Eileen M Thorogood
Dip LCDD. FISTD (Examiner)Head of DanceBallet Faculty+
Eileen M ThorogoodHead of Dance
Eileen Thorogood trained at The London College of Dance and Drama. Her teaching career began at The Essex Dance Theatre and after several years and gaining her Fellowship qualification with Distinction, she moved on to work for The Linda Shipton School of Dancing and Rayleigh D ance College where she was responsible for the ISTD training in major and teaching exams. At this time, she was also part of a small team of teachers who trained Suffolk County Council Ballet Scholars. Eileen joined the staff of Performers College over twenty years ago and held the position of Head of Ballet for several years. She is currently Joint Head of dance at Performers and is also a Ballet Examiner for the ISTD undertaking work both in the UK and overseas.
AISTDHead of Dance
Tony ParrieHead of Dance
Tony Parrie graduated from Bird College and started his employment in television, dancing in numerous TV series including, Summertime Special, Brian Connelly Show, Live at the Palladium and Stars in Their Eyes. Tony then diversified by turning his talents to the music industry, appearing on videos and dancing at major music events such as the Brit Awards. He also entered the fashion world, modelling for companies such as Adidas, Nike and Boss. He was assistant choreographer on Stars in Their Eyes and has worked for all the major TV companies such as Granada. His corporate work has lead him to choreograph for companies such as Courts and Cadbury Schweppes, as well as staging and choreographing fashion shows abroad. Tony now concentrates on choreographing and teaching both nationally and internationally alongside writing and directing theatre based projects. He is joint Head of Dance at Performers College.
Head of Musical TheatreActing Faculty+
Michael GyngellHead of Musical Theatre
Michael directed Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (UK Tour) Yes Prime Minister (Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford and UK Tour) When Harry Met Sally (UK Tour), Clittaford (St James Church, Piccadilly) The Play What I Wrote (Oxford Playhouse) Relatively Speaking, Confusions (South Africa) Summer Holiday (Theatre Royal Plymouth) Bumpy Ride (Greenwich Theatre), Family Voices (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham)
He was also Associate Director on the Olivier Award winning The Play What I Wrote (Wyndhams Theatre) Godspell (Liverpool Everyman) Yes Prime Minister (Trafalgar Studios.) and Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Duke of Yorks)
As an actor he has appeared in One Touch of Venus (Kings Head) ART (Whitehall Theatre.) Peter Pan and Poppy (RSC, Barbican) The Rink (Cambridge) Exclusive! (Strand) Doctor Dolittle (Apollo) Fame (Shaftesbury Theatre.) Oh Kay! (Barbican) Listen to the Wind (Kings Head) From Choices to Chocolates (Riverside Studios, Hammersmith) West Side Story (Her Majestys) Family Voices, Anyone Can Whistle, This Property is Condemned, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Maids (Everyman, Cheltenham) The Silver King and Merry Wives of Windsor (Chichester Festival Theatre) Bells are Ringing (Greenwich Theatre) Merrily We Roll Along (Library, Manchester) Richard II (Oldham Coliseum) The Lucky Chance (Derby Playhouse)
He co-wrote the stage adaptation of Summer Holiday! (published by Josef Weinbergers) and has written Double Top for Valentine Productions / BBC Wales, Serena for SMG and the book for Close Encounters, a new musical which was performed at Century City, Los Angeles.
Michael recently formed ‘WordswithaK‘ a theatre company dedicated to presenting the great American comedy and has been commissioned to write the book for a new musical by Josef Weinbergers.
Trinity safe and effective dance practice (distinction)
BA Hons RAD RTS FISTD ExaminerBallet Co-ordinatorBallet Faculty+
Ruth DaviesBallet Co-ordinator
Ruth trained at London College of Dance graduating with a BA Honours Degree in Dance. She ran her own school for a number of years along with teaching GCSE and A Level dance within the public sector. Ruth has mentored for the RAD CBTS programme and taught and guest lectured at various vocational colleges including The ‘dance’ College, Italia Conti and SLP. She held the position of Head of Teaching Studies and ballet tutor at The Centre Performing Arts College for a number of years. Ruth is a Fellow and examiner for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (Ballet Faculty). She joined Performers College in 2013 and alongside her role at the college she lectures for the ISTD ‘s Diploma in Dance Pedagogy and runs an ISTD Teacher Training Centre.
Head of Boys BalletBallet Faculty+
Shaun WaltersHead of Boys Ballet
Shaun trained at Laine Theatre Arts. He graduated with a Diploma in Dance. He has an Associate teaching qualification in Imperial Classical Ballet & Modern Theatre Dance ISTD and under the guidance of ex Royal Ballet Soloist Jackie Kennedy, all major ISTD classical ballet examinations. During his career as a professional dancer, Shaun has worked with choreographers; Sir Matthew Bourne, Etta Murfitt & Scott Ambler for New Adventures in Revival and Original cast productions, as well as Derek Deane, Fran Jaynes, Kim Brandstrup, Kay Shepherd, Jane Gibson, Lorena Randi, Arthur Pita, Peter Darling, Cathy Marston, Mitch Sebastian and Barbara Evans.
FISTD (Examiner)Pilates Co-ordinatorBallet Faculty+
Helen StegglesPilates Co-ordinator
Helen trained at the Arts Educational School, London. After graduating in 1986 Helen taught for a variety of schools whilst furthering her teaching qualifications, gaining Distinction in both her Associate and Licentiate Ballet. In 1998 Helen joined the staff at Junior Performers and shortly after became part of the Ballet Faculty at Performers College. In 2001 Helen achieved Distinction in her Advanced 2 Ballet exam and passed her Fellowship in 2002.
