Gavin Wilkinson - CREATIVE DIRECTOR

 

Gavin Wilkinson

Gavin trained at Mountview Theatre School and is originally from Chelmsford.  West End performing credits include original casts of The Lord of the Rings (Drury Lane) and the Madness musical Our House (Cambridge Theatre & 10th anniversary company Savoy Theatre) directed by Matthew Warchus. Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward theatre / Buckingham Palace Jubilee concert), West Side Story (Prince of Wales), Derek Bentley and co-writer of Let Him Have Justice (Cochrane Theatre),  title role in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Savoy Theatre) and The Pet Shop Boys – Inner Sanctum (Royal Opera House).

Regional performing credits include West Side Story (UK tour), The Beggar’s Opera (International Tour) and Guys & Dolls (Theatre Marigny, Paris).

TV and film credits include Grange Hill (BBC), Smart Alek (C4/BFI), Our House (BBC3), Pierrot in The Phantom of the Opera feature film (directed by Joel Schumacher), dancing convict in Paddington 2 (directed by Paul King), Johnny in Sky Movies ident (directed by John Dower), Pet Shop Boys (Radio2 Live at Hyde Park/BBC) and Call the Midwife (BBC).

Directing & Choreographic credits include Glee Club (CBBC), Friday Download (CBBC), Happy End (Wilton’s Music Hall/E15), West Side Story (CYGAMS), and for Tomorrow’s Talent – DNAChatroom, Citizenship (Cramphorn Theatre), Our House (Winner Best Theatre Production PANIC awards), RENT, the Essex premiere of Miss Saigon (Civic Theatre) 10th anniversary review West End Story, Les Misérables and Fame (Civic Theatre).

Gavin has taught at many of the UK’s leading drama schools including Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview, Arts Educational and East 15. Gavin has directed HeritageHospital FoodBassett and Status Update for National Theatre Connections, taking the productions to The Garage (Norwich), Theatre Royal (Stratford East) and Queen’s Theatre (Hornchurch).

 

Mark Sellar - Singing Tutor

Mark Sellar

Mark initially studied at the Royal School of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, then continued his studies of musical theatre at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

He began by co-founding Sharpsell Productions London, producing jingles and themes for radio and television. While originally focussed on production and composition, this work reignited his interest in musical theatre and vocal coaching, which later became his sole focus.

Mark’s career in theatre now spans over twenty years working as Musical Director for theatre schools, choirs and tribute acts, providing individually-focussed tuition, up to full-scale productions with large arrangements and harmonies. Past productions include Our House, Fiddler On The Roof, Sweeney Todd, and Jersey Boys. He is also vocal coach and musical director for the Cheshunt School of Dance.

For Tomorrow’s Talent he has taught vocals for the school’s BBC Glee Club students and was Musical Director for the Essex Premiere of Miss Saigon (2013), Les Misérables (2015), Fame (2017) and many other revue showcases over the years.

In his spare time, Mark runs his own amateur theatre group, Limelight Theatre Company for adults, producing yearly variety shows with a team of talented performers.

Jemma Wilson - Dance Tutor

Jemma Wilson

 
Jemma graduated from Laine Theatre Arts in 2015 and went on to gain a First Class BA (Hons) in Theatre from the University of Surrey and Guildford School of Acting.
 
As a professional dancer and Dance Captain, Jemma has worked for Fred Olsen and Saga Cruises, travelling all over the world on cruise ships. She has worked as Production Assistant, running rehearsals and choreographing shows for ships. She also dances with Club Mob, a flash mob company based in London, and has toured the UK in The Tina Turner Experience (Pitbull Productions).
 
For Tomorrow’s Talent, Jemma has assisted Gavin on many occasions with productions such as Rent and has choreographed for Summer Showcase and holiday workshops. She also guest teaches classical ballet, contemporary and commercial at a number of local dance schools.
 
She has also worked extensively in arts administration, and worked as a PA at the Royal Academy of Dance.
Louise Dalton - Acting & Dance Tutor

Louise Dalton

Louise trained at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating with distinction in Musical Theatre and Dance.

