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19 Aigburth Road Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 4JR

Maxine Ellis – Principal

Miss Maxine trained at Liverpool Theatre School and qualified at Licentiate level in all IDTA theatre subjects. Following a professional dance career which took her to Europe and America Miss Maxine was invited by Norah Button to become Co-Principal of Liverpool Theatre School and in 2001 they were successful in securing Dance and Drama Awards which enabled them to offer funded professional musical theatre training to students from the UK and abroad.

Since 2011 Miss Maxine has been sole Principal of LTS. Through initiatives such as acquiring Advanced Learner Loan funding for students she continues to prove how self-motivated and passionate she is as a director. The ethos of the school still continues today supporting talented students who may not otherwise be able to afford professional quality training.

Adam Douglas – Course Director

Adam has had a very diverse career in performing arts ranging from modelling for Giorgio Armani in Milan, to playing Father Christmas in the internationally acclaimed ballet The Snowman. He began training as a young boy and was the first recipient of the Dougie Squires Award. At the age of ten he appeared in his first professional musical, Hans Christian Anderson starring Tommy Steele.

Graduating from Northern Ballet School, his first Musical Theatre job was Evita, going on to it’s premiere tour as the tango dancer. Continuing theatre credits include:-The Fabric of Time, Gloriana, the West End rival of Brigadoon, Chess, including the premiere international tour, Guys and Dolls , The King and I and the Phantom of the Opera premiere tour.

Adam joined Coroboree contemporary dance company as an original cast member of The Rock and Paint Show composed by Dave Stewart and created the role of JFK for the world premiere of In Honour of the Drowned Man. He continued to perform in but also became assistant director and choreographer on productions of Oklahoma, My Fair Lady and South Pacific. Choreography for the University of Wales productions include:- The Winters Tale, Red Noses , Peer Gynt and the Wizard of Oz. Adam was the dance co-ordinator for educational workshops run by The Phantom company. He has taught at Mountview on the post graduate course, devising and directing the American Dream, also at Northern Ballet School, The Hammond School and North Cheshire and City college.

His Television credits include Who Bombed the Birmingham Six, starring John Hurt, The Laurence Olivier Awards appearing as a Geoff Richer dancer and the recently revised The Andrew Lloyd-Webber Story for the South Bank show. Adam has appeared in, choreographed and been assistant director on numerous pantomimes including Dartford, Hornchurch and York. He Joined LTS as head of dance in 2001 as the three year course started and became Course Director the following year. He has since directed and choreographed over thirty in – house and summer productions for LTS. During this time he has reprised his roles of Father and Father Christmas in The Snowman in the West End and subsequently in Tokyo Japan.


Patricia Allford

Patricia is currently the administrator and student support officer. She holds a certificate in Safe Guarding, Level 1 and is also the qualified First Aider for LTS.

Patricia trained at Liverpool Theatre School for 3 years gaining her teaching Associate and Membership qualifications in Ballet ,Tap and Modern and her dancing experience has taken her around the world as far as Dubai, Cyprus and Portugal. Patricia came back home to go on to receive her TDLB award D32 D33 D34 and NVQ Internal Verifiers award. She started teaching at Liverpool Theatre School on the full time and part time classes in all aspects of dance. She also has RSA fitness to Music and Reebok Step instructors qualification, and recently gained her Zumba instructors certificate.


Ewan Anderson – Head of Singing

Ewan trained in Piano, Voice and Composition at the University of Manchester and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Extensive experience as Musical Director includes the West End production of BAT BOY The Musical, touring productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Scrooge, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and regional productions of the Wizard of Oz, The Secret Garden, The Boys from Syracuse and Evita. He was Musical Supervisor for the 2003 UK tour of Copacabana. He has MDd over a dozen pantomimes including productions for Qdos, First Family Entertainment and Evolution. Theatre Composition credits include A Man for All Seasons, Fallen Angels (Bill Kenwright Ltd), Mansfield Park and The Admirable Crichton (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Ewan has worked as arranger for artists as diverse as Bobby Davro and Kathleen Turner, as well as producing arrangements and backing tracks for numerous Production Companies and Cruise Liners. His singing students include Pop, Rock and RnB artists as well as many successful Musical Theatre performers. Ewan has been Musical Director for the Graduating Students’ Production at Liverpool Theatre School since 2006. He took over as Head of the Singing Department in January 2011.


