All of the tutors and artists involved in training our Senior Wac Arts students have rich professional histories as performers and educators. Key members of the team are:
Celia Greenwood – Voice (PGCE, MA Performing Arts)
Is co founder and CEO of Wac Arts. She has taught drama extensively for many years in schools, colleges and universities. She has also taught on the Wac Arts courses. She has trained as an Arts Mentor and gives career advice and support to many Wac Arts students. She has also run a number of training programmes in Drama teaching and workshop leadership skills and was the external examiner for the Drama PGCE course at Middlesex University.
Stephen Medlin – Drama/Physical Theatre (BA Theatre Arts)
Trained at Rose Bruford Drama School and is a founder member of Unclassified Arts. Stephen is a specialist in physical theatre and a regular actor / teacher with the BBC. He has appeared in TV and film productions such as Sweeney Todd, Jungle Run, Pump it up, The Nutcracker, Moth, Amar, Acbar & Tony and Sticks and Stones. He works as a movement director for a number of theatres which have included: The Young Vic, The Theatre Royal, The Tricycle, The Sheffield Crucible, The Liverpool Everyman, WYPH, and The Hackney Empire. He was theatre consultant to Nottingham Arts, Physicality and Visual Connection and is currently the Drama Module Leader and head of the 3rd years.
Indra Ove – Text (BA Acting)
Trained for 3 yrs at Central School of Speech and Drama. From there went to work in the theatre with names like Trevor Nunn in his production of Timon Of Athens, with Poliakov in Blinded By The Sun at the National Theatre , Hermia in Robert Le Pages renowned wet and muddy Midsummer Night’s Dream also at The National Theatre and then Henry Fonda’s part in the female version of “12 Angry Men” on the fringe. She worked alongside Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Interview With The Vampire, and played Bianca in Laurence Fishburn’s and Kenneth Branagh’s Othello, also The Fifth Element and Resident Evil. As well as doing a lot of short and independent movies both here and in LA. Indra is currently in The curious incident of the dog in night time at Londons West End, Gielgud Theatre.
Che Walker – Text (Drama – Webber Douglas Academy)
Che has won the Peter Brook Award (Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award) for his plays Crazy Love and Burnt up Love. Che’s musical version of Been So Long is a nominee for The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009. He studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy in London (1989-1992 graduating with Distinction) and at WAC (1998), and has worked with Edward Bond, Dennis Potter, Philip Ridley, Mark Ravenhill and Ricky Gervais, among others. Ché has taught acting at RADA, Central, E15 and the Arts Project for Socially Excluded Youth. He has taught writing for the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme, in the Feltham Young Offenders’ Institute, at the Centre Point Homeless Shelter, and for Hampstead Theatre Youth Project.
Martina Laird – Text (BA French and Drama and Drama, Webber Doulgas Academy)
Martina Laird has worked extensively in the industry as an actor for almost 20 years. Her theatre work includes The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre, The Almeida and the Donmar Warehouse’ award winning production of Othello. With vast experience of working in television, Martina is probably best known as the popular character Comfort Jones on BBC’s flagship drama Casualty. In addition to her acting, she has directed productions for stage (Sunshine, Fly Me To The Moon, Glen Gary Glen Ross).
Ashleigh Trezise – Jazz (FRSA)
Ashleigh began her dance training aged 10 years old at Pineapple Dance Studios under the tutelage of west end choreographer Arlene Phillips. As a professional dancer and choreographer she has worked extensively in South East Asia and throughout the UK on stage, TV and touring with recording artists and performance companies. She is also a freelance producer and arts manager with credits including Outspoken Dance at Sadlers Wells Wells/Hackney Empire, Festival of Youth Arts, Dance Dialect, Classically British, Dance Showdown and currently dance projects producer for Brent. Ashleigh has studied Mattox Jazz technique directly from Matt and Martine Mattox and has a teaching diploma with Dance Arts International. She continues to travel regularly to France to develop professionally and train with Martine Mattox. Ashleigh is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is member on the board of trustees for Portobello Dance School.
Rachel Bennett – Vocals (MA Distinction Text and Performance)
Rachel has worked as a freelance musician/composer/voice coach, MD and choir mistress for over 25 years. After completing actor’s training at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, she furthered her studies at RADA and Kings College with an MA Distinction in Text and Performance. She has worked for companies including The National Theatre, Dream Arts (for The Mouse Trap), Urban Development where she developed choral R&B choirs for Newham Radio Road Show gigs and at The MIDI Music Co, where she was senior voice coach. Her interest in choral expression has extended to professional productions such as BTC’s national tour of ‘Paper and Stone’ and Basement Theatre’s ‘Homesick’ and ‘Babylon Market Place’. She was MD for Wac Arts’ Foundation Degree first year productions for two consecutive years – ‘Grimm Tales’ and ‘Seven Ages’ showed at Westminster Community Theatre. Rachel leads her own band / duo outfit RAIE currently performing Rhythm ‘n Blues on London’s live music circuit and sings background vocals for Lyanna Austin and for the Dani Clay Function Band. She also teaches singing for the Popular Music Degree at Goldsmiths University of London and is a regular contributor to Voice Council Magazine. Her latest recording Earthbound has received acclaim from Blue Matters magazine.