Highly qualified and experienced teaching staff to nurture your talent.
We are committed to recognizing and developing the individual needs of each student for a career in the world of entertainment. Our training aims to develop each studentʼs individual character and personality in order to produce a professional, all-rounded performer and/or teacher in the making.
Our staff and freelance teachers are of the highest calibre and are recruited from the widest spectrum of the profession.
All have in-depth experience as performers, choreographers, directors and teachers. There is an infrastructure of staff who are committed to the college, and provide a consistency and sense of ongoing process.
This is complimented and enhanced by tutors who will run master classes and work on specific production projects.
Craig Bartley FIDTA, LBBO, Cert Ed (Trinity), City & Guilds and Professional Adjudicator for the International Federation of Dance, Drama & Singing
Craig established Starquest Performers College in 2012, devising affordable courses for eligible students to learn all aspects of the performing arts industry without cutting standards and keeping up with today’s trends and requirements.
Craig is now full time at Starquest after previously teaching and lecturing at Mountview, Millennium, Urdang, Elmhurst and several other vocational training centres.
At Starquest Performers College, he teaches all core subjects and is head tutor for all syllabus and examination subjects. He also choreographs for leading International events and frequently lectures for different Worldwide examination boards in musical theatre subjects.
Craig has had much success and an extremely full career in all aspects of the industry across the globe.
To see Craig’s professional credits, visit the Course Director section.
Musical theatre studies and audition technique
Craig trained at Millennium College of Performing Arts. His professional theatre credits include understuding and also playing the role of Mickey in Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre and UK tour), Swing dancer and understuding the role of Pepper in MAMMA MIA! (International Tour). He was also lead dancer in Lisa Donmall’s One Woman Show (Leicester Palace Theatre) and has also danced in Zoo Nation’s Toolie Oolie Doolie. His television credits include Hollyoaks and Coronation Street.
Workshops include, Ensemble in Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory), Tone in The Thing About Tom (Music First Productions).
Head of contextual studies
Peter was conductor of Bearstead Choral Society from 1997–2014, he studied music education at Christ College Liverpool in the early 70s and trained on the organ at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. During his teaching career he worked extensively in Secondary Education in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Kent teaching GCSE & A Level music and developing both creative and performing arts; as well as establishing a number of youth choirs and youth orchestras in each region. He works as MD and/or vocal coach on performances with Spotlites Theatre Company, Medway Starquest Performers College.
As conductor of both Chatham Choral Society and Bearstead Choral Society, he made the ‘Young Performers Platform’ a feature of many of their concerts. In 2001 Peter left the Secondary Education Sector and moved into Further and Higher Education working for Bromley College of F&HE until his retirement in September 2011. He was appointed Programme Director of Teaching Training covering Post Compulsory Education & Training and delivering courses in association with Greenwich University and Canterbury Christ Church University College. He was promoted to Deputy Head and eventually Head of School: ICT and a member of the Senior Management Team. Organist at St. Stephen’s Church, Chathem for over 30 years before retirement he is now a freelance organist and conductor.
John trained at The Sylvia Young Theatre School. He made his West End Debut at the age of 12 in Lionel Bart’s ‘Oliver’ at the Albery Theatre. Since then he has had a varied career appearing on Stage, TV, Film, Royal Variety Shows, Pantomime, Cabaret, Concerts and can be heard on Original Cast Recordings and has made 5 Solo Albums (on iTunes and Spotify).
He has appeared as Lionel Bart in The Story of Bart, Uncle Ernie in The Who’s Tommy, Principal Singer in Rhythm of Life, Ed Kleban in A Class Act (Nomination for Best Male Performance at the Offie Awards and Broadwayworld.com 2013/14, Tateh in Ragtime, Charles Guiteau in Assassins (Nomination for Best Male Performance at the Offie Awards 2010), Greta in Martin Sherman’s Bent, Maisie in Diamond, Dr. Thomas Parker in Batboy the Musical, Original Cast Member of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspect of Love, Hey, Mr Producer, Feuilly in Les Miserables (1988), Red Bishop & Gran/Wolf in The Boy Who Fell into a Book-Written & Directed by Alan Ayckbourn, Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, Amos Hart in Chicago, Skimbleshanks in Cats, David in Company, Koko in The Mikado, Njegus in The Merry Widow, Harry in Flora The Red Menace, Snoopy in Snoopy The Musical, Cliff in In the Midnight Hour, ‘Che’ in Evita, Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd, Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar with Roger Daltrey, Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me, Kate with Julia Migenes, Motel in Fiddler On The Roof with Anthony Newley, Paul in A Chorus Line with Donna McKechnie. He appears as Convict 5 in Les Miserables – The Movie.
