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Teaching Staff

Brian Campbell - tEACHER OF 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 - TEACHER OF musical theatre

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 - TEACHER OF dance & musical theatre

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 - TEACHER OF design for performance

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 - TEACHER OF 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 pla

ABI Gibbs - teacher of musical theatre

Abi is a professional dancer who trained at Preston’s College Dance. She completed her BA Honours degree along with her ISTD and RAD teaching qualifications before embarking on her adventure with Disney Cruise Line as a professional Musical Theatre dancer for three years. Abi then went on to complete her PGDE in post-compulsory and further education before opening her own dance school based in Liverpool. She is also a guest teacher for many colleges and schools internationally. Abi is now completing her Masters’ degree whilst working at LIPA Sixth Form College. She offers her students inspiration and experience in the dance industry and is passionate in demonstrating her discipline in classes.

Theresa Hailwood - TEACHER OF technical theatre

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 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 - TEACHER OF 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 - TEACHER OF 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.

Beckie Price - TEACHER OF 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 - TEACHER OF Dance

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 - TEACHER OF Music

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.

Danny Smith - Teacher of Music


Danny joined LIPA Sixth Form College in August 2021, with five years’ experience of teaching music and sound technology. He also has a successful professional career, performing across the country in a range of ensembles. He has recorded and produced music of all genres for himself and other musicians and has experience in writing musicals and directing pit bands and choirs. Danny’s focus is on the practicality of music, with his industry experience allowing him to combine practical knowledge with teaching skills to tailor learning experiences that are engaging and industry-relevant. He believes in encouraging learners to be courageous and to keep progressing, whatever stage of their careers they are at.

Ally Southwell - Teacher of Acting


Ally has an MA in Performance Practice, and over 20 years’ experience teaching in schools, FE and HE, and has worked as a freelance workshop leader, director and acting coach. She has been Artistic Director of two small scale theatre companies and has toured nationally with work she has directed or produced. Ally has been an external examiner and Standards Verifier for Performing Arts for 12 years and has witnessed first-hand the enormous impact drama and theatre can have on the individual as well as on communities. Ally believes in giving students as many opportunities as possible, and giving them the confidence to try out new ideas. She creates a safe environment where all students feel valued and therefore feel safe to experiment and push their own boundaries.