Jeremy James Taylor, OBE
HRH The Earl of Wessex KG, GCVO
Sheridan Smith, OBE
Paul Munden - Acting Chair
Jenny Cooke, OBE
Jeremy Walker - Producer
Cicero Magalhães - Administrator
Mary Young - Webmaster
Jeremy founded The National Youth Music Theatre in 1976 and led it as Artistic Director for twenty-seven years till 2003. He has written over thirty pieces for the company, directed over forty, and has won seven Fringe First awards at the Edinburgh Festival.
The NYMT has played to universal acclaim worldwide. Among its many successes are the sell-out West End smash-hit, Bugsy Malone, at the Queens Theatre; The Dreaming (Howard Goodall’s musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at Covent Garden and across the world; Pendragon on Broadway (where it won The Critics Choice award); The Ragged Child (subsequently on BBC TV); The Kissing Dance (a musical version of She Stoops To Conquer); and many more.
Jeremy started his career at The National Theatre as actor and director. He was Associate Director at The Young Vic from 1975-8 before directing freelance for the English National Opera and Glyndebourne, amongst many others. He has directed all over the world, including shows in Sydney, Hong Kong, Toronto and on Broadway, and has worked on the casting of many films, including Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow and most recently Sweeney Todd.
Jeremy was made an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List of 2010 for services to Young People and to Musical Theatre.
Jeremy has been NYMT producer since 2011. He was formerly musical director for NYMT’s productions of Sweeney Todd at The Rose, Kingston (2011) and at Village Underground, London (2010); Totally Over You at The Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue (2009); All Above Board at The Bridewell Theatre, London (2008); Whistle Down the Wind at Greenwich Theatre (2008) and was vocal coach for Fiddler on the Roof at The Bridewell (2007).
As producer he took Sweeney Todd to the International Youth Arts Festival in 2011 and brought about NYMT’s return to the West End in 2012 through a collaboration with the American musical theatre composer, lyricist and playwright, Jason Robert Brown, to direct the West End première of his musical 13 at The Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue. In the same year, Jeremy produced NYMT In Concert with Matt Lucas and Friends at The Vaudevile, The Dreaming at The Rose, Songs for a New World at The Bridewell and a workshop presentation of The Last Five Years with Jason Robert Brown in conversation with Lara Pulver.
For NYMT’s 2013 season Jeremy commissioned the new musical, The Other School, by Dougal Irvine and Dominic Marsh, for production at the new St James Theatre in London.
DOUGAL IRVINE – Book writer, lyricist, composer, The Other School
Dougal’s first musical, Departure Lounge won the MTN award for best music, was nominated for Best New Musical at the WhatsonStage awards alongside five West End Shows and has so far received thirteen productions world wide including Off-Broadway (Public Theatre), Chicago (Royal George) and London (Waterloo East). Dougal was also book writer/lyricist/composer for In Touch (Bridewell Theatre) and The Busker’s Opera, which will receive its world première in London 2014. He was lyricist for Britain’s Got Bhangra (Stratford East/Watford Palace, Rifco Arts – TMA Award Nomination.
Credits as composer include The Bacchae and Blood Wedding (Royal and Derngate). Also, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Comedy of Errors (Hazlitt Theatre). Songs by Dougal have featured at three WhatsonStage awards concerts. His debut album Acoustic Overtures features the Stiles and Drewe award winning song “Baby Baby” and is available from iTunes and www.dougalirvine.com
LOTTE WAKEHAM – Director, The Other School
Lotte trained as an assistant director with the National Youth Music Theatre and is delighted to be returning to direct The Other School. She recently directed a new comedy show, Before They Were Famous, for Radio 4 and Hat Trick Productions and a new radio version of Macbeth. She is the Associate Director of the West End and Broadway productions of Matilda for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Directing credits include : the professional premiere of The Kissing-Dance by Howard Goodall and Charles Hart (Jermyn Street Theatre), for which she was nominated for the ‘Best Director’ Award in the Off West End Awards; Allegro (Bridewell Theatre/LSMT), The House of Bernarda Alba (Electric Theatre/GSA), The Happiest Day of Your Life (Vineyard Theatre, New York); Date One (Flea Theatre, New York); Fair Trade (Edinburgh/tour); Thinking the Deep Thoughts (Old Vic); The Junction (Theatre 503); Austentatious (Landor); The Diary of a Nobody (Drill Hall); The ‘Language of Love’ Shakespeare Festival (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Rain, Steam and Speed (Etcetera); Dido, Queen of Carthage (Little Hawks Theatre Company); The Threepenny Opera, Into the Woods (Oxford Playhouse); Play on Words (winner of the Cameron Mackintosh New Writing Festival 2007). She has worked as a guest director for Arts Educational Schools, Mountview, the Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Labyrinth Theatre Company in New York.
