Ballet, Contemporary & Acrobatics

Click below for more information on the Ballet, Contemporary and Acrobatics faculty.

Patricia Crilly

Patricia Crilly FNATD – Operations & Pastoral Liaison

A Fellow of the NATD with over 35 years experience of teaching at Glenlyn. Patricia specialises in teaching ballet, from the primary grades through to students taking their major examinations. Patricia is also the Academy’s Operations and Pastoral Liaison.

Patricia started Ballet at the age of 3 and joined Glenlyn as a student. She is a Fellow of the NATD with teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap, Modern, and Freestyle, and has taught all of these disciplines, to students of all ages. Alongside the Principal, Patricia takes responsibility for guiding and training students through their professional Ballet qualifications at the Academy.

Patricia set up and now runs the Pointe class programme, which focuses on the strength and technique required to master this very challenging element of ballet.

As well as teaching, Patricia has also choreographed routines the Academy has performed at the 02 and Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.

Patricia has a wide range of experience in teaching dance and fitness, having taught dance and keep fit in Adult Education Centres, private fitness centres and the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. She also holds a teaching qualification with the Keep Fit Association.

Patricia organises trips to the Royal Opera House for students to see the Royal Ballet, and other visiting companies in performance there during the season. She has developed a close relationship with Freed of London, the worlds leading pointe shoe manufacturer, and offers personal visits to the shop to be fitted by the senior fitters who work with many of the world’s prima ballerinas.

Patricia is the lead for safeguarding within the Academy and ensures correct procedures are in place during classes, rehearsals and performances to ensure the protection and welfare of all students involved.

Email patricia.crilly@glenlynacademy.com

Jackie Hall

Jackie Hall FNATD – Dance Teacher

A Fellow of the NATD, with 15 years teaching and performing experience.

Jackie is a qualified dance teacher in tap, modern, ballet and freestyle and teaches these disciplines at foundation and intermediate level at the Academy. She also helps to advance the students’ enthusiasm for dance by organising theatre trips and classes at Pineapple Dance Studios. Jackie also regularly attends classes at the Academy and Pineapple Dance Studios.

Jackie’s recent theatre performance credits include a production of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (Dance Ensemble) at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, and ‘Mamma Mia’ (Tanya) at the Broadway Theatre, London.

Jackie is a licensed Melody Bear® teacher. This is a dance syllabus designed to introduce dance and movement to young children using the natural actions of the body. The syllabus aids children’s physical development, spatial awareness, creativity and self-expression.

As well as teaching at the Glenlyn Academy Jackie has setup and now runs her own business. She teaches dance in nursery schools where Melody Bear® comes to life and takes the children into her magical world of dance, song and movement. Jackie also runs a number of dance sessions in both state and private schools, teaching over 170 students a week.

Email jackie.hall@glenlynacademy.com

Amy Higgins

Amy Higgins LNATD – Registry Manager & Executive Assistant

Amy trained at Glenlyn Academy gaining a Distinction in her Associate Tap, Associate Modern and Licentiate Ballet teaching qualifications.

As well as teaching some of the younger students at Glenlyn Academy, Amy has also taken on creative responsibility for choreographing many of the Academy’s productions.

As a ballet dancer Amy’s teaching focuses on developing a strong sense of technique. Her classes help students to develop skills in fitness, flexibility, posture and performance.

As well as teaching Amy continues to perform. Her most recent roles include ‘Lara’ and Dance Captain in A Chorus Line (2014), Dance Captain in Fame: The Musical (2013) and Bad Girls: The Musical (2012).

As Glenlyn Academy’s Registry Manager & Executive Assistant Amy has responsibility for ensuring the smooth running of the Academy office. This includes student enrolment and registration, office management and assisting the Senior Management Team.

Alongside Amy’s roles at Glenlyn Academy she also works at Freed of London where she can combine her teaching experience with expert knowledge on dance equipment, working with many of the world’s leading dancers.

Email amy.higgins@glenlynacademy.com

Stephanie Sandy

Stephanie Sandy FNATD – Senior Dance Teacher

A Fellow of the NATD, Stephanie has been a dance teacher for over 20 years.

Stephanie is a qualified dance teacher in Tap, Ballet and Modern. An alumni of the Academy, Stephanie started taking lessons at Glenlyn when she was just 9 years old.

At 17 years old, Stephanie qualified as a professional dance teacher, and was soon offered a position on the Academy teaching staff.

A performer herself, Stephanie has performed for over 25 years at venues such as Her Majesty’s Theatre and the London Palladium.

Email stephanie.sandy@glenlynacademy.com

Yvonne Tull

Yvonne Tull FNATD – Senior Dance Teacher & Glenlyn Online Store Manager

A Fellow of the NATD with over 30 years dance teaching experience. Yvonne is one of the longest serving Academy staff members.

Yvonne started taking classes at the Academy at the age of three. She received her first professional dance teaching qualification in Tap at the age of 17, and continued to gain professional qualifications in Ballet and Modern.

Yvonne has sole-responsibility for the Acrobatics classes, focusing on developing strength, technique and new skill. She teaches some of the Academy’s youngest students, and also some of the most experienced students who are just about to gain their first professional qualification.

As the Glenlyn Online Store Manager, Yvonne develops and manages the sale of Glenlyn Academy merchandise through our dedicated online store. She builds relationships with our suppliers and develops new Glenlyn Academy fashion ranges.

As well as teaching at the Academy, Yvonne has performed at many prestigious venues across London.

Over the last ten years Yvonne has worked with local pre schools, teaching children dance and musical movement.

Email yvonne.tull@glenlynacademy.com

Katie Turner

Katie Turner ATCL, DDI, DDE – Glenlyn Academy Chislehurst Manager & Dance Teacher

Katie started dancing at a very young age. She has performed in many theatres across the country and been involved in the staging of many shows both on stage and behind the scenes. She has also choreographed for many musicals and other productions.

After finishing secondary school Katie studied at the Millennium School of Performing Arts gaining a Trinity Diploma in Musical theatre. Katie started gaining her dance qualifications at a young age and studied the ISTD syllabus where she currently holds DDI’s and DDE’s in Tap, Ballet and Modern.

Katie continued her career as a Company director for a dance school where she was a joint partner in the business and successfully saw the business grow from a few children to over 200. As part of this challenge she successfully led performances and competition wins globally. Performances where directed and choreographed on board the MSC Opera cruise around Norway where a group of 20 children performed. Competition wins at Euro Disney Paris as part of a European Dance trip gaining 8 awards. Katie was also instrumental in taking a group of 15 students to perform at Dance Excellence in Los Angeles where they achieved three first places and two second places in a global contest.

As well as teaching and managing Glenlyn Academy Chislehurst, Katie still performs on stage. In 2013, Katie was a featured dancer in Glenlyn Academy’s production of Fame.

As Glenlyn Academy Chislehurst Studio Manger Katie is responsible for teaching many classes at Chislehurst and also ensures the smooth running of the studios dealing with all aspects of student welfare as well as liaising with parents.

Alongside Katie’s role at Glenlyn Academy she is also studying at Greenwich University to become a primary school teacher and is currently completing her first year on a BA Primary education Degree.

Email katie.turner@glenlynacademy.com

Diana Washbourne

Diana Washbourne FNATD, Cert.Ed – Principal & Managing Director

Principal of the Glenlyn Academy for over 30 years, an Examiner with the NATD for over 25 years, and a veteran lecturer, Diana is among the most experienced performing arts teachers in the country.

A Glenlyn alumni herself – Diana started classes at the Academy at the age of three under the tutorage of Miss Ruby Jiggens. Whilst at the Academy, Diana was chosen to be the model for the front cover of the ‘Drina Ballerina’ series of books. These covers remained until they were updated last year.

Through Glenlyn, Diana gained her professional teaching qualifications before leaving the Academy to embark on a three-year teaching course in Oxford. On returning to London, Diana was appointed as a teacher at Glenlyn.

As well as teaching, Diana is a published writer, having written the book ‘Basic Tap Dancing’. This book features photographs of Glenlyn students. She is an experienced dance lecturer and travels around the country giving dance master classes.

Diana spearheaded the take over of a small dancing school in Lee Green, which now forms the foundation of our Lee branch.

