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.

Below are the Take the Lead tutors for 2017.

Tutors may change subject to availability, due to the nature of their profession.


Lucinda Brereton

Training Arts Educational Schools London

Theatre Cherry Sunday in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Rhoda in White Christmas (Dominion Theatre), Mimi in Guys & Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre), Rhonda in Cool Rider (Duchess Theatre), Vodka in Drunk (Leicester Curve & Bridewell Theatre), Annie in Chicago (Leicester Curve), Principal Singer in Gotta Sing Gotta Dance (UK Tour), Kiss Me Kate (Old Vic), Wonderful Town (Original UK Tour), Gladys in 42nd Street (Leicester Curve, Chichester Festival Theatre), Soho Cinders (Queen’s Theatre), Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre), Showgirl Within (The Garrick), Dorothy in Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi (Union Theatre), Mary Poppins (UK Tour), Follies in Concert (London Palladium)

Workshops Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory), Spittin’ Distance (NT Studio), The Last Maharajah (Wyndham’s Theatre)


James Darch 

Theatre Wicked (Apollo Victoria, West End) Sky in Mamma Mia (Novello, West End), Ralph Sheldrake in White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse) Kiss Me Kate (BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall), Cool Rider (Duchess Theatre, West End), Cats (No. 1 UK Tour), Cinderella (Royal and Derngate, Northampton), Marguerite (Tabard), Guys and Dolls (Cadogan Hall), Fresher the Musical (EdFringe), Mamma Mia (West End). Upcoming: Wicked (West End) Training Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; Arts Educational Schools, London

Workshops Love of an Angel (Union Theatre), Zanetto (Arts Theatre, West End), The Diary of Anne Frank 

Television New Tricks (BBC), Sony PS4 Commercial, Morrison’s Commercial 

Recording Fresher the Musical Original 2011 Cast Recording 


Michael Howcroft 

Training: Michael trained as an actor at Rose Bruford. He is currently completing his MA in Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary and in September begins a PhD Studentship in Human Geography with the University of Hull. Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Professional Directing CreditsFive Children and It, a new British musical by Eamonn O'Dwyer and Helen Watts at the Tristan Bates Theatre; Venus in Fur; Good People (German Premières, English Theatre Frankfurt); Breaking the Code (English Theatre Frankfurt); Some Girl I Used to Know (Runaway Productions, West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK Tour); Elaine Paige in Concert (Royal Festival Hall, UK Tour); Sleeping Beauty (Place Theatre); Poor Ted (OnO Theatre Co.). Between 2011 and 2013 Michael was Associate/Resident Director for the Ambassador Theatre Company, working on: South Pacific (Barbican & UK Tour 2011/12), Spamalot (UK Tour, West End), The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour and International Tour).

Recent Student Productions: EquuusPunk Rock (London College of Music), UrinerownThe Clockmaker's Daughter (Trinity Laban), Sunshine on LeithThe Ballad of Kitty Jay (MTA, Bridewell Theatre); CompanyHow to Succeed in BusinessThe WizBest Little Whorehouse in Texas (LIPA); Soho CindersHair (The Urdang Academy); Saturday, Sunday, MondayNymph Errant (Mountview).

As PerformerThe Soldier’s Fortune (Young Vic), Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall), As You Like It (Wyndham’s, West End), Privates on Parade (New Victoria Theatre, Stoke). Michael played the Beadle in the original multi-award winning Watermill production of Sweeney Todd, (UK Tour/West End). Also at the Watermill: Martin GuerrePiaf, Cinderella and the Enchanted SlipperFiddler on the Roof and Carmen.

Michael has taught and led masterclasses at: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford, Arts Ed, Mountview, Guildford School of Acting, London College of Music, The Urdang Academy, Trinity Laban, RAM, LSMT, CPA, Italia Conti and at the National Student Drama Festival.



Omar F Okai

Omar F. Okai is an award-winning director and  choreographer of over sixty plays and musicals, produced both in London and Europe. He is the Artistic Director of the award winning Okai Collier Company Limited, which has been nominated for an Empty Space…Peter Brook Award / Equity Ensemble category both in 2011 and 2014 acknowledging its body of work. In 2001 Omar received the Best Director award for Ruthless, which also won four other awards including Best Musical Production [off West End], and was jointly nominated in 2004 for two Whatsonstage Awards [Best Musical Revival and Best Overall off West End Production] for Purlie. Omar recently won the 2016 International Achievement Recognition Award for Choreography and was nominated for a B.E.F.F.T. Award 2016 for Choreography.