Helen was honoured to become an examiner for the Imperial Classical Ballet and has since been invited to take classes at both the Imperial Ballet Awards at the Hawthorn Theatre and Junior Ballet Awards at the Radlett Centre. Helen lectures on the I.S.T.D. Summer Courses in London, Chichester and Italy and is currently on the Imperial Ballet Faculty Committee. As well as teaching on the Performer’s Ballet Faculty Helen is the Pilates Co-ordinator and a qualified Barre Concept Instructor.
M.A. PDTD Dip RAD London, PGCEBallet Faculty+
Trained at The Royal Ballet School Sandra was chosen by Sir. Frederick Ashton in her graduation year to dance the lead role of Lise in his ballet La Fille Mal Gardee at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her professional ballet career was with Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) spanning 19 years, with 15 of those years at principal level dancing most of the major roles in the repertoire, including Swanhilda in Coppelia, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Girl in The Two Pigeons, Poll in Pineapple Poll and Vicky Hobson in David Bintley’s Hobson’s Choice together with the principal role in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room. Sir. Kenneth MacMillan also personally chose her by to dance his Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.
Guest appearances include The International Dance Festival in Vail partnered by Kevin O’Hare, and lead roles with ballet companies in Turin, Essen and Hong Kong. Television credits include The Hot Shoe Show with Wayne Sleep, Swanhilda in the BBC Christmas production of BRB’s Coppelia. DVD’s of Hobson’s Choice and Clara in The Nutcracker. Guest teaching includes The Mark Morris Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s Company (The Car Man) together with international Summer Schools for English National Ballet, Central School of Ballet and The RAD.
Sandra has experience via the BRB Education Department of work within the Community, including working in the townships of South Africa and being on the original panel to assess children with no prior dance experience for a place on the BRB Dance Track Scheme. Since her retirement from professional dancing Sandra teaches ballet at Performers College and The Dance East Academy a Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (CATs). She is also a tutor on the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and has recently become a panel member at Trinity College London as an assessor for the Professional Performing Arts Diplomas (PPAD).
Sandra has an M.A in Dance in the Community and Education, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education PGCE (Lifelong Learning) and the Royal Academy of Dance Ex-Professional Teaching diploma with Distinction.
CERT ED (FET) & AISTDBallet Faculty+
Trained at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, gaining her AISTD qualifications in Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre graduating with a Diploma. Sophie went on to perform in The Phantom of the Opera as 1st cast Meg Giry and Ballet Corps in Belgium and Germany. She toured Europe and Asia with Spirit of the Dance and worked with an Irish modern/classical dance company Chrysalis, creating and performing in original productions, here she also acted as Ballet mistress to the company and assistant director. Sophie co-owns a dance school in Oxted for children for the past 18 years, and has previously lectured for 3 years in the FE sector on the level 3 BTEC Performing Arts course at West Kent College. She graduated in 2017 under the University of Brighton with her Certificate in Education for Further Education and Training.
In 1997 Gill graduated from Doreen Bird College with a Dance and Musical Theatre Diploma, Honours in her ballet, modern and tap Advanced 2 ISTD examinations and Distinctions in her Associate teaching qualifications, in the same genres.
Gill began a 10 year career as a professional dancer working with prestigious choreographers such as Rob Ashford, Kevin Allan and Arlene Philips plus internationally respected directors including Oliver Stone.
Her theatre credits include ‘The Lion King’ Lyceum Theatre, West End, ‘Tabaluga and Lily’ Germany, ‘Saturday Night Fever’ London Palladium, West End, ‘Eejit of Love’, ‘Cinderella’, Jack and the Beanstalk, Dublin.
Gill’s film and television work includes appearing in Hollywood movie ‘Alexander the Great’ with Colin Farrell for Warner Bros. Pictures and Kevin Spacey who directed and starred in Lion’s Gate Films ‘Beyond the Sea’ She has also appeared in various commercials including tap dancing for The Halifax Building Society.
Other works would include a contact with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Visualantix Ballet Company, Modelling for Buffalo shoes and performing at British telecommunications at their opening ceremony in Geneva.
Gill has choreographed for TV show’s ‘You’re A Star’ and ‘Rock Rivals’. Theatre choreography would include ‘High School the Musical’ ‘Grease’ ‘ We Will Rock You’ ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ and ‘Aladdin’.
Gill then decided to continue her teaching career with students and professionals in various schools and companies such as the Monica Loughman ballet company and Ballet Ireland. She obtained more qualifications with the ISTD and now holds DDI and DDE in Ballet, modern and tap and a Fellowship in Ballet.
Having opened her own school, DancePro Academy, in 2013 and working at Performers College, Gill could not be happier.
Jackie began her training with Penny Meekings. She went on to study at West Street School in London and later with Miss Elizabeth Harrison. She has advanced qualifications in RAD, Cecchetti and Imperial Ballet and teaching qualifications in Cecchetti and Imperial Ballet.
She is joint principal of her own children’s school which she has run successfully for 25 years. Jackie was Head of Ballet at The Dance College Teacher Training Centre in Royston for 17 years. She was responsible for training students for vocational examinations and Imperial Ballet teaching qualifications.
