Musical Theatre Summer School 2024: Tutor Biographies
Musical Theatre Summer School 2024 will take place Monday 5 – Friday 9 August at the Laban Building.
Summer school tutors will come from the Musical Theatre faculty at Trinity Laban and are subject to change.BOOK NOW
André Fabien Francis
André attended The Ailey School – training ground for the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre – Summer Intensive in 2013 and graduated with Honours from London Studio Centre in 2014. In 2020, following an internationally extensive career with performing credits including The Lion King, Wicked, Kiss Me Kate, Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever and A Chorus Line, André was headhunted to join the faculty at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, and in 2022 to join the faculty at Artistry Youth Dance; stepping away from performing and making the exciting move towards continuing with more Lecturing, Theatrical Management and Creative work for organisations including Carrie for Trinity Laban, Mother Goose Pantomime for Hackney Empire and multiple choreographic works for Artistry Youth Dance.
Musical Theatre Integration Tutor
Anthony is an experienced professional creative practitioner having worked as an artistic director, creative consultant, theatre director, choreographer, musical stager, movement director as well as being a much-sought educator and lecturer.
As a creative practitioner, it is Anthony’s intention to make work which is ‘fit for purpose’. In focusing on the brief, he produces work which is visually captivating, engaging and tailored specifically for each project.
His work is predominantly in the UK and for ‘virtual’ settings, most notably, the European premiere of the UK & Ireland tour of Little Miss Sunshine He has also been commissioned to create for international stages, and as such was awarded the Jasnet Bosdag award for choreography for his work on Damdaki Kemanci (Fiddler On The Roof) in Istanbul. Further work including Bye Bye Birdie, In The Dead Of Night, and Legally Blonde has met critical acclaim and garnered Off West End award nominations.
He is as invested and interested in a ‘new writing’ as he is on a ‘classic book musical’ or working on location for V.T to camera. Anthony is always professional and works efficiently and effective in fast paced environments.
Anthony works in a holistic way, encompassing the mind as well as the body of the performers he creates with. This fosters safe and respectful creative spaces, leading to work which is inventive, dynamic and engaging.
Anthony entered the creative and educational sphere after a varied and successful career as a Performer, Dance Captain and Resident in commercial musical theatre. Having been a member of iconic productions including Cats, My Fair Lady, Top Hat, Andrew Lloyd Webbers The Wizard Of Oz, And Billy Elliot Anthony has had the experience of working with and performing the creations of leading Directors and Choreographers such as Peter Darling, Arlene Philips, Ellen Kane, Bill Deamer, Trevor Nunn, Morgan Young, Shaun Kerrison, and was assistant to Dame Gillian Lynne, during his time at Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This work has helped to shape his creative capacity with direct influence from such prolific industry leaders.
Charlie-Jade Jones is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and will graduate with an MSc Performance Science from the Royal College of Music in 2024. She made her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in Anything Goes – A 50th Anniversary Celebration of Cole Porter at Cadogan Hall, and most recently starred in the European Premiere of Marc Blitzstein’s No For An Answer at the Arcola Theatre as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival. Previous credits include the 10th Anniversary of Howard Goodall’s Love Story at Cadogan Hall, the Symphonic Premier of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair at Cadogan Hall, the 5* Immersive Revival of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade at Frogmore Papermill, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular and MasterVoices New York 2020 virtual production of Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns. Charlie-Jade’s solo show The Soprano Behind The Screen was featured by Elaine Paige on her BBC Radio 2 show EP On Sunday during a sold out London run. She will debut her new concert Finding Home at 1901 Arts Club, London in May 2024. As a session singer, she has recorded at Abby Road and Angel Studios, and she has been part of outreach projects with Opera Holland Park, Wigmore Hall and the Lyric Hammersmith.
In addition to her work on-stage, Charlie-Jade is an experienced and sought-after singing teacher and performance coach. She is currently completing an MSc Performance Science at the Royal College of Music where her research areas cross performance psychology and performers health and well-being, focusing on intervention practices for the physical health and psychological well-being of performing artists. She holds a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in Singing Teaching with distinction, a Certificate in Performance Coaching accredited by the British Psychological Society and has completed observations in NHS voice clinics with leading consultant ENT surgeons, in addition to many CPD courses. Having previously held singing teaching positions at colleges including Laine Theatre Arts and the Guildford School of Acting, Charlie-Jade is currently a singing teacher at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where she works with BA Musical Theatre and BA Actor Musician students and holds the position of Associate Tutor for Singing and Music at LAMDA. She is also the external specialist teacher of Musical Theatre Voice for Royal Holloway, University of London and is the founder and director of The Practice by Charlie-Jade, a voice and well-being space providing training for student and professional performing artists.
Dominic Hamilton has been a Creative within various sectors of the creative arts for the past 12 years, including producing visual media, choreography, performance, and teaching dance to people of all ages. In 2010 he trained with the Laurence Olivier award-winning dance company Boy Blue. Since then, he has advanced the practice by becoming a choreographer, teacher, and mentor for the company. Subsequently, he sought to establish his own company to incorporate visuals, dance, and music from a conceptual and experimental perspective.
Dominic enrolled in the Digital Design BA course at London South Bank University, where he discovered innovative methods to amalgamate creativity, music, and media. Utilising these skills, he has produced, directed, and edited several short dance films and adverts for clients, TV, billboards and social media platforms. He explores how stories can be conveyed through movement and captured through the lens of a camera and through design. He aspires to think and challenge himself to create art with a high level of creativity.
As a choreographer he has been teaching dance and movement professionally since the age of 19. Currently he is a teacher for various community studios such as The Hub Studios, The Manor, Danceworks, and East London Dance. He is a teacher for Boy Blue, East London Arts and Music, and Harris Academy. He also holds the position of University Lecturer for Hip Hop Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for BA Hons Dance Degree and Commercial for Trinity Laban Musical. He is also a teacher and role model for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD Exam Board). Dominic has performed and choreographed on various on stages with artists including: Barbican Theatre, Rose Theatre, Kloe Dean Adelphi Theatre, Stratford Circus, Sadler’s Wells, Move It, Upfront 2023, SouthBank Centre, Nile Rodgers, Nakhene, Nasa Woods, Moonchild, Joshua Luke Smith, Kima O-tung, Edinburgh International Festival, Breakin’ Convention, ITV Windrush celebration, ITV Queen’s Jubilee celebration Ella Henderson Performance, 2012 Open Olympic Ceremony, Eastbank Open Ceremony, Queens Elizabeth The Great Get Together, and more.
Musical Theatre Integration Tutor
Verity is a seasoned West End performer, having played both lead and ensemble in a variety of musicals. A selection of her credits include: Carousel at the London Coliseum; Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre; Sweeney Todd at the London Coliseum; Sunny Afternoon at the Pinter Theatre; Sister Act at the London Palladium; The Sound of Music at The London Palladium and Jerry Springer, the Opera at the Cambridge Theatre. She is in constant demand as a singing teacher and vocal coach at the highest level and works regularly as a musical director and arranger.
Verity is also an experienced session and concert singer and has sung backing vocals for Dionne Warwick and Josh Groban, performed in three Proms and a national tour with the John Wilson Orchestra, and was a featured vocalist in a collaboration with the English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall entitled Strictly Gershwin.