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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...

In St Albans...

kate headshotKate Williamson
Best singing and TheBYTE

A 1st class graduate of LIPA she has extensive musical theatre teaching and direction experience, gained over 6 years with various prominent theatre schools. Kate focuses on the whole dramatic delivery of musical numbers which will bring some real impetus to our singing classes. And we are very excited by the opportunities she brings for live music in shows. Kate will teaches all three St Albans schools and TheBYTE, working with Lisa to broaden the performance opportunities and range of the group.

 

liz headshotLiz Rodgers
Best acting

Liz comes from Maine in the USA and has taught all around the world. She brings a lovely structured approach to her teaching and makes sure that all students understand what they are doing and why they are doing it.

Liz is a keen cyclist too!

 

lucyLucy Wilson
Best private singing lessons

Lucy started singing at the age of 10. As a teenager she began her career singing at The Royal Albert Hall and The Queens Jubilee Celebrations. Lucy joined a band at 16 and toured Europe performing in many prestigious venues. She also took part in many theatrical productions. She studied Vocal Teaching and successfully gained her degree in 2007.

She set up her well established business as a Vocal Coach in and around London. Lucy provides vocal tuition for both individuals and groups. She also conducts choirs and small ensembles. Lucy provides local workshops in musical theatre and prepares individuals for exams, assessments and auditions. She is also a regular judge for the countrywide competition ‘Festival 4 Stars’. Lucy is an experienced session singer and regularly records and performs as a solo singer. She also provides lead and backing vocals, and piano accompaniment for a number of function bands. She performs at open mic nights, weddings and other functions in London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

Lucy runs one-to-one lessons on Fridays and Saturdays.

COL_Sophie Adams (155 of 262)-3Sophie Adams
First Class and Best dance

Sophie started her professional working career at the age of 9, in various operas at the ENO. It was a natural transition to train and develop her skills further at the London School of Musical Theatre. Since graduating, Sophie has worked in theatre, TV commercials, pantomime and film; one of her highlights being a dancer in the Olympic Closing Ceremony 2012.

Sophie thoroughly enjoys teaching at Best, and has been with the company for over 10 years. She was a founder teacher at the Hertford School, and now teaches dance on Friday nights, and Saturday afternoons, as well as looking after First Class (who love her to bits) on Saturday mornings!

Sophie brings a wealth of professional experience to the students she teaches, and focuses on building confidence, and enabling her students to reach their full potential in a fun and secure environment.

 

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 youth theatre group TheBYTE. She’ll also be running our brand new audition and monologue classes on Wednesday evenings.

gareth sills headshot2 redGareth Sills
Best dance

Gareth is a hyper-fit bundle of energy. As well as teaching dance at Best he is a personal fitness trainer and an actor.

 

 

LLouisa 115 B&Wouisa Stevens
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.

In Hertford...

Vicki Baldwin

Best drama

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

 

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Molly Tello
Best singing

 

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Katie portraitIMG_7615Kathryn Neilson
First Class

Katie comes to First Class from a background of primary teaching and music education. She studied for her Music degree at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and has a PGCE from the Institute of Education in London.

Katie studied ballet, tap and modern dancing throughout her childhood and frequently took part in shows and plays as a child. She fell off the stage aged 4 in her first ballet show and after a sweet old lady had popped her back on the stage she just carried on as if nothing had happened!

Katie now works primarily as a Senior Advisory Teacher for The Voices Foundation and sees it as her mission to transform primary Music education by up-skilling classroom teachers and making singing a part of every day for every child. Katie also runs Little Bees Music Classes in the Hertford area teaching children from 0-5. They enjoy singing with instruments and puppets including a pond full of bouncing frogs!

Working for First Class is such a delight for Katie, who says “I get to know the children really well and love helping them to build their confidence and explore their creative. Officially I don’t have time to work on Saturday mornings – but I love it so much I just can’t give it up!”