Our Teachers

At Stageworks we are proud to have a range of talented and experienced teachers, please see below for more information about each teacher!

Michael Bays

Director and Principle

Michael is the Principle of Stageworks College and the Director of Stageworks Studios. As well as teaching our full-time college students, Michael teaches our Saturday drama classes and directs our productions.

Michael Bays is a professional entertainer and Equity member. During ten years as a full time working professional he has acted, sung and danced in a multitude of shows. He has toured and performed in some of the country’s largest venues including the G-Mex, S.E.C.C and B.I.C. As a compere, he has hosted venues and events for all ages, from cabaret to National Star Search competitions.

Off stage, Michael has directed and designed sets for many productions from pantomimes to cabaret, including his own ‘Tribute to the West End’ show. His script writing and production shows are used by professionals, youth theatres, schools and community projects.

He first started teaching over twenty years ago, when he opened a Youth Theatre in his local area. He launched Stageworks in 2003.

Anna Mendelssohn

Full-Time College Course Leader and Adult Tap Tutor

Anna trained at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks, graduating from the professional dancers course and completing teacher training. After leaving college Anna had a successful performing career working for world class choreographers on “Spirit of the Dance” and  “Dancing Queen” touring across the globe understudying and playing the lead roles.

Anna has taught dance in primary, secondary and vocational schools across the UK and Europe and until recently she was Senior Dance Tutor at Mountview Theatre Arts. Choreographically she has created pieces for Mountview Undergraduate and postgraduate showcases, various musicals for both youth and vocational colleges including “Into the Woods”, “In the Heights”, “Wonderful Town”, “Grease” and most recently choreographed “Chicago” for postgraduate Mountview students.

Rebecca Pigg

Dance Teacher, MBTDA Reg TC, LISTD, BBO PTLS 

Becki began teaching at Stageworks in 2004 and she currently teaches ballet and tap classes for ages 3+.

Becki started her training at Stage Right in Royston and then compelted a three year full time vocational course in dancing, singing and acting at Leicester College of Performing Arts.

She has completed her Advanced Level Examinations in BTDA Ballet, BTDA/ISTD Tap, BTDA/IDTA Modern and LAMDA Drama and taught at various schools across the country.

Jessica Hodge

Singing, Dance and Acting Teacher

Jessica teaches on our full-time college course as well as teaching singing, dancing and acting as part of our weekly timetable.

Jess completed her full time Performing Arts training at Bodywork Dance Studios and has since appeared as a vocalist with many different bands. She was one of four singers in Best of the West End, a revue style show in Qatar, with Caroline Flack. She spent three months as a vocalist on Splendour of the Seas for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Theatre credits include: Cassie in A Chorus Line – Cambridge Arts Theatre, Swing/ Dance Captain in Godspell UK tour 2002, Swing/Dance Captain in Summer Holiday UK tour 2003 with the lovely Christopher Biggins, after which she went on to play Princess Jasmine alongside “Biggins” in his production of Aladdin at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Jess has also worked extensively as a session singer, performing with artists such as Tony Hadley, Bobby Davro and Sir Cliff Richard!

Helen Yewbrey

Contemporary & Ballet Teacher, MA, A.I.S.T.D

Helen teaches contemporary and ballet on our full-time course and as part of our weekly classes. Helen began her training in Essex, studying RAD ballet, Cecchetti I.S.T.D ballet, I.S.T.D Modern Theatre, Tap and Jazz. At the age of 18 she had achieved Advanced 2 in both the Modern and Tap syllabi and went on to gain her I.S.T.D Modern Theatre teaching Associate before departing to study Contemporary on an Undergraduate degree at Laban, London.

Graduating with a First Class degree in Dance Theatre, Helen then joined the Graduate Dance Company ‘Transitions’  where she worked with a number of commissioned choreographers to produce four works that then toured the UK, Ireland and Norway. Throughout this experience she led workshops as a visiting artist in schools and colleges to continue her teaching experience. On completion of the tour she then wrote a thesis based on the experiences to achieve a Masters in Dance Performance.

Upon finishing in the Company she continued her I.S.T.D Cecchetti training to complete her Advanced 2 exam, achieved in 2012, progressing onto her teaching qualifications. Having always had a passion for teaching Helen then pursued community dance projects and private dance teaching before enrolling on the Graduate Teacher Programme to gain Qualified Teacher status for teaching dance in Secondary schools.

Natasha Munday

Dance Teacher, Ballet and Jazz

Natasha started dancing at the age of 3 at Stageworks Studios, taking examinations in ballet, tap and modern as well as taking part in performance opportunities alongside companies such as English Youth Ballet, Urdang Associates and Cecchetti.

At the age of 16 Natasha went to Ballet West Scotland where she graduated with a Degree in Dance and with the professional touring company she performed three full-length classical productions. Whilst also training professionally Natasha proceeded to take RAD examinations in ballet progressing to Advanced 2 level.

After graduation, Natasha went on to work as a professional dancer in Cyprus and has worked on a variety of shows and modelling contracts in the UK.

Natasha has now returned to Stageworks to pursue career in inspiring and teaching upcoming students in dance and fitness.

Natalia Wylomanska

Ballet Teacher

Natalia teaches a selection of our weekly RAD ballet classes, from pre-primary up to advanced level.