STAFF

STAFF

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Amy Parker

Principal
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Rebecca Elliott

Principal

Amy and Becky are the cofounders of Cast Academy and have worked together for 15 years teaching and mentoring hundreds of students. Despite having entered the performing arts world through different routes, with a shared vision they have brought together their passion and experience in their respective fields to create an academy that provides outstanding training in all areas of the industry. Together they have over 30 years teaching experience and take great pride in providing a tailored and personalised learning experience for each individual student. Amy and Becky maintain a hands-on approach in teaching and work in collaboration with their carefully selected high caliber teaching team to ensure the Cast Academy vision is achieved.

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Charlotte Collier

Singing Teacher

BMus (Hons) Music Performance
Charlotte’s passion for music started at an early age when she was accepted into internationally acclaimed choir, Cantamus, where she has recently returned to teach. Charlotte spent ten years with Cantamus, performing in prestigious venues, including the Sydney Opera House and The Royal Albert Hall. Charlotte studied Music Performance at the University of Huddersfield where she received a first class. She directed and performed throughout her time at university, also featuring as a soloist in several performances including, Handel’s Messiah and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Mass in D, and Mahler’s Rϋckert Lieder. Outside of studying, in 2018, Charlotte and three other performers from around the country were selected to be part of Waterperry Opera Festival’s Young Artist Scheme in their inaugural season where she performed in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. Charlotte’s wealth of performance and vocal training has allowed her to perform on stages around the world, which now drives Charlotte to provide the best training for her own pupils, hoping to pass on her passion for singing, to allow them to achieve their own dreams.

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Chris Birks

Drama Teacher & Technical Support Officer

BA (Hons) Drama
Chris is a former pupil of Cast Academy, being taught by Amy for 16 years before heading to university to further his career and skills. During his time at university, Chris performed in productions of Moliere’s Tartuffe, Mikhail Bulgakov’s Flight, and the Broadway musical Urinetown. Chris was also the Vice-President, and later President of the Musical Theatre Society at university where he successfully produced and directed two musical showcase productions as well as two full scale musicals, Rent and Spring Awakening. After completing his degree, BA (Hons) Drama at Edge Hill University, Chris joined the team at Cast Academy with an array of responsibilities, from teaching classes to editing music, graphics design, website maintenance, show lighting design, stage management and more!

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Gary Jackman Thomas

Dance Teacher

Gary Jackman Thomas trained as a dancer at the Northern ballet school in Manchester, after graduating Gary worked on board Celebrity, Carnival and CTC cruise lines, as dance captain in casino’s throughout Europe, Swing and Understudy in Roman Polanski’s “Tanz der vampire” in Stuttgart and several world tours with Patrick Marques “Paris Can Can” as company manager.

His choreography credits includes Celebrity cruises “Remix” , Solid silver skates, Kyllini beach resort “4 Elements” , Casino Solverde “Dance Fever” , Ghost, Starlight Express, Grease and Chicago.

Gary has found his home at Cast Academy

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Hollie Glossop

Dance Teacher

Hollie started dancing at the young age of 2 and hasn’t stopped since. After completing her A levels, Hollie trained at Performers College in Essex for three years, graduating with a National Diploma in Musical And Dance Theatre.
Hollie was lucky enough to secure jobs that combine two of her favourite things; dance and travel. She was involved with various showgirl companies, performing in corporate gigs all around the UK and Europe. Hollie then went on to work in Malta for six months as Dance Captain in two hotels. On her return, Hollie secured her favourite job, working on the cruise ships for four years. Her final cruise contract was as the Dance Captain for an around the world voyage.

Hollie has been teaching at Cast Academy since September 2019 and is loving every minute of it!

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Nicole Garnett

Dance & Drama Teacher

BA (Hons) Drama
Nicole has been performing since a young age and spent many years training with Cast Academy. Whilst studying a BA (Hons) in Drama at Huddersfield University, Nicole was part of a theatre ensemble group specialising in physical theatre. They performed multiple original devised works at the Buxton Fringe Festival, where they achieved the award for best dance piece. After university, Nicole successfully auditioned and became a member of the National Youth Theatre, where she had the opportunity to develop her knowledge alongside industry professionals in London. Nicole has a variety of performing experience in theatre, TV and film and is very excited to be able to pass on her knowledge to help students develop, achieve their goals and encourage the same passion she has for performing.

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