Teachers

MEGAN LOUISE CRAWLEY (SHE/HER) - 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 10 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.

TOM CHIPPENDALE (HE/HIM) - RESIDENT MUSICAL DIRECTOR & MUSICAL SUPERVISOR

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).

CERYS MCKENNA (SHE/HER) - HEAD OF SINGING & MUSIC / ASSISTANT MUSICAL DIRECTOR

TEACHES - SINGING, PIANO, MUSIC THEORY & ACTING
Cerys graduated from Mountview in July with a Masters in Musical Direction after completing a BMus at Royal Holloway University.
Professional credits include: Ride the Musical (Southwark Playhouse and Leicester Curve- Assistant MD, 2023), Cinderella (Brighton Family Pantomime- MD, 2023) Diary of a Gay Disaster (The King’s Head Theatre and Mountview- MD, 2023), Café on the Beach (Mountview- Onstage MD/Composer), When No One’s Looking (Lambert Jackson Productions Workshop- AMD), Now. Here. This. (Edinburgh Fringe MD, 2023), Vinegar Tom (Mountview-Assistant MD), A Little Night Music (Mountview- Assistant MD 2022), You Don’t Have to Make a Big Song and Dance of it (National Theatre Connections- 2023 MD).
She has also worked for and accompanied Berkshire Youth Choir, Berkshire Children’s Choir and The John Lewis Partnership Choir. As well as this she is Head of Singing at The International Academy of Musical Theatre in Egham.

JOE PRESS (HE/HIM) - HEAD OF DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY

TEACHES - JAZZ, MUSICAL THEATRE & TECHNICAL DANCE
Joe started his training at the BRIT School before graduating from Laine Theatre Arts with a Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.
Joe’s credits include Swing in Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (West End), Ensemble/ Cover Alderman in Dick Whittington and His Cat (Norwich Theatre Royal), Ensemble/Cover Prince in Cinderella (Norwich Theatre Royal), Swing in Mary Poppins (Theatre en der Elbe, Hamburg), Ensemble/Cover Sheriff Hiccup in Jack and the Beanstalk (Norwich Theatre Royal), Ensemble/Cover Silly Billy in Sleeping Beauty (Norwich Theatre Royal)
Television Credits include; Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (Mary Poppins) ITV’s This Morning (Mary Poppins) Dancer for The BRIT Awards (Kim Gavin)

JESSICA LASHBROOK (SHE/HER) - TECHNICAL DANCE

Teaches - Tap, Ballet & Jazz

Jess is currently in her second year at PPA on the BA(Hons) Musical Theatre course. She has been with IAMT for 9 years previously being a part of the Saturday school and shows in a week. She has performed in professional pantomimes and touring productions such as ‘Evita’, ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ and ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ and was also part of the juvenile ensemble in ‘Never Forget’ at the Savoy Theatre. Her credits with IAMT include Joanne in ‘RENT’, Heather in ‘American Idiot’, Morticia in ‘Addams Family’, Kate in ‘Avenue Q’ and Ariel in ‘Footloose’. She also performed with IAMT at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as Anna in ‘Spring Awakening’.

CHRIS AUKETT (HE/HIM) - 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 (HE/HIM) - 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.

MACY WEDD (SHE/HER) - TEACHING ASSISTANT

Macy has had a love for performing from a young age, and joined the IAMT teaching team in 2022. She loves watching young performers grow and develop their skills as well as gain their confidence. She was thrilled to join the teaching team, as she feels passionate about inspiring other young performers to achieve their best and wanting to be a positive role model for them. Macy is a Senior Academy student, and has been a part of the IAMT for several years, performing in a variety of shows. As well as this, she has also completed a number of LAMDA examinations in both Acting and Musical Theatre – she will be continuing her training alongside IAMT at Artemis College.

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