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,  STARCAST SALISBURY  PRINCIPAL, STARCAST SALISBURY THURSDAYS DANCE TEACHER  AND STARCAST MINI STARS SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

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, STARCAST SINGING COMPANY TEACHER.  STARCAST AMESBURY AND STARCAST TUESDAYS 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."

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!

EMMA NIAS

STARCAST AMESBURY DRAMA TEACHER

Emma Nias

Emma has enjoyed a varied theatre training and studied for three years at the University of Winchester gaining a BA Hons Degree in Street Arts.

Throughout the course she has worked with Theatre Companies including Spymonkey, Peripam and Company Number Eight.

After completing a course in Greek Theatre at East 15 Drama School she gained a place on the BA Hons Acting Course at Birmingham School of Acting.

Emma has training in acting, clowning, mime, puppetry, circus skills and comedy.

After recently becoming an Associate Artist at The Point Theatre in Hampshire, she is now working towards her first, full scale solo show. 

She has performed in various Festvals including the Larmer Tree, Winchseter Hat Fair and London Bridge Live Arts Festival.

Emma is thrilled to be part of the Starcast Performig Arts Schools team and is expert at using her diverse Drama Skills to encourage the development of creative young people.

 

 EMMA-LOUISE WILLIAMS

STARCAST ROMSEY MUSICAL THEATRE TEACHER AND SCHOOL MANAGER

Emma-Louise Williams photo

 

Emma attended dance classes from the age of 3 and progressed to Advanced in Ballet, Tap and Modern with the ISTD enjoying various successes within the All England Dance competition. Emma worked on several contracts as a professional performer including ITV's The X Factor, Crimewatch, Radio 1 and Yamaha as well as dancing for Will.I.Am and Brian McFadden. Emma is qualified in dance with the NATD and possesses a Higher Certificate in Contemporary Vocal Teaching with VIDLA.

Emma has had pupils who have performed in UK touring musicals such as Annie and specialises in Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre Dance and Singing and preparing pupils for auditions. Emma continues to greatly enjoy teaching pupils all over the south of England. Emmas Dance Classes and Singing Lessons are disciplined and confidence building.

 BRYONY KIRKPATRICK

 STARCAST MINI STARS TEACHER

 

 Bryony has a lifelong passion for theatre, attending Theatre Arts Schools and dance classes from the age of 4 and then Youth Theatre Groups, gaining the experiences of performing at The Point Theatre, The Nuffield Theatre, the Mayflower Theatre and in site specific performances.

Bryony trained for three years at the University of South Wales, gaining a BA (Hons) Applied Drama Degree (First Class). During her studies, Bryony taught at a Youth Theatre for 5 - 17 yr olds and took perfomances to the Big Splash Festival three years running. She ran Theatre Schools in 2013 to great acclaim from the children, their parents and the Mayor of Newport. Bryony also taught creative writing and performance in primary and secondary schools across South Wales.

Bryony also performed in two major National Theatre Wales Productions and performed her own poetry in venues across South Wales.

Bryony has worked in many Theatre Schools in South West England and is very happy to be leading the wonderful Starcast Mini Stars Students in their Drama and Singing Classes.

HARRIET WALKER

STARCAST SALISBURY SINGING TEACHER (THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS)

 

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.

KIRI GOLDING

STARCAST SALISBURY (TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS) DANCE TEACHER AND STARCAST MINI STARS DANCE TEACHER. STARCAST DANCE CENTRE DIRECTOR AND TEACHER.

Kiri is a freelance dance artist and facilitator working in Hampshire and Wiltshire for the past 7 years, providing ASC, PPA and CPD work, covering a range of styles from Ballet to Street. She has also obtained her teaching qualificatons with the NATD and will graduate in October 2017 with a BA (Hons) degree in Choreography and Dance.

As a freelance artist, Kiri develops creative work independtly and colaoratively with her own company, GoldHill Dance and performs professionally with the 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 Bronsan 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. Exploring 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 Centre Classes in Ballet, Modern Tap and Childrens Gymnastics 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! 

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 5 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.

KATIE MANSON

STARCAST SALISBURY (THURSDAYS) DRAMA TEACHER

 Katie trained at Bath Spa University. She then spent two years proffesionally acting and freelance drama teaching for numerous different schools and companies including Starcast and The Lights Theatre.

Katie taught Drama Classes at the Long Overdue Theatre Company and then took over the Comapny and built the school up to be the most successful Theatre School in the area.

In 2012 Katie decided to sell the school and concentrate on family life. 

Katie is now very excited to be back at Starcast after having her youngest daughter Lyra.

Katie delivers high energy, fun but disciplined and inspiring classes to our Starcast Thursday Drama Students.

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