The Team - STAGESKOOL
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The Team

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Kim Weir B.Ed. (Hons) - Principal

Having performed myself in my younger years and even now as part of an amateur dramatics group I know how performing is both exciting and intoxicating. It’s always a challenge when I take on a new role, but it reminds me just how much I love performing and why I created Stageskool Theatre Arts.

Before I started Stageskool, I worked as a Teacher and NVQ Assessor teaching Dance and Performing Arts at sixth form and further education colleges and, Health & Social Care and Childcare up to degree level. I also worked with young offenders and pupils that had been excluded from school and I have seen throughout my teaching how generic life skills gained by practicing the performing arts can be life changing; building self-esteem, increasing confidence, learning how to work in a team and at the same time building friendships and memories.

My aim has always been to make training in the performing arts accessible. Having three daughters myself, who attended dance schools and competed in festivals from a very young age, I know how expensive and demanding it can be to support your children as they participate in the performing arts. That’s why, at Stageskool, there are no hidden fees as all additional costs such as costume hire and extra rehearsals for shows are spread across the year and have been included in one affordable monthly payment.

With the help of my amazingly talented, fresh, passionate teachers I am very fortunate to be able to share my love of the arts and to encourage, nurture and inspire young people to love the arts too. So, I hope you will join us as we continue to grow as a dynamic independent theatre school.

Natalie Gunn BA - Teacher

Nathalie is a professional singer and theatre creative living in Portsmouth. Originally from Kent, Nathalie trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts before completing a BA Honours Degree in Creative & Performing Arts at Portsmouth University.

Since graduating, Nathalie has worked as a freelance singing and drama teacher, working with Portsmouth Music Service, The Alzheimers Society, Portsmouth Young Creatives, The Kings Youth Theatre and TADAA.  She also works a director and producer and most recently launched a new community department for The Kings Theatre. Nathalie is also the lead singer of popular function band The Spoils and performs solo as an events singer specialising in vintage and musical theatre.

 

Katie Bull - Teacher

Katie trained for 3 years at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts. She has appeared on TV with ‘Ant and Decs Saturday Night Takeaway’, ‘Let’s Sing and Dance For Comic Relief’ and ‘The Voice’. Post graduation her first professional job was as swing/dance captain for ‘Burlesque’d: A Stage Spectacular’ which premiered in 2018 and was given a 5 star review from London Theatre Reviews. This was followed in 2019 by taking on the role of resident director for ‘Burlesque’d: UK Tour” which went to prestigious venues such as ‘Viva Blackpool’ and brand new spaces like ‘Creative Seed’ in South Shields. She has also been teaching at various dance schools for many years, helping the younger generation develop their craft and stay passionate about what they are doing. Her latest job was as Rehearsal Director/Assistant Choreographer for a 5* resort in Ibiza, putting together top shows for people to enjoy. 

Brooke Weir BA (Hons) - Teacher

Brooke has been performing since she was two years old, competing in numerous competitions regionally and nationally gaining many awards including All England Dance and Gold Star Tap awards. Brooke gained a place at the Southern Theatre Arts Centre where she graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Musical Theatre. She has played several lead roles including Roz in 9 to 5 and Margaret in Carrie. She has performed on the Main Stage and Showcase Stage at Move-It London and performed as lead vocalist at the Grand Hotel Brighton’s celebrity fundraiser in 2018. Brooke has toured with Kompact Theatre a professional cabaret company, performing shows throughout Worthing, Brighton, Chichester and London. Brooke also wrote and composed her own show for the Brighton Fringe which received rave reviews.

 

“The confidence Stageskool gives these amazing students is life changing - they’re learning skills to help in whatever profession they choose. We are blessed with the best students and it’s an honour to work with them and be a part of their lives."
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Lauren White BA (Hons) - Teacher

Lauren has competed in competitions regionally and nationally from a young age gaining many awards. She has trained with the English youth ballet and London Studio Centre and earned a place at Chichester University where she graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Musical Theatre. Lauren’s credits include The Robin in The Secret Garden. She was a soloist dancer and dance captain in ‘The Life’ at The Regis Theatre and toured the south coast with the show ‘City of Angles’ where she played multiple cameo roles. Lauren has completed all ISTD exams and is currently working towards her DDI qualification.

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Krissie Allcock BA (Hons) - Teacher

Krissie danced and attended musical theatre, drama and gymnastics classes from a very young age. She trained at Southern Theatre Arts Centre with Brooke, graduating with a BA Honours Degree in Musical Theatre. Krissie’s credits include Doralee in 9 to 5, Margaret in Carrie, dancer and vocalist 3 years running on Move It London main stage and showcase stage. Krissie has also toured with Kompact Theatre and as a keen song writer, she has composed songs for shows at the Brighton Fringe as well as performing as a solo artist and a featured dancer at the 2018 celebrity fundraiser at the Grand Hotel in Brighton.