Who are the teachers?

Nick Searle - Dance/Musical Theatre Teacher and WAVPA Director

Nick has been performing professionally in the West End for over 25 years. He has featured in many original West End shows, including Matilda (Assistant Dance Captain in Stratford upon Avon and The Cambridge Theatre, London), On the Town (Paris - The Chatalet Theatre and London - The London Coliseum ENO), Lord of the Rings (Drury Lane Theatre), The Witches of Eastwick (Prince of Wales Theatre), Oliver! (The London Palladium), Miss Saigon (Drury Lane Theatre), Anything Goes (Drury Lane Theatre) and Cats (The New London Theatre). Nick has also enjoyed work traveling to Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the USA, and closer to home playing roles in Alan Ayckbourn’s They’re Playing Our Song at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Half a Sixpence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Likes of Us workshop at The Sydmonton Festival and Waiting for Hillsborough at Jacksons Lane. He has appeared in several Royal Variety Performances (ITV) alongside other various television appearances, and has been a vocalist on a number of original cast recordings. Nick has enjoyed teaching several Matilda masterclasses, including Italia Conti Hull and the School of Theatre Excellence (SOTE), Birmingham.  Nick has also been involved in several of Whitgift School’s productions as an assistant choreographer, including Summer’s Last Will and Testament and Eugene Onegin.

Lisa Turner - Drama Teacher

Lisa Turner is an award-winning actor (Sunday Times Award for Best Female Actor, Dublin Festival; TMW Regional Theatre Award for Best Play, The Witch and the Magic Mountain), director, choreographer and teacher, who has worked both in theatre and television for many years. Television credits include, for the BBC; EastEndersDoctors, Mayo, The Queen's Nose, The Country Boy and Rocket Man; for ITV, Bad Girls and The Bill; Seriously Funny for Channel 4 and an advert campaign for Bootea and Netflix.

Theatre credits for Lisa include Squealing like a Pig (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Sixteen (Bristol Old Vic, Dublin Festival), Love is a Drug (Battersea Arts Centre), Maurice (The Bloomsbury Theatre), Twelfth Night (Oxford Stage Company).  Also, productions at the Redgrave Theatre, The London Palladium, Liverpool Everyman, Mercury Colchester, Palace Westcliff, Theatre Royal Bury and Swan Theatre - Royal Shakespeare Company Stratford. Lisa won a Stella Repertory Theatre Actor Award for a one woman play called Jordan.

Lisa’s education work has taken her to work internationally with Teatro Del Sole (Italy), Theatre Aeroplio (Greece), and Speilwerk (Germany), as well as closer to home as a Senior Acting Tutor at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, and an Acting tutor with their Associate Schools in Clapham, Barbican and Guildford. Lisa has toured Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates with British Council Tours of Commedia and Shakespeare productions and is a specialist in Commedia dell'arte, having trained with Antonio Fava of Teatro del Vicolo.   

As a Director and Choreographer, Lisa has worked with Channel 4 (Seriously FunnyTwelfth Night) as well as with the Snap Theatre Company (Maurice – National Tour) and the Box Clever Theatre Company (A Taste of Honey, The Princess and The Gypsy Boy). Lisa choreographed at Oxford Stage Company, for award-winning play, The Witch and the Magic Mountain, which she also performed in, and was also Movement Director for the Company’s international tour of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night.

Shaun Hensen - Dance/Musical Theatre Teacher

Shaun Henson has been a performer in the West End for over 25 years. He has featured in over 22 West End shows, including Cats, Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, Billy Elliot, The Witches of Eastwick, Les Miserables, Lord of the Rings, Anything Goes, and Kiss Me Kate, to name a few. He has also performed in several films, including Oklahoma, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Shaun has worked extensively in TV, and been a vocalist on a number of original cast albums. He has vast musical theatre experience and enjoys passing on his knowledge through his teaching. As a teacher, Shaun has implemented workshops and masterclasses at some of the most respected theatre schools and colleges around the country, such as Italia Conti, Laine Theatre Arts, Performers, Millennium, Guildford School of Acting, London School of Musical Theatre, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Pineapple Dance Studios.

Annabel York - Drama Teacher

Annabel trained in Musical Theatre at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London, where she gained a government-funded Dance and Drama Award, graduating in 2011.

During Annabel's career so far she has been lucky enough to work in musicals, plays and pantomimes, some of her favourite credits include: Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream - Tour, Amanda in Private Lives - Headliners Theatre Company, Lara in Joy Division - John Gielgud Theatre, Holly in The Wedding Singer - The New Wimbledon Theatre and Amy in Company - Avondale Theatre. Although Annabel's training is predominantly in theatre, she has wealth of experience in screen work also, having performed in many independent and short films as well as writing and creating some of her own projects. 

Annabel is very busy running and performing in her own 1920's vocal trio called 'The Wild Tonics', whose most recent accolade was performing at the grand opening of 'The Ned’ in London; sharing the stage with the likes of Paloma Faith and Gareth Malone, they later sang backing vocals for Garry Barlow. Last year, they were lucky enough to work with some incredibly talented musicians who are members of the Bryan Ferry orchestra, and also played on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmanns film The Great Gatsby. Some of their other clients include Armani, The National Portrait Gallery, Chatsworth House and The Sheraton Hotel.


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