The ACTA Teaching Team
We are very proud of our teaching team here at ACTAcademy UK. Not only are our teachers professionals within their field, with extensive performance experience, but they have also undertaken top-level training within their craft. Our teachers are not just successful creatives in their own rights - they are most importantly, fantastic teachers. Our teaching team are fully CRB/DBS checked and are trained in paediatric first aid, so your 'performers in training' are in very capable hands.
Artistic Director & Principal
Miss Kelly founded ACTAcademy UK back in 2007. Starting from humble beginnings, hosting classes in a local church hall, she has now developed ACTAcademy into the professional training centre that it is today in its very own private central studios in Harrogate.
Miss Kelly's credentials could go on and on... Miss Kelly is a writer, director, composer, producer, playwright, acting coach, vocal coach, actor, as well as a truly inspirational teacher who believes in the importance of developing confidence and creativity and has the very special ability to bring out the best in all of her students.
Miss Kelly oversees the teaching and development of all students at ACTAcademy UK.
Head of Performing Arts Development
Miss Elisha trained at ACTAcademy many moons ago before embarking on a 3-year Musical Theatre course at the prestigious Guildford School of Acting. After graduating with a 1st class Honours Degree, Miss Elisha worked professionally for Disney Cruiseline on a number of tours, where she played the lead Rapunzel in Tangled, a brand-new musical, that was developed with Broadway Directors and working alongside the amazing composer Alan Menken himself. Miss Elisha has also worked professionally on several films and commercials.
Miss Elisha is an outstanding teacher and coach, who takes pride in developing strong technique and artistic interpretation skills in her students. Miss Elisha oversees the teaching and development of all students at ACTAcademy.
Stage 1 & 2 Workshop Leader
Miss Libby is a Musical Theatre Workshop Leader for our Stage 1 and Stage 2 classes on Saturdays.
Miss Libby gained a 3-year scholarship for the Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts in Swindon, where she developed her talents and transformed them into professional skills. Miss Libby specialises in Commercial dance and she kicked off her career with her first professional job working as a dancer in The X Factor Live Finals.
Miss Libby is not only a fantastic teacher but she is a talented dancer, choreographer, and is also a model for bridalwear designer, Rachel Allan.
Stage 3 Workshop Leader
Mr Ed is a Drama Workshop Leader for Stage 3. Mr Ed trained at LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) in professional acting and has worked consistently since graduating.
Some of his credits include 'The Blues Brothers' Tour, working on AIDA cruise ships as a featured singer, acting as the lead role in the original production of 'Boiling Frog' at Harrogate Theatre, lending his voice to BBC3's 'A Clockwork Orange', performing in numerous pantomimes including 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Robin Hood and The Babes in the Wood', and performing in Scarborough's summer rep season with Tony Peers Productions.
Mr Ed is currently on tour with the professional touring cast of 'We Will Rock You', the Queen musical, around the UK & Ireland.
Film & TV Workshop Leader
Mr Chris runs Camouflage Creative Studios, a photography and videography company. As a result, Mr Chris lends a hand to many projects within ACTAcademy, including film and TV training and recording music videos, short films and feature-length movies.
Mr Chris also teaches workshops for students of all ages, as young as Stage 1 up to masterclasses with our Talented Intermediates.
Early Years Workshop Leader
Miss Becky attended ACTAcademy many years ago and has rejoined the school on the teaching team. Miss Becky recently graduated Middlesex University in London after studying Music Business and Arts Management. During which she worked as the Artist Liasion Manager for the Hanwell Hootie Festival boasting over 30,000 attendees. Miss Becky has also hosted numerous music events across London and writes for her personal music blog.
After helping at Performatots since she was 16, and working at various nurseries across London, Miss Becky will be lending her creative, performing and teaching skills to our 'Little Stars' and Introduction to Performing Arts students. She will be helping to nurture confidence, communication skills and creativity in our youngest performers here at ACTAcademy.