Suzanne O’Keefe

Suzanne trained at Royal Northern College of music Manchester and was a resident in D’Oyly Carte Opera company. She was also involved in musical theatre productions at the Wolsey Threatre Ipswich. In 1985 she began as a full time singing tutor at Liverpool Theatre School and Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre and Chiltern School. She has a great interest in special needs work and is currently part of Reformers Special School in Ashfield.

Suzanne is principal childrens tutor with Bill Kenwright touring shows. Her working titles to date include tutor for the Billy Elliot Tour with Raymond Gubbay. She is a member of The Magic of Gilbert and Sullivan, working as a producer for their tour in Buxton and Liverpool, and has gained international credit for Liverpool Theatre School for this tour.


Kate Blair

Kate trained at East 15 Acting School. She is a technical voice specialist and acting coach working at theatres, colleges and theatre schools throughout the UK. Most recently Kate has taken on projects for Pegasus Theatre, Oxford and The Lantern Theatre, Liverpool.

Kate is passionate about the field of voice and promotes vocal health and cutting edge practice through her involvement with The British Voice Association. As a founder member of ‘Northern Voice’ Kate provides voice training and education for actors and other professional voice users. Kate’s private singing clients include performers and recording artists within the genres of Musical Theatre and pop/rock.
As an actor and vocalist Kate has worked around the country and abroad in both Theatre and Musical Theatre and has also worked extensively as a session singer.


Rachel Saul – Head of Dance

Rachel trained at Northern Ballet School, Manchester. She graduated with a Diploma in Professional Dance and teaching qualifications with the I.S.T.D and R.A.D. Rachel enjoyed a fulfilling and diverse performing career onboard the MS Crystal Symphony, a six star luxury cruise liner based in Los Angeles, USA. She began her contract as Dancer/Lead Adagio and was soon promoted to Swing Dancer and Line Captain/Deputy Cruise Director. Rachel enjoyed 7 years travelling the world with Crystal Cruises, performing in award winning Broadway-Style Production Shows. In her final year with the company, she was Assistant to the Artistic Directors/Choreographers.

Rachel moved to New York City after her time with Crystal Cruises and attended many workshops given by Broadway Choreographers. She also began her teaching career at dance schools in Brooklyn and New Jersey. In early 2002, after gaining valuable experience from NYC, Rachel returned home to England. Shortly afterwards, she was offered teaching positions on the vocational courses at both Liverpool Theatre School and Northern Ballet School.

Rachel is currently Head of Dance at LTS, where she teaches the 3 disciplines of Ballet, Jazz & Tap, as well as Adagio/Jazz-Partnering. Rachel has choreographed many pieces for LTS and NBS’s shows and showcases. Recently she has choreographed ‘The Boyfriend’ and ‘The Gondoliers’ for Northwest Youth Productions at the Buxton Fringe Festival. She thoroughly enjoys her work, both as a teacher and a choreographer.


Heather Roberts

Heather Roberts grew up in Liverpool England and has been immersed in the dance culture since the age of 5. After graduating from Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre she toured the world with various shows and companies including the renowned Garth Fagan Dance Company in New York.

During her mid twenties Heather was invited to join Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a dancer where she worked her way up the ranks to Dance Captain, Resident Choreographer and eventually assistant Director on numerous shows.

Heather is thrilled to be back in Liverpool and currently teaches Jazz at Liverpool Theatre School, The Hammond school, Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre and is a guest lecturer at LIPA and John Moores University.


Samantha McCabe

Born in Australia, Samantha trained with Gailene Stock and then later with The Australian Ballet School. She joined The Australian Ballet in 1987 under the artistic directorship of Mania Gielgud. In 1991 she joined English National Ballet. Her career as a ballerina has spanned over 10 years and she has done all the major ballets. Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

Samantha retired from dancing in 1997 to have a family. In 2002 she started her own school called Balletworks and she joined Liverpool Theatre School as a freelance teacher.


Gayna Attreed

In 2008 Gayna gained a Diploma in Personal Training and Sports Massage Therapy from UK leading sports academy Premier International. Since becoming a qualified self employed fitness professional, Gayna has gained several contracts with some of Liverpool’s top corporate clients including Home Office, DWF LLP and Weightmans LLP; delivering functional yoga, holistic stress management and nutrition workshops.

Gayna is highly motivated and enthusiastic with a friendly and confidential manner; providing expert Intelligent Personal Training (IPT) 1:1 to private clients helping achieve fat loss, muscle tone, increased energy and confidence. Specialist area: spine and hip anatomy.

