann, with Reiko Fujisawa; Keats’ St Agnes’ Eve, with Hugh Petter.
Paul trained The Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has just competed a season as resident director at ‘The Shaw’ theatre london. He is represented by ‘The Soundcheck’ London and is an advocate and course leader on many London and UK cabaret courses. Theatre Credits include: CBBC LIVE (UK National tour and West End) Hackney Empire and New Wimbledon Theatre. Ugly sister kings Theatre Portsmouth, Ugly Sister, UK Productions Royal Festival theatre, Honey-G-Hardup in Cinderella (princess theatre, Torquay) Smee in Peter Pan (The Grange Theatre), Wishee Washee in Aladdin (Shaw Theatre London), MC in 'incapacity House' (Canal Cafe Theatre and Marlborough Theatre), Muddles in Sleeping Beauty (Queens Theatre, Barnstaple), A Chandelier in my Kitchenette (Cockpit Theatre), Silly Billy in Jack & the Beanstalk (Weymouth Pavilion), lead vocalist in Divas (UK National Tour) Silly Billy in Jack & the Beanstalk (Kenneth Moore Theatre, Ilford), Leo Bloom in The Producers (London), the Lion in The Wizard of Oz (Dorking Halls), Animate (Prince of Wales Theatre), Doc in Calamity Jane (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Comic in Beauty and the Beast (Courtyard Theatre, Hereford), Thumbelina (Edinburgh Fringe), Put on a Happy Face (The Landor Theatre), An Outcast Hero'(Greenwich Playhouse), The Storm (Battersea Arts Centre), Comic in Babes in the Wood and Jack and the Beanstalk (Brighton Pavilion). Other credits include: Angelo (Measure for Measure), Lysander (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors), Nanki-Poo (Hot Mikado) and Mickey (Blood Brothers, USA NYT). Marriage a-la- Mode, Platonov, Tony in Abigail's Party (Bath Fringe Festival), The Lady's Not for Burning (Bath Fringe Festival). Original Cast Recording of Thumbelina the award winning new children's musical and Plagues BBC Scotland. Paul is resident director of Bournemouth ‘Adult Panto’ and has his own cabaret with live music residing in its 7th year in the West End.
Adam Welsh is a writer, performer, and sound designer. He regularly teaches on the performance degree at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. He has worked with The National Theatre, Headlong, Barbican, Schaubühne, Druid, Live Theatre, Young Vic, Sage Gateshead, Nuffield Theatre, Bill Kenwright Ltd, The Yard, BAC, ARC Stockton, Camden People's Theatre, Soho Theatre and Lincoln Center NYC. He is a co-founder and associate artist of Dead Centre, theatre company behind the cult show LIPPY. ‘like nothing else you’ll see * * * * * ’ – The Irish Times Dead Centre have received international acclaim for their work and recipients of two Irish Times Theatre Awards, a Fringe First, a Herald Angel, a Total Theatre Award and an OBIE award. Adam was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre award for his work with the company. His debut show as a writer/performer THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD (GO I) was most recently seen at Soho Theatre. He is currently developing new work with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, set to premiere in 2021. Adam is also a singer /songwriter and is one half of the transatlantic indie-house music duo BOII, BOII has accumulated nearly a million streams online and they recently signed to slush management in LA. “This man knows how to deliver an emotional blow….There but for the grace of God (go I) has a subtle burning sadness, that reveals a wonderful talent in Adam Welsh, and that is both heart-breaking and heart-warming in its beautifully raw denouement.” - A Younger Theatre “A piece of beautifully crafted storytelling…leaves you holding your breath.” - Everything Theatre "Sonically and visually innovative, Adam Welsh has created a theatre experience brimming with emotional resonance." - NARC Magazine For more information go to www.adamwelsh.co.uk // www.boiimusic.com
Victoria is a Theatre Director and Actor. After reading English and Drama at Surrey University, Victoria trained to be an actor with the Bridge Theatre Training Company, London. Her acting career spans TV and theatre, and alongside her professional acting, Victoria has continued to mentor and coach young actors through the early stages of their careers. As Director of The Hammond Theatre, guest workshop leader for Intermission Youth, and Director of Theatre at Radley College, Victoria has coached and directed many young people through workshops, plays and musicals. Victoria is also co-founder and Creative Director of Laura Belle Productions; the company’s first show will open at the Edinburgh Fringe at the iconic Gilded Balloon.
Dr Jon Xue Zhang
Jon's extensive background in Martial Arts lead him to into doing stunt work for productions such as 47 Ronin, 24, Dr Strange, The Brit Awards, Take Me Out, EastEnders, Hobbs and Shaw, The Gentlemen, The Host as well as The Eternals. In addition to this, Jon teaches fight choreography and stunt work as a guest lecturer at various universities such as Oxford Brookes and SAE Institute and works closely with students on their film projects. Jon continues to work as an actor, stunt performer and producer in the film industry and is currently working on a feature called the Manor House Murders. For more information, please visit: www.xue-zhang.com / http://imdb.me/xuezhang
Victoria Barker studied at the Urdang Academy and went on to dance in music videos, cabarets and in shows at the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium and the O2. Victoria worked in many new plays in small venues in London, as well as in Greek theatre, comedy, and new children's opera Hedgehog's Home at The Tabernacle Theatre where she played Miss Fox and was dance captain. Victoria has toured the UK and Ireland extensively in family shows including as Malificent in Sleeping Beauty, Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, title role in Cinderella, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and multi roles in new musical 'Smelly Feet'. TV credits include Fashion Wizards (Disney), Flash Prank-Ariel Abuse (MTV) and John Bishop’s Britain (BBC1), and commercials for Olliepops and Phillips Lumalive. Victoria was assistant choreographer and played the role of Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream in Dubrovnik for the first annual Midsummer Scene festival in Croatia. Victoria is passionate about educating and inspiring young performers, with a focus on inclusive practise working with disabled and autistic artists. She has worked with many youth companies to create devised projects, and supports students in audition preparation for West End work and vocational schools.
Edward is a graduate from the London School of Musical Theatre. Edward has worked as an actor, singer and director in theatre for over 15 years. Edward is the co-founder and a director of Oxford based theatre company BMH Productions. Edward has directed productions in The New Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Old Fire Station, Burton Taylor Theatre, the Dell open air stage in Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Oxford Castle, as part of the Oxford Shakespeare festival. Edward has also directed several film shorts, documentaries and training videos. Edward also has extensive experience as a workshop leader, especially in youth theatre. Edward was previously head of drama for Stagecoach Wantage and has has been a guest tutor at numerous Stagecoach schools. Edward has also led workshops for The Birmingham Hippodrome, Chipping Norton Theatre, MYCO, OYMT and many more.