Jason Robert Brown, Composer
Jason Robert Brown’s musical 13 had its West End premiere at the Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue in August last year. This hugely successful opening was also Jason’s directorial debut. This year he is at the helm of another of his penned shows, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, which has opened at The Second Stage Theater in New York and has already extended it’s season due to overwhelming demand.
Jason Robert Brown has been hailed as “one of Broadway's smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his “extraordinary, jubilant theater music “ (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances. The New York Times refers to Jason as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.”
Bill Deamer, Choreographer
Bill has won the Olivier award for outstanding choreography for his work on TOP HAT (Aldwych Theatre). TOP HAT also won the Olivier award for the best new musical.
Bill has recently choreographed a new workshop production of BABES IN ARMS at Arts Ed and has filmed for a new pilot for TV about musical theatre. Bill’s most recent work includes – many routines on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (BBC) and STRICTLY COME DANCING (BBC); new choreography for LOVE NEVER DIES (West End); JEKYLL & HYDE (UK Tour) SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME (UK Tour) and SHAUN’S BIG SHOW (UK Tour) Also choreography and staging for the new European Tour of EVITA. These credits are just a small example of an extensive CV.
Tim Jackson, Actor, Choreographer & Musical Director
Tim is choreographer on MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. The show was a sell out at the Menier Chocolate Factory and has transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End
Tim is enjoying a tremendously busy and varied career. He is currently rehearsing THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA for GSA and THE OTHER SCHOOL for NYMT as choreographer and is music directing LORD OF THE FLIES for Adrian Noble (Oxford Playhouse).
Tim also enjoys a very varied acting career. In 2012 he performed in THE TRENCH at the Edinburgh Festival which was universally hailed as one of the festivals biggest triumphs.
To add to his formidable skills list Tim is also a multi-talented instrumentalist. Other recent credits include LA PERICHOLE (Choreographer) for The Garsington Opera, FLOYD COLLINS (MD) at The Southwark Playhouse and PARADE (Choreographer) also at The Southwark Playhouse.
Heather Douglas, Choreographer
Heather is currently working on a new musical theatre version of her successful Lido inspired PARIS PLUME cabaret show in China and is also collaborating with the artistic director of the Lido in Paris on a new show.
After a glittering career performing in the West End and on Broadway including CHICAGO, CATS and THE PRODUCERS, Heather has managed to embrace her extensive experience in dance and acting into story-telling choreography.
Heather’s credits also include SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS (Theatre Royal Haymarket), BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED (Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue), MY ONE AND ONLY (Chichester and The Piccadilly Theatre, London).
Heather is always in demand for Pantomime and her credits include ALADDIN (Marlow Theatre, Canterbury and Becks Theatre, Hayes); CINDERELLA (Birmingham Hippodrome & New Theatre, Cardiff); PETER PAN (White Rock Theatre, Hastings and Becks Theatre, Hayes); JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Theatre Royal Plymouth).
Chris Mundy, Conductor & Musical Director
Chris is currently working on the National tour of HIGH SOCIETY.
Chris’s credits include 2nd Assistant MD on OLIVER! (UK Tour); The Union Theatre - MD/keys 1 on SWEENEY TODD (Time Out and Evening Standard Critics’ Choice); Assistant Musical Director to Michael England on COMPANY; MD/keys 1 on the all-male THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Time Out Critics’ Choice, WHATSONSTAGE winner of Best off-West End Production 2010); Musical Director on the transfer of ‘PIRATES’ to Wilton’s Music Hall and The Rose Theatre, Kingston; Musical Supervisor for ASSASSINS (Off-West End Award winner for Best Production 2010); and Musical Director for the next installment of The Union’s all-male G&S, IOLANTHE, at The Union Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall (Time Out Opera Critics’ Choice).
Martin Connor, Director
Martin has recently directed BABES IN ARMS for Arts Ed
Martin has a long list of credits going back 25 years including the recent JEKYLL AND HYDE for Bill Kenwright. He has worked numerous times in the West End, and also at Chichester Festival Theatre, Library Theatre Manchester, Palace Theatre Watford, Houston Grand Opera, West Yorkshire Playhouse, King’s Head Islington, The Orange Tree and The Arts Theatre London. Martin also directed CHAPLIN at The Guildhall.