Massage therapy is like the polish detail to your fitness regime. Deep tissue release, injury rehabilitation, lymphatic drainage and relaxation help you gain the optimum from your health and fitness. 


Alan Pattison - Head of Acting & Musical Theatre (Diploma in Professional Acting)


Alan was born in Stockport, Cheshire and educated at Burnage High School and the Shena Simon VI Form College in Manchester. He auditioned for RADA in 1985 and won a place on the seven term Acting Course. His acting tutor was Doreen Cannon, who had been invited to teach the Stanislavski System at the Academy, having trained in New York with the legendary acting teacher Uta Hagen.

After graduating, he found theatre work with the Library Theatre Company, working with Chris Honer and Paul Kerryson. He has also worked with The Royal Exchange Theatre (in the world premiere of ‘The Odd Women’ adapted by Michael Meyer) The Manchester Actors Company, M6 Theatre Company and the Liverpool Playhouse. His work in television has included ‘Coronation St.’ (twice) ‘Children’s Ward’, ‘The Bill’ and given him opportunities to work with two of his acting heroes: Gary Oldman in David Hare’s BBC play ‘Heading Home’, and the greatest of Sherlock Holmes, Jeremy Brett in ‘The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes’ for Granada TV. He recently appeared in the Sony Pictures TV series of ‘Snatch’ with Dougray Scott.

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 Zoe Taylor

Zoe trained at Liverpool Theatre School, graduating in 2013 with a distinction. She won various awards throughout her time here including Student of the Year in 1st and 2nd year and Graduate of the Year in her final year. Realising her passion for teaching, she then studied at the Guildford School of Acting in Surrey, graduating with a First Class Honours in Theatre. From there, she went on to study further dance teacher training with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and now teaches at pre-vocational and vocational level in various schools around the North West. She is also a guest lecturer for the North West Dance Class Championships.



 DEREK MARTIN 10X8 2194Derek Martin 

Derek Martin has worked as a playwright, theatre director and lecturer for over thirty years. His plays have been performed throughout the UK in venues including Theatre 503 (Battersea), the Swansea Grand, Eye Castle (Suffolk), and Theatr Clwyd. Since 2011, he has worked as librettist on a range of musical projects. The first of these was Indigestion, a site-specific, immersive show with music by Michael Betteridge, which was performed at The Lowry, Salford and subsequently at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival. Working with other composers, Derek has written musicals, opera and other classical pieces. This work has been performed at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Bridgewater Hall and the Southbank Centre. In 2017, Derek directed a film version of the stage opera Nadja’s Song by Lucy Armstrong and David Spittle. He also wrote his first screenplay – Pretty – which was directed by Chris Green and has been screened at several film festivals including the Liverpool Film Festival in October 2018.Derek has an M.Phil. in Playwriting Studies from the University of Birmingham.


JACQUI PODOSKI 10x8 2339 Jacqui Podoski 

Jacqui began her professional singing career at the age of 7 with a 5 year run on Yorkshire TV’s “Junior Showtime” television programme. This was followed by regular appearances on “Stars on Sunday” and was a winner on “Hughie Green’s Opportunity Knocks”. She has worked in most areas of the Performing Arts: in Theatre, Television, and Musicals. Her film credits include the 1982 Michael Winner version of “The Wicked Lady” and the famous children’s cult movie “Bugsy Malone”.

Jacqui studied opera at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and has since performed with several opera companies including E.NO, Glyndebourne Welsh and Opera North playing principle Soprano in La Boheme, Tosca, Magic Flute, La belle Helene. Her Musical Theatre career spans 20 years including, Fonteine and Eponine in Les Miserables, Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Chess and My Fair Lady. 

As a tutor and arts educator, Jacqui was brought in as consultant to the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts to devise and implement a part time performing arts school LIPA 4:19 as well as running her own part time Theatre Schools Jacqui now tutors in Musical Theatre and as a voice specialist whilst continuing her Doctoral research into Idiomatic Singing Styles employed in Musical Theatre. An accredited Vocal Process Teacher and lifelong learner.




“It’s very rare at theatre schools today to get individual attention when you are in class. I found at LTS because of their smaller class size, that there was no hiding during exercises, so teachers would notice any improvements you could make. It may sound daunting to feel exposed, but having that knowledge passed on, individually to you, is so valuable and that is why you can see vast improvements in the students at LTS over the 3 years.”

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