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    Our London UK staff teaching March Musical Theatre & Theatre Skills performing arts programme 2018.

    MUSICAL THEATRE

    NORMA ATALLAH - Director

     

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    Norma’s performance career started with the Northern Dance Theatre as a character soloist in a repertoire that was extensive and varied . Following this Norma appeared and  went on to play various  roles in  the West End and in Repertory Theatre with credits such as Emily Whitman in Follies National Theatre London, Gertie Cummins in Oklahoma directed by Jamie Hammerstein, Evita, Chicago,Nine, Les Miserables, Cats, Pirates of Penzance, Matador ,Stepping Out, Fiddler On The Roof ,The Rocky Horror Show, Daisy Pulls It Off. Norma’s experience as a performer  also includes T.V, Film, and numerous commercials.

    Norma was also a founder member of the group “CATS UK” who released a hit record ” LUTON AIRPORT” reaching  No 20 in the charts

    Her t.v and film successes are playing Mrs Stubbs in Chuckle Vision, Genie in The House, Eastenders, “Mrs Grimm” in “The Story Of …” directed by James Abadi“ , “The Kid” directed by Nick Moran, “Bronwen” in a Johnny Depp film called “Mortdecai” directed by David Koepp, “Mother Whore” in  “Les Miserables” directed by Tom Hooper and “Irini”, Meryl Streep’s housekeeper in “Mama Mia”directed by Phyllida Llyod .Most recently Norma was seen as Sister Berthe in the live recording of Sound Of Music for ITV. Her latest film Beauty and The Beast directed by Bill Conden is to be released in 2017.

    Norma’s credits in directing are: 41N50W and was first  performed at St James’s Theatre and then at the Sea City Museum Southampton. A new devised piece called “Lili and Rose” based on Tom Waits music for the Arden College in Manchester. “Oklahoma” for the Royal College of Music in Leeds prior to that “ Copacabana” for Knightswood Theatre School at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. She directed “It’s Christmas Carol” at the Hen and Chickens Theatre and because of its success it was brought back for a second year. Staged “Rags “ at the Bridewell Theatre.  In recent years Norma produced “Talent” for the Players Theatre , staged “Around the World in Eighty Days “ and “The Three Musketeers “ for the Nuffield Theatre  Southampton,“Jungle Book “for the Library Theatre Manchester and“Carmen “ for Travelling Opera. She has also directed and staged several productions at

    Mountview, Arts Educational, G.S.A, Sylvia Young, Tony Boden, Big Little Theatre School , C.P.A , London School Of Musical Theatre, London Studio Centre and Central School of Speech and Drama.   

    Norma is delighted that her work is recognised by her students and brings a smile to her face when they say  “You have been Norma’d” meaning they have had a breakthrough in their Acting Through Song  Master Classes and Workshops and  which continues to do so across the country  and happily this seems to be the “Norm” in all her classes with the up and coming talent in the leading  Drama Theatre Schools today.

    Norma has also directed  Lloyds TSB Executives to sing and dance in a big event for an X Factor evening at the Millennium Dome and for a second year at the O2 Centre and  at the Connaught Rooms.

    As a Freelance Casting Director Norma has assisted many known Casting Directors on various projects in film and t.v.

     

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    DANIEL BRADY - Singing

     

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    Daniel Brady is musical director, songwriter and arranger whose music and session playing (piano/keyboard), writing and arrangement has reached television, stage and the UK Independent Singles charts.   

    Daniel studied music at the University of Manchester and has since directed music at several major venues including the National Theatre (Connections), the Lowry Theatre and Palace Theatre Manchester, and Royal Northern College of Music.   Television credits include music for documentary, BBC's 'Waterloo Road' and Channel 5's 'Don't Stop Believing'.

    His keyboard playing has also been recorded by a variety of artists in pop music as part of several song writing collaborations, reaching the UK Independent Singles and online charts. He is currently working as a songwriter/arranger for several labels and continues to work with singers towards auditions and professional work.


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    STEVEN HARRIS - Choreographer

     

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    BRYN WILLIAMS - Drama & Physical classical theatre


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    Bryn is recognised as an innovative and motivational drama practitioner whose career has spanned four decades and three continents.

    A direct descendant of Shakespeare’s family through William’s sister Joan; he has had an extensive and varied career in the Performing Arts as a child actor then actor and director before branching into teaching. As director and youth theatre facilitator he has produced or directed over 300 productions including Medea, Trojan Women, Hamlet, Othello, Salome, Wizard of Oz, Bugsy Malone, Evita and Shattered Dreams. His work has seen him conduct master classes in the USA, Hong Kong, Shanghai and the UK as well as his native Australia.

    Artistic Directorships include that of Araluen Youth Theatre, Centre Stage Theatre, Rock Eisteddfod, Croc Eisteddfod and the annual Concourse d’elegance. He was an associate director for the Yeperenye Festival in Central Australia and ‘Romeo & Juliet’ at the Royal Albert Hall, London. As a Drama teacher he has taught throughout Australia, most notably as Head of Performing arts for OLSH College. In London he is engaged as Drama teacher for the  Sylvia Young Theatre School where he conducts classes for vocational and part time students, Summer Schools and Adult part time classes.

    He is the workshop facilitator for Delfont Mackintosh Theatres where he has conceived and conducted West End workshops for les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Avenue Q, Enron, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Oliver, Miss Saigon and Spring Awakening. As director in London he has directed ‘Romeo and Juliet’. ‘Total Eclipse’, ‘Head Rot Holiday’, ‘Conference of the Birds’, ‘Lord of the Flies’ in addition to drama coaching.

    Bryn’s achievements have been recognised with the awards of Centralian of the Year and twice finalist in the Australian of the Year, Australia Remembers Playwright and state finalist in Australian Teacher of the Year.

     

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    MICHAEL PALMER - Acting / Audition Technique


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    Michael has taught Drama at the Sylvia Young Theatre School for twenty years.

    As an actor he trained at Webber Douglas Academy, London.


    Recent credits include The Scarecrow’s Wedding in London’s West End. Reel Life at the St James’ Theatre; and the title role in Macbeth touring the US. Also Twelfth Night and Merchant of Venice, both US tours. With Bill Kenwright Ltd: All Creatures Great and Small, and Michael Murpogo’s The Butterfly Lion. With Scamp Theatre, Friend or Foe. For Creation Theatre in Oxford, a one man show: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.


    Musicals include major tours of Footloose, The Wedding Singer; Company, Sing-along-a-Abba (West End).

    On television How Not to Live Your Life, Bear Behaving Badly, Waking the Dead, Casualty, Wish Me Luck plus a number of commercials.

     

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    SONNY WARD Jazz / Musical Theatre

     

     

    Sonny started his professional training at the age of 17 after receiving a full scholarship to attend Millennium Performing Arts, where he was awarded with a National Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. He also trained as an actor with the National Youth Theatre in London and trained for many years as a flamenco dancer at the renowned ‘Escuela de Baile’ in London. Choreography credits include: ‘Strictly Disco Fever’ for “Move It 2015”, ‘Dreamgirls’ for “Step Live!” at Sadlers Wells, ‘Back To School’ TV commercial for Sainsburys, Weetabix Chocolate TV Commercial, Littlewoods Christmas Campaign for UK TV, Flashmobs for Walkers Crisps, The Lord Mayors Show 2012, ‘Copacabana’ for “Step Live!” at Sadlers Wells and Southbank Centre, ‘Single Ladies’ for “Step Live!” at Sadlers Wells, West Ham F.C. dancers at Upton Park, “Rob Brydon Show” for BBC, games console ‘promo’ for Lightning Fish Games, “Dance Expressions” at Sadlers Wells. Sonny has worked for production companies such as Moxie Pictures, Weilands, AMV BBDO and Freud Communications. Also, he has worked with music artists such as Tinie Tempah, Joel Compass with Rudimentals and GFrsh on various projects. Sonny currently teaches Technical Jazz and Street Dance at both the full time and part time schools at Sylvia Young Theatre School, where he has done so for the past 6 years. He has been teaching for the Royal Academy of Dance over 4 years, where he has also been given his own company of jazz dancers which he trains weekly. Sonny has lectured and held demonstrations for “Move It” dance exhibitions and has also taught at The Place and Hurtwood House.

     

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    LEWIS GAME - Street Dance

     

    Lewis Game graduated from Bird College with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre and Dance.

    There he gained a great knowledge of disciplines including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, lyrical Jazz, Commercial Jazz and Musical Theatre. In 2011 he was awarded the title of “Most Professional Student” at his graduation ceremony.