Musical theatre consultant
Darren’s theatre credits include: Byron Mayo in An Officer and a Gentleman (UK Tour); Mr Fezziwig, SCROOGE (Leicester Curve); Callahan, Legally Blonde (Leicester Curve and Monaco); Vince Fontayne, GREASE (Leicester Curve); Lane/Merrimen, Importance of Being Earnest (Leicester Curve); Dad, Winthorpe & Dewey in Legally Blonde (Leicester Curve); Principle Performer in The Songbook Of Judy Garland (UK Tour); Understudy to Robert Lindsay as Lawrence & also the role of Andre in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre); Abanazar in Aladdin (O2 Arena); Ivor Novello in The Two Most Perfect Things (Riverside Studios); Joe Josephson in Merrily We Roll Along (Theatre Clywd); Rooster in Annie (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Gary Strong in Radio Times (Watermill Theatre); Company in Fiddler on the Roof (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour); Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain (Courtyard Theatre); Bobby Child in Crazy For You (UK Tour); Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Feste in Twelfth Night ; Valentine in You Never Can Tell; Max in Lend Me A Tenor; Cheviot Hill in Engaged (all for Perth Rep Theatre); Riff in West Side Story (UK Tour); Lexy Mill in Candida (Ayot Productions); Squarcio in The Foundling (Ayot Productions); Steve in Summer Holiday (Apollo Leisure Theatre); Spring in Hot Shoe Shuffle (Michael Rose Ltd.); Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre); Rum Tum Tugger in Cats (UK Tour); Gideon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour); Pierre in The Boyfriend (UK Tour); Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl (Perth Rep Theatre); Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (The Old Barn Theatre, Brighton); Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors; Dan in Night Must Fall; Jan Warwick in The Unexpected Guest; Gary in A Slice of Saturday Night (all for Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and The Serpent in Back to Methuselah (Ayot Productions).
Workshops include: Man in Longer Than it Takes to Day Goodbye (Kings Head); Boromir in The Lord of The Rings; Mr. Gualt in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (Theatre Royal Brighton) and Gene Kelly in Ol’ Blue Eyes Live on TV (Alhambra Theatre).
Classical ballet & contemporary
Charlotte Blinkhorn trained at Central School of Ballet and also with the London School of Contemporary Dance. She has performed professionally with the Ballet Central Company and the Pheonix Dance Theatre. She appeared at both the Edinburgh and Camden Fringe Festivals in 2011 and performed solo at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013.
Most recently she worked with the Springs Dance Company UK Theatres Tour productions of The Selfish Giant and Bread of Life with Artistic Director, Ruth Hughs.
She teaches vocational, contemporary and ballet at Trinity Laban and is a regular teacher for Primary and Secondary workshops across the whole of the UK for Springs Dance Company.
Benjamin Costello MA PGDip BMus FRSA
Guest tutor – Vocal tutor and dialect coach
Ben Costello is a freelance conductor, musical director, adjudicator, singing coach and accompanist, working internationally. He is also Artistic Director of Thames Concerts Ltd, Founding Director of Kingston Chamber Singers, Chorus Master for the Leith Hill Musical Festival combined choirs concerts, Guest Conductor of the Voices of Hangzhou Youth Choir, a lecturer in musical theatre at the University of Portsmouth, and a musical director and singing coach at Laine Theatre Arts.
Ben has been musical director with many musical theatre productions across the U.K., is a guest conductor with various choirs, and as an accompanist and coach collaborates with countless singers and instrumentalists. He judges at competitive festivals throughout the U.K. and overseas as an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and the Schools Music Association.
A specialist in musical theatre, Ben has worked for Arts Educational (London), Mountview Academy, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Guildford School of Acting, the Royal Academy of Music, the London College of Music, and the universities of London, Surrey and Kingston.
Musical theatre and vocal specialist
Nadine is an establish performer with a long list of professional theatre credits. She has appeared in Wonderland and Everyman (National Theatre), Bare (Greenwich Theatre), The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, for which she received an Olivier nomination), Mamma Mia, Stepping Out, Billy Elliot, Wicked (original cast), Waiting for Dawn, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Peter Pan, The Full Monty, Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Dames at Sea. Her film credits include Mrs Capaldi, Rikkki & Julie and Storm.
