We have a pool of theatre professionals working with us when their commitments permit, amongst whom are:

Jane Angarhad (Associate Director)
Lee Cameron (Associate Director)
Alex Clay (Productions Director)

Sam Coates (Musical Director)
Sylvia Denning (Proprietor and Company Director)
Paul Dunn (Productions Director, Camera and Film Course Tutor)
Linda Davies (Choreographer)
Debbie Warren (Musical Director)
Adelaide Young (Volunteer staff - stage manager)
Charlotte de Grouchy
(Volunteer staff - SM and Lighting)

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Jane Angarhad (Associate Course Director)

Jane has studied Acting, Drama and Theatre Studies to Masters Degree Level.

She has been a drama facilitator for many different youth theatre companies and has delivered after school clubs and weekend academy classes throughout London and Wales for ages 4 – 18 years.

When she is not teaching Jane works as an actress. She trained at East 15 Acting School and has taken part in many theatre productions from Shakespeare to musical theatre to contemporary and devised pieces.

Lee Cameron (Associate Course Director)

Lee is from Glasgow and after studying Theatre Arts for Three years she moved to London to train at East 15 Acting School where she graduated with a Masters Degree in Acting.

Since graduating , Lee has been working as a professional actor, she has beeen involved in a variety of projects from plays to films. She recently acted in Paris with Curious & Company and in January co-wrote, directed and performed in a new play 'Breathe' at The Soho Theatre in London's West End.

Lee is also a trained Drama Facilitator and has worked with various companies leading drama workshops with children of all ages.

Alex Clay (Productions Director)

Alex graduated from Cambridge in 2003. He then worked with Tall Stories Theatre Company on The Gruffalo and Something Else. He has studied Clown and Mask techniques with Leqoc Theatre in France and has directed a variety of productions in Edinburgh, Cornwall and London. Recently he joined with The Gate Theatre as an advisory director for their GateInk programme, mentoring young theatre writers in their new work, and is a film acting tutor with The Young Film Academy.

As well as freelance directing, Alex is the Head of Acting at Arts Educational Drama School in London.

Alex began his theatre career with Best Shot in the 1980's, developing vital skills through workshops and performing in about twenty productions. He is delighted to be working with Best Shot again.

Sam Coates (Musical Director)
  Sam is an established singer and pianist, a multi-instrumental woodwind player,a music teacher, producer, music technologist and both choral and musical director. As a member of the World Famous Boy Choir 'Libera', he toured Europe and the Far East extensively where the group have had No.1 records. He has recorded six albums with them and has sung on film soundtracks such as Romeo and Juliet and Hannibal. He has recorded with artists such as Bjork, Elton John, Pavarotti and Hayley Westenra. Now he is a freelance producer for the group and for other classical crossover artists including Aled Jones. He has musically directed amateur and youth groups such as the Magdalene Players, Purley Youth Theatre and Graveney School - including West Side Story and Bugsy Malone.
Sylvia Denning M.A., M.Phil (Proprietor and Company Director)

Sylvia is a full-time, free-lance director. She graduated from London University (M.A.) and Sussex University (M.Phil.) After being a university lecturer in Philosophy she re-trained at Guildford School of Acting. She is a member of both Equity and The Directors Guild, and is a qualified teacher.

Sylvia ran a Theatre-In-Education Company for three years and has taught acting in leading drama schools.

In the last twent years she has directed well over 200 productions - straight plays, comedies and musicals - with professional companies, drama schools, amateur societies and youth theatres. She has worked in a large number of venues; from pubs to cathedrals (Salisbury, Jesus Christ Superstar), from drama schools to West End, from gardens to the Royal Festival Hall (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat).

Sylvia founded Best Shot in 1980.

Sylvia also writes. Antigone, had a highly successful premier at Wimbledon Studio Theatre. Sylvia wrote the book/lyrics and Nick Reeve (an ex-Best Shot student) wrote the music.

Linda Davies (Choreographer)

Linda trained in dance before becoming a qualified teacher of modern dance and tap. She won the All England All Round Performer in 1983, and then worked as a professional dancer for a number of years.

She co-ran Centre Stage Theatre School for 8 years and has directed for the Younger Generation Theatre Group. She has choreographed for Westminster Theatre Arts Project, showing work at The London Palladium and, in cojunction with English National Opera, staged a jazz version of Rigoletto.

Roles Linda has played include Mavis in Stepping Out, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Judy Turner in A Chorus Line, Lorraine Fleming in the English amateur production of 42nd Street, and Irene in Crazy for You.
Choreography credits include Oliver!, and Sleeping Beauty and an open air production of Guys and Dolls. She worked on the UK premiere of the Slipper and the Rose.

Linda is also a drummer and has worked on many productions in this capacity.

Linda is now co-director of Abacus Agency providing young people for professional work in theatre, film and commercials.

Paul Dunn (Associate Director, Camera/Film Course leader)

Paul graduated from Redroofs Theatre School in 1997, winning the student of the Year Award, and then going on to complete a postgraduate film and television course.

Paul works as an actor and director and is also a writer.

Professional credits include:
Theatre: Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (Novello Theatre); Colin in Hello I Love You (Cockpit Theatre); Farmer
Giles in Farmer Giles of Ham (Cambridge/touring); Peter Mullen in John Wayne and Me (Customs House); and Lollio in The Changeling (London Fringe.)
TV/Film: Byker Grove; Sit-Com (pilot episode); Hanging on the Telephone; The Last Laugh and numerous corporate videos, working with, amongst others, the actor Colin Baker. (The best Doctor Who!!)

With Best Shot
Actor in Residence: roles include: Bobby in Company; Daddy Warbucks in Annie; CSM Rivers in Accrington Pals; Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Directing summer schools including (in 2005) Carpe Jugulum and a screenplay
Workshop leader: Acting for Camera.
Camera and editor: Best Shot film: Another Monday

Paul is also an Artistic Director of Kinetic Theatre Company, and has performed in and directed most of their shows.

Debbie Warren (Musical Director)

Debbie was musical director for the Westminster Theatre Arts project and ran Centre Stage Theatre School for 8 years. She was involved in the 'Miracles' project, which sough to reach hundreds of young people in inner-London boroughs through the performing arts and culminated in a performance at the Royal Albert Hall and filming at LWT Studios.
She has worked with many different theatre groups on over sixty productions to date, ranging from West Side Story to A Chorus Line and Sweeney Todd to Bizet's Carmen. In the last year, productions included Jack and the Beanstalk, Company, Return to The Forbidden Planet, Into The Woods and Oliver!.
Debbie is now co-director of Abacus Agency providing young people for professional work in theatre, film and commercials.





Adelaide Young (Volunteer staff - stage manager)

  Adelaide has been with Bestshot for over 8 years doing everything from Saturday workshops to summer shows and acting to stage management. Having finished school she is on her gap year and will be travelling to India and Asia in the spring. After this she plans to take up a place to study biochemistry at university in 2008.  
Charlotte de Grouchy (Volunteer staff - SM and Lighting)
  Charlotte discovered her love of the technical side of theatre when she first stage-managed Best Shot's Les Miserables in 2004. Since then she has directed several sixth form plays, as well as working for Wimbledon Light Operatic Society. Charlotte has just started her gap year during which she will be working in television on the show Deal or No Deal before going to University next year to read chemistry.  
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