Stageworks Guest Teachers

Every week we welcome a guest teacher to the college to teach students studying for our Professional Performance Diploma. Our guest teachers are professionals who are currently working in the industry and are quite often in the middle of performing or rehearsing a show. Here is a selection of teachers we’ve had in the College so far this year.

Ivan De Freitas

Ivan trained at Middlesex University and London Studio Centre where he won the Lia Williams Cup for best performance in a musical.

Ivan’s theatre credits include: Stand-by Jafar and Sultan in Aladdin The Musical (Prince Edward 2019); Bouncer in & Juliet Her Musical (original cast, Shaftesbury 2019); Alternate Wally Strand and Merv in Strictly Ballroom (original West End cast, Piccadilly 2018); Priest in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park Theatre 2017); Razoul in Aladdin The Musical (original West End cast Prince Edward 2016); creating the role of the Dodo in Wonder.Land (original cast National Theatre/MIF 2015); Dance Till Dawn (original cast, Aldwych/UK Tour 2014); creating the role of Willie Lopez in Ghost the Musical (original cast, Piccadilly 2011/UK Tour 2013); creating the role of Dinero in Sister Act (original cast, London Palladium 2009); Never Forget (original cast,Savoy/UK tour 2008); Zorro the Musical (original cast, UK tour 2008); Saturday Night Fever (Asian tour 2007); Footloose (original West End cast, Novello and Playhouse 2006); Annie Get Your Gun (UK tour 2005); Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria/Asian Tour 2004); Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria/St James Theatre Broadway NY 2003); The King and I (UK tour 2003).

Elizabeth De Rosa

Born and raised in the US, Elizabeth has lived in NYC for the past 14 years. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Musical Theatre, and made her Broadway debut in Mary Poppins in 2009. In her 4 years with the production Elizabeth was fortunate enough to play the title role regularly! Elizabeth is currently starring as Mother Gothel in Tangled as the Broadway Guest Artist, for Disney Cruise Line.

Jocasta Almgill

Jocasta played the fiery role of Anita in the Royal Exchange Theatre’s production of West Side Story at the Royal Exchange Theatre throughout April and May 2019. Other credits include Yvonne in Sunshine on Leith (UK tour), & Juliet (Manchester Opera House and Shaftesbury Theatre), Dreamgirls (Savoy), In The Heights (Kings Cross), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (educational tour); The Blues Brothers (UK tour); Hair (European tour); Beauty and the Beast (Radlett Theatre); Hairspray (UK tour); Chicago (Curve, Leicester); Sister Act (HMP Bronzefield production for Pimlico Opera); Little Red Riding Hood (Everyman Theatre, Liverpool); Our House for (HMP Isis production of Pimlico Opera) and Ghost – the Musical (Asian tour)

Emma Williams

Emma made her West End debut as Truly Scrumptious in the original cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, winning the Arts Correspondents’ Award for Best Newcomer. In 2017 Emma received her fourth Olivier Award nomination, and won the Whatsonstage Award, for her portrayal of Helen Walsingham in Half A Sixpence , with previous nominations for Maureen in Mrs Henderson Presents, Luisa in Zorro and Jenny in Love Story. With such an extensive performance career on stage, in film and television we are delighted to welcome her to Stageworks Studios and share her experiences with our students.

Dominic Scott

Dominic trained at Laine Theatre Arts, Epsom. Following on from this he has performed in London’s West End, Toured Internationally and worked across several cruise lines. Most recently, he has worked alongside Stephen Shwartz and co-director John Tartaglia and choreographer Shannon Lewis in “The Secret Silk”, which premiered on Princess Cruises ”Royal Princess”.

Lauren Drew

Lauren trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where she studied the 3 year Musical Theatre course from 2013-2016. Since graduating, her credits include cover Heather Chandler (dance captain) at The Other Palace, cover Nicola in Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre, ensemble and cover Molly in Ghost UK tour.

Madeleine Clark

Maddie graduated from Stageworks College in 2014; from there she went to continue her studies at Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance where she graduated from in 2017.

