Faculty

Principal  
Miss S A Reid 

Vice Principal
Miss Lucie Kemp 

College Patron
Miss Kay Mellor OBE
 

Artistic Director
Miss Kirsty Sparks        

Artistic Advisory Board
Mr Nick Winston
Mr Harry Blumenau
Mr John Rigby
Mr Anthony Williams
Keddie Scott Associates
Michele Thorne Management

FACULTY OF DANCE

HEAD OF DANCE

Miss Kirsty Sparks BA, PGCE, ISTD

Artistic Director and Teacher of Musical Theatre and Technical Jazz

Miss Sparks 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. Working extensively as a director and choreographer, Miss Sparks choreographs an SLP performance piece for the UK’s biggest dance event ‘Move It’ at Excel London.  As a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Miss Sparks is also a Personal Fitness Trainer and teacher of Pilates and provides ‘return to fitness’ training for SLP students where required. 

HEAD OF BALLET

Miss Catherine Clark CTTLS, ARAD, PDTC

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 and The Bolshoi Ballet.

 

 

 

Mr Niall McMahon

Teacher of Ballet

Mr Niall McMahon is a former dancer with Scottish Ballet, dance company artistic director and highly-respected ballet master having worked with Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance. He has taught at the Royal Ballet Upper School, Elmhurst (Birmingham), for the Royal Academy of Dance and British Ballet Organization as well as summer schools across the UK and Europe. He was Senior Lecturer in Ballet at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and a Teaching Fellow for several years at LIPA. An experienced private ballet coach and mentor, Niall has been a Panel Assessor for the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT) as well as a highly sought-after dance consultant, having worked with the Learning & Skills Council, Skillset, Creative and Cultural Skills, Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales. He has performed in classical works by Bournonville, Cranko, Kylian, Prokovsky and Muldoon, creating many solo roles during a successful ballet career. He followed this opening the 100 year Anniversary show 'Formidable' at the Moulin Rouge Paris, also appearing in leading shows in Monte Carlo and South Korea.

Miss Jessica Mais BA (Hons) LRAD ARAD AIDTA QTS 

Teacher of Ballet

Miss Jessica Mais started Dance training age four at a local dance school and with Central School of Ballet. She then graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2010 with a First Class Honours degree in Ballet Education. Here, she gained in depth knowledge of classical ballet teaching and practice. Jessica has been teaching in a variety of contexts and sectors for the last eight years and has qualified school teacher status. 

 

JAZZ

Mr Bradley Richardson

Teacher of Tap, Lyrical and Technical Jazz and Musical Theatre

Mr Richardson is an extremely talented dancer and choreographer with extensive experience in the industry.  He was a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall (London) and has featured in several London musicals such as Moulin RougeDirty Dancing and Norma Jeane the Musical.  Mr Richardson danced on the Marvel Studios movie Avengers 2 and has toured in productions that have taken him all over the world.  Other credits include: The Shadow Tappers (Dubai), Kings of Tap (EU Tour), Dance Captain in Snow White (King’s Lynn), Christmas Spectacular (Royal Albert Hall), Red Hot Broadway (China Tour), Bernie in Geek! A New Musical (London), The Midnight Beast DRTY WKND Tour (UK), Shirley in Shaun’s Big Show (International Tour).  Mr Richardson was also a resident company member of Opera North dancing in their award winning productions of The Adventures of PinocchioThe Merry WidowCarmen and From the House of the Dead (UK Tours).

Mr Andrew Margerison

Teacher of Musical Theatre Rep

Mr Andrew Margerison's Musical Theatre Credits include Grease (UK Tour) as ensemble and understudy Doody and Eugene, The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour) as Phantom and understudy Frank’n’Furter, Brad, Riff Raff, Rocky, Eddie/Dr.Scott and The Narrator, Starlight Express (Germany) as Swing, The Rocky Horror BIG 30 Show (UK Tour and Queens Theatre London) as Swing, Dance Captain and Resident Director, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (UK and International Tour) as Swing, understudy Lefou, Cogsworth and Maurice and Resident Director. Andrew has worked on three Summer Seasons at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre; he choreographed The Sound of Music as well as being assistant choreographer on Chess and Hairspray.

