Meet The Team

All teachers are professionally trained in Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre and are D.B.S (The Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and approved. We also have a fantastic team of assistants who are there to help both pupils and teachers at all of our classes. Northern Lights Drama is on the approved list of Hull City Council providers and ERMOS registered.

Hannah

Hi I’m Hannah and I founded the school with Tilly in 2013. I started performing at a young age making my professional debut as Gretel in The Sound of Music aged five. My earliest memories are performing as part of the junior dance troupe in the Hull New Theatre pantomimes, competing in local drama festivals and playing the lead mouse in the Scottish Ballet’s production of...

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Hannah

Hi I’m Hannah and I founded the school with Tilly in 2013. I started performing at a young age making my professional debut as Gretel in The Sound of Music aged five. My earliest memories are performing as part of the junior dance troupe in the Hull New Theatre Christmas pantomimes, competing in local dance and drama festivals and playing the lead mouse in the Scottish Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

In 2004 I became a member of the National Youth Theatre and at the age of eighteen I accepted a place to read Drama at The University of Manchester. During my time at university I worked with Bruntwood Prize winner Alistair McDowall appearing as Jane in Nettles (Contact Theatre). I was also nominated for Best Actress at the Manchester In-Fringe Theatre Awards 2009 for my performance as Sally in How Hard It Happens (John Thaw Studio).

Since graduating my theatre credits include Helen in No Wonder (Manchester Library Theatre), Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days (Hull Truck Theatre) and Hilary in The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband (East Riding Theatre). I am a company member of She Productions, an all female theatre collective and company in residence at the East Riding Theatre in Beverley. For She I have appeared as Lemon in The Three Kingdoms, Ray in Treat Night, Pea in The StorytEllas and Betsy in It’s Different for Girls.

I am delighted at the success of Northern Lights Drama and to be working with Tilly as the directors of the school.

Tilly

Hello I'm Tilly and I founded the school with Hannah in 2013. I originally started acting and dance lessons to help improve my confidence and self-esteem. I quickly caught the performance bug and took part in many productions as a child including Annie, Bugsy Malone and Snow White (Hull New Theatre). I was also chosen to appear as Rafaella in the national tour of Lanza...

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Tilly

Hello I’m Tilly and I founded the school with Hannah in 2013. I originally started acting and dance lessons to help improve my confidence and self-esteem. I quickly caught the performance bug and took part in many productions as a child including Annie, Bugsy Malone and Snow White (Hull New Theatre). I was also chosen to appear as Rafaella in the national tour of Lanza the Last Serenade aged eleven.

I am also a trained dancer and I attended the Yorkshire Ballet Scholars on a weekly basis and I was a member of The Royal Ballet School associates programme up until being eighteen

I waved goodbye to Hull in 2006 after successfully auditioning for drama school at the age of eighteen. I attended the prestigious Arts Educational School of Acting, London and gained my BA HONS in Acting. My drama school credits include Donna in Taking Care of Baby, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Iris in The Love of The Nightingale.

Since graduating I have appeared as Zoe in The Last Room I Checked (The Arcola), Tammy in Ballroom Glitz, Nora in Spacewang (Hull Truck Theatre), Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and Princess Peach in Jack and the Beanstalk (Middle Child Theatre Company at Fruit Space). My film and TV credits include To Be Or Not To Be in Shakespeare Channel 4, Fay in Via Domus, Lacey Howells in the series Watch Over Me and Katy in the Drink Aware Campaign.

Since leaving drama school, I have been teaching at various theatre schools as well as in primary, secondary and special schools. Opening my own independent theatre school has always been my goal.

Peter

Hi I’m Pete, I am from Hull and it was as a student at St Mary’s College in Hull that I first became interested in music and drama. I took LAMDA examinations up to Gold Medal level and I graduated from the University of Hull with a BA in Performing Arts and trained as a professional actor at the Oxford School of Drama. I also play the clarinet to Grade 8 standard and have played in orchestras and bands as well as in dramatic...

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Peter

Hi I’m Pete, I am from Hull and it was as a student at St Mary’s College in Hull that I first became interested in music and drama. I took LAMDA examinations up to Gold Medal level and I graduated from the University of Hull with a BA in Performing Arts and trained as a professional actor at the Oxford School of Drama. I also play the clarinet to Grade 8 standard and have played in orchestras and bands as well as in dramatic productions.

Since graduating from drama school I have appeared as Salty in Teechers (Hull Truck Theatre), Laertes in Hamlet (East Riding Theatre), Joe Gargery in Great Expectations (East Riding Theatre), Uncle Karl in The Kings of Hull (Hull New Theatre).

I have toured all over the UK in productions of Teechers and On The Piste by John Godber and Toast by Richard Bean. I have also toured all over Europe, China and Japan in productions of David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol and Hamlet for TNT Theatre. For TV I have appeared in Emmerdale for ITV, Hospital People for the BBC and Last Laugh for Visualize Films.

I am delighted to be working with the very talented pupils at Northern Lights Drama.

