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.

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).

Adam Lyons

Training: London Studio C​entre. Theatre Credits include: Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (UK/International Tour/Residency at The Civic Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand). Strictly’s Anton and Erin’s Swing Time (UK Tour) and That’s Entertainment (UK Tour); Anton and Erin’s Christmas Cracker (Royal Albert Hall); Jingle Bell Christmas (Royal Albert Hall) and Robin Hood (Oxford Playhouse).

Film and Television Credits include: As a dancer, Adam has appeared with Rita Ora & Sigma on The X Factor (ITV); Series Two and Three of The Voice Of Ireland (RTE); Surprise, Surprise (ITV); Bradley Walsh’s Christmas Cracker Live at the Apollo (ITV); Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Cracker with Robbie Williams (BBC) and as Choreographer for Violetta Dance (Disney Channel).

Other Credits include: Adam appeared with Rita Ora at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball 2014 and 2015 (Wembley Stadium), BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and the Wireless Festival. Other appearances include as a dancer for Kanye West at the Brit Awards (O2 Arena); Choreographer for Universal Studios, Singapore; Assistant Choreographer/Dancer for Sarah Harding; Priscilla Rock FM’s West-End Showcase (Blackpool Festival) and Adidas Fashion shows. Adam has also toured the UK with his own music and works as a Singer/Songwriter around the globe. He performed at The Roxy Theatre, Hollywood after shooting his first music video in LA. His music has featured on many dance compilations (Sony Music) which has charted in Germany.

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.

Francis Haugen

2016, Musical, u/s Buddy, Elf The Musical, Dominion, David Morgan
2015, Musical, Ensemble, Sinatra, London Palladium, David Gilmore
2014, Musical,Robbie u/s Johnny + Billy, Dirty Dancing, UK Tour, Sara Tipple
2013, Musical, Robbie u/s Johnny + Billy, Dirty Dancing, Picadilly Theatre, Sarah Tiplle
2012, Musical, Covered and Played Don Lockwood, SINGIN IN THE RAIN, Palace Theatre, Jonathan Church
2011, Musical, Ensemble, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Church
2010, Musical, Ensemble, ME AND MY GIRL, Sheffield Crucible Theatre, Anna Mackmin
2010, Musical, Ensemble u/s Aaron, Padamadan, Nikos, LEGALLY BLONDE, Sonia Friedman, Jerry Mitchell
2009, Musical, Ensemble, HELLO DOLLY!, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Timothy Sheader
2008, Musical, Ensemble/Covered and Played Gabey, ON THE TOWN, Chatelet Paris, ENO, Jude Kelly
2008, Musical, Ensemble/Charles, GIGI, Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Timothy Sheader
2008, Event, John (Peter Pan) / Ensemble, A SPOONFUL OF STYLES AND DREWE, Speckulation Entertainment, Paul Spicer, Chris Hocking
2008, Workshop, Ensemble, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, Kenny Wax, Phil Wilmott
2008, Event, Dancer, YEAR ON YEAR CONCERT AND WHATSONSTAGE.COMAWARDS,, Russell Labey, Andrew Wright
2007, Event, Ensemble, BARBARA COOKAND FRIENDS, Bill Deamer
2007, Workshop, Hollywood Roy Rodgers, ONCE UPON A TIME AT THE ADELPHI, Phil Willmott
2007, Stage, Dancer / Ensemble, ALADDIN, Qdos, Michael Vivian

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.

Greg Castiglioni

Trained at Moutview Theatre School in London. Credits include Gus the theatre cat in the international tour of ‘Cats’; Thomas Andrews in ‘Titanic’ at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto; Magaldi in Michael Grandage’s London revival of ‘Evita’; Phantom in Phantom of the Opera; Thénardier in Les Misérables; Baalthazar Macaw in Robbie Sherman’s new musical ‘Love Birds’; Algernon Moncrieff in ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’; Paul in ‘Company’; alternate Rusty in ‘Starlight Express’; Luiz in ‘The Gondoliers’ and Pluto in ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’; Master Low-Water in ‘No Wit/Help Like A Woman’s’; u/s Tito in ‘Lend Me A Tenor The Musical’.

Greg has also performed in numerous concerts in the UK and internationally. He recently recorded backing vocals for Adele’s upcoming Australian tour and has taken part in the staged concert version of ‘Kiss Me Kate’ at the BBC Proms. He is part of the original quartet of singers for ‘A Spoonful of Sherman’ celebrating the acclaimed music of the Sherman brothers; and in Germany organised gala concerts for both UNICEF and for the Jose Carreras leukemia fund which lead him to sing with Sister Sledge for President Gorbachev. He can be heard as A-Rab in the ‘West Side Story’ 50th Anniversary recording; in the cast recordings of ‘Love Birds’; ‘A Spoonful of Sherman’; ‘Evita’ (2006 revival); the ‘Starlight Express’ 2002 German cast recording and on the film soundtrack of ‘Mamma Mia!’.

