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Your chance to take part in EXCITING virtual workshops AND virtual Q&A sessions with Industry Professionals:

MONDAY 10th AUGUST 4.00pm-5.00pm – Musical Theatre with Georgie Fishkin

THURSDAY 13th August 10.00am-11.00am – Musical Theatre with Adam Crossley

FRIDAY 14th AUGUST 4.00pm-5.00pm – Singing with Corey Gerrard

Further workshops TBC

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Meet The Artists

Roxanna Klimaszewksa

I work professionally and passionately as an actor, singer and dancer in film, musical theatre and contemporary theatre (credits including White Rose Theatre, Proper Job, Gobbledigook, Parashoots and Park Bench Poets).

I attended Bodywork Theatre School throughout my childhood, excited by and exploring many different genres of performance including classical and contemporary ballet and jazz, tap and musical theatre. I have never lost the enjoyment in learning different and new ways to perform and use my body, so I have over the years collected and developed other skills such as ballroom, circus skills, acro-balance, and biomechanics.

In 2008 I completed a BA (Hons) in Performance Theatre at York St. John University where I specialised in collaborative devised work and theatre-making. I then went on in 2010 to complete an MA in Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance at York University looking at more classical styles.

2010 also saw the launch of Six Lips Theatre, an experimental contemporary theatre company, of which I am one of three artistic directors and founders. We regularly perform our work at theatres and festivals all over the UK.

I love working with different community groups and have been teaching dance, drama singing and musical theatre for over 10 years all over the North, with young people and adults of varying needs and abilities, with performing arts academies, youth theatres and charities including The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, Kirkham Henry, Derwent Danceworks, Duck Egg Theatre Company, Upstage Centre Youth Theatre and York Mind.

I am a member of the NATD and train students for Arts Award, LAMDA, IDTA and Trinity exams.

Georgie Fishkin

Hi! My name’s Georgie and I’m super excited to be running your workshop this week. I’ve worked in the performing arts industry for nearly 9 years now and have had some amazing opportunities along the way. Some of my most memorable experiences have been creating work alongside the Donmar Warehouse and Clean Break (you should check these theatre companies out if you haven’t already heard of them-they’re amazing!) as well as running an intensive week of workshops at Central School of Speech and Drama. As well as teaching drama, I am a trained dance teacher and run weekly dance fitness classes, when we’re not on lockdown of course… I’ve had the pleasure of previously working at PQA York and Scarborough, and will no doubt see some familiar faces! I look forward to working with you all.

Jenny Hollingworth

Hi I’m Jenny, and I’m very excited to be teaching a dance workshop virtually for the YMCA!

Dance is my speciality and after training locally in Scarborough and studying for my diploma in Musical Theatre I went on the perform in production shows, on holidays parks and in touring shows around the country.

I now work with adults and young people on a weekly basis with my own school in Scarborough, Jeneration Dance, and also as the Choreographer of the YMCA Productions.

I love to pass on my knowledge and help others develop their skills and talent within The Arts.

Kirsty Wolff

Hello everyone! My name is Kirsty and I’m a youth theatre practitioner, a storyteller and a performer.

I spent every weekend, every evening and every school holiday from the age of eleven at drama and performing arts classes which is where I made brilliant friends, grew in confidence and where my passion for Theatre began. At the age of sixteen I went on to further my training with the National Youth Theatre. Here I worked with some excellent companies including Trestle and Complicite and went on to perform with Complicite at Battersea Power Station and Mill Bank Studios London. I’ve got a first-class degree in performance practice and I’m currently studying for a masters in applied theatre at the University of Leeds.

I work as a youth theatre practitioner, running and directing youth theatre productions across Yorkshire, as a storyteller and of course a performer! I also work as the audience and outreach co-ordinator for Dark Horse Theatre; we train actors with leaning disabilities, making and touring professional work nationally. I’m also the Comedy & Drama teacher at The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in Scarborough and York.

I spent many years running my own theatre company Procter Goblins, we liked to create work in unusual places like above pubs, shops and even antique centres. Shows were always physical, raucous and brash and normally involved some form of audience participation. Productions included, A Christmas Carol, Scenes from a Teenage Killing and Grimm Up North.

I’ve developed my own style of practice through my experience of working with young people, sessions are inclusive, silly, physical with a real grounding in pure actor training.

Devan Kellett

Devan completed her professional training at Bodywork Company Cambridge, graduating with a Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre on a full Scholarship.