Lotte also directs for Versophiles: The Complete Works Project at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, for whom she has directed many rehearsed readings including: The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Troilus and Cressida and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Lotte has worked extensively as an assistant/associate director in the West End, for directors including Richard Eyre, Jeremy Sams and Matthew Warchus. She read English Literature at Oxford University and attended the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course.
MARK COLLINS – Musical Director, The Other School
Mark trained at Cardiff University and gained his MA in Composing for Film, TV& Theatre from the University of Bristol and aims to work on and develop new British musical theatre writing.
Currently: Assistant Musical Director on the West End production of Billy Elliot The Musical (Victoria Palace), workshopping the new Adam Long musical comedy Miss Atomic Bomb; developing new musical The Other School for Dougal Irvine/NYMT, and co-writing two new musicals with writer/director Phil Willmott, Lost Boys for Liverpool Playhouse, and Princess Caraboo for Bristol Old Vic, currently in development with ATG.
Other theatre credits include: Musical Director for the British Bollywood musical Wah! Wah! Girls (Kneehigh/Sadlers Wells at the Peacock Theatre, and UK Tour), Musical Supervisor for the 2010 and 2011 UK Tours of Britain's Got Bhangra, Deputy Keys/Vocals on Jersey Boys (Prince Edward), Assistant Musical Director for La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory), Musical Supervisor for Adam Guettel's Myths & Hymns (European Premiere), Asst MD/Arranger for Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi (Liverpool Playhouse & Trafalgar Studios), MD/orchestrator for Grant Olding's Three Sides (London & New York), MD for Nikolai Foster's production of City Of Angels (English Theatre, Frankfurt) and MD for various workshops of new British musicals with Perfect Pitch Musical Development.
Concerts: Julie Atherton No Space For Air and In Cabaret At The Savoy, Associate MD for A Spoonful Of Stiles & Drewe (Her Majesty's, West End), guest conductor at WhatsOnStage Awards (Prince of Wales), Best Friends and Butterflies (BBC Big Band, Shoreditch Park), and pianist for the popular West End concert series Notes From New York (Donmar Warehouse, Duchess, Arts Theatre, and Trafalgar Studios).
Recording: Julie Atherton's A Girl Of Few Words, MD/Pianist/Arranger for Gemma Atkins' Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow both for MaKing Records. MD/Pianist for Before The Parade Passes By - The Music and Lyrics of Jerry Herman for Dress Circle Records.
Mark is a published composer and arranger for several children’s picture books. Portside Pirates was used in over 3,000 events nationwide for National Bookstart Day. They have also been animated, and Driving My Tractor has since had over 3 million hits on YouTube.
TV/Film work includes: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (BBC/Andrew Lloyd Webber), Life Stories: David Hasslehoff (Piers Morgan/ITV), composer for short film The Alchemistic Suitcase (dir. Joe Stephenson).
TIM JACKSON – Choreographer, The Other School
Tim Jackson works as a creative in musical theatre, opera and straight theatre. He has worked in the West End, nationally and internationally with directors including Jeremy Sams, Ian Judge, Phyllida Lloyd, Adrian Noble and most recently Maria Friedman. The Other School will be his ninth project working with the director, Lotte Wakeham.
Tim is currently the choreographer of the West End transfer of Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre, which has received more five-star reviews than any other musical in West End history. He is also musically directing a new musical version of Lord Of The Flies directed by Adrian Noble and Joanne Pearce.