Thomas Southerland, Director
Currently directing SPELLING BEE for Arts Ed Drama School and CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS for The Riverside in Hammersmith. DAISY PULLS IT OFF at the Gatehouse recently opened to great reviews.
Thom is one of the most exciting new young directors currently working in the U.K. He started by assisting Tony Award winner John Doyle. Nominated for an Evening Standard award for PARADE in 2012, he also won the Off West End award for Best Director for ME AND JULIET at the Finborough Theatre in 2011. Other credits include: STATE FAIR at the Trafalgar Studios, London, THE FULL MONTY at the New Players Theatre, London and HOBSON’S CHOICE at the Broadway Theatre, Catford. Thom most recently directed the highly successful MACK & MABEL and VICTOR/VICTORIA at The Southwark Vaults.
Sam Kenyon, Actor, MD, Director & Composer
Sam was MD and musical arranger on CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR for Sam West at Northern Stage. His association with Northern Stage includes composer/MD on the current production of THE BORROWERS directed by Erica Wyman. In 2011 Sam was also Musical Supervisor on Tom Morris’ successful production of SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS, which recently toured the UK.
Alison Chard, Casting Director
Currently casting DIVINE INTERVENTION a new play by Alfred Uhry (DRIVING MISS DAISY/PARADE) for Stoneman Productions.
Alison has extensive casting credits for Theatre and Television. She has worked for the Royal National Theatre and she was head of casting for the Royal Shakespeare Company for several years. Her TV credits include REAL WOMEN, M.I.T and THE BILL, where she was Head of Casting. She is a member of the Casting Directors Guild of Great Britain and BAFTA.
Alison cast the critically acclaimed production of SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS and THE ROVER for Hampton Court.
Franklin Henson, Stunt Coordinator
Most recently Stunt Coordinator on the epic TV series of THE VIKINGS. Franklin is a second-generation Stunt Man with over 20 years experience in the industry.
His Credits include:
RUSH, GRAVITY, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, SHERLOCK HOLMES (1 & 2), CHERRY BOMB, SOLOMON KANE, COLOUR OF MAGIC, 10,000 BC, BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE, AMAZING GRACE, BASIC INSTINCT 2, FLYBOYS, ALCAZAR, EON PRODUCTIONS- SCREEN TEST FOR BOND 21, ALEXANDER (assistant stunt coordinator), SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, COLD MOUNTAIN (2nd Unit), DIE ANOTHER DAY (Stunt Supervisor)
LEWIS, BBC MARC WOTTON PROJECT, THE KEY, MONARCH OF THE GLEN, ROCKFACE, CORONATION STREET, HEARTS OF GOLD, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, GET A LIFE, THE BILL.
Richard Ryan, Fight Director
Most recently working on THE VIKINGS with Franklin Henson.
Richard has choreographed fights for all the major subsidised companies and for many West End productions. He is also Master at Arms at RADA. Recently Richard has been concentrating more on film. He was Swordmaster on TROY choreographing all the fights for Brad Pitt. Other film credits include: STARDUST, THE DARK KNIGHT and SHERLOCK HOLMES 1 and 2. Stunt Coordinator credits include IRONCLAD, THE LAST LEGION and recently THE KNIFE.
Colin Blumeneau, Director
Shortly directing THE WORLD IN THE VILLAGE at RADA.
Most recently directed the highly successful MANSFIELD PARK for The Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds and a UK Tour.
One of the original cast regulars in THE BILL, Colin is a highly successful actor, writer and director. He was Artistic Director of The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds until July 2012 . In addition to numerous directing credits he has written TV scripts, plays and pantomimes (under the name of Jack O’Brien).
Andy Massey, MD
Andy is currently MD on LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at the Aarhus Theatre, Denmark.
Andy Massey studied at the Royal College of Music where he won the major prizes as a pianist. His concert career took him throughout the UK and Europe as a soloist with orchestras and recital player. In 1996 he went to English National Opera and a year later joined the music staff at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where he stayed for four years before moving more permanently into music theatre.