Andrew has spent the last eight Christmas seasons at The Floral Pavilion Theatre in New Brighton. Most recently he directed Peter Pan, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. He was also choreographer, and assistant director for Snow White, as well as choreographing Cinderella, Aladdin, Peter Pan, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Other Pantomime credits include            choreographer for Aladdin (Palace Theatre Mansfield), Snow White (Central Theatre Chatham) and Jack and the Beanstalk (Beck Theatre, Hayes), and assistant choreographer for Cinderella (Central Theatre, Chatham) and Snow White (Swan Theatre, High Wycombe). Andrew has also appeared in Peter Pan (Palace Theatre, Manchester) as Lost Boy and understudy John darling, Babes in the Wood (Theatre Royal, Norwich) as Ensemble and Cinderella (Dubai International Conference Centre) as Dandini.

Andrew’s television dancing credits include Granada’s The Grand, and Channel Four’s And The Beat Goes On. He was principal singer/dancer in New York City Rhythm and Over the Rainbow on board the MS Sundream and was a featured dancer in The Caribbean Dream Show for Showline Productions in Paris. Andrew originated the role of Mike in the workshop of Muscles the Musical at the Landor Theatre London, was Assistant Choreographer on Our House the Madness Musical at the White Rock Theatre Hastings, and choreographed three seasons of The Good Old Days at Leeds City Varieties

 

COMMERCIAL AND STREET 

Mr Stuart Hayes

Teacher of Commercial

Stuart trained at Performers College under the watchful eye of the late Brian Rogers. It was here under his direction that Stuart fell in love with commercial choreography and on graduating went straight into TV shows such as Royal Variety Performances, Stars In Their Eyes, Brian Connelly Laughter Show, Paul Daniels Magic Show, TOTP, CDUK as well as a whole host of european networks.

Stuart was one of the most sought after commercial dancers through the nineties and noughties working with impressive artists like Diana Ross, Take That, Dannii and Kylie Minogue,Five, Boyzone, Hearsay, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Steps and the legend Sir Cliff Richard. Travelling round the world and performing, learning his trade whilst working for incredible creatives like Paul Roberts, Kim Gavin, Paul Domaine, Pricilla Samuels and Jamie King to name a few. In turn Stuart worked from assistant choreographer to choreographer in his own right, applying his knowledge from stage and Tv to the runway, working with a host of salons and brands such as Top Man/shop, Wella, Nike, House of Fraser, New Look, River Island and the pinnacle, staging the Spring/Summer Collection for Lacoste at the Louvre Paris.

As a Creative Director, Stuart has worked for Land Rover/Jaguar in Beijing and Shanghai, 100 year anniversary for Grattan employing over 100 dancer/models  (no easy feat)!! Most recently Stuart has been extremely successful in delivering the industry the next generation of commercial dancers. Stuart’s innovative choreography pushes the students to their maximum and fully prepares them for their chosen career. A proud recipient  of a Carl Alan Award in 2015 for his teaching.

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.

 

CONTEMPORARY

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.  Joelle has worked as production manager and dance captain for Costa Cruises and appeared as a featured soloist at the Sadler's Wells Chainos Gala.  Joelle has vast experience as a choreographer and has danced on Top of the Pops and in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Mr Mark Pearce BA (Hons)

Teacher of Contemporary

Mr Mark Pearce performed in Matthew Bourne’s highly acclaimed adaptation of Swan Lake and he and his fellow cast of all-male swans featured in the final scene of the Billy Elliot film.  Mr Pearce went on to train in contemporary dance and ballet and performed with exclusive Laban dance company, Transitions in Europe and Japan. Further impressive performance credits include: Join-Up Dance Company performance collaborating with the award winning poet Imtiz Dharker on a commission for the BBC Containing Strong Language Festival, working with the National Youth Dance Company, co-choreographing Get a Proper Job and Pleasures of the Test as well as featuring in Adventures in Motion Pictures.  As a teacher, Mr Pearce has extensive experience as a Course Leader and Dance Lecturer.