Devan graduated heading into the Ensemble of Anything Goes, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (KD Productions). She then went onto performing in the U.S for Spirit Productions Worldwide as a Dancer in Putting on the Ritz, New Jersey Nights and Spirit of the Dance for the year. Devan then stepped up to Singer/Dancer on Jewel of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), P&O Australia & Carnival Cruise Lines. In between Cruise Contracts Devan has been fortunate to do short gigs. Devan recently performed in Saudi Arabia with Sprit of the Dance as the first Female group on International Women’s Day. She is very grateful that her job has allowed her to travel around the world.

Matt Harper
Matt has been a professional Theatre Director, Writer and Tutor for 10 years. Matt was the long-standing Co-Artistic Director of Upstage Centre Youth Theatre and Assistant Director for Grand Opera House York’s Stage Experience.  For 5 years Matt was the Artistic Director of Once Seen Theatre Company (a company formed of actors with learning difficulties), Theatre Tutor for Converge (an education programme for mental health service users), and artist for Connecting Youth Culture (creating work with and for young people with disabilities). Currently Matt is a Youth Theatre Practitioner for York Theatre Royal, an acting member of Playback Theatre York, Visiting Lecturer in Theatre at York St John University, and the Founder and Artistic Director of his own company,  Next Door But One. Recently Matt directed York’s professional debut of Laura Wade’s ‘Colder Than Here’ and is currently supported by Arts Council England to create an accessible adaptation of Philip Pullman’s ‘The Firework-Maker’s Daughter’.

Neil Hurst

In a career that has taken him from West Yorkshire to the West End, NEIL HURST has worked in almost every field of entertainment, from TV dramas to Radio Commercials, Variety Theatre to Shakespeare, and everything in between.

In 2016 Neil was approached to make a pilot of a new TV show for US Television called HOPPING THE POND which saw Neil travelling across America learning about different American cities and their craft beer scene. ​

Most recently Neil has been touring the UK with Kay Mellor’s FAT FRIENDS THE MUSICAL with Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff. Craig Cash & Phil Mealy’s EARLY DOORS LIVE and the follow up EARLY DOORS: ONE MORE CHANCE with the original cast of the sitcom. Neil has also been co-hosting THE MISHAPS PODCAST with musical theatre star Jodie Prenger and Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson and is currently developing a new TV sitcom.

Theatre Credits include: Freddie in Craig Cash & Phil Mealy’s EARLY DOORS LIVE (The Lowry, UK Arena Tour) and the follow up EARLY DOORS: ONE MORE CHANCE (The Lowry), Alan in Kay Mellor’s FAT FRIENDS THE MUSICAL (Leeds Grand Theatre, UK Tour), Magaldi in EVITA (Leeds Grand, West End), Joseph in JOSEPH AND HIS AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (UK Tour, West End), Jamie in THE LAST FIVE YEARS (The Wellington Rooms), Numerous Male Characters in Michael Frayn’s MATCHBOX THEATRE (Halifax Comedy Festival), Lucky Eric in BOUNCERS (UK Tour), Landlord in TWO (Victoria Theatre, Halifax) plus numerous variety shows and pantomimes.

TV & Film Credits include: Benny Grew in THE ABC MURDERS (BBC1, Amazon Prime) with John Malkovich and Rupert Grint, Gary Plunket in HOME FROM HOME (BBC1), Quiz Master in MOVING ON (LA Productions, BBC1), Peter in FRESH MEAT (Objective Productions, C4), Frank in THE SYNDICATE (Rollem Productions, ITV), Ray Glossop in DOCTORS (BBC1) plus five series of ALL STAR FAMILY FORTUNES as Vernon Kay’s comedy sidekick and a series regular in the 2019 series of MICHAEL McINTYRE’S BIG SHOW filmed weekly from The London Palladium.

Corey Gerrard

Corey works as a freelance musician in Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. He has worked in many areas, including musical direction, music education, function performances, recording sessions and musical theatre. 

As well as working as a musical director he has played keyboards in numerous pit bands for shows recently including, ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘CATS’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Made In Dagenham’, ‘Sister Act’, ‘Oliver!’, ’The Addams Family’, ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Ghost’, ‘Into The Woods’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Anything Goes’, Guys and Dolls’, ‘Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat’, and ‘Bugsy Malone’.

Adam Crossley
Adam is a professional musical theatre performer and creative, originally from Scarborough. Growing up, Adam trained at the Hatton School of Performing Arts before moving to Cambridge, to train at Bodywork Company Dance Studios. He recently finished working alongside Stephen Schwartz on the London transfer of Rags.

