Meet the Teachers of Showshack Dance & Theatre School

Showshack Dance and Drama teachers are fully qualified professional artists who have worked and performed in the theatre, film or television industry. Our teachers use their valuable knowledge gained from their experience making Showshack an interesting and vibrant place to learn. All Showshack teachers are fully DBS checked.


Pauline Thomson
Founder and Principal
Pauline trained in Scotland and performed her first professional show in a Scottish Repertory company based in Ayrshire in 1976. After moving to Londo
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Elle Branch
Musical Theatre Director, Vocal & Acting Teacher
Elle achieved her BA degree in Musical Theatre at the highly acclaimed drama school Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Elle began performing from
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Gary Branch
Head of Music, Orchestral Manager, Arranger, Saxophones and Woodwind
Gary has worked extensively in both T.V. and theatre, and has played for many of the best known names in the entertainment industry today.He has been
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Jess Mackenzie
Team Leader & Musical Theatre Teacher
Jess joined the Showshack team in September 2017. Following a successful career as a Royal Navy Officer, which saw a period of operational conflict in
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Megan Sayer
Team Leader, Acting & Singing Teacher
Megan is a recording artist with her originals project under her full name Megan Sayer. A blue-eyed soul-singer and creative composer, she has release
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Olivia Barr
Team Leader, Singing & LAMDA Teacher
Olivia is a classically trained singer who graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a MMus in Vocal Performance. Her LAMDA train
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Sarah Arran
Head of RAD Ballet
Sarah grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and studied ballet with Jacqui Pells at the Cape Academy Of Performing Arts.  She gained her certi
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Danielle Morrison
ISTD Ballet & Musical Theatre Teacher
Danielle studied for three and a half years at Deborah Capon Dance college, now known as Dance College Whitstable, gaining a dance diploma in educatio
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Chloe Butler
Street/Commercial Dance Teacher
Chloe has been dancing from an early age, training in a variety of different styles. She went on to train at Redroofs School for the Performing Arts (
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Laura Hardie
Dance Teacher
Laura trained professionally at Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead and is currently studying at Guildford School of Acting for her BA (Hons) in Mus
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Charlotte West
Dance & Musical Theatre Teacher
Charlotte graduated from Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts in the where she studied Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Commercial, Singing and Acting.
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Kika Mirylees
LAMDA Drama Teacher
Kika trained at Rose Bruford Drama College and Ladislav Fialka's Mime Sschool in Czechoslovakia. She has many years of experience within the theatre a
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Maria Morrison
LAMDA Drama & Singing Teacher
Originally from Scotland, Maria moved to England to attend Hurtwood House School before training for 3 years at the Performance Preparation Academy in
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Jack Freeman
LAMDA Drama Teacher
Jack has been acting for as long as he can remember, being a long term member of the NYT and performing in many of their productions. He studied for 3
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Sivan Raphaely
LAMDA Drama Teacher
Sivan hails from South Africa where she is best known for her roles in TROY: FALL OF A CITY (Adrasteia, BBC), local TV drama THULA'S VINE (Patricia, S
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Katie Meller
Guest LAMDA Drama Teacher
Katie trained at GSA and London Studio Centre. Her West End Theatre credits include Wardrobe Mistress/Confidante in Phantom of The Opera (Her Majestyâ
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Abigail Young
Ballet, Musical Theatre Teacher & Party Host
Abigail started dancing at the age of 4 and soon after decided that was her chosen career. At the age of 11 she studied at Elmhurst Ballet School wher
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Christie Wright
Guest Dance Teacher & Party Host
Christie graduated with a diploma in Musical Theatre from D&B Academy of Performing Arts where she also gained her LAMDA Gold Award, London Colleg
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Amy Matthews
Guest LAMDA Drama and Singing Teacher
Amy studied Musical Theatre at Performance Preparation Academy (PPA), Guildford. Whilst training, Amy played numerous roles including Cinderella in&nb
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Nicole Turner
Dance Teacher & Party Host
Nicole started her performing life at Showshack when she was just 5 years old and carried on until aged 17. She continued her training at Performance
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Laura Mullowney
Guest Musical Theatre & Dance Visiting Professional
Laura trained professionally at Elmhurst School of Dance & Performing Arts where she received a diploma in Musical Theatre, as well as her ISTD As
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Wendy McElroy
Guest RAD Ballet Teacher and Examiner
Wendy has been an RAD Examiner since 2003. Her annual attendance at workshops with the RAD board of examiners ensures she keeps up to date with the cu
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Daniel Woodhouse
Visiting Professional
Daniel started performing at an early age and was taught by Showshack’s very own Principal Pauline! Daniel enjoyed a very successful career on stage
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Ben Heathcote
Visiting Professional
Ben’s professional credits include: MUSICALS: Thank you for the Music, Electric Lipstick, The Beautiful Game, We Will Rock You, Fame, Come Dancing,
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Danielle Heathcote
Visiting Professional
Danielle trained at The London Studio Centre on a three year Musical Theatre Course. Professional credits include: European Tours, numerous Pantomimes
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