Tim trained in musical theatre at Mountview Academy after receiving a BA(Hons) in Music from New College, Oxford University, where he specialised in performance, orchestration and film music. He was a choral scholar of the Choir of New College, Oxford with whom he toured internationally and recorded regularly.
Credits as choreographer include: Bernarda Alba (Electric Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre, West End, directed by Maria Friedman), La Périchole (Garsington Opera, directed by Jeremy Sams); Allegro (Bridewell); Parade (Southwark Playhouse, nominated for Broadway World UK Best Choreographer 2011); The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd (Finborough, directed by Ian Judge); The Kissing Dance (Jermyn St); The Diary of a Nobody (Drill Hall); Pages: Promised Land (Union); Blood Wedding (Southwark Playhouse); Origin of the Species (Arcola); The Marriage of Figaro (Wilton’s Music Hall and France tour); Into the Woods (Oxford Playhouse); La Bohème (Jerusalem, Ramallah and Nablus tour); Saturday Night (Arts Theatre, West End; Jermyn St and Theatre Royal Windsor); The Threepenny Opera (Oxford Playhouse); Austentatious (Landor); Ed Hughes’ The Birds (Merton); Kiss Me, Kate (O’Reilly), West Side Story (Pembroke Hall) and As You Like It (Saïd Amphitheatre).
Credits as MD/Arranger/Composer: Without You by Anthony Rapp (Edinburgh Festival and Menier Chocolate Factory (Associate MD)), Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Riverside Studios and Wirksworth Festival), Once On This Island (MoveIt, Kensington Olympia), A Slice of Saturday Night (Upstairs at The Gatehouse), Dreamboats and Petticoats (no.1 UK Tour), The Merchant of Venice (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), The Lord Mayor's Show (St Paul's Cathedral), Kean (Apollo, West End – directed by Adrian Noble), The Boatswain's Mate (Finborough), Ordinary Days (Finborough, transferred to Trafalgar Studios, West End), His Grace's Betting Shop workshop (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Two Dreams (directed by Phyllida Lloyd).
As a performer, Tim has appeared in the West End, credits include: Andy in Dreamboats and Petticoats (Playhouse); Sam in Crazy For You (Palladium) and swing/understudy Artie Green in Sunset Boulevard (Comedy). He played Snout in Thelma Holt's tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Metropolitan Art Space in Tokyo in the presence of the Crown Prince of Japan. He has performed at several other prestigious London venues, including The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican.
NIKOLAI FOSTER – Director, West Side Story
Nikolai Foster was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and grew up in North Yorkshire. He trained at Drama Centre London and at the Crucible, Sheffield.
His work has been seen in most of the UK’s leading regional theatres, touring houses and internationally. Foster has been director on attachment at the Sheffield Crucible, the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre Studio and an Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.
Current work : Sherlock Holmes - The Best Kept Secret by Mark Catley (West Yorkshire Playhouse & on tour); Brecht’s The Good Person of Sichuan (Mercury Theatre, Colchester) & Calamity Jane (Watermill, Newbury).
Recently, Foster has directed acclaimed productions of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing (20th Anniversary production, Arts Theatre, London, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds & Liverpool Playhouse); Sondheim / Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); The Diary of Anne Frank (York Theatre Royal & The Touring Consortium / National Tour); a major new production of the Broadway musical, Annie (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Shakespeare’s As You Like It (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester) & Macbeth (Singapore Repertory Theatre, Fort Canning Park, Singapore).