Zoe

Hi, I'm Zoe!  I knew from a very young age that I wanted to pursue a career in acting and musical theatre when I auditioned for a production of ‘High School Musical’ and landed the role of Sharpay Evans at 14 years old which was performed at Hull New Theatre. Since then I have played many leading roles in musical productions. Most recently I played the part of Elle Woods (my dream part!) in 'Legally Blonde The Musical' at Hull New Theatre...

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Zoe

Hi, I’m Zoe! I graduated with a First Class BA HONS degree in Drama and Theatre Practice from The University of Hull in 2019. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to pursue a career in acting and musical theatre when I auditioned for a production of ‘High School Musical’ and landed the role of Sharpay Evans at 14 years old. Since then I have played many leading roles in musical productions. Most recently I played the part of Elle Woods (my dream part!) in ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ at Hull New Theatre.

After completing my A-Levels in Drama & Theatre and Performing Arts I performed in a short educational film with the Humberside Police and through this I gained an agent and began working professionally for Spinoff Productions. Since then I have toured Hull and East Riding with various shows, delivered educational performances and workshops in many primary and secondary schools and filmed instruction videos for companies such as Bausch & Lomb and corporate promotional videos for Ford Retail Ltd. At university I performed in many productions and had the privilege of taking shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival each year.

It is a real pleasure working with all of the talented stars at Northern Lights Drama.

Ben

Hi, my name is Ben Bailey and I trained at SLP college in Leeds where I received my Level 6 Trinity Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre studies. I have a passion for teaching and seeing, first hand, how good quality training can develop a young person's skill, technique and confidence as a performer. I am very excited to be joining the team and can’t wait to work with the school’s talented pupils...

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Ben

Hi, my name is Ben Bailey and I trained at SLP college in Leeds where I received my Level 6 Trinity Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre studies. I have a passion for teaching and seeing, first hand, how good quality training can develop a young person’s skill, technique and confidence as a performer. I am very excited to be joining the team and can’t wait to work with the school’s talented pupils to produce some great Musical Theatre, Acting and Dance at NLD.

Annie

Hi, I’m Annie, I’ve been performing since I was little and have been lucky enough to work all over the world, telling stories on stage. “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living”, to quote Dr. Seuss, and this is exactly why I love my job. I trained in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Musical Theatre where I graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree in 2013. Since then, I’ve worked...

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Annie

Hi, I’m Annie, I’ve been performing since I was little and have been lucky enough to work all over the world, telling stories on stage. “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living”, to quote Dr. Seuss, and this is exactly why I love my job.

I trained in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Musical Theatre where I graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree in 2013. Since then, I’ve worked internationally with various companies including LAF in New Zealand and as part of the Festival of Cabaret in Mexico City.

I’m a founding member of She Productions, company in residence, at the East Riding Theatre in Beverley and have co-written and performed in shows such as MissCast, Beverley Does Broadway and The StorytEllas. Most recently, I was part of the writing team and cast of the first UK tour of It’s Different for Girls, inspired by Hull 1960’s girl-band Mandy & the Girlfriends.

I can’t wait to join the NLD team!

 

Dan

Hi, I’m Dan! I’m a professional actor, published playwright, producer and teacher. I made my professional debut at the age of 10, and have been lucky enough to work with companies such as Duckegg Theatre Company, A Mind Apart Theatre Company, Stage Right Theatre, ST-ART, Invisible Theatre Company, Young@Heart Theatre, Theatretrain Newark & Derby, NHS, Treetop Theatre, Samaritans and Creativ Studios, across all four job...

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Dan

Hi, I’m Dan! I’m a professional actor, published playwright, producer and teacher. I made my professional debut at the age of 10, and have been lucky enough to work with companies such as Duckegg Theatre Company, A Mind Apart Theatre Company, Stage Right Theatre, ST-ART, Invisible Theatre Company, Young@Heart Theatre, Theatretrain Newark & Derby, NHS, Treetop Theatre, Samaritans and Creativ Studios, across all four job roles on projects such as short films, touring productions, television adverts and Edinburgh Fringe productions.

Credits as an actor include: Nurse in YSHM Campaign (NHS), Frank in The Girl Who Touched the Stars (The Venue Theatre & Edinburgh), Fred in Feathered (Tour), Bouncer in School Documentary (Samaritans), Starkey in Peter Pan (The Ropery Hall & Edinburgh), Mark in A Little Piece of Heaven (Edinburgh) and Ensemble in Frank and Ferdinand (West Yorkshire Playhouse). 

I am also the Artistic Director of Concrete Youth, a Hull-based theatre company, dedicated to touring exceptional multi-sensory theatre designed and performed, especially and exclusively for audiences with complex needs or PMLD, as well as providing excellent workshops and after-school clubs to local schools throughout Yorkshire and the Humber.

I completed my Undergraduate Degree in Drama in the Community at Bishop Grosseteste University, before going on to read my Master’s Degree in Theatre Making at the University of Hull. 

I’m so happy to be part of the team and can’t wait to teach the talented stars of Northern Lights Drama Theatre School!