In 2005 she was appointed as an Imperial Ballet Examiner and examines at all levels up to Advanced 2 and DDE. Jackie has taught and adjudicated at the ISTD Imperial Ballet Awards and has lectured at the ISTD Summer Course in Guildford.
BA (Hons)Artistic DirectorJazz Faculty+
Emma RogersArtistic Director
Emma trained at Bird College where she graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and Theatre Performance.
Emma works worldwide as a Director and Choreographer creating productions for Theatre, Casino’s and Television she was nominated for the 2013 Broadway World Awards for Best Choreography in Las Vegas and has most recently had her new production of ‘Dancing Queen’ play at the Planet Hollywood Casino, Las Vegas. Other recent work has included Puttin On The Ritz (UK Tour) The X Factor, Israel and the USA Premiere of ‘Shades of Temptation’ at the NYNY Casino Las Vegas.
Choreography Credits include: Puttin On The Ritz (UK Tour) Dancing Queen (Las Vegas) Jersey Nights (UK Tour, USA, Canada) Shades of Temptation (Las Vegas) The X Factor (Isarael) Man In The Mirror (World Tour) Rocket Man (USA/Canada) Jive Talkin (Niagara Falls) Horray For Hollywood (USA National Tour, Istanbul, Monte Carlo, Canada) Illusions of Magic (USA) Christmas on Ice (USA, Canada) Strictly Tap Dance Fever (USA, South Africa, UK Tour), Spice (Monte Carlo), Young Frankenstein (Millfield Theatre, London) 9 to 5 (Thameside Theatre, London) Stardust (Millfield Theatre, London) Cry Baby (Thameside Theatre) The Wild Party (Mirren Theatre), Sin City Rocks (Promo Las Vegas), Dick Whittington, Mother Goose, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk (Millfield Theatre, London), Sweet FA The Musical (Workshop, London), Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan (Worthing Pavilion Theatre UK), Moulin Rouge (Café De Paris, London), Aladdin (Victoria Theatre, Halifax), Smile The Musical (Mirren Theatre, London), Snow White (Madinat Theatre, Dubai)
AISTDPre-Voc Course Co-ordinatorJazz Faculty+
Joanne DarnellPre-Voc Course Co-ordinator
After graduating from Laine Theate Arts with a diploma and ISTD teaching qualifications, Joanne worked on a variety of Cruise lines, before settling in London and working on many television shows with choreographers Brian Rogers, Alan Harding and Dougie Squires. Joanne enjoyed a year working with the Royal Opera Company in their production of The Merry Widow with Lesley Garret and Thomas Allen. Joanne then moved on to assist choreographers in the world of pop and fashion, including Steps, Boyzone, Atomic Kitten, Blue and fashion shows for Top Shop, Wella and Reebok. Joanne established herself as a choreographer in her own right working for companies including Carlton Television, Costa Cruise Lines and MSC. Recently Joanne has choreographed fashion shows for underwear range No Romeo in Paris and New York and the latest season looks for New Look. Joanne is now resident choreographer for entertainment giant Merlin Entertainments. As well as her regular teaching commitments Joanne has taken lectures for the ISTD and the IDTA.
AISTDOutreach Program LeaderJazz Faculty+
Keeley EastOutreach Program Leader
Keeley trained at The Centre Performing Arts, graduating with distinction in her I.S.T.D teaching qualifications. She began her career performing in hair and fashion shows up and down the country, including modeling for various high street and designer brands.Keeley then pursued her teaching career joining Performers College in 2004, teaching for both the College and Junior School. In 2007 she was involved in working with the I.S.T.D, training the children for the new grade 3 and 4 Modern DVD. In 2011 Keeley took on the role of Course Co-ordinator for the Pre-Vocational course at Performers. Keeley has continued her work in the fashion world, choreographing for companies such as Debenhams and Next, as well as teaching and choreographing throughout the UK and Europe.
Certificate in Safe and Effective Dance Practice Level 5
Trained at Performers College under the direction of Brian Rogers, Susan Stephens and Tracey Lee. Since graduating David has performed with many different pop stars including The Wanted Summer Time Ball at Wembley Stadium, Oli Murs X-Factor, Joe McElderry X-Factor and Promo Tour, Miley Cyrus Saturday Night Takeaway, Lily Allen The Fear Music Video, Mark Ronson Music Video, Mylene Farmer NRJ Awards Cannes (French Brit Awards), Mylene Farmer Music Video, Bella Vida Music Video, Same Difference X-Factor, Tarkan Turkish Brit Awards and many more.
David has performed on many different TV shows such as ITV X-Factor (many different contestants), BBC Lets Dance for Comic Relief 2010 and 2011 performing with such celebrities as Katie Price, Rufus Hound, Kate and Richard GMTV, Penny Smith, Arlene Phillips among a few, Search for Dorothy – Over The Rainbow BBC, ITV Saturday Night Takeaway, Channel 5 5 O’Clock Show, ITV Alan Titchmarsh Show, ITV Paul O’Grady and many others. David also performed at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony as one of the 75 paid professionals.
David has also performed with the West End Musical Thriller in Germany, in the musical Cats – performing the role of Coricapat in Cyprus and has been in many adverts such as Burning Torch Coca Cola, Gatecrasher Paul van Dyke and Daily Mail.
David also performs in lots of corporate events and is very lucky to travel the world performing in many different countries such as Canada (Niagara Falls), Turkey, Cyprus, Mexico, Holland, France (Cannes), Germany and Hong Kong.