As an actor Louise has appeared in west end productions of Mamma Mia! and Pet Shop Boys Inner Sanctum (Royal Opera House). Regional credits include The Beggars’ Opera (European tour), Top Hat (Kilworth House Theatre), The Producers (Asia), Broadway to the Bay (Wales Millennium Centre), Sleeping Beauty (Nottingham Playhouse) and Peter Pan (Civic Theatre, Chelmsford).

As a writer Louise has written campaigns for Evolve London, World Travel Market, Women Like Us and Bark Digital. Louise has written a short book for online platform ‘The Social Book Club’ called Finding the ‘I’ in Pride, which focuses on navigating LGBTQ+ issues as a young person.

Louise has recently finished her first full length play under the guidance of the Soho Theatre after winning a place on their Writer’s Lab program and was a recent finalist in the Roundhouse Poetry Slam.

Louise’s recent teaching credits include Stagecoach, The Jam London and West End in Schools.

Taite-Elliot Drew - Acting Tutor

Taite-Elliot Drew

Taite trained at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating in July 2016, with a first class honours degree.

His professional credits include: Fred in Soldier of Orange (Workshop), Jack and u/s MacHeath in The Beggars’ Opera (international tour), Fluellen in Shakespeare’s Henry V (Théâtre National de Nice), Jason in Ordinary Days (Drayton Arms Theatre), Ensemble and u/s Dufau in the world premier of The Braille Legacy (Charing Cross Theatre) and Jenkins in the world premier of My Lands Shore (aye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre).

His credits during training include: Bobby in Company and Sam Wheat in Ghost: The Musical. 

Amy Trigg - Guest Acting Tutor
Amy Trigg

Amy trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre: Biondella in The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), Juliet in Measure for Measure (RSC), Anna in Goth Weekend (The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and Live Theatre, Newcastle) Sally Simpson in The Who’s Tommy (Tour), Laura in The Glass Menagerie (Nottingham Playhouse), Player in Shakespeare Within the Abbey (Westminster Abbey with Shakespeare’s Globe), Sonneteer in The Sonnet Walks (Shakespeare’s Globe), Rumba Dancer in Fusion (Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler’s Wells), Soloist in The Joy of Dance (Lyric Hammersmith) and Soloist in Sadler’s Wells Takeover Weekend (The National Theatre’s River Stage).

Television: Unprecedented (BBC and Headlong), Stella (Sky One) and Doctors (BBC).

Short Film: Pas De Deux (Resource Productions)

Film: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Universal)

Commercial: NPower : The Hum (FCB Inferno).

Rehearsed Readings and Workshops:  Stuck (Guilty Party Pictures), Teenage Dick (Bush Theatre), Heidi (Nottingham Playhouse) Life Skills (BBC), Meds/Storage Britain (Graeae in association with Hull Truck, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Live Theatre), Junior Dreamland/Context (Graeae in association with NT Studio, Royal Court and Soho Theatre).

As a writer: Amy’s essay An Ode to Improvisation (and Poehler and Fey) features in the book Feminist’s Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies), curated by Scarlett Curtis and published by Penguin. Amy was also a regular guest writer for Access Magazine. In 2020 Amy wrote two short digital plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Midsummer Festival: The Mechanics of Acting with Nicholas Bottom and Pyramus and Thisbe: Date Night. Amy is currently on the shortlist for The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020 (Ellie Keel Productions and Paines Plough) for her one woman play Reasons You Should(n’t) Love me. The play also ranked in the top 100 plays (out of 1,493 entries) for the Verity Bargate Award 2020.

Amy has performed comedic street theatre with Natural Diversions Theatre Company and appeared in an online Comic Relief campaign for Barclays in association with Abnormally Funny People.

Amy is also a comedian (Colchester New Comedian of the year 2016) and has trained in improvisation with The Second City (Improv to Sketch Intensive), iO (Harold Intensive), Hoopla (Long Form), and Improvable (Short form). She founded the Essex based improv group LADY’S INCONVENIENCE.

Amy trained as a TV presenter with Aspire TV Presenting and has experience in stage combat.