TAP AND MODERN

Mr Daniel Lauder BA (Hons), ISTD

 

Teacher of jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Tap

 

Mr Daniel Lauder trained at laine Theatre Arts graduating with a National Diploma in musical theatre.  Daniel later gained a First-class BA (Hons) in Professional and Commercial Dance.  He has worked internationally both teaching and performing and his professional credits include:

Sydney Showboat (Darling Harbour, Australia), Bonheur (Lido de Paris, Champs-Elysees Paris, France – Choreography by Craig Revel Horwood & Mic Thompson), A Touch of Lido (Lido de Paris Tour, Russia – Directed by Pierre Rambert), Feerie (Bal Du Moulin Rouge, Paris, France – Directed by Bill Goodson).  His television work includes BBC, the Disney Channel & Kids Awards as a presenter and dancer.  Daniel has also worked extensively with Carnival Cruise Lines as dancer, Dance Captain and swing, where he was selected to be an inaugural cast member on board the m/s Carnival Splendor,

 

 

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 trained here at SLP College as a teacher in all subjects graduating with Distinction. Her expertise as a choreographer and technical exam coach for both children and College students was widespread throughout the North of England and she returned to SLP 12 years ago.  An experienced teacher of syllabus tap and modern Miss Rooke 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.

ACROBATICS AND GYMNASTICS

Miss Jade Wing

Teacher of Acro and Gymnastics

Miss Jade Wing successfully auditioned for Circus Space in London where she studied circus skills, aerial and acrobatics, specialising in acro, gymnastics and flexibility.  Returning to Yorkshire, Jade set up her own business teaching private lessons to children and adults and went on to teach in dance schools across the North of England.  Jade now travels across the UK delivering workshops to schools and colleges and has choreographed acro dances for dancing schools and competitions. 

 

FACULTY OF MUSIC AND SINGING 

Mr James McCullagh BA (Hons) MA (oxon)

Director of Music 

Mr James McCullagh read music at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. He was Musical Supervisor of the recent UK tour of Legally Blonde and was Musical Director on many acclaimed productions including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS for Royal Caribbean International, Rufus Norris’s Cabaret starring Will Young, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, John Bucchino’s It’s Only Life, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Rockin’ Horses headlined by Michael Ball, Fing’s Ain’t Wot They Used t’Be and Treasure Island.  James has worked on cruise ships around the world and been Musical Director for an extensive number of pantomimes across the country. James also spent two seasons as Musical Director of Scandinavia’s largest circus, Cirkus Arena which included royal command performances in front of the Danish Royal Family, television broadcasts and a top ten album.

Mr Glyn Kerslake

Musical Theatre Specialist & Teacher of Singing

Mr Glyn Kerslake has had an extensive career playing leading roles in the West End and regional theatres nationwide, and has been a soloist in many orchestral concerts and radio broadcasts. Glyn also has a vast range of Musical Director/Arranger and Composer credits to his name.  His West End Credits include: Phantom of the Opera (The Phantom), Scrooge (Bob Cratchit), Merrily We Roll Along (Joe Josephson), Martin Guerre(Arnaud du Tilh), Sunset Boulevard (Joe Gillis), Miss Saigon - Original Cast - (Chris),  Les Miserables (Enjolras).  Other London, Tour and Repertory  credits include:  Roadshow (Papa), Merrily We Roll Along (Joe), Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), Closer Than Ever (Man2), Kern Goes to Hollywood (Soloist), Sentimental Journey (Frank/Jerry), The Metropolitan Mikado (company). The Three Phantoms, Evita, Into The Woods (Wolf/Prince), The World Goes ‘round, Side By Side By Sondheim, The Hired Man (John), Two Cities                     (Dr Manislav), Treasure Island (Long John Silver), Snow White (Prince).

Mr John Atkin BA (Hons) Music, PGCE Music

Repertoire and Ensemble Coach

An extremely experienced teacher, Mr Atkin managed and directed the Performing Arts Department at a large College in Leeds for 14 years. He is currently a Senior Examiner for an international exam board and a passionate musician with a wide and varied knowledge ranging from composing to conducting. 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.  

