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…

Dawn Hudson
Best drama. St Albans & TheBYTE

Dawn loves working with the amazing young people at Best, she started at The BYTE in 2017 when her production of ‘Just’ won 1st place and the Adjudicator’s Award at the Welwyn Youth Drama Festival. She’s had a fantastic time co-directing the subsequent productions with Lisa.

She studied theatre, dance and music and has performed and toured with a diverse range of companies including The Royal Opera House, Unicorn Children’s Theatre, Pentabus, Forest Forge, Box Clever and Tall stories.  She also directs and has made both dance and theatre work.

 As a facilitator Dawn has many years of experience and has taught for the education departments of both the Royal National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. As ‘Artist in Residence’ she has worked to develop creativity in the curriculum in several primary schools, and currently teaches LAMDA classes in a St Albans school.

Dawn is an associate of The Map Consortium, designing and delivering professional development training to organisations in the UK and Europe.

She has also worked with Trestle Theatre for 10 years, and leads their integrated groups -‘Sing Up’ and ‘Dance Now’. She has also been spotted conducting large flashmobs of community choirs in St Albans city centre.

 

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.”

Jasmine Ricketts
Best dance & movement, St.Albans

 Jasmine loves to get people moving, grooving, and feeling confident! Her professional roles are as a Movement Director, Choreographer and Teacher/Facilitator. After graduating the University of Exeter with a BA in Drama, she went on to study an MA in Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Since then, Jasmine was a part of the 2017/18 cohort of Overture, a community dance programme run by New Adventures Dance Company. Jasmine’s work spans opera, theatre, dance, and film, with notable moments including working with English National Opera on two critically-acclaimed productions, and being a part of the small team bringing Disney Musicals in Schools to London. Jasmine is so excited to become a part of the Best team, and can’t wait to meet and work with everybody! ‘

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!
 

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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.

Catherine Lomax
Best drama, Hertford & Best School of Acting

Catherine has worked both on-stage and behind the scenes as an Actor, Producer, Director and Writer.

Having studied at the University of Hull she trained under Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and has worked in Theatre, Tv and Film since graduating.

Catherine has run her own touring theatre company and been the Artistic Director of the Gordon Craig Theatre for over ten years. She has experience of working on plays, pantomime and musicals as well as heading up a large education department working with young people aged between three and eighteen years old.

Catherine writes musicals with award-winning choreographer Khiley Williams and West End Musical Director Phil Dennis. Together they have written over twenty musicals that tour nationwide.

Catherine can be heard as one of the Showbiz panellist for BBC 3 Counties and is also one half of the Post Show Drinks Podcast interviewing team for Encore Radio in which West End stars spill all the behind the scenes tales.

Catherine is delighted to be working as part of the Best team.

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.”