the team

Bridie Horne

Head of Musical Theatre
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 Musical Staging for the entire Eastern region.
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Matt read English & French at the University of Manchester before training at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He made his West-End debut in BOEING BOEING in 2007 and has since worked extensively on stage and screen across the globe. Matt joined the BBC Radio Drama Company in 2009 and has been heard in hundreds of radio dramas, comedies and documentaries. He is a popular audiobook reader both here in the UK and in the US. His ADR work includes major HBO series and Hollywood blockbusters. TV and Radio commercial voiceovers include clients such as VAUXHALL, FORD, SKODA, SONY, DOMINO'S PIZZA, PAYPAL, THE STEREOPHONICS, CROWDED HOUSE and THE SAMARITANS. He has voiced many major computer games, including CODEMASTERS F1 RACE STARS. His live voice work includes the Global Fashion Awards, United Nations events at Windsor Castle, and many prestigious poetry readings. Matt coaches actors and presenters from both sides of the Atlantic in finding and using their voice in recorded media. He has taught a week-long Masterclass in Recorded Voice at The MTA since 2011 which gives students an unparalleled introduction into the world of voice work, through practical workshops using industry standard practices and equipment.
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Ballet | Contemporary
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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Commercial | Jazz
Charlotte was born and bred in Essex, where she began her performing at an early age. She trained at London Studio Centre, and has been a professional Dancer, Actress & Model for many years. Throughout her dancing career she has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues including THE LONDON COLISEUM for THE ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA COMPANY and THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL for a production of ‘Classical Spectacular’. One of her many career highlights was performing in Zoonation Company’s production of INTO THE HOODS original cast at The Peacock Theatre. Her dancing career has taken her all over the world and she has become a regular dancer for the past 6 years for the British Armed Forces shows, performing in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo and the slightly more glamorous Dubai, Malaysia and Qatar. Just recently she has entered the government archives by being one of the first female entertainers to perform for the troops on the Front line in Afghanistan, which has not been seen since the Vera Lynn days! Charlotte began acting at an early age and has credits in TV commercials and Musicals. Her credits include the Disney film JOHN CARTER OF MARS, where she played a lead handmaiden to the princess and recently can be seen performing on AGE BEFORE BEAUTY (BBC). For the past 3 years Charlotte has been choreographing for Corporate & Live Shows at Global Village Dubai for audiences up to 10,000 people.
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Manx raised and of Danish origin, Jonathan trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, finishing with a Post Graduate diploma in Performance, a DipRAM and a Licentiate of The Royal Academy of Music. He is also a Fellow of the London College of Music (FLCM) and holds a Fellowship to the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Currently he is working towards a Masters in teaching Performance for Higher Education at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Alongside this he lectures in Music and Singing at East 15 Acting School, CPA and Guildford Conservatoire. Jonathan has also taught at The London College of Music, Urdang Academy, Mountview Academy and The Institute of the Arts Barcelona. As a performer his theatre credits include 'Melchior' in SPRING AWAKENING (National UK Tour), 'Tony' in WEST SIDE STORY (Bridewell Theatre, London), 'Man 1' in SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (New Players theatre) 'Jack' in INTO THE WOODS (Landor Theatre) , 'Tim Caruthers' in ‘HALF A SIXPENCE (No1 UK tour), 'Tinman' in THE WIZ (Gatehouse) and 'Production Tenor/Kit Kat Boy' in CABARET, (English Theatre, Frankfurt). His concert and TV Credits include performing as a vocalist for ELTON JOHN'S CHOIR, EUROVISION: Making your Mind Up, CBBC PROM IN THE PARK, THE PAUL O GRADY SHOW, THE X FACTOR and BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT. More recently he has been performing across the globe with 'The Rockafellas’, and the Frankie Valli Tribute group ‘Walk Like a Man’. He is also concentrating on finishing his third album which is scheduled to be released Winter 2018.
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Acro | MT Routine
Heidi grew up in Suffolk and after completing A-Levels was awarded a scholarship to train at Tiffany Theatre College, graduating in 2007. After several years working as a choreographer and teacher, both in the UK and abroad, including two seasons as a choreographer at Stagedoor Manor in New York, she embarked on a Dance Degree at the University of East London which she graduated from in 2013 with First Class Honours. Heidi has taught across the region in several schools and colleges and continues to teach for a number of Performing Arts schools locally with her ISTD, NATD and AAC1 qualifications, specialising in choreography for Musical Theatre as well as teaching a wide range of classes within her own dance school, Fox Academy of Dance based in Finborough.