David is a full time teacher at the Anderson Dance Group in Billericay, Essex, teaching street/hip hop, popping, locking, freestyle disco and rock n roll, ballroom and Latin.
Mansﬁeld born and bred Gaz Davis has had an exciting career both on stage and screen! Gaz begun his training at MADD in Nottingham and has since moved to London where he has been working professionally for 17 years. In this time he has worked across a wide range of ﬁelds! Some of His performance credits include artists such as Olly Murs, Little Mix, Girls Aloud, Kelly Clarkson, Robbie Williams, Duffy, Pixie Lott, Take That, Plan B, Elton John and Kimberly Wyatt. He has toured with The Nolan Sisters and The X Factor. TV credits include Britain’s Got Talent, The Brit Awards, X Factor, Children In Need, Let’s Dance for Sports Relief. And was also a dance captain on the Olympics 2012.
Fashion shows both nationally and internationally have also played a big part in Gaz’s career, clients include Adidas, Reebok, Ugg, Speedo, Wella, TiGi, Britain’s Next Top Model and
Aside from TV and fashion shows Gaz has fronted advertising campaigns for Lynx, Schweppes, Mahou Beer, Westﬁelds Shopping Mall and House of Fraser.
As a choreographer Gaz’s credits include – BBC All Together now, Strictly come dancing, BBC Pitch battle, Debenhams, Resident choreographer at Potters Leisure Resort, Matalan, L Brand car launch,- BBC music awards. BBC The Dare, Boux Avenue Lingerie Show, TK Maxx, JD Williams Fashion Show, Moroccan Oil Hair Show, Lee Jeans 125th Anniversary, EE Mobile P&O cruise line, and Gaz has also assisted the choreography for The Clothes Show Live for the past six years and has recently been credited co-choreographer.
When choreographing Gaz also draws upon his previous experience in the West End on shows such as Boogie Nights, Starlight Express, Never Forget, Ray Charles and on cruise liners like Royal Caribbean to give his choreography variety. Gaz enjoys working closely with clients to bring their vision to life. He is comfortable working under pressure and adhering to tight time frames!
His passion for teaching and choreography is equal to his drive to continue working and remain current within a fast paced industry!
Jon Ford Smith
Jon Ford Smith
Since graduating from Performer’s College in 2006, Jon has worked all over the world. His diverse career has ranged from music videos to musical theatre, from T.V. shows to world arena tours. Along the way, Jon has been fortunate enough to work with, and learn from, some of the best creative minds in the business such as Phil Wm. McKinley, Bruno Tonioli, Liam Steel, Richie Jackson, Annetta Kippenhahn, Hakeem Onibudo, Rick Sordelet, Joacim Hedman, John Scott and Blanca Li.
Jon has appeared in many prestigious venues such as London’s Coliseum Theatre with the English National Opera, The O2 Arena and Theater Des Westens in Berlin. He has appeared on TV shows such as Top of the Pops, The Late Late Show, RTL Chart Show and GMTV not to mention numerous live shows such as The Brit Awards, O2 in the Park and The Irish Music Awards. He also spent many years as part of the German cast of We Will Rock You.
Jon’s work as a choreographer has included music videos in Los Angeles, Berlin and Oslo, original shows for cruise ships, musicals such as Jason Robert Brown’s ‘Songs For A New World’ and corporate clients such as Sky, Esporta/Virgin Active, Diesel and Toyota, among others.
Jon is the founder and director of Alpha Elite Workshops.
Artistic DirectorTap Faculty+
Dougie MillsArtistic Director
Douglas is lucky enough to have been performing in the entertainment industry for over 18 years. During this time Douglas has had the opportunity to perform in many different roles. His career started off in the well know Australian show “Tap Dogs” and he quickly went on to play the lead role and became resident director. Douglas has also appeared in some amazing Television shows which most recently included “Strictly Come Dancing”. Douglas was also a featured dancer in the Take That Circus tour, Tap dancing live to crowds of up to 90,000 people.
Choreography has also played a large part in Douglas’ career. This has included corporate events for companies such as Toyota and Mercedes.
In theatre some of Douglas’ choreographic credits include several Royal Variety Performances, Tap choreographer for Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins in Viva La Diva and Strictly Gershwin at the Royal Albert Hall. His most recent choreographic credits include choreographing Adam Garcia and Kimberley Wyatt for the TV show Got To Dance and Tap Choreographer for the West End Production of Revolution.
Renowned for being one of London’s most diversely experienced creatives, Lauren has an extensive list of credits including One Direction, Kelly Clarkson,The X Factor, Beats by Dre, Britain’s Got Talent, JLS, James Morrison and Olly Murs…
Lauren has also founded and been involved with many successful projects on a creative level and is Assistant Choreographer and Dance Captain on Thriller Live! both in the West End and on tour.
Her tap career is also vast, being classed 3rd in the world as a female tap dancer, holding position as a Producer and Choreographer of the ‘Kings of Tap’ production on a leading cruise line and continuing to lead the way with her all-female tap dance company Bellabeats. You may of also recognised her incredible tap skills as Adam Garcia’s tap partner in a special guest performance on Sky1’s Got To Dance 2012 + 2014, and in 2016 started a new project creating and producing shows across Europe for the holiday brand Thomson. Now appears in the West End hit show STOMP!
Kieran trained at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.
