Pamela Collins grew up in Scotland and from a very young age had a talent and passion for the arts. She won a prestigious place at The Dance School of Scotland where she attended the Musical Theatre course whilst achieving well in her academic school subjects. She then gained a full scholarship to The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and trained for a further 3 years. She began her early career touring with various musicals and has worked on stage and screen for many years in London, Europe and internationally. Residing in North London with her husband Pamela has channeled her wealth of knowledge into teaching acting, singing and dancing to children and young adults at some of the top theatre schools in London. She has been a freelance teacher for 12 years to all levels and abilities. Pamela is thrilled to be in partnership with Karen and to bring their vast skill set to their students to achieve their best in their chosen LAMDA subjects.
Karen Kiely first started her training at The Montfort College of Performing Arts in Cork, Ireland. She appeared in many Musicals and Plays up to the age of 18 and she then won a full scholarship to Laine Theatre Arts. Karen trained professionally as a Musical Theatre actress and dancer for three years, gaining numerous awards and playing many leading roles while in training. She also achieved her A.L.A.M LAMDA Diploma. Karen has worked on stage and screen both in the UK, Ireland and Internationally. She won the silver medal for solo singing in the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, USA. She also works in a top West End Agency for Actors and Actresses so she has a wealth of experience dealing with Casting Directors, Producers and Performers. Karen has been teaching drama to children and young adults for the past 12 years. She lives in North London with her husband and two children and she is delighted to introduce the LAMDA syllabus to her AchieveArts students.
Robbie has long running stage career performing Shakespeare, comedy, pantomime, and dramas in many different countries! His training includes puppetry, music, dance, physical theatre, mask, clowning and he is also highly skilled in stage combat! Robbie is a very passionate teacher who has been passing on his knowledge to students for the last 7 years. He is a very popular member of the Achieve Arts team both with staff and students.
Originally from Leeds, Victoria trained at Mountview Academy of a Theatre Arts where she was awarded The Lilian Baylis prize for acting and gained her BA Honours acting degree. After leaving drama school she worked for Page to a stage theatre company touring Various Shakespeare plays. She appeared in TV commercials, short films and a Sri Lanken Feature film.
Victoria has been teaching drama, dance and singing to children and young adults for the past 12 years. It is her passion to share her skills and knowledge. She has worked in many Educational and Theatre schools across London and is so excited to be a part of the achieve arts team.
Originally from the sunny shores of Belfast, Grant moved to London in 2014 to train in theatre and performing arts at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Having taught for six and a half years, he has a huge passion for working with children and young people - building a passion to create, developing their skill sets and honing their performance abilities. Grant is a very valued tutor at Achieve Arts and he is delighted to be part of the team.
Alison studied music at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin along with studying voice, piano and clarinet with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and The Associated Board. Alison has been teaching voice for 15 years with many students winning prestigious vocal competitions, outstanding exam grades and going on to train at top London arts academies. As a performer Alison has worked extensively in the fields of music theatre, opera, short film, TV, VO, concert and cruise production shows. Credits include:
Lulu/Streisand/Backing vocals in ‘A Beautiful Noise’ (West End and UK Tour),
Vocalist and vocal captain in ‘Celtic Angels’ (National Tour Germany),
Charity ‘Sweet Charity’,
Julia ‘The Wedding Singer-The Musical’,
Rose ‘Street Scene’ (Opera in the Open),
Fruma Sarah ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ (The Gaiety Dublin),
Giulia ‘The Gondoliers (Buxton Opera House),
‘The Pirates of Penzance’ (The Helix Dublin),
’Lucia di Lammermoor’ (The National Concert Hall),
Vocal Captain/Production Vocalist for Thomson/Peel Talent and Production Vocalist for Celebrity Cruises/Qdos (travelling worldwide including Europe/USA/Caribbean/Africa).
Alison has performed in many other prominent theatres including Her Majesties Theatre London, The National Opera House of Ireland, The Millennium Forum Derry and The Waterfront Belfast; as well as hitting the stage at all major event venues in London with Motown band ‘The Basie Millers’.
AIMS Best Actress 2010 and nominee 2011,
Permanent TSB High Achiever Award from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Alison is delighted to be joining Achieve Arts!
Jess grew up in Reading and thrived in dance and drama classes from a young age.
She trained in Musical Theatre at CPA studios and worked professionally in shows up and down the country as well as being part of Street Dance Company Vanquish, whom she toured with for 5years and appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.
Now residing in North London, Jess is the Creative Director of J R Theatre Company Limited that she set up in 2014. She produces and directs several shows a year.
Along side her professional theatre shows, Jess has taught drama, dance and singing to children and young adults for 15+ years and is incredibly passionate about encouraging creativity and building up children’s confidence.
She works in several schools and nurseries across London delivery weekly dance classes and kids entertainment for parties.
Jess also works as an audition tutor and has a 100% success rate for students gaining entry to drama school and West End shows. She currently has students at Arts Educational, Italia Conti, Sylvia Young and Brit School.
Jess is delighted to be a part of the creative team at Achieve Arts having worked alongside both Pamela and Karen for many years.
Katherine trained at the University of Chichester, graduating with a 1st Class Ba(Hons) degree in Musical Theatre in 2014. Since then, Katherine has spent the last 7 years performing at various locations across the UK and Europe, as well as passing on her passion, love and skills in singing and acting through teaching.
