Maxine Ellis – Principal

Having completed training as a professional dancer Maxine’s career took her to many exciting locations around the world from Milan to Mexico. Maxine also choreographed and appeared in many trade shows in the UK. Numerous television credits include Coronation Street, Prime Suspect, Brookside.

In 2010 Maxine became the sole Principal and is a member of International Dance Teachers Association, Dance UK and the Institute for Learning. In 2001 Maxine was instrumental in gaining the Dance and Drama Awards for LTS.

Following negotiations Maxine is very excited that LTS is to move in 2017 and be part of the new film and television studios in Liverpool, having wanted her own theatre for the students for so long this dream will soon be reality.

 

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.

 

Val Jones – Business Development Team

Val trained at Merseyside Dance Centre. Her performing and choreographic work has included fashion and trade shows and regional theatre throughout the UK.

Val also established a Musical Theatre Course at the McDonald College, Sydney, Australia, and has lectured in Classical Ballet at John Moores University in Liverpool and Modern Theatre at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester. She is an examiner and lecturer for the ISTD, both in the UK and abroad, and is currently involved in establishing a dance centre in Malta.

She gained an MA in dance studies at John Moores University in 2009 and completed her Pilates training with the Body Control Pilates Association in 2011. In January 2012 she completed a business course with Wirralbiz.

 

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.

 

Anne Leatherland

Anne is a successful teacher and singer based in the East Midlands. She has been teaching Singing for over sixteen years and has successfully trained both amateur and professional singers, in a range of genres. As well as running a busy private practice her work includes courses and workshops, at times in collaboration with fellow professionals. Her teaching is geared towards finding what works for the individual and the promotion of informed healthy voice use.

Anne grew up in a musical family and performed for many years as a folk singer. She was educated in Manchester where she studied choral music and played violin and guitar. Originally opting for a science degree at Lancaster, Anne followed this with a PGCE. Whilst teaching in secondary school she produced musicals with young people and this rekindled her interest in music study. She undertook vocal studies with Coral Gould, gaining diplomas in Classical Singing Performance (ALCM) and Singing Teaching (LGSM).

As a singer (Mezzo Soprano) Anne has performed in numerous concerts, shows and recitals. She has also directed music theatre productions and has assisted with musical direction.

Anne recently became the first Vocal Process Level 3 Accredited Teacher, following four years of advanced study with International and West End voice experts Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher (Vocal Process). As part of this training she completed a research project comparing classical and musical theatre singing, the results of which she will use to help singers perform with authenticity across genres. Current interests also include in-depth study of vocal function, vocal trouble-shooting and rehabilitation.

 

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. 

 

Sam Donovan

Sam studied English and Psychology at the University of Liverpool before training in acting at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.

As an actor he has toured both internationally and across the UK including the West End. He performed in the “Room on the Broom” company nominated for an Olivier Award in 2013. His has appeared on UK TV, radio and adverts.

As a director he has worked on “Our Boys” by Jonathan Lewis at the Pleasance, Islington and the Criterion, Piccadilly, as well as “David Copperfield” by Giles Havergal, in the inaugural production at the world famous Chamber of the County Hall, Southbank, London.

He is Co-Founder and Education associate of Papatango Theatre Company . Papatango discoveries have premiered worldwide, won a BAFTA, the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award, the Off West End Most Promising Playwright Award and the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award.

Sam co - founded Performers Theatre School, Liverpool in 2000 and Merseyside Academy of Drama in 2008. He is passionate about the training and professional development of artists.

 

Natalie Dignam

Natalie Dignam was born and raised in Liverpool and has been involved in the arts since the age of 8. At the age of 16 Natalie began her training at Liverpool Theatre School. She graduated in 2008 with a distinction and was lucky enough to have a job and agent before graduating. Natalie’s first role was Sarah Kines in the UK Tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, she then went into a variety of shows including- Pantomimes playing the leading lady, cruise ships, John Bishop Tour (Dance Captain) and Grease the Musical where she took on the role of assistant dance captain as well as swing, 1st cover Cha Cha and cover Miss Lynch. Whilst on tour with shows, Natalie held workshops in different cities and countries. This helped keep her love for teaching, which she had been doing since the age of 16. Natalie returned to Liverpool in 2013 and began teaching in many dance schools and colleges in the North West. She opened her own theatre school NDTS in May 2013 teaching children aged 3-18. Natalie is delighted to be part of the LTS teaching staff.

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“I was very impressed with the students from Liverpool Theatre School when I first met them quite by accident when I was playing Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly at the Liverpool Empire theatre. The students were all so full of talent and enthusiasm that when I was asked to work with the graduates I said yes in a heartbeat.”

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