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Musical Theatre Visiting Creatives

Musical Theatre students at ArtsEd benefit greatly from working with a wide range of experienced and highly regarded industry creatives on productions and performance pieces. Masterclasses in song, dance, acting and stagecraft as well as audition workshops provide students with up to date industry knowledge.

Here's a round up of recent visiting creatives.

Directors, Choregraphers and Music Directors

  • Ned Bennett (Director) Orange Tree Theatre, National Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange
  • Philip Edgerley (Director) The Husbands Soho Theatre, guest Director at LAMDA and Shakespeare's Globe
  • Timothy Evans (MD) West End productions of Les Misérables, Matilda, Legally Blonde, Love Never Dies, Mary Poppins, Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone, Gone With The Wind and Marguerite
  • Matt Flint (Choreographer) Strictly Come Dancing, The People’s Strictly, Let’s Dance for Comic Relief
  • Paul Foster (Director) Tell Me On A Sunday
  • Pete Gallagher (Director) Resident drama coach, Any Dream Will Do, Strictly Come Dancing
  • Lizzie Gee (Choreographer) Feature film Pride; Future Conditional The Old Vic, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Ian Good (Director) Resident West End director Hairspray
  • Graham Hubbard (Director) Resident Director Priscilla Queen of the Desert Palace Theatre, Associate Director for Jeremy Sams, The Sound of Music London Palladium
  • Caroline Humphris (MD) A Little Night Music Menier Chocolate Factory, Sunday In The Park With George
  • Tom Jackson-Greaves (Choreographer) So Here We Are Royal Exchange Manchester, The Glass Menagerie, Liverpool Playhouse/West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Kirk Jameson (Director) On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Seussical the Musical
  • Ross Leadbetter (MD) Ivor Novello – The Great British Musical London Hippodrome, Gay’s The Word Theatre Royal Windsor
  • Peter McCarthy (MD) CATS West End, UK & International tours, The Sound of Music London Palladium, Kiss of the Spiderwoman Shaftesbury Theatre
  • Sam McAvoy (Choreographer) The Wanted, Scissor Sisters, Cher Lloyd
  • Drew McOnie (Choreographer) Hairspray UK tour, Bugsy Malone Lyric Hammersmith, Oklahoma! UK tour
  • Simon Money (Director) Vocal Coach The Whipping Man Plymouth Theatre Royal, Sweeney Todd Welsh National Opera
  • Stuart Morley (MD) Elf the Musical West End/Plymouth/Dublin, We Will Rock You West End
  • Adam Murray (Choreographer) Associate Choreographer Wicked West End
  • Ian Talbot (Director) Lend Me A Tenor West End, Annie Get Your Gun UK tour, Artistc Director at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until 2008
  • Cameron Wenn (Director) Associate Director I Can’t Sing West End, Singin’ In The Rain Chichester Festival; 
  • John Brant (Director) 3rd year production BULLETS OVER BROADWAY and professional practice workshops.  Broadway and West End producer, currently of Come from Away.
  • Richard Fitch (Director) 3rd year production TOP HAT.  Director, Ruthless, West End
  • Shaun Kerrison (Director) 3rd year production PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
  • Lotte Wakeham (Director) 3rd Year production CABARET.  Associate Director Matilda, West End
  • Jonathan O’Boyle (Director) 2nd year Acting project, Hair, Pippin, Aspects of Love, Hope Mill Theatre and London transfers.  Associate Director An American in Paris, West End
  • James Coombes (Director) 2nd year Acting project.  Actor, Dirty Dancing, West End.  On TV: Howard’s Way, Dr Who
  • Sarah Tipple (Director) 2nd year Acting project, Artistic Director and co-creator Barbershopera
  • Jeremy Lloyd Thomas, Singing Project Director. Saviello, Trespass – Patric Kearns
  • Alex Sutton, Singing Project Director. Freelance Director, Arcola, Finborough.
  • Luke Kernaghan, Singing Project Director.  RSC, Abbey Theatre Dublin, National Theatre of Scotland, Let the Right One In, The James Plays, The Homecoming
  • Laura Bangay, 3rd Year production CABARET, MD, RSC MD, Matilda West End
  • Richard Bates, MD 3rd Year Show BULLETS OVER BROADWAY.  MD The Story of Bart
  • Dan Jackson, MD 3rd year show TOP HAT.  MD Top Hat, West End and UK Tour
  • Tamara Saringer MD 3rd Year Show PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT.  Assistant MD Me and My Girl, Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Peter Woollard, Singing Project MD and Wicked audition workshops. Assistant MD Wicked London, Apollo Victoria
  • Chris Guard, Singing Project MD.  Assistant MD The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales
  • Tom Brady, Singing Project MD.  MD Flowers for Mrs Harris, Chichester
  • Mal Hall, Song and Dance MD. MD credits include Cabaret, English Theatre Frankfurt, Bananaman, Southwark Playhouse
  • Rob Rayner, Song and Dance MD.  Lion King – Dep. Keys Noam Galperin Audition and Class Pianist, AMD – The Mikado – Charing Cross Theatre


