We are Thespians
Jane and Juma

Double interview: Juma Sharkah – Olivier-Award Nominee and War Refugee and her mentor Jane Harrison – Principal of The Arts Educational Schools

Juma made her professional theatre debut in the lead role of Liberian Girl at the Royal Court whilst in her final year of training as an actor at the renowned Arts Educational Schools (Arts Ed). She received high critical acclaim and an Olivier Award nomination for her harrowing performance as a girl forced to take...
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Leontine Hass

Interview with Leontine Hass – Vocal Coach on BBC’s The Voice, Drama School Principal and Voice Expert

Leontine has a thriving private practice comprising professional singers across all genres. Her students have won major TV talent competitions, Mojo awards and performed as leads and ensemble in numerous acclaimed West End and National tours of musical theatre productions. Leontine coaches members of The Swingle Singers, Collabro, The Magnets, and classical singers with ENO,...
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Gloria Jones

Interview with: Gloria Jones – Queen of Northern Soul, Motown songwriter and humanitarian

Gloria R. Jones, also known as the Queen of Northern Soul in the UK, was the original singer of the 1964 recorded Tainted Love, which later became a number one worldwide hit for the British duo, Soft Cell. Daughter of a minister, Gloria was born in Cincinnati Ohio and moved to Los Angeles, California at...
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katy harris

Katy Harris – Senior Show Director at Disney

Katy Harris has been part of the Disney family for over twenty years. Originally from Sussex, she now works as the company’s Senior Show Director and is responsible for creating, writing and developing live entertainment for Disney theme parks around the world. After studying musical theatre in London at Arts Educational School, Katy joined Disneyland...
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Roz Chalmers

Roz Chalmers – Audio Describer of live performances

Audio description (AD) captures the visual elements of a theatre piece, painting or environment that a blind or partially sighted person might otherwise miss and describes them in clear, vivid language. Born in London, mother and grandmother Roz Chalmers is a highly experienced nationwide audio describer. Originally active in the Civil Service as a Fraud...
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An Interview with Amy Anzel | Theatre producer of Happy Days the Musical

Starting out as a child voice over artist and jingle singer in New York City followed by majoring in Music at Columbia University, Amy Anzel has been involved on- and off stage in the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years. You may have seen Amy on Channel 4’s The Sound of Musicals, where the programme...
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Jennifer Ball

Lizzie Ball – violin virtuoso and entrepreneur

Musician, singer, business workshop leader… there is no stopping Lizzie Ball. As a unique multi-genre violinist (and occasional vocalist), she weaves effortlessly and uniquely between classical, jazz, rock and world music. More recently, Lizzie carved out her own versions of classical fusion with her invention of Classical Kicks. Following on from a unique night of...
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Jennifer Rawlings

An Interview with Jennifer Rawlings, award winning writer and performer

Meet Jennifer Rawlings: An award winning writer and performer from Salina, Kansas USA who studied biology – but then decided to become a stand-up comedian instead. Jennifer is the proud mother of five children and lives with her family in Los Angeles but often leaves her teenage brood to entertain the troops. Starting with a...
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