We are justifiably proud of our amazing 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…
Best’s Artistic Director, Course leader-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. .
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.
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! ‘
Rebecca Briley is an Actor and Childrens Entertainer, who trained in BA (hons) in Physical Theatre at East 15 Acting School, during which time she gained a range of skills including mask and mime, Theatre in Education, puppetry and movement but found a particular interest in storytelling and clowning.
Since graduating, Beckie has performed across a variety of platforms including Film and TV as well as devising her own work for stage, and has collaborated with many theatre companies as an assistant choreographer. She has also been lucky enough to work with multiple T.I.E companies in the UK and in Italy, from which she began to fall in love with teaching and facilitating specialised workshops for all ages.
In 2013, Beckie became a member of ‘The Flying Seagull Project’, a UK based Children’s Charity whose aim is to spread joy and laughter to those who need it most across the globe through circus, clown and play. With several years of humanitarian clowning under her belt, she became a core team leader and facilitated activities for displaced children and families on the ground in Calais, Greece and Lebanon.
One thing she is known for is Energy! So when Covid stopped the world back in 2020, Beckie jumped at the chance to lead some online storytelling weeks with the Beginners group at Best. Fast forward to the present, and Beckie is very excited to be taking on the role of overseeing the 0 – 5 year olds at Best, teaching Beginners and BestBeans! 🙂
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.
Lillie-Mae Stewart is an actress/dancer/singer who, at the age of 10, made her professional theatre debut playing Margaret Gormley in the West End’s “Billy Elliot The Musical” at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Lillie-Mae is an alumni of Italia Conti Theatre Arts School London (2020) and The Urdang Academy, London (2023). Other credits include, ITV’s “Fool Britannia”, Idina Menzel and Michael Buble’s “Baby I’s Cold Outside” music video, and London’s West End production of “13 The Musical”, playing the lead role of Kendra.
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.”
Khiley adores teaching and is passionate about the next generation of performers. As a choreographer & Director she has an amazing skill set to inspire her classes and teach children exactly what it takes to be a great performer. Khiley teaches Early Stages, LAMDA, drama, dance (ballet, tap, jazz) & musical theatre.