Meet the Team
We have 10 staff on duty at our Colchester Saturday schools to ensure each and every student receives
the best possible tuition. All staff have musical theatre experience and are DBS (formely CRB) checked.
Sally Fisher – BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, PGCE (Masters Level), FdA Musical Theatre, A.I.S.T.D. – Principal
Sally trained at Ivy Baker School of Dance and Dance Foundation gaining many dance qualifications including her ISTD Associate in Modern Theatre Dance. She also trained with University Centre Colchester to gain her BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre and her PGCE in education, gaining Qualified Teacher Status in 2010. Since completing her degree Sally has been a professional actress appearing in a variety of shows and adverts including her favourite role of Fairy Godmother at the Broadway Theatre in London.
Sally founded Theatricool in 2009 with the aim to provide high quality, part time, performing arts education to children in Colchester and the surrounding areas. She is a passionate educator believing firmly that children come first and their happiness and wellbeing is Theatricool's number one priority.
Sally is also Head of Drama at Littlegarth School.
Leah Scott – BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, PGCE – Deputy Principal – Head of Upper School
Leah started her training at Carolyn's School of Dance taking numerous exams where she won many awards including 'Dancer of the Year' in Disco Freestyle. To broaden her dance training and performance knowledge she attended Tiffany Stage Academy where she studied ISTD Tap, Modern and Jazz. Leaving school Leah then went on to study Musical Theatre at University Centre Colchester gaining a Diploma with triple distinction and a BA (Hons) Degree in Musical Theatre.
Leah continued her studies at Essex University and gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and has worked as a qualified dance lecturer in the Further Education sector ever since. She has choreographed numerous dance shows, castings and professional events and enjoys seeing her choreographic visions become reality on stage. Leah is currently studying to gain her ISTD DDI teaching qualification so that she can offer specialised dance training in modern theatre dance at Theatricool in the near future. Leah has worked at Theatricool since it opened its doors back in 2009 and has enjoyed every minute of it! She has watched the school flourish and produce confident young performers who share the same enthusiasm for performing arts as she does! She cannot wait to see what the future holds and what other exciting opportunities are on the horizon for the school
Matyas Bacso – BA (Hons) Music – Musical Director
Matyas is an award-winning professional pianist, singer-songwriter, composer and piano tutor.
Matyas is involved in a variety of musical projects. With his band Matyas & The Hybrid Mind he performs his original songs. Their very first EP 'The Mornings' was released In January 2015. At the moment they are working on their second EP 'Jackpot'.
As a session musician he often plays for studio recordings, regularly works for Monitor Music Agency and performs at weddings and other private and corporate events.
Matyas also works as an accompanist for the Ipswich Gilbert and Sullivan Society and as a private piano tutor, he enjoys sharing his knowledge, experience and passion for music with others.
Matyas is delighted to join the Theatricool team as Musical Director and is enjoying teaching music and singing to a younger generation
Ben Powell – BA (Hons) Creative Performance MA Music Theatre – Head of Acting
Having studied a BA (Hons) in Creative Performance at University Centre Colchester, Ben went on to train at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama undertaking his MA Music Theatre. Ben is thrilled to return to familiar surroundings to join the Theatricool team.
Since graduating from RCSSD, Ben has performed in various professional roles, most recently as Friar Tuck in Immersion Theatre’s pantomime ‘Robin Hood’ and is currently performing in the Guinness World Record-holding ‘NewsRevue’ at the Canal Café Theatre in London’s West End
Laura Le Blanc BA (Hons) Musical Theatre PGCE - Head Of Little Stars
Laura graduated with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre from University Centre Colchester and has also completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education making her a fully qualified teacher. She is also Head of Drama and Dance at Philip Morant School and College.
She has directed many productions, most recently Twelfth Night (school edition) in a Shakespeare festival, and a 50th anniversary variety showcase. Her current work includes a full scale production of Bugsy Malone.
Dance training includes speciality in ballroom and Latin dance (ISTD,) winning several major awards. Competing at the highest level and achieving distinction with honours at every examination level, Laura has performed to, and has been judged by, some of the industry’s most prestigious judges including Len Goodman of 'Strictly Come Dancing' fame!
Professionally Laura performed at The Edinburgh Fringe festival with 'the 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' which gained 5 star reviews and critical acclaim.
Laura is particularly interested in children with educational and physical needs and hopes to combine her love of Musical Theatre teaching them in the future.
Sarah Suckling A.I.S.T.D. (Dip), L.L.A.M - Head of Pre-Juniors and Wardrobe Mistress
Sarah trained at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London where she gained her teaching qualifications. She then danced professionally on tour throughout Europe to gain her Equity Status. Sarah has worked doing Theatre in Education touring schools in the south of England, Professional Pantomimes in Sheffield and Leeds and in the holidays bouncing around stage as ‘Henry’s Cat’. She started Teaching in 1990 and had her own school in Ipswich for 10 years. She now teaches Ballet , Modern, Tap, Musical Theatre to over 150 students a week and is Head of Drama at Soaring High, Montessori School. Sarah is delighted to be a part of the Theatricool team, the enthusiasm and fun the children bring each week is contagious. She says she loves making the costumes just to see the children’s faces when they first try them on, characters and shows come alive, all the hard work is worth it for that one moment alone.
BA (Hons) Musical Theatre – Pre Juniors and Juniors Teacher
BA (Hons) Musical Theatre – Seniors Teacher and Choreographer
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