Andy is currently the associate musical director of THE BOOK OF MORMON, THE LION KING and BILLY ELLIOT
As a player and conductor his show credits include OLIVER!, MARY POPPINS, BILLY ELLIOT, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, CHICAGO, BOMBAY DREAMS, ANYTHING GOES, WICKED, AND SOUND OF MUSIC. Other credits include THE KING AND I, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, WEST SIDE STORY, MY ONE AND ONLY and MARGUERITE in addition to which his playing is featured on many film and television soundtracks
Andy was on the creative team of MARY POPPINS, PORGY AND BESS and GONE WITH THE WIND
In 2012 Andy was invited by the Royal Opera House to be musical director for the new opera SUM – a collaboration between Max Richter, the German born composer and Wayne McGregor.
David Antrobus, Actor / Director
David has numerous acting credits and has recently been working as a Director at the Orange Tree theatre in Richmond. His most recent play LOVE’S COMEDY has received excellent reviews.
Tom Attwood, Composer / MD
Parallel to his work as an actor, Tom works as a Music Director, Composer and Educator. Work as a Music Director includes the original production of THE HISTORY BOYS (NT Lyttelton, Wyndham's, International tour and Broadway), THE HABIT OF ART (NT Lyttelton and tour), THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN (Paines Plough). Arrangements and Music Direction for actor-musician productions include SATURDAY NIGHT (Jermyn St, Time Out Critics Choice, transferred to the Arts Theatre), ANYONE CAN WHISTLE (Jermyn St) and SWEENEY TODD (Octagon, Bolton). Productions in drama schools include THE RINK (Mountview) and THE LIFE (Urdang Academy). Work as a composer includes OURS (Finborough), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Creation, Oxford) and also recorded incidental piano music for POSH (Royal Court). He is currently working on music for LARISA AND THE MERCHANTS in a new adaptation by Samuel Adamson.
Jane Maier, Make-up Artist
Jane’s job is not just to make everyone look good! Her experience with prosthetics has seen her skills being used on films such as WWZ (a zombie horror) and on period dramas like FOYLE’S WAR. She has also worked on many commercials both for television and print.
Racky Plews, Choreographer / Director
(Listed credits are as choreographer unless stated otherwise)
Racky is choreographer for the European Première of BARE at The Union, which has opened to fantastic reviews.
Racky has recently returned from DENIECE PEARSON'S ARENA TOUR with THE JACKSON'S. Other credits include: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS and BERNARDA ALBA (The Union); JOSEPHINE BAKER (Beckett Theatre, NYC); A TALE OF TWO CITIES (Charing Cross Theatre); GUYS & DOLLS and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (As director- The Gatehouse); RESPECT LA DIVA (Choreo. and Associate Dir.- The Garrick); MOMENTOUS MUSICALS (New Wimbledon); THE LOST BOYS (Liverpool Playhouse); FRESHER (Edinburgh); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (King's Head); and CRAZY FOR YOU and THE BOY FRIEND (The 48 Hour Musicals).
Jim Henson, MD / Musical Supervisor / Arranger / Orchestrator
Currently Jim is Resident Musical Supervisor on ONCE in the West End.
Jim completed his degree in Music and Sound Recording at the University of Surrey in 2005. At that time he was also the Musical Director for ata productions, arranging and conducting for a number of showcase performances at the London Palladium, Her Majesty’s and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Jim was MD for TWELFTH NIGHT, THE MUSICAL (Qdos) at the Edinburgh Fringe before joining the national tour of JOSEPH AND HIS AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Other touring credits include; MD for WE WILL ROCK YOU, THIS IS ELVIS, BLOOD BROTHERS (also Associate MD Phoenix Theatre, London); Assistant MD for SCROOGE, and DR. DOLITTLE. Most recently Jim was MD for LOSERVILLE at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and at the Garrick Theatre London. He has also been responsible for Arrangements & Orchestrations for DR. DOLITTLE (UK Tour), THE CONCERT THEY NEVER GAVE and for the keyboard programming for HALF A SIXPENCE (UK Tour). When not touring, Jim runs the One-Off Theatre Company, with whom he has produced and musically directed productions of THE LAST FIVE YEARS, and LITTLE BY LITTLE. He also works as a freelance tutor and Musical Director for Mountview Theatre School (recent shows include PARADE, SPRING AWAKENING, STEEL PIER, and the MUSICAL THEATRE GRADUATE SHOWCASE).
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