Maddie has recently finished performing in 42nd Street (West End, Theatre Royal) as Ensemble. Other shows she has appeared in: Ensemble in The Producers (Gordon Craig Theatre); Ensemble in Mack and Mabel (Hackney Empire); Ensemble in A Tribute to Grease The Musical (Milan Fashion Week).

Jess Parker

Jess trained at ArtsEd graduating with 1st Class BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. As a performer, her credits cover numerous West End, UK and International tours – including ‘Kiss Me Kate’, ‘Evita’, ‘Seussical’ and ‘Avenue Q’.
Jess’ Creative Credits:
Associate Director: Avenue Q (UK Tour); Assistant & Resident Director: Wizard of Oz (Blackpool Winter Gardens); Assistant Director & Assistant Choreographer: ‘The Pajama Game’ (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts); Choreographer & Associate Director: ‘Can’t Stop It!’ (The Other Palace); Assistant Choreographer: ‘20th Century Boy’ (UK Tour); Assistant Choreographer: ‘SIX’ (The Arts Theatre)
Assistant Choreographer: ‘Jersey Boys’ (International Tour); Assistant Director: ‘Posh: All Female’ (The Pleasance); Assistant Choreographer: ‘Promises, Promises’ (Southwark Playhouse)
Resident Director: ‘Avenue Q’ (UK Tour); Assistant Choreographer & Resident Director: ‘EUROBEAT – Moldova’ (Pleasance Grand/Edinburgh Fringe)

Nick Read

Nick is an actor, writer and casting assistant. Roles for TV include Incense in Red Dwarf (Dave), Snowden in Victoria (ITV) and Damo in Humans (AMC/C4). He has also appeared in numerous commercials over the years.

His comedy group Zazu have performed sell out runs at Leicester Square Theatre, SOHO Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for Pleasance, Underbelly and Gilded Balloon. In 2016 They picked up the Three Weeks Editors’ Award. Theatre includes the Guiness World Record holding sketch show Newsrevue which he has also directed, a European tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream playing Bottom and various new works at Hampstead Theatre and Southwark Playhouse. In 2017 he appeared in the lead role of Jason in the award winning short film Ewww (Best Comedy Crystal Palace International Film Festival.

As a Casting Assistant he has worked on campaigns for Amazon, Samsung, Duracell, Malteasers, Lidl and many more.

Oscar Conlon-Morrey

Oscar trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and is currently performing in Only Fools and Horses the Musical (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

His previous theatre credits include:

Mr Rye/Cover Mr Poppy in Nativity! The Musical (Hammersmith Apollo and UK Tour);
Simeon/Baker in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Kilworth House);
White Dude in The Toxic Avenger The Musical (The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square and Edinburgh Fringe).

Simon Hardwick

Simon trained in Dance & Musical Theatre at Performers College. He recently Directed and Choreographed Legally Blonde for Bird College. He also choreographed Lin Manuel-Miranda’s 21 Chump Street (The Courtyard), Brass (Mountview), Aladdin (Hawth, Crawley) Tring Park’s Encore Dance Company.

His previous work includes: Associate Choreographer – Strictly Ballroom (Piccadilly); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park Open Air Theatre & Lyric Opera, Chicago); The Lorax (The Old Vic); Drunk (Bridewell); Associate Director on Jekyll and Hyde (The Old Vic). Simon has appeared in numerous productions including; Miss Saigon (Prince Edward); Chicago (Curve, Leicester); A Chorus Line (Palladium); Wicked (Victoria Palace); Grease (Piccadilly); The Who’s Tommy; High School Musical; Footloose; Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida.

Lexi Clare

Lexi is a New Zealand actress and producer, now based in London. She is the Artistic Director of Lexi Clare Productions, a fresh new production company with a focus on providing platforms for emerging artists and fresh perspectives. In 2017, she established the Maiden Speech festival, which staged nine new works by female writers. Most recently, Lexi was Assistant Producer on the UK premiere of Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (Southwark Playhouse), which is nominated for six Off West End awards. Lexi holds a MA Performance (Distinction) from Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts and was recently described by as “a force to be reckoned with, and a welcome arrival on the British theatre scene.” Additional producing credits include: Prelude (Above The Arts), Purple Snowflakes (Above The Arts, Leicester Square Theatre), Ma, Am I Good In Bed? (Leicester Square Theatre), Much Ado About Hero (Leicester Square Theatre, Attenborough Centre) and Oedipus (Stage Two Productions).

