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).

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.