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our faculty

meet the people behind
epa's success

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Maxine Glasby

Founder and Principal of Expressions Academy of Performing Arts in 1989.  Fellowship of the IDTA.International adjudicator.  Trainer of numerous World championship dancers.  


Lynn Nelson
Head of Singing, Musical Theatre

Lynn has been involved in musical theatre throughout  the past twenty years, performing in over 40 musicals productions, taking such roles as Mabel, ‘Mack and Mabel’, The Witch, ‘Into the Woods’ and Mamma Rose, ‘Gypsy’. She has taken part in National and International Music Festivals and won best voice and best female performance. 


Lynn enjoys teaching vocal technique and performance, focusing on the Jo Estill Voice Craft and finds the work both challenging and extremely rewarding. She is also a member of the BVA. 

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Sian having worked extensively in the Performing Arts for the past 20 years joins us from Celebrity Cruises having worked for the past 5 years as Lead Install director.

She has worked extensively in dance, acro and aerial work for Celebrity Cruises, Royal Carribean Cruises and Costa Cruises.

She also trained with C5 in Las Vegas aerial training and performed in Los Angeles in Phantom of the Opera.

Sian along with her role as Course Leader teaches aerial work with our students. 



American Jazz Tutor

Head of Dance

Jordi came to England from Barcelona in 1990 and trained as a dancer at Bodywork and The Urdang Academy. His professional career has taken him all over the World both as a dancer and choreographer. Jordi has also has previous worked in the  West End in Saturday Night Fever (Jorge/Cesar), La Cava (Ensemble/Tariq),

Fame (Ensemble/Joe Vegas) West Side Story (Bernado) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas)


He has been involved, both as Director and Choreographer in many workshops for West End Musicals in the making such as Hell Sing, Stars Falling, The Golden Voice and Best of Friends. Choreographed the European premiere of Happy Ending and the World premier of Reeds Sway. He choreographed the opening gala of the 1st Middle East Youth Festival for the King of Bahrain at Bahrain.  Choreographed UK tours for Jessica Steel (X Factor) Lydia Lucy (The Voice) and the UK tour of United Vibe (X Factor)

Jordi has directed and choreographed new pop artistes UK tours.  Shows at Her Majesty's Theatre, Sadler Wells, O2 and Royal Albert Hall in London plus review shows in Paris.  


Jordi has worked as a guest teacher and choreographer for many of the main dance and Performing Arts colleges in this Country and abroad, including EPA, where he is Head of Dance and Ballet West where is he Head of the Jazz Department.


Jordi loves to pass on a wealth of knowledge of dance and showbiz through his teaching and is extremely passionate and thorough in his methods.  Anyone who experiences a Jordi dance class is sure to be inspired pushed, nurtured and helped.  


Course Co-ordinator/Jazz Tutor

Ryan Patrick Douglas is from Mansfield, UK and trained at EPA himself from a young age.  

Whilst training Ryan also gained teaching qualifications with the IDTA in Freestyle & Latin American. From graduating Ryan worked extensively for over 10 years in the professional world completing many UK based and International Cruise Contracts. This included pantomimes for UK Productions, Imagine Theatre and some in-house productions whilst also doing some gigs around the UK. Whilst at sea Ryan worked his way quickly from a dancer up to Dance Captain, Manager and Install Director for some of the world’s leadings cruise lines; Princess, Celebrity & Cunard. 


In between his time away Ryan taught at several vocational colleges and dance schools around the UK, as teaching has always been a big passion of his. In this time Ryan has presented workshops and choreographed many pieces for various shows and corporate events including Move It & CYD. Ryan is also a member of the ADFP and DJ/Music Edits for several nationwide competitions. 


Now, returning to his roots Ryan loves being at EPA training, mentoring and inspiring the next generation of talented individuals and loves delivering his #FALLOUT classes to the student’s week in week out.


tatiana tretyakova

Ballet Tutor

Tatiana trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School and Kiev University where she gained an honours degree in art and dance. 