Samuel Thomas

The Last Five Years (The Other Palace), Allegro (Southwark Playhouse), Floyd Collins (Wilton’s Music Hall), Death takes a Holiday (Charing Cross Theatre), 35mm (The Other Palace), Oklahoma! (BBC Proms- Royal Albert Hall), The Comedy About a Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre), Honeymoon in Vegas (London Palladium). Workshops include: Emma- a New Musical (Thom Southerland), Super Ordinary (Jenny Lee) and The Illusionist (Thom Southerland) Concerts include: Scott Alan Live at Zedel (Zedel), Jason Carr Live at Zedel (Zedel), Crazytown- the music of Ryan Scott Oliver (The Other Palace). Samuel won the ‘Stage’ Debut Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Allegro last year and went on to Host the Annual Stage Awards this year with Best Actress in a musical Miriam Teak-Lee (Hamilton).

George Ure

George trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He made his professional debut in the London company of
WICKED (Apollo Victoria Theatre) playing the role of Boq. He later reprised the role as part of the Original UK/Ireland Tour.

Credits include: Zacky in BIG FISH (Original London Cast at The Other Palace) Rusty in STARLIGHT EXPRESS (Redevelopment Workshop with Andrew Lloyd Webber & Arlene Philips) Tobias in SWEENEY TODD (Welsh National Opera / West Yorkshire
Playhouse), HAIR (European Arena Tour), THE GUINEA PIG CLUB (York Theatre Royal, BRITANNIA HIGH (ITV) and singing alongside Michael Buble and Kylie Minogue as part of ROD STEWART’S CHRISTMAS (ITV).

As a vocal and performance coach, George has lectured at some of the UK’s top conservatoires, including Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Bodywork Company, LAMDA and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has also worked internationally with students in Italy and Belgium. In 2015 he was invited to work with award winning
actress Zoe Wanamaker in preparation for her performance in ZORBA (New York). His directing credits include A NEW BRAIN, BAT BOY, INTO THE WOODS, BAD GIRLS & NINE.

Michael Jean-Marain

Michael graduated from our Foundation Course and gained a place at The Urdang Academy. His theatre credits includes ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ (West Yorkshire Playhouse), ‘3 Little Pigs’ (UK Tour), ‘Hetty Feather’ (West End and International Tour), ‘Saturday Night Fever’ (Silja Symphony), ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ (USA Tour), ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ (UK Tour), ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ (UK Tour and Leicester Square Theatre), ‘I’ve Seen Santa’ (UK Tour), ‘Peter Pan’ (Basildon Towngate).

His TV credits include ‘We Love Danette’ – Danette Yoghurt, ‘Fancy That!’ – Sports Relief, ‘Better Pictures Every Day’ – Nokia Lumia 925. Michael also appeared in River Island’s campaign for their Liz Black capsule collection that premiered at London Fashion Week August 2014.

Ellie Rutherford

Ellie trained at Arts Educational Schools, London where she studied for a degree in Musical Theatre. She is now the assistant Dance Captain of the MAMMA MIA! UK & International tour.

Other theatre includes: Swing and 1st Cover Lisa in MAMMA MIA! (International Tour), Ensemble in Rags the Musical – in Concert (Lyric Theatre, West End), Ensemble and Swing in Crazy for You and Mimi in Guys and Dolls (Upstairs at The Gatehouse, London), Ensemble in 42nd Street (London Palladium), Ensemble in Edges (Landor Theatre) and Ensemble and understudy Genie in Aladdin (UK Productions).

Lizzie Ottley

Lizzie graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She has performed as Tinker Bell/Dance Captain in Peter Pan (Harlow Playhouse), Lisa Houseman in Dirty Dancing (West End/UK & International tour), U/S Mistress/Swing in Evita (West End/UK tour), U/S Mary Magdalene/Swing/Assistant Dance Captain in Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and European tour), Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington and Fairy Jewel in Sleeping Beauty (Millfield Theatre).