    Since graduating, Lewis has been fortunate enough to travel around the world performing in over 32 countries. Lewis has trained in prestigious dance establishments in both America and Canada. This has broadened both his choreographic style and teaching technique.


    Credits Include:

    Dancer for Fleur East, Kitty Brucknell, Rebecca Ferguson & MTV – Choreographer and Dancer.

    HINGED Contemporary Company - Lead Soloist. Defected Records - Dancer, Google, Channel 4 – NME Magazine, Sink The Pink, Glitterbox Ibiza.

     

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    BESFORT WILLIAMS - Singing & Microphone

     

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    Besfort trained at The Guildford School of Acting, Rose Bruford College & The Impulse Company and is a Fellow of the HEA. Singing engagements include working with artists such as Gary Barlow, Paloma Faith, Joss Stone, The Who, Urban Voices Collective (BAFTAs; The Royal Variety; The BBC Proms; Britain’s Got Talent) & LCV. He is an Associate of Mark Meylan, and has clients working in all areas of the industry. He is an active member of the BVA and AOTOS.

     

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    EOIN MALLON - Singing

     


    Armagh, Northern Ireland born Eoin trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with full scholarship.

    Eoin studied his vocal training with world renowned Mary Hammond in association with the Royal Academy of London. Eoin has performed throughout the world from London’s West End, Music Halls in Europe and Arena’s in Asia.

    Credits include – Kingdom Tenors Arena Tour (Asia), Night of 1000 Stars (Royal Albert Hall, London), West End Men (Vaudeville Theatre, West End), David Phelps (O2 Arena, London).

    Eoin was a soloist on Britain’s Got Talent for the all male group “Kingdom Tenors” making it to the Live Finals. He has also performed across the oceans whilst working for Aida Cruises as a ‘Lead Soloist’ most recently featuring on German primetime TV to launch their new ship AidaPrima.

    Eoin works as a Vocal Coach and Vocal Associate for some of the leading talent Agencies, Casting Agents, Performing Arts Colleges and Music Conservatoires in and around London. Many of his clients are currently appearing in show such as Hamilton, Wicked, Annie, Matilda, Aladdin and Joseph. Eoin does regular associate work for various West End Shows and UK tours.

    Recently some of his own composed material which was debuted on the New York cabaret circuit.

     

    THEATRE SKILLS

    BEKKA BOWLING - Creating Characters in Drama


     

    Bekka Bowling is an actress and comedy writer, who in 2017 was named on the 'BBC's New Talent hotlist' alongside 200 other 'potential stars of the future' cited as 'one to watch'.


    She is best know for her television work, most recently playing the lead in BBC3 comedy 'Limbo' as pink-haired hedonist 'Neck'. Other credits include Electric Dreams (channel 4) Episodes (BBC/ Showtime), Top Coppers (BBC), Some Girls (BBC), Edge of Heaven (ITV), The Smoke (Sky 1), Medics (Comedy Central), Quacks (BBC), the Wrong Mans series 1&2 (BBC), Switch (ITV), Loaded (channel 4), Not Going Out (BBC), Richard Hammond's Secret Service (BBC) Heading Out (BBC), Protest (BBC), My First Planet (BBC), Love Me (BBC), Lovesick (Netflix) series 2&3 and she has just completed filming a lead role in tv mini-series 'Thanks for the Memories' which will air in America early next year.


    She featured in Oscar winning short film 'The Phonecall' alongside Jim Broadbent and Sally Hawkins, and earlier this year was nominated for 'best supporting actress' at the BIFF awards for her role as 'Jenny' in comedy feature film 'The Great Unwashed'.


    In 2011 she was the runner-up at national stand-up competition 'Funny Women', and having been a columnist for both FHM and More magazine, in 2014 she turned her hand to script writing. She is currently penning her third sitcom script alongside Hattrick Productions (Father Ted) following her third commission from the BBC. She is also currently writing a series for Netflix and has another script in development at channel 4. 'Sticky' a comedy series she wrote alongside Ed Tracy (Phonejacker) is about to air on BBC3 and stars Tom Hardy.

     

    Bekka trained at The London Studio Centre and upon graduation was awarded the 'Merrifield Award' for acting and the 'Sheila O'Neil Trophy' for 'the triple threat student with the most potential to succeed'. She is the only person ever to have won both awards.