THE JESTERS TEAM

 

ANNIE VASCONCELOS

Director

Annie has trained in Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre Dance and Jazz since the age of three! She joined a youth theatre which led to her passion for acting as well as dancing. Annie has performed in many plays including 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'Dangerous Liaisons' and 'Find Me'.

Annie's many credits include 'Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamboat', 'Bugsy Malone' and 'Sleeping Beauty' for the English National Youth Ballet as well as appearing in Channe; 5's 'Urban Gothic'. She has danced in the Princess of Wales Charity Gala's at the London Palladium and appeared at Sadler's Wells as well as performing in a UK tour with dance company 'Boundaries'.

Annie decided to take her dance skills further and completed her BA(Hons) Dance at Bretton Hall - Leeds University. During her degree she had great success with her choreographies 'Into The Labyrinth' and 'Malkovich' further developing her love and flair for choreographing.

Annie received a 96% Honours pass in her Associate Teaching qualification with the IDTA: 

"Annie has an interesting future ahead of her and with her vibrant personality she deserves to go far. I would like to wish her every success" - Lesley Todd IDTA Examiner

JOANNA LEE

Director

Jo has a wealth of Musical Theatre experience, having played many leading roles in the West End and on tour. She has appeared in productions of 'Les Miserables', 'A slice of Saturday Night', 'Annie', 'Oliver', 'Rocky Horror Picture Show', 'Diva Fever', 'The Beggars Opera' and numerous other major musicals! Her Dram credits include, 'The Provok'd Wife', 'What the Butler Saw', 'Twelfth Night' and 'Abigail's Party'. 

TV and Film work include 'Goldeneye', 'Revolution', 'The Bill', 'Joint Account', 'Keeping Mum', 'Strange But True' and several commercials. She has also recorded the cast album of 'A Slice of Saturday Night' and been involved in studio session recordings for over 20 years!

With all her knowledge of voice, music and performance Jo now teaches on a regular basis. Her aims for her pupils are to enable them to liberate and develop their voices though learning fundamental techniques. She is a great believer in building confidence and breaking down inhibitions, mostly she strives to communicate the fun and pleasure of being able to use the voice properly.

 

DEBBIE TOMBLESON

Tutor

Debbie has trained in AS dance, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Performing Arts BTEC.

Debbie's credits include many Musical Theatre Variety performances singing solo and duets at the London Palladium and the Theatre Royal. She was a member of the principal cast in CoPA - a Celebration of the Arts at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Debbie has worked as a background artist in many films and TV shows, moving up to a feature in the TV series 'The King of Fridges' and a regular prisoner in the TV drama 'Bad Girls'. She was also a voiceover artist for the film 'Made in Dagenham'

Debbie started teaching in 2010 and has loved working with talented children who bring fun and energy to every class!

 

LIZZIE JACK

Tutor

 

From a young age Lizzie trained in Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. She has a passion for, not only dancing, but singing and acting also and furthered this by studying BA Hons Musical Theatre at University of Chichester. Having broadened her knowledge and practice within the arts and successfully completing her degree Lizzie is now trained in a variety of styles in all three disciplines of the performing arts. 
 
She has an extensive performance background, appearing in musicals, pantomimes, dance shows, ensemble workshops, contemporary theatre and numerous amateur seasonal spectaculars. 
 
Lizzie's many credits include 'Anything Goes', 'There's no place like Rome - the pantomime', 'Pippin' and 'Babes in Arms'. 
 
Lizzie is natural at teaching and her enthusiasm for the job shines through in her students work. She is about to embark on an Associate teaching qualification with the IDTA.

CHARLOTTE BARBOUR

Tutor

Charlotte began singing from a very young age and developed a love of musical theatre in her teenage years. She trained in ballet, tap, modern and jazz which led to her having a flare for funky and fun choreography.

Charlotte furthered her love of theatre by joining a theatre group and taking on many roles in various popular shows. Her  credits include: Mimi in Rent, the lead in The Ash Girl, Michal in The Pillow Man and has appeared in many a Panto season. She continued on the performing arts path and completed her BA in Musical Theatre.

As a tutor at Jesters Charlotte brings a sense of fun and has an enthusiasm for teaching that can't be measured. Her teaching techniques allow the students to really connect with their own creativity and explore their talents in many adventurous ways!