  • Ashley Nottingham, 3rd year production TOP HAT. Recent choreography: Spamalot UK TOUR 2017-18/Daegu Opera House
  • Darren Carnall, 3rd year production BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, Associate choreographer Kinky Boots, West End
  • Anthony Whiteman, 3rd year production PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, choreographer Sister Act, UK tour; Mack and Mabel, London Musical Theatre Orchestra
  • Tim Jackson, CABARET.  Choreographer, revival of Stepping Out, West End
  • Shannon Hudson, 1st year dance project. West End and Broadway performer, dance captain, rehearsal director and choreographer.
  • Stuart Winter, 1st year dance project.  Choreographer, An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre, 42nd Street and Singin’ in the Rain Chalet Theatre Paris, Sunset Boulevard, English National Opera
  • Ewan Jones, 1st year dance project.  ArtsEd alumni.  The Phantom Of The Opera Folketeateret, Oslo, The Wizard of Oz Sheffield Crucible
  • Fabian Aloise, 2nd year dance project, The Rink Southwark Playhouse - Off West End Award nomination for Best Choreography, Madagascar he Musical UK Tour & On The Town BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall
  • Jaye Elster, 2nd year dance project.  West End performer, currently in Matilda, Cambridge Theatre. Recently HALF A SIXPENCE, Noel Coward Theatre
  • Sam Modeste, 2nd year Song and Dance.  Fosse, World Tour UK, Europe and Japan Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium
  • Mitchell Harper, 1st year Song and Dance.  Actor. Hook in Peter Pan, Theatre Royal, Newcastle and Being Human, BBC.
  • Luke Featherstone, 2nd Year Song and Dance.  ArtsEd trained. Top Hat (world premiere), White Christmas (Sunderland Empire), 42nd Street (Chichester Festival Theatre)
  • Adam Rhys Charles, 2nd year repertoire: Top Hat.  ArtsEd trained.  For the National: Follies. In London's West End: Top Hat.
  • Chris Whittaker, 2nd year dance project.  Best Choreographer - Off West End Awards 2018. JUNGLE BOOK, UK Tour JUDY!, Arts Theatre



  • ​Cameron Wenn, what does an Associate Director do?  Associate Director, Singin’ in the Rain (West End, UK and International) I Can’t Sing (West End).
  • Danielle Tarento, Working with Producers.  Producer, Titanic, UK tour
  • Ben Hudson, clowning and comedy workshops.  Gingzilla: Glamonster vs The World, Edinburgh Festival, Adelaide Arts Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Underbelly Festival.
  • Mitch Mitchelson, Physical comedy workshops: bringing the gag. Other teaching includes Central, Brufords, East 15, Royal College of Music
  • Richard Vincent, improvisation workshops.  Playwright, screenwriter and director, with a particular focus on immersive long-form impro techniques.
  • Matthew Forbes, puppetry workshops.  Work includes War Horse, West End, UK and international tours
  • Lucy Penrose, Workshops: creating/playing real life characters.  Played young Judy in the recent award winning production JUDY at the Arts Theatre, West End
  • Phillippa Strandberg Long, Other teaching includes Central, Brufords, Mountview, Italia Conti.
  • James Gitsham, visiting accent tutor.  Other teaching includes ALRA and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
  • Adam Linstead, Audition technique.  Resident director Cats, Les Mis, Phantom, Broken Wings.
  • Annette McLaughlin, Lift Off/Song as Scene.  Recent work includes Brief Encounter for Kneehigh, Empire Haymarket, West End
  • Ben Goddard, Lift Off/Working with a Conductor.  Actor/muso, The Beautiful Game, Sunset Boulevard and Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, West End.  MD Once the Musical.
  • John Emmanuel, Audition technique.  Associate director Jersey Boys, UK tour.
  • Julie Atherton, Audition technique.  Actor, The Grinning Man, Avenue Q.  Other directing: Mountview
  • Yarit Dor, intimacy on stage workshops, Intimacy UK.  Associate Artist The Director’s Cut.
  • Kiel O’Shea, stage combat workshops.  Fight direction: Oklahoma and A Clockwork Orange, Leicester Curve. 
  • Ruth Gibson, recorded voice workshops.  Award winning voice over artiste and actor.
  • Peter Forbes, 1-2-1 Song development.  Currently playing Buddy in the National Theatre’s production of Follies, about to open for its West End transfer.
  • Rebecca Root, Voice and Text workshops. Actor, stand up and voice teacher. Leading role in Boy Meets Girl, BBC2.
  • Jamie Mathewman, Voice and Text workshops. Other teaching at Guildhall. Actor in TV and theatre.
  • Suzanne West, Voice and Text workshops. Trained at RADA, Central and Brunel.



