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Nadeen Kemp - Programme Manager, Music & musical theatre

Nadeen came to LIPA Sixth Form College from her role as Curriculum Coordinator at Hugh Baird College, responsible for Music, Music Technology, Creative Media Production, Performing Arts and Dance. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Nadeen is an experienced teacher of Music and Sound Technology who has taught for several years at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. She is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed as a session musician with many national and international artists. She continues to work in the music industry while teaching, and uses the concept of the ‘live brief’ as a basis on which her students can develop professional working practices and subject-specific skills suitable for working in the music industry.

Andrea McDevitt - Programme Manager, Dance

Andrea has a Masters’ degree in Dance Studies from Liverpool John Moores University, and extensive experience of teaching Dance in Further and Higher Education. Prior to full-time lecturing, she performed and taught freelance nationally and internationally with Gestures and Stark Dance Companies, working with choreographers such as David Massingham, Emlyn Claid and Earl Lloyd Hepburn. Andrea was an outreach dancer for Northern Ballet Theatre and Poetry in Motion and choreographed the opening ceremony for Manchester’s Olympic bid. Her television credits include both the BBC and Granada TV. Andrea believes that analysis and evaluation in Dance practice provides the depth of understanding that is vital to development as a dancer and for career longevity.

Edward Pinner - Programme Manager, Acting, TECHNICAL THEATRE & DESIGN FOR PERFORMANCE

Edward is a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. An experienced acting coach and drama teacher, he taught at the Oxford School of Drama, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Stratford-upon-Avon College. He gained a Masters’ degree in Drama & Theatre Education from the University of Warwick in 2010, and continues to work as an actor. Edward is keen for students to recognise the ever-diversifying nature of the industry, in which students need to be able to be flexible and take advantage of new opportunities.

Victoria smith - progress & safeguarding manager (dsl)

Victoria graduated from University of Liverpool, initially training as a retail banking graduate, later training and qualifying as a teacher. She came to LIPA Sixth Form College from Xaverian College in Manchester, where she spent six years as a teacher of business and accounting, becoming pastoral manager and eventually marketing manager. Victoria’s role is to ensure that all students make positive progress and get the most from their time with us. She is particularly impressed by the passion and commitment students show to their courses, and is proud to work in a college that changes students lives for the better!