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Emma Bramley - Lecturer in Acting

Emma has 20 years’ experience in developing drama, training teachers and making theatre for social change. She is a dramaturg and Artistic Director of a small theatre company specialising in immersive theatre, one to one performance and audio experiences. A qualified Youth & Community Worker and approved trainer in Mantle of the Expert, Emma also heads up children’s Shakespeare festivals across the North West, and continues to train teachers on a freelance basis. Emma is a published author and continues to write for a number of drama programmes. She believes that the best way for students to learn is to experiment, take risks and develop an understanding that failure is part of creativity.

Brian Campbell - Lecturer in Music

Brian is a Grammy-nominated musician with over 20 years’ experience in the music industry, plus six years teaching in Further and Higher Education. A founder member of the critically-acclaimed Clinic, he has toured internationally. Working with labels including Domino Records, Universal and Warner Brothers, Brian has released eight studio albums and a number of EPs and singles. He has toured with Radiohead, Arcade Fire, The Shins and Pulp. Brian is co-founder of Exquisite Corpses Records, a label dedicated to bespoke vinyl releases. An ASCAP award-winner for songwriting, he continues to write, record and tour alongside his teaching. Brian feels that work-based learning and research, combined with access to industry contacts and work experience, is the best way for students to learn.

Eddie Chinn - Lecturer in Acting

A LIPA graduate, Eddie has 15 years’ experience of teaching in Further Education. He has worked as an actor/practitioner on a number of national tours, and spent time in Romania, working with orphans and street children to develop confidence through drama. Eddie founded and directed the Merseyside Young People’s Theatre and is a former board member of the Everyman Theatre Youth Theatre. He continues to be active in the industry, enabling him to offer students currency and honesty of practice and professional industry links. Eddie provides students with a safe space to take risks and explore creativity, offering constructive and honest feedback.

Abbie Coughlan - Lecturer in Jazz and Ballet

A LIPA graduate, Abbie has worked mainly in the Jazz Dance industry, both nationally and internationally. She has performed on cruise ships, in cabaret shows, dinner spectacles and tribute acts, including Vegas Showgirls UK. As dance captain and lead dancer, she has had responsibility for rehearsals, sourcing costumes and communication with technical teams. Abbie’s experience has given her a deep understanding as to the requirements of professional performance, and her continuing activity in the industry provides currency, networks and links for her students, preparing them for future work and auditions.

Vicky Dawson - Lecturer in Production Arts (Design)

A LIPA graduate in Theatre Performance & Design, Vicky has also completed her PGCE at Liverpool John Moores University. She has taught at secondary and sixth form level for the past 13 years and has worked on many school and college productions. Vicky passionately believes that students should see as much live performance as possible to influence the development of their critical and design skills. She enjoys working with students on ‘live briefs’ as this gives a real-time context to the design work they are doing and an appreciation of the additional transferable skills needed to work successfully in the production arts industry.

Ian Driver - LectuRer in Music performance & production

Ian has seventeen years’ experience in teaching Music and Sound Technology. Since receiving a first class degree at university, he has built up a wide range of skills through working in schools and colleges, in both teaching and leadership positions, directing bands, choirs and musicals. Ian still performs and is currently developing a recording studio with a view to creating a community hub for the arts. Ian believes that a lively practical approach is at the heart of learning music, and that this should be combined with how music theory works. He feels that when students step out of their comfort zone, real learning takes place.

Mike Evans - Lecturer in acting

Mike graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA Hons in Drama. He has worked as a drama Lecturer for 14 years and was nominated for BTEC Teacher of the Year in 2017. Mike has over 20 years of performance experience as an actor, musician and director. He has performed in various stage productions and toured as a member of Two Tone Theatre company. Mike has directed many large and small scale theatrical productions, and outside of teaching he still performs regularly, working as a freelance soundtrack composer/sound designer for games, theatre, film and TV. Mike brings a high level of energy and creativity to sessions. He believes in giving students ownership over their own learning and encourage them to take risks in sessions that will enable them to learn through failure in a safe and positive environment.

Andrew fernihough - Lecturer in music performance & production

After graduating in Modern Languages, Andrew spent some years teaching English abroad, before returning to do his PGCE in Liverpool in 1996.  After four years of teaching French and German at secondary level, he left to pursue a music career. Andrew has spent 20 years as a freelance sound engineer and music producer working in various studios, most notably as studio manager at Crash in Liverpool, which saw many local and major artists through its doors.  Outside of college, Andrew co-runs a recording studio, working with all kinds of bands.  He undertakes remote mixing work as well as full production for new bands. Andrew feels that everyone learns through doing – so the more songs you record, the more times you assist or record another performer, the more songs you mix, the more you learn.  He wishes to support students in completing recordings they can be proud of and will want to share with the world.