Theatre includes: Yonkers/Pastey and cover Tulsa, Savoy Theatre and Chichester Festival theatre’s revival of GYPSY, starring Imelda Staunton.
Original cast of Sam Mendes’s CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (theatre Royal, Drury Lane) Understudied and played the role of Tony in BILLY ELIOTT (The Victoria Palace Theatre); Scotty in ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR, starring David Essex (Garrick Theatre); Original London cast member of JERSEY BOYS (Prince Edward Theatre) where he mostly played the role of Bob Gaudio and also covered the role of Frankie Valli; Eddie in MAMMA MIA! (Prince of Wales Theatre); JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (UK Tour); Pepper in MAMMA MIA! (Prince of Wales Theatre, Fifth Anniversary Cast), Goody and then Nick Piazza in FAME (UK Tour) and Toby & cover Michael in THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK (Prince Edward Theatre).
Television Credits: Craig in TEACHERS(C4); THE FOUR PARTS OF JOHNNY VEGAS
(C4); GMTV; THIS MORNING; CHILDREN IN NEED; COMIC RELIEF; BELLISSIMO & the ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE.
Cast recordings- All the Fun of the fair, Charlie and the chocolate factory and 2015 cast recording of Gyspy.
Trained as an actor at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre.
He worked for over 25 years in the industry before teaching.
Theatre work includes Chess , My Fair Lady, Hamlet, the Merchant of Venice, Jesus Christ Superstar, Charlotte’s Web, Sweeney Todd, Eastenders, Good, Dick Barton Special Agent, Holby City, Return To The Forbidden Planet, Burial At Thebes, The Three Sisters, All’s Well That Ends Well, Gold, The Roy Orbison Story , The Nativity, Peter Pan , Aladdin, Three Steps To Heaven, Our Country’s Good , Lovers and Friends, The Pro’s The Con’s and A Screw and Wind In The Willows.
He has been directed by Michael Grandage, Simon Callow, and John Doyle, Anthony Van Laast, amongst many others.
Television work includes Eastenders, Holby City and several commercials.
In 2016 Cymon graduated from Surrey University with an MA in Creative Practice and Direction – Actor Training Pathway .
BMus (Hons) ALCM, LGSMSinging Co-ordinatorSinging Faculty+
Michael RobinsonSinging Co-ordinator
At the age of 16, Michael took up a place to study Piano and Singing at Napier University of Edinburgh, gaining the ALCM and LGSM Diplomas in Performance. He then went on to London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Performance. Since leaving the GSMD, Michael has worked throughout the world as a singer, pianist and musical Director. Among notable credits are 3 years world touring with internationally acclaimed a Capella vocal group The Swingle Singers; 3 seasons with operetta specialists, The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, regular appearances with leading orchestras, including the BBC Concert, BBC Welsh, Orchestre National de Paris and Berlin Philharmonic. He has also played several principal roles in London, and on national tour, including Bernstein’s Candide; Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute; and the British premiere of Ragtime. Michael has also worked prolifically in the recording studio, as singer, writer, and producer.
BA HonsActing Faculty+
I am a Partner at Smith and Brant Theatricals and we are currently represented in the West-End with Memphis The Musical winner of two Olivier Awards and the Whatsonstage Award for Best New Musical. In July we will open The Mentalists by Richard Bean at The Wyndham’s Theatre starring Stephen Merchant and Orson’s Shadow by Austin Pendleton at Southwark Playhouse. In 2014 we produced the West-End transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of The Pajama Game directed by Richard Eyre. I am a huge supporter of new British work, both musicals and plays as well as believing greatly in the fostering of relationships between the subsidized and commercial sector in the UK and also international relationships in current and emerging markets. I believe in developing long-term relationships and think the industry benefits greatly from a combination of long-term experience and youthful energy and ideas.
BA Hons: Marketing and Information systems -2:1
I am an experienced director and teacher and I have worked at training academies in both the UK and the US. I specialize in the Method and Meisner techniques as well as the teaching of the ‘American Classics’ and Chekhov. Places of work include Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Trinity, Arts Educational and Performers College.
LRAM, Cert of Advanced Studies (RAM), BSc(Hons)Singing Faculty+
Andy Studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London (LRAM and Cert. of Advanced Studies) and works as a musical director, vocal coach and pianist, mainly in London’s West End. Most recent work includes: Associate Musical Director for Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre), Associate Conductor for Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre and UK Tour) and keyboard player for Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre), Follies (National Theatre), Matilda (Cambridge Theatre and UK Tour), Tina – The Tina Turner Musical (Aldwych), Half A Sixpence (Noel Coward), Beautiful (Aldwych) and 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).
Previous positions include: Associate Musical Director for Sweeney Todd (Chichester and Adelphi), Merrily We Roll Along (Harold Pinter Theatre), Sister Act (London Palladium), The Sound Of Music (London Palladium) and Les Miserables (Queens and Palace Theatres), Associate Conductor for We Will Rock You (Dominion), Musical Director for The Woman In White (Palace), Assistant and Childrens’ Musical Director for Whistle Down The Wind (Aldwych), Assistant Musical Director for My Fair Lady (Drury Lane), The Witches Of Eastwick (Drury Lane and Prince of Wales), Cats (New London and UK tour), Maddie (Lyric) and Stepping Out (Albery). Other London shows worked on include Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Mamma Mia, Shrek, Billy Elliot, Oliver!, Grease, Miss Saigon, Bombay Dreams, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jerry Springer The Opera, Guys And Dolls, Kiss Of The Spider Woman and Sunset Boulevard.
