Meet the team in Warminster

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Joanna Turner

Vocal Coach and Principal

 

Joanna has always loved music and started learning the piano at just 4 years old.  She soon began playing the clarinet and saxophone and of course - singing!  In her youth, Jo took part in many amateur dramatic performances at the Athenaeum in Warminster, from The WIzard of oz to Snow white.  Following this, Jo went on to study music at the university of Surrey where she was musical director for Barry Manilow's Copacabana, and furthered her career and interests by taking a masters in music therapy.  Joanna now runs her own business and offers music therapy to children and adults across Wiltshire and Somerset.  Jo continues to have a love of singing and instrumental playing and in 2012 founded Warminster community choir, swiftly followed by Warminster dementia choir and Warminster young singers.   She has been involved in A.C.T.S since its opening day in 2011 and truly is part of the family!

Jo has 3 wonderful children who keep her busy, her hobbies are art and aerial hoops!

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Nik Kilminster

Drama Coach

 

Nik has worked in education for 25 years, teaching Drama and performance to students up to 18 years of age.  In that time, he has encouraged many a student to go on and study Performing Arts at a higher level.  He has directed over 20 shows - ranging from My Fair Lady and Bugsy Malone to We Will Rock You and Sister Act – and taken performances to both the Wyvern Theatre and Salisbury Playhouse.  He has also run workshops for pupils of all ages.

Nik gained his degree at the University of Plymouth, studying Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and knew that he wanted to go into teaching drama and performing arts.   Since then he has taught in schools across Swindon, Wiltshire and Somerset.

Outside of teaching, he enjoys going to the theatre, watching live music and following Forest Green Rovers!

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Charlotte Young

Dance Coach

 

Charlotte fell in love with musical theatre from a young age through several early visits to the theatre.  She had already enrolled at a dance school, training in tap, jazz and modern.   Realising that she wanted to delve deeper into musical theatre, she joined A.C.T.S Warminster as a student - and that, she says, "is where my journey truly began".  Her journey has included credits in Snow white and the seven dwarfs, The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin, Cinderella, Bugsy Malone, Witches, Seussical, Fame, Joseph and Love makes the world go round.  Her experiences led to the decision to seek a career in the performing arts.  Charlotte currently trains professionally in musical theatre at the 'Institute for contemporary theatre', where she is expanding her knowledge and skill set across all dance genres and developing further her vocal and acting ability.   As a past A.C.T.S student Charlotte knows how it feels to be part of the A.C.T.S family.  Now joining us as part of the staffing team she says "I know how much it helped me to be where I am today, and now I want to help others".