Other credits include being a backing singer for Will Young at the Olivier Awards, appearing in a music video for The Streets and being Debbie/Dance Captain in My Name Is Richard Edinburgh Fringe.

Laura Darton

Laura trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where she was the recipient of the Peter Coxhead and Ian Fleming Awards. Laura is currently Swing in The Rat Pack Live from Vegas at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London.

Theatre: Charity in Enlightening the World (Royal Albert Hall), Sue in Dreamboats and Petticoats (UK Tour), Showboat (New London Theatre), Prince Charming in Cinderella (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Sue in Dreamboats and Miniskirts (UK tour), Laura/Anna Maria in Godspell in Concert (Lyric Theatre), Cinderella at The Key Theatre (Peterborough) and Nicole D’Artagnan/Cardinal Rich Tea in Barbershopera’s The Three Musketeers (South Korea and UK tour). Other: Emily in The Hired Man, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Mimi/Dance Captain in Guys and Dolls, The Last Day of Summer Original Cast Demo Recording. She was a finalist in the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2013 and sang the winning Styles and Drewe ward song, ‘That Once in a Lifetime Feeling’ by Tim Sutton.

Jennifer Harding

Theatre: Emma/1st Cover Fanny Brice, Funny Girl (Premier UK Tour); 1st Cover Tanya/Donna, 2nd Cover Rosie/Ensemble, Mamma Mia! (Premier UK Tour); Elle in Legally Blonde (Kilworth House Theatre; Constance in The Clockmaker’s Daughter (Landor Theatre); Lola in Copacabana (UK Tour); Rumpy Pumpy (King’s Head Theatre); Songs for The Playground (Union Theatre); Dancing Queen (International Tour); The Graduate (The Grand Theatre, Canada); Lily in the Secret Garden (Aurora Factory Theatre, Canada).

In Concert: So This is Christmas (Flying Musical /Carole Todd); The Clockmaker’s Daughter in Concert (St James Theatre/Robert McWhir); Blame Canada! (St James Theate/CMTWC); Irish Angels (Mandela Theatre, Johannesburg SA)

Creative: Writer, The Tour (Edinburgh Fringe 2015); Creator/Director, VOCE (Blackburn International); Creator/Director, Taimid Seanachai: A Celtic Evolution (Canadian National Exhibition 2014).

Nominations for The Clockmaker’s Daughter: 2015 off-West End, Best Female

Performance, 2015 BroadwayWorldUK Nomination, Best Lead Female in a New Musical

Ed Wade

Since graduating from Mountview Ed has worked as Associate Choreographer on Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios), Ensemble in Barnum (UK & Ireland Tour), playing the Mouse (Olivier, National Theatre), Cinderella (London Palladium) & Legally Blonde (Theatre de Monte Carlo).

Anna Stolli

Anna has most recently been playing Rosie in mamma Mia! (International Tour) and her other theatre credits include: Shakespeare Revue (UK Tour), Mother Pig in Stiles & Drewe’s 3 Little Pigs (UK Tour), Vera in Love Birds (Edinburgh), Fiona in Irish Wings (European Tour), Tess in White Christmas (Cardiff & Edinburgh), Sandra in Beautiful Thing 9BAC), Ava Gardener in Frank (Belgrade Coventy), Miss Bell in Fame (No1 Tour), Chesty Prospects in Saucy Jack & The Space Vixens (London), Polly in Crazy for You & Mrs Anna in the King & I (both Aberystywth), Frigid Bridget in A Slice of Saturday Night (No1 Tour), Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour) and the much put upon wife in Ray Cooney’s farces Run for your Wife, It Runs in the Family and Funny Money (UK Tours). Anna has also appeared in numerous Pantomimes, commercials, short films, workshops, concerts and cast recordings. As a singer, Anna has performed her solo show with an 8-piece band onboard luxury cruise lines and as far away as New Zealand & Hawaii. She also has a debut solo album called Happy Here.

