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Meet the Team

Daniel Sharpe

Director

Originally from Yorkshire, Daniel trained at SLP College of Performing Arts in Leeds.

Theatre Credits include: Dance Captain in Evita (European Tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour & Singapore), Lullabies of Broadway (Palace Theatre, Myrtle Beach, USA), Fire of Dance (UK & European Tours), Thursford Christmas Spectacular (Norfolk), Spirit of the Dance (European & American Tours), The Magical Rhythms of Ireland (Netherlands Tour), Celtic Journey (Churchill Theatre, Bromley). Film & TV Credits include: Popstar to Operastar, The Magic Flute (Film), Emmerdale, Heartbeat, At Home with the Braithwaites, My Parents are Aliens.

Daniel runs Sharpe Academy on a day-to-day basis and teaches all classes with the help of his team. He is an experienced LAMDA Teacher, is trained in Sports & Basic First Aid and is a registered chaperone.

Nick Jackson

Creative Director

Nick is the co-founder of Sharpe Academy and is responsible for all marketing and promotion. He has built and maintains this website and is Manager of all Academy venues. During Sharpe productions, Nick takes on the role of Stage Manager, ensuring everything runs smoothly backstage.

Until recently Nick balanced his work at Sharpe Academy with a full-time job in London as Senior Artworker for the global advertising and marketing company Ogilvy, working on many international campaigns including Coca Cola, HSBC, Mars, Nestlé, Sainsbury’s, Kodak and Motorola.

Nick now runs Sharpe Academy’s in-house design and artwork department and is available to produce anything from business stationery to glossy brochures. If you have any design or artwork requirements you can contact him at Nick@SharpeAcademy.co.uk.

Jodie Smith

Choreographer and ISTD Ballet, Modern & Tap Teacher

Jodie has been a member of the team at Sharpe Academy since April 2015 and teaches all ages from ACT 1 right through to ACT 5. She co-choreographed the recent Sharpe productions of My Son Pinocchio JR and A Chorus Line.

She graduated from Margaret Howard Theatre College in 2014 after gaining her ISTD DDI qualifications in Modern and Tap and completed her practical DDE Modern qualification soon after. Whilst at college she studied many different dance styles from ballet to hip hop and also achieved advanced levels in her ISTD Tap and Modern.

Jodie teaches all ages from toddlers to adults at several institutions and in many styles. She also choreographs for various performances at Harrow Arts Centre, The Beck Theatre and Watford Live. Jodie has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Sadlers Wells, Watford Palace Theatre and the Harrow Arts Centre.

Richard Baker

Musical Director

Richard is a freelance Musical Director, vocal coach and improviser. Recent MD credits include: Princess Ida (Finborough Theatre), NewsRevue (Canal Cafe Theatre), Finian’s Rainbow (Charing Cross Theatre), Comedians (Chelsea Theatre) and Aladdin (Newbury Corn Exchange).

He regularly improvises with Mischief Theatre’s Lights! Camera! Improvise! (Duchess Theatre), and has worked with Extempore Theatre on the 7th and 8th 50-Hour London Improvathon (Park Theatre/LOST Theatre).

Richard has composed music for the national tour of Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Other MD credits include: West Side Story (Sharpe Academy), Princess Ida and Iolanthe (Buxton Opera House), The Wandering Scholar (King’s Head Theatre), City Of Angels (Hammersmith Lyric), Much Ado About Nothing (Riverside Studios) and, as AMD, Parade (Old Vic Tunnels).

Zee Asha

LAMDA Co-ordinator & Vocal Coach

Zee has appeared along side Boy George and Culture Club for the last 23 years as featured vocalist, backing vocalist and co-writer, touring the world and appearing on such TV shows as David Letterman, CDUK, Top of the Pops and many others. She received a Platinum album for her work on Culture Club's 'Greatest Moments'. Her work has also included commercials for McDonald, radio appearances in the UK and BBC sitcoms for Lee Evans, Only Fools and Horses and many more.

A regular on the West End stage, Zee has appeared 4 times as Mamma Morton in Chicago, Mrs Brill in Mary Poppins, Mother and Lee Bowery in Taboo and Madame de la Grande Bouche in Beauty & the Beast. Zee also played the role of Audrey the cook in the BBC TV series Merlin and has appeared in Holby City and as Maggie O'Shea in Eastenders, both also for the BBC.

