Meet
the team

Bridie Horne

Principal
Bridie grew up in Suffolk and attended St Joseph's College in Ipswich. It was during her time at school that her passion for performing developed and at a very early age her future career aspirations were already mapped out. After completing her A levels Bridie successfully auditioned and was awarded a scholarship to train at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating with a BA Hons degree in 2007. Since graduating, Bridie has performed all over the country in various acting roles including 'Maid Marion' in ROBIN HOOD & BABES IN THE WOOD, Rhodes Art Complex; 'Masha' in THE WITCH'S BOGEY, UK Tour; 'Chorus Leader' in ANTIGONE, Lion and Unicorn Theatre (London); and the title role of 'Cinderella' in CINDERELLA, Millfield Theatre (London). TV/Film credits include 'Elissa' in THE CLARENCE PRINCIPAL (short film), FS Productions; 'Sarah' in LION (short film), Christopher Frankland; 'Presenter' for NEW YORK CITY, VSP Productions; and featured guest appearances on FEAST WITH HESTON BLUMENTHAL (Channel 4) and FRESH (E4). Alongside performing, Bridie has always had a great passion for working with young people and went on to complete her teacher training, coinciding with the launch of The CTC, then a part-time theatre school. Gaining her QTS, Bridie then became Head of Drama at St Benedicts RC School in Bury St Edmunds where she taught Drama and Theatre Studies as well as directing numerous school productions. Throughout this time she continued to nurture the CTC's growing reputation as one of the finest training centres in the East of England, evident by Bridie's outstanding artistic direction of many award-winning full scale musical productions to include CATS, GREASE, JOSEPH, WEST SIDE STORY, LES MISERABLES, LEGALLY BLONDE and SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS for which she was awarded the NODA Councillor's Cup for Outstanding Choreography for the entire Eastern region.
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Wade
Ablitt

SINGING
Wade is a local Performer, Director and Musical Director who has staged productions of JOSEPH, BETTY BLUE EYES, SEUSSICAL, URINETOWN and many, many pantomimes. As a Composer and Orchestrater, Wade has written arrangements for a new production of Joshua Sobol’s GHETTO and has written original musicals such as WONDER and TUNSICK, with his most recent original musical, THREE CHEERS FOR MAISY, premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.
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Becki
Anthony

DANCE
Becki Anthony began dancing at the age of 5 when she joined a local dance school in her home town of Halstead which sparked her passion for dance. She has performed all over the country in various dance shows and competitions including Her Majesty’s Theatre and the London Palladium. Whilst at school Becki studied GCSE, BTEC and A Level Dance but unfortunately due to a recurring injury was unable to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a professional dancer. Alongside her studies, Becki gave up her evenings to assist at her local dance school and enjoyed teaching so much that she then went on to qualify as a United Teachers of Dance in 2013. Becki teaches at various Performing Arts schools across Essex and Suffolk and has been choreographing for the CTC for the last 3 years where she was recently awarded the NODA Councillor's Cup for Outstanding Choreography of the Barn Dance in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS.
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Bronwyn
Cooper

SINGING
Bronwyn is a local musician and performer. After leaving school she studied Performing Arts at Suffolk College and has performed in various productions for The Gallery Players including LOVE STORY, INTO THE WOODS, SPRING AWAKENING and THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA. Bronwyn joined local band UNDERLINE THE SKY and won Road To V 2009 with the prize of opening the 4Music Stage at both sites of V Festival that year and playing alongside the likes of Mcfly, Dixie Rascal and Pendulum. The band have since performed at the O2 arena, released 4 EPs and an album called 'Here's looking at you kid' with new music on the way.
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Chelsea
Dale

ACTING
Chelsea joined the CTC in 2011 as a dancer in CAMP ROCK The Musical and went on to perform in five more productions whilst assisting with the Academy classes and junior company productions. During this time, Chelsea studied Childcare at Suffolk New College graduating with a Level 3 Diploma in 2015 gradually taking on more experience at CTC as her experience grew. Chelsea now works as teaching assistant at a local primary school in Stowmarket and teaches Acting to the younger Academy members, Tots and Tribes.
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Madeleine
Mears

ACTING
A previous member of the CTC, Madeleine trained in acting with the Court Theatre Training Company in London graduating with a BA Hons degree in 2016. Theatre credits include 'Lady Macbeth' in MACBETH (N1 Theatre Company); 'Nance' in FEMALE TRANSPORT (The Courtyard Theatre); 'Jo' on THE ANNIVERSARY (Theatre N16, London). Short film credits include 'Sally' in THE AUDITION and 'Stella' in YOU'RE ALMOST PERFECT directed by Emma Frayne-Ford and the latter winning the Audience Choice Award at Cardiff Film Festival 2017. Madeleine has also performed with improv comedy group 'The Funny Siders' in Soho, London and is currently directing CTC's first play NUMBERS by Kieron Barry.
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Cheryl
Pethybridge

LAMDA
Cheryl loves all aspects of Performing Arts and really enjoys learning from the students, sharing her knowledge and working collaboratively with a team. She made her professional debut at 12 years old and has performed in many productions, shows and tours all over the world.  Cheryl has worked as a vocal coach for many years teaching a wide range of ages from young children to adults and is an experienced Musical Theatre LAMDA tutor.
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Erin
Simpson

DANCE
Erin trained at Bodywork Studios in Cambridge as a Dancer, Singer and Actress and received a First Class Honours degree in Dance Training at Middlesex University. She has taught, choreographed and performed professionally over the past twenty years and her professional work has taken her all over the world with many UK and International productions. Erin runs Musical Theatre workshops throughout the year and has choreographed and co-produced many productions for Pure Rhythm Performing Arts, Young Expressions, Felsted school, Stage Right Performing Arts Studios, St Josephs college, Woodbridge school and PMB Productions to name but a few. She continues to perform as a Professional Singer and believes that her career as a performer enhances her ability as a Performing Arts Teacher. Erin is extremely passionate about The Performing Arts and is thrilled to be a member of the teaching faculty at CTC. She feels privileged to have a career teaching and promoting something she loves and can’t wait to work with the students and further their training.
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Adrienne
Thornley

LAMDA
Adrienne is a Professional Actor with over fifteen years’ experience of working with children, teens and adults as an Acting LAMDA teacher.  She enjoys working with all age groups, developing skills through Creative Drama, vocal coaching, public speaking, audition technique and performance exam preparation. Adrienne trained at the Birmingham School of Acting, gaining additional acting Diplomas from LAMDA in her final year of study.  Adrienne’s Professional acting experience includes theatre tours, roleplay, theatre-in-education, commercial and voiceover work. As a local working Actor, with strong links to regional Arts organisations and networks, Adrienne is delighted to be part of the CTC team.
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