Stage Credits include: American/Dance Captain in RAGS (Original London Cast, Park Theatre); Elliot/Dance Captain/Cover Jimmy Winter in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT – UK PREMIERE (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Dance Captain/Onstage Swing/1st Cover “Male Character” in SUMMER HOLIDAY (UK Tour); Ensemble in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Niagara Falls, Canada); Ensemble in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Cambridge Arts Theatre); Ensemble/Understudy Roger in GREASE for Royal Caribbean (Original Cast – Harmony of the Seas); Ensemble/Aerialist in COLUMBUS! – THE MUSICAL for Royal Caribbean (Original Cast – Harmony of the Seas); Nikos/Dance Captain in LEGALLY BLONDE (The Gatehouse Theatre, Highgate); Singer/Dancer in A CHRISTMAS CAROUSEL 2014 (Flower of May, Scarborough); Ensemble/Cover Silly Billy in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK for KD Productions (Maltings, Ely); Dancer/Dance Captain in BMW i3 LAUNCH for BMW (Cambridge); Rolf in THE SOUND OF MUSIC for Endellion Theatre Company (Gala Theatre, Durham); Ensemble/Dance Captain in RED SHOES BREAKDOWN for Bodywork Company (Cambridge); Singer/Dancer in SHOWTIME AT THE SPA (Bridlington Spa).

TV Credits include: Dancer in SANDITON (ITV).

Original Cast Recordings: Rags – The Musical (Original London Cast); Columbus! – The Musical.

Creative Credits include: Assistant Director for 42ND STREET (Upstairs At The Gatehouse, London); Assistant Choreographer for SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – 48 Hour Showtime (Adelphi Theatre, London) Assistant Director and Assistant Choreographer for SHOWTUNES BY THE SEA (Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne)

Twitter: @Adam_Crossley 

Instagram: @adamcrossley

Ben James Ellis 

Ben is an award winning actor from Scarborough, North Yorkshire. At 16 Ben moved to London to study Musical Theatre and TV at The Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts in London. At the age of 17 he successfully auditioned for BBC’s ‘Any Dream Will Do’ (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for a Joseph). Ben made it to the Semi- finals narrowly missing out on the title role. It was seen by over 12 million people live every Saturday night, and continues to be aired in many countries around the world. This sparked Ben’s hugely successful career in performing. He was cast as the original Link Larkin in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the heart of London’s West End. Staying with the show for 2 years. Ben won a ‘What’s on Stage Award’ for ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ and was nominated for a prestigious Olivier Award. Other theatre creditis; Norman in ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ (Playhouse Theatre, West End and National and European Tour), Billy in ‘Dirty Dancing’ (The Aldwych Theatre, West End and European Tour) Neil in ‘Brother Loves Travelling Salvation Show;The Music of Neil Diamond (UK Tour), Danny Zuko in Grease (European Tour), Peter Pan in ‘Peter Pan’ (Hull New Theatre), Prince Charming in ‘Snow White’ (Crawley Hawth Theatre), Jack in ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’ (Wolverhampton Grand Theatre), Pharaoh in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ (UK Tour), Lesley in ‘The Hostage’ (Southwark Playhouse), Billy in ‘House and Garden’ (Stephen Joseph Theatre, directed by Sir Alan Ayckbourn) Concerts; BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’, singing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Supporting Michael Ball, John Barrowman, Joe McElderry and McFly in their UK and International Arena Tours. Ben has also had the honour of singing at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s birthday concert in Hyde Park, London. Singing in front of over 50,000 people.

Lori Suzanne Kellett

Lori-Suzanne trained at Leeds college of music and Tiffany Theatre College. She Started out her career at a young age in her hometown of Scarborough working with Norman Collier and the Fat Rollie Pollies. Lori has played Lead Roles in various Pantomimes around the country and has also appeared on many Reality TV shows. Lori was a successful contestant of ITV’s Grease is the word in 2007 and also appeared in the National Final of “Britain’s got talent 2010”. Lori won London’s “Big Voice of the City 2010” and was a National Final runner up in “Search for a star 2007”. In 2015, Lori had the opportunity to perform at the London’s Dominion Theatre alongside Micheal Ball. Next for Lori was the UK Tour of Pop Factor. For the past 10 years she has been working onboard cruise ships travelling the world as Lead vocalist. Her first cruise line was P&O Cruises where she was lucky to do a world cruise for her first job. She then stayed with P&O for 7 years. Her next Cruise line was a German company called AIDA cruises, where she is currently still working and has been for 3 years. After a recent successful audition Lori will next year go on to hopefully work for her next adventure onboard Carnival. See Lori’s showreel here.

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