COVID - 19 NATIONAL LOCKDOWN!! PHYSICAL CLASSES RESUMING 19TH APRIL 2021
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.
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.
Danniella is a trained singer, actress and dancer and studied at both Italia Conti and The London School of Musical Theatre.
Her credits whilst training included, Joanne Jefferson (RENT), Adrianna (Comedy of Errors), Rhona (Grand Hotel), and she was a Semi-finalist for the ‘Charles Miller Award’ competition. She was also the 2019 winner of ‘The Sonnet Cup’.
Her professional Credits include; Rachel Finklestein, Blitz! (The Union Theatre), Alice Fitzwarren, Dick Whittington (Sheringham Little Theatre), Tap Dancer, THE ONE SHOW BBC (Arlene Phillips), Cabaret Singer (Guildford Fringe Festival), Vocalist (Macgregor: A New Musical), Lead Vocalist (Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queen’s, The Rag Factory), Joan (INKING, A New Musical, Camden Fringe).
Danniella has also done voiceover work for EFL Learning material. Danniella plays the piano and clarinet and enjoys singing at various functions and events. Danniella has taught at many performing schools over the last 6 years and is thrilled to be a regular tutor for Achieve Arts.
Jo is originally from Liverpool and trained at Laine Theatre Arts. She has been nominated 3 times for an Off West End Award for her Choreography.
Performing Credits include;
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, West End.
BLOOD BROTHERS, West End & UK Tour
CATS the Musical, UK & European Tours,
SISTER ACT, Kilworth House Theatre,
SINGING IN THE RAIN, LEGALLY BLONDE, SOUTH PACIFIC, Kilworth House Theatre,
CHICAGO, CHESS the musical, at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
GREASE the Musical, West End & UK Tour
She is currently part of the Tap dancing trio, THE TAP CHAPS.
Choreography credits include;
TOP HAT the Musical, The Royal Court theatre, Cunard, Promotional Video for BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, Twentieth Century Fox, CHRISTMAS CAROL, GSA. SALAD DAYS at The Theatre Royal, Bath and The Union Theatre, London, (Off West End Award Nomination. (Finalist) LEND ME A TENOR, LSMT, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (UK Premier) GSA. SOHO CINDERS at The Union Theatre, (Off West End Award Nomination (Finalist) MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, Mountview. BAD GIRLS at The Union Theatre, (Off West End Award Nomination.)GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, working alongside Sir Trevor Nunn. Arts Ed A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Blackpool Winter Gardens THE SCARECROWS WEDDING, UK Tour JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, GSA
Associate Choreography credits include;
Associate Choreographer, HOW TO SUCEED IN BUSINESS, Wiltons Music Hall. TWO. Associate Choreographer, THE DREAMERS, Abbey Road Studios Associate Choreographer on SISTER ACT, LEGALLY BLONDE, SINGING IN THE RAIN at Kilworth House. Assistant Choreographer, On THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH. (UK Tour)
Jo is currently on the teaching faculty at Guildford School of Acting & Trinity Laban. She is a regular guest teacher at Mountview and Laine Theatre Arts and we are delighted to welcome her to facilitate guest workshops for our 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Liam trained at The Dance School of Scotland and Millennium Performing Arts.
Theatre credits include: Mame (Hope Mill Theatre & UK Tour); On The Town (Tokyo,Japan); Follies (National Theatre); 42nd Street (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); My Fair Lady (Teatro di San Carlo, Naples); An American in Paris (Dominion Theatre & Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris); Kiss Me Kate (Grand Theatre, Luxembourg); Guys and Dolls (Savoy & Phoenix Theatre); Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre); The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre); White Christmas (The Lowry, Salford); Call Me Madam (Union Theatre); Wonderful Town (UK Tour); The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium); Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); Mary Poppins (UK Tour); Cats (UK Tour); Me and My Girl (UK Tour); Anything Goes (UK Tour); Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre) and On The Town (London Coliseum).
Other credits include: The Showgirl Within (Garrick Theatre); DanceLines (Royal Opera House) Resolution! (The Place) and Cinderella (Capitol Theatre, Horsham).
