Jen has performed on stage since he was eight and has enjoyed working with many Norfolk based theatre companies and venues. He has been directing plays, musicals and pantomimes locally for the past 20 years. Jen studied theatre and performing arts at college prior to working at Norwich Theatre Royal in a variety of roles for nine years. His interest in arts marketing and management lead to a position with the University of East Anglia - organising events, conferences and festivals for the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. In recent years Jen has been working as a performing arts tutor alongside his role as a youth worker, providing one-to-one support and running support groups. Jen is passionate about creating a safe, non-judgemental space for children to develop confidence and skills through expressive and creative practice; he has been able to transfer skills to his teaching approach gained from his youth work experience and counselling training. His favourite theatre experience was performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Lara started dancing at the age of 2 learning ballet, modern and tap at Busybodies Stage School in Dereham. Continuing her studies Lara gained a place as a junior associate at the Royal Ballet School in London. After taking many exams in RAD (ballet) ISTD (modern, tap and jazz), singing, piano and drama (LAMDA), performing in many shows, festivals and fetes, at 16 Lara moved to Essex to start her 3 year training at Masters Performing Arts College. Whilst at college she learnt many more styles of dance, performed in shows at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, danced at the NHS awards and at the Hannah Montana film premiere.
Her career started shortly after graduating Masters and taking her to her dream job working in Disneyland Paris, as many different characters and dancing in parades. After 2 years in Paris, she also worked in Disneyland Tokyo for a year in Japan. When Lara was 11 she started helping out in the junior dance classes and her love of teaching grew from there. Not only does Lara teach at Greasepaint but she also runs her own dance school in Norwich with her sister Amie, called 'Perfect Performers'.
Tutors are selected not only for their training, experience and talent in their specific subjects but also for their passion, enthusiasm and hunger to inspire and encourage others. All tutors are Enhanced DBS checked, have safeguarding training and are first aid trained.
With an absolute passion for the performing arts Rachel studied a degree in Theatre Studies with The Rose Bruford Drama College. Having trained from a young age in acting and dance she is also an accomplished actress, who has worked on both the stage and screen. Rachel found that as she got older she became passionate about passing on her love of the performing arts, and so in 2009 launched Greasepaint Performance Academy in Norwich. Her vision was to bring together talented and inspiring people to create the vital combination of fun and learning. Rachel is a strong believer in the life skills being involved in the arts can give a person, including tolerance, trust, confidence, resiliance and self esteem and welcomes everyone from all backgrounds and abilities. Rachel is a qualified Arts Awards Advisor and holds the LAMDA Performance Certificate, enabling her to take students through LAMDA qualifications.
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Alisha is a professional actor and singer, and has been teaching children for over 5 years. She is a classically trained singer, qualified to Grade 8 standard with 5 years experience performing and singing with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. She graduated with a BA Hons in Acting in 2014, and has recently finished a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe (soon to be transferred to the Adelaide Fringe festival in Australia!). She had a huge passion for the arts, and loves merging acting and singing to create a fully rounded performer. More than that, she loves teaching drama and singing to children to help build their confidence and enhance their social skills.