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Lipa Sixth Form College

Where Performance Matters

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

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.

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.  

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.

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.

Edward Pinner - Lecturer in Acting

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.

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 & Sound Technology

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.

Jamie Wainwright - Lecturer in Music & Sound Technology

Since graduating from Glyndwr University in 2009, Jamie has been working in the music industry as a freelance music producer and remixer. In 2009, he received a gold record award for a co-production of the song ‘One Life Stand’ and has since been working with bands and artists on their songwriting and production skills. Since 2011, Jamie has worked within the education sector as a music production specialist and, after obtaining his PGCE in 2016, has recently completed a Masters’ degree in Education at Liverpool Hope University.  Jamie believes that learning takes place within a social context where students can develop understanding, and apply knowledge in a range of different scenarios. This enables students not just to learn, but think on many different levels about ‘how’ and ‘why’.