Andy is an associate lecturer at the University of Chichester and is the composer of two musicals, Quasimodo and Gulliver’s Travels, both of which have been performed to acclaim at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Gulliver’s Travels has also been professionally showcased in London, workshopped at the Royal Academy of Music and performed by the University of Chichester in a fully staged production in 2017.
DipRCM, GRSM(Hons)Singing Faculty+
Garth recently supervised the casting of Chicago 2018 at the Phoenix Theatre, continuing a relationship with this show that has lasted since 2001. He was musical director of Chicago for several years, both at the Adelphi Theatre and on tour, in the UK and world-wide. He trained the five winners of the Channel 4 show ‘Musicality’, and has acted as supervisor on European and national tours, including the last two UK tours. He recently helped prepare the 2017 Danish-language production of the show.
He was associate conductor of The Sound of Music, at the London Palladium; MD of Sister Act, South Pacific, Anything Goes, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, & Me and My Girl (Kilworth House Theatre); MD of Denise Van Outen’s one-woman show, Some Girl I Used To Know; MD of West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre) and Cabaret (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Amongst the many other shows Garth has worked on are: Matilda, Fosse, Me and My Girl, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Les Misérables, Whistle Down the Wind, Avenue Q, Porgy and Bess, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Divorce Me Darling!, Pickwick, Scrooge and Aspects of Love.
Garth has taught at the Guildhall, Arts Educational Schools, Mountview Academy, Italia Conti, GSA, Urdang Academy and Performers College.
He is co-director of Dance Shack, a group of performing arts schools, and the actors’ agency Shack Attack.
GGSM (Lond) & PGCESinging Faculty+
Michael Dore is one of England’s busiest concert and session singers. His international career takes him from all of London’s major concert venues to the USA (including Carnegie Hall), Europe, Scandinavia, the Caribbean & the Far East. He has guested with many of the world’s finest orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago, Bangkok & Stavanger Symphonies. He has recorded four CD’s with the BBC Concert Orchestra & three with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, including ” Best of Broadway”, and broadcasts regularly on programmes such as Friday Night is Music Night. He has also sung on numerous television & film sound tracks, such as “Glee”, ” Lord of the Rings”, “Alice in Wonderland” & “Harry Potter”. He is in much demand as a vocal coach, both at the top colleges & on TV programmes such as ” X Factor” (ITV), “Any Dream Will Do” (BBC) & Hairspray & Grease… The School Musicals” (SKY). Michael’s West End show performances include: Guys & Dolls (Benny Southstreet), Passion (Lieutenant Barri) & Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter).
After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music, Sara-Louisa joined the company of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre Manchester. She consequently toured with the show to Dublin and Edinburgh and was fortunate to be invited to appear at the Royal Albert Hall for it’s 10th Anniversary Concert in 1995 and also the closing ceremony of the Euro 96 Football Competition at Wembley Stadium.
Other West End shows include Phantom of the Opera (London) Grease (UK Tour) Annie (Portsmouth Guildhall) and Evita in Oslo Norway.
Although Musical Theatre is her first love, Sara-Louisa has been fortunate to combine that work with appearances in the classical field. She has worked with Carl Rosa Opera in their productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (Pitti-Sing) and The Pirates of Penzance (Kate) touring Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She joined The Opera Group for a small tour of Candide and toured to Kenya to perform the role of Mercedes for Garden Opera’s production of Carmen. She has also performed regularly as a soloist for a number of Choral Societies in the North East of England.
She performs regularly as soloist with other West End artists in ‘Masters of the House’ touring theatres in the UK and regularly hopping on board Royal Caribbean’s fleet of cruise ships.
Dean trained on the Actor-Musician course at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and graduated in 2012. Since graduating, Dean has appeared as a performer extensively in musical theatre across the UK and Europe, as well as working as a vocal coach and musical director. Theatre credits include: Frankie Valli – The Jersey Quartet (Michael Quinn Producitions), Lezardo – Disney’s ͞The Forest of Enchantment͟ (The Chaparral Theatre, Paris), Arthur – Sword in the Stone: The Musical (Uk Tour), Casanova –
Festivals from Afar (Bridlington Spa Theatre), Bobby/Ensemble – Saturday Night Fever (The English Theatre, Frankfurt), Captain Sid – The Pirate Squad (The Dugdale
Theatre, London), Buttons – Cinderella (The Key Theatre, Peterborough). Musical directing and vocal coaching credits include: The Rollerboys (Uk Tour), The Pop Factor (Uk Tour), as well as many shows for CPA Studios including We are a Family, Schools Out, 25th Annual Spelling Bee, Annie, and various Christmas concerts.
Vanessa Leagh Hicks
Vanessa Leagh Hicks
Vanessa trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where she gained her ISTD teaching diploma. She has performed extensively in the West End, mainly in musical theatre. Credits include “La Cage Aux Folles” at the London Palladium, “Follies” at the Shaftsbury Theatre, “Crazy for You”, at the Prince Edward, “Cats” at the New London and “Chicago”. She played Velma in “Chicago” and was West End Dance supervisor on the show for 9 years. Vanessa was resident director for “Flashdance the Musical”, and was in both the show and the film of “Les Miserables”. She has been dance tutor on BBC’s “Strictly Dance Fever”, and has choreographed for several music artistes including Emma Bunton & Will Young.
