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James Pennell, BA (Hons), PGCE, QTS- 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. James started teaching at Razzamataz Newcastle when it opened in 2016. James speaks four languages, and combined this with his love of performing, spending a year teaching music in France, where 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 (where he also teaches Project Intense Phase Two Singing), James works as a teacher and vocal coach.
Esmé Tutill, BSc (Hons), MSc- 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, PAIDTA (Modern Jazz), DipTCL (Musical Theatre)
Head of Minis, Dance Teacher, Minis B Teacher, Project Intense Phase 2 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.
Singing Teacher, Minis C Teacher
Favourite show: 42nd Street
Dream role: Jean Valjean (Les Misérables)
Matt won Britain’s Got Talent in 2014 as 1/4 of the world’s most successful musical theatre group, Collabro. Since winning the competition, Matt and the boys have released five worldwide studio albums, all of which have been in the UK Top 40. Their debut album “Stars” secured their first UK Number 1, and was the fastest selling album of 2014. Matt has performed with some of the biggest stars on the planet, including Little Mix, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Dame Shirley Bassey, Ellie Goulding, and McFly to name a few! He has toured all over the world including Japan, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Europe etc as well as four sell-out UK tours.In February 2020 Matt made his West End debut at the London Coliseum, playing the role of Donal O’Flaherty in “The Pirate Queen” by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg.
Rosie Maley, BA (Hons)
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.
Hannah Scotson, BA (Hons), PGCE
Singing Teacher, Minis A Teacher (maternity cover)
Favourite show: West Side Story
Dream role: Tracey Turnblad (Hairspray)
Hannah graduated from her performing arts degree at the University of Cumbria in 2015. Hannah has been involved with music since she was young when she started learning to play the tenor horn at age 5. She then went on to have piano lessons at age 9. At this point Hannah discovered her love for singing. Hannah got her grade 8 singing when she was 14 and sang for several years as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir where she had many special performance opportunities such as competing in the international Eisteddfod festival (placing 3rd) and singing for Her Majesty the Queen. Hannah is now a primary school teacher in Carlisle. Outside of school, Hannah is a professional singer working as a Lay Clerk at Carlisle Cathedral. Hannah can’t wait to combine her two passions of teaching and performing while teaching at Razzamataz Newcastle.
Laura Clack, BA (Hons), PGCE, ALCM
Vocal Coach (currently on maternity leave)
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 Elliot.
Bethany Beveridge, BA (Hons), PGCE
Tots Teacher, Dance Teacher, Project Intense Phase One Teacher
Favourite show: Mamma Mia!
Dream role: Sandy (Grease)
Bethany trained at Dance City where she achieved her BA (Hons) professional dance degree in the style of contemporary. During that time she worked with choreographers such as balletLORENT, Richard Chappell and Lea Anderson as well as teaching within colleges and schools in Newcastle. After completing her PCET/PGCE, she began to work in a primary school, and runs dance clubs for the children. Bethany is passionate about helping children reaching their potential and achieving their goals. As well as her extensive dance training, Bethany has also undertaken courses in mental health and wellbeing promotion. Bethany can’t wait to start working at Razzamataz and hopes she can spread her enthusiasm and love for dance to all of her students!
Meg Cruse, BA (Hons)
Juniors Dance Teacher, 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.
Juniors Drama & Singing Teacher, Teaching Assistant
Favourite show: Avenue Q
Dream Role: Christine (The Phantom of the Opera)
Laura has directed and staged productions and is passionate about young people expressing themselves through dance, drama and singing. She truly believes the world is a stage and every day is the chance to play a different role of your choice.
Hattie Eason, BA (Hons), MA
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, BA (Hons)
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.