Further work includes : Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (Birmingham Stage Company @ Birmingham Old Rep & National Tour), adapted by David Wood, with original songs by Grant Olding; the Kander/Ebb/McNally musical play Kiss of the Spider Woman (Arts Ed); a new adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations by Tanika Gupta (Palace Theatre Watford / ETT / National Tour); Flashdance (Shaftesbury Theatre, London), an original musical by Tom Hedley, Robbie Roth & Robert Cary; two major revivals of plays by Noel Coward : Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre) & A Song At Twilight (Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Theatre Royal Windsor and National Tour); Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends (Oldham Coliseum / Harrogate Theatre); Bryony Lavery & Jason Carr’s A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep 2009 & West Yorkshire Playhouse 2010), Barry Hines’ Kes, adapted by Lawrence Till (Liverpool Playhouse & UK Tour); David Essex’s All the Fun of the Fair (UK tours 2008/09 & 2010/12, also on film, released Autumn 2012); Dempsey and Rowe’s The Witches of Eastwick (UK tour); Boucicault’s London Assurance (Watermill Theatre, Newbury & UK Tour); Shaffer’s Amadeus, the final play to be staged at Sheffield’s Crucible, before it closed for refurbishment; the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart & Don Black’s Aspects of Love (UK National Tour & Nelson Mandela Theatre, South Africa); Orwell’s Animal Farm, Louise Page’s Salonika & Amanda Whittington's Bollywood Jane (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Johnson’s Dead Funny (Oldham Coliseum & National Tour – Manchester Evening News Award Nomination – Best Visiting Production 2007); Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (Pegasus Opera and English Touring Opera - National Tour); the Sondheim / Weidman musical play Assassins (Crucible, Sheffield - TMA Award Nomination 2006 - Entire Company); Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings (Liverpool Playhouse); Steinbeck‘s Of Mice and Men (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Corneille’s The Liar - translated and adapted by Ranjit Bolt (Cochrane Theatre, London); and A Chorus Line (Crucible, Sheffield).
DREW McONIE – Choreographer, West Side Story
Choreography credits include: 13 (NYMT Apollo, Shaftesbury Ave), James and the Giant Peach (UK Tour), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Arts Ed), Patience (Union Theatre), The Producers (Arts Ed), Tommy (European Tour), Soho Cinders (Queens Theatre, West End), All the Fun of the Fair (No1 UK Tour), Snow Patrol (Tour), Dames at Sea (Union Theatre), Grand Hotel (Arts Ed), Replay (Stage Entertainment-Hamburg) Back to Business (Peacock Theatre) Snow White (Woking) On the 20th Century (Union Theatre- Offie Award Nomination) Spring Awakening (German Premier) Meet me at the Dinah (Peacock Theatre), (Place Prize semi finalist and Audience Choice Award Winner) Aladdin (Glasgow) The Full Monty (German Première), (Liverpool Playhouse and UK Tour), Call Me Madam (Upstairs at the Gate House), Helden von Morgan (Stage Entertainment-Hamburg), Be Mine (Resolution), Recordare (short film pre-selected for Cannes and Berlin Film Festival). The Old Man of Lochnagar (Saddlers Wells / Hackney Empire), Out in the Heat (Molly Lake Award Winner)
Performance credits: Drew is most commonly known as a contestant on the first UK season of So you think you can Dance. Other credits include: Cats (Mr Mistophelees), Shoes (Original Cast), A Chorus Line (Mike), On the Town (Paris), Shall We Dance? (Original Cast), Slow Float (CBE- New York). For Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: Dorian Grey (Original Cast), Nutcracker! (Fritz), The Car Man (Chad), Scissor Hands (original cast - American National Tour, Asian Tour and London), Chicago (Cyprus), The Wizard of Oz (NYMT), The Snowman (original Boy - West End cast and video). Soon to be appearing in the Matthew Bourne triple bill: Spitfire, Town and Country and The Infernal Gallop (London and limited UK tour).
TOM DEERING – Musical Director, West Side Story
Tom studied conducting, composition and piano at Goldsmith's College and the Royal Academy of Music. His work now encompasses theatre, film & television. He was most recently Musical Director of Dirty Dancing on tour and Associate MD on the workshop of Made in Dagenham. He was also Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator for the 2013 Whatsonstage Awards at the Palace Theatre and musical director for Nikolai Foster's production of Kiss of the Spiderwoman at Arts Educational School.
His work for film has included Richard II (Conductor)for BBC/Rupert Goold; Macbeth(Conductor/Orchestrations) BBC Films/Rupert Goold and Lost For Words (Composer)Workhouse Pictures/Benjamin Bate. For television: The Voice (Pianist - Live show) BBC1; Don’t Stop Believing (Arranger/Music Associate) Shine Television (Ch 5); Frances Tuesday (Score Conductor) ITV1 (Mini series); The O Factor Pilot (Arranger/MD) BBC/Love Prods.
