Helen’s love for the stage and all things theatrical started at a very young age, but her career began in her teens when she was cast in a number of TV commercials, short films and feature films. Helen went onto pursue a career in the industry from UK tours to singing and dancing abroad. In her late twenties Helen embarked on a career at sea joining cruise ships as a production singer and being promoted to assistant cruise director and finally cruise director. Her return to England was to start a family and she has been teaching ever since. As a professional choreographer, Helen’s work has been seen in many theatre’s across the South Coast in the last five years. Helen is thrilled to be the Principal and Company Director of TADAA – a school that provides the very best in drama and musical theatre to the children of Hampshire. “I am so excited to get back to classes in September and see you all doing what we do best, I am so passionate about TADAA and cannot wait to see it thrive.”
Katrina Richards is our brilliant drama teacher she was once herself a student at TADAA where she developed her love for the Performing Arts! She believes in being a leader who creates a fun and safe environment where students feel comfortable to express themselves and explore who they are through drama. Katrina’s aim is to create a space that students want to come back too time and time again and to use drama to inspire her students to strive for new and creative ways to approach the world, she hopes they would do so with a kind and open minded outlook!
Katrina has completed a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Acting achieving a grade of Triple Distinction* (D*D*D*) and has worked with local theatres such as the Kings Theatre and worked as a teacher for Chichester Festival Theatre. She is first aid trained and LAMDA trained so is available for 121 sessions. Katrina has directed many plays for us including our entrance to the National Theatre connections competition! You are in good hands with her!
Nathalie is a professional singer and theatre creative living in Portsmouth. Originally from Kent, Nathalie trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts before completing a BA Honours Degree in Creative & Performing Arts at Portsmouth University.
Since graduating, Nathalie has worked as a freelance singing and drama teacher, working with Portsmouth Music Service, The Alzheimers Society, Portsmouth Young Creatives and The Kings Youth Theatre. She also works a director and producer and most recently launched a new community department for The Kings Theatre.
Nathalie is the lead singer of popular function band The Spoils and also performs solo as an events singer specialising in vintage and musical theatre.
Ethan is new to the professional industry having just finished his one year foundation actors training at the prestigious East 15 Drama School, however, he has been working within the local amateur dramatic communities for the past 5 years. Performing with multiple different groups on many different stages Ethan has played parts such as Tony in West Side Story at Ferneham Hall and Fagin in Oliver at the New Theatre Royal alongside Helen as his choreographer. Alongside these main starring roles Ethan has also performed twice on the King’s Theatre Stage as ensemble and featured parts with CCADS including their recent production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which saw sold out performances every night. Ethan is keen to begin working within the industry as a teacher and is hoping that this position at TADAA will help him achieve that goal.
Lucas has been at TADAA for over a decade as a student. He went to school on Hayling Island and has studied 2 years on a level three diploma in Musical Theatre At Chichester College. Lucas has been in various Shows since a young age and played major parts in Local musicals such as “Cat in the Hat” Seussical the Musical”, “Javert” In “les miserables” and many more. His many years Studying the arts and being taught in the “TADAA family” has encouraged him to now become an instructor at TADAA, and help teach others to embrace the dramatic arts and have fun.
Lennon has been at TADAA for about 10 years. During those 10 years he has been a student and an instructor. TADAA is like family to Lennon and he is always very committed to everything they do. He studied Drama for GCSE and is currently doing Acting for Stage and Screen Level 3 at Southdown’s. Lennon has been in many shows over the years, with his first performance in “Oliver” and his latest “The Marxist In Heaven” with the TADAA National Theatre Connections cast. All of these performances have helped Lennon Into the actor he is now.
Clare initially trained as a secondary English teacher, before deciding to redirect her career and follow her dreams to become a professional performer. After training at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, she has now recently completed her MA in Acting at Guildford School of Acting and is beginning to make her way in the industry. She still has a passion for inspiring young people and loves combining her love for performance with her teaching skills. She is thrilled to be teaming up with TADAA to bring exclusive workshops to help TADAA students enhance their craft. Watch this space!
Kate has been involved in amateur dramatic communities for the past 10 years, performing with multiple different groups on different stages, including the Kings Theatre, Berry Theatre and the Point. Kate was also a part of the Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre for many years and has performed on the Mayflower Stage multiple times. She has loved playing roles such as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof and Brigitta in the Sound of Music, as well as many others over the last few years. As well as performing, Kate has a strong love for teaching and working within an arts space with young people. She has been training with the Chichester Festival Theatre over the last year to become a youth theatre leader and she has assistant directed a youth theatre performance alongside Mark Wheeller. She has had lots of experience teaching children, both within the arts industry and out. Kate has a strong passion for theatre and wants to help young people achieve their potential in a safe and fun environment.