Directing credits: Rent (Witham Music Theatre), Our House (New Rickstones Academy), Our House (Witham Operatic Workshop) and The Producers (Witham Amateur Operatic Society), The Improv Party (Tomorrow’s Talent).

As co-director: Status Update (Tomorrow’s Talent as part of National Theatre Connections)

As assistant director: Heritage, Hospital Food and Bassett (all with Tomorrow’s Talent as part of National Theatre Connections). The Wind In The Willows and Much Ado About Nothing (The Mercury Theatre as part of The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme).

Amy has run many workshops and summer schools for local youth groups and schools including Tomorrow’s Talent, Witham Operatic Workshop, The Sandon School, Theatre Train and Gosfield Primary School.

www.amytrigg.com

Sean Lopeman - Guest Acting Tutor

Sean Lopeman

Sean trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in July 2015.

His professional credits include: Giri/Haji (Netflix), Filch in The Beggar’s Opera (International Tour), The Pet Shop Boys – Inner Sanctum (Royal Opera House), Dick Wilkins in Scrooge (Leicester Curve), Ensemble/Swing in Mary Poppins (International Tour), Phillip in Kiss Me Kate (Théâtre du Châtelet), Snowboy in West Side Story (Salzburg Festival) and Richard in Luck of the Draw (RADA Festival).

Credits whilst in training: Riff in West Side Story, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd and Sandy Tyrell in Hayfever.

 

Ryan Lay - Guest Dance Tutor
Ryan Lay

Ryan trained at the Italia Conti Academy from year 8 to year 11, after successfully re-auditioning he then went on to complete a 3 year Musical Theatre Diploma course, and graduated in 2017.

Since graduating Ryan has worked for Evolution Pantomimes, Carnival Cruise Lines and most recently played Macavity and understudied Munkustrap and Rum Tum Tugger in Cats on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. Ryan is thrilled to join the teaching faculty at TT after being a student of the school back in 2013. He has been part of many exciting projects with the school, such as Heritage (Cramphorn Theatre), Miss Saigon (Civic Theatre) and Glee Club (CBBC).

Gavin Wilkinson

Creative Director

Gavin Wilkinson

Gavin trained at Mountview Theatre School and is originally from Chelmsford.  West End performing credits include original casts of The Lord of the Rings (Drury Lane) and the Madness musical Our House (Cambridge Theatre & 10th anniversary company Savoy Theatre) directed by Matthew Warchus. Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward theatre / Buckingham Palace Jubilee concert), West Side Story (Prince of Wales), Derek Bentley and co-writer of Let Him Have Justice (Cochrane Theatre),  title role in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Savoy Theatre) and The Pet Shop Boys – Inner Sanctum (Royal Opera House).

Regional performing credits include West Side Story (UK tour), The Beggar’s Opera (International Tour) and Guys & Dolls (Theatre Marigny, Paris).

TV and film credits include Grange Hill (BBC), Smart Alek (C4/BFI), Our House (BBC3), Pierrot in The Phantom of the Opera feature film (directed by Joel Schumacher), dancing convict in Paddington 2 (directed by Paul King) and Johnny in Sky Movies ident (directed by John Dower), Pet Shop Boys (Radio2 Live at Hyde Park/BBC) and Call the Midwife (BBC).

Directing & Choreographic credits include Glee Club (CBBC), Friday Download (CBBC), Happy End (Wilton’s Music Hall/E15), West Side Story (CYGAMS), and for Tomorrow’s Talent – DNAChatroom, Citizenship (Cramphorn Theatre), Our House (Winner Best Theatre Production PANIC awards), RENT, the Essex premiere of Miss Saigon (Civic Theatre) 10th anniversary review West End Story, Les Misérables and Fame (Civic Theatre).

Gavin has taught at many of the UK’s leading drama schools including Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview, Arts Educational and East 15. Gavin has directed HeritageHospital FoodBassett and Status Update for National Theatre Connections, taking the productions to The Garage (Norwich), Theatre Royal (Stratford East) and Queen’s Theatre (Hornchurch).

