Owen Smith

Artistic Director

Owen began his career in the arts as a dancer and performer and has gained a long list of credits including two national tours of Annie, eight pantomimes, and three Chorus Line productions.  Owen has also choreographed for P&O Cruises and has directed his own show "The Magic of Eurovision". In 2004 Owen became resident director for a summer season in the Isle of Man.

Direction credits include 'Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs' Kenneth More Theatre (2020),  'Trash the Musical' Belgium (2016), 'Santa’s new Sleigh' The Arts theatre London (2016) 'The Fall' Redbridge Drama Centre (2017), 'Ishq' Sadler’s Wells (2017). 

As a teacher Owen has taught in schools and collages around the country, including Italia Conti, Performers' college and the Stella Mann college.

Victoria Evaristo

Head of Acting 

Victoria Evaristo is an actor and drama tutor. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Previous acting work includes: The Rally (Stockwell Playhouse) Big Bad world (Comedy Central) Her self-penned one woman show Ma Joyce’s Tales from the Parlour (Edinburgh Festival) (Oval House) The original cast of Do you know where your daughter is? (Hackney Empire)  Call Mr. Robeson (Birmingham drum) The Amber chronicles (Unity theatre, Liverpool)  Henry’s Winner’s Celebration, (Royal Court Theatre Liverpool), Angel Point (New Peckham Varieties Theatre), Tell Me You Love Me, Urban Way Productions (Landor Theatre), Sankofa, Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble, (Queen Elizabeth Hall Southbank and international tour) Belle (Southwark Playhouse), Big Splash (Oily Cart theatre company, national tour) , Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha (BAC London), Turning On ( Futures Theatre Company), Soul Sisters Melody (Everyman Theatre, Liverpool). 

Victoria has a wide scope of direction, teaching and workshop facilitation experience, some of which includes projects at:  Italia Conti academy, City academy, Associated studios, Sylvia Young theatre school, Royal Central School of speech and drama, Identity Drama School, Stagecoach theatre school, London Bubble, Big Foot theatre company, Eastside education, Spread the word Literature development project, City University and numerous other places. Her work has taken her to Europe, Africa and the U.S.A. In addition to this, she privately tutors working with students and professionals on audition prep, voice and script work.

Deborah Goody

Head of Music

Deborah trained at the Royal College of Music and was awarded the Opera Scholarship, Leverhulme Award and Countess of Munster scholarship to complete her training at the R.C.M Opera School. Her career has spanned Opera, Concert – platform, Cabaret, Theatre and Musical Theatre.

 She made her debut recital at the Purcell Room in the Young Musician’s series. Her opera credits include ‘Mirrors of the Truth - Netherlands Opera - Amsterdam, ‘Nais’ – English Bach Festival at the Chateau of Versailles, ‘Rinaldo’-  Handel Opera - Sadlers Wells Theatre and the roles of Yum – Yum -  ‘The Mikado’,  Mabel - ‘Pirates of Penzance’  and Josephine – ‘HMS Pinafore’ with The World of Gilbert and Sullivan at the Barbican Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

Her Contemporary music credits include Solo Soprano with New Ensemble in a regular series at the Purcell Room and ICA and ‘Solo Ride’ with the London Contemporary Dance Theatre at Sadlers Wells.

With Perth Repertory Company she played Daphne Stillington in Noel Coward’s  ‘Present Laughter ’, Rosie in Laurie Lee’s ‘Cider with Rosie’ and Nurse Flynn  in Ken Kesey’s  ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and Hilaret in ‘Lock Up Your Daughters’.  Musical Theatre credits include ‘Robert and Elizabeth’ – Chichester, ‘My Fair Lady’ – Manchester Opera House, the concept album of ‘Chess’ for RCA records, principal vocalist with Crystal Production Company in U.S.A and Japan  and  ‘Phantom of the Opera’ at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

 She is an experienced vocal coach with a private practice and takes regular Summer School workshops both in the UK and Europe. She has taught at The London Studio Centre,   B.A Acting Degree Course at Italia Conti, Trinity Laban MT course and held the post of Head of Singing at Italia Conti Academy Musical Theatre Diploma and B.A Degree Course.

Noreen Banks

Head of Dance 

Having trained at the Arts Educational School, both in Tring and London, Noreen was then fortunate to be able to pursue her passion of classical ballet as a career. As a child she performed with London Festival Ballet, in The Nutcracker and Cinderella, and at college was awarded the highest classical ballet award, the Markova Award, judged and presented by Dame Alicia Markova.

Performing many classical ballet and contemporary roles, Noreen's career developed to her dancing many soloist and principal roles, 8n traditional and contemporary works, in ballet companies in the UK and abroad. Roles were also created for her, ‘Alice’ in Alice in Wonderland, and ‘Bess’ in Porgy and Bess.

After many years of performing Noreen then trained on the PDTC, at the RAD, to become a classical ballet teacher, gaining distinction with the diploma. 

Noreen has successfully taught in several performing arts colleges over years, and has been a guest teacher in many establishments, developing her skills to become Senior Ballet Teacher, then more notably Head of Ballet. After many years of holding this position, she decided to return to freelance teaching and choreography. 

In 2017 Noreen was invited to join the team of inspectorates for the CDMT.


Kerry Newell

Jazz Department

Since graduating she has appeared in “West Side Story”, “Fame” & “The Lion King” in London’s West End, and was fortunate to understudy & play the lead roles as Carmen & Nala.