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Originally trained as an actress, Susan has worked in fringe theatre all over the UK with her passion for Voice starting as a young actress trying to “soften” her accent to open up more casting opportunities...and there started the wonderful journey into the world of Voice. Susan has been teaching Voice and Text for the past 30 years, having been coached by Patsy Rodenberg, Cicely Berry and Barbara Houseman and now runs her own Voice company, The Right to Speak. Susan loves teaching voice, finding it freeing, energising and powerful to see this instrument we all have working to its full capacity.
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Helen has a Masters Degree in the Advanced Teaching of Shakespeare from the University of Warwick and is a member of the Education Committee and Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association. She has led active workshops in the teaching of Shakespeare and has a keen interest in understanding Shakespeare’s language and rhythms and how this helps the actor develop and portray a character. Helen has seen every play in the Shakespeare canon performed on stage and her breadth and depth of knowledge of his works helps her guide students to selecting less known speeches for auditions.
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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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Suffolk-born, Michelle studied Music at Cambridge University receiving an MA HONS Music degree and PGCE in Music Education. She started her musical career as a classroom teacher and continued her career as a performing musician in the local area and across the country. Performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with local Orchestra the Suffolk Sinfonia, as lead singer of a number of bands including professional function band Turntable and The Ballroom Dance Band, whilst regularly playing Woodwind in the pit orchestras of several local companies for over 20 years. Michelle has recently achieved an ambition to return to her University Homerton College Cambridge to work as a tutor and mentor interviewing prospective PGCE music students for the Secondary School Music Course. In 2016 Michelle founded the business Melody Management, a music agency which hires musicians for events and concerts. She also spends her time promoting and marketing Suffolk Orchestras and Charity Events to raise the profile of local music to increase support and sponsorship. Alongside running her music business Melody Management of which she is founder and manager, Michelle teaches individual music lessons to students of all ages on theory, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano and singing. In 2016 Michelle organised the event One Good Turn at the Apex. Which involved over 70 musicians, singers and performers aged 18-80 performing at the Apex Concert Hall. The event raised over £3000 for Help Musicians UK and raised the profile of this fantastic charity. Michelle hopes to put on a similar event next year.
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Thomas had a passion for fitness and dance from a young age. He studied Performing Arts at higher education and enjoyed working for DISNEYLAND PARIS as a dancer, before studying at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. This developed a passion for the fitness industry where he gained qualifications in Exercise to Music (Level 2), Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Spinning. His love of Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi has resulted in him achieving Elite instructor status, which enhances his skills in technique, choreography, coaching, and connecting with students of all ages and abilities.
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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. She 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. Professional credits include; EDEN UK Tour, Vocalist; International Tour of MERLIN, Dance Captain and Vocalist;  NEW INSPIRATION International Tour, Choreographer, dancer and vocalist, Terry Connelly; ANIMATION VOCALS, Ian Hughs Productions;  SHOOTING STARS, featured Singer, Rhyll Pavilion; Dancer and Vocalist, Surefire Entertainment P&O CRUISES; The Prince, CINDERELLA, Nigel Hammond Productions, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing. Erin is passionate about the Performing Arts and is thrilled to be a member of the teaching faculty at CTC. She looks forward to bringing tap dancing to the CTC Foundation year with a fresh and current approach whilst still celebrating its more traditional heritage! 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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Jade Tourney-Godfrey trained at London Studio Centre in Musical Theatre graduating with a BA Hons in 2006. She has worked professionally as a pianist in London in various concerts, recitals and bars as well as musically directing West End performers in several shows including SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (2002) and HERCULES (2003). It was at Northgate High School in Ipswich that she qualified as a Music and Drama teacher and as a choir conductor Jade’s accolades include winning the Suffolk Festival Best Choir award, leading the Co-op Concentio Youth Choir. After joining the Military Wives Choir and recording the album STRONGER TOGETHER with Gareth Malone (2012) Jade was a featured soloist at the prestigious Military Wives concert in Basingstoke in 2013. She has also arranged numerous songs for SSA and SATB choirs and has written songs for West End performers. Jade has worked locally as a Musical Director alongside her teaching for many years and joined the CTC in 2016 for their production of LEGALLY BLONDE. Her expertise lie in finding and maximising the vocal potential in young people through technique and balancing choral sound - the vocals in the CTC productions are a real testament to her hard work and dedication!
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