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
Craig Mather - BA (Hons) Music - Singing Coach and TPA Academy Leader
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 will be playing Jack in "Jack and the Beanstalk" this Christmas at the same venue.
Craig trained at the prestigious Mountview Academy in London and we are thrilled he is part of our Theatricool team.
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. Sam will be appearing in panto as "Peter Pan" again this year in Portsmouth.
Sarah Lloyd– BA (Hons) Musical Theatre – Senior Teacher 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.
Since graduating from UCC Sarah is now a Dance Teacher at Colchester Institute and we are delighted to have her with us as a Senior Tutor for Theatricool.
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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