As Musical Director for theatre: Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Arts Educational School; Made in Dagenham (Associate MD) Workshop, Stage Entertainment; Dirty Dancing, No.1 National Tour (Playful Productions); The Fantastics, Duchess Theatre (UK Premiere); A Christmas Carol, Birmingham Rep (World Premiere); The Witches of Eastwick, UK Tour; Restoration, UK Tour; That Pesky Rat, Soho Theatre; Carousel, Bridewell Theatre; for NYMT Goblin Market (Assistant Musical Director) Lyric Theatre, Belfast; Aspects of Love, UK Tour; Daddy Cool, World Tour.
As an orchestrator and arranger: What's on Stage Awards 2013 (Conductor/Orchestrations); What's on Stage Awards 2012 (Orchestrations); Simon Bailey Solo Album (Orchestrations/Arrangements/Piano); This is Lindsay (String Arrangements); Ramin Karimloo - World Tour (String Arrangements); Sheytoons (Arrangements); Only You Can Save Mankind (Concept Album - Orchestrations/Conductor); O2 Arena Opening performance (Orchestrator/Conductor).
Tom’s work as a composer: Complete score A Song at Twilight UK Tour; Complete score A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ken Hill House; Complete score Twelfth Night Ken Hill House; Complete score Romeo and Juliet Ken Hill House. Tom is currently in work for his Requiem, a piece for the victims and survivors of the 7/7 bombings in London.
BENJAMIN HOLDER – Musical Director, Whistle Down The Wind
Ben has worked for the NYMT as an accompanist since 2011 and was Musical Director for Songs for a New World (Bridewell) in 2012. He studied at Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music, with scholarships, and leads a busy freelance career as an accompanist and musical director in musical theatre and opera.
Recent credits as musical director include Geek! A New Musical (Tristan Bates Theatre), Cinderella (Oakengates Theatre, Telford), The Pirates of Penzance (Brookside Theatre, Romford) and Orpheus in the Underworld (Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford).
In opera he has worked as a répétiteur for New Chamber Opera, Opera Della Luna, Streetwise Opera and the RAM, and has recently finished workshopping a scene from Mike Christie's (G4) new opera The Miller's Wife. Future plans include the new musicals A Body to Die(t) For and The Road to Qatar at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
KAY SHEPHERD – Choreographer, Whistle Down The Wind
Kay began her association with the NYMT in 1989 as assistant choreographer on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and then as choreographer on Oliver!, Bugsy Malone, The Wizard of Ox, Tin Pan Ali, Creation and Oklahoma!. She is delighted to return to the 2013 production of Whistle Down the Wind. She worked with Richard Taylor and Russell Labey on the original production from its very first workshop in a Gloustershire barn.
Other work includes Ladies Down Under (Hull Truck theatre Company). Bouncers, Jack and the Beanstalk, Humpty Dumpty, Sinbad the Sailor, Dick Turpin, Three Men in a Boat (York Theatre Royal); A Night at the Chinese Opera, The Baker’s Wife (RAM); Putting It Tiogether (Manchester Library Theatre). Showcase 2009 ( National Opera Studio); Orpheus at the Opera (Orpheus Trust at the Linbury Studio); The Palace In the Sky (ENO Bayliss). Ruddigore (Opera North). Carousel (Opera North and Chatelet Theatre, Paris) and, most recently, La Vie Parisienne (RCM).
SARAH REDMOND – Associate Director
For NYMT: Director – Songs for a New World (2012) The Bridewell Theatre; Sweeney Todd (2011) International Youth Arts Festival, The Rose, Kingston; Movement Director – Sweeney Todd (2010) Village Underground, London. Sarah directed and choreographed Pinkalicious at Waterloo East Theatre London, which was listed in the Evening Standard as one of the top must-see family shows in London over Christmas.
Other directing includes Our House for Trinity Laban at Stratford Circus (2013), Red Hot And Cole (Landor) The Kondos (Jermyn St) and a huge community project at Southwark Cathedral for The Alice Label Aids foundation.
