Tabitha has lived and breathed theatre for 25 years. Along the way she has gained experience in many areas, both on and off stage. Highlights have been producing and directing a twice NODA award winning production and Choreographing for sell out shows also with NODA nominations. Tabitha began to teach and choreograph dance from the young age of 14, assisting teachers for a local group. This passion has carried on through the years by taking her experience from dance schools and theatre groups and passing it on to inspire all ages. Tabitha also enjoys working on small filming projects and teaches primary school activities clubs for dance and fitness. Moto for life – “Don’t dream it, be it”. “To see confidence grow in others and their talents flourish is very rewarding to know you’ve had a part in nurturing that”.
Jessie started accompanying for singing classes when she was 11 and had her first Musical Directors job at the age of 14. This began her lifelong love of singing and musical theatre. Since then she has completed her BMus (hons.) in Music at the University of London in 2004 and is currently a freelance musical director, vocal coach, musical arranger and accompanist. Jessie has previously taught with Hackney Musical Development Trust in London, and currently provides private singing lessons to students in Swindon. In addition she is one of the principal tutors for Swindon based vocal education charity the JTPTrust and is heavily involved in the Swindon Fringe Festival In 2011 Jessie created a new adaptation of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera with Matt Fox at her theatre company 'Madam Rendards'. Since then Jessie has written the music for a number of new musicals and operas including Nights, Madrababes, The Indisposition of David Phillips & The Bridal Ballad, as well as many choral works including the annually performed Christmas piece The Holly, The Ivy & the Mistletoe. She has a real passion for musical theatre and loves to share it with our students!
Madelaine Ryan is a professional actor and drama teacher. She graduated from The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) with a masters in professional acting, where her training encompassed all media: Live Theatre, TV & Film and Radio. Madelaine is cofounder and is now an associate artist for Moon On A Stick Puppetry Company. Some of her acting/directing credits include Open House (Nice Work if You Can Get It) and Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Roughhouse Theatre). Now specialising in acting classes, and LAMDA tuition she is a perfect addition to our team. Madelaine is an inspiring teacher and enjoys creating a fun environment for students to develop their confidence and acting ability.
Nichola trained at Italia Conti acadamey of theatre arts where she gained a BA Hons degree in acting. Following this she spent 7 years in London involved in many shows with various companies. Mainly focusing her energies in theatre and small scale tours, including a tour of Italy with smile theatre company and 'An inspector calls' at the Royal National Theatre.
Marrying her husband in 2009 they moved to Wiltshire where Nichola soon got involved with local theatre as director, assistant director, actress, costume assistant and member of the creative team. Much of her recent work has been at our own local theatre - The Athenaeum, Warminster.
Her Wiltshire/Somerset credits include: The Wizard of Oz, The Full Monty, Bath fringe plays, and Frome fringe festival. Nichola also has years of experience teaching in schools and other performing arts groups as acting coach . With a love for sewing and performing Nichola can't get enough of the performing arts.
She looks forward to joining the ACTS team and meeting all the amazing children.