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 (formerly 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 her 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 was previously 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
INTRODUCING OUR PATRON - ANTHONY STUART HICKS
Antony is honoured to be Patron for Theatricool and has recently celebrated 25 years in Show-Business. When not being "theatrical", Antony dedicates any free time towards supporting individuals with mental health conditions within the entertainment industry and beyond.
Antony is Executive Producer at APL Theatre based in London’s West End and a highly regarded theatre consultant. Antony is a mentor for the Mercury Creatives Programme and recently became a Trustee for Theatre in the Rough CIC and The Neverland Theatre, Skegness.
Theatre includes: Sherlock Holmes (The Hound of the Baskervilles) The Knight of Biscay (Don Quixote), George (His Fragile Mind), Terisius (Antigone), George (Stop Giving Me Grief), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Demetrius/Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Cardinal Richelieu (The Three Musketeers), Stuart (Gosforth’s Fete), Giovanni (Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!), Graham (Fine Wine & Pringles at the Café Belgrade), Macbeth (Macbeth), Hugo (No Horizon), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), Meg Long (Our Country’s Good), Ratty (The Wind in the Willows) and Saturninus (Titus Andronicus).
Television & Film includes: The Legacy (Suffolk Mind), The Undateables Christmas Special (Channel 4), Strictly Come Dancing – Christmas Special (BBC), Brookside (Mersey TV), Liverpool One (Lime Productions), And the Beat Goes On (Channel 4), David Copperfield (BBC Films), The Bill (Talkback Thames), In His Life (MBC), Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions), Fan & Friend (IT
Anthony is of course famous in his hometown of Colchester as the resident dame at The Mercury: Yootha Twankey in Aladdin, Kylie Hard-Up in Cinderella (Winner of 2020 Best Ugly Sisters - Great British Pantomime Awards), Dotty Trotty in Jack & the Beanstalk, Nurse Nellie in Snow White (Nominated for Best Dame - Great British Pantomime Awards), Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington and Widow Twankey in Aladdin.
Instagram: @antonystuarthicks | Twitter: @antonystuarthi1
Craig Mather - BA (Hons) Music - Head of Singing
Craig has a host of West End credentials to his name including Marius in Les Miserables and Mole in Wind in the Willows. He is a popular favourite at Colchester Mercury Theatre recently starring in the acclaimed new musical "Pieces of String" and played Jack in "Jack and the Beanstalk" He is also a regular at their Musical Theatre Singalongs. Craig is part of the Barricade Boys and is touring with them this year.
Craig trained at the prestigious Mountview Academy in London and we are thrilled he is part of our Theatricool team.
Sam Bailey – Guest Tutor
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. Sam has appeared twice in panto as "Peter Pan" and made his West End debut in the production of Dirty Dancing.
Sam can currently be seen in the West End production of Newsies playing "Specs"
Sarah Lloyd– BA (Hons) Musical Theatre – Senior Tutor and Assistant Director
Having studied a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre at University Centre Colchester, Sarah has a wealth of experience as a dance specialist.
Sarah has appeared professionally in the film "London Road" and at The Mercury Theatre Colchester in a number of Pantomimes.
Vivien Carter - Senior Musical Theatre Tutor
We are delighted to welcome Viv to our Theatricool teaching faculty!
Viv comes to us with a wealth of West End and stage experience.
CREDITS INCLUDE -
ANYTHING GOES - The Barbican Theatre 2021 THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Cyprus 2019
SWEET CHARITY - The Watermill Theatre 2018 BEAUTIFUL - The Aldwych Theatre 2016 MEDEA - The National Theatre 2014
FINGS AIN’T WOT THEY USED T’BE - Theatre Royal Stratford 2014 THE LIGHT PRINCESS - The National Theatre 2013
TAILOR MADE MAN -The Arts Theatre 2013
RADIO TIMES - UK Tour/Watermill Theatre 2012
CHICAGO - The Cambridge Theatre 2011 OKLAHOMA - Kilworth House 2009 EUROBEAT! - Edinburgh Pleasance 2008 EVITA - The Adelphi Theatre 2007
GUYS AND DOLLS - The Donmar/The Piccadilly Theatre 2006
WE WILL ROCK YOU - Australian tour and Tokyo Koma Theatre 2005
OTHER WORK INCLUDES -
Numerous Workshops at the National Theatre and beyond Audiobook recordings, original cast recordings and NT Live filming Radio plays for BBC 4
Brooke Parrott - Head of Acting and Trinity Exam leader
Brooke is a professionally trained actress who graduated from Guildford School of Acting in 2016.
She has performed in many projects including a tour of Macbeth with the Young Shakespeare Company. She is also a musician and brings all of her skills into her teaching.
Attending a stage school from a young age herself, working professionally as a child in productions such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, she understands the importance of learning each discipline and finding a love for performing. A big thing for Brooke is for the children to find fun in what they're doing whilst building up vital performer skills to the highest standard.