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 Faculty are fully DBS checked, trained in first aid and hold a "Preventing Covid-19" certificate. 

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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) 

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) 

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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 . Jo has also worked as a Theatrical Agent, running the Musical Theatre department for ...(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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ZOE CLAYTON

ASSISTANT TEACHER

Zoe is currently training in the Performing Arts at LMA London. Zoe has appeared in several TV Shows including: "Eastenders' (BBC), "Holby City (BBC) and "Mr Selfridge" (ITV). Zoe has also appeared in several Theatre... (read more)

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ZARA FINESTONE

ASSISTANT TEACHER

Zara trained at The Academy attending both Saturday classes and as a member of The Academy Dance Company. She is currently in her third and final year at Bodens College of Performing Arts having achieved three distinctions in the Level 3 Exte... (read more)

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MARC PICKERING

HEAD OF ACTING

Marc is most well known for his portrayal of 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 (read more) 

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BETTY JONES

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

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

EMILY PARKER

DRAMA

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

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ZOE ROGERS

SINGING, DANCE AND DRAMA

Zoe studied Musical Theatre at the highly prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Zoe made her West End Debut as Gladys in "42nd Street"at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Other theatre includes: Babe Williams in "Pyjama Game"... (read more)

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TOM BARRETT

DRAMA AND SCREEN ACTING

Tom first joined The Academy as an Assistant Teacher and now works with our youngest students teaching Drama and Screen Acting. Tom has been involved with The Pump House Theatre for many years, training... (read more)

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HANNAH SUGARS

ASSISTANT TEACHER

Hannah trained at The Academy attending both Saturday classes and as a member of The Academy Dance Company. During her tie at The Academy, Hannah won 1st place in The Academy Factor in 2018 and also was winner of the prestigious Be The Best... (read more)

             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" 

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GEORGE HINSON

"HAIRSPRAY" 

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VICTORIA PASSION

"THE LION KING"

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JENNY LEGG

"9 TO 5"

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COURTNEY GEORGE

"THRILLER"

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ALICE O'HANLON

"MAMMA MIA"

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JAMES LILEY

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LISA DENT

BECKY HERSZENHORN

"9 TO 5"

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DANI ACORS

"WEST SIDE STORY"

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JENNY WICKHAM

"A CHORUS LINE"

OLIVIA MELLODEY

"JOSEPH"

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HELEN SIMMONS

ACCENTS

"WE WILL ROCK YOU"

KATY OSBORNE

"ELF" THE MUSICAL

"CHICAGO"

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CAROLYN SHARPE

BREAK DANCE