Tutors

All of the tutors and artists involved in training our diploma students have rich professional histories as performers and educators. Key members of the diploma team are:

celia-greenwoodCelia Greenwood – Voice (PGCE, MA Performing Arts)
Co founder of WAC, She has taught drama extensively for many years in schools, colleges and universities including on Wac Arts courses. Celia 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.


cathryn-robsonCathryn Robson (Head of Singing) – 1-to-1 Singing and Vocal Health (MA Voice Studies RCSSD, CT ABRSM Singing)
Cathryn has been providing vocal training and support to aspiring and professional singers, actors and dancers since 2002. Her coaching experience spans theatre, contemporary dance and musical projects in the UK and Europe. She has taught at the University of Westminster, Trinity Laban, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, The Musical Theatre Academy, Ravensbourne College and London Metropolitan University. Her qualifications include an MA Voice Studies, CT ABRSM (Singing) and the Estill Model (Levels 1 &2). She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and a current PGCHE candidate with the University of Westminster.


steve-medlinStephen 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.


martha-stylianouMartha Stylianou – Pilates (OCR Certified Instructor Pilates Institute, Diploma London School Contemporary Dance)
Trained at Weekend Arts College, The Laban Centre and went on to graduate from The London School of Contemporary Dance as well as the Pilates Institute. She has performed extensively both in this country and abroad with companies such as Ludus, David Glass Ensemble, Lumiere & Son, and Bullies Ballerinas. Martha has taught at a number of London Dance Schools including Central School of Ballet and Lewisham College as well as running INSET training for dance teachers both in the UK and as part of the British Council cultural exchange in Southern Africa and Azerbajian. She currently runs her own Pilates studio where she focuses on ‘rehabilitation’ and ‘injury prevention’, www.marthastylianou.com
Martha is currently the Dance Module Leader.


Dance Technique

 

ashleigh-tresizeAshleigh 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.


alesandra-seutinAlesandra Seutin – Artistic Director / Choreographer Vocab Dance – African Dance (BA Hons Dance Studies, Artistic Director Vocab Dance)
Performer, choreographer and teacher, Alesandra Seutin was born in Harare, raised in Brussels and trained in London where she has made her residence. Seutin’s work has toured nationally and internationally and she is progressively emerging as a choreographer making marks. Seutin founded, Vocab Dance Company (VDC) in 2007 and the company was created with the vision of fusing African traditional dance with contemporary dance and Hip-Hop to explore contemporary issues. In addition to the work on VDC, as an independent choreographer and movement director, Alesandra was commissioned to create work for Phoenix Dance Theatre, she work on 2 productions for Theatre Centre and recently choreographed for 12ºNorth Dance Company’s tour. Alesandra has built strong connections with the international dance centre Ecole des Sables/Jant-Bi in Senegal. In 2011, she was chosen by its Artistic Director Germaine Acogny ‘ The mother of contemporary African Dance’ to become the only UK Acogny technique teacher.


kamilah-turnerKamilah Turner – Ballet (Baccalaureate Fine Arts)
was born in Oxford, England but grew up in Virginia, USA where she began her dance training at Diggs School of Dance. She attended college at NC School of the Arts but received her BFA from Alvin Ailey/Fordham University where she first started her studies in the Horton Technique. She apprenticed with Urban Bush Women and performed with the national tour of Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida.” She also danced with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble for 5 1/2 years in Colorado, USA and DanceBrazil in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She is currently dancing in the West End’s production of The Lion King as an Ensemble member.


martha-stylianouMartha Stylianou – Pilates (OCR Certified Instructor Pilates Institute, Diploma London School Contemporary Dance)
Trained at Weekend Arts College, The Laban Centre and went on to graduate from The London School of Contemporary Dance as well as the Pilates Institute. She has performed extensively both in this country and abroad with companies such as Ludus, David Glass Ensemble, Lumiere & Son, and Bullies Ballerinas. Martha has taught at a number of London Dance Schools including Central School of Ballet and Lewisham College as well as running INSET training for dance teachers both in the UK and as part of the British Council cultural exchange in Southern Africa and Azerbajian. She currently runs her own Pilates studio where she focuses on ‘rehabilitation’ and ‘injury prevention’, www.marthasylianou.com
Martha is currently the Dance Module Leader.


sundeep-sainiSundeep Saini – Musical Theatre Dance, Choreography (BA Dance and Drama)


Drama Technique

 

celia-greenwoodCelia 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.


steve-medlinStephen 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.


genericBen Bennett – Text (BA Honours Drama)
Ben Bennett is an ex- Wac Arts student and graduated from The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2001. As an actor he has worked for BBC TV, Radio, ITV and at The Birmingham Rep, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Manchester’s Contact Theatre, The Tricycle and Theatre Royal Stratford East. He recently began a career as a director with ‘Last Man on The Heygate’ as part of the ‘Chavs’ night at The Hammersmith Lyric and ‘Bredders’ for SoundBites at Rich Mix. Among other renowned directors, he has assisted: Paulette Randall (‘Cat B’ and ‘Fences’) and ex-Tricycle Artistic Director Nick Kent (‘The Riots’).


daniele-lydonDaniele Lydon – Voice (MA Voice Studies)
Trained at Webber Douglas and is a professional actor and has an MA in VOICE. TV credits include ‘Holby City’ ‘A Touch of Frost’, ‘Lawless’ ‘Bad Girls’. Recent performances include ‘All My Sons’ and ‘Curve’ at The Manchester Royal Exchange. She has taught for Wac Arts for 7 years. Daniele is currently the resident dialect coach for ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘The Lion King’.


indra-oveIndra 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.


che-walkerChe 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-lairdMartina 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).


