Our Teachers

At Starcast we offer children the chance to train with professional teachers who are all fully DBS checked. 

All our team have experience as professional performers. Our teachers are selected for their talent and passion to teach and inspire our students, they are all experts in their chosen field of Dance, Drama or Singing.

SAMANTHA HOLLOWAY AISTD

STARCAST PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL FOUNDER

Sam

I moved to Salisbury when I was 10 years old and I attended dance classes at The Salisbury School of Dance nearly every day after school. From there I was selected for a place at a top London Dance and Musical Theatre College  - Laine Theatre Arts.

I trained at the UK's top dance college,  Laine Theatre Arts, for three years full time in street jazz, commercial dance, Musical Theatre and Drama, where I also gained my full teaching qualifications in ballet, modern and tap. 

 I then embarked on a ten year career as a professional dancer in Theatres and TV world wide, working with the UK's top choreographers and directors.

At the age of 28 I was offered a position at Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Surrey, as a Children's Theatrical Agent, where I found professional work for children in the West End, TV and Film. I also would inspect their Schools and look for new talented students. I worked in this role for 10 years. During this time I opened my own  Theatre Arts Schools where I had over 350 budding starlets training in Dance Classes, Singing Lessons and Drama Classes with me! Many of whom worked professionally in TV and Theatre. At the last count ten of my students were in the West End's production of "Oliver"! I was very sad to leave my Theatre Schools but I wanted my family to experience living in the country and back in my home town.

I moved back to my home town of Salisbury in 2008 and now I have over 260 students training at my Starcast Performing Arts Schools in this area. I have enjoyed working with the children in Salisbury immensely, they really appreciate the training we offer as there are few schools like Starcast is the Salisbury area.

I love  seeing how my students improve in skill and confidence every term.

I have such a strong belief that Theatre Arts can benefit every child. With Starcast I hope the children will learn to be confident, expressive, diligent and happy - skills for life!

LILLI BADCOCK

STARCAST PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND STARCAST AMESBURY PRINCIPAL

Lilli has been working as a Singing Teacher teaching inspirational Singing Lessons since 2004 and set up her own studio in 2007 (The Lilli Badcock Vocal Studio).

Her training has seen her work with some of the leading vocal coaches in the world and she still attends training workshops on a regular basis to ensure she keeps up to date with the latest techniques.

As well as working as a Singing Teacher, Lilli is an active Singer herself and is well known on the 'circuit' singing in many of the local hotels and live music venues.

Lilli started out as a dancer at the age of 2 and has been on stage ever since!!  She began singing live in 2001 with a pop soul choir and quickly became one of their lead vocalists.  From there she put together a female harmony trio and toured the South of England performing at various functions both public and private.  Since then she has also worked as Agnetha with an Abba Tribute band as well as putting together her own Dreamgirls Tribute for a one off Charity event and, a Girlband Tribute Act.

She now performs as a Soloist (Miss Lilli B) and also as a vocalist with up and coming function band State of Play.  She is very involved in local charity work and can often be found performing and/or organising concerts specifically to raise money for the local community.

She is also Manager of her husband's Michael Buble Tribute Act and is Vocal Director and owner of local Performance Group, Evolution.

She joined Starcast Performing Arts in February 2010, initially working at just one school.  Today, she is the appointed Vocal Coach for three different schools in the Salisbury area, as well as for the new Saturday school.

"There is no greater buzz for me, than to help my students realise their full potential both vocally and in their performances.  Singing has always been a great passion of mine and I feel so fortunate to be able to share this with others."

 KIRI GOLDING ANATD ACC1

STARCAST SALISBURY & ROMSEY PRINCIPAL, STARCAST DANCE TEACHER AND STARCAST MINI STARS DANCE TEACHER.  STARCAST DANCE CREW MANAGER. STARCAST DANCE AND ACROBATICS ACADEMY DIRECTOR AND TEACHER.

 

Kiri is a freelance dance artist and facilitator working in the Hampshire and Wiltshire area for the past 8 years,  providing ASC, PPA and CPD work, covering a range of style from Ballet to Street!  Kiri has obtained her teaching qualification with the NATD alongwith a Contemporary teaching diploma, a first class BA (Hons) degree in Choreography and Dance, is an credited Little Acorns Preschool Dance teacher and an Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher (AAC1).

As a freelance artist, Kiri develops creative work independently and collaboratively within her own company, GoldHill Dance, who are supported by the GradLab Project, funded by Arts Council England with extra support from The Point, Eastleigh, The University of Chichester and The University of Winchester. 