 

Mark Sellar

Singing Tutor

Mark Sellar

Mark initially studied at the Royal School of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, then continued his studies of musical theatre at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

He began by co-founding Sharpsell Productions London, producing jingles and themes for radio and television. While originally focussed on production and composition, this work reignited his interest in musical theatre and vocal coaching, which later became his sole focus.

Mark’s career in theatre now spans over twenty years working as Musical Director for theatre schools, choirs and tribute acts, providing individually-focussed tuition, up to full-scale productions with large arrangements and harmonies. Past productions include Our House, Fiddler On The Roof, Sweeney Todd, and Jersey Boys. He is also vocal coach and musical director for the Cheshunt School of Dance.

For Tomorrow’s Talent he has taught vocals for the school’s BBC Glee Club students and was Musical Director for the Essex Premiere of Miss Saigon (2013), Les Misérables (2015), Fame (2017) and many other revue showcases over the years.

In his spare time, Mark runs his own amateur theatre group, Limelight Theatre Company for adults, producing yearly variety shows with a team of talented performers.

Jemma Wilson

Dance Tutor

Jemma Wilson

Jemma graduated from Laine Theatre Arts in 2015 and went on to gain a First Class BA (Hons) in Theatre from the University of Surrey and Guildford School of Acting.
 
As a professional dancer and Dance Captain, Jemma has worked for Fred Olsen and Saga Cruises, travelling all over the world on cruise ships. She has worked as Production Assistant, running rehearsals and choreographing shows for ships. She also dances with Club Mob, a flash mob company based in London, and has toured the UK in The Tina Turner Experience (Pitbull Productions).
 
For Tomorrow’s Talent, Jemma has assisted Gavin on many occasions with productions such as Rent and has choreographed for Summer Showcase and holiday workshops. She also guest teaches classical ballet, contemporary and commercial at a number of local dance schools.
 
She has also worked extensively in arts administration, and worked as a PA at the Royal Academy of Dance.

Louise Dalton

Acting & Dance Tutor

Louise Dalton

Louise trained at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating with distinction in Musical Theatre and Dance.

As an actor Louise has appeared in west end productions of Mamma Mia! and Pet Shop Boys Inner Sanctum (Royal Opera House). Regional credits include The Beggars’ Opera (European tour), Top Hat (Kilworth House Theatre), The Producers (Asia), Broadway to the Bay (Wales Millennium Centre), Sleeping Beauty (Nottingham Playhouse) and Peter Pan (Civic Theatre, Chelmsford).

As a writer Louise has written campaigns for Evolve London, World Travel Market, Women Like Us and Bark Digital. Louise has written a short book for online platform ‘The Social Book Club’ called Finding the ‘I’ in Pride, which focuses on navigating LGBTQ+ issues as a young person.

Louise has recently finished her first full length play under the guidance of the Soho Theatre after winning a place on their Writer’s Lab program and was a recent finalist in the Roundhouse Poetry Slam.

Louise’s recent teaching credits include Stagecoach, The Jam London and West End in Schools.

 

Taite-Elliot Drew

Acting Tutor

Taite-Elliot Drew

Taite trained at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating in July 2016, with a first class honours degree.

His professional credits include: Fred in Soldier of Orange (Workshop), Jack and u/s MacHeath in The Beggars’ Opera (international tour), Fluellen in Shakespeare’s Henry V (Théâtre National de Nice), Jason in Ordinary Days (Drayton Arms Theatre), Ensemble and u/s Dufau in the world premier of The Braille Legacy (Charing Cross Theatre) and Jenkins in the world premier of My Lands Shore (aye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre).

His credits during training include: Bobby in Company and Sam Wheat in Ghost: The Musical.

 

Amy Trigg

Guest Acting Tutor

Amy Trigg

Amy trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Theatre: Biondella in The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), Juliet in Measure for Measure (RSC), Anna in Goth Weekend (The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and Live Theatre, Newcastle) Sally Simpson in The Who’s Tommy (Tour), Laura in The Glass Menagerie (Nottingham Playhouse), Player in Shakespeare Within the Abbey (Westminster Abbey with Shakespeare’s Globe), Sonneteer in The Sonnet Walks (Shakespeare’s Globe), Rumba Dancer in Fusion (Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler’s Wells), Soloist in The Joy of Dance (Lyric Hammersmith) and Soloist in Sadler’s Wells Takeover Weekend (The National Theatre’s River Stage).