Greg also co-wrote and composed ‘Let Him Have Justice’ (T.E.Records), a musical based on the Derek Bentley case which opened at the Cochrane Theatre as part of the Covent Garden Festival.

Trina Hill

Trained at Urdang Academy.  Theatre credits includes  Pearl – Starlight Express (Bochum, Germany)  Mrs. Stratton – Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre), Francine and Swing in Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre, West End), Narrator- Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Ensemble and cover Scaramouche- We Will Rock You, (Original UK Tour).

Katie Paine

Credits include Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (London); lead vocalist in ‘One Night of Rock’; Mrs Darling / Big Chief / Maureen Mermaid in ‘Peter Pan’; Morgan in ‘Godspell’; Anita in ‘Girls Night’; Lead Female in ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’; Mae in ‘Reefer Madness’ and Lead Vocalist in ‘The West End At Christmas (UK Tour).

Charles Ruhrmund

Credits include Corny Collins and Link Larkin, Hairspray UK tour; Top Hat Aldwych Theatre London; Mac, 42nd Street, Muppets Most Wanted 2013, Grease, David Gilmore; On The Town, Jude Kelly; We Will Rock You, Queen Theatrical Productions, Ben Elton; Babes in Arms, Martin Conner; Fame, Arena Theatre, Stanislav Mosa; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Barbara Epstein; Chicago, Scott Faris; West Side Story, Bregenz Festival and Carousel, UK Productions, Julian Woolford.

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.

Leah O’Connor

Leah has performed for artists including Jess Glynn, Martin Garrix, Rebecca Ferguson and Seann Miley Moore, and appeared on various TV shows and live events including The Voice, Alan Carr and The Late Late Show. She’s travelled the world as a singer/ dancer on board The Boudicca and Fred Olsen Cruise lines, and performed in High School Musical, Cheerleader/ Dance Captain, Whiskey in the Jar, The Cheerios Pantomime Snow White amongst other stage shows.

Sophie Carmen-Jones

Born in Swansea Wales Sophie trained in London at Arts Education School and Laine Theatre Arts before making her West End debut in We Will Rock You. Sophie’s career highlights include playing Francine in the West End production of Jersey Boys, Paloma in Children in The Sun and most recently starring as Velma Kelly in Chicago’s smash hit UK tour. Sophie’s film and television credits include Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and Kate in Casualty for the BBC.

Martin Dickson

Martin graduated from the Guildford School of Acting with the Principals prize and has worked across Theatre, Television, Film and Radio. Theatre includes:Peter Becker ‘Across the wall’ directed by Paul Nicolas – St James theatre London, Admiral Von Schreiber in the recent International Tour of ‘The Sound of Music’, Bob the Builder in the final London cast of ‘We Will Rock You’ where he also played Pop & Khashoggi, Dr Neville Craven in ‘The Secret Garden’ (London Revival), understudied and played the title role in ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ (UK Tour), John Wilkes Booth in ‘Assassins’ (Pleasance), Tybalt in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Leicester Square Theatre), Zebulon/Pharaoh in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ (UK Tour), Ethan in ‘The Full Monty’ (Gordon Craig Theatre) and Mr Nixon in John Godber’s ‘Teechers’. TV includes: Skegvegas for Channel 4,  ITV1’s ‘Popstar to Opera Star’, ‘West Side Story’ for Tiger Aspect and Ant and Dec’s ‘Push the Button’.

Nick Butler

Training: Laine Theatre Arts. Theatre includes: Mr Stratton/understudy Barnum in Barnum (Chichester Theatre in the Park and UK tour), My Fair Lady and Oliver! (Sheffield Crucible), standby Jigger in Carousel (Opera North/Lowry and Barbican), Hubert in Hair (Ahoy Arena), Bellboy in Lend Me a Tenor (Gielgud), Goody in Fame (international tour and RTE Television), Littlechap in Stop the World I Want to Get Off (Studio Theatre), Nipper in Oliver! (UK tour) and Young Boy in Giselle (Theatre Royal, Plymouth). Concerts include: 42nd Street Gala and Danny La Rue Tribute (London Palladium) and Hair (Piccadilly Theatre). Recordings include: cast recordings include Lend Me a Tenor (original London cast).

Philip Bertioli

Philip Bertioli is performing in the London revival of 42nd Street. His other theatre credits include Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre; Warhouse at the New London Theatre; Jesus Christ Superstar USA Arena Tour; Dame Edna Farewell Show, London Palladium and UK Tour; 9 to 5 Musical UK Tour; Minnie Oh! Minnie, Tokyo; High School Musical, Indonesia Tour; Aladdin, Cambridge Arts Theatre.