Teachers

MEGAN LOUISE CRAWLEY - PRINCIPAL & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

TEACHES - MUSICAL THEATRE, ACTING & LAMDA

Megan now works as an agent, director, producer and teacher after stepping away from performing in 2012. Megan’s debut producer role was her London production of RENT 2013, nominated for a What’s On Stage Award and winner of two Broadway World awards and numerous 4 and 5 star reviews, making it “one of the most successful fringe productions of RENT seen in a long time”. This success then followed when she produced, co-directed and choreographed Spring Awakening for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, which won second best musical at the fringe that year. Megan has been teaching for 8 years, and has since successfully secured her students places at drama schools, music academies, in west end roles and achieving distinctions for their LAMDA examinations. Megan is dedicated to her performing arts academy and is truly grateful for all the talent she is lucky enough to work with each week.

RICHARD BAKER - RESIDENT MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Richard is a musical director, vocal coach, composer and improviser. He has recently worked as an MD/improviser on Mischief Movie Night at the Arts Theatre, and as MD on the All Male Pirates of Penzance at Wilton’s Music Hall, and the All Male Iolanthe and The Mikado on national tours of the UK. Other MD credits include: Secret Garden at the Ambassadors Theatre, Finian’s Rainbow at Charing Cross Theatre, several runs of NewsRevue at the Canal Café Theatre, Princess Ida at the Finborough Theatre, Lucky Stiff, Road Show, Anyone Can Whistle and Our House at the Union Theatre, The Wandering Scholar at the King’s Head Theatre and the annual pantomime at Newbury Corn Exchange for five consecutive years. He composed music and songs for Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Apollo Theatre in London and later for the BBC version, national tour and international productions. He initially joined Mischief Theatre as an improvising musician for their show Lights! Camera! Improvise!, which played several sold out runs at the Edinburgh Festival and had a monthly residency at the Duchess Theatre, later becoming Mischief Movie Night. His other recent improvisation work includes the last six Annual 50-Hour London Improvathons (Finsbury Park Theatre, LOST Theatre and Wiltons Music Hall) with Extempore Theatre. Other recent composition work includes the short film The Art of Za Deal and Indebted to Chance at the Old Red Lion.

TOM CHIPPENDALE - HEAD OF SINGING AND MUSICAL SUPERVISOR

TEACHES - SINGING, PIANO, MUSIC THEORY AND ACTING THROUGH SONG

A graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (MA Musical Theatre Performance), Tom is a freelance actor, musical director and singing teacher working in and around London. He works with people of all ages, predominantly secondary school age students, as well as professional performers and musicians, with recent professional clients receiving final round auditions for West-End productions. Tom offers lessons in the following: singing technique; audition technique; acting-through-song; song-writing; piano; music theory; and Logic-based music production. He also offers extra tutoring for GCSE Music.
Tom obtained a First Class Honours degree in Music from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2017. At Royal Holloway, he studied voice under Graham Titus, and Robert Greenhill. In 2018, Tom graduated from the one-year postgraduate course in Performance (Musical Theatre), at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, studying voice under Holly Aisbitt, Marco Morbidelli, and Martin Leberman. His first professional position after graduating was Assistant Musical Director for Aria Entertainment’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Aspects of Love’ at Southwark Playhouse; he has gone on to AMD and MD several productions including ‘Dogfight’ at Southwark Playhouse, the 5 Year Celebration Show at IAMT, and ‘Brexit Stage Left’ at Above The Arts, Covent Garden. Tom also appears as a performer, and in 2020 appeared as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Al-Fresco Theatre), Various roles in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Room 29 Theatre virtual production), and Ensemble in Roles We’ll Never Play (Turbine Theatre).

Charlie Clay - Vocal Coach

Teaches - Singing and Audition Prep

Charlie trained in Musical Theatre at Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford and works as an actress, singing and music teacher and musical director. She recently made her professional debut as Dandini in ‘Cinderella’ at The Core Theatre, Solihull and became an accredited Vocal Balance singing teacher, having completed her training in 2021. Charlie works with performers in training at some of the biggest drama schools as well as running her own 1-2-1 singing business in Central London, working with professional performers, musical theatre graduates and pop artists. Charlie loves helping singers develop their technique as well as find confidence in their own, authentic voice.

DEANNA LASHBROOK - HEAD OF DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY

TEACHES - JAZZ, MUSICAL THEATRE & TECHNICAL DANCE

Deanna is a graduate from Italia Conti Academy and has been performing in professional and amateur productions from a young age. She began her career with playing Belinda Cratchit in ‘Scrooge’ at the London Palladium and as a member of the juvenile ensemble in ‘Never Forget’ at the Savoy Theatre. She then went on to perform in pantomimes and UK touring productions such as ‘Scrooge’ and ‘Evita’. Having been with IAMT for 5 years, she started with performing as Carmen Diaz in the first ‘Fame’ and then Mimi Marquez in ‘Rent’, before moving on to choreographing shows such as ‘Bare: A Pop Opera’, ‘13: the musical’, ‘Spamalot’ and ‘American Idiot’. Deanna also performed with The IAMT at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 playing the role of Martha in ‘Spring Awakening’.