She was a principal soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet where she performed in over 30 ballets and toured in more than 60 countries.

She has also choreographed and coached many ice skating programmes including designing and implementing a sport scientific programme that has enhanced on ice performance.

​She is also trained in pilates, advanced nutrition and advanced anatomy and physiology.


Lyrical & Commercial Dance Tutor

Charlie trained at the Arts Educational school from the age of 10-16 years and went on to further her training at Laine Theatre Arts until the age of 18.  Additionally she spent 7 years with the National Youth Ballet. 

In 2010 Charlie won the hit TV show "So you think you can dance"on BBC1.  She then proceeded to dance in Los Angeles for the finale of Season 7 "So you think you can dance" where viewing topped 15 million viewers.

Charlie went on to play the role of Baby in the West End production of Dirty Dancing.  She was then invited to take part in Revolution at the Theatre Royal as a featured dancer alongside Kimberley Wyatt and Adam Garcia 

In 2012 Charlie performed in the closing ceremony of the Olympics.  She has already had great success in TV including 4music advert, X Factor Live shows , Royal Variety, Britains Got Talent, Mamma Mia 2 the Movie. 

Last year she took place in 2 major dance shows - Remembering Fred, dancing for Jeanette and Aljaz and Rip it Up at the Garrick Theatre, the 50s and 60s dancing alongside Natalie Lowe, Louise Smith, Jay McGuiness, Harry Judd and Aston Merrygold. 

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Elizabeth haslam
Ballet Tutor

Elizabeth trained at Central School of Ballet where she toured with British Gas Ballet central with Jane Regan as Ballet mistress. During this time she was selected by Christopher Gable to work with Northern Ballet on their adaptation of Dracula where she performed the duet. She then went on to perform as part of the corps de ballet in Aida with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra having been selected by Lynn Seymour. Soloist in Vis av Magi, Norway (ABT Choreographer).  Elizabeth then progressed to a more contemporary root finishing her 10 year career in film and TV. 

After performing Elizabeth moved into the world of teaching and choreography.  This has taken he all over the world teaching master classes in London, Italy, Antigua and Guadeloupe alongside Patricia Ruanne (Ex Principal of the Royal Ballet Company) and Frederick Jahn (Ex Principal of the Australian Ballet Company)

Elizaeth has taught in numerous colleges.  The Haslam dance academy has been running for 50 years and together Elizabeth and her mother continue to inspire the school 

The highlight of Elizabeths teaching career was working with Ballet Theatre UK where she was the original ballet mistress to the company working on The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Snow Queen, A Christmas Carol and Alice. 


Stewart Arnold

Contemporary Jazz Tutor

Having initially trained as a dancer at The London School Of Contemporary Dance, Stewart Avon Arnold has gone on to become a highly successful choreographer. 

 For the last 20 years Stewart has been constantly involved in West End Shows, Pop Promos and Television series. 


He also finds time to teach intensive courses and master classes at leading schools throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Japan.


The breadth of his knowledge of forms of dance, together with his unique talent and sensitivity, make Stewart a very powerful creative asset to every production.

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michaela PEARCE
Acting Tutor

Michaela has worked extensively in teaching and nurturing young people for some considerable years.   

Achieving a BA (Hons) degree in Theatre Arts she became a renowned acting tutor teaching the art of practitioners and acting methods  


Michaela also was part of the team in gaining success to gain accreditation for FE and HE education at EPA


Commercial Dance Tutor

Charlie is dancer and choreographer from Leicester. Having started dancing from a young age has a wealth of experience in competing and performing.  


Appeared on Got to Dance and Britains Got Talent


Charlie specialises in stage performance pieces and competition choreography, and provides versatile choreography in a vast array of hip hop and commercial styles. 

