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
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 our 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 our 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!
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). Kiri passed the worlds only accredited certifaicte for teaching Authentic Street Dance with Urban Strides with Distinction in August 2018.
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 Video'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!
STARCAST AMESBURY PRINCIPAL, STARCAST SALISBURY (SATURDAYS) DRAMA TEACHER AND STARCAST DRAMA COMPANY DIRECTOR
Amymarie Roberts is a full time Head of Drama and has teaching experience spanning over 15 years with ages 4 upto ages 19 in a broad range of theatrical genres.
She graduated from Bath Spa University in 2006 with a 2:1 in Performing Arts, specialising in Acting and Physical Theatre and during those 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.
Amymarie went on to tour with the Natural Theatre Comapny and the Full Tilt Theatre Company.
Amymarie has taught Drama at Starcast for over eight years and exudes the ethos of the Starcast community. She continues to be a wonderful and inspiring teacher to all our stduents, training many of them to consistently pass 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!
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 Royal Albert Hall and Saddlers Wells London.
She is a keen percussionist, 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 three years now and loves being part of the Starcast Singing Family.
STARCAST MINI STARS DRAMA AND SINGING TEACHER
Katie trained in Dance at college after realising her love for the Performing Arts.
She attended the 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!
STARCAST SALISBURY (TUESDAYS AND 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.
STARCAST 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
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.