Kerry has done numerous commercials for Harvey’s, Littlewoods, Iceland, LYNX, Mars Bar, Courts, British Airways & Toy’s’R’ Us. Music Videos:- include Craig David & Artful Dodger,Truesteppers, Morcheeba & the Architects. She has also danced for the Australian Platinum Selling Artist Vanessa Amorosi, with Jay Jay, which gave them the opportunity to perform on Top Of The Pops (UK & Germany) and various TV & Road Shows around the UK and Europe.


Kerry was fortunate to be cast as one of the five presenters for CITV’s “Fun Song Factory”(with Aston from JLS),which lead to presenting on Nickelodeon, GMTV’s “Wakey Wakey” and making a guest appearance on Toonattick. She was one of the main presenters on CBeebies Theatre Tour and also hosted the live “Barbie Dance Star awards”, in conjunction with Arlene Philips.


Kerry set up Funkyds in 2008 to pass on the knowledge to the next generation of kids whilst having fun at the same time. Kerry has also taught at Pineapple, Italia Conti, Urdang, Stella Mann, Tring Park, Swindon Dance and Various Schools around the country.

Louise Fitzgerald

Guest Tutor 

Louise trained full time at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. She has worked extensively in theatre, performing all over the UK and touring internationally, including Hannah and Hanna (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Everyman Theatre, and part of the British Council tour of Asia), The Foundling (Yvonne Arnaud and the Lowry Theatre) The Evergreens (European Tour) and Complete Works Shakespeare Company (Polka Theatre). 

As an award winning comedy writer and performer, Louise has produced a number of sketch shows in London and the Edinburgh Fringe. She has appeared in numerous commercials and her TV credits include UK drama EastEnders.

She is also skilled in comedy having starred in the award winning comedy duo Ladies Live Longer at Leicester Square Theatre, Brighton and Edinburgh Festival. Currently, Louise is enjoying co-developing comedy scripts with writing partner Victoria Temple Morris.

Louise is  an extremely experienced teacher who has taught all over London, in various disciplines.

Ian Brandon

Guest Tutor 

Ian’s work as a composer includes: Ishq (Sadler's Wells Theatre, London), Her Aching Heart (Hope Theatre), Trash (Belgium), Scales of the Unexpected & Big Bruvva (Edinburgh Festival), Psyched (Workshop), Diary of a Chav (Tristan Bates Theatre), Arabian Nights (New Diorama Theatre), On Our Street (King’s Head Theatre/Promenade), Defining Johnson (Dr Johnson's House/Promenade), Broadsheet Ballads, Twists and Turns, Broke (Bridewell Theatre). Ian held the role of resident Composer and Musical Director at St Bride Foundation’s Youth Theatre Programme for 5 years and has also written original music and songs for several short films, plays and recordings including Volunteerology (Edinburgh Festival), A Scent of Flowers (Brockley Jack Theatre), ‘Dentity Crisis (The King's Head),  The Actor's Nightmare and All In The Timing (Bridewell Theatre).


Musical Director credits include: Ragtime (Act Two at Levine, Arena Stage, Washington DC), Spring Awakening (Chelsea Theatre), Violet (Young Vic Workshop), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Made In Dagenham, Sister Act, Fame (Avondale Theatre), Big Bruvva (Edinburgh Festival), Children of Eden, The Wiz, Broke, Once On This Island, Twists and Turns (Bridewell Theatre), Forever Plaid, Starting Here Starting Now & Working (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and Pippin (Kings Head & Arts Depot). He has also Musically Directed graduate showcases in the West End at The Playhouse and The Criterion Theatres.

His songs have been performed at in the West End, London Fringe and Off-Broadway and he composes, arranges and performs with the Musical Comedy Act Scales Of The Unexpected.

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Melody Squire

Guest Tutor 

American choreographer Melody Squire is known for creating visually stimulating work as well as her innate storytelling ability. Her versatility across dance genres makes her a choreographer in high demand. Melody often forms long-term collaborations with clients who highly value her warm nature, efficiency and expertise in problem solving skills. 

Melody began working in the industry as a performer in the feature film "Mrs. Henderson Presents." A diverse career followed. Melody has appeared in numerous music videos for artists such as James Blunt, Madonna and 100 Single Ladies, a pop promo viral for Trident featured on Beyonce’s “I AM …” tour. She has travelled to India to work with choreographer Ganesh Hedge, appearing in the Bollywood film The Singh is King, a stadium tour with Shah Rukh Khan, and as a featured dancer/soloist in the Zee Cine Awards (Bollywood Oscars.) She performed at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles and has appeared in numerous performances at the Royal Opera House. 

Melody's true passion is choreography. Her most recent credits include: Tiger Bay the Musical, Fila, Selfridges, The Corrs, UK Music Video Awards, Fabletics, World Class Awards (Johannesburg, SA), So You Think You Can Dance UK, and the Dead Moon 3D which was nominated for Best Music Video and Best Short at the LA 3D Film Festival (USA).

Melody is the founder, choreographer and artistic director of Sol Dans Company, an award winning contemporary dance company that has successful produced narrative dance films in partnership with Great Lake Films and  Arts Council England. 

Melody teaches regular classes at Pineapple Dance Studios and Italia Conti. Melody continues to inspire students in the UK and abroad teaching workshops and masterclasses.