Charlie prides himself in providing a safe, hardworking and enjoyable environment for the students to learn and grow as dancers. 


ellie cobb

Cabaret Tutor

Ellie is professionally trained in Musical Theatre. She has worked in Theatre, Film and Television throughout her career.                              

Past credits include We Will Rock you, 42nd Street, Assistant choreographer BBC The People's Strictly, Resident Director Thursford Christmas Spectacular.  


Dancer The John Bishop Show, Resident Dancer ITV Pop Star to Opera Star, Dancer Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Soloist Spirit of Broadway UK Tour, Vocalist/Dancer Songs from the Musical, Dancer 20th Century Fox Mrs Henderson Presents. 


Singing Tutor
Musical Director


Pete is an experienced Musical Director, Musical arranger, pianist, vocal coach and repertoire tutor.

as a musician he plays piano, clarinet, saxophone and flute.

On stage Pete has played many lead roles including a robot and a Waxwork actor !!

Other roles include Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady, Mr Bumble in Oliver, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver Warbucks in Annie.

As a musical director he has conducted numerous musicals including Brigadoon, Me and My girl, Barnum, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Sweet Charity, Anything Goes, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver, Joseph and Little Shop of Horrors

Pete loves working with singers of all ages and abilities to help them realise their full potential. 

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Acting Tutor


Oliver Jackson is an English Actor with 25 years experience working in Film, Theatre and Television. In the West End he created the role of Ned Schneebly in School of Rock and has most recently appeared in the sell out concert of Les Miserables at The Gielgud Theatre.


Other West End credits include the original cast of Our House, Mrs Henderson Presents, The Glee Club and She Stoops to Conquer at The National.

On film he is most well known for Redirected starring opposite Vinnie Jones and Entity with Dervla Kirwan and Charlotte Riley.


Oliver is also an established DJ playing gigs all over the world under his moniker 'Slimson' and is the founder of a clothing brand that celebrates all things music and the power of lyrics, places and people from back in the day. He lives in Bedfordshire with his wife and two children



Singing Tutor

Music has been my passion and purpose for as long as I can remember. I spent hours teaching myself to play the recorder and singing in my childhood bedroom (sorry, parents!), I studied flute and piano as a teenager and went on to achieve a first-class BA (Hons) Music degree from the University of Nottingham. This was followed swiftly by a further MA Music degree, during which time I also started conducting and teaching, and my passion for musical theatre and singing really came to the forefront both in my academic studies and the work I started as a musical director in community theatre.

Since then, vocal coaching has become a specialism for me. I've put hours of work and study into my own professional development in this area; I have completed numerous courses including Estill Voice Training Levels 1&2, joined the BVA (British Voice Association) and AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing), attended numerous conferences and development sessions, and most recently commenced work on becoming a certified Vocal Health First Aider. I've been able to pass this knowledge on to my amazing students who have gone from strength to strength gaining incredible exam results, opportunities and their dream places at top drama schools like Urdang Academy, GSA and LIPA. I’ve also had the chance to be musical director for some incredible, award-winning community and youth musicals, and have recently started a new venture opening VoxFresh Derby, a contemporary singing group for young people! 


Tap Tutor

Justine trained at Arts Educational Schools and the AMTA, graduating in 2011 as the winner of the Dance Award. She is qualified at Fellowship level with the IDTA and has fifteen years experience teaching all ages at several dance schools and colleges across the country.


Choreography credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Theatre Royal, Nottingham), The Queen’s Knickers (UK Tour and West End), Different Class (Barons Court Theatre), On Paper (Young Actors Theatre, Islington), The Visit (New Wimbledon Youth Theatre), Cyrano of Brixton (Brockley Jack Theatre).


As a performer, Justine has appeared in over twenty professional productions including The Queen’s Knickers (UK Tour and West End), Father Christmas Needs A Wee! (Swindon Arts Centre), Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), The Giant’s Loo Roll (UK Tour), Fifty Days of Grey (UK Tour), Honk! (The Lost Theatre).


