College Director

Craig Bartley

FIDTA, MBBO, Dance teaching, Cert.ED

Some of Craig’s credit highlights:

  • ‘SMILE’ – Lead vocalist and show host/compare. Summer 2018 (Town Hall Theatre, Broadway, New York)
  • Dance Proms 2015, 2016 and 2017 production choreographer and staging creative at the Royal Albert Hall, London
  • 42nd Street original cast (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London)
  • Me & My Girl (Adelphi Theatre, London)
  • La Cage Aux Folles (Palladium Theatre, London)
  • Mack And Mabel (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London)
  • Man of 
La Mancha (Peacock Theatre, London)
  • Grease – Craig spent more than two and a half years playing the part of Doody for which he received the Golden Quiff Award for the best performer in a musical, which was presented by Victoria Wood
  • Song & Dance as jazz dancer role (US national tour)
  • 42nd Street as Billy Lawlor (US national tour)
  • Follies Royale as juvenile lead role of Joe in the original New York production (Broadway)

College Director Starquest Performers CollegeCraig Bartley trained at the Jackie Lynn Dance Studios in Kent and also at the Ballet Rambert Academy in London. He has over 35 years professional experience.

His first professional engagements were in pantomimes and various summer shows. Craig then performed in London’s West End in shows such as 42nd Street (Original cast at Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Me & My Girl (Adelphi), La Cage Aux Folles (Palladium), Mack & Mabel in concert (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Man of La Mancha (Peacock Theatre) of which he recorded the cast albums for both Mack & Mabel and Man of La Mancha

Craig has been involved in many production workshops such as Cats (New London), Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria), Martin Guerre original cast (Prince Edward Theatre), Les Miserables portraying Enjolras (Palace Theatre) and Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Theatre Centre of Berlin) portraying the lead narration part of Clopin for Disney.

He has devised, directed and performed in many musical revue shows throughout Europe and the United States.

His US theatre credits include Song & Dance as jazz dancer role (US national tour), 42nd Street as Billy Lawlor (US national Tour) and the original New York (Broadway) production of Follies Royale playing the juvenile lead role of ‘Joe’.

Craig’s television debut was in the early days of Grange Hill (BBC). Other TV credits include Les Dennis Dustin Gee show (BBC), The Price Is Right as a dancer / game show host (Talbot Television / ITV), Tales of out Of School (Drama for Central TV), Dancers (Drama for Westward TV), C.A.T.S. EYES playing ‘Steve’ the office boy for TVS and Eastenders and ‘The Christmas special’ (Both BBC). He also appeared in two Royal Variety Performances for the BBC and ITV.

Commercial Television includes Barclays Bank (Central TV) and Texaco Oil (NBC Films), which is still extensively screened in the US.

In film, Craig played the part of ‘Nigel’ in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

Craig spent more than two and a half years playing the part of Doody in the hit musical Grease where he received the Golden Quiff Award for the best performance, presented by the late Victoria Wood. In 2002 Craig staged and choreographed La Traviata for the Ukranian Opera Company and Opera international at the famous Royal Albert hall in London, which then took him on to choreograph AIDA on the International World tour.

In 2015, Craig was chosen to choreograph and stage over 500+ international dancers for Dance Proms, once again at the Royal Albert Hall. He was honored to return to reprise this role in 2016 and 2017 at this event.

Craig’s experience has enabled him to travel the globe extensively whilst performing, choreographing, directing and producing for the inaugural entertainment production set up for most of the World’s leading cruise lines.

He has had the privilege to have met and performed for each of the Royal family in the UK, also the Royals of Spain, Denmark, Greece and Monaco.

As well as performing, Craig has taught at Mountview Academy, Millennium Performing Arts, Urdang Academy and Elmhurst Ballet School where he has taught specialist classes in all theatre and dance subjects.

Craig is a professional adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Music, Dance and Drama Festivals Worldwide and is also Vice Chairman of the South East area Theatre Dance Council Committee for the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA).

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