Alongside this, Kiri performs professionally as a dancer regionally with the site specific all-female dance company, The Land Girls.

Having performed on larger paltfroms such as The Voice, she has also had featured roles with Music Vidoe's for musicians such as FOOR and Knight$. Having also featured on the movie Final Score alongside actors Piers Bronsnan and Dave Batista and most recently cast in the newest Master Card:Brit Awards Advert (2017) with Robbie Williams.

Alongside her professional career, Kiri is passionate about motivating and inspiring the younger generation of dancers. Kiri believes movement is an integral process if understanding and learning. Explorations through dance allows the mind and body to be conditioned through the kinaesthetic pathway, encouraging a physical contribution to fitness and wellbeing combined with an abundance of exciting learning possibilities.

Kiri will be leading all our Dance Academy Classes in Ballet, Modern, Tap and Acrobatics.

Kiri strives to deliver fun, knowledgable and technical classes. She wishes to help each child achieve their full potential. Kiri is thrilled to be part of the Starcast Team and truly belives every child deserves their chance to sparkle and shine! 

 

AMY MARIE ROBERTS

STARCAST SALISBURY (SATURDAYS)  DRAMA TEACHER AND STARCAST DRAMA COMPANY DIRECTOR

Amy Marie Roberts graduated from Bath Spa University in 2006 with a 2:1 in Performing Arts, specialising in Acting and Physical Theatre.

During the three years at University she trained with some of the best coaches in the world, ranging from a Voice Speech Coach from the Central School of Speech and Drama to Acting Technique with the Principal of East 15 School of Acting.

Amy Marie went on to tour with the Natural Theatre Comapny and the Full Tilt Theatre Company.

She taught Drama and Muscial Theatre to many Theatre Schools in the South West before being selected as Head of Drama for a local Senior School.

Amy Marie has taught Drama at Starcast for over seven years. She continues to be a wonderful and inspiring teacher to all our stduents, training many of them who passed their Musical Theatre Exams with Distinction.

She continues to offer high energy, disciplined and fun acting classes and to strive to develop confidence and skills in all the Starcast Starlets!

 

HARRIET WALKER

STARCAST SALISBURY AND AMESBURY SINGING TEACHER  AND STARCAST SINGING COMPANY, STARCAST SINGING TROUPE AND STARCAST PERFORMANCE TROUPE MUSICAL DRIECTOR

 

Harriet has been interested in Singing and Dancing from a young age and has successfully completed her 3 years BA HONS degree in Musical Theatre. As part of her degree Harriet studied Vocal Development and Technique and is keen to pass on all her knowledge to the Starcast Students.

Harriet has performed in many productions including "Sweet Charity', "Spring Awakening", "Thoroughly Modern Milly" and many Pantomines in venues such as the Salisbury Playhouse, The Roayl Albert Hall and Saddlers Wells London.

She is a keen perussionist, drummer and song writer and has won many local music competitions. She was a loyal member of SAYM for many years.

Harriet has taken Theatre Workshops in schools as part of her degree course and loved the experience of teaching children and teenagers.

She has taught Starcast Singing Lessons for two years now and loves being part of the Starcast Singing Family.

KATIE AUSTWICK

STARCAST MINI STARS DRAMA AND SINGING TEACHER

 Katie trained in Dance at college after realising her love for the Performing Arts.

She attended teh Long Overdue Theatre School from the age of 8 years, training in Dance, Drama and Singing.

She has also studied ballet for 10 years and is a qualified childcare practioner.

Katie has taught in many established Theatre and Performing Arts Schools in and around Salisbury, teaching all ages in Singing, Dance and Drama, for the last five years.

Her performing experiences include various Theatre Shows in the South West. Including events such as the RAF Christmas Ball and Vintage Events.

Katie is so excited to be teaching the gorgeous Starcast Mini Stars!

JACINTA LANDON 

STARCAST DANCE COMPANY (INVITATION ONLY)  CHOREOGRAPHER AND DIRECTOR

Jacinta rehearses our Starcast Dance Company every week for their upcoming shows and events.

Jacinta graduated with a diploma in Commercial Dance from Wellington Performing Arts. 

Jacinta has been teaching in many Dance Schools and schools in Salisbury for the last 6 years and has fast become one of the leading names in choreography and in teaching Hip Hop, Street and Commercial Dance in the area. 