Dominic Shaw

Dominic grew up in Jersey C.I. and trained at Performers College, Essex. He is now Associate Director for Kinky Boots on the West End. Other credits include:
As Director: A Memory For Forgetting (Arcola), Bubonic (Workshop ATG),Thoroughly Modern Millie (GSA). Catch Me If You Can (Workshop, ATG), Avenue Q (GSA), Silk Road (Assembly Venues, Edinburgh), Get Got (C Too, Edinburgh), Fan Fiction (Reading, The Other Palace), Forthcoming: Next Door (White Bear Theatre), Thirteen Days (The Other Palace).

As Associate Director: Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre), Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy/UK Tour), Legally Blonde (Savoy/UK Tour/Australia/Vienna).

Staging for TV: Olivier Awards 2016 (Kinky Boots), 2015 (Beautiful) and 2011 (Legally Blonde), GStarRAW 2013 advertising campaign (Rankin Photography), News Years Eve Live 2012 (Sydney), Comic Relief 2008 (Hairspray), Tonight’s The Night (ITV).

Performing credits include: Elton John & Tim Rice’s ‘Aida'(Original German Cast), Saturday Night Fever (Capitol Theatre, Dusseldorf), Wicked (Original London Cast), Hairspray (Original London Cast), The Royal Variety Performance (2006/2007).

Lara Denning

Lara trained at Mountview Theatre School, London. Theatre credits include: Doreen/Miss Elf in THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4, Mrs Bucket & Children’s Assistant Director in CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (West End), Miss Honey in MATILDA (West End), Queen Rat in DICK WHITTINGTON (Bristol Hippodrome), THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (European Tour), GOTTA SING, GOTTA DANCE (UK Tour), TAP DANCE FEVER (UK Tour & Niagara Falls), HUMBUG (Workshop), ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR (UK Tour), YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS (UK Tour), DIRTY DANCING IN CONCERT (UK Tour), CAN CAN (Sadlers Wells, London) and GREASE (Cyprus). Other work includes: Performer in GROUNDHOG DAY WORKSHOP, Narrator/Performer in MENTOS Commerical, Jane’s Voice in TOAST OF LONDON (Channel 4) and Lina in GLASS BODY (Short Film). For more information on Lara please visit:

Tim Hodges

Tim Hodges. Tim is currently performing in Half a Sixpence on the West End and this time last year he was on stage at the Old Vic playing Hyde in Drew McOnie’s dynamic dance version of ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ (pictured here). He has also performed in productions of The Car Man and Edward Scissorhands at Sadler’s Wells, toured internationally performing Swan Lake and featured in a number of musicals in the UK and abroad including Oliver!, Singin’ in the Rain, Dirty Dancing, Chicago, Cats and We Will Rock You.

Lauren James-Ray

Theatre includes:
Understudied and played ‘Glinda’ and ‘Nessarose’ in Wicked (Apollo Victoria); understudied and played ‘Eponine’ and ‘Cosette’ in Les Misérables (Palace and Queen’s); Ensign Dinah Murphy and understudy ‘Nellie’ and ‘Liat’ in South Pacific (UK tour); ‘Wendy’ in Peter Pan (Grand Theatre, Swansea); ‘Princess Jasmine’ in Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Bath).

Television includes: Cast of Les Misérables, Children in Need (BBC); Cast of South Pacific, The Alan Titchmarsh Show (BBC); ‘Sarah’ in Dear Deirdre and ‘Mary’ in The Real Meaning of Christmas (ITV).

Concerts include: ‘Cosette’ in Les Misérables (Channel Islands); Solo Vocalist in The Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall); Solo Vocalist in The Apollo Victoria 80th Anniversary Gala; Lead vocalist in The West End At The Movies (uk tour)

Workshops include: ‘Constance’ in The Clockmaker’s Daughter (Landor Theatre).

Recordings include: ‘Constance’ in The Clockmaker’s Daughter Concept Album (Webborn and Finn); ‘Eve’ in The Year Before You Concept Album (Webborn & Finn); ‘The Prayer’ duet with Richard Woodford on his debut album Because of You.

Other work includes: lead singer/songwriter for The Doll Mechanics.

Lauren is an original cast member of ‘The West End In Concert’ and has performed in many productions with the company since 2012.