Nadine has a wide teaching experience from head of singing at Pineapple Performing Arts School to acting, musical theatre, and tap teacher at other education establishments. She is also a private voice coach and singing teacher.
She was the choreographer and vocal coach for 2 episodes of ITV’s Off Their Rockers and choreographer for Off Their Rockers (Disability special) and she has also lead numerous workshops for corporate events.
Jazz technique and commercial
Over the last few years, he has taught at many other prestigious colleges and schools including Sylvia Young Theatre School, Bird College, Urdang. Hi is also company director of Elite Theatre Arts.
His performing credits include: Eurovision, Fleur East, Franz Ferdinand Music Videos, Giff Gaff Commercial, Heather Small, Cindy Crawford Fashion Launch, Rebecca Ferguson Album Launch, Basement Jaxx, Crystal Waters, Barbra Tucker, Shapeshifters, WE R Festival, Soap and Glory, Kimberly Wyatt, Google, NME Magazine.
Commercial and jazz heels
Lauren trained at Bird College and has appeared in the West End and touring productions of STOMP and was an original cast member of Tap Corps for Dancers Inc + Dougie Mills and for Christopher Horsey Soundz Extraordinary commissioned for the Northern Tap Company.
Other West End credits include Dance Captain/Resident Director/Assistant Choreographer/ Swing for Thriller Live as well as Dance Captain for the Thriller Live Korean tour.
She performed as a dancer for numerous productions and events including the closing ceremony of the European Games in Baku, Queen concert in Amsterdam and Kings of Tap for the Viking cruise ship line.
She has appeared on ITV’s Get your act together, Text Santa, X Factor 2010 & 2011 and was resident dancer for Britain’s got Talent 2011, featured partner for Adam Garcia on Got to dance 2012 and dancer on Got to Dance 2014.
She has worked with One Direction, JLS, Temi Dollface, Alesha Dixon and appeared in James Morrison’s ‘Slave to the music’ music video, A*M*E ‘Heartless’ music video
Other credits include, Shop Direct fashion show, Hair@Work Wella Hair show in Germany, Debenhams Partywear viral advert and George@Asda Fashion show.
Commercial jazz styles & contemporary
Brendon Hansford is an international choreographer and movement director based in London. Revolutionary at best and controversial at worst, Brendon relishes in challenging conformity, pushing physicality and working with international masters on the cutting edge of technology and movement.
Heralded as a pioneer in his field, Brendon has been commissioned by many artists, events managers, directors and advertising giants including Renault, Panasonic, Riton, Ricky Gervais, Sky, Diesel, Smirnoff, Just Dance, and Virgin Media and is currently in development for his debut theatre production.
A student of innovators such as Graham and Cunningham, Brendon is a melting pot of expressionism and urban hip-hop foundation. From TV to stage, there is no arena where Hansford is not experienced nor celebrated.
Boasting a weekly 5-class residency in the Capital’s top dance facilities, including the world-renowned Pineapple Dance Studios, Brendon has easily attributed to the education of the majority of the capital’s elite and is tasked with sculpting the new face of the entertainment industry.
Driven by his passion to inspire and educate, Brendon has been developing the next generation of industry professionals. Constantly challenged to excel to the peak of physical fitness, boasting a vast technical vocabulary and cultivated in an entrepreneurial atmosphere these professionals grow through Hansford’s agency, training and mentorship.
American tap, Matt Mattox jazz techniques
Debbie trained at Doreen Bird Dancing School from the age of 5, and continued to study the 3 year teachers/performers course at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. Since leaving college, she continued to work as a freelance Choreographer, resident freestyle jazz, tap, streetdance and Musical Theatre teacher and freelance guest teaching Masterclasses. Debbie is also highly recognised in the Fitness Industry after qualifying in RSA Sports Council, YMCA, Future Fit, Fitness and Nutrition, Zin Member. She has been working closely with the NHS on a 5 year Community Dance Programme on improving problems like Anorexia, Obesity, Depression.
