The Teaching Team
We have lots of members of staff, all with unique qualities and special skills that help the children develop in a safe caring environment.
Tristan Carter teaches Drama and is Curtain Up’s co-founder. He trained at Guildford School of Acting and has a degree in Theatre Studies from Rose Bruford. He would quite happily go to the theatre every day of the week if he could. He is always thrilled to see children believe in themselves and develop their skills. His favourite possession is his Kindle and he wishes Sarah would let him have a dog or Camper Van.....
Sarah Carter is Curtain Up’s Principal and co-founder, mother of three and also married to Tristan. She has a degree in Pharmacy and knows that as she can get a consultant to do what she wants to them to do; she can run a theatre school! Sarah rarely manages to get through and end of term performance with dry eyes as she knows what huge personal achievements many of the children have overcome. Her favourite possessions are her slippers!
Emma Puddick teaches Drama, she has a BA Hons in Performing Arts, from Bath Spa University. She is currently studying for an MA in Drama Therapy. Emma’s favourite past time is to perform; she has done it since she was seven years old and she couldn’t imagine life without it! Her favourite role that she has ever played is Blanche from A Streetcar Named Desire and she loves her IPhone!
Vicki Cook teaches Dance and she has been dancing ever since she can remember and has a Dance degree from Roehampton University and completed her teacher training at Exeter University. Vicki loves seeing her friends and family, reading and going to see shows! She thinks best part of teaching dance is seeing your students on the stage smiling and being proud of what they have done! Her favourite possession is her diary as it keeps her in the right place at the right time!
Annette Wilsher teaches Dance for all ages, including the Curtain Up Prologue class. She trained at Surrey University with BA in Dance and qualified as a Dance teacher with Exeter University and IDTA. Her favourite pastimes include making and decorating unusual cakes! (personal best was Bath Rugby ground) The favourite part of Annette’s job is watching the incredible children bring her crazy choreographic ideas to life! Annette’s favourite possessions include anything that sparkles.
Annette is not with us this term as she will be at home with her new baby!
Andrew English teaches Drama and is currently Subject Leader for Drama at St Joseph's Catholic College in Swindon. During a recent role at the Theatre Royal Bath, Andrew played Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, but was soon dispatched by his boss, Tristan, who played Sweeney! Andrew likes nothing better than sitting down on a Sunday afternoon and watching an old movie musical and it’s even better if it's raining outside! His favourite part of teaching drama is the improvisation exercises as you just never know what a student will come out with next!
Liz Hunt has a BA Hons Music from Bath Spa University and teaches singing. She has enjoyed working with the Curtain Up performers for over 5 years. She particularly loves teaching ensemble singing and has a passion for musical theatre, especially Disney! In her spare time, Liz loves to perform - she even has her own karaoke machine which constantly requires new microphones!
Natalie Best teaches Dance and has been dancing since the age of three. She has trained in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern and Tap, Contemporary and Musical Theatre and was chosen to Dance at the Millennium Dome, representing Wiltshire. Natalie has worked for a well-known holiday company choreographing the dances for their show teams throughout UK and Europe. (We think Natalie is like the Tazmanian Devil as she has never ending energy and is always happy!)
Charlotte Newman teaches dance and loves encouraging young people to grow in their skills and confidence through dance. Charlotte trained in contemporary dance at the Royal Academy of Dance and a member of Wycombe Swan Youth Dance Company before moving to Bath to gain a first class degree in dance at Bath Spa University. She loves travelling and trying new styles of dance, and in 2013 worked internationally with Pak Ngah Dance Productions in Malaysia. She has performed nationally in various arts festivals and productions, specialising her choreography in outdoor performances and working with disabled dancers. Charlotte loves a good flash-mob performance to surprise people when they are doing their shopping! Charlotte is a big film buff so if she is not producing new dance projects, you can find her in the cinema munching on a big box of popcorn!
Anthony Sanchez Harris teaches Singing. He has a degree and PGCE in Music from Bath Spa University. When he is not teaching Anthony can be found on a football pitch or taking to the stage in Bath Opera. His favourite part of music is playing and singing with different people and sharing his musical knowledge with others so they can enjoy music. Anthony has lost count of how many guitars he currently owns!
Amy Smith teaches Singing. Amy graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a 1st class Honours degree in Music specialising in Vocal Studies and she hopes to continue her studies there as she trains for her dream career in opera. Amy’s favourite possession is her iphone, complete with its Hello Kitty case. Her favourite thing about teaching is watching her students smiling and dancing along to the songs we learn in class.
Jane Morgan helps us teach the Prologue classes. She has been a Curtain Up student for many years and is now entering the final phases of our classes as part of the Seniors group. Jane is currently studying at The New Sixth and hopes to gain entry into a UK drama school to pursue her dream of a professional career in performance. Well known for her huge passion and energy for performance, Jane loves to join in with the Prologues!
Anna Penwarden teaches Drama and Singing to our Curtain Up Prologue class. Anna has a 1st class Honours degree in Psychology, LAMDA drama qualifications and gymnastic training and coaching experience. She has been involved with teaching in many schools in the UK and in a school in Uganda. Anna delighted theatre goers when she played the role of Belle at the Theatre Royal, Bath, recently. There is a photo to follow!
Hannily Bendell teaches Dance. She is educated in Dance to an MA level and trained at Laban, graduating in 2003. Hannily works as a specialist in schools, colleges and vocational dance schools across the country delivering workshops and creating works on touring companies, youth companies, school producations and solos for students auditioning for vocational schools. Hannily loves to see students fulfil their potential, grow in confidence and be as obsessed with dance as she is! She adores her cat called Blackberry and would one day like to have a rescue home for cats. There is a photo to follow!
Jane Atkinson is an assistant at Curtain Up. Jane trained at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London specialising in Acting. Jane also loves dancing and has trained in ISTD Ballet,Tap and Modern as well as being a qualified I.D.T.A Associate Freestyle dance teacher. Jane loves the magic of the theatre and the excited buzz before a show. Her favourite possession is her underwater camera, perfect for taking underwater shots when she's off scuba diving! There is a photo to follow!
Georgie Hawke is an assistant at Curtain Up, having formerly been a student herself for many many years!. She is currently on a gap year and plans to go to university next year to study Film Studies & French. In her spare time she loves reading and watching films. Her favourite part of Curtain Up is seeing the students smiling and enjoying their lessons. Georgie’s favourite possession is her iPod and she loves painting crazy nail designs!