Choreography credits include; Stepping out, Its Never Too Late and A Chorus Of Disapproval (Mill At Sonning) An Evening of Sondheim at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Side by Side by Sondheim (Far East Tour) Midsummer Night’s Dream (Propeller Tour) Monty And Mirabella (Eagle Rock TV) Spaghetti Opera (Opera On The Run) Black Slap And Sequins (Landor). She has has worked extensively as an actress in theatre, TV and radio. Theatre includes the UK première of Songs for a New World (Bridewell) Alice in Wonderland (RSC) Dreaming (The Queens Theatre) Animal Crackers (Lyric, Shaftesbury Ave) Grease (Dominion and Cambridge) Of Thee I Sing (Bridewell) Tracy Beaker (Hackney Empire) The Magic Flute for Music Theatre London (Donmar Warehouse) The Bar (Drill House) La Traviata also for Music Theatre London (Drill Hall) Beauty and the Beards (Kings Head) Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Stripper (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch). Regional work includes: British première of Whenever for Alan Ayckbourn (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough) Don Juan (West Yorkshire Playhouse) The Marriage of Figaro (New Vic, Stoke) Company and Putting it Together (Manchester Library Theatre) Hayfever, Out Of Order (Southwold Summer Theatre). TV includes: Eastenders (BBC) NHS! (Paramount Comedy) Models Required (YTV) Chucklevision (BBC) Trail of Guilt (BBC) Barbara (Carlton) and Not Quite at the Opera (MTL). Radio includes The Constant Nymph, We’ll be Right Back, Oliver Twist (BBC) and various Loose Ends R4.
MATT HAWKSWORTH - Associate Choreographer
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (Sir John Mills Scholarship) For NYMT: Movement Director – Workshop Production of Mark Ravenhill’s Totally Over You (2009) Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue; The Hired Man (2009) Hull Truck Theatre & Vanbrugh Theatre, RADA and All Above Board (2008) Bridewell Theatre, London. Actor – Oklahoma! (2002-3) national tour & West End; Creation (1999 & 2001) Aberdeen International Music Festival & Edinburgh Fringe; Into The Woods (2000) Oxford Playhouse, Cardiff New Theatre & West End.
Other theatre work includes (as choreographer) Oklahoma! For Trinity Laban (2013); Earthquakes in London; James & the Giant Peach; West Side Story; Bugsy Malone; The Walpole Orange; Cabaret; (as performer) Salad Days, Riverside Studios & Bristol Old Vic; Crazy for You, Kilworth House Theatre; Roman Holiday, West End Workshop; Peter Pan, Milton Keynes Theatre, Betwixt, Gala Concert at the Ambassadors; Oklahoma!, Kilworth House Theatre; Macbeth, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Royal Albert Hall, national tour, Sadler’s Wells & Opera Lille; Alice in Wonderland, Birmingham Rep; Honda Civic choir commercial.
CANDIDA CALDICOT - Associate Musical Director
Candida is a musical director, pianist and composer whose credits include Richard III, A Soldier in Every Son, Robin Hood, City Madam and Galileo, all for the RSC. She has also worked as a keyboard player and rehearsal pianist on The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music and La Cage Aux Folles in the West End. Additional credits include Bed and Sofa at the Finborough, The Vaudevilains at The Lowry/Charing Cross Theatre, First Lady Suite at the Union Theatre and Jet Set Go! at Jermyn Street. She composes for Iris Theatre company's summer seasons in Covent Garden alongside other projects in the UK and abroad.
She has also enjoyed working as musical director for shows at Trinity College of Music, Central School of Speech and Drama and GSA.
TIFFANY GRAVES - Guest Practitioner
Tiffany Graves, who recently appeared as Marlene Dietrich in Piaf at The Curve, Leicester, studied at the Arts Educational School in Tring. She made her stage debut aged 11 in The Nutcracker with The English National Ballet and performed with NYMT at the Edinburgh Festival in productions of Annie and Poppy. At 19 she played Judy Turner in the touring production of A Chorus Line then went to Germany to perform Sunset Boulevard. Returning to England, she joined the cast of Chicago.
Tiffany played the role of Dolores Reynolds in Babe’s In Arms at the International Festival of Musical Theatre in Cardiff before returning to Chicago at the Adelphi, this time as Velma Kelly. She sang in the concert A Night Of A Thousand Voices at The Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Gala opening of the Cardiff Millennium Stadium. She worked with Kevin Kline in a workshop of his film about Cole Porter, called De-Lovely and has recently performed her own cabaret show.
