Our Musical Theatre Summer School tutor team consists of industry professionals and current members of Trinity Laban's Musical Theatre degree course teaching staff.

All tutors have established track records of working in a range of roles across the West End including musical direction, singing, and choreography.

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Below are our tutors for Take the Lead 2018. Please note that due to the nature of the profession, these tutors may be subject to change at short notice. 

Liesl Dowsett

We are excited to welcome Liesl Dowsett to the Take the Lead team this year to lead the ballet workshop. After training at the Royal Ballet Upper School, Liesl danced in numerous West End shows. Liesl is also an accomplished teacher with positions at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Guilford School of Acting, English Nation Ballet School Juniors and West London School of Dance.


Omar Okai

We are delighted to welcome back Omar as a tutor for Take the Lead. Omar will be leading the Dance sessions, as well as coaching for the 1-1 consultation lessons in acting.

Omar has worked extensively performing, directing and choreographing across the UK and Europe. Performance and choreography highlights include: Five Guys Named Moe (Original Cast, Lyric Theatre), Honk! (National Theatre tour, UK). Omar recently won the International Achievement Recognition Award for Choreography, he is artistic director of the Okai Collier Company and has worked with the education departments of the Camden Roundhouse and the Royal Opera House.


Verity Quade

Having graduated with a first class degree from Trinity Laban, Verity has achieved success as a performer in the West End and beyond. Highlights include: Carousel (English National Opera), Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre) and well as concerts with Dionne Warwick and Josh Groban.  Verity also records her own material as a composer and lyricist. 


Graham Newell

We are thrilled to welcome Graham to Take the Lead this year to join our Dance team. 

Graham in as accomplished performer in the West End and has starred in many touring productions including Spamalot, CATS, Footloose and Grease The Musical. He has also performed as part of Adele's tour at Wembley Stadium and on TV shows including Sports Relief, This Morning and Children in Need. 

Graham also has extensive teaching experience at the American Musical Theatre Academy in London, Pineapple Dance Studios and Danceworks as well as give Musical Theatre Masterclasses in Rome, Milan and Turin and around the UK.