Outside of Diana’s duties at the Academy, she is also an Examiner with the NATD, travelling across the country examining dance students. She is a member of the NATD’s Tap Committee, which investigates and assesses current dance syllabi and trends. She is also a member of the NATD’s London Area Theatrical Committee organising workshops and teacher training days.

Email diana.washbourne@glenlynacademy.com

Oliver Wheeler

Oliver Wheeler BA(Hons) – Dance Teacher

Oliver trained at London Studio and toured with the Jazz Dance Company in 2010.

Television credits: The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, The Brit Awards, Dancing On Ice, The Beat Goes On, The Kylie Show, Cheryl Cole’s Night In, Children In Need, This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

Theatre/Live show credits include: Jack and The Beanstalk (Royal & Derngate), Clothes Show Live 2011, AWE, Jingle Bell Ball, Paul Mitchell Hair Shows, Fashion Weekenders in UK cities.

Oliver has worked extensively in the commercial dance industry dancing for Artists such as Rhianna, One Direction, Plan B, Duffy, Cheryl Cole, The Wanted, Jay-Z, Jessie J, Tinnie Tempah, Taio Cruz, Pet Shop Boys, Madness, Marcus Collins, Diana Vickers and Annie Lennox.

In 2012 Oliver was a ‘Ceremony Dancer’ as part of the Olympics and Paralympics closing ceremonies.

Jazz & Tap

Click below for more information on the Jazz and Tap faculty.

Jackie Hall

Jackie Hall FNATD – Dance Teacher

A Fellow of the NATD, with 15 years teaching and performing experience.

Jackie is a qualified dance teacher in tap, modern, ballet and freestyle and teaches these disciplines at foundation and intermediate level at the Academy. She also helps to advance the students’ enthusiasm for dance by organising theatre trips and classes at Pineapple Dance Studios. Jackie also regularly attends classes at the Academy and Pineapple Dance Studios.

Jackie’s recent theatre performance credits include a production of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (Dance Ensemble) at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, and ‘Mamma Mia’ (Tanya) at the Broadway Theatre, London.

Jackie is a licensed Melody Bear® teacher. This is a dance syllabus designed to introduce dance and movement to young children using the natural actions of the body. The syllabus aids children’s physical development, spatial awareness, creativity and self-expression.

As well as teaching at the Glenlyn Academy Jackie has setup and now runs her own business. She teaches dance in nursery schools where Melody Bear® comes to life and takes the children into her magical world of dance, song and movement. Jackie also runs a number of dance sessions in both state and private schools, teaching over 170 students a week.

Email jackie.hall@glenlynacademy.com

Amy Higgins

Amy Higgins LNATD – Registry Manager & Executive Assistant

Amy trained at Glenlyn Academy gaining a Distinction in her Associate Tap, Associate Modern and Licentiate Ballet teaching qualifications.

As well as teaching some of the younger students at Glenlyn Academy, Amy has also taken on creative responsibility for choreographing many of the Academy’s productions.

As a ballet dancer Amy’s teaching focuses on developing a strong sense of technique. Her classes help students to develop skills in fitness, flexibility, posture and performance.

As well as teaching Amy continues to perform. Her most recent roles include ‘Lara’ and Dance Captain in A Chorus Line (2014), Dance Captain in Fame: The Musical (2013) and Bad Girls: The Musical (2012).

As Glenlyn Academy’s Registry Manager & Executive Assistant Amy has responsibility for ensuring the smooth running of the Academy office. This includes student enrolment and registration, office management and assisting the Senior Management Team.

Alongside Amy’s roles at Glenlyn Academy she also works at Freed of London where she can combine her teaching experience with expert knowledge on dance equipment, working with many of the world’s leading dancers.

Email amy.higgins@glenlynacademy.com

Sarah Purl

Sarah Purl MNATD – Senior Dance Teacher

A Member of the NATD and a teacher at the Academy for over 25 years, Sarah has taught Ballet, Tap and Modern to students of all ages and abilities.

Sarah is the Academy’s Adult Class Co-ordinator, teaching Tap and Modern to students above the age of 18.

Sarah also teaches some of the Academy’s younger students.