Theresa Hailwood - Lecturer in Production Arts (Technical)

A LIPA graduate, Theresa came to us from Coleg Cambria, where she taught Production Arts for four years. Throughout her teaching career, she has taught both Level 2 and 3 across different specifications (BTEC, OCR, UAL and apprenticeships) and since 2016 she has also been a Standards Verifier for BTEC in Performing Arts. She has professional experience as a freelance stage and production manager and also worked in the production department for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Alongside teaching, Theresa runs a community-focused theatre company in North Wales for 7-19 year olds. Theresa’s approach is industry-focused, enabling her students to develop skills and experience that they can take into the production arts workplace.

Lyndsey Healey - LectuRer in Urban and Commercial Dance

Lyndsey came to LIPA Sixth Form College from the City of Liverpool College, where she taught across all age ranges and levels. She has worked nationally as a choreographer, performer and youth arts practitioner, working with students from primary age through to Higher Education. She has most recently completed a BA in Education from the University of Huddersfield. Lyndsey’s experience in youth arts gives her empathy and awareness of external factors impacting students’ learning, while her work across different levels of Dance supports her students as they look forward to career possibilities. Lyndsey’s classes offer students the opportunity to make mistakes until they succeed.  

steph kirton - lecturer in acting

Steph has been working in education since 2009 when she undertook her PGCE in Drama at Central School of Speech and Drama. Steph has taught in schools and colleges across London, Manchester and Liverpool specialising in further education for the most part of her career. Throughout this time Steph has developed her skillset as a director of theatre for young people, staging work in a range of venues including the Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester and The Lowry Theatre, Salford. Steph has also completed an MA in Applied Theatre at the University of Manchester - this informs her teaching and approach as a facilitator and director. Steph’s teaching approach places the focus on the student and allows them to learn through exploration and experimentation. Steph’s role in the classroom is to guide, suggest, challenge and encourage students to become reflective practitioners.

Tim Lynskey - Lecturer in Acting

Tim has a BA in Drama & Theatre Studies with Fine Art & Design along with 15 years’ experience in teaching in Further and Higher Education. He has extensive experience as a performer, workshop leader, community and youth arts practitioner, playwright and director. A graduate of the Hope Street Physical Theatre Programme and the Everyman Playwrights’ Programme, he has toured the UK with award-nominated shows. Tim’s specialism is physical theatre and devising, which he has taught at both BTEC and A-Level, and to which he brings a high energy, high momentum approach. He believes in making education a worthwhile, enjoyable and rewarding experience for all.

Carmel moss - Lecturer in musical theatre

Carmel has worked in further education for 11 years as both a performing arts teacher and head of department. She also works privately as a voice coach and piano teacher, preparing students for stage school auditions. A member of the Vocology in Practice network, she is committed to developing vocal technique and training the voice for an effective and sustained career in the industry. Carmel has been musical director for both West End and local shows and has had a devised contemporary performance showcased and exhibited at the Rush Art Gallery, New York. Carmel has also worked as a touring performer, musician and dance artist in a number of community settings. She believes that students working collaboratively on live projects in line with industry standards allows them to fully experience the industry while being supported through feedback and monitoring.

Karl Newsam - Lecturer in Ballet, Jazz and Musical Theatre

A recent graduate from the PGCE programme at the University of Hull, Karl came to us from Barnsley College, where he taught the University of the Arts London Level 3 Diploma. He was also an NVQ Assessor for the Music and Performing Arts departments. Karl has taught at institutions including The Arden, SLP College, Craven College and Arts Educational Schools London, from where he graduated in 2006 with a degree in musical theatre. Since graduating, Karl’s career has included performing in the West End, national and international tours, TV, film and cruise ships. Karl’s teaching style is fully immersive, enabling students to make mistakes and learn from them in a supportive atmosphere.

Beckie Price - Lecturer in musical theatre (singing)

Beckie has been teaching for 10 years, and trained as a Musical Theatre performer at Italia Conti. Since 2012, she has been managing director of her own performing arts academy, which specialises in vocal coaching and singing. She is currently studying for a certificate in modern vocal training. Beckie is very much an interactive teacher who loves to create and collaborate with students. Her main approach is to build confidence to get the best out of singers - for them to know that every voice is unique and to be proud of their voices. 

Jenny Rees - Lecturer in Contemporary Dance & Performance

A graduate of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Jenny undertook further training at Limon School and Merce Cunningham studios in New York. She has been teaching in Further Education and Higher Education settings for 14 years, and has been consistently graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Jenny has extensive performance experience both nationally and internationally. She has performed works by renowned choreographers such as Lea Anderson, Itzik Gallili and Gary Clarke. Jenny is also co-director of Taciturn Dance Company, which for the past ten years has been creating and performing work and delivering educational workshops. Jenny’s classes are a safe place to fall and fail as this is the moment where ‘dancing’ happens.

Mike Roberts - Lecturer in Music performance & production

With a Masters’ degree in Music Production, Mike has enjoyed a diverse career encompassing school and university teaching, alongside working as a music and theatre technician and playing bass professionally for ten years. His production company was responsible for a sell-out show, and Mike is an Ashdown-endorsed artist. He performs as part of three bands - an award-winning group, an eight-piece ensemble and a three-piece function band. Mike believes in a practical approach to learning in which students’ develop holistic skills with a mixture of critique and support to succeed in the professional music industry.