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James Pennell & Esmé Tutill


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James Pennell- Principal

James has been involved in the performing arts since joining a part-time theatre school as a child. Since then, he has been involved in countless community and professional productions across the UK as an actor, singer, and director. Having taught at Razzamataz Newcastle since its opening in 2016, James spent a year teaching music in France and was fortunate enough to record and play some of his original music at a number of events and concerts. Since returning to Newcastle, James has had the pleasure of stepping back into teaching at Razzamataz. James is incredibly excited to have the opportunity to provide children and young people with a dynamic and fun curriculum, and a friendly environment for all. He is passionate about helping young people to achieve their goals, as well as ensuring that all those who want to be a part of the performing arts (whether for fun, to build confidence, or as a career), can. As well as being one of the principals of Razzamataz Newcastle, James works as a teacher and vocal coach. 

Esmé Tutill- Principal

Esmé joined Razzamataz Newcastle at the beginning of 2017, and has loved seeing the school grow. With an MSc in Clinical Psychology from Newcastle University, Esmé is passionate about helping young people to develop in a supportive and creative setting. She is a champion of mental wellbeing, and strongly believes that allowing children to express themselves in a safe environment can be a fantastic tool in developing confidence and other important skills for life. As well as being one of the principals of Razzamataz Newcastle, Esmé also works with children with special educational and mental health needs in schools across the North East.


Anna Bartle

Dance Teacher, Minis B Teacher, Project Intense Phase 2 Teacher, Razz Fit Teacher

Favourite show: The Book of Mormon

Dream role: Jenna (Waitress) or Roxie Hart (Chicago)



Anna trained at SA Performing Arts Centre and qualified with a Diploma in Musical Theatre as well as a Pre-Associate Teaching Qualification in IDTA Modern Jazz. During her professional career, Anna has worked several contracts abroad as well as pantomimes all over the country. Her biggest achievement so far is performing at The Royal Albert Hall alongside Collabro and Kerry Ellis.



Laura Clack

Vocal Coach 

Favourite show: Guys & Dolls

Dream role: Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie)



Laura has been training within the field since the age of 11 and has completed an ALCM Dip in Musical Theatre. Laura holds a BA (Hons) in Community Music and a PGCE in Musical Theatre and Music Education and works within colleges and secondary schools around Newcastle and Northumberland. Laura has completed training and voluntary courses with London West End casts, and completed a training scholarship on Broadway in New York City. She has helped with casting and training with touring casts such as The Lion King and Billy Elliott.


Rosie Maley

Drama Teacher

Favourite show: Hamilton

Dream role: Sophie (Mamma Mia)



Rosie is originally from Yorkshire and recently graduated with a degree in Drama from Northumbria University. Rosie has decided to stay in Newcastle as she loves the people and the friendly accent! She has been performing since the age of four when she joined a part-time theatre school much like Razz! Rosie has been fortunate to perform in a number of productions including the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Annie.


Hattie Eason

Tots Teacher, Minis C Teacher, Juniors D Teacher

Favourite show: Miss Saigon

Dream role: Mother Abbess (The Sound of Music) or Mrs Johnstone (Blood Brothers)



Hattie is a theatre maker, performer, singer, and drama facilitator with a master’s degree in Theatre and Performance from Northumbria University. Razzamataz holds a special place in her heart as someone who attended Razz Yeovil as a Senior student ‘back in the day’! Hattie is co-founder of theatre company and drag trio ‘Bonnie and The Bonnettes’ who spend their time creating original and bold theatre and cabaret work, which they tour nationally. She has also started to work on the writing for her one-person show and has taken up poetry and creative writing to help pass the time over the past year, as well as singing on social media to keep friends and family entertained. Performing is Hattie’s greatest passion and she loves that she gets to do it as a job. Hattie feels that there is a need for the arts within education, and that it provides young people with so much more than performance skills!


Alice Charlton

Dance Teacher, Minis A Teacher, Project Intense Phase One Teacher, Associate Tots Teacher

Favourite show: Dear Evan Hansen

Dream role: Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)



Alice has danced since the age of four moved to London where she graduated from The Urdang Academy. She was delighted to be part of the ‘Salvation Army Celebration’ at the Royal Albert Hall and has appeared in several pantomimes across the North East. Alice has previously completed five contracts with Celebrity Cruise Lines, sailing and performing around the world as Dance Captain/Aerialist.


Meg Cruse

Teaching Assistant

Favourite show: Dear Evan Hansen

Dream role: Dancer in Hairspray



Growing up taking dance and musical theatre classes from a young age, Meg is just about to graduate from Dance City’s BA (Hons) Professional Dance degree in Contemporary Dance. Meg has been assisting and teaching in both studio and education settings for 5 years now and is extremely excited to become part of the Razzmatazz Newcastle team and see where the working world of performing arts can take her as well as seeing all the students grow in skills and confidence.


Emily Everson

Teaching Assistant, Cover Teacher

Favourite show: Wicked

Dream Role: Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)



Emily has been training in musical theatre since the age of 9 at various theatre schools, and has done further training in ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary dance. She has always had a passion for musicals and theatre ever since she was little, and it has grown ever since. She has been assisting and cover teaching for 3 years at other schools and is very excited to work with the fantastic Razzamataz Newcastle students and team.