Following her West End Debut, 2022 was the beginning of a few career changes for Justine. She is now co-principal of the Lisa Gail Theatre School and resident choreographer for TaleGate Theatre Productions. Justine is also the host of ‘Centre Stage’ for Box Office Radio.


dana de waal
Pianist/Composer/Singing Tutor
Musical Director

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BA Hons Course Leader

Amy trained as an actor at Bretton Hall before completing a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education at The Institute of Education (University of London) and a Masters in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 

Amy worked extensively as an Agent and was part of the casting team for the long running 

TV Series The Bill and Murder Investigation Team.

Amy worked as a teacher of Acting in Musical Theatre at the BRIT school in

Croydon before joining Nottingham college as course leader for Level 3 Acting.  Amy now runs the BA Performing Arts programme at Nottingham College which incorporates the BA at Expressions 

Amy has directed over 40 productions, ranging from absurdist and post dramatic drama and full length musicals.  Her focus is on the development of the actor as a part of an ensemble and her ethos is to encourage creativity and the development of the thinking actor.  Amy is passionate about working with young people and encouraging them to have a voice, to develop their creative skills and performance technique in order to help them build careers in the Industry. 

As well as running the BA Amy works as an Associate Artist with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and is a member of the participation team at the Nottingham Playhouse.  She also hosts regular guest lectures specialising in audition t


Since relocating from South Africa has performed on stages all over the World and wowed audiences far and wide with his critically acclaimed vocal agility and unparalleled technical vocal abilities over a range of styles.  As an accomplished pianist Dana has performed with orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Highlights of his performing career include The Nelson Mandela tribute concert at The Royal Albert Hall, the Messiah in Bophutatswana for President Lucas Mangope, Mass in B Minor by Bach , Carmen, Acis and Galatea.

As a lifelong scholar of music Dana specialises in bespoke compositions and arrangements.  After gaining his B Mus degree with distinction for Piano and Singing, M Mus (Hons) cum laude and A Mus cum laude.  As a highly qualified musician Dana teaches students to degree level. 

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                           Acro/Gym Tutor

Thomas has been working onboard Princess Cruises as Assistant Company Manager.  Previous he worked with  P&O cruises as a dancer and acrobat, having completed the inaugural 

sailings with Iona.   A fully qualified dance teacher and coach Thomas was trained by his late father Stuart Cooper who was a County club gymnastic coach. 

Thomas will be training the students in gymnastic and acro.  

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        simon horne                                  Student Liaison /Residential Support 

Simon came from a dance background in his younger years and is thrilled to be returning to EPA as part of the faculty to nurture and help young people. 

His energy and personality make him a very important part to the team at EPA along with his empathy and encouragement he gives to our students. 


        BEN RICHARDS                                                               PATRON


We are very proud to have Ben as our patron for many years.   Ben is currently appearing as The Duke in Moulin Rouge the Musical West End.

Ben is known for his TV roles playing PC Nathaniel Roberts in Britains longest running 

police drama The Bill as well as a long stint on

Footballers Wives and most recently Ben 

appeared in a recurring role in Emmerdale as

Calvin.   Other TV roles include Holby City and

Doctors and his film credits include Bring me

the Head of Mavis Davis and Julie and the 

Cadillac's as well as Penny on Mars. 

Ben is also an accomplished Musical Theatre

performer with many West End shows including

Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls , Danny Zuko

in Grease , Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever

and Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty,  Ben took 

over from Jason Donovan to play the lead role

in Priscilla Queen of the desert at the Palace


Other stage roles include Time flies, Robin Hood 

and Babes in the Wood, 9 to 5, The all new 

Jimmy Cricket show, Radio Times, The Joe

Longthorne Summer Show, The Magic of the 

Musicals, The Golden songs of the silver screen

Tour, Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev, Meet the Boys, 

Up on the Roof, Hot Mikado and Smokey Joes


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