Vanessa is delighted to be part of Performers College.
Played Niki Pignateli in Sweet Charity
Played Ma Baker in Daddy Cool
Covered Madam Girey in Love Never Dies
Played Inez in Trevor Nunns RSC production of The Bakers Wife
Dance Captain on La Cage Aux Follies (did all cast albums to the shows)
Played SS officer at the English National Opera The Passenger and was awarded an honoury membership for the idta
Ebony continues to work as both performer and Associate in the industry her credits include
Associate Choreographer for On The Town (Regents Park Open Air theatre) Associate Director The Wild Party 2017( The Other Palace) Associate Choreographer This House( Minerva Theatre Chichester) 2016, Associate Choreographer and Ivy Jekyll and Hyde (old Vic) 2016, Associate Choreographer Bugsy Malone (lyric Hammersmith) 2016, Resident Choreographer and Company Lorax (Old Vic), Associate Director Bugsy Malone (The Lyric Hammersmith) 2015, Assistant Choreographer Tommy (English Theatre Frankfurt), Soho Cinders (Queens Theatre), Spring Awakening (English Theatre Frankfurt).
Ebony has performed in Singin In The Rain ( Palace Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre), 42nd Street (Leicester Curve),Shoes (Sadlers Wells), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal Haymarket and Menier Chocolate Factory), Shall we Dance (Sadlers Wells), Be Mine for the McOnie Company (Jackson’s Place), L’Heure Espangnole (ROH), On The Town ( Theatre du Chatelet Paris), Sinatra ( The London Palladium), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), West Side Story (Bregenz Festival), Beauty and the Beast (RSC), On your Toes (Japan), Les Demoiselles du Rochefort Palais De Congres Paris), My One and Only (Piccadilly Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Piccadilly Theatre), Chess (Denmark),
The Carman (Sadlers wells) Dorian Gray (Edinburgh Festival and Sadlers Wells) Nutcracker (Sadlers Wells) Edward Scissorhands (US Tour) all for Matthew Bournes New Adventures.
Tracey Ullman show BBC
Disneys Beauty and the Beast (2017)
The Brit Awards 50 Cent, The Brit awards Pink, Top of the Pops, CD Uk, Disney Channel, One Big Sunday for various artists.
Creative for Adidas I am Predator Launch 2018
James is a Kent born vocalist, pianist and musician.
He studied as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral as a child, further developing his skills as a scholar at St Edmund’s School, Canterbury.
James later trained at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) where he gained his BA in Music (Performing Arts).
Post graduating, James worked for LIPA, as an accompanist, and musical director, also working alongside the widening participation division, leading workshops with young people in and around Merseyside.
James has worked internationally for Thomson’s luxury, global resort chain ‘Sensatori’, as a resident pianist, vocalist, and emcee, working in luxury hotels in Crete, Turkey and Sharm El Shaik. More recently, he led ‘The James Murrum Band’, an eight piece, contemporary, Latin and ballroom band, aboard P&O Cruise’s newest flagship ‘Britannia’.
And in the UK, James’s credits include various appearances at The Pheasantry and Mayfair’s The Arts Club, and many musical direction roles , from Sell A Door Theatre Company’s West End production of ‘Seussical: The Musical’ to national pantomime.
Most recently, his skills in musical direction and arranging were showcased on BBC’s Pitch Battle.
AISTD, PGCE, BA (Hons)Contemporary Co-ordinator
Nikki O’HaraContemporary Co-ordinator
Nikki graduated from Bird College with a first class degree in Dance and Theatre Performance. She has since worked with Motionhouse Dance Theatre, devising and touring the shows of Fearless, Volatile and Perfect, and also under the direction of Helen Parlor with Footwerk Productions. Nikki has also worked with Wired Aerial Theatre touring Handmade/ Manmade, using bungee assisted dance, and alongside various other international corporate events, opened The O2 Centre in Greenwich. Nikki has also been funded by The Arts Council to produce some of her own work, collaborating with Vanessa Cook under company name “All Play”, and have enjoyed successful tours of the UK and Europe with Its Rude to Point and PUSH. Nikki has most recently performed internationally with aerial dance company, Gravity & Levity.Nikki is also part of the central teaching team for the ISTD where she has devised the boys work for the new Advanced 2 Modern syllabus. Nikki choreographed and successfully won the Southern Grand final of Global Rock Challenge in 2005, has enjoyed a successful performance for The Queen in the same year, and has been commissioned to work with and choreograph for Youth Companies such as Hed:Strong and Phase One.
BA Honours in Dance and Theatre Performance (1st Class)
PCGE in Further Education
AISTD – Ballet, Modern, Tap
Tim trained at Doreen Bird College and London Contemporary Dance School. He has performed in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and The Car-Man in the West End and on world tours. He danced in Diversions Dance Company and for choreographers including Ben Wright, Kerry Nicholls, & Lisa Torun. Tim is Head of Contemporary Dance at Tring Park School of the Performing Arts, where he also teaches A Level Dance. He is a regular teacher for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and teaches workshops for Dance Digital. Tim has his own dance company and his choreography includes Left, Traces, Glo, Unfolding Layers, Beyond The Frame and Connected.
Tim is an A Level Dance examiner for AQA, examining the practical units. He is currently completing his postgraduate studies at LCDS, which will lead to an MA in Contemporary Dance.
