St. Peter’s Church of England Aided School
Centre Director and Drama – Paul Clark
Paul is a highly regarded actor, director and teacher of drama with nearly 25 years experience in the Performing Arts industry working with both young people and adults. He has worked professionally as an entertainer and actor but also enjoys going back to his roots and joining in with local amateur societies where he has played numerous roles. He created the role of Rando in the world premier of the musical Berlin and has appeared numerous times in West End variety concerts. Although he still enjoys performing, Paul has more recently found himself ‘behind the scenes’ as a director and enjoys the challenge of finding new ways to stage various productions. Until he moved to Devon five years ago, Paul taught drama and singing to 6 – 18 year olds at Theatretrain Rugby. He is loving every minute of running his own centre in Exeter and is looking for lots of amazing opportunities that he can give to the pupils.
Dance – Katrina Themans
Kat is in her second year at the University of Exeter studying BA (Hons) Drama. She has danced since she was four years old gaining dance qualifications in the modern, jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary disciplines. She gained a scholarship to the Barbara Speake Stage School when she was fourteen where she moved to London to begin her training. She then took up a place the the prestigious Birmingham Ormiston Academy where she trained in musical theatre alongside her A-Levels. Since being at University, she has had the opportunity to perform with, and choreograph numbers, in Spotlights show choir which sold out the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Kat is very much looking forward to getting started with Theatretrain!
Singing – Gina Rees
Gina is in her third year at the University of Exeter studying BA (Hons) English Literature. She has been pursuing music since a young age, having taken her Grade 5 Violin, Grade 5 Music Theory, GCSE Music, Grade 8 Flute, and A Level Music before reaching university. This love of music is combined with her passion for singing and theatre, a proficiency for which she utilises in her singing teaching at Theatretrain. Gina has taken part in over twenty five full-scale amateur musical theatre productions since 2011, first with a local company in her home town of Shrewsbury. She continues to pursue her passion for Musical Theatre in her extra-curricular activities at university; by both performing in shows and as a Musical Director. Through these roles Gina has furthered her practical experience in singing teaching, and fostered her passion for vocal coaching singers of all ages. Having worked as Theatretrain Exeter’s Centre Manager from May to July 2019, Gina is thrilled to now be stepping into the role of their Singing Teacher for the new academic year.
Minis Teacher – Victoria Balster
Victoria is delighted to be teaching for Theatretrain Exeter. She holds a degree in Performing Arts and has an extensive performance background in stage, TV and film productions. Her TV/film and stage credits include Dr Who, Casualty, Larkrise To Candleford, The Four Seasons, and numerous roles in Rosamunde Pilcher films, as well as Murder In The Cathedral, Love & Fire, Intimate Exchanges, Tartuffe & Miss Julie. She currently writes for and fronts her rock band “Out of Isca” performing original material at festivals, theatres and public houses.
Victoria has taught for various stage schools and theatre companies all over the South West and currently teaches drama for The Pavilions Arts Centre in Teignmouth, Combe Pafford School in Torquay, and also for The Junk Monkey Theatre Company in Teignmouth. Victoria is looking forward to an exciting time with Theatretrain Exeter!
Minis Assistant – Sofia Gallucci-Giles
Sofia is a second year English Literature and Drama student at the University of Exeter. She began training in acting and musical theatre at the age of 4 at Playbox Theatre, Warwick where she performed in countless productions, received her first professional credit for the BBC in LazyTown and assisted Apple Club sessions for young children in the performing arts. Aged 16, Sofia was awarded a scholarship to the Frankfurt-based Ustinov Theatre School’s first UK company, where she underwent training in acting, musical theatre, circus, voice and Shakespeare. Now at university, Sofia has a strong passion for playwriting and directing. Currently the Vice President of Exeter University Drama Society and a production supervisor for new writing theatre company ‘Theatre With Teeth’, Sofia has directed a range of different shows, including an original family musical that toured to the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Sofia is thrilled to be assisting the TheatreTrain Mini’s!
Centre Manager and Choir Director – Bronwen Davies-Jones
Bronwen has just finished studying for a BA (Hons) in Drama. She has had a lot of experience in the singing arts growing up. Her father being a musician provided her with countless opportunities to perform and take part on professional tours around the country as a session musician. In addition she has taken part in many performance groups similar to Theatretrain, performing annual shows at various local theatres. Other roles she has taken include assistant musical director and vocal coach for shotgun musical theatre society’s production of Bonnie and Clyde, as well as writing original music for three productions during her time at university. Other experience she has had includes touring as a backing vocalist on the arts funded Seam tour, as well as being a session musician on the album. Venues she has performed in include the Sage Gateshead and West Minster Central, alongside countless smaller venues across the country. The traditional music culture, and her experience of vocal coaching has inspired the adaptive style of her teaching today.
Dance Teacher / Choir Assistant – Daisy Pepperell
Daisy is in her second year at the University of Exeter studying BA (Hons) English and Drama. She has trained in various disciplines of dancing at many different schools including Nidus Performing Arts, with whom she was awarded first place in an international competition in the ‘Open Dance’ category. She was part of the British Youth Music Theatre company of 2017, performing in ‘First Ladies’, an original musical. She has performed in many other shows whilst at school and in amateur companies, including ‘Gypsy’ and ‘High School Musical’. Alongside taking her A Levels, she trained in both acting and movement at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in their Young Actor’s Studio. Since starting at university, she has also taken up a new hobby of trampolining, which she loves training for alongside teaching for Theatretrain.