Other theatre includes: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, NT, the award winning production of Eurobeat at the Edinburgh Festival, Godspell UK Tour, Chess at Royal Albert Hall, Run For Your Wife UK Tour, Shout! at the Arts Theatre, Sweet Charity at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal Haymarket, as the Killer Queen in We Will Rock You and Helen in Wonderful Town at The Haymarket and UK Tour.
MICHAEL JIBSON - Guest Practitioner
Michael Jibson was born in Hull, East Yorkshire. He trained with the National Youth Music Theatre, appearing in their productions of Bugsy Malone, Tin Pan Ali and The Kissing Dance. He made his West End debut at the age of 14 in Oliver! at the London Palladium, directed by Sam Mendes. He later trained at Guildford School of Acting.
Michael is known for his roles in films such as The Bank Job and Flyboys and most recently as the Factory Foreman in the Oscar winning film of Les Misérables. He played Phamer McCoy in the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series Hatfields And McCoys starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton. On stage he has earned great acclaim working with many of the best theatre companies in Britain, playing London's West End and touring the world. Highlights include playing Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare's Globe, a season with The Royal Shakespeare Company in The Canterbury Tales, and in 2003 he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Joe Casey in the Madness/Tim Firth musical Our House directed by Matthew Warchus.
Other theatre work includes the musical, Brighton Rock (John Barry & Don Black) at the Almeida Theatre, playing the lead role of Pinkie Brown, directed by Michael Attenborough; various roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of The Canterbury Tales; Charles Lindbergh in Take Flight at the Menier Chocolate Factory (nominated for a Theatregoer's Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical). In 2008 Jibson was seen in the dual roles of Puck and Philostrate in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe, where he also appeared as the Painter in Timon of Athens directed by Lucy Bailey. In 2010 he played Dromio of Syracuse in Roxana Silbert's production of A Comedy of Errors at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre. In 2011 he returned to the Menier Chocolate Factory, where he played Addison Mizner in the European première of Stephen Sondheim's and John Weidman's Road Show directed by John Doyle.
Television work includes Phamer McCoy in the 2012 US mini series, Hatfields and McCoys, directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton.
STUART MATTHEW PRICE - Guest Practitioner
As a performer, Stuart made his London debut creating the role of the Young Soldier and Frankie Epps in the critically acclaimed production of Parade at the Donmar Warehouse. He is currently appearing as Stix in Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Other work includes Scotty in Merrily We Roll Along (Sondheim 80th Birthday Celebrations, Donmar Warehouse); Greeks at the Gate Gate Theatre); Yasha/Steve in The Cradle Will Rock (Arcola Theatre); Liberation Day at the National Theatre Studio; Only The Brave (Workshop) at the Arts Theatre; Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show (ATG/BB Promotion); Jordan in Departure Lounge (Edinburgh Festival); Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (Minnack Theatre); Jest End at the Jermyn Street Theatre; and Bugsy Malone at the Queens Theatre, West End (NYMT). Concert work includes: My Fair Lady (RTE Concert Orchestra); Strictly Gershwin (Royal Albert Hall); Notes In Heels (Duchess Theatre, West End); Hooray for Hollywood (guest soloist), MGM Musicals and Rodgers and Hammerstein Prom (BBC/ Royal Albert Hall); The Good Companions (BBC Radio 3); and Simple The Music of Scott Alan at the New Players Theatre.