DirectingPerseverance (Directing, staring Victoria Wilson James [Soul to Soul – World premiere at The Apothecary, Egg, London, 2016]; Catford Broadway Studio Theatre: The White Witch of Rose Hall; Been There, Doing It (Director / Staging  Co-Producer, Tour); Scandinavian Heart (Director, Above the Gatehouse Theatre), Emoticon (Director, Jack Studio); Honk & How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Director, Steiner Theatre); Sweet Charity (Direction / re-staging Bob Fosse’s original choreography, Steiner Theatre); Aspects of Dance (Direction, Lyceum Theatre, West End)

Movement Direction / Choreography: Choreographer Honk! National Theatre tour (UK); Moonshadow (Movement Direction, White Bear); Three Sisters (Movement Direction, Birmingham Rep); Stairway to Heaven (Movement Director, Blue Elephant); Gifted (Movement Direction, White Bear) Theatre Royal Stratford East: Robin Hood (Choreography); Little Red Riding Hood (Director); Come Dancing by Ray Davies of ‘The Kinks’ (Choreographer); Aladdin, Hansel & Gretel, Cinderella (Olivier Award Nominated Best Show affiliated to the West End); Pass The Baton, High Heeled Parrot Fish. English Speaking Theatre Frankfurt: Five Guys Named Moe (Direction / Choreography); Cabaret (Choreography); Rent (Choreography). National Theatre: Honk! (Resident Choreographer, Olivier Theatre – winner of Best Musical ‘Olivier Awards’); The Villain’s Opera (Assistant Choreographer)

Okai Collier CompanyPurlie (Bridewell, What’s On Stage award nominated for ‘Best Musical Revival’ & ‘Best Off-West End Production’ – Direction); Ruthless (Stratford Circus, London, winner of Best Director and Best Production, Musical Stages Awards); The Masque of the Red Death / Madame X (Direction, Jack Studio); Preacherosity (Direction, Jermyn Street); The Smilin’ State (Direction, Hackney Empire); My Name Is Alice (Direction, Bridewell), Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Direction, Bridewell Theatre); 1888 (Direction, The Union Theatre); Jekyll & Hyde / The Corruption of Dorian Gray / Dracula (Movement Direction / The Lion & Unicorn); Bloodline (Movement Direction, Jack Studio); Collision (Movement Direction, Hackney Empire); The Remains of the Day (Movement Direction, Union Theatre); The Last Ever Musical (Movement Direction / Choreography, White Bear); Much Ado About Nothing (Additional Choreography, Lion & Unicorn); Blavatsky’s Tower (Movement Direction, Jack Studio); Dracula 2008 (Movement Direction, White Bear);

Education: He has also worked with the education departments at both Camden Roundhouse & The Royal Opera House, for Kinetika and The New London Orchestra. He has also worked extensively with the Southern Housing Foundation on various social investment projects including directing the notable 411 documentary.

West End Performing CreditsFive Guys Named Moe (Original Cast, Lyric Theatre, West End), Sweet Charity (Victoria Palace Theatre), My One & Only and King (Piccadilly Theatre), Honk! / Candide / The Villain’s Opera (National Theatre)


Verity Quade

Training: First Class BMus (Hons) Trinity College of Music, and a PGDip and DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music.

Theatre: Verity is a seasoned West End performer, having played both lead and ensemble in a variety of musicals. Most recently, she played the role of Marge/Milan Stage Manager in Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre. Other shows include Sweeney ToddSunny AfternoonSister Act and The Sound of Music amongst others. 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.

Concerts: Verity is also an experienced session and concert singer and has sung backing vocals for Dionne Warwick and Josh Groban, performed in two Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra, and was a featured vocalist in a collaboration with the English National Ballet entitled Strictly Gershwin.

Recordings: Her recording work includes two Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks, Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies with the John Wilson Orchestra, Numbers Rush By for band Tonic Fold, the demo for Cinderella by Anne Dudley and Stephen Fry and the debut albums of both Simon Bowman and Annalene Beechey.

As a composer/lyricist, her CD Scrapbook - the songs of Rob Archibald and Verity Quade can be found on iTunes and Amazon. She is currently writing a new musical with her collaborators.