HANNAH JEFFRIES - DANCE AND FITNESS

Teaches - Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz and Body Con

Hannah started dancing since the age of 5, competing in dance festivals and working her way up through both RAD and ISTD grades. After discovering how much she loved to dance, she decided dancing was going to be a career in some way. Being awared a scholarship to train at Italia Conti Arts Centre which prepped her for the arts industry. Alongside this she trained for her DDE – Diploma in Dance Education in the genres of Modern and Tap. Hannah has been teaching for nearly 5 years at numerous schools and in many different styles. Recently gaining her personal training and Pilates qualification, to help improve her knowledge of training safely and how to further a students skills.

CHRIS AUKETT - LAMDA TEACHER & ACTING COACH

Teaches - Acting, Devising & Improvisation

Chris trained at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA) and graduated in 2011 with a 2.1 honors degree in Acting.

Theatre credits include;

Engine Driver & U/S Toad in Wind in the Willows (London Palladium), Max in Zelda (Other Palace), Eddie in Season’s Greetings (Gordon Craig Theatre) Homer Zuckerman in Charlotte’s Web The Musical (Gordon Craig Theatre), Ugly Sister in Cinderella (Theatre Royal Margate, Middleton Arena, Rotherham Civic), Lion in Wizard of Oz (Worthing Pavilion), Timms in The History Boys (Greenwich Theatre), Beast in Beauty and the Beast (UK Tour), Hired Killer in Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Liverpool Everyman), Potts in Mojo (LIPA) and Cliff in A Small Family Business (LIPA).

Film and TV credits include; Brad in The PROduction (Sitcom pilot) and John in Numbers (Short film)

V/O – Various in Guitar Hero Live Video Game (Activision)

GEORGE SCOTT - ACADEMY AND TECHNICAL MANAGER

George is currently working on his ATCL in Musical Theatre with Trinity Laban and is hoping to graduate in 2020. George is an ex-student and has starred in many previous productions with the company including Loserville, RENT and Spring Awakening. George has also worked professionally as voice actor for the Disrespect Nobody Campaign. George also works a freelance technician and operator and as a private LAMDA teacher. He is so excited to join the Academy Team.

Jasmine Taylor - Junior Vocal Coach & LAMDA Teacher Teaches Singing and Drama

Jasmine Taylor has just returned from from 7 years performing across the UAE where she fronted the Multi Award Winning Band “The Shakedown” and her highly successful duo/trio “The Treblemakers”.With 14 years experience in the entertainment industry Jasmine became one of the most in demand singers of the UAE and has performed at all of the most prestigious venues the UAE has to offer, including 2 years performing at Emirates Palace, Ritz Carlton, Fairmount and Etihad Towers where her powerful performances paid a big contributing factor to their recent award of Best International Brunch. Jasmine has also been rocking the stage at the extremely popular Stars n Bars, located at the Abu Dhabi F1 track, every Friday with her band “The Shakedown” since 2015 where they obtained the award for Best Band 2018. Jasmine has an eclectic mix of experience under her belt, including singing back-up vocals on TV shows such as The X Factor USA, The X Factor UK and Britain’s Got Talent. She has even appeared on the demos of internationally renowned artists such as Kylie Minogue, Enrique Iglesias and Nicole Scherzinger.

Guest Teachers:

Liam Ross-Mills – Musical Theatre (Hair)

Biancha Syznal – Musical Theatre (ETAJ & Matilda)

Laura Tyrer – Musical Theatre (Chicago, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory)

Reece Kerridge – Musical Theatre (Book of Mormon, Shrek)

Dan Styles – (Independant Drama) Stage Combat & Sword Fighting

Spencer O’Brien – (Arts Ed) Muscial Theatre (Ghost)

Mia Lincoln – Musical Theatre (Shrek)

​James Rowlands – Stage Combat

Mark Turnbull – Film & TV / Voice (Les Miserables)

Jodie Steele – (GSA) Musical Theatre  (RENT, Legally Blonde, Bare, FAME)

Justine Jade – (Reynolds) Dance & Musical Theatre (Eurovision, Casualty, Eastenders & Dora)

Emily Fausett – (Reynolds) Tap & Jazz (Eurovision)

Julia Carey – (GSA) Shakespeare & Acting (Former Head of Acting at GSA)

Cory Peterson – (GSA) Shakespeare, Acting & Film & TV (Former Tutor at GSA & PPA, The 100 Year Old Man Who Jumped Out The Window & A Little Night Music

​Erin Caldwell – (GSA) Acting