OUR TEAM 2018-05-01T11:12:37+00:00


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Alice NicholsonFounder and School Principal.
Alice holds a BA hons in Drama from Hull University and an MA in Classical Acting from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Prior to her undergraduate degree, Alice trained as a dancer for sixteen years. Professionally Alice worked as an actress and dancer in theatre and TV but spent the majority of her professional career in choreography and movement direction for Film and TV, coaching some of the world’s leading actors. Credits include; the Other Boleyn Girl (Sony Films), Inkheart (Newline films), Sense and Sensibility (BBC), Little Dorrit (BBC), Lost in Austen (ITV). Alongside her professional work, Alice has taught for over twelve years including stints at top London schools such as Italia Conti, RCSSD, and ALRA, regular teaching at regional Stage Schools including many of the big franchises as well as outreach work for the likes of English Touring Theatre and regular teaching throughout the state and independent school sector. Alice founded Shine On Stage with a clear vision and ethos. The company is dedicated to providing the very best tuition in a friendly, nurturing environment where every youngster can fourish.

Hayley Williams – Dance teacher, Sparkles teacher and Assistant School Manager
Hayley graduated from Bath Spa University in 2007 with a BA in Dance and has over 20 years experience in performing and teaching. She has performed on stage with Magician Daniel Dean, danced alongside Wayne Sleep and starred as one of the Fireball Dancers in both Winter Garden Summer shows Switched on Swing and A Night at the Movies.Hayley has an extensive teaching backgroud and has been teaching for Shine On Stage for 3 years.

Stella Kesavaram – Drama teacher
Stella Kesavaram has a degree in Theatre Devising from Dartington College of Arts, a diploma in dramaturgy from Helsinki university and is a trained singing teacher. She has extensive experience in acting singing and directing. Stella has been working as a drama and singing teacher for the last 4 years .
“My experience has taught me that theatre works as a dialogue between people places and things and can be used as a tool for enquiry into ones self. This, I believe, is where drama can play a key role in personal development for young people. It creates a language for expression, can help people to find a voice and promotes lasting self confidence. It is a privilege and a joy to work with people in this way” With such an extensive skillset, we are thrilled to have Stella on board. Stella is also teaching all our LAMDA drama examination classes.

Lucy Ryan – Singing teacher
Lucy is a multi-skilled teacher, who has been in the performing arts & musical theatre industry for a number of years. Lucy has performed in many shows in London’s West End as well as UK tours including; Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, and Scrooge. Her TV credits include; Casualty, Teachers and a number of documentaries and independent films. Teaching is a huge part of Lucy’s life and she always ensures that each student leaves her class with energy and excitement.

Associate visiting tutors 2016/ 2017/ 2018

Simeon John Wake:
Simeon began his performing arts career at Stage School in Hertfordshire where he was latterly taught by Shine On Stage Founder and Principal, Alice Nicholson. At 18yrs old Simeon gained a place at the prestigious London Studio Centre where he trained for three years. Simeon works as a Performer and Movement Director, Choreographer and Director. His performance credits include;  Carmen at The English National Opera, The Nutcracker at The Guildhall London, Dracula at KBank Theatre Bangkok, The Sting at Wilton’s Music Hall, The Brit awards at The O2 screened on ITV1, Music Videos for Plan B, Foxes, The Pipettes. His creative credits as a Movement Director, Choreographer and Director include; Dracula at KBank Theatre Bangkok, Dear Lupin at The Apollo Theatre, West End and National Tour, The Horror at Wilton’s Music Hall. Simeon enjoys teaching and does so as often as his schedule allows. Simeon has loved returning to teach at Shine.

Lara Denning:
Lara trained at Mountview Academy of Performing Arts and is currently in hit show CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. She was previously in MATILDA in London’s West End. Lara’s performing credits include; The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour), Strictly Tap Dance Fever (Johannesburg/ UK Tour), Dick Whittington, Mother Goose, Aladdin,  Sleeping Beauty, Snow White (Harrogate), Dirty Dancing in Concert and Grease in Concert (West End International). Lara has extensive teaching experience and is a “triple threat” (has equal strength in all three disciplines). Lara has taught materclasses for Shine numerous times over the last couple of years which are always loved by all!

Soeli Parry:
Soeli started dancing at the age of 3 and went on to be an associate at the Hammond Ballet School, Chester. She later trained at the Arts Educational Schools Chiswick, from the age of 16. On graduating she toured with Fosse, then going on to Mamma Mia international tour, Grease, Evita, Barnum, Footloose UK tour and Playhouse theatre London, High School Musical 1 and 2, Wicked London Apollo and most recently Singing in the rain UK tour. After having her lovely son she’s hung up her performing shoes to concentrate on her teaching work.  She has enjoyed working with the Shine on stage pupils and meeting some future stars!!!

Alan Mandel:
Alan has been teaching with Shine On Stage since 2010. He was a much loved regular teacher at our Stage School until his professional career led him to Hollywood. He now comes back and teaches when he can and continues to be an important part of Shine On Stage! He has taught both singing and drama for many years and been involved in many theatre and film projects both as an actor and director. He has appeared in a number of productions ranging from major Hollywood motion pictures (including Pride, War Horse, Captain America & a brand new very secret one he can’t wait to tell you about!), short films (including Eddie, Run Run As Fast As You Can, A Bond of Blood, Best Man) and TV projects (including Born Equal alongside Colin Firth and performing the Haka in the Rugby World Cup Opening Ident), As a director Alan has directed numerous short films and plays. Most notably the critically acclaimed sell out Off West-End debut of a Frankenstein: The Metal Opera. His theatre credits include: After a Storm (Exeter Northcott Theatre) and In The Space Between (Camden People’s Theatre). Film credits include: Valentine (Electric Swing Circus), The Underwater Realm (Realm Pictures), Artisans of Memory (Multi-Sense Media) and On Ice (Wet Rat Films), which won Best Director & Best Film at the 2 Days Later International Film Festival.

Katy Hanna:
Katy Hanna is a seasoned West End performer having spent many years in Les Miserables, Phantom of The Opera and now Wicked. She has also been resident Dance Captain and Children’s Director on Les Miserables. Katy is a sought after singing teacher, teaching regularly at Redroofs Theatre School, one of the UK’s most prestigious full time/residential theatre schools. She also sits on audition panels regularly. Katy delivered a fantastic Masterclass at Shine On Stage in Autumn 2016 and will return as soon as her schedule allows.

Heather Scott Martin:
Heather who was recently in the West End and UK tour of ANNIE worked with our participants on Summer School 2017. Heather trained at the BRIT school and Bird College. She has been in ANNIE, MAMMA MIA, GREASE, 42nd STREET as well as numerous other shows. We look forward to welcoming Heather back to run workshops with us again when she can! She is currently in Toronto with ANNIE!

Katrina Dix:
KATRINA was Dance Captain on CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at Theatre Royal Drury Lane before which she was in Ghost the musical and Carousel. She has recently completed a world tour of The Producers. Katrina delivered masterclasses at our Summer School in 2017. We hope to host Katrina again at some point soon!

Ian Gareth Jones:
Ian is a hugely experienced musical theatre performer, constantly hopping from one role to another both in the West End and on UK Tour. If you saw Mamma Mia when it came to Bristol Hippodrome, then you saw Ian in action! Ian has been in; Mamma Mia, Footloose, Chicago, Billy Elliot, Scrooge, Guys and Dolls, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers to name but a few. He is Resident Director on the upcoming  new Bon Jovi musical, Knights of The Rose. Ian is teaching at West End Summer School 2018.