Our team have a wealth of experience both as teachers and as performers. They all hold a current DBS certificate and many 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 at Salford University and after graduating he went onto work touring the country in pantomimes and working two summer seasons in Disneyland Paris dancing and performing in their daily shows and parades.Locally Rob is involved with many groups across the North West which involves him directing, choreographing and teaching. Last year he directed and choreographed productions of Guys and Dolls in Runcorn, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Oliver! in Rhyl.He has also performed in various shows and pantomimes including A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Hello, Dolly! Singin’ in the Rain to name a few. Rob’s latest appearance on stage is in Snow White at the Thameside Theatre in Grays, Essex..
Dan Ellis - Acting Teacher
Dan studied drama at Liverpool John Moores University, graduating in 2011, and has continued to act locally since. He has had roles in shows such as Equus, When We Are Married, Oliver! Anything Goes, and has been playing the comedy characters of pantomime annually for 10 years now, most recently Aladdin! He has just finished directing The Weekend for Tip Top Productions in Chester, and in his spare time, enjoys working as a television extra, performing stand up comedy, and writing as a theatre critic for an online magazine.
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 in the States. Now living in the UK, she continues to share her love of the performing arts as a theatre arts teacher, musical director, and as Artistic Coordinator for the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. She loves working with children and strongly believes in the ethos of Theatretrain. Leslie directs the Theatretrain Regional Choir and has taught at the Mold centre since it opened. She has also prepared Theatretrain's first ever 'Joseph Choirs' for the touring Kenwright production of Joseph. 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. In 2010 Leslie founded Acquire, a mixed-voice community choir. As well as many local performances, Acquire has performed with Brit Award winning trio BLAKE and developed a strong relationship with Mike Peters / The Alarm. Acquire has performed and recorded with Mike on several occasions, and in 2015 they joined Mike, The Alarm, and the Wales Pops Orchestra in a concert filmed live at the Wales Millennium Centre. The DVD (Poppies Falling from The Sky) will soon be available worldwide.
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…
Clare 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.
Katie Deyes - Tinies and Minis Assistant
Katie has been involved in performing arts since the age of 9 and has completed GCSE and A-Level drama courses. Katie has performed in many musicals including Tip Top Productions’ ‘Our Day Out’, Castaway’s ‘A Christmas Carol’, and has been part of Broughton Amateur Dramatics Group's pantomimes for 6 years playing principal roles such as Cinderella and Prince Rupert (Snow White). Katie was a pupil at Theatretrain for 7 years, performing in the Royal Albert Hall three times before leaving to study Psychology at University. She has returned over the past year supporting productions and helping with the Tinies and Minis classes at a number of schools as well as Summerschools. After loving her years as a pupil at Theatretrain, Katie is very excited to be joining the teaching team as teaching assistant for Tinies and Minis in Mold.
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