Singing Technique

 

cathryn-robsonCathryn Robson (Head of Singing) – 1-to-1 Singing and Vocal Health (MA Voice Studies RCSSD, CT ABRSM Singing)
Cathryn has been providing vocal training and support to aspiring and professional singers, actors and dancers since 2002. Her coaching experience spans theatre, contemporary dance and musical projects in the UK and Europe. She has taught at the University of Westminster, Trinity Laban, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, The Musical Theatre Academy, Ravensbourne College and London Metropolitan University. Her qualifications include an MA Voice Studies, CT ABRSM (Singing) and the Estill Model (Levels 1 &2). She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and a current PGCHE candidate with the University of Westminster.


derek-barnesDerek Barnes – General Musicianship and Ensemble Singing (GRSM, LRAM, Perf. Dip. London Opera Centre)
Professor Emeritus Music Theatre Performance University of Gothenburg. Derek is a musical director, conductor, composer, arranger and specialist voice coach. Trained as a singer at the Royal Academy of Music and London Opera Centre before focusing on composing and conducting. National Theatre (Coram Boy, Oedipus, The Royal Hunt of the Sun), London West End credits and in theatres and opera houses abroad in 15 countries. He has given Masterclasses and guested as Musical Director at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Arts Ed, University of Chichester, San Diego State University, Performance Preparation Academy, International Music Theatre Education (Finland), Joop van den Ende Academy (Hamburg) and the University of Vilnius. Derek is the originator and Director of Sound Power Workshops – explorations of voice, sound and consciousness through improvisation.


kate-milner-evansKate Milner-Evans – Solo Song (PPRNCM Royal Northern College of Music, DipABRSM)
Kate is a singer/actress whose recent credits include ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Showboat’. She has performed widely in opera and music theatre in the UK and Europe. She holds a DipABRSM in singing teaching and has previously worked at the Guildford School of Acting and Cirencester College of Further Education. Kate trained at Birmingham University, the Royal Northern College of Music and the International Opera Studio (Zurich).


dogan-mehmetDogan (Doe) Mehmet – Repertory Song (BMus Ethnomusicology – Newcastle University)
Doe is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist specialising in traditional music. His instruments include violin, viola, double bass, electric bass, guitar, tenor banjo, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, cittern, melodeon, cajon, drum kit and darabouka. He is also a composer, song-writer, producer and performer whose recent credits include ‘Once’ and ‘War Horse’ (London West End).


Aerials

 

vicki-amedumeVicki Amedume
Vicki is the Artistic Director and founder of Upswing, a UK based circus company that stimulates new thinking in circus and challenges cultural assumptions by literally turning the world upside down, using the poetic potency of physical skill and risk taking of the form to give a voice to ideas that words alone can’t. Since 1997, Vicki has performed and created aerial and circus based work that has been showcased in the UK and worldwide. She has worked across all spheres of circus from traditional touring tented circuses to large-scale outdoor spaces and intimate touring indoor theatre. She is a Visiting Lecturer in Circus at Bucks University, Guest Lecturer and Guest Trainer at The National Centre for Circus Arts and Visiting Trainer at The Hangar Arts Trust. She trained at Live and Direct, Birkbeck College, Circus Sarasota, Centre National des Arts du Cirque (CNAC, France), Leeds University and Circus Space. Vicki currently sits on the board of the Albany in Deptford.


genericMaisy Taylor
BA (Hons) degree from the National Centre for Circus Arts,is a professional circus artist who recently graduated with a 1:1 from The National Centre for Circus Arts, where she specialised in aerial rope. She has been teaching for over 5 years at The Circus Project, Brighton, Aerial Days and Circus Suburbia and National Centre for Circus Arts among others. She is also trained in static trapeze, Aerial hoop, Aerial conditioning and Creative Aerial.


genericAngeliki Nikolakiki
BA (Hons) degree from the National Centre for Circus Arts started dancing when she was four years old and since then she always felt the importance of expressing herself through the moving body. Ballet, modern theatre, contemporary and other dance classes enriched my otherwise normal life, until one day dance showed her the way to circus. She moved from her home town in Greece to Bristol where she was introduced to the magic of the aerial world and then to London to study at The National Centre for Circus Arts, UK’s leading contemporary circus school. Specialising in aerial straps she can now also enjoy dancing in the air!


Songwriting

 

lynieve-austinLynieve Austin
Lynieve is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, vocal coach and backing vocalist who has toured internationally with artists such as Curtis Mayfield and M People. Her vocal style is rooted in soul, R&B, jazz and flamenco. She is the founder and director of the vocal production company Much Fruit.


Professional Development

 

susan-cullenSu Cullen – Professional Development (MA Voice Studies (RCSSD), PGCE)
With an MA in Voice Studies from the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Susan has worked as voice and accent coach on several theatrical productions. Susan also works in the Business, FE and HE spheres, where she designs workshops, master-classes and courses for the coaching of presentation skills, accent softening and vocal skills. She also works with private business clients as coach/mentor in raising the skill set profile to further professional development. She has acted as assessor at diploma and degree level for the Urdang Academy and London Studio Centre. Susan is currently studying for a qualification as a dyslexia specialist as part of her PhD research studies. She was engaged full time by English National Opera as a professional singer and subsequently enjoyed an professional career as a singer, actor, director and writer , performing internationally and in London’s west end with credits on TV and radio and vdeo /CD recordings. She was Artistic director of opera exclusive! and The Opera Express! , devising and creating artistic and educational workshop/performance days for children of primary and secondary school age.

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