  • Anthony Cherry, Mic. Technique Workshop.  BBC Radio 2 Producer
  • Emma Kershaw, Audition Technique Workshop.  Abba Mania, RAH
  • Ian Townsend, Audition workshop.  MD, Chicago West End
  • Matt Ryan, Song Workshop.  Director, Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse
  • Caroline Humphris, Cover Rep. Coaching and MD, Sweet Charity Nottingham Playhouse
  • Maureen Scott, Belting Technique Workshops. The Voice UK, Judge
  • Carlton Edwards, Mamma Mia Mock Auditions.  MD Mamma Mia, International Tour
  • Peter Wilson, Mamma Mia Mock Auditions.  Assistant MD Mamma Mia, West End
  • Adam Linstead, Les Mis Mock Auditions.  Page to Stage, Southwark Playhouse
  • Anthony Winters, Audition Workshop, Wicked and 42nd Street Keys Dep.
  • Tiffany Graves, Song Workshop.  Actor, The Wild Party, The Other Palace
  • Kate Golledge, Song Workshop.  Super Hero – Director, NYMT
  • Harriet Thorpe, Song Workshop.  Actor, Ruthless the Musical – Arts Theatre
  • Jon Robyns, Song Workshop.  The Wedding Singer – UK Tour
  • Sue Appleby, Song Workshop.  Closer Than Ever – Edinburgh Festival
  • Phil Cornwell, Audition and Class Pianist.  MD In The Heights, King’s Cross Theatre
  • Dai Watts, Audition and Class Pianist.  The Seeker – MD
  • Rosie Dell, Song Workshop Director, Roar Edge Productions Director
  • Andrew Neil, Song Workshop Director, River City, BBC Scotland
  • Paul Foster, Song Workshop Director.  Kiss Me Kate – Sheffield Crucible – Director
  • Karen Rabinowitz, Song Workshop Director.  Dir: Hansel & Gretel, Stratford East
  • Paul Martin, Song Workshop Director, BBC One – All Together Now - Judge
  • Bob Broad, Audition and Class Pianist, Assistant MD: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Alex Young, Song Workshop Director.  Me and My Girl – Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Nigel Lilley, Cover Rep. and Audition Pianist, MD Follies, National Theatre
  • Huw Evans, Cover Rep. and Class Pianist.  MD New Revue



  • Emma Woods, 3rd year dance repertoire: Oklahoma.  Choreographer, Oklahoma, BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall) UK Associate Choreographer for The King and I at the London Palladium
  • Max Parker, 3rd year dance repertoire, Guys and Dolls.  ArtsEd alumni.  Acting credits: WIZARD OF OZ, Sheffield Crucible, KISS ME KATE, ENO, GUYS AND DOLLS, Savoy Theatre/Phoenix Theatre
  • Albey Brookes, 3rd year dance repertoire, Aladdin. Resident Choreographer, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, West End.
  • Alexia MacAvoy, 3rd year workshop: commercial/floor work.  Resident West End choreographer Saturday Night Fever, The Lion King, Dreamgirls
  • Dollie Henry, 3rd year workshop: Pineapple Jazz class Founder & Artistic Director/Choreographer of Body of People (BOP). Dollie is also a regular guest Jazz teacher at Broadway Dance Center, New York.
  • Richard Roe, 1st and 2nd year dance repertoire: Wizard of Oz.  West End performer: The Wizard of Oz, London Palladium.  Also Cats, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Gypsy, A Chorus Line, Rent, Sweet Charity. Choreography includes UK Tour Judy – The Songbook of Judy Garland, starring Lorna Luft
  • Francis Haugen, 1st year dance repertoire: Dirty Dancing.  West End performer and ArtsEd alumnus. Theatre includes: Robbie Gould in Dirty Dancing West End and UK tour, covered and played Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain Chichester Festival Theatre and West End
  • Harry Francis, 3rd year dance repertoire: Wicked.  Barnum, Menier Chocolate Factory, The Book of Mormon West End, Cats West End and Blackpool, Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands Sadlers Wells and National Tour.

Agent Talks and Mock Auditions

  • Emma Bloomfield, Agent, Bloomfield Welch Agency
  • Steven Greenhalgh, Agent, Gavin Barker Associates
  • David Grindrod, Casting Director
  • Jorg Betts, Agent
  • James Orange, Casting Director
  • Jill Green, Casting Director
  • Joyce Rae, former agent
  • ​James Orange, Casting Director
  • Stuart Burt, Casting Director
  • Stephen Jackson, Casting Director
  • Stephen Crockett, Casting Director
  • Pippa Ailion Associates, Casting Director
  • Charlotte Sutton, Casting Director
  • Paul Wooler, Casting Director
  • Jim Arnold, Casting Director
  • Jane Deitch, Casting Director
  • Anne Vosser, Casting Director


  • Bert Fink, CEO Rodgers & Hammerstein Society
  • Claire Newman-Williams, Photographer 
  • Stephen Rice, Equity
  • Emma Dyson, Spotlight