Miss S A Reid
Miss Lucie Kemp
Mrs Kim Buckley BA (hons)
Mr Anthony Van Laast MBE
Mr Nick Winston
Faculty of Dance
Head of Dance
Miss Kirsty Sparks BA, PGCE, ISTD
Miss Catherine Clark CTTLS, ARAD, PDTC - Head of Ballet
Teacher of Ballet and Choreography, Coach for RAD Examinations.
Miss Clark trained at the Royal Ballet School and gained her PDTC at The Royal Academy of Dance. Miss Clark has extensive teaching experience and has performed as a Classical Soloist with several international Ballet Companies including the Nureyev Festival, Ballets Theatre de Nancy, Taller Choreographico, Cedar Dance, Vienna Festival Ballet, Alexander Roy Ballet Theatre, The Bolshi Ballet.
Miss Nathalie Leger ARAD, PDTC
Teacher of RAD Majors & Free Ballet.
Miss Leger trained at the Academie de la Danse under Marika Besobrasova and has performed internationally as Principal Dancer with several major Ballet Companies including as Deutsche Open Am Rheim, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, ending her career as a Principal dancer in Northern Ballet. She has worked with reknowned choreographers such as Gillian Lynne, William Forsythe and Maurice Bejart. Miss Leger gained her PDTC (teaching qualification) at The Royal Academy of Dance. Performances include: Swan Lake, Three Musketeers, Dangerous Liaisons, Romeo & Juliet, Dové La Luna.
Miss Lucy Emery PDTD, RTS, RAD
Teacher of Ballet. Miss Emery trained at the Royal Ballet School where she developed a passion for choreography alongside dancing, winning the Sir Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic competition and second place at the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition. Miss Emery has danced as a member of Ballet L'Opera National de Bordeaux in France and Scottish Ballet. Having gained her PDTD with distinction, Miss Emery has since taught for the Norweigan National Ballet School, Norsk Balletinstitutt and Oslo National Academy of the Arts as well as for the RAD at their sumer school in Norway.
Miss Gemma Fisher PTLLS, ISTD DDI Tap
Teacher of Ballet. Through continued development of teaching methods and techniques, Miss Gemma Fisher inspires others to learn. Trained at the Royal Ballet School and Laine Theatre Arts, Miss Fisher secured the lead role in ‘Spirit of the Dance’ touring Europe, Asia, Israel and America before gaining the role of ‘Millie’ in ‘Spirit of Broadway’ in America. Miss Fisher has experience choreographing live shows and has worked as a performer and choreographer in commercial pop videos and television productions.
Miss Kirsty Sparks BA, PGCE, ISTD
Course leader for the Dance Course and Teacher of Musical Theatre, Jazz & Professional Practice.
Miss Sparks is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and is a Personal Fitness Trainer and teacher of Pilates. She trained at Laine Theatre Arts and went directly into the West End show Me and My Girl. Further performances include: CATS, Starlight Express, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Saturday Night Fever. Miss Sparks has also worked extensively as a Director and Choreographer.
Mr Andrew Margerison
Teacher of Musical Theatre and Jazz.
Mr Margerison trained at the Merseyside Dance & Drama Centre and he specialises in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Audition Technique, Partner Work, Ballroom and Latin American. Mr Margerison’s Musical Theatre credits are extensive and include: Grease, The Rocky Horror Show, The Sound of Music, Chess, Hairspray, Our House The Madness Musical, Bad Girls The Musical and Divorce me Darling
Commercial and Street
Mr Stuart Hayes
Teacher of Commercial.
Mr Hayes trained at Performers College and has worked world-wide as a dancer and choreographer with performers such as Diana Ross, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Steps, Atomic Kitten, Holly Valance, Boyzone, Hear’say, Danni Minogue, Jamelia and The Wanted. He continues to choreograph for TV and stage shows and is frequently in demand to lecture for both the IDTA and ISTD.
Miss Kelly Clayton
Teacher of Commercial and Street.
Miss Clayton trained at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks and has worked in both the UK and Australia. She has a wealth of experience teaching, performing and choreographing and her credits include choreography for television and theatre, performance in pantomime, cruises and modeling. Miss Clayton is renowned for her choreography of both Street and Commercial Jazz.
