Musical Theatre Syllabus 2020
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Julia Carey L.G.S.M. L.R.A.M. ALAM. (Hons)
‘I thought I had studied Acting, and then I met Julia!’ Cassandra Han: Actor, Theatre M New York, Casting Director, Alto Adige
Trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Julia’s background is in theatre, television and film in both her native U.K. and the U.S.A where she spent 25 years. She played leading roles in TV series and performed and directed extensively in regional theatre in both countries. While in the USA Julia was the Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Theatre Exchange in Minneapolis, where she produced the American Premiers of works by British writers, and Theater M in New York, where she developed and produced emerging American writers.
Her teaching credits are numerous. She has created training programs and been department head at colleges and universities, including University of Surrey, Webber Douglas Academy, Guildford School of Acting and Italia Conti in the UK, and University of Minnesota, St Olaf College ,Trinity Rep, the Guthrie Theatre, The School for Film and Television and New York University Graduate Film Department in U.S.A. Julia is an experienced adjudicator and examiner and was on the Examining Board of her Alma Mater, the Guildhall.
Cally was the principal of her Buckinghamshire based drama studio for more than 20 years, combining that role with travelling extensively in the UK, Europe and Internationally as an examiner for LAMDA and as an adjudicator. Cally also delivers workshops on all aspects of communication and performance. She is a Speech & Drama Representative on the Adjudicators Council of the British and International Federation of Festivals and a former Chairman of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.
Cally believes that performing in festivals not only encourages an appreciation of the arts but also develops the communication and presentation skills so important in today’s world. Cally is delighted to be returning to adjudicate the Speech & Drama classes at the Godalming Performing Arts Festival in 2020 and wishes everyone an enjoyable as well as a positive experience.
Claire made her theatrical debut at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre when she was nine years old playing Lillian in ‘The Chimes’. She subsequently appeared in successive plays and pantomimes at the Bristol Old Vic and worked professionally as an actress on screen.
In 2001, Claire was awarded a scholarship to the Guildford School of Acting, where she had the opportunity to play a variety of roles and work as a lead soloist for the popular GSA singers.
Claire has had extensive television experience, having first appeared as a presenter on ‘The Wild Bunch’ (BBC), she went on to play Sophia in ‘A Respectable Trade’ (BBC), and Liz Riley in ‘Casualty'(BBC). One of Claire’s major television roles was playing Ross Kemp’s daughter in ‘Without Motive’ Series 1 and 2 (ITV). Claire has also appeared with Dom Joli in ‘This is Dom Joli’, played Anjie in ‘Howard Goodhall’s 20th Century Greats’ and featured in many top television commercials.
In theatre, Claire has played various roles such as Beatrice in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, Marina in ‘Pericles’, Becky Thatcher in ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’, Linda in ‘Thatcher’s Women,’ and The Devilette in Richard O’Brians ‘Mephistopheles Smith’. She has played every major female lead for both Qdos and Evolution Pantomimes.
Claire has worked as a dance, singing and drama teacher for a variety of schools and drama centres all over the country and has had the opportunity to cast, direct and choreograph many plays and musical productions. Since having children, Claire now works as a teacher of LAMDA for Wellington College and runs the business ‘Time2Act’ with her partner, Cbeebies actor James Merry, teaching private lessons and workshops in Public Speaking, Shakespeare and Musical Theatre all over the world. Claire is also a Senior Examiner and Consultant for Rock School Ltd, where she examines candidates in Musical Theatre, Jazz Dance, Street Dance and ADPA examinations both nationally and internationally.
This will be Claire’s second year as an adjudicator for Godalming Performing Arts.
Originally from Birmingham, James trained at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating in 2005.
He has worked extensively on stage and television. Credits include Doctors, Endeavour, Where The Heart Is and Birds of a Feather. Recently, he is probably best know for playing Simon in Cbeebies kids show Waffle The Wonder Dog!
He also has vast experience in education, working around the world leading workshops in performance disciplines and employability skills through his company Time2Act.
James lives in Guildford with his partner and their two boys. He is delighted and excited to be involved with the GPAF for the first time.