Teaching Faculty

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 and visiting lecturers who will run master classes and work on specific production projects and areas of student development.

Teaching Faculty Starquest Performers College
Craig Bartley
Principal
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Craig Bartley FIDTA, LBBO, Cert Ed (Trinity), City & Guilds and Professional Adjudicator for the International Federation of Dance, Drama & Singing

Craig Bartley is the Principal of Starquest Performers College and oversees the everyday running of the establishment. He is also creative director for all productions and events.

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 Principal section.

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Teaching Faculty Starquest Performers College
Benjamin Costello
Course director, faculty leader and vocal tutor
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Benjamin Costello MA PGDip BMus FRSA

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.

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Teaching Faculty Starquest Performers College
Charlotte Blinkhorn
Classical ballet & contemporary
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Charlotte Blinkhorn

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.

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Teaching Faculty Starquest Performers College
Claire Chown
Classical ballet and acro flexibility work
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Claire Chown

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have such longevity and success in a career for over 30 years working with all ages and having students go onto successful careers within the industry.

My classes are known for being stimulating, challenging and diverse, creating a reputation for excellence in all genres that I teach.

I feel particularly proud of my own training and hold qualifications with RAD, Acrobatic Arts, NVQ level 3 Teaching Assistant, trained in Child Protection and Emergency First Aid.

My ability to teach various levels of dance styles and techniques keep the students engaged, with encouragement and motivation to fully reach their goals.

I have a broad knowledge of the National Curriculum and have experience in behavioural management and SEN.

I love teaching at Starquest Performers College and see all of the students progress and succeed throughout their time with us.

 

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Teaching Faculty Starquest Performers College
Nadine Cox
Musical theatre and
vocal specialist
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Nadine Cox

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.

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Teaching Faculty Starquest Performers College
Lewis Game
Jazz technique and commercial
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Lewis Game

Lewis graduated from Bird College with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre and Dance.

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.

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Teaching Faculty Starquest Performers College
Lauren Gore
Tap and jazz heels
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Lauren Gore

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.

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Teaching Faculty Starquest Performers College
Mandy Masterson
Classical ballet, classical repertoire & dance history
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Mandy Masterson BBO, RAD, TAAD, SDA

Mandy trained at the famous Bush Davies School in East Grinstead and performed several times in classical ballet at the Adeline Genee Theatre.

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.

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Teaching Faculty Starquest Performers College
John Barr
Acting and acting
through song
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John Barr

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.

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Visiting tutors and guest lecturers

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Craig Anthony-Kelly
Musical theatre studies and audition technique
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Darren Bennett
Musical theatre consultant
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Gaz Davis
Jazz technique and commercial
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Brendon Hansford
Commercial jazz styles & contemporary
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Loliya Harrison
Nutrition and body management
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Debbie Kenwood
American tap, Matt Mattox jazz techniques
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Tina Mason
Anatomy & physiology contextual studies
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Rachel Stanley
Jazz and tap technique and musical theatre consultant
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Bethany Terry
Jazz technique, production and musical staging
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Michael Thomas Freeman
Vocal technique and musical theatre delivery
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Stephan Ulberini
Music theory specialist
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Joanne Ward-Relf
Classical ballet and musical theatre studies
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