BSPA Faculty

Vocal Coach - Amanda Salmon

Amanda trained at the Italia Conti Academy in London. On graduating she made her Professional Debut playing the lead role of Pearl in Starlight Express at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. Her other Theatre credits include; Eponine in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre London, Sophie in Mamma Mia at The Prince Edward Theatre, London Sandy in Grease at The Royal Albert Hall and the The Scandinavian Arena Tour, Linda in Blood Brothers at the Pheonix Theatre London.

Dance teacher - Andrea Taylor

In 2012 Andrea completed her degree at the Royal Academy of Dance in Ballet Education with a First Class Honours, and now teaches the RAD Ballet Syllabus at BSPA. She also teaches Tiny Tutus to our youngest students. Andrea also completed her Advanced 2 Ballet exam gaining her Associate status with the RAD.

LAMDA tutor - Lis Durbin

Lis has been teaching theatre skills for more years than she cares to remember! As well as teaching in schools and colleges in Bristol she also ran her own Drama school before moving to the USA for eight years, where she  also taught drama. She has directed for many of Bristol's leading theatre companies, including productions at the Bristol Hippodrome and the Bristol Old Vic. She began acting at the age of four, taking on the challenging role of a shell in The Water Babies!

Musical Director - Simon Carr-Minns

Former Head of Music and Musical Director at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London for the last 19 years, Simon Carr-Minns a highly experienced Vocal and Musical Director with extensive experience in working with Directors, Choreographers and Sound Technicians in both rehearsals and performance situations. Simon studied piano and voice at the Royal College of Music in London, and has been successful in choral and vocal performance in the UK. Simon writes his own music and arranges music for orchestral and band scores.

Infants -Emma Weaver

Emma Weaver teaches the Little Dramas, Apollo & Lyric class, and enjoys the challenge of helping young ones with developing their drama skills at a young age. She says: “The children inspire me with their imaginative input. I love seeing how they develop as the term progresses.” Emma is  currently a popular voice on Children's Television, and is best known for her voices in BBC Shows The Tweenies (Bella)and Jelly Jamm (Mina). Ema regularly voices commercials for both television and radio,  and is a regular reader for BBC audio books. Her most recent  voice work was "Pony Friends" for Nintendo DS.

Seniors - Philippa Howard

Philippa has worked extensively in the theatre, in straight drama and comedy, Shakespeare, musical theatre and variety. Her TV and film includes parts in Casualty, The House of Elliot, Wycliffe, Eris, Rabbit’s Foot and Flying Blind. Also more recently she has worked in children’s theatre, Radio, commercials, voiceover and puppetry. She also still occasionally works as a dance teacher and choreographer. Philippa is fiercely ambitious and committed to strengthening her body of work in both film and television and continuing her theatrical work.

Administration staff

General Manager: Julian Arney

School Administrator: Catherine Flynn

Accounts Manager: Chris Martyn

Office Administrator: Liz Martyn

IT Support: Haydn Wright

Photography: some of our photos are supplied by Melanie East Photography

Showdance tutor - Karen Halliday

Karen’s experience as a performer includes both film and theatre, Musical Theatre tours, pantomime, Summer Seasons, with five years’ experience working at Pinewood Studios appearing in ‘The Labyrinth’, ‘Who Framed Rodger Rabbit’, ‘A View to a Kill’, and Stephen Spielberg’s ‘Empire of The Sun’, and more recently on CBBC television series ‘School for Stars’. of London’s most prestigious theatres and venues,

Artistic Director: John Redgrave

A member of the ‘Redgrave’ family, John has over forty years experience in virtually every aspect of theatre, not only directing but also in the management and technical fields. He is widely acknowledged as one of the country’s leading producer/director/lighting designers. His credits are diverse as his pantomime, variety, plays and musical both in the provinces and the West End.

Juniors - Jodie Brigman

Jodie has extensive performance experience in theatre, film and television. Her appearances on TV include the BBC show Mistresses, Channel 4 film Junk, the film Buffalo girls, ITV series The Truth about Fear and most recently The Jack Whitehall show. She has also sung professionally touring the UK performing at large events, festivals and shows as a tribute act to the soul singer Duffy.