Her recent credits include; Jodie Walker in "The Jury" (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Muriel Magpie/Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe/Wolf/Rose in "The Snow Queen" (Hertford Theatre) Madam Fox/Penelope Twigg/The Coach Driver/Miss Muffet in “The Astonishing Adventures of Pinocchio” (Hertford Theatre), Josephina in “When Midnight Strikes” (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Vocalist onboard “Ms Pride of Rotterdam” (P&O Ferries), Production Vocalist at “The Levante Hotel”, Majorca (Tui Gold) and understudy Grimm/Ensemble in “Grimm; A New Musical” (Charing Cross Theatre).
Katherine is absolutely delighted to be a part of the “Achieve Arts” team and cannot wait to bring the absolute best out of all her students.
Alana lives in London and trained at RADA.
Theatre credits include: Importance of Being Earnest (Duke of York’s), Macbeth (National Theatre), Young Marx (directed by Nicholas Hytner at The Bridge), The Glass Menagerie (directed by John Tiffany at the Duke of York London), A Bright Room Called Day (Southwark Playhouse) for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Off-West-End-Stage Award, Unearthed (UK Tour), Young Bloods (Gielgud Theatre, RADA Festival).
Television credits include: Blitz (BBC), The Crown (NETFLIX), Bulletproof (SKY) Doctors (BBC), Silk and Doc Martin (ITV).
Film credits include: Common People and Belle.
Radio credits include: Number 10, Two Minutes Hate, The Mysterious Death of Jane Austin, The Russian Gambler, Best Q, Heading to Paradise and Burn Baby Burn (all for BBC Radio).
Alana is a valued member of the Achieve Arts creative team and our students are lucky to be guided by her expertise.
Laura is originally from Liverpool and trained at RADA.
Since graduating from RADA in 2011 Laura has worked extensively in the industry. She has appeared in shows such as:
‘Black Mirror’, ‘
The Hollow Crown’,
Dark Angel’, and more.
Laura has extensive experience working film, stage, and works frequently recording voiceovers.
Before attending drama school she taught in the performing arts faculty at her local secondary school, and has a passion for teaching.
Laura is delighted to now be sharing her skills and teaching with Achieve Arts, she is a great member of the team.
Fred trained at RADA graduating in 2011 and lives in London. He has worked extensively in the industry, see credits below :
SNUG 2021,Commercial,DavePinch,Thomas Ormonde ; PETER PAN GOES WRONG, Mischief Theatre, Adam Meggido; PURPLEBRICKS, Commercial, Studio Hansa; HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, Watson, English Theatre Munich; JEEVES AND WOOSTER, Jeeves, Frinton Summer Festival;
LONDON ANNUAL IMPROVATHON:THEGOOD, THE BAD AND THE FIFTY, Showstoppers,Adam Meggido; ST JULIENS CHOIR, Daniel,Theatre Delicatassen - 28 Plays Later, Amy Cooke-Hodgson; UNCLE GLEN'S MENAGERIE; PAST PERFECT,Gary,NewYorkNewWorks Festival (finalist) at Theatre Row off Broadway, Adam Swartz.
Fred is an accomplished Actor and Director and we are delighted to welcome him to our Achieve Arts team, our students highly respect him.
Emily was born and raised in Manchester and has a wealth of acting experience on and off screen.
Theatre credits include:
THE FULL MONTY [David Pugh Ltd – UK Tour]
WAR HORSE [National Theatre, UK and Ireland Tour]
HOBSON’S CHOICE [Sheffield Crucible Theatre]
THE NAKED TRUTH [Theatre Productions Tour]
TV Credits include:
LONDON’S BURNING [LWT]
PEAK PRACTICE [Carlton]
WHERE THE HEART IS [YTV]
CORONATION STREET [Granada] ‘Becky Palmer’ Series Regular
HOLBY CITY [BBC TV]
ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT [BBC] Emily was also BAFTA Nominated for Best Television Actress for the role of "small Tess"
Emily has been teaching children and young adults for 10 years and delighted to guest tutor for Achieve Arts students when she is in London.
Susan is a theatremaker from Northern Ireland, based in London. She trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School, with further development on the European Actors Continuous Training scheme run by RADA and The Actors Centre. She also trained in Directing under Olivier award winner Di Trevis.
As an actor, she worked extensively across the UK and Ireland, touring work with Tinderbox, Primecut, Bruiser and for The Lyric Theatre. She has performed within her own work at The Arcola, The Pleasance, The Battersea Barge and more. Susan has amassed experience working on a variety of directorial roles including with a plethora of new writers, presenting work at Theatre 503, The Arcola, Hen and Chickens, Old Red Lion, St James’s Studio, The Horse Hospital, The George Tavern and Mac Belfast. In 2012 she was an invited member of the Tamasha Developing Writer group, in 2013 an invited member of the Young Vic Springboard Group and in 2014 was invited to the Lincoln Center Director Lab in New York.
She has developed work for Camden People’s Theatre in 2015 (Calm Down Dear Festival), The Pleasance in 2016 (Litmus Festival) and Eh Voila! European Theatre Festival (2017). In 2019 her piece HATCH was shortlisted for the Pintsized Playwriting Competition at the Bunker Theatre. She is currently developing a solo show and is also an Associate 2020/21 at the Open School East in Margate.
Achieve Arts physical studios are now open.
All face to face classes have resumed.
Well done to all our students who continue to bring incredible commitment to all their lessons, whatever the situation.
If the current guidelines change over the coming days/weeks we will act immediately and accordingly.
Karen and Pamela