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 20 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 three years ago, Paul taught drama and singing to 6 – 18 year olds at Theatretrain Rugby. He is now very excited to be opening his own centre in Exeter and is looking forward to all the amazing opportunities that he can give to the pupils.
Dance – Sarah Dean
Sarah is in her third year at the University of Exeter studying BA (Hons) Drama. She began dancing at the age of two and whilst she may not have done anything particularly impressive at that age, her passion for dance has stuck. She has had the privilege of competing regionally with ballet and national dance. She has performed in venues such as Her Majesty’s Theatre, London as well as Exeter’s very own Northcott Theatre, in the cast of The Producers and Singin’ in the Rain with Exeter University Footlights. With a plethora of dance qualifications including Ballet Advanced 1 RAD and ISTD, Modern Advanced 1 and Jazz Gold, she has choreographed shows such as Pasek and Paul’s Dogfight, excerpts of The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Smokey Joe’s. Sarah is thrilled to be joining Theatretrain Exeter.
Singing – Bronwen Davies-Jones
Bronwen is a third year student studying 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 in three school productions. The traditional music culture inspired the style of her teaching today. Other experience she has has 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 Hall. All this experience has allied with her work at university taking the role of official musical director in a show called BAM.
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 – Ailish Farrell
Currently a first year student at the university of Exeter, Ailish was previously a member of the Redbridge Theatre Workshop for 7 years. She has performed in a range of musicals and plays, including Gargantua at the national theatre (2016). Previously she has worked as a teaching assistant at Redbridge drama centre, specialising in teaching theatre skills to the 4 to 6 age group.
Centre Manager – Kate Hawkins
Kate is an experienced Critical Care Nurse, who after completing her degree in Cardiothorcic Intensive Care in London set up her Medical Consultancy and Training company here in the South West. During the week she can be found teaching life saving skills to medical and nursing staff. She has Post Graduate Certificates in both education and teaching children with specific learning difficulties- which is a particular interest of her’s. She is a volunteer Community First Responder with South West Ambulance Service. She is mum to Scarlett ( 8 ) who has been attending Theatre Train for almost a year, and Oliver (15) who is more interested in tractors than performing. During her time off she enjoys spending time with her ever expanding number of pets and travelling with her husband who works on a cruise ship.