Email sarah.purl@glenlynacademy.com

Clare Sandy

Clare Sandy ANATD – Senior Dance Teacher

A member of the Academy for over 30 years, Clare has 20 years experience of teaching Ballet, Tap, Modern and Street Jazz classes.

Clare is one of the faculty teaching on our very popular ‘1st Steps’ programme, giving children as young as two years old an introduction to dance, song and performance.

Clare’s choreography credits include productions at The O2, Her Majesty’s Theatre and the world famous London Palladium. Clare also choreographs for Glenlyn Academy’s productions.

As well as teaching her own classes, Clare regularly assists other members of staff enabling the youngest students to receive the best possible teaching.

Email clare.sandy@glenlynacademy.com

Stephanie Sandy

Stephanie Sandy FNATD – Senior Dance Teacher

A Fellow of the NATD, Stephanie has been a dance teacher for over 20 years.

Stephanie is a qualified dance teacher in Tap, Ballet and Modern. An alumni of the Academy, Stephanie started taking lessons at Glenlyn when she was just 9 years old.

At 17 years old, Stephanie qualified as a professional dance teacher, and was soon offered a position on the Academy teaching staff.

A performer herself, Stephanie has performed for over 25 years at venues such as Her Majesty’s Theatre and the London Palladium.

Email stephanie.sandy@glenlynacademy.com

Yvonne Tull

Yvonne Tull FNATD – Senior Dance Teacher & Glenlyn Online Store Manager

A Fellow of the NATD with over 30 years dance teaching experience. Yvonne is one of the longest serving Academy staff members.

Yvonne started taking classes at the Academy at the age of three. She received her first professional dance teaching qualification in Tap at the age of 17, and continued to gain professional qualifications in Ballet and Modern.

Yvonne has sole-responsibility for the Acrobatics classes, focusing on developing strength, technique and new skill. She teaches some of the Academy’s youngest students, and also some of the most experienced students who are just about to gain their first professional qualification.

As the Glenlyn Online Store Manager, Yvonne develops and manages the sale of Glenlyn Academy merchandise through our dedicated online store. She builds relationships with our suppliers and develops new Glenlyn Academy fashion ranges.

As well as teaching at the Academy, Yvonne has performed at many prestigious venues across London.

Over the last ten years Yvonne has worked with local pre schools, teaching children dance and musical movement.

Email yvonne.tull@glenlynacademy.com

Katie Turner

Katie Turner ATCL, DDI, DDE – Glenlyn Academy Chislehurst Manager & Dance Teacher

Katie started dancing at a very young age. She has performed in many theatres across the country and been involved in the staging of many shows both on stage and behind the scenes. She has also choreographed for many musicals and other productions.

After finishing secondary school Katie studied at the Millennium School of Performing Arts gaining a Trinity Diploma in Musical theatre. Katie started gaining her dance qualifications at a young age and studied the ISTD syllabus where she currently holds DDI’s and DDE’s in Tap, Ballet and Modern.

Katie continued her career as a Company director for a dance school where she was a joint partner in the business and successfully saw the business grow from a few children to over 200. As part of this challenge she successfully led performances and competition wins globally. Performances where directed and choreographed on board the MSC Opera cruise around Norway where a group of 20 children performed. Competition wins at Euro Disney Paris as part of a European Dance trip gaining 8 awards. Katie was also instrumental in taking a group of 15 students to perform at Dance Excellence in Los Angeles where they achieved three first places and two second places in a global contest.

As well as teaching and managing Glenlyn Academy Chislehurst, Katie still performs on stage. In 2013, Katie was a featured dancer in Glenlyn Academy’s production of Fame.

As Glenlyn Academy Chislehurst Studio Manger Katie is responsible for teaching many classes at Chislehurst and also ensures the smooth running of the studios dealing with all aspects of student welfare as well as liaising with parents.

Alongside Katie’s role at Glenlyn Academy she is also studying at Greenwich University to become a primary school teacher and is currently completing her first year on a BA Primary education Degree.

Email katie.turner@glenlynacademy.com

Diana Washbourne

Diana Washbourne FNATD, Cert.Ed – Principal & Managing Director

Principal of the Glenlyn Academy for over 30 years, an Examiner with the NATD for over 25 years, and a veteran lecturer, Diana is among the most experienced performing arts teachers in the country.