Morgan Cloud received his Master of Arts from London Contemporary Dance School and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Theatre from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He has gone on to perform in the UK, USA, Germany, Russia, and various other European countries in contemporary and dance-theatre works by companies Made by Katie Green (Matters of Life and Death; Lost & Found), Troika Ranch (loopdiver), Nigel Charnock + Company (TEN MEN), Smallpetitklein (CUT), Rosie Kay Dance Company (Double Points: K; The Wild Party), and IJAD (In-Finite). Morgan was an assistant choreographer in the London Cultural Olympiad 2012, being responsible for teaching over 1,200 students and community members a large-scale, outdoor, evening-length work under the direction of Charlie Morrissey (The Tree of Light). He has been commissioned to choreograph works for CAT West Midlands (DP:M) and the University of Hawai’i at Hilo (Identity; Simple Math; Frolic). He currently also teaches at the Royal Academy of Dance HQ in London, and has previously lectured on the Dance in the Community BA (Hons) degree program at University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich.
MA, Contemporary Dance: London Contemporary Dance School
BFA, Dance Theatre: University of Hawai’i at Manoa
BA(Hons), Post Grad DiplomaContemporary+
Katie trained at London Contemporary Dance School and graduated in 2009. She then joined Tavaziva Dance in 2009 and danced, toured and taught for the company for over five years.
Katie has worked as a freelance dancer for Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Pagrav Dance, ArtsCross, and Moxie Brawl to name a few.
Katie has taught extensively throughout her career both in education and to professionals and was the Creative Director for Shuffle Youth Dance Company and Suffolk Youth Dance. In January 2016 she began teaching the Centre of Advance Training scheme at DanceEast.
Katie has worked as a Dance Artist for Rosie Kay and New Arts Club creating work for their community casts. She currently delivers workshops for Rambert and English National Ballet taking their work to schools and delivering A-level and GCSE workshops. Katie Joined Performers college in January 2016.
Blair trained at Bird College, she then went onto further training in classical and contemporary dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy (Codarts) in The Netherlands. Whilst based in the Netherlands she worked with Galili Dance Company performing in the European tour of “Heads or Tales”, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam performing works by Ed Wubbe, Jerome Meyer, Isabelle Chauffaud, Georg Reischl & Marco Goecke. Leine & Roebana performing in “Keten” by Tim Percent and Dutch tour of “Splash” with dance theatre company The Meekers choreographed by Arthur Rosenfeld.
Since returning to the UK Blair has performed in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics choreography by Kenrick Sandy and the following year started working with AVA Dance Company performing in “Looking Back To Tomorrow” Hellerau, Dresden and “Provisional Landscapes” at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadlers Wells choreographed by Avatâra Ayuso. Blair continues to work closely with AVA Dance Company and its partner Creative Academy.
BA (Hons) Cert. Ed.Head of Contextuals
Mandy TiltHead of Contextuals
Mandy graduated from Roehampton University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance. On completing her Degree, Mandy worked at Rambert Dance Company assisting the archivist preparing educational packs for schools and colleges on ballet and contemporary dance. She then went on to the Royal Academy of Dance to work as the Senior Librarian/Archivist where she carried out extensive research for various authors and dancers for their dance and education publications. Mandy then furthered her career at Bird College as Head of the Diploma Programme and Student Welfare. During her time at Bird College, Mandy completed a Certificate in Education at Canterbury Christchurch College. After returning from living in America for four years Mandy now works at Performers College as the Contextual Studies
Co-ordinator for the Trinity Diploma and BA (Hons) Degree course.
Gymnastics and Body Conditioning+
Ken is a highly qualified physical training specialist with over 25 years experience in gymnastics, acrobatics, weight training, body conditioning, martial arts and sports massage.
Ken has performed in a Hapkido Martial Arts display team, as an acrobat in Circus Senso and in the Zig Zag Dance Company. He also participated in gymnastic displays and also performed with The Gymnastics Dance Theatre Company and in Laban Dance.
Ken has attended workshops and seminars at The Royal Academy of Dance in Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary dance. He also instructs a number of private clients which include circus performers, martial artists and dancers.
Agency & Personal Management+
Mandy Oliver trained at Bush Davies & Bird College. Following a very successful and varied career within the industry she took on the challenging role of heading up Performers Management Agency (PMA)
Agency & Personal Management+
In 2008 as PMA evolved into a fast growing busy office Tina Holmes, already an established agent, was appointed to help manage the business.
Nicola Stephens, MSc, MCSP, MMACP
Nicola graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy and gained her Masters Degree in 2011. She initially worked for the NHS in Leeds, West Yorkshire specialising in musculoskeletal and rheumatology physiotherapy, before creating Performers Physiotherapy, following a move to new premises and expansion of Performers College in 2003.
Nicola is passionate about the health and well being of dancers and has developed a role at Performers College as a Specialist Physiotherapist in Dance Medicine. She regularly lectures on the international performing arts circuit on dancer / musical theatre performer health and is leading various research projects relating to musical theatre dancer health.
Leon Stephens, BSc Hons, MCSP
Leon graduated from Brighton University in 1996 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy. As well as having worked in Burns, Plastics and Neurology, Leon has been involved with Performers College as their in-house physiotherapist for 20 years. Leon has since developed a keen interest in dance and sports injury management and has worked with both well known professional dancers and many international athletes.
Receptionist / Admin Support
Jo StonebrookReceptionist / Admin Support