Television: Unprecedented (BBC and Headlong), Stella (Sky One) and Doctors (BBC).

Short Film: Pas De Deux (Resource Productions)

Film: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Universal)

Commercial: NPower : The Hum (FCB Inferno).

Rehearsed Readings and Workshops:  Stuck (Guilty Party Pictures), Teenage Dick (Bush Theatre), Heidi (Nottingham Playhouse) Life Skills (BBC), Meds/Storage Britain (Graeae in association with Hull Truck, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Live Theatre), Junior Dreamland/Context (Graeae in association with NT Studio, Royal Court and Soho Theatre).

As a writer: Amy’s essay An Ode to Improvisation (and Poehler and Fey) features in the book Feminist’s Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies), curated by Scarlett Curtis and published by Penguin. Amy was also a regular guest writer for Access Magazine. In 2020 Amy wrote two short digital plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Midsummer Festival: The Mechanics of Acting with Nicholas Bottom and Pyramus and Thisbe: Date Night. Amy is currently on the shortlist for The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020 (Ellie Keel Productions and Paines Plough) for her one woman play Reasons You Should(n’t) Love me. The play also ranked in the top 100 plays (out of 1,493 entries) for the Verity Bargate Award 2020.

Amy has performed comedic street theatre with Natural Diversions Theatre Company and appeared in an online Comic Relief campaign for Barclays in association with Abnormally Funny People.

Amy is also a comedian (Colchester New Comedian of the year 2016) and has trained in improvisation with The Second City (Improv to Sketch Intensive), iO (Harold Intensive), Hoopla (Long Form), and Improvable (Short form). She founded the Essex based improv group LADY’S INCONVENIENCE.

Amy trained as a TV presenter with Aspire TV Presenting and has experience in stage combat.

Directing credits: Rent (Witham Music Theatre), Our House (New Rickstones Academy), Our House (Witham Operatic Workshop) and The Producers (Witham Amateur Operatic Society), The Improv Party (Tomorrow’s Talent).

As co-director: Status Update (Tomorrow’s Talent as part of National Theatre Connections)

As assistant director: Heritage, Hospital Food and Bassett (all with Tomorrow’s Talent as part of National Theatre Connections). The Wind In The Willows and Much Ado About Nothing (The Mercury Theatre as part of The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme).

Amy has run many workshops and summer schools for local youth groups and schools including Tomorrow’s Talent, Witham Operatic Workshop, The Sandon School, Theatre Train and Gosfield Primary School.

www.amytrigg.com

sean lopeman

Guest Acting Tutor

Sean LopemanSean trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in July 2015.

His professional credits include: Giri/Haji (Netflix), Filch in The Beggar’s Opera (International Tour), The Pet Shop Boys – Inner Sanctum (Royal Opera House), Dick Wilkins in Scrooge (Leicester Curve), Ensemble/Swing in Mary Poppins (International Tour), Phillip in Kiss Me Kate (Théâtre du Châtelet), Snowboy in West Side Story (Salzburg Festival) and Richard in Luck of the Draw (RADA Festival).

Credits whilst in training: Riff in West Side Story, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd and Sandy Tyrell in Hayfever.

 

Ryan Lay

Guest Dance Tutor

Ryan Lay

Ryan trained at the Italia Conti Academy from year 8 to year 11, after successfully re-auditioning he then went on to complete a 3 year Musical Theatre Diploma course, and graduated in 2017.

Since graduating Ryan has worked for Evolution Pantomimes, Carnival Cruise Lines and most recently played Macavity and understudied Munkustrap and Rum Tum Tugger in Cats on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. Ryan is thrilled to join the teaching faculty at TT after being a student of the school back in 2013. He has been part of many exciting projects with the school, such as Heritage (Cramphorn Theatre), Miss Saigon (Civic Theatre) and Glee Club (CBBC).