Professional engagements include Original cast of 42nd Street (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London) Part of Zelda Singin’ in the Rain (The Palladium, London) Part of Mrs Potipher Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat ( UK Tour) Solo dancer Guys and Dolls (UK Tour) Solo dancer Sweet Charity (UK and American Tour) Understudy Barbara Windsor, Old Time Music Hall (UK Tour) Production workshops for Slice of Saturday Night (Kings Head Theatre Islington) Return to the Forbidden Planet (Bubble Theatre Company London) Dance Captain Aladdin (Aldershot) Treasure Island (Croydon) Princess Mother Goose (Worthing) Royal Variety Performances (BBC,ITV) S.W.E.T Awards, Night of 100 Stars (West End) Top of the Pops (UK and Germany) Second Generation TV (Dougie Squires) Cabaret (UK Tours) with Lenny Henry, Danny La Rue, Elton John. Trevor Sorbie, Nike, Adidas and Zumba Dance Commercials. P&O (Victoria) Cruise Ship. Debbie most recently worked as Madonnas body double Bond (film) Evita (film) and studio rehearsals. She absolutely loved performing again with Craig Bartley at The Palladium in 2013 for a charity gala.
Tina Mason A.I.D.T.A
Teaching: Anatomy & physiology contextual studies and classical ballet technique
During and after completing her training, Tina performed in many professional productions throughout the UK as both dancer and the role dance captain.
Her performance credits include: La Traviata opera (Royal Albert Hall), Showstoppers, Cotton Eye Joe, Hooray For Hollywood (Westgate Pavilion theatre), Imagination (Central Theatre, Chatham) and various pantomime and summer season productions around the UK.
After qualifying as a professional teacher, Tina then went onto open her own performing arts school in Wiltshire.
Tina currently teaches all aspects of Anatomy and Physiology to the Starquest Students and is also looking to further and higher her own training to eventually become an examiner of dance studies and body awareness management.
Mandy Masterson BBO, RAD, TAAD, SDA
Classical ballet, classical repertoire & dance history tutor
After graduating, Mandy’s career went on to perform as a professional dancer in pantomime and summer seasons throughout the UK.
Mandy’s career then took her to Spain, performing with the ‘El Ballet Ingles’ for five years based in Madrid.
Mandy then performed with the award winning ‘Teatro Chino’ productions in both Spain and Portugal.
Mandy then decided to see the World and was chosen to perform as a lead dancer/singer on the prestigious cruise liner Cunard Odyssey.
After putting down roots on land, Mandy arrived in Australia and established herself as a highly respected teacher and choreographer in Melbourne, where she was a founding member of ‘the State Dance Association’.
In 2002, Mandy moved to Queensland and opened the Sunshine Coast of Dance and Drama (SCADA) and gained government accreditation where she was co-Director for ten years.
During her time in Australia, Mandy choreographed many productions, including versions of ‘Grease’, ‘Cats’, ‘Shout’ and ‘The Young Ones’ as well as many other projects for community theatre and corporate events.
After returning to the UK in 2012, Mandy is now teaching at the Jackie Lynn Dance Studios in Kent and also at Starquest Performers College as senior Ballet tutor.
Jazz technique and musical theatre consultant
Since her training at Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, Rachel has gone on to have a very successful performing career.
Her theatre credits include: Mimi in Guys and Dolls (Royal Albert Hall) Esther Prokrifki in An Officer and a Gentleman (UK Tour) Mum in Gangsta Granny (The Garrick) Mrs Fezziwig in Scrooge (Leicester Curve) Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Kilworth House) Elle’s mum in Legally Blonde (Leicester Curve) Female Vocalist in Judy:The songbook of Judy Garland (UK tour) Betty Haynes in White Christmas (original UK cast Dominion in 2014 and seasons in Plymouth Edinburgh Wales Manchester and Southampton) Grace Farrell in Annie (UK and New Zealand tour) Gill in Jackie the musical (Gardyne Theatre Dundee) Josie in Steaming (UK tour) Tess in Crazy For You ( Regents Park Open Air Theatre and Novello Theatre) Mavis in Stepping Out (Salisbury Play house) Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour) Florabel Leigh in Once in a Lifetime (National theatre) Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart in Chicago (Adelphi theatre and world tour) Edna the Spectacle with Dame Edna Everage (Theatre Royal Haymarket) Erma in Anything Goes ( Theatre Royal Druary Lane NT production) Charity in Anything Goes (National Theatre) Loves Labour Lost (National Theatre) My One and Only ( Chichester Festival Theatre and Piccadilly Theatre) Emily Block/ Myrna Thorne in Ruthless UK premiere at Stratford Circus) Miss Dinsmore in Singing in the Rain ( National Theatre) Kathryn Rogers in Always (Victoria Palace Theatre) Chess (UK tour) Me and My Girl (UK tour) My Fair Lady (UK tour) and 42nd Street (UK tour and Dominion Theatre).