Mr De-Napoli Clarke Teacher of Contemporary
Mr Clarke trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is a founder member of the National Youth Dance Company. He has performed with Kokuma, Nexus and RJC Dance and was Movement Director for The Juju Girl (Scotland) and Master Juba (London). Choreographer for Rainbirds and Drumbeats, he also performed with the hit musical show Stomp.
Miss Joelle Le Boutillier AISTD
Teacher of Lyrical Contemporary
Miss Le Boutillier trained at Performers College and has extensive experience in classical ballet, lyrical contemporary, jazz and choreography. She has worked as production manager and dance captain for Costa Cruises and appeared as a featured soloist at the Sadler's Wells 'Chains Gala'. She has many years experience as a cabaret singer and has danced on Top of the Pops and in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Tap and Modern
Miss Hannah Rooke CTLLS, AISTD Dip (TB) (MB) (NB), AIDTA (Ballet)
Exam Co-ordinator - ISTD Majors and FDI Coaching
Teacher of Tap and Modern
Miss Rooke is an experienced teacher of syllabus tap and modern. She has worked extensively both with College students and children from the Junior Academy. Miss Rooke works both as a free tap teacher and with those students who wish to pursue major tap and modern examinations.
Miss Daisy Jones DDI, DDE, ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern, National, Disco & Freestyle Lamda PCert.
Teacher of Tap and Modern
Miss Jones graduated from Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre and has gained qualifications for Ballet, Tap, Modern and National, Disco & Freestyle ISTD, DDI, DDE and LAMDA Teaching Certificate. She has extensive teaching experience with both young students and adults and spent three years teaching at LlarDansa in Palma.
Faculty of Music and Singing
Head of Singing
Mr Frazer Ormondroyd
Mr Ormondroyd is a highly qualified teacher of singing who graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with a Professional Diploma in Acting and Musical Theatre. He is one of the very few professionals in the UK to hold the Estill Certificate of Figure Proficiency qualification and has also gained the Advanced Professional Diploma in Contemporary Vocal Technique. He has worked at home and abroad as an Acting & Musical Theatre Teacher, Performing Arts Lecturer and Vocal Coach. Mr Ormondroyd has also extensive experience performing as a soloist, in ensemble and as a Musical Director. Prior to this, Mr Ormondroyd performed professionally across the globe and for many years was a member of the renowned vocal harmony group Stutz Bear Cats.
Mr Ben Levy BA (Hons) Music, LLCM (MT), ATCL & DipLCM (Classical Singing), DipMusLCM (Theory of Music)
Musical Direction, Teacher of Singing
Mr. Levy is a highly qualified and accomplished singing teacher and musical director, specialising in theatre and choral work. At present he teaches singing extensively in the North of England both privately and for stage schools and works as Musical Director for Military Wives Choir, York, Harmonize Contemporary Choir and for various theatre companies both in England and Northern Ireland.
Mr John Atkin BA (Hons) Music, PGCE Music
Teacher of Singing
An extremely experienced teacher, Mr Atkin manages and directs the Performing Arts Department at a large College in Leeds. A passionate musician, he has a wide and varied knowledge ranging from composing to conducting and as an MD, Pianist and Conductor he has played in and directed professional and amateur productions including among others: BBC Radio, Amadeus Orchestra, York Theatre Royal, The National Trust, The John Miller Orchestra.
Mrs Heather Watts
Teacher of Technical Singing
Mrs Watts is a professional Soprano who was born in Texas and studied music at the University of Texas. She came to the UK to study Opera Performance at the Royal College of Music, London and also studied for 2 years at the Austrian/American Mozart Academy in Salzburg. Mrs Watts has performed in the West End of London and many other European centres.
Faculty of Acting
Head of Acting
Mr Adam Stadius MA, PGCE
Teacher of Acting, Voice, Acting Through Song
Mr Stadius graduated with an MA Distinction from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is now a successful lecturer, acting coach, teacher and director. He has delivered classes in Acting Techniques, Physical Theatre, Voice and Musical Theatre. Mr Stadius specialises in the Meisner Technique of acting and is on the audition panel for the MA Music Theatre course at RCSSD. Directing credits include Seussical, The Drowsy Chaperone, Witches of Eastwick.
