Andy has been a performer, musical director, arranger and vocal coach on over 40 professional productions across Japan, Canada, UK, Europe and America. These include: Blood Brothers (UK tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour), Annie (UK tour), and UK Productions on many shows and pantomimes across the UK. As a vocal arranger Andy provided vocal arrangements for Bill Kenwright LTD and Jean-Ann Ryan productions (Florida). Other credits include: children’s MD for the BBC proms (The Water Diviner’s Tale), Blue Peter (Music Makers), Dora! (Her Majesties’ Theatre) and Gizmo Theatr Clwyd. Andy has composed three short musicals for NYMT, YMT:UK and the Manchester youth project, in association with the Royal Exchange theatre. Andy’s former role was resident Musical Director at Hurtwood House School and before that he wrote and managed the Musical Theatre Foundation at The Guildford School of Acting. Andy has developed his vocal practice in the UK and has many clients from Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Jersey Boys. As tutor Andy has worked extensively at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Arts Educational, Mountview, LAMDA, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and The Sylvia Young Theatre School. Andy was the vocal advisor for, Merlin entertainment UK (Chessington world of adventures/Alton towers/Shrek’s adventure at London’s South Bank. Andy holds a first class Honors in Musical Theatre, a Masters in vocal studies and a fellowship in Musical Theatre teaching with London College of Music.
Brooke comes to SPAA with initial qualifications in nursing and teaching; she also holds a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Brooke has always had a passion for the arts, writing and photography. Prior to arriving in the Middle East, Brooke worked for seven years with a zoo-based conservation organisation that boasts of more than 250,000 Members, and welcomes more than 2 million visitors through its gates each year. Brooke’s role was to create, develop and deliver engaging content through visually stunning imagery and compelling copy, to inspire visitors and galvanise communities into conservation action to save threatened species and care for their natural environment. Brooke has also lived and worked in a variety of countries, from Papua New Guinea, Poland and the UK, to Tibet, America and Europe. Brooke’s travel and work experiences have afforded many unique, cultural opportunities, as well as seeing firsthand the power of connecting others through images and words.
Chris trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting. After graduating, he worked professionally as a freelance director and has performed as an actor in various acting projects from independent film, TV, internet, touring and fringe theatre. Chris trained as a drama teacher and attended the University of Reading and University of Northampton where he gained his teaching qualifications (QTS & PGCE). Chris also holds a Masters degree in Teaching Shakespeare from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the University of Warwick. He is currently planning his proposal to begin his PhD. He has worked as a Head of Drama and was part of the Theatre team at Hurtwood House, a prestigious performing arts college in Surrey, UK. Many of his past students have gone on to have successful careers on stage and screen.
Jacqui has been working in Stage & Production Management with a major focus on Conservatoire training for more than 20 years. She has taught at numerous Academies and Universities, including Mountview where she was Deputy Director of Production Arts. She has worked with National Theatre Wales, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and English National Ballet, and has Company and Production Managed Olivier award winning creative teams. She has toured the UK extensively, produced Rep seasons in the West End and worked internationally in Shanghai; World Expo, Berlin; Berliner Festspiele and Paphos; City of Culture. She has co-authored a digital resource for paper props and frequently contributes to industry quarterlies.
Samantha comes to the Academy with much experience in professional theatre and teaching. Her former role was Principal of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, performing arts classes for children and Short Courses Manager at the Guildford School of Acting. Sam has a first class BA in Musical Theatre and has gained all her major examinations with the ISTD in modern, tap and ballet. After graduating she performed in numerous shows including: Pirates of Penzance (Kilworth theatre), Dick Whittington (Riverfront theatre), Thursford Christmas Spectacular (Norwich), The Merry Widow (Holland Park), Roy Hudd Variety Show (Greenwich theatre) and The Remembrance Festival (Royal Albert Hall). Sam slowly moved from performing and began developing her practice in choreography and teaching. Sam has worked at: The Sylvia Young Theatre School, Hurtwood House (developed the A-level Dance course) and The Guildford School of Acting. Sam worked as the short course manager at GSA for over ten years where she managed a large team who delivered performing arts vocational training to students aged 4 to 25. During her time here Sam also directed the GSA Singers, a touring cabaret group whose performances include: The Olivier Awards, Josh Groban in concert, numerous Royal Variety shows at London’s Drury lane theatre Royal and London’s Haymarket.
Suad is a United Arab Emirates national, with a Bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Technology from the Higher Colleges of Technology. Suad’s studies afforded her opportunities to work in Finance, Administration, and Event Management, which eventually saw her travelling abroad to a variety of countries gaining invaluable experience furthering her career. Though Suad’s work opportunities and experience took her around the world, her passion for art prevailed, which can be seen through her own freelance projects in graphic design, painting and writing.