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…
Suzie is an actor, playwright and private tutor, gaining most of her experience from teaching Drama and Music in primary and secondary schools and other weekend stage schools, as well as directing amateur productions for both children and adults within local communities across the UK.
She graduated from Lancaster University with a BA Hons degree in Music with Creative Writing, then completed her MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Central School of Speech and Drama, before receiving her PGCE in Secondary Education from the Open University. She has previously owned and run a successful children’s entertainment company, published a collection of poetry and worked as a costume character at Luna Park in Sydney. Favourite stage credits include Linda in Blood Brothers, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Miriam in Snake in the Grass and Prince Roland in Rumplestiltskin.
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. She is also an actors’ agent!
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 14 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.
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 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. .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!”