She now runs a succesful and very well respected Dance Studio in Salisbury.

We are delighted that JC is part of our Starcast Dance Teaching Team.

SEAN ECCLESTON

STARCAST ROMSEY PERFORMING ARTS TEACHER


 After graduating from Southern Theatre Arts Centre, Brighton, in 2008, Sean has worked a number of leading jobs in the industry. Whilst training, Sean performed many cabarets, and participated in master classes with leading professionals.

As well as this, Sean also played Mr Burrs in Lippa’s The Wild Party and Tobias in Sondhiem’s Sweeney Todd. Being cast as 1 of 100 redcoats at the UK’s leading holiday parks, Butlins, lead Sean into a world of opportunities. Having hosted shows for Nick Jn, Cartoon Network, Loony Tunes, Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor to name a few, as well as performing in Panto and a leading character in Butlin’s most famous in house entertainment show, The Skyline Gang, Sean is no stranger to a Mic, or a stage!

He was chosen to be 1 of 2 backing vocalists for 90s boyband, 911 in 2010/2011 for their arena tour. During 2012, Sean went on to work for Butlins sister parks, Haven, as lead male vocalist. During his time there, he directed and co-choreographed production shows that toured throughout Dorset.

Sean has just finished in a Christmas Musical named CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, at the Regents Centre, Christchurch, where he has been invited back each year since 2012 by producers, The Glad Rags Production Company, where he played the role of Noel.

 

CRAIG PHELPS

STARCAST SALISBURY (THURSDAYS) DRAMA TEACHER

Craig has been part of the youth development and artistic scene in his native Salisbury for the past 11 years. 

He began his performing venture as part of the Playhouse's Stage '65 Youth Theatre, landing major roles in the Main House productions.

It is also at the Salisbury Playhouse where he began forging his path as a Theatre Practioner, working with a wide variety of demographics from youth theare members to the over 60's to young people with special educational needs.

He has worked alongside and learned from some of the best theare makers in the industry, including the legendary director, Max Stafford Clark and the Voice and Text Coach for the RSC, Michael Corbridge, successor to the renowned director and vocal coach Cecily Berry.

Having studied drama and Performing Arts academically and vocationally, Craig is able to encourage a range of prespectives from his students.

Craig is hugely excited about sharing his passion of theatre with everyone at Starcast and is honoured to be part of the Starcast Team and the development of the next generation of the talented theatre makers to come from Salisbury.

JOANNA WILLS

STARCAST SALISBURY (TUESDAY) AND AMESBURY DRAMA TEACHER

Joanna Wills trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and represented Mountview at the Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe before graduating in 2013. Joanna has just returned from Malta after a spring/summer of playing Olivia in Twelfth Night. 

Other credits Include Spend Spend Spend (The Cockpit Theatre); All Female Hamlet (Karamel Club Theatre); There is a War (Jackson’s Lane); Playhouse Creatures (Karmael Club Theatre); The Other Plans (Colour House Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk Tour, as well as numerous short films. 

Joanna has a flare for comedy and was mentored in stand up at the Soho Theatre in their young company and spent 3 months touring america west coast to east coast in 2015. ‘My classes offer the chance for a child to grow in confidence in a safe environment free from judgment. With focus and a sprinkling of technique we will work together as an ensemble to be the best actors we can be. We are going to be have fearless fun

NICOLA GOLDING

STARCAST SALISBURY (SATURDAY) FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER

Nicola joins us in the position of Front of House, coming from a background in Customer Services with over 15 years experience at management level. Nicola is no stranger to Performing Arts having two daughters whom are passionate and actively involved in the profession since a young age.

In her spare time, Nicola likes to take part acting in Student Films and has been cast in walk on and supporting artist roles to provide background action on film and TV productions throughout the UK. Nicola's credits include; Final Score (2017), Brit Awards - Master Card Advert, Jaguar - TV Commercial, UniLad - Fosters: Stag Do Advert and Virgin Media TVC - Southampton Football Stadium alongside featuring in mutlitple short films.

Nici is thrilled to take on this position and is excited offer incite, wisdom and knowledge to students and parents about being involed within the Perfoming Arts Industry.

Our Address
Starcast Performing Arts Schools
"Ashcott"
Wylye Road
Hanging Langford
SP3 4NW
Telephone: Kiri Golding - 07809 220405
Telephone: Sam Holloway - 07974 721091
Telephone:  Lizz Badcock - 07891 146485