Her film credits include: Les Miserables directed by Tom Hooper ( Barricade Productions) De- Lovely directed by Irwin Winkler ( MGM) Little Bird by Annie Lennox (music video) and Galavant (Disney and ABC series)
Production and musical staging
Bethany began dancing at the age of 7 at was part of our performing arts school Starquestpa. As soon as Bethany finished her training she began working professionally at the age of 19 for Warner Leisure Hotels in England and Wales.
She then went on to perform overseas in shows at prestigious hotels in Greece and Cyprus before eventually working for Sea Cruise Ltd as Head Girl Dancer for the Celestyal Olympia production team.
She is assistant to Belinda Karavos, creator of Sky Cruise Ltd and works in the cast as Head Dancer of the new cruise company aboard SkySea Cruises which based in Shanghai. Most recently Bethany has been seen on Chinese TV and around China as one of the judges for China’s version of ‘The Voice’.
When she is back in the UK she often guest teaches for us offering students a valuable insight into the world aboard a cruise liner.
Michael Thomas Freeman PGCert, LTCLDip, ATCLDip
Vocal technique and musical theatre delivery
Michael holds a Post Graduate Certificate in the Applied Practice of Vocal Pedagogy with The Voice Workshop (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and is working toward his Masters degree in Vocal Pedagogy The Voice Workshop (University of Wales). His also hold a Vocal Teaching diploma (LTCL Dip) and a Principles of Music Teaching (ATCL Dip) with Trinity College London as well as a Perfomance diploma (ARCT Dip) with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He has also studied the advanced Estill Voice model with Anne Marie Speed (Royal Academy of Music).
As a performer he has been involved in many great projects included singing for the Royal Family at the Palace of Westminster and playing Eric in a Spanish national tour of the Little Mermaid. He has performed a wide variety of vocal styles from singing R&B with Canadian legends the Nylons to studying opera with the Liceu Opera House in Barcelona. Michael released his first album #stagey in 2016.
As part of the singing faculty at both Mountview and Guildford School of Acting, he works with degree and masters level students to help them perfect their individual vocal technique. He has previously taught at the Urdang Academy, Bird College, and the American Musical Theatre Academy. Over the years his students have included members of the West End productions of the Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Funny Girl as well as numerous other touring productions.
Commercial and show work
James trained at Masters Performing Arts before entering the professional world. His theatre and stage credits include: The Bodyguard Musical (Musical Dome, Germany), Robinson Crusoe & The Caribbean Pirates (SECC, Glasgow) Aladdin & The Twankeys (Theatre Royal, York) Rock City (TAG for Celebrity Cruises), The Chandelier (Temporary Ent for Celebrity Cruises), Topper! (Stiletto Ent for Celebrity Cruises).
He has also worked in television on Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor, Children in Need, Cheryl Cole’s Night In and done some corporate work which includes: Thriller Live! at The Dorchester for Make A Wish, Wella Hair Colour Conference and Babyliss Boyband.
James was also assistant choreographer for City of Dreams Entertainment, Macau – China.
Joanne Ward-Relfe ARAD, Dip PDTC
Musical theatre studies
Joanne’s background in professional and performance ballet, musical theatre and television provides her with unique expertise and credentials in the performing arts.
From an early age, Joanne was performing professionally in pantomimes alongside the Carry On team and Freddie Davis. She went on to train at the Arts Educational School in London, going on to perform principle roles with the Dublin City Ballet Company in Ireland. On her return to the UK, she performed in the Jim Davidson show playing the role of Cinderella before joining the original cast of the West End tap musical 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Joanne went on to play the role of Phyllis Dale and, later the juvenile lead Peggy Sawyer – a role she also played on the first national tour and return season to the West End at the Dominion Theatre.
On television Joanne has appeared on the Royal Variety Performances of 1985/86, A Royal Night of 100 Stars, Casualty, House of Elliott and Little Englanders to name a few. In film she has appeared in The Hawk and the James Bond movie Goldeneye.
Joanne’s other experience also encompasses choreography for pantomime and smaller revues and acting in corporate videos.
A scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dance led her into a teaching career – in 1995, she graduated with distinction from the professional dancers teaching course. Joanne now runs her own dance school in Surrey and teaches at the Royal Academy Dance School in London. She regularly teaches artistic enhancement classes for the South West branch of the RAD and on RAD Summer Schools both in England and abroad.