The Team

Resident Teachers

HEATHER GRACE GALLAGHER BSC (HONS), ALCM

Founder and Principal
Musical Theatre, Vocals, Acting, Dance and Supervising Choreographer

 
Heather is an experienced singer, actor and dancer. She has danced since the age of four and has trained extensively in singing and acting for more than 20 years.


She has performed locally and nationally, including at The Savoy Theatre with the original London cast of Legally Blonde, as part of the BBC TV programme Tonight’s The Night with John Barrowman.

MEGAN-LOUISE DANIELS

Musical Theatre and Singing
 

Megan-Louise trained at The School of Creative Arts in Blackpool and has a BA Hons in Musical Theatre. She was a member of the UK’s prestigious national Youth Music Theatre for four years.


She has knowledge of a wide variety of musical styles and established her own company, Perfect Fifth Events with fellow graduate Keeley Harrison, which provides professional performers for charity and corporate events, weddings and other family celebrations.

VIKI WILKINSON

Musical Theatre and Dance
 

Viki is an accomplished dancer with over 20 years experience in ballet, tap, modern dance, acrobatics, jazz, contemporary dance and musical theatre.
 
Dancing has been a passion of Viki's from a very young age. It started as a hobby at a dance school undergoing dance exams and performing in shows. Then later lead her to go onto college to study dance full time. When that ended she continued with further education to gain a F.D in Dance and Theatre Arts.

Guest Teachers

TOM O'BRIEN

Patron and visiting Acting Coach

Tom is a freelance theatre director and is currently the resident director on ‘Miss Saigon’ (International Tour) and most recently the West End Transfer of ‘Half a Sixpence’ at the Noel Coward Theatre, London directed by Rachel Kavanaugh.


Tom trained at Arts Ed London, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the National Theatre Studio and with Living Pictures. Tom worked professionally as an actor for five years working in London and internationally in Plays, Musicals and on Film and TV. Theatre Credits included, ‘Mamma Mia!’,’Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’. Film and TV credits included ‘The Young Victoria’ and ‘Peak Practice’. Tom made the transition into directing in 2010.


CHRISTINA MODESTOU

Patron and Visiting West End Consultant for Audition Technique

CHRISTINA MODESTOU, the original Anne Boleyn from Six The Musical is a wonderful addition to our team here at MTA! Christina will be working on professional audition technique as our West End Consultant.


Christina says “I’m thrilled to be finally visiting Stagescreen MTA in person! The students have worked so hard in my online sessions and they bring so much fun too. This definitely filters through from their amazing staff who get involved and are so energised and encouraging. I feel very lucky to be working with them more often!”


Originally from Port Talbot, South Wales. Theatre includes: Carousel (Regents Park Theatre); The Boy in the Dress (RSC); BBC 10 Pieces (Tour); The Winter’s Tale (National Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Regents Park Theatre); Six (Arts Theatre, Cast Recording); 35MM (The Other Palace Studio); Rent (St James Theatre, UK tour); The Last Mermaid (WMC); Shrek (UK tour); Urinetown (Apollo Theatre); In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse); The London Revue (Park Theatre); Edges (Tabard Theatre); Aladdin (Everyman Theatre); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre)

Television includes: Holy Popcorn (web series); Belonging (BBC Wales); Strictly Come Dancing (BBC); Love Actually

Christina trained at the Arts Educational Schools, London.

ANDY REISS

Visiting - Musical Theatre and Acting

Andy was cast in the first UK production of Les Misérables to appear outside of the West End, and stayed with the show throughout its residency at the Palace Theatre in Manchester. Andy has also performed in Les Misérables in Dublin and Edinburgh, and after a two year break from the show returned as the Resident Director for the first National Tour. For the 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables at the Royal Albert Hall, Andy was chosen to play the Paris Pimp in a company hand-picked from the worldwide casts of Les Misérables.


He has played Che in Evita in the UK National Tour, and performed in Chess, both in the UK and Norway. He was also Musical Director for Annie in Portsmouth and Guildford and he directed the first UK production of Seussical at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, and then was Musical Director for the same show at the Teatru Manoel in Malta in 2006.


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SOPHIE TOWNS

Visiting - Acting Through Song Masterclass


Sophie Towns is an accomplished performer, having graduated with BA (Hons) degree in Musical Theatre from the London College of Music


Sophie has performed in theatres across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, playing lead roles as Snow White ("Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs"), Dorothy (In the Italian tour of "The Wizard Of Oz"), Wendy ("Peter Pan") and appearing alongside Ramin Karimloo and Kerry Ellis in the West End production of "Godspell".

In Spring 2018, she appeared as "Alice" in The New Theatre Royal, Lincoln's Spring show, "Alice In Wonderland" and in Spring 2019, Sophie returned here to reprise her role as "Dorothy" in "The Wizard of Oz".

Christmas 2019 saw Sophie playing the role of "Fairy Fern" in "Robin Hood" at the Core Theatre, Solihull.

Recently, Sophie has also had the huge honour of performing backing vocals on Tony Hadley's fantastic new album, "Talking To The Moon", receiving radio play all over the world, including Radio 2 in the UK. Here the release was the "Album Of The Week" and the single, "Take Back Everything" enjoys critical acclaim.

Sophie performs regularly with Peak productions ‘Sunday Sessions’ alongside the hugely talented Michael Auger from "Collabro". Sophie has had the pleasure of performing as Lead Production Vocalist on worldwide tours on the SilverSea Cruise Ships. She has most recently performed on the Viking Cruise liner, "Viking Jupiter”.


‘Sophie is thrilled to be back in Burton and to be joining the guest teachers at MTA and is looking forward to meeting all of the talented students. She can’t wait to get started on working through their singing technique and acting through song’.

ANNE LEATHERLAND

Visiting - Vocal Technique


Anne is a specialist singing and voice trainer with over twenty years experience of teaching students of all ages. Anne now mainly helps professional singers, actors and singing teachers through her company VocAL Intuition. She works at her Burton studio, online or in workshops and masterclasses throughout the UK.


She has worked with Musical Theatre and Acting students at LIPA and Liverpool Theatre school and has a particular interest in phonetics and accent training, in both singing and speaking.


Anne is a Vocal Process Associate trainer and works frequently with International trainers Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher on their courses and Teacher accreditation Programme.


She is very much looking forward to working with students at StageScreen MTA on healthy vocal technique and spoken voice for Matilda The Musical.

Eleanor Farenden

Visiting - Dance Technique 


Eleanor spent her childhood years training as a dancer, competing in local and national competitions successfully gaining titles that included British, East Midlands and All England Tap Champion.

After gaining I.S.T.D dance teacher professional qualifications, Eleanor continued her studies at DeMontfort University, studying Arts Management and Theatre, followed by a PGCE in Education.

Whilst studying, Eleanor travelled the country as a singer with various rock bands, but soon realised her passion was choreography and teaching young people.


Over the past 12 years, Eleanor has directed and choreographed numerous musicals and pantomines and recently her work bought her full circle by winning awards at the All England Dance Festivals held in London.

Eleanor now works as a teacher in an Independent School and also visits Secondary Academies to moderate and lead technical workshops in her specialised subject of Contemporary Dance.


Eleanor is excited to have been invited to be a guest teacher at MTA and supports the wonderful opportunities that the organisation and Heather provides to students locally.

More Exciting Guest Teacher Announcements Soon!!

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