CARRIE BEATTIE

SINGING

Carrie decided to pursue a career in the creative industry at an early age.  After leaving school she studied a one year course in Theatre Arts followed by university where she graduated with a BA in Music from the University of the Highlands & Islands.

Carrie now balances her dual professions of singer-songwriter and music educator by working with a variety of private & public organisations during UK term time and touring as a live musician during the summer months.

An experienced and qualified teacher, Carrie is currently the Quality Manager for the Academy of Music & Sound (further education), she is also a visiting lecturer, the City of Edinburgh Council (free music classes for primary school kids) and of course ASD Schools where she is the Music Director for the adult rock & pop choir and also the Principal for Musical Theatre Schools.

“I’m lucky to be able to perform around Europe with my own music, whilst still teaching and developing further education in the UK.”

Meet The Team!

GAVIN DICKSON

Principal

Gavin has been a principal of stage schools for over twenty years and has seen many students go on to work in the performing arts.  He is passionate about the creative education of young minds helping them develop and achieve to the best of their ability regardless of whether they continue within the profession or choose another path.

Students leave our schools to go to college and universities, studying a variety of subjects, with self-confidence and independence.  Gavin takes pride in teaching acting, singing and dancing together with personal development and transferable skills through the performing arts to help them achieve their goals.

Gavin has extensive experience in music and theatre production from international touring productions, to the Dunfermline Alhambra theatre’s famous Pantomimes.

JENNIFER BATES

ACTING

Jennifer is from Fife, Scotland and began her career as an actress and teacher after graduating from Langside College, Glasgow.

 

Her acting credits include The Tron Theatre, Bard in the Botanics, The Byre and Poorboy Theatre.  She joined Solar Bear Theatre Company, Glasgow where she directed and devised several productions with their Deaf Youth Theatre including work that was performed as part of Arches LIVE, Paralympics and The National Festival of Youth Theatre.  Her directing credits also include Re:location with Norway’s Rogaland Teater, The National Theatre of Scotland/YTAS and BEE Good with Visible Fictions.

In 2013 Jennifer created, managed and taught BTEC Performing Arts with Let Me Play/Stanmore college, London  and directing West Side Story and Blood Brothers.  In the same year she co-founded The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble, directing and co-producing all their work.

Jennifer completed her Masters (with Distinction) at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and her articles written on theatre have been published in the Guardian, Focus Magazine and academic journals.

WENDY SEAGER

ACTING

Wendy is a Sony award winning actor and trained at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.  She has a wealth of experience in theatre, radio and film.  Credits include “Uncle Vanya” with The Royal Shakespeare Company and Moscow Arts Theatre, “The Hydro”, a four-part drama series for BBC Radio. 

 

She also played the part of the mother in the film “Unfit Mother”.  Wendy has most recently appeared in “Bondagers” and “Six Black Candles” at the Lyceum theatre In Edinburgh, and played the part of “Mari” in “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice” to rave reviews.

Wendy also teaches Radio Drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and directs various films for independent film companies.  She has over twenty years of experience in teaching at stage schools across Scotland.

FIONA SHELFER

SINGING

Fiona trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She embarked on her career with various opera companies performing in many countries.  She has a wealth of experience in singing and has a varied repertoire.

Fiona is an experienced teacher and has always taught children singing and worked closely with teenagers on developing good techniques, sound and performance skills.  Whilst working for several schools she has helped with their productions working on the singing and drama.

Following a move back home to Scotland Fiona is now a lecturer at Fife College working with senior students on the Musical Theatre Course.  She is looking forward to working with the students at the

ASD Schools.

SIAN MANNIFIELD

SINGING

Sian graduated from QMUC with a degree in Drama and Musical Theatre.  Since graduating she has gone onto a successful acting career in both Television and in the Theatre.

Some of her theatre credits include: Honk the musical, Cinderella, Emma’s Child, The Winters’ Tale, Tristan and Mr Poppins, Waiting Room, The Bridge, Six Black Candles and Get Up and Tie your Fingers.  Just recently she toured internationally with the highly acclaimed NTS’s The James Plays and has enjoyed revisiting a play she has developed and been touring on and off since 2014, A Bench on the road, where they played the world famous Piccolo Theatre in Milan.  Sian’s TV credits include: the award winning Palme d’Or series High Times, Rab C Nesbitt, Lip Service and appearing  twice as the same character in the brilliant Still Game.

Sian has sung in various bands both nationally and internationally over the years and in various shows and cabarets.  As a vocal coach, she has taught both trained actors and emerging young actors and singers.  She worked as the voice lecturer at QM in 2015 teaching both voice for the actor and singing technique.  Sian loves working with the students and watching them gain confidence in singing and has a real joy in the sound they can make both individually and as a group!  What a gift of a job!

AMYBETH LITTLEJOHN

DANCE

AmyBeth is a graduate in Musical Theatre.  Her theatre credits include: Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Fairy Maid of Perth in Dick McWhittington (Perth Concert Hall),  Street Scene (Edinburgh Festival Theatre), Grandma in the Addams Family (King’s Theatre Edinburgh), The Producers (Churchill Theatre Edinburgh), Flashdance (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) and Movies and Musicals (Usher Hall).

AmyBeth loves teaching and now teaches alongside working professionally.  As well as Musical Theatre AmyBeth is trained in various styles of dance and teaches ISTD tap, jazz and ballet.

JENNIFER LYALL

DANCE

Jennifer began dance classes at the age of three.  After school she completed a 3 years full time training in professional stage dance at Dance For All Theatre School in Edinburgh.  During her time there she performed in a variety of different venues including the National Gallery Edinburgh and Theatre Royal in Glasgow.  Jennifer completed her ISTD teacher training exams in both ballet and modern theatre.  While at college she decided that her passion lay in teaching.

Jennifer specialises in teaching ballet and modern as well as teaching tap, acro and street dance.  She has also completed her teacher training course with the BATD in cheerleading.  She has taught dance full time for the past 8 years at a number of prestigious dance schools and has also taught classes in primary schools around East Lothian.  As well as teaching at ASD Schools she teaches at a performing arts company specialising in classes for pre-school children and hosts children’s birthday parties.

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