Liam is a life long friend of Pamela and Achieve Arts students are delighted to experience his invaluable expertise and workshops.
Sophie is originally from Nottingham and went on to train full time at Performers College in Essex. She graduated the college as Winner of the Music Award and with the 3rd Year Award.
Before COVID hit Sophie was playing the MC in Channing Tatum's Magic Mike LIVE (Hippodrome, London). She is awaiting her return to the frontline with the boys.
Sophie has gone on to a career across the world in Musical Theatre. Some of her roles to date include 'Glinda' in Wicked (West End); 'Janet' Rocky Horror Show (Italian Tour and Oxford Playhouse). Sophie was also lucky enough to be asked to play 'Columbia' in the 42nd Anniversary Gala performance of Rocky Horror Live in cinemas and Sky Arts. ‘Mary Pickford’ in The Biograph Girl at the Finborough Theatre and the 'Mermaid' in Big Fish the Musical at The Other Palace. Ensemble and understudy 'Lisa' in Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales) ; 'Stone Rockmanbrock' Silence! The Musical (Barons Court Theatre).
Television Credits Include: Royal Variety Performance (ITV) X Factor (ITV) ; The Slammer (CBBC); Top of the Pops (BBC) and Halifax (commercial).
As well as working in the industry for over 14 years Sophie is an accredited Life Coach and certified in Counseling skills and looks after Performers Minds in many Performing Arts colleges running mental health workshops. www.sophielinderleecoaching.com
We are delighted to welcome Sophie as our Guest Tutor, she is wonderful and we are very lucky to have her on board.
Barnaby is originally from Blackpool and trained in Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts for three years graduating in 2001. He currently plays ‘Ed’ in The Lion King and understudies Timon, Pumbaa & Zazu. Before this he recently completed a run in the critically acclaimed production of FOLLIES at the National Theatre, and as Peter in COMPANY in Aberdeen. Prior to this, he returned to Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in ON THE TOWN, having previously been seen in the hit production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR in 2016. Other credits include - Theatre: Chicago (Marina Bay Sands Theatre, Singapore); 42nd Street (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris); Jekyll & Hyde (Old Vic); Elf The Musical (Dominion Theatre); Oklahoma (UK tour); Wizard Of Oz (Madinat Theatre, Dubai); Cats (International tour); Legally Blonde (UK tour); The Band Wagon (Sadler’s Wells); Me And My Girl (Sheffield Crucible); Candide (Hyogo, Japan); The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre); Peter Pan (Birmingham REP); Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); Mary Poppins (Prince Edward); Mamma Mia! (International tour); Anything Goes (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Grease (UK tour) Television: The Slammer; The IT Crowd Film: Beyond The Se
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.
Originally from New York, Alexzandra is one of the most exciting performers on the West End stage. Known for her association with the Drew McOnie Company, Alexzandra can currently be seen in the original London cast of Hamilton as swing & dance captain.
Training: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in NYC and the State University of New York Purchase Conservatory of Dance.
Theatre includes: Broadway Lab for Drew McOnie’s King Kong;
dance captain/ensemble for Strictly Ballroom (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto);
Sally in Broad Shadow (National Theatre);
Daisy in the McOnie Company’s Jekyll and Hyde (Old Vic);
swing for the Olivier Award-winning production of In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre);
Lambchops in Fame The Musical (25th Anniversary UK Tour);
Rufus Norris’ Cabaret (UK Tour);
Connie Wong in A Chorus Line (London Palladium/USA/Japan).
Film includes: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (20th Century Fox) and Cinderella (Sony Pictures), both scheduled to be released in 2021.
Achieve Arts are delighted to welcome her onto the team as a guest tutor and our students are lucky to be able to work with her.
Lia trained at Laine Theatre Arts and has a wealth of experience.
