Our team have a wealth of experience both as teachers and as performers. They all hold a current DBS certificate and are licensed chaperones within the entertainment industry.
Steve Davies - Centre Director
Steve opened Mold Theatretrain in January 2009 having managed the Chester school since April 2005. He also manages the schools Wrexham as well as the Friday Evening School in Chester.Steve's role is to oversee the artistic and teaching standards within the schools. He also regularly leads classes if teachers are off for any reason and also creates all of our productions by bringing together the various aspects of the show at the final stages of rehearsal.As well as leading workshops in primary schools in the area Steve also regularly acts and directs. Having been a member of Tip Top Productions since the company's inception he also has the responsibility of being the group's Artistic Director.As a professional actor he has worked with LHK Productions on pantomimes at The Stiwt in Rhos near Wrexham, having directed and worked alongside names such as Rugby and Celebrity Big Brother star, Gareth Thomas, Nikki Graham and Sonia. Most recent directing projects were ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘Grease’ at Theatr Clwyd for Tip Top Productions. He continues to produce and direct the annual pantomime at The Forum Studio Theatre each Christmas.
Rob Stevens - Dance Teacher
Rob trained in Theatre and Dance in Salford University and after graduating went on to tour the country in performances of The Golden Adventures of Sinbad and Sleeping Beauty. After this he moved to Paris and joined the Entertainment Cast at Disneyland Paris performing in the daily shows and parades. After two summer seasons at Disney, Rob returned to the UK and started working as a freelance Choreographer & Director for various companies in the North West – productions includes Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Guys & Dolls, Seussical, 42nd Street, Bouncers, Shakers, Avenue Q and Jesus Christ Superstar to name a few. He has also performed in various plays and musicals and roles have included Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Bobby in Company, Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl, Don Lockwood in Singin in the Rain and Al in A Chorus Line. In Pantoland Rob has performed & directed various pantomimes over the years and panto credits include Nurse Nelly in Snow White at the Thameside Theatre Grays and Broadway Theatre Barking, Nurse Katy Coughdrop in Sleeping Beauty in Leeds and Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk in Chesterfield. He has performed onboard the MV Bretagne for Brittany Ferries in Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty & Aladdin. For the past three years he has worked for KD Productions at the Grange Theatre in Northwich appearing as the dame in Beauty and the Beast, Wizard of Oz, Dick Whittington and is returning there this year to appear in Aladdin. Rob teaches all three disciplines of dance, drama and music for Theatretrain and for various other groups in the area. He is also the Artistic Director for a youth theatre and also runs his own dance school, all of which keep him busy!
George Chalmers - Acting Teacher
George has over a decade’s experience working within the performing arts. As an actor, a director, a writer and a theatre practitioner, George has worked for creative organisations such as: The BBC, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, New Perspectives Theatre, Mikron Theatre, The Unity Theatre, Blink Productions, Richmond Theatre Royal and Anchor Creative Education. As a drama specialist within education, George has travelled the world leading creative literacy sessions – utilising the performing arts to expand pupils’ knowledge of spelling, punctuation and grammar. George’s specialisms lie in comedic and musical theatre.
Leslie Churchill Ward - Singing Teacher
Leslie graduated with an honours degree in Acting from The Ohio University School of Theatre and worked as an award-winning actor and singer in the States. Now living in North Wales, she continues to share her passion for the performing arts with students, performers, and communities. She loves working with children and strongly believes in the ethos of Theatretrain. Leslie is the Artistic Director and founder of Musical Meatballs in Mind, a performance group for adults whose lives have been affected by mental health issues. In 2015 The Meatballs had the honour to perform for (and chat with!) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She is the Musical Director of KIM Community Choir, and Creative Director for the award-winning Inclusion Project at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. She is the Musical Director of Acquire, a mixed-voice community choir she started in 2010 along with Acquire’s Jazz Choir. As well as many local performances, Acquire performed with Brit Award winning trio BLAKE, recorded for several CDs for Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard, and developed a strong relationship with Mike Peters / The Alarm. Acquire performed and recorded with Mike on several occasions, including in 2014 alongside the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in the Wales Millennium Centre for 'Horizons Sing', broadcast twice on BBC Radio Wales. The following year Acquire joined Mike, The Alarm, and the Wales Pops Orchestra in a concert filmed live at the Wales Millennium Centre. Leslie was honoured to have been asked to arrange Acquire’s vocals for many of the songs in the event, which can be heard on Poppies Falling from The Sky, the dvd of the concert.
Helen Walker - Desk Manager
Helen has been with Mold Theatretrain for 6 years and thoroughly enjoys providing help and support for the children and working alongside such a fantastic team of teachers.In the week Helen is a Teaching Assistant at a school in Wrexham where she has worked for 13 years. Helen has been a Brown Owl for 38 years and has recently taken over as District Commissioner for a second time which is challenging but rewarding.Helen was introduced to Theatretrain by her daughter Katie and since then she has thoroughly enjoyed working backstage on various shows with the children and Theatretrain staff and the whole “Buzz” of the theatre atmosphere…
Claire Roberts - Tinies and Minis Teacher
Claire has been dancing from the age of three and trained with the Clifton School of Dance in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz. Claire then achieved her degree (BA Hons) in Performing Arts from Sunderland University, during which time she was lucky enough to teach dance and drama in schools in Lesotho, South Africa. She followed this by completing a First Class Honours Masters Degree in Television and Film production. Combining her love of dance and musical theatre, Claire has appeared in a number of amateur dramatic productions including Tip Top Productions' “Carousel” and “Hello, Dolly!”, together with numerous dance shows. Claire has also worked as a backstage technician in the Sunderland Empire Theatre on major UK tours such as “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Legally Blonde” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. She is passionate about passing on her love of dance and music, and thoroughly enjoys teaching at Theatretrain, and inspiring her students to achieve their best.
Charlotte Scott - Tinies and Minis Assistant
Charlotte has been involved in the performing arts since the age of nine and has completed GCSE and As level courses in drama and performing arts. She played a key part in her school’s drama group and took part in school productions. She has completed up to a grade six in the Trinity Grandhall drama examinations. Charlotte was pupil at Theatretrain Mold for nine years, she has performed at the O2 Arena and twice at The Royal Albert Hall with Theatretrain. During her last year in sixth form she worked as a classroom assistant at Theatretrain’s after school club at Penarlâg Primary School. She has now returned to Theatretrain Mold as part of the teaching team working as the teaching assistant for the Tinies and the Minis.
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