Zee tours regularly with American singer/songwriter John Grant and is also voicing a character in new animated series Shudan, due out in 2017.

Vicki Manser

Choreographer

Vicki graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre at the world renowned Urdang Academy in Central London. She has just completed a run in the hit West End production of Sunny Afternoon and is now appearing in the Carole King musical Beautiful at the Aldwych Theatre.

She has performed in many dance shows and performed in many musicals with Sharpe Academy where she previously held the role of Dance Captain. She took this skill with her to Urdang where she was dance captain for Cabaret. Vicki has been a dance teacher specialising in Musical Theatre and Street for 5 years, choreographing for dance shows and musicals. Most recently she has choreographed for an up and coming girl dance troupe.

Professional credits include a TV appearance for ITV’s Crime Stoppers, music videos and dancer for The Wanted on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Jane Stevens

Agent & Head Chaperone

Jane Stevens has been part of the Sharpe Academy family for many years, firstly as a parent, then a chaperone and now Jane heads up the Academy Agency.

She has four children – Milly, Archie, Sophie and Phoebe, who all attend Sharpe Academy. Archie recently played the role of Gavroche in the West End production of Les Miserables.

Jane is a registered nurse, and also works on the medical team at Wembley Stadium for major sporting and music events. She is a registered chaperone with both Hertfordshire County Council and the BBC.

Whilst working as an agent she has secured contracts for children in a range of TV, Commercials, Films and West End productions.

Sarah Barry

Costume Designer

Growing up surrounded by dressmakers, the sewing machine has now become a very natural place for Sarah to be. After a course at The National Theatre where valuable skills were gained, her confidence and ability grows stronger with time.

Sarah has found real joy in design, creating and feeling the excitement from the cast members as show week approaches. From the first announcement of a new show her mind starts to plan and the excitement of designing and choosing fabrics begins. It's always a learning curve and with each new challenge and set back, the joy of a finished product is completely satisfying.

Sarah is now a fully-fledged member of the Sharpe creative team, designing and making the costumes for their up and coming shows.

Debi Berry

Stage Manager

Debi graduated with a BA Hons in Set Design from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

After a year working with the Madame Tussauds’ Group design department she decided to embrace her love of photography and spent 15 years as the Photographic Director for the world’s leading film magazine Empire, directing and producing photo shoots with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. She has produced photo shoots for numerous films including the Harry Potter films, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones and The X-Men.

Debi now works freelance for film companies, magazines and events organisations and is thrilled that this has allowed her the time to work with Sharpe on their productions of Annie (Guinness World Record performance) and Hairspray.

Abigail Sharpe

LAMDA Coach & Chaperone

Abi is currently in her 3rd and final year at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on the Actor Musician course. Previously, she was a member of Sharpe Academy for 7 years. In that time she played a variety of roles such as Lambchops in Fame, Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, Rizzo in Grease, Sultana in Aladdin Jr and Ursula in The Little Mermaid Jr.

She has also performed with HOS, WOS and PHEOS in shows such as Carousel, Children of Eden and Annie. In the future, Abi hopes to go into the performance industry and achieve her ambition perform be in the West End.

Grace Hemsley

LAMDA Coach & Chaperone

Grace has just begun a Musical Theatre course at Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford.

She has loved performing from a young age and, during her time as a student with Sharpe Academy, has played roles such as Miss Lisi / Maria in My Son Pinocchio Jr, Marty in Grease and Emma in Jekyll & Hyde.

Other roles outside of Sharpe include Talulah in Bugsy Malone and the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods.

Kimberley Manser

Head Girl

Jessica Barry

Dance Captain

Rosemary Bashford

Vocal Captain

Claudia Marks

Cover Assistant

Georgia Ashpole

Assistant

Olivia Mansell

Assistant

Marcus Chaplin

Assistant

Eleni Tryfonos

Assistant

Yasmin Poku

Assistant

Harrison Sharpe

Assistant

Abi Yates

Cover Assistant

Ellie Taylor

Assistant