Meet the Team
We have 13 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 Enhanced DBS (formely CRB) checked in line with our Child Protection Policy
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
Craig Mather - BA (Hons) Music - Singing Coach
Craigs full biorgaphy will be posted shortly
Sam Bailey – Senior Tutor - Juniors
Sam has a BA(Hons) First Class Degree in Musical Theatre from University Centre Colchester.
Since graduating Sam has gone on to perform professionally. Credits include ‘Pop Factor’ where was lead vocalist and dancer and also performed in the lead roles in ‘Peter Pan’ at The Embassy Theatre in Skegness and The Majestic Theatre in Retford. He also starred in three new London musical productions – ‘My Land’s Shore’ at The Old Rose and Crown Theatre, ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’ at Upstairs at the Gatehouse and ‘Fatbusters The Musical’ at St. Giles in the Fields. Sam is also part of the successful ‘Frankie’s Guys’ who tour and gig all over the country with their Frankie Valli show.
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
Amelia Lennox BA (Hons) Musical Theatre - Head Of Little Stars
Amelia's full biography will be posted shortly
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.
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