A Glenlyn alumni herself – Diana started classes at the Academy at the age of three under the tutorage of Miss Ruby Jiggens. Whilst at the Academy, Diana was chosen to be the model for the front cover of the ‘Drina Ballerina’ series of books. These covers remained until they were updated last year.

Through Glenlyn, Diana gained her professional teaching qualifications before leaving the Academy to embark on a three-year teaching course in Oxford. On returning to London, Diana was appointed as a teacher at Glenlyn.

As well as teaching, Diana is a published writer, having written the book ‘Basic Tap Dancing’. This book features photographs of Glenlyn students. She is an experienced dance lecturer and travels around the country giving dance master classes.

Diana spearheaded the take over of a small dancing school in Lee Green, which now forms the foundation of our Lee branch.

Outside of Diana’s duties at the Academy, she is also an Examiner with the NATD, travelling across the country examining dance students. She is a member of the NATD’s Tap Committee, which investigates and assesses current dance syllabi and trends. She is also a member of the NATD’s London Area Theatrical Committee organising workshops and teacher training days.

Email diana.washbourne@glenlynacademy.com

Oliver Wheeler

Oliver Wheeler BA(Hons) – Dance Teacher

Oliver trained at London Studio and toured with the Jazz Dance Company in 2010.

Television credits: The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, The Brit Awards, Dancing On Ice, The Beat Goes On, The Kylie Show, Cheryl Cole’s Night In, Children In Need, This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

Theatre/Live show credits include: Jack and The Beanstalk (Royal & Derngate), Clothes Show Live 2011, AWE, Jingle Bell Ball, Paul Mitchell Hair Shows, Fashion Weekenders in UK cities.

Oliver has worked extensively in the commercial dance industry dancing for Artists such as Rhianna, One Direction, Plan B, Duffy, Cheryl Cole, The Wanted, Jay-Z, Jessie J, Tinnie Tempah, Taio Cruz, Pet Shop Boys, Madness, Marcus Collins, Diana Vickers and Annie Lennox.

In 2012 Oliver was a ‘Ceremony Dancer’ as part of the Olympics and Paralympics closing ceremonies.

Commercial Jazz & Street Jazz

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Clare Sandy

Clare Sandy ANATD – Senior Dance Teacher

A member of the Academy for over 30 years, Clare has 20 years experience of teaching Ballet, Tap, Modern and Street Jazz classes.

Clare is one of the faculty teaching on our very popular ‘1st Steps’ programme, giving children as young as two years old an introduction to dance, song and performance.

Clare’s choreography credits include productions at The O2, Her Majesty’s Theatre and the world famous London Palladium. Clare also choreographs for Glenlyn Academy’s productions.

As well as teaching her own classes, Clare regularly assists other members of staff enabling the youngest students to receive the best possible teaching.

Email clare.sandy@glenlynacademy.com

Katie Turner

Katie Turner ATCL, DDI, DDE – Glenlyn Academy Chislehurst Manager & Dance Teacher

Katie started dancing at a very young age. She has performed in many theatres across the country and been involved in the staging of many shows both on stage and behind the scenes. She has also choreographed for many musicals and other productions.

After finishing secondary school Katie studied at the Millennium School of Performing Arts gaining a Trinity Diploma in Musical theatre. Katie started gaining her dance qualifications at a young age and studied the ISTD syllabus where she currently holds DDI’s and DDE’s in Tap, Ballet and Modern.

Katie continued her career as a Company director for a dance school where she was a joint partner in the business and successfully saw the business grow from a few children to over 200. As part of this challenge she successfully led performances and competition wins globally. Performances where directed and choreographed on board the MSC Opera cruise around Norway where a group of 20 children performed. Competition wins at Euro Disney Paris as part of a European Dance trip gaining 8 awards. Katie was also instrumental in taking a group of 15 students to perform at Dance Excellence in Los Angeles where they achieved three first places and two second places in a global contest.

As well as teaching and managing Glenlyn Academy Chislehurst, Katie still performs on stage. In 2013, Katie was a featured dancer in Glenlyn Academy’s production of Fame.