Miss Charlotte Wheatcroft BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance (Vocals)

Teacher of Singing  

Miss Charlotte Wheatcroft has performed with Laurie Holloway and his Jazz Trio (BBC Musical Director best known for Parkinson chat show and Strictly Come Dancing).  Invited to perform a duet of Scott Alan’s songs Always/Goodnight at The Hippodrome in London’s West End with Scott Alan and Ashleigh Gray (West End leading lady best known for playing Elphaba in Wicked) Charlotte also performed in Les Miserables (Gala at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London) - Fantine in At the End of the Day and Eponine in One Day More.  Combining her prestigious performance experience and her technical knowledge, Charlotte is a force to be reckoned with regarding anything concerning the larynx!

Miss Sarah Redgwick

Teacher of Singing 

Sarah is a professional soprano and highly qualified teacher specialising in musical theatre.  She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduating with First Class Honours, completed herr studies on the Post Graduate Opera Course and was the winner of the prestigious gold medal for singers.  Performacne highlights include Mrs Morrell in the world premier of Silver Birch for Garsington Opera, Mrs Maurant in Street Scene at the Theatre du Chatelet Paris and Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for English National Opera.  Sarah has regularly appeared as a soloist for Classical Spectacular Concerts at The Royal Albert Hall and has performed an extensive solo repertoire with leading National Oera companies and orchestras including The Royal Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera and The Royal Philharmonic

FACULTY OF ACTING 

Mr Damien O’ Keeffe MA

Acting Course Leader

Mr Damien O’Keeffe trained as an actor at Middlesex University. After graduation he worked as a freelance actor, director and workshop leader at a number of theatres including The Crucible, Sheffield and Leicester Haymarket. He has taught acting and performing arts for over 20 years and was Head of Performing Arts at Bradford College. Mr O’Keeffe has a Masters in Education and writes and presents on the role of the arts in education.

Miss Louisa Scott 

Teacher of Acting 

Miss Louisa Scott trained for three years at East 15 Acting School and made her professional debut for the BBC in Agatha Christies At Bertram’s Hotel.  Further productions for the BBC followed, including The Charge of the Boys Brigade with Joan Littlewood.  Other acting credits include: The Swan Princess (Corbett Theatre), No Need To Ask (Film), Measure for Measure, Winters Tale (York) Scarborough Fair, A Mad World My Masters and As You Like It (Folger Theatre, USA).

Mr Faz Singhateh

Guest Teacher of Acting and Audition Technique

Mr Faz Singhateh trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He recently finished appearing in Playland for Elysium Theatre Co, prior to that played Hank in The Night of The Inguana at The Noel Coward Theatre Other recent theatre includes The Royal Court in Earforeye by Debbie Tucker Green, and the lead in Jake Murray's production of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train at Home in Manchester. Prior to this played Cornwall in Nancy Meckler's King Lear at the Globe Theatre. TV includes Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, and Casualty.

Mr Tim English

Guest Director 

Mr Tim English trained at Arts Ed and graduated with honours. He was recently Resident Director for Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre London and The Lion King UK/International Tour. Theatre Credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, Harry in Mamma Mia!, Monsieur Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities and Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore. 

ACCOMPANISTS

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 

Year 1 - Miss Lucy Dexter

Year 2 - Mr Damien O’Keeffe

Year 3 - Mr Damien O’Keeffe 

FITNESS

Mr Blair Murray BSc (Hons)

Teacher of Fitness, Personal Trainer, Teacher of Anatomy and Physiology

Mr Murray has been with SLP from the beginning.  He is a Biology honours 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 exercise conditioning coach, working with both personal clients and college students.  Mr Murray also provides ‘return to fitness’ training for SLP students where required. 

Miss Kirsty Sparks BA, PGCE, ISTD

Qualified Teacher of Pilates and Personal Fitness trainer.

Student Welfare:

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).

Physiotherapy:

Mr John Rutherford BA (Hons) Physiotherapy

A 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

 SLP College hosts guest teachers from the Musical Theatre, TV and Dance industries to work with our students each term.  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.

 

 

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