Meet The Team

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.

First class is completely free!

Tilly

Hello I’m Tilly and I am the Principal of Northern Lights Drama. 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…

Hello I’m Tilly and I am the Principal of Northern Lights Drama. 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.

I am delighted at the success of Northern Lights Drama and thrilled to be Principal of the school.

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 have been performing in theatre productions since I was 14 years old and have appeared in shows at Hull New Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and many more.

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 have been performing in theatre productions since I was 14 years old and have appeared in shows at Hull New Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and many more. Most recently, I played the leading role of ‘Elle Woods’ in BMT’s production of ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ at Hull New Theatre. Other credits include: ‘Sharpay’ (High School Musical), ‘Carmen Diaz’ (Fame), ‘Audrey’ (Little Shop of Horrors), ‘Bottom’ (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), ‘Jean’ (Child of War), ‘Mrs Johnstone’ (Blood Brothers), ‘Janet’ (The Rocky Horror Picture Show).

I have worked as a professional actor since 2015 and have toured Hull & East Riding with many productions for companies such as Spin-off Productions, Smashing Mirrors Theatre Company & The History Troupe. I have delivered educational theatre workshops in over 50 local primary, secondary and SEN schools. I have also appeared in corporate videos with various companies including Bausch & Lomb and Ford Retail. I thoroughly enjoy writing for the stage and I have recently started to produce my own theatre work including a 2-man pantomime which toured schools, care homes and youth centres in 2019.

I have been teaching Musical Theatre at Northern Lights Drama for 5 years and have always been passionate about teaching the next generation of performers and keeping the Arts industry thriving.

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…

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!

Louise

Hello! I’m Louise, I’ve been performing since a young age and have over 10 years teaching experience at stage schools and colleges up and down the country. I started out at the Northern Theatre Company in Hull and then trained at The London School of Musical Theatre, graduating in 2009 with distinction and have been working professionally ever since on both stage and screen all over the world.

Hello! I’m Louise, I’ve been performing since a young age and have over 10 years teaching experience at stage schools and colleges up and down the country. I started out at the Northern Theatre Company in Hull and then trained at The London School of Musical Theatre, graduating in 2009 with distinction and have been working professionally ever since on both stage and screen all over the world.

My theatre credits include: Jan & understudy Rizzo in Grease (David Ian Productions/RCCL); Ensemble, Les Miserables (Grange Park Opera); Anne Saunderson, No Horizon (UK Tour); Lead Vocalist, Thoroughly Modern Musicals (Scarborough Spa); Bonny, The Lightless Pumpkin (ERT), Ensemble, Hope, (Bridewell Theatre, London); Baby the Musical (Baron’s Court Theatre, London) and last year I played Beth March in East Riding Theatres 2019 Christmas production of Little Women.

My screen credits include: Day Street; B- Negative, which can be seen on Amazon Prime; Alfie’s Story; The Broken Teeth of Lions.

I recently filmed the Sainsbury’s 2020 Christmas Commercial and this Christmas I’ll be performing as Susan in Hull Truck Theatre’s Christmas production of Prince Charming’s Christmas Cracker.

As I’m actively still working in the industry on both stage and screen I love that I am able to pass on my knowledge and advice to the younger generation and I’m so thrilled to be part of the NLD team!

Helen

Hi I’m Helen, I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be a performer. I loved ballet and tap as a child and quickly joined an after-school performing arts group which became one of my main passions.

I studied Musical Theatre at Hull College and performed in many musicals, including Fame, Sweet Charity, Sound of Music, Oliver and many more.

Hi I’m Helen, I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be a performer. I loved ballet and tap as a child and quickly joined an after-school performing arts group which became one of my main passions.

I studied Musical Theatre at Hull College and performed in many musicals, including Fame, Sweet Charity, Sound of Music, Oliver and many more. After completing my Musical Theatre diploma at 18 I moved abroad to Spain and spent the next 5 years working in hotel entertainment as part of a singing/dancing touring show.

I love being part of the NLD team and seeing all of the amazing talent we have every week!

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 a Saturday and it soon became the highlight of my week! Due to my dance training from such a young age and…

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 a Saturday 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.

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…

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!

Ben

Hi, my name is Ben 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…

Hi, my name is Ben 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.

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