As Glenlyn Academy Chislehurst Studio Manger Katie is responsible for teaching many classes at Chislehurst and also ensures the smooth running of the studios dealing with all aspects of student welfare as well as liaising with parents.

Alongside Katie’s role at Glenlyn Academy she is also studying at Greenwich University to become a primary school teacher and is currently completing her first year on a BA Primary education Degree.

Email katie.turner@glenlynacademy.com

Oliver Wheeler

Oliver Wheeler BA(Hons) – Dance Teacher

Oliver trained at London Studio and toured with the Jazz Dance Company in 2010.

Television credits: The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, The Brit Awards, Dancing On Ice, The Beat Goes On, The Kylie Show, Cheryl Cole’s Night In, Children In Need, This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

Theatre/Live show credits include: Jack and The Beanstalk (Royal & Derngate), Clothes Show Live 2011, AWE, Jingle Bell Ball, Paul Mitchell Hair Shows, Fashion Weekenders in UK cities.

Oliver has worked extensively in the commercial dance industry dancing for Artists such as Rhianna, One Direction, Plan B, Duffy, Cheryl Cole, The Wanted, Jay-Z, Jessie J, Tinnie Tempah, Taio Cruz, Pet Shop Boys, Madness, Marcus Collins, Diana Vickers and Annie Lennox.

In 2012 Oliver was a ‘Ceremony Dancer’ as part of the Olympics and Paralympics closing ceremonies.

Musical Theatre, Acting, Singing & Contextual Studies

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Ben Briscoe

Ben Briscoe BA(Hons) LNATD – Vice-Principal & Creative Director

An accomplished Director, Musical Director, Choreographer, Producer and Examiner. Ben has worked extensively in both theatre and television in the UK and abroad.

As the Academy’s Vice-Principal & Creative Director, Ben is responsible for overseeing the artistic and strategic development of the Academy.

Ben joined the Academy in 2005 and was appointed Vice-Principal and Creative Director in 2010.

Ben is responsible for directing all of the Academy’s productions, which over the last five years has included performances in the West End and at The O2. Ben has also overseen the setup and development of the Glenlyn Academy Management Agency.

As an Examiner for LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and the NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dancing). Ben travels across the country assessing students in Acting and Musical Theatre. Ben is also a member of the LAMDA Performance Syllabus Review Board, the LAMDA Acting Diploma Review and Assessment Board and the NATD’s Musical Theatre Committee.

Ben graduated from Lancaster University – the country’s leading Theatre Studies institution – with an Honours degree in Contemporary Theatre Practice in 2005. He is also a qualified dance teacher having gained the Licentiate Qualification (Distinction) in both Jazz and Tap.

Television credits include:
Good Morning Britain (ITV) – Launch Producer, Senior Producer & Programme Editor
Daybreak (ITV1) – Senior Producer
GMTV (ITV1) – Producer, Director
The Baby Breakfast Club (ITV2) – Producer, Director

Theatre credits include:
Wonderlands: Glenlyn Academy Showcase (Bob Hope Theatre, 2019) – Director & Musical Director
Cirque: Glenlyn Academy Showcase (Bob Hope Theatre, 2018) – Director & Musical Director
iCON: Glenlyn Academy Showcase (Bob Hope Theatre, 2017) – Director & Musical Director
Spring Awakening (Bob Hope Theatre, 2017) – Director & Producer
Time after Time: Glenlyn Academy Showcase (Bob Hope Theatre, 2016) – Director & Musical Director
Ghost The Musical (Bob Hope Theatre, 2016) – Director & Producer
Kingdom: Glenlyn Academy Showcase (Bob Hope Theatre, 2015) – Director & Musical Director
A Chorus Line (Bob Hope Theatre, 2014) – Director
Fame: The Musical (Bob Hope Theatre, 2013) – Director & Musical Director
13: The Musical (Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls, 2013) – Director & Musical Director
Curtain Call: The Academy Showcase (Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls, 2013) – Director & Musical Director
Bad Girls: The Musical (Bob Hope Theatre, 2012) – Director & Musical Director
Momento (Fairfield Halls, 2012) – Director & Musical Director
Singin’ in the Rain (Fairfield Halls, 2011) – Director
Mamma Mia (Broadway Theatre, 2011) – Director & Musical Director
Footloose (Churchill Theatre Bromley, 2010) – Director
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Broadway Theatre, 2010) – Director & Musical Director
Little Shop of Horrors (Bob Hope Theatre, 2009) – Director
We Will Rock You (Broadway Theatre, 2009) – Director & Musical Director
Grease (Broadway Theatre, 2008) – Director & Musical Director
Aladdin (Broadway Theatre, 2007) – Director & Musical Director
Beauty & the Beast (Broadway Theatre, 2006) – Director & Musical Director
The Picture of Dorian Grey (Nuffield Theatre, 2005) – Director, Creator & ‘Basil Hallward
24 Frames per second (Nuffield Theatre, 2002) – Director, Creator & Ensemble