Jessica

Hi I’m Jessica and my very earliest performance came at age three, singing a solo of Bobby Shafto! I quickly fell in love with the theatre and performed regularly in pantomimes, school productions and play competitions. Having successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre in 2005, I went on to read Drama and French with Spanish at University, which also included a year living in Paris. Following my degree...

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Jessica

Hi I’m Jessica and my very earliest performance came at age three, singing a solo of Bobby Shafto! I quickly fell in love with the theatre and performed regularly in pantomimes, school productions and play competitions. 

Having successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre in 2005, I went on to read Drama and French with Spanish at University, which also included a year living in Paris.

Following my degree, I gained a place at Drama Studio London, where I trained professionally as an actor and was nominated for the BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award for Radio.

Since graduating from Drama School I have toured nationally to theatres such as The Lyric Hammersmith, Nottingham Playhouse, The Yvonne Arnaud, The Criterion and the Tristan Bates Theatre. During my time in London I also worked in various mainstream primary, secondary and special schools across the city.

As a founding member of She Productions Theatre Company, company in residence at East Riding Theatre, Beverley, I have co-written and performed in shows including The Three Kingdoms and The StorytEllas. 

In 2016 I completed a PGCE at the University of York and have subsequently taught French, Spanish and Drama at Hymers College, Hull. I also directed a production of Twelfth Night, one of my favourite plays, for the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2017. 

I am thrilled to be joining the NLD team!

Abi

Hi, I'm Abi! I have been teaching performing arts for over eight years and trained from the age of two, obtaining multiple dance grades from IDTA and RAD, in ballet, tap, and modern, and multiple acting awards from LAMDA and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I gained my BA Hons Degree in Theatre and Performance from the University of Hull and MMus of Music: Songwriting from Bath Spa University...

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Abi

Hi, I’m Abi! I have been teaching performing arts for over eight years and trained from the age of two, obtaining multiple dance grades from IDTA and RAD, in ballet, tap, and modern, and multiple acting awards from LAMDA and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

I gained my BA Hons Degree in Theatre and Performance from the University of Hull and MMus Master of Music: Songwriting from Bath Spa University.

I have a deep passion and enthusiasm for the performing arts, and I love working with children of all ages. I adore musical theatre and have a modern approach to teaching.

I am thrilled to be part of the Northern Lights Drama team.

 

Annabelle

Hello, my name is Annabelle and dancing has always been a huge passion of mine. From the age of 3 I have always attended weekly dance classes in ISTD and RAD ballet, tap, modern, and Jazz Awards. At the age of 14 I volunteered as an assistant at my local dance school on a Saturday morning. I loved teaching on Saturday mornings and it soon became the highlight of my week! Due to my dance training from such a young age and...

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Annabelle

Hello, my name is Annabelle and dancing has always been a huge passion of mine.

From the age of 3 I have always attended weekly dance classes in ISTD and RAD ballet, tap, modern, and Jazz Awards.

At the age of 14 I volunteered as an assistant at my local dance school on a Saturday morning. I loved teaching on Saturday mornings and it soon became the highlight of my week!

Due to my dance training from such a young age and seeing how the performing arts had built my self confidence, I went on to study at the Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama (MADD), a professional Musical Theatre college. Whilst at MADD I appeared as Cheerleader 1 in ‘Assassins’, Lynne in the popular show ‘Stepping Out’ and danced in a spectacular showcase on the Nottingham Playhouse stage.

During my time at MADD I also gained a Distinction in my IDTA Associate Freestyle teaching qualification, which allowed me to better understand the mechanics of dance and the anatomy of the body.

I’m so excited to join the NLD team and teach such a talented group of young people, leading some funky dance classes from September.

Michaelle

Hi, my name is Michaelle and I am originally from Ecuador. I started dancing from a very young age; this was thanks to my mother who saw I had the potential to dance as I was very flexible and picked up movement quickly. Ballet was my first introduction to dance and I also took up gymnastics, figure ice skating and cheerleading. My true passion, however, is dance and over the years I have trained in commercial, street dance...

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Michaelle

Hi, my name is Michaelle and I am originally from Ecuador. I started dancing from a very young age; this was thanks to my mother who saw I had the potential to dance as I was very flexible and picked up movement quickly. Ballet was my first introduction to dance and I also took up gymnastics, figure ice skating and cheerleading.

My true passion, however, is dance and over the years I have trained in commercial, street dance, folk dance, capoeira, contemporary, salsa, and belly dancing. At the age of 16 I enrolled on the performing arts course at Hull College; taking classes in acting, singing and dance. I then made the decision to pursue a career in dance and studied for my degree at Hull College, graduating in 2016.

During my three year course I had the opportunity to participate with East Riding Youth Dance and I also worked with Northern Ballet, exploring the process of teaching children. This experience led me to working with young people, teaching dance and passing on my love and enthusiasm for performance.

I am also a qualified yoga teacher and enthusiast. My yoga training has helped me to gain more knowledge about the human body and compliments my teaching of dance. I am able to help pupils to become more flexible, relax, and ultimately help them to believe in themselves and their abilities.

I am extremely excited to be part of the teaching team at Northern Lights Drama and to work with the school’s talented pupils.