MEET YOUR FACULTY            

The Academy Faculty are all professional performers who teach alongside their performing careers which ensures

we bring the young people of Bushey and Watford the most current and professional training available! 

 

Please click on the links below to view our faculty's full profiles. 

All of our staff are fully DBS checked and trained in first aid.

SARA BISPHAM

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Born and raised in Bushey, West End Actress Sara launched The Academy in 2015. Sara trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School where she was Head Girl and Laine Theatre Arts. She most recently appeared in "42nd Street" at Theatre Royal, Drury L...(read more) 

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JO BISPHAM

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Jo trained at the world famous Italia Conti Academy and has since gone on to dance all over the world. She also works extensively as a choreographer in Stage, TV and Film and is currently running the Musical Theatre department of Top Talent Agenc...(read more) 

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HANNAH CHAPMAN

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Hannah trained at The Centre of Performing Arts. Her most recent theatre credits include: Louise in "Carousel" and Margot in "Legally Blonde". Hannah has also appeared in "Footloose", "Singin' in The Rain", "The Wedding Singer" and "Anything Goes"... (read more) 

SHELBY MORGAN

SINGING, DRAMA AND DANCE

Originally from Newport, South Wales, Shelby graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre. She then completed her Masters in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre includes: Roxie in "Chicago", Princess Ja...(read more) 

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COURTNEY GEORGE

DANCE

Courtney trained at Laine Theatre Arts completing a 3 Year Diploma in Musical Theatre. Theatre includes: "Thriller Live" (World Tour), "Grease"  (Leicester Curve), "42nd Street" (Drury Lane) and most recently the International Tour of "Mamma Mi...(read more) 

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JAMES D-WILLIAMS

BOYS DANCE 

James trained at London Studio Centre. He has danced for "The Brit Awards," "Britain’s Got Talent" and commercials for "Adidas", "Dolce and Gabbana", "Burberry" and "Erdgas". James has spent the past 3 years travelling the world as part of the International Cast of the musical "Wicked". Other theatre work... (read more)

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LEAH GREGORCZYCK

DANCE

Leah trained at MADD College in Nottingham graduating with a National Diploma in Dance. She is currently a Resident Teacher at the world famous Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden. Leah is also Creative Director of The London Girls, providing ...(read more) 

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MATT BYGATE

DRAMA AND SCREEN ACTING

Matt trained at The Italia Conti Academy, completing a 3 Year Diploma in Musical Theatre. Theatre includes: Enoch Snow Junior in "Carousel", Emo in "Our House", Doc in "West Side Story", Rat in "Wind in The Willows", Smee in "Peter Pan" and Lawrence in "...(read more) 

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MARC PICKERING

HEAD OF DRAMA & SCREEN ACTING

Marc is most well known for his portrayal of the Young Nucky Thompson in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire". He first appeared on screen in "Sleepy Hollow" staring opposite Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci and went on to appear in "Calendar Girls" opposite Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. Marc g... (read more) 

PEDRO GARDINER

DRAMA & SCREEN ACTING

Pedro trained at Mountview Academy Of Theatre Arts graduating with a BA Hons in Performance. He has appeared in several TV shows including "Secrets", "Treasures Decoded", "The Red Tent" and NBC's award winning "AD". Pedro has also appeared in the world renowned "News Revue" ... (read more) 

EMILY PARKER

HEAD OF SINGING

Emily graduated from Chichester University with a First Class BA Hons in Music Theatre Voice. She furthered her training at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama graduating with her Masters in Music Theatre and the Saville Scholarship for J...(read more) 

HANNAH EDGAR

SINGING AND SCREEN ACTING

Hannah graduated from the University of Cumbria with a First Class BA (Hons) in Performing Arts. She then completed her Masters at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre includes: Sarah Brown in "Guys and Dolls", Chels...(read more) 

BETTY JONES

SINGING AND DRAMA

Betty trained in Musical Theatre at the world famous Mountview Academy. She most recently performed as a vocalist at The Old Vic's 100th Anniversary Gala Concert. Other theatre includes: Jane in "Jane Eyre", Charlotte in "A Little Night Music", Mary in "...(read more) 

ZOE ROGERS 

SINGING, DANCE, DRAMA

JAKE JAMES

DRAMA / BROKEN VOICE SINGING

Jake completed his Masters in Musical Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He came 3rd in 2012's Britain's Got Talent as part of the vocal group "Only Boys Aloud".  Most recently Jake has appeared in commercials for EE and The Great British Bakeoff. He is currently performi...  (read more) 

TOM BARRETT

DRAMA AND SCREEN ACTING

More info coming soon...

             WORKSHOP LEADERS          

As part of The Academy Kid's training, every half term we bring in an industry

professional to work with them on a specialised subject. 

 

Previous workshop leaders include: 

MILLIE O'CONNELL

"SIX" 

JENNY LEGG

"9 TO 5"

JAMES LILEY

"9 TO 5"

LISA DENT

"WEST SIDE STORY"

BECKY HERSZENHORN

"A CHORUS LINE"

GEORGE HINSON

"HAIRSPRAY" 

COURTNEY GEORGE

"THRILLER"

DANI ACORS

"JOSEPH"

JENNY WICKHAM

"WE WILL ROCK YOU"

OLIVIA MELLODEY

"CHICAGO"

VICTORIA PASSION

"THE LION KING"

ALICE O'HANLON

"MAMMA MIA"

HELEN SIMMONS

ACCENTS

KATY OSBORNE

"ELF" THE MUSICAL

CAROLYN SHARPE

BREAK DANCE

NEXT WORKSHOP:

Saturday 14th September 2019

"WICKED" 

with James Davies-Williams

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