Email ben.briscoe@glenlynacademy.com

Elliot Gooch

Elliot Gooch BA(Hons) – Musical Theatre, Drama Singing

Born in raised in South Herefordshire, Elliot trained with the National Youth Music Theatre of Great Britain, before achieving a first class BA(Hons) degree in Professional Dance & Musical Theatre at Bird College Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre.

His credits whilst training include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (ExCel London); Emmett Forrest/Kyle B. O’Boyle in Legally Blonde, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Dad/Sean in People, Places and Things, King of Navarre in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Jeff Sheldrake in Promises, Promises and Alecky/Kyle in Little Revolution (Doreen Bird Foundation Theatre); Tony in West Side Story and Roddy O’Neil in Boogie Nights (Alexandra Theatre); Julian Marsh in 42nd Street (Wyvern Theatre).

Since graduating, Elliot’s professional credits include:

Theatre Credits: Actor Musician/Understudy in The Prince and the Pauper (The New Vic Theatre), Armand/Cover Daniel/Vocal Captain in Once On This Island (Southwark Playhouse); Pink! Dancer at the Brit Awards 2019 (O2 Arena); Actor Musician/Ensemble in Brass (Hackney Empire).

Film/TV Credits: Pink! Dancer at the Brit Awards 2019 (O2 Arena); The Chosen One in The Interview (Mystery Pictures); Preppy Boy in All Those Things (AOD).

Workshops: David Bowie in Bess: A Pop Musical (Doreen Bird Foundation Theatre).

Other: Soloist/Principle Trumpet (New York International Music Festival – Carnegie Hall); 1st Trumpet (Music for Youth Proms – Royal Albert Hall); Encore (National Youth Music Theatre – Adelphi Theatre).

Apart from his acting career, Elliot is an accomplished musician, having played trumpet and piano in numerous concerts and ensembles for many years throughout the UK, including the Birmingham Symphony Hall and St David’s Hall, Cardiff. He is an avid composer and can often be found tinkling away at the keys in between lessons!

Elliot is proud to be a tutor at Glenlyn Academy and has a true passion for nurturing young talent. Having taken and studied LAMDA exams himself, he understands what preparation is needed in order for students to achieve their goals and thoroughly enjoys building their confidence, personalities and life skills along the way

Email elliot.gooch@glenlynacademy.com

Hannah Ockendon-Rowe

Hannah Ockendon-Rowe BA(Hons) – Singing

Hannah has been involved in music, dance, drama and performing in general since the tender age of four! She is a performer, teacher, chorus leader and Musical Director with a degree in music and licentiate performing diploma.

As an MD, she has worked on a range of shows from Sondheim (Sweeney Todd) to Madness (Our House) including Chess, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Lend me a Tenor, Whistle down the Wind, Made in Dagenham and Side Show, many of which have won NODA awards.

As a performer, she started more in the classical world with a highlight being a run of Mozart heroines in a series of lecture recitals at the Purcell Room in the South Bank. Lately her performing has been more focused around musical theatre, ranging from Maria in West Side Story to the title role in Gigi. Most recently she was seen treading the boards as Joyce in Betty Blue Eyes at the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks in 2017.

Teaching has always been a part of her musical life and she was delighted to join the staff at Glenlyn having been MD for their last three shows, A Chorus Line, Ghost and Spring Awakening.

Email hannah.ockendon-rowe@glenlynacademy.com

 

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