Upstages visits to the Victoria
Hall in Stoke have brought creative and challenging opportunities
to many students, some of whom had never taken part in drama, music
or dance activities before. Thomass team are wonderfully skilled
in bringing the best out of the participants as well as sharing new
skills and developing and nurturing confidence and a sense of ownership
amongst the groups. Parents are delighted to see the final performances
and confirm their satisfaction by re-booking their son/daughter onto
the next available Upstage course.
Thomas Kett established Upstage Musical Productions whilst teaching
at Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, South West London. He co-ran
the summer courses there for five years before moving the company
to the Ambassador Theatre Group where
he ran the course in some of their leading theatres, both in London
and the regions. Tom is also a writer and an actor and has written
plays that have been produced in London, Guildford, Edinburgh and
in France. As an actor, he trained at RADA and has appeared at the
Leicester Haymarket, the RSC, the Almeida Theatre, the Tricycle
Theatre and on TV. Tom has co-written and directed six musicals
with Upstage and was also Venue Director on behalf of the Shakespeare
for Schools Festival 2007.
A self-taught musician, Stevie has performed as a saxophonist at
venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie
Scott's, the Glastonbury Festival and the Oriental and Regency Hyatt
Hotels in Bangkok. Since then, he has composed/arranged music for
the Fraser Myers Big Band, the Willie Garnett Big Band and Cliff
Hardie's Soho Jazz Orchestra and for several TV and film projects.
He realised the music for Ghetto (as well as being Musical
Director) and has designed sound for many other theatrical shows.
He has just completed his third musical for Upstage entitled Sweetville.
Influenced by music from across the globe, his music enables students
to experience the unique opportunity of singing and dancing to an
array of styles within stories they can relate to, supported by
a fully-orchestrated, recorded backing.
Lucy initially studied at Corona Stage School and later went onto
Laban to complete her dance training. On leaving Laban, she was
involved in a large-scale dance project mentoring BA dance students
in East London. Since then, Lucy has facilitated dance in schools
and community projects through-out South East London and she runs
adult dance classes at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley. Her interest
in Special Needs has led her to work with groups of teenagers who
are aiming towards their award in Dance Leadership. Lucy has choreographed
a number of musicals on behalf of Upstage Musical Productions at
theatres that include: Richmond Theatre, the Gate Theatre (Notting
Hill), Wimbledon Theatre, the Maltings (Farnham) and the Tricycle
and exciting! Loved the dancing.
Steve trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He
has since worked at the RSC, the National theatre, the Abbey Theatre
(Dublin), and Clwyd Theatr (Cymru) with directors that include Terry
Hands, Michael Attenborough, Deborah Warner, Danny Boyle and Nick
Hytner. He recently directed shows at the Shakespeare for Schools
Festival and The Dreamer on behalf of Upstage Musical Productions.
Director/ Musical Director
Jill is originally from Wales and trained at Mountview Theatre
School. West End credits include Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables
and original cast of Sam Mendes production of Oliver!
On tour and repertory, she appeared in Annie no less than
three times, Cabaret, Godspell, One Flew Over The
Cukoos Nest, The Hobbit, Nunsense, Oliver!
at the Nottingham Playhouse and Sugar, the musical of Some
Like it Hot. Jill has directed workshops for Impact Theatre
Group. She has taught singing and directed at Stagecoach for eight
years. Along with other cast members of Les Miserables, she
conceived and directed late night shows and events for West End
Cares and is a founder member and director of WestEnders, bringing
the best of the West Ends hits together in one evening.
Kate completed an MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck college
in 2007. Recent Directing Credits include: Happy Birthday Luke/Second
Life/Carpet and Floorboards (Tara Arts Studio), The History
and Future of Flight (Hampstead Theatre Studio), White Riot
(Soho Theatre Studio), Stoopud Fucken Animals (Traverse Drill
Hall, Edinburgh), Mud (Gate Theatre), When In Rome...(People's
Studio Theatre, Newcastle), Sunday is the New Saturday (C
Central, Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Star Quality (Newcastle
University), Dido and Aeneas (Newcastle Early Music Festival).
Kate has also directed new short plays and work in development at
Theatre 503, The Old Red Lion for Nabokov and the Gate Theatre.
Assisting credits: Cloud Nine, (Almeida Theatre), Ghosts
(Gate Theatre), The Chairs (Gate Theatre). Kate works on
a freelance basis for the Almeida Theatre as a workshop facilitator,
and runs Gate Ink, a playwriting course for young people at the
Gate Theatre. She is also an associate director of Pentabus Theatre.
John was born in Liverpool and trained at the Italia Conti Academy
of Performing Arts. As an actor he has played many leading roles
in such shows as Blood Brothers (Narrator), The Fantastiks
(Matt), The Boyfriend (Bobby), Stags and Hens (Peter),
Mister Cinders (Guy), Cider With Rosie and many others.
He played the part of Danny Williams in Phil Redman's television
drama series What Now? alongside actors lan Hart and Victor
Maguire. For his work as a composer and lyricist, John was awarded
the prestigious Vivian Ellis Prize from a panel of judges that included
Tim Rice, Don Black, Lionel Bart, Elaine Paige and Vivian Ellis
himself A performance of Hogg in the Limelight at the Talk
Of London brought together a cast of the West End's best, including
leading ladies Sally Ann Triplet and Helen Hobson. John wrote six
original numbers for the production of The Clip Joint at
the Players Theatre in London directed by Tony award winner Gillian
Gregory. He was the lyricist and co-script writer for the musical
adaptation of Enid Blyton's Famous Five which enjoyed a successful
national tour, Kings Head run and DVD release. More recently his
score for a musical treatment of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful
Life was well received in Toronto, Canada and hopes to go into
production here in the UK soon. John has taught for the Stage Coach
franchise and enjoys his work with the Upstage Theatre Company.
As an actor, Iain has appeared at the Royal Exchange, the Salisbury
Playhouse, Liverpool Playhouse, Bolton Exchange, Hull Truck, Library
Theatre, Manchester and the Arts Theatre, London. On TV he has appeared
in Coronation Street, The Bill, A Rather English Marriage
and Christmas Carol-The Movie. Iain has directed at the Rosemary
Branch Theatre, the Battersea Arts Centre, the Edinburgh Festival
and was resident director for the Shakespeare for Schools Festival.
Rachel read Dance and Community at Manchester Metropolitan University
and has recently returned as an associate lecturer in the field
of dance performance, technique and choreography. Professionally,
she has collaborated with several contemporary dance choreographers
including Birmingham-based Rosie and currently Vincent Cacialano
of Magpie Music Dance based in the Netherlands. Rachel
is a Dance Artist and professional musician currently working as
the Dance Artist in Residence for Stoke-on-Trent Theatres. From
this role, she has choreographed for and collaborated with Upstage
Musical Productions for the past two and a half years.
All directors and workshop leaders have fully Enhanced
learnt a lot. Thanks, I've really enjoyed it