We are justifiably proud of our teachers! We look for people with skills, total commitment and a real passion for teaching theatre arts. We value consistency and a progressive, structured approach. We know that it is Best’s responsibility to provide the framework in which the teachers can thrive – loving what they do and being able to pass that enjoyment in bucket loads on to the students.

Even better our teachers seem to love working for Best! Many of them stay with us for years and become part of the Best family so whether students come term by term, or just for holiday courses, there will always be familiar friendly faces.

Naturally all our staff are referenced and DBS-checked, and here they are…

 

Daniela Magni
Best singing. St Albans & Private lessons

Daniela is a versatile singer and vocal coach based in London. Originally from Milan, she trained in Classical and Jazz and performed in Europe, UK and the Emirates.

She is a vocal technique enthusiast and a strong believer in lifelong learning, in fact she is about to finish her MA at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2020.”

headshot 1Lauren Cattell
Best dance, St.Albans

Lauren is an experienced, qualified teacher and professional performer who acquired her ISTD teaching qualification whilst training at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. After graduating with Honours in Performing Arts, she spent 10 years performing in the West End and on National and International Tours. Shows include Grease, Dirty Dancing, Stars In Their Eyes Live, Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas, Disneyland Paris and London Fashion week, not forgetting world cruises and numerous Pantomimes!  She is now dedicated to teaching and looks forward to sharing her experience with children, giving them the opportunity to have the same happy memories of the arts that she has from her childhood classes!

Lisa SchulbergLisa Schulberg
TheBYTE and Principal, Best School of Acting

Lisa is an actress, presenter, director, teacher, and theatre company owner. She went to a full time stage school then at 14 returned to a standard school to complete her studies, then A levels, University and then Drama school for a postgraduate Professional Acting Course. She then worked in theatre, film and television during the next few years and, whilst not touring or working, began teaching and directing.

Lisa spent 8 years teaching Acting and voice for a top London stage school and says she learned more about acting through her years as a teacher and director than all the years previously. For the last 14 years Lisa has been teaching through workshops, teaching and directing youth theatres and has worked with over 50,000 young people aged 4-21.

Lisa runs our highly successful Best School of Acting as well as our brilliant award-winning youth theatre group TheBYTE. .

MS-76Mark Spillane
Best School of Acting

Mark graduated from Middlesex University with a BA Hons in Drama and Contemporary Performance, he went on to work as a performance artist as a Drama & Voice Specialist, collaborating with young people and adults on a range of performance projects that aimed to develop individual confidence and build performance skills.

Mark is a professional actor/educator with numerous credits that include: The Royal Court Theatre, Babylon Arts Theatre Company, Royal Shakespeare Company, Theatre Lab Company, and Empty Space Theatre Company. He has directed numerous performances at both University and Drama School.

After attending drama school, Mark completed his Master’s degree in Acting at the University of East London, developing creative work researching physical approaches to performance, which has led to creating multimedia shows at both Stratford Circus, and Riverside Studios.

He is currently writing a series of plays and delivering public speaking and voice programmes for clients across a wide range of professions with his company takeabreath.productions.

Sally Hurst
Best School of Acting

Sally  graduated from Webber Douglas Academy with Honours and immediately after leaving gained an agent and landed a major part in The Vice with Ken Stott. Films graced by Sally’s presence include Essex Boys,Last Orders and Lawless Heart. She has also appeared in many TV series including Eastenders,Prime Suspect,Touch of Frost and Wallander in where she got to act alongside Kenneth Branagh!
 

Louisa StevensLouisa 115 B&W
Bestbeans

Louisa is a true triple threat and as well as giving our BestBean toddlers a fantastic early experience, she also provides cover for all our Best classes and teaches at holiday academies. She also sings in a ‘retro’ singing group, The Polka Dots and is a face-painting genius.

Vicki Baldwin
Best drama, Hertford

Vicki arrived at Best as a ‘triple threat’ having made her professional debut in pantomime at the age of 13. Having obtained a degree in Performing Arts and and M.A. in Choreography from Middlesex Universtity, she choreographed and directed musicals for the National Youth Music Theatre both nationally and abroad. Vicki is now Head of Performing and Visual Arts at the Richard Hale School in Hertford.

Jessica Hammond
Best dance, Hertford

Jessica has been dancing since the age of three. Styles included ballet, tap, modern and street jazz. She trained in several local dance schools in Hertfordshire and performed in large scale productions and dance galas. She has been teaching at Hertford Regional College as a Dance Teacher for the past 2 years. She has just completed her PCE to teach performing arts and got a new job at Berkshire College of Agriculture as the Course Manager and Lecturer in Performing Arts. 

headshot2Molly Tello
Best singing, Hertford

Molly started performing at the age of 3 beginning with Ballet and since then has always known it was her love and passion. She began her career not long after in TV and Film, such as Holby City, Eastenders and Ali G The Movie, and hasn’t stopped since, always rehearsing for at least one show at a time.

Molly has recently returned from Fiji where she taught English to the Fijian schools, but must admit that she couldn’t help but teach a song or two at the end of each lesson. The children loved it.

Working at Best is Molly’s weekly get away and bundle of happiness who says, “I love nothing more than watching the students at Best grow as not only performers but individuals too. I am proud to have worked as Bests Hertford singing teacher for over a year now and plan to stay for many years to come. Without the stage, life would be a whole lot duller.”