Wells Academy of Theatrical Arts
Meet our Team of Teachers.
All our teachers are highly professional, CRB checked and hold a First Aid Certificate.
PENELOPE LAMBERT AISTD dIP.
Founder & Principal
Penelope Lambert (Miss Penny) started dancing at the age of 3 years old. She trained at the Sylvia Bebb Academy of Ballet and Theatre Arts and later Laine and Kilburn College where she gained her teaching qualifications. Penny appeared professionally as Clara in with The Southern Ballet Company, Thumberlina with the Hans Christian Anderson Touring company, Was one of The Freddy Anthony Dancers in Germany and in pantomime. Theatre has always been a big part of Penny’s life and from a young age she enjoyed performing in shows and taking part in competitions. She won the All England Competition with her duet partner and her trio. Penny opened her first dancing school at the age of 14 in her mothers lounge. By the age of 20 she had two school and over 300 pupils. She now has over 25 years of teaching experience. Penny has managed the Justine Garner School of Dance and taught at The Bristol School Of Dance where she taught ballet and Musical Theatre. Penny has been teaching at the Saturday Theatre School since she opened it in 200. She teaches at Many schools in the area as a guest teacher - St Cuthberts Junior school and The Blue School in Wells giving classes in Dance, Fitness, Zumba, Kids Zumba, Drama & Glee Club!. Penny also teaches at Wells Cathedral Junior School where she teaches drama and music lessons, 'Fitness Friday' and leads the Sing and Swim Toddler Group- She is a fully qualified Zumba teacher for Adults and Children and is an assessor for the Trinity Arts Award. She has lived in Wells for the past 19 years with her husband Malcom and has a seven year old son Henry. Her passion is to inspire children and help them to discover the joy of performing and the confidence it can bring. Penny was thrilled to be one of three finalists in the Pride of Somerset Awards 2014 for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award.
Drama, Musical Theatre, Singing,
Director of Summer School and
Andy is a freelance drama teacher working within schools throughout the Bristol Area. He joined the school in 2005 and as well as teaching, writes many of our productions for us. As well as Directing many local productions for Adult Companies and Youth productions he does film work and is an adjudicator for the Somerset Rose Theatre Awards. Andy is a regular on Casualty and Doctor Who and is an acting member of the Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet and regularly goes on tour with both companies appearing at the coliseum in London and Royal Covent Gardens. Andy co-directs many of the Theatre School Shows and has Directed many of our summer school 'show in a weeks'. Andy is a mentor for children in Somerset for Somerset County Council.
Drama, Trinity Drama Coaching and
BA Hons Performing Arts, MA Popular performances. Beth was educated in Wells and took part in many local theatre productions, pantomimes and sang in choirs. She studied for her degrees at the University of Winchester specialising in physical theatre. Beth has been teaching in Glastonbury and local primary schools where her pupils take part in annual shows and charity performances. She has prepared and trained students for their Trinity College examinations both individually and in groups. All have achieved excellent results. Beth is currently studying for her LTCL in teaching with Trinity College.
Vocal Coaching, Ensemble Singing,
Solo singing and Musical Direction
Cheltenham born soprano Tracey Hansford completed a music degree in Bath specialising in performance in 1994. Tracey enjoys a varied repertoire of recital, oratorio and opera and is also busy teaching singing at Bristol Grammar School and Bruton School. She also teaches guitar at Backwell School. Tracey is currently running her own successful teaching practice in Wells and is also Musical Director of Cantabile show are a ladies choir based in Wells. She is musical director of Glastonbury Male Voice Choir. Her most recent projects are New Musical Director of Barber boys a 20 voice boys choir based in Backwell school and new choirs at the Blue School and Bruton. Tracey now has over 20 years teaching experience up to ABRSM/LCM Diploma Level.
Actor and Drama
Edgar is an English Actor, producer and Screenwriter. He studied under the late American actor Don Fellows, (actors' Studio, himself a student of Lee Strasberg) and went on to be directed by Don in an award winning one man show at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith. Edgar's other notable theatre roles include RP Mc Murphy, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire. He is currently involved in several film and TV projects and rehearsing for Bill Sykes in Oliver. When not acting or teaching he is a professional stained glass artist, restorer and sculptor.
ISTD Dance, Musical Theatre,
Drama and Administration
Carrieann was a pupil with Penny from the age of 7 years old. She has studied Dance at Bridgewater College and we are happy that she has returned to the school as a member of staff. She has been assisting with classes since she was 10 years old so although young has a wealth of experience within the school. Carrie Ann has been preparing students for ISTD Modern and Tap Examinations for 3 years with excellent results. She has been teaching the pre-school & pre-primary Ballet classes at Wells Performing Arts where parents and pupils alike have been delighted with her classes. Carrieann also helps with the administration and general running of the Theatre School and in her spare time enjoys running challenges - she recently completed the monster race!
Actor and Drama
Holly has taken an interest in drama throughout her life, starting at WATA, and went on to study at Manchester Metropolitan University coming out with a First Class BA Hons in Drama. From that I have directed in various projects, including being asked to direct 3 Indian students in association with the British Council and have assisted with various projects including work at the Theatre Royal in Bath. I am trained in both ballet and tap and have been trained, as well as performed, in various theatre styles throughout my life, including naturalism, physical theatre, verbatim, postmodern, musical theatre, improvisation and devised work.
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