We are thrilled to have three prestigious patrons who are all well known professional experts in the entertainment industry and offer us valuable support and guidance here at Starquest Performers College.
Andrew Wright (World renowned choreographer)
He has just choreographed a new production of Half A Sixpence for Cameron Mackintosh (Chichester Festival Theatre) and is about to direct and choreograph Moby Dick (Union Theatre) and co direct and Cinderella (London Palladium) in 2016.
He choreographed Singin’ In The Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre, Palace Theatre, UK national tour, Japan, Asia, Russia and Australia) winner of Best Choreographer WhatsOnStage Awards 2013 and nominated for Best Choreographer Olivier Awards 2012 and Broadway World Awards 2011. Guys and Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre, Phoenix and Savoy Theatre), nominated for Best Choreographer Olivier Awards 2016 and Broadway World Awards 2014. Barnum (Theatre in the Park, Chichester and National Tour) Best Choreographer nomination Broadway World Awards 2013. 42nd Street (Chichester Festival Theatre and Curve, Leicester), The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound (Minerva Theatre), High Society (National Tour), Wonderful Town (National Tour), Betty Blue Eyes (National Tour), Saturday Night Fever (National Tour), A Little Night Music (Palace Theatre), Follies (Royal Albert Hall), the world premiere of Mrs Henderson Presents (Theatre Royal, Bath and Noel Coward Theatre) and Oliver! (Curve, Leicester).
The Showgirl Within (Garrick Theatre), Broadway to the Bay (WMC), Nunsense A-Men and Naked Boys Singing (Arts Theatre), Almost Like Being In Love (National Theatre), Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse), Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi (Liverpool Playhouse, Union Theatre and Trafalgar Studios) Best Choreographer nomination Broadway World Awards 2010, By Jeeves (Landor Theatre), I Sing (Union Theatre) and Soul Traders (Edinburgh Festival).
He directed and choreographed Happy Days (National Tour) Best Director/Choreographer nomination Broadway World Awards 2014.
He was assistant director and co choreographer for Chess in Concert (Royal Albert Hall) starring Josh Groban and Idina Menzal and seven productions of The Night Of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall and Odyssey Belfast). He choreographed The WhatsOnStage Awards 2008 (Lyric Theatre) 2009/10 (Prince Of Wales Theatre) and the new Cat Stevens musical Moonshadow (Drill Hall). Cantabile At Christmas (Delfont Room, Prince Of Wales Theatre), Elaine Paige’s 2006 Concert (Lyceum Theatre and European Tour), 1000 Voices At The Arena (Sheffield Arena) and Robot Wars – The Live Event (National Stadium Tour).
Workshop productions of A Painted Lady, The Stephanie Lawrence Project, The Ghost and Mrs Muir and Beach Radio.
Pantomimes include directed and choreographed Aladdin (Wyvern Theatre) and Cinderella (Plymouth, Theatre Royal). Choreographed Dick Whittington and Cinderella (Bristol Hippodrome, Mayflower Southampton and Wyvern Theatre), Snow White (Opera House, Manchester and Bristol Hippodrome).
Lysistrata, Godspell, Blood Wedding, The Canterbury Tales and Hot Mikado for Eton College (Farrer Theatre).
Betty Blue Eyes, Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, My Favorite Year, 42nd Street, Spend, Spend, Spend, Putting It Together and State Fair (Arts Ed), My Favorite Year (Guildhall School of Music and Drama).
Andrew’s past performance credits include Scrooge (London Palladium), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward), Anything Goes (Drury Lane), Cats (New London), Follies (Festival Hall), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Dominion and National Tour), La Cava (Piccadilly), Mack & Mabel (Piccadilly), Oliver! (Sadler’s Wells), Dick Whittington – London’s Musical (Sadler’s Wells), Fred Astaire – his daughters tribute (London Palladium), A Chorus Line (Derby Playhouse and National Tour), Pickwick (National Tour), The Time Of My Life (Bristol Old Vic). He appeared in two Royal Variety Performances and recorded five Original London Cast Recordings.
For more information about Andrew please visit his website by clicking this link.
Dougie Squires OBE (International director and choreographer)
Dougie’s career spans over seven decades and it is estimated that he has worked with over 10,000 dancers over that period. His creativity and energy has inspired so many of today’s top dancers, teachers, performers and choreographers.
Over the years he has been involved with All the Queen’s Horses, a celebration of the Queen’s love of horses and the finale of the Horse of the Year Show from Olympia. His work has been seen on 10 Royal Command Performances, the Pageant for the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday on Horse Guards Parade, the spectacular Defence of the Realm for the Queen’s Fortieth Anniversary Celebrations at Earls Court, the phenomenally successful VE Celebrations in Hyde Park, the VJ Celebrations in Horse Guards Parade and the Rugby League Centenary World Cup with Diana Ross, all of which were televised internationally.
He has worked in collaboration with Major Sir Michael Parker on the Royal Golden Wedding Celebrations. He directed the Queens Jubilee Celebrations in Hyde Park and the Mall and for six years the Not Forgotten Association Christmas Shows at St James Palace with many international stars. His latest success was in Horse Guards Parade with Simon Brooks Ward where he directed the 50th Commemoration of World War 2 ending the Queens 90th birthday pageant at Windsor Castle with a cast of hundreds of horses, international dancers and stars.
Dougie is currently in rehearsals for the ‘Celebration of Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th Birthday’ at the London Palladium on 18 March, which he is both directing and producing.
His skill and expertise in directing a cast of thousands is unsurpassed and he is one of the most sought after director/choreographers in the world of stage, theatre and television.
He has been awarded the Carl Alan award for his contribution to progress in dance and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the prestigious International Choreographers Organisation. He was awarded the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen and in Her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours list 2017 he received an MVO (Member of the Royal Victorian Order, a dynastic order of knighthood established by Queen Victoria) in recognition of his Services to the Queen.
Antony Johns (International choreographer)
He made his debut in the West End in Gypsy and danced in the film Bugsy Malone.
On leaving college he joined The Young Generation for BBC and worked with the top choreographers around the world. This lead to working with Wayne Sleep’s company Dash before being invited to work with Dougie Squires 2nd Generation in television, theatre, cabaret and revues.
He was given his own television series, Count Me In, for the BBC which lead to numerous children’s programmes for both the BBC and ITV as well as pantomime productions all over the UK.
His Passion was always to choreograph and he has worked on many celebrated productions including the award-winning Eclipse, Hot Ice and Mystique in Blackpool.
He has also worked on many Royal Events and was honored to stage and choreograph for Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle.