LIZ EVANS: DIRECTOR (LGSM) Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: First Aid Certificate, Child Protection Certificate, Enhanced DBS Certificate, Basic Makaton, Challenging Child Behaviour, Autistic Spectrum Disorder training, Type 1 Diabetes training, Citizen of the Year 2014 for Sawbridgeworth!
TRAINING: Zena Letchworth School of Dance, London. Bodens Studio School of Performing Arts, London. Speech & Voice with Barbara Houseman, London. Theatre Design and Theatre Studies A Level, Grade 8 Singing, Diploma in Performing Arts. Various courses in animation, puppetry, film acting, music and Sing Up, stage make-up, special effects make-up and face paint.
PROFESSIONAL WORK: Gretel – Sound of Music (West End first run so many years ago!), numerous West End and London Fringe Productions including Shakespeare, original cast member for Tale of Two Cities – West End run, close-up magic and illusions with Nick Spellman, tutor of private singing, voice. speech and drama lessons – including teaching a famous footballers wife! Teaching Drama, Singing, Tap and Musical Theatre and directing and producing with Makin Steps School of Performing Arts from 1999 to 2016. Teaching Performing and Creative arts and writing numerous scripts and directing and producing shows with Youth Create since 2007.
Liz also manages the charities party fundraiser; Youth Create Does Parties.
KELLY MIDDLETON-EVANS: CHOREORGRAPHER & EVENTS ORGANISER
ISTD Supreme in disco freestyle, Commercial, Street, Ballet, Modern. Examiner and Trainer for Dance Award.
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: First Aid Certificate, Enhanced DBS Certificate, Challenging Child Behaviour.
TRAINING: Makin’ Steps School of Performing Arts, Phoenix Theatre Arts and Youth Create, Group Teaching (Dance and Drama), Stage Combat, Puppeteering, Grade 8 Group Acting LAMDA
PROFESSIONAL WORK: Kelly has performed in numerous pantomimes at The Harlow Playhouse as well as at The Rhodes Centre since the age of five, taking the main role of Fairy Elfwand in 2011. She can be seen occasionally as a puppeteer and show host at Willow’s Activity Farm & The Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground. As well as performing on stage Kelly has been seen on TV in Eastenders, Holby City, The Hoobs, Sadie J, Some Girls and many advertisements including More Than, Tony Robinson Archaeology & McDonald’s. Her film credits are; Annie Darwin in Life of Charles Darwin, Stall holder in Rush.
In 2014, she spent a year working at Disneyland Paris as part of the Character and Parade Department and was the original cast at Chessington World of Adventure's show, Pandamonium! as a puppeteer and actor. Other entertainment credits include In The Night Gareden Live!, Mad Science and Professor Pop's Bubble Show.
Kelly is part of the Youth Create Does Parties Team where she plays a wide range of characters and also choreographs the ‘first dance’ for happy couples on their wedding day.
CONNOR LINDEN: MUSIC DIRECTOR A Level Music and A Level Drama. Song writer and composer. Instruments played; Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Ukulele, Bass, Vocals...in fact he’ll accomplish anything!
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: First Aid Certificate, Child Protection Certificate, Enhanced DBS Certificate, Challenging Child Behaviour, Autistic Spectrum Disorder Training, Type 1 Diabetes Training.
TRAINING: Phoenix Theatre School, Group Teaching (Percussion and harmonies), Grade 8 Group Acting LAMDA, Grade 8 Musical Theatre LAMDA.
PROFESSIONAL WORK: Connor has performed in numerous shows and pantomimes over the years. His lead role experience being; Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (Will Scarlett), Annie (Bert Healey), Aladdin (Wishy Washy) and Dick Whittington (Idle Jack). He has also written and directed a children’s LAMDA piece, an original musical “Creepy Crawly the Musical”, songs for “Winter Tales”, medleys for Cinderella and Aladdin at The Rhodes, original music and lyrics for Dick Whittington and Jack at the Beanstalk at Rhodes. For Youth CREATE he composed and wrote the songs for our musical ‘A Bootful of Nursery Rhymes’ laid down the tracks and worked on original harmonies for our Jack Petchey Glee Challenge songs as well producing backing tracks for various numbers. As a musician, he is guitarist and vocalist for the up and coming indie rock band Sleeping Lions. Connor also works as a TA, has experience as 1:1 Support a young boy with autism in a local primary school and is a newly qualified Forest School Leader.
JOSIE THOMSON: SUPPORT WORKER
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: First Aid Certificate, Child Protection Certificate, Enhanced DBS Certificate, Basic Makaton, Challenging Child Behaviour, Physiotherapy for Cystic Fibrosis and Cerebral Palsy, Type 1 Diabetes Training.
TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL WORK: Josie is a Sports Coach for Mini Movers, gymnastic and trampoline coach, SEN Support Worker at a local secondary school for young people with behavioural, emotional and social issues including autism and physical disabilities including Cerebral Palsy and Down’s Syndrome. Hearing impairment, speech and language impairment trained. Development of fine motor skills, emotional and physical development. Josie is also trained in coping with epilepsy - absences and regular seizures.
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