CAROLINE SHEEN - Guest Practitioner
Caroline Sheen was born in South Wales and graduated with first class honours from Guildford School of Acting. Her final year of study was cut short when she was offered the role of Marty in the West End Production of Grease. Many more West End roles followed including Florinda in Into The Woods at the Donmar Warehouse, Sophie (u/s) in the original cast of Mamma Mia, Jennifer Gabriel in the original cast of The Witches of Eastwick, Eponine in Les Misérables, Sandy in Grease, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Philia in the 2004 National Theatre production of A Funny Thin g Happened On The Way To The Forum, Susan Walker in Once In A Lifetime also at the National Theatre, the title role in Mary Poppins on the first National Tour of the UK, and Clara Johnson in the European Premiere of The Light In The Piazza. Caroline’s TV appearances include Hotel Babylon and Torchwood. Her concert work has seen her perform alongside Michael Ball, Barbara Cook and Maria Friedman in such venues as the Royal Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall and the Wales Millennium Centre. Caroline has recently recorded her debut album Raise The Curtain and can also be heard on the cast recordings of The Witches Of Eastwick and Mamma Mia. She also teaches at GSA, Arts Educational Schools, Sylvia Young Theatre School, the Mayflower Theatre and the Musical Theatre Academy. Caroline most recently appeared as Fantine alongside Alfie Boe in Les Miserables, and also plays one of the factory girls in the film, directed by Tom Hooper.
TOM BULLARD - Vocal Workshops
Tom Bullard trained at King’s College, Cambridge, and studies with Russell Smythe. He was a Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2010 and was selected to compete in the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition 2011.
Tom spent eight years with the Swingle Singers, the last four as Musical Director. Under his direction the group toured worldwide, working with some of the world's finest orchestras and conductors. His own arrangements have been recorded on a number of the group's albums, published under the group's own label, and have proved popular with choirs and ensembles worldwide, leading to a Contemporary A-Cappella Recording Award (Best Jazz Song - The Lady is a Tramp).
Tom is currently Musical Director of The Allegri Singers and teaches Singing at Westminster Under School and St Paul's School for Boys.
Solo projects include the baritone solo in Steve Reich's opera The Cave, in Strasbourg and Dresden, the baritone solo in Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light with the LSO at the Barbican, a concert of Haydn and Mozart songs at the Lille Opera for Le Concert d'Astrée and solo performances with The City Waites for a BBC4 documentary on the painter William Dobson. On stage, his roles include Max in Demon Lover for the Grimeborn Festival, Dandini in Rossini's La Cenerentola and Figaro in The Barber of Seville, both for OperaUp Close, Peter Ivanov in Lortzing's Zar und Zimmermann for Opera South, the Soldier in Tom Wiggall's opera, Alban, for Alban Opera, Smirnov in The Bear for Minotaur Music Theatre, Piquillo in La Périchole for Opera South, Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera, Adonis in Venus and Adonis and leading roles in HMS Pinafore, Ruddigore and The Sorceror. He is also an accomplished Musical Theatre performer, with appearances including Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd, Doody in Grease, and Lancelot du Lac in Camelot.
LUCINDA LAWRENCE - Dance Workshops / Assistant Choreographer, West Side Story
Lucinda Lawrence trained at Arts Educational Schools and her credits include: Kiss Me Kate (Old Vic); Wonderful Town (Manchester Royal Exchange production & Original UK Tour); Gladys/US Peggy 42nd Street (Curve Theatre, Leicester and Chichester); Soho Cinders (Queen's Theatre); Pippin (Workshop for The Menier Chocolate Factory); Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre); Rhoda in White Christmas (Michael Rose Productions); Dorothy in Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi (Union Theatre); Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance (UK Tour); Mary Poppins (UK Tour); Follies in Concert (London Palladium); Children Will Listen (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Prince Charming in Cinderella (Mansfield Palace). Recordings include: Spittin’ Distance (NT Studio) and Stiles and Drewe's Soho Cinders.
Choreography work includes: Dames and Dudes (Hippodrome Casino) Snow White (Jordan Productions) Fiddler On The Roof (Cambridge Arts) For National Youth Ballet; Greatest Show On Earth and Punch And Judy at Sadler’s Wells. Lucinda also assisted Drew McOnie on Dames At Sea and on NYMT’s production of 13 The Musical directed by Jason Robert Brown at The Apollo, Shaftesbury Ave and is working with NYMT again this year on West Side Story.
EMMA TROW - Guest Practitioner
Emma Trow is a freelance director, singer, composer, vocal coach and writer. She teaches at GSA, Italia Conti, Mountview and PPA. In 2011 she founded Pitgems Creative Theatre Company, which is dedicated to showcasing new musicals and new talents. Emma Trow draws upon her knowledge as a vocal specialist, performer and tutor to provide a safe and driven environment for all members of the company.