Teachers

MEGAN LOUISE CRAWLEY-ROCHA - 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.

BENJAMIN NEWSOME - VICE PRINCIPAL & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

TEACHES - CASTING WORKSHOPS, AUDITION TECHNIQUE & MUSICAL THEATRE

Ben trained at Laine Theatre Arts in musical theatre and has since gone on to work in film and musical theatre. Ben now is one of the biggest casting directors in London. Theatre credits include – The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (The Arts Theatre, West End), Search For A Twitter Star (The Lyric Theatre, West End), I Do! I Do! (Riverside Studios), Crazy For You The Musical(Upstairs At The Gatehouse), The Mark Of Lia (The Brockley Jack), Pop Factor (UK Tour), Old Goat Song (The Lion & Unicorn),  The Boy Who Was Woody Allen (The Pleasance), The Route To Happiness, Next Thing You Know,  A Class Act, Sleeping Arrangements, Title Of Show,  That Face, Meet Me In St Louis & Zanna Dont (Landor Theatre), One Touch Of Venus, Phantom, Little Me, Days Of Hope, It’s A Plane…It’s A Bird…It’s Superman, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Ye Olde Rose & Crown), The Secret Garden In Concert (The Kings Head & UK Tour), A Body To Diet For (Etcetera Theatre), ROOMS – A Rock Romance, Armstrongs War, As Is (The Finborough), The Raft(The London Theatre), RENT (Tabard Theatre), Where’s Ellie (The Rag Factory), Blood Wedding (The Courtyard), Passing By (Tristan Bates Theatre), Ushers: The Front Of House Musical (The Hope Theatre & Charing Cross Theatre transfer), Walk Like A Man (World Tour), Santaphrenia (Leicester Square Theatre) & Only Our Own (The Arts Theatre, West End), On Tidy Endings (Tristan Bates Theatre), Viva Voce, Walk Like A Man & Rock Titans (World Tour), The Mikado(Battersea Barge transfer to The Rise, Leicester Square), RAGS (The Lyric Theatre, West End), Carousel (Arcola) & The Last Five Years(Greenwich Theatre).

CHRIS AUKETT - LAMDA TEACHER & WORKSHOP LEADER

TEACHES - LAMDA, ACTING, SHAKESPEARE, FIM & TV

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)

LOUIS RAYNEAU - HEAD OF DANCE & CHOREOGRAPHY

TEACHES - JAZZ, TAP, BALLET & MUSICAL THEATRE

Louis Trained in Musical Theatre at PPA (Guildford) 

Recently has come off Happy Ever After UK Tour with Sam Bailey. Credits inc: World Premiere Of Cartoon Network Live! Arena Tour as Ben 10, Endeavour (ITV Series), The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland (Int. Tour), Filch/Dance Captain in Beggars Opera (Lazarus Theatre Company), Duchamp in UK Premiere of Hotel For Criminals: Horror Opera (New Wimbledon Theatre), Conor (Lead) in Can’t Stop It: Another New Musical Workshop (West End), Pc Pong/Understudy Aladdin in Aladdin (Harlequin Theatre), Smiler in Snow White & Seven Dwarfs (Theatre Royal Nottingham), West Side Story (Manchester Warehouse/Dir. Nikolai Foster & Drew McOnie).

TOM CHIPPENDALE - HEAD OF SINGING & ASSISTANT MUSICAL DIRECTOR

TEACHES - SINGING, PIANO & MUSICAL THEATRE

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).

GEORGE SCOTT - ACADEMY & TECHNICAL MANAGER

Teaches - Juniors Acting & LAMDA

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 to the Academy Team.

DEANNA PAIGE LASHBROOK - DANCE & CHOREOGRAPHY

Teaches - Jazz, Tap & Musical Theatre

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’.

Lucy Seymour - DANCE

Teaches - Tap, Ballet & Jazz
Lucy is married with two daughters and has been dancing for over 25 years in a variety of genres including ISTD Tap and Modern, RAD Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. She started her dance career at Pond-Grainger School of Dance and moved to Spotlight competing in many competitions, festivals (including All England Dance Finals), performing in many shows and completing major exams.
She started her teaching career in 2017 at Woking Teacher Training College and passed her DDE Tap exam in 2018. Shortly after having her second daughter she continued her training in DDE Modern at Joanna School of Dance shortly, and will be taking her exam in the very near future. She has recently taken a PBT course and is now a fully qualified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor. She also recently completed the ISTD Intermediate Foundation Contemporary course.
Dance is a huge lifelong passion of hers and her aim is to help every dancer on their journey to becoming the best dancer they can be.

Richard Baker - Resident Musical Director

Teaches - Singing & Voice

 

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.

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