Her Theatre Credits Include:
Associate Choreographer to Becki Howell for The Louder We Get, a brand new musical previewing in Calgary, Assistant Choreographer/Director to Adam Cooper for Grand Hotel (Oklahoma University),
Swing/Assistant Dance Captain for Hamilton (Original West End Cast, Victoria Palace Theatre),
Assistant choreographer for Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour),
Assistant choreographer for Spamalot (English Theatre,Frankfurt),
Dance Captain/swing for Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter),
Assistant Dance Captain in Wicked (UK Tour),
Swing in Viva Forever! (Piccadilly Theatre),
Swing/Ensemble in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre),
Swing/ u/s Anybodys in West Side Story (50th Anniversary UK and international tour), plus various workshops including for upcoming musical Sammy, about the life of Sammy Davis Jnr
The Crown, The Olivier Awards (2012, 2015 and 2018) and A League of their Own
Magic of the Musicals (Royal Albert Hall)
Other work includes:
Private event for Rob Ashford and Baz Luhrmann, Dancer IWC conference for Adam Cooper, Tap Dancer in 42nd Street (IDTA Awards Ceremony)
We are delighted Lia is joining us on the ever growing Achieve Arts team as a guest tutor and we really value her extensive knowledge and experience.
LUCY JANE ADCOCK is an experienced West End performer and has appeared in a multitude of West End productions. Her theatre credits include:
Sylvia in AN EVENING OF DIRTY DANCING, (UK Tour), Carmen, u/s Charity in SWEET CHARITY at The Royal Exchange, Manchester, Miss Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS (Tel Aviv), Mimi and u/s Miss Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS (Phoenix Theatre, West End and UK Tour), u/s Mrs Wormwood and Mrs Phelps in MATILDA THE MUSICAL (Cambridge Theatre, West End), Pinkette, u/s Pinky and Mrs Cunningham in HAPPY DAYS THE MUSICAL (UK tour), Judy Turner u/s Cassie in A CHORUS LINE (London Palladium, West End), Featured dancer and u/s Madge in TOP HAT (UK tour and Aldwych Theatre,West End), featured vocalist in Ruthie Henshall’s SOUNDS OF HOLLYWOOD (UK tour), Hunyak in CHICAGO (Cambridge Theatre, West End), ensemble and u/s Ali in MAMMA MIA (Prince of Wales, West End), Dinah in STARLIGHT EXPRESS (UK and Scandinavian tours) u/s Serena and Miss Bell in FAME (Aldwych Theatre, West End) Original cast of TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT (Victoria Palace Theatre, West End) and Silly Girl in DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (international tour).
Other work includes: Carabosse in SLEEPING BEAUTY, Roses Theatre, Tewekesbury, Choreographed DICK WHITTINGTON Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, BRIDGET JONES - THE MUSICAL (workshop) THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (workshop) assistant choreographer for LEGENDS OF HOLLYWOOD (Grosvenor House for Private Drama) Assistant to Alan Burkitt on BBC’s STRICTLY COME DANCING and original cast recordings of TOP HAT and TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT.
She also teaches and choreographs at various colleges and performing arts schools across the UK and can be seen as a guest tutor at many of the venues of the ‘Can You Dance?’ tours. She holds a weekly Musical Theatre Jazz class at Base Studios for graduates and professionals AND... She has a beautiful baby boy called Sonny! Best role to date!
Lucy is a wonderful asset to Achieve Arts and her workshops are top class!
Training: Tiffany Theatre College
Theatre credits include: Dance Captain / Swing & u/s Theo in SCHOOL OF ROCK (Gillian Lynne Theatre, West End), Resident Choreographer / Swing in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (The London Palladium, West End), Dance Captain / Swing in WICKED (Apollo Victoria Theatre, West End), Dance Captain / Swing in MAMMA MIA! (Novello Theatre, West End), Swing in MAMMA MIA! (International Tour), Production Tenor / Swing in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (UK Tour) and Ensemble u/s Barnaby Tucker in HELLO DOLLY (UK Tour).
Choreography work includes: Assistant Choreographer for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (The London Palladium, West End), Assistant Choreographer for SCHOOL OF ROCK (Gillian Lynne Theatre, West End), UK Associate Choreographer for SCHOOL OF ROCK (South Korea) and Choreographer for ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER - A MUSICAL CELEBRATION AT LIVE AT CHELSEA (London).
Achieve Arts are delighted to welcome Billy to the team and our students can't wait to work with him, his energy is infectious and his workshops are a joy!
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.
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