Miss Leah Hamilton BA(Hons)
Teacher of Acting and Voice
An experienced drama teacher Miss Hamilton gained her Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Masters Level credits, graded ‘Outstanding’. Prior to this, her performance experience briefly includes ‘Lion, Witch & Wardrobe’ West Yorkshire Playhouse, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ English Touring Theatre, ‘Poppy The Musical’ Landor Theatre, London, independent short films with the Northern Film School and other advert and TV work.
Mrs Kim Buckley BA (Hons)
Teacher of Acting
Mrs Buckley graduated from York St. John University with a BA (Hons) in Theatre, Film & Television. She gained a passion for performing has performed on stage and screen in the UK and abroad. Later, she went on to gain Qualified Teacher Status and now has over 10 years of experience as a classroom teacher and Head of Department. She specialises in teaching Acting, Theatre Studies and Theatre History as well as developing the use of new Teaching and Learning strategies. Mrs Buckley's teaching has been consistently judged as Outstanding by Ofsted, she has also delivered teacher training courses for universities and exam boards. Her extensive directing experience includes musical theatre productions, contemporary plays and several Shakespearean plays. Mrs Buckley also coaches students who would like to achieve LAMDA Acting qualifications.
Mrs Philippa Anderson CTTLS, Levels 1,2, & advanced Estill
Teacher of Voice
Pippa’s motto is ‘your voice is your signature!’ and she draws on a wealth of knowledge gained through her vast training and experience. A freelance voice and singing teacher, performance coach and facilitator delivering voice, communication and public speaking workshops, Pippa has an extensive background in Voice and Singing. Amongst many other professional appointments Pippa has delivered Broadway technique and accent coaching for Bishopwearmouth Choral Society’s performance of ‘Stephen Sondheim’s Side by Side’ and was Acting Coach for Miranda Wright Singers on the production ‘Tell Me The Truth About Love’ at The Witham, Barnard Castle.
Mr David Plumpton
Classical and Singing Accompanist, Jazz and Tap Pianist and Musical Arranger. Versatile pianist, percussionist and composer with extensive musical experience.
Miss Alena Panasenka, MA
Miss Panasenka is a graduate of the Belarusian State University and also the Mogilev Music College in Belarus as a qualified piano teacher and piano accompanist.
Faculty of Integrated Professional Studies
Mrs Kim Buckley BA (Hons)
Head of Integrated Professional Studies. Learning Support Tutor.
Mrs Eileen Thompson BA, Cert Ed
Mr Blair Murray BSc (Hons)
Teacher of Fitness, Personal Trainer, Teacher of Anatomy
Mr Murray is a Biology hounours degree graduate from Strathclyde University and a former professional dancer in the West End and on tours. Since retraining in fitness, he has been an experienced exercise conditioning coach over the past 15 years, working with both personal clients and college students.
Miss Kirsty Sparks
Qualified Teacher of Pilates and Personal Fitness trainer.
Miss Lucie Kemp AISTD (CB) (NB) (TB) (MB), AISTD (TB) Dip
Vice Principal, Student and Staff Advisor and Safeguarding Officer.
Miss Hannah Rooke CTLLS, AISTD Dip (TB) (MB) (NB), AIDTA (Ballet).
Miss Daisy Jones DDI, DDE, ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern, National, Lamda Gold
Mr John Rutherford BA (Hons) Physiotherapy, Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Member of the Health Professional Council.
Mr Rutherford is based in Leeds and holds weekly treatment clinics at the College
MR ANDREW HOPKINS BA (Hons) Musical Theatre
Guest Musical Director
Mr Hopkins graduated from the GSA Conservatoire and went on to be Musical Director for the play ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ at Hampton Court Palace. He recently worked with Dame Julie Andrews in the casting process of ‘My Fair Lady’ at Sydney Opera House and as resident conductor of The Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra, Mr Hopkins has conducted ‘Shows & Soundtracks’ (UK Tour), ‘The Mikado in Concert’ and ‘An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein’. Further credits include ‘Call me Merman’ (UK Tour), ‘A-Z of Musical Theatre’ (UK Tour) and ‘Just a Housewife’ (UK Tour).
We regularly employ guest teachers from the Musical Theatre, TV and Dance industries to work with our students. This has included principal players, resident directors, choreographers and creatives from shows such as Wicked, The Lion King, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Annie, The Last Tango, Hollyoaks, Beautiful, Loserville, KYLIE (International Tour), War Horse and many more