Owner & Principal of Talking Props | Director, Producer & Acting, Dance Coach
Training | BA (Hons) Drama & Performance Studies
Level 6 extended Dance Teaching (pending)
Recognised Teacher CDMT
Certificate in Advanced Child Safeguarding
Level Three Teaching & Education
Credits include: Bayside, The Other Palace, London as Director & Producer, Rent, The Musical, The Old Rep, Birmingham as Director & Producer| Presenter in the Official London 2012 Olympic Mascot Tour | The Wiz, Actor, New Alexandra Theatre, 2011 | Free Radio Live, Dancer, Genting Arena, 2014
Michael is a theatre producer and director. He is currently working on a number of projects in London as well as commissioning a brand new musical. Michael works day to day between London and the studio but takes an active role in teaching at Talking Props. You can find him most evenings at the studio overseeing classes and teaching his own classes in Acting and Musical Theatre. Michael also directs and produces all youth theatre productions.
Michael has been teaching for over 10 years both under his own name and for a number of different stage and dance schools. Origionally from Kidderminster, Michael established 'Talking Props' as a way of providing professional and affordable training to children of all ages and backgrounds.
Choreographer & Dance Instructor
Training: Level Three Teaching and Education, Level Three BTEC Performing Arts
BTDA Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Acrobatics, Gymnastics Coach
Zailee has been dancing for over 17 years. She has won many titles and competitions over the years as well as being chosen for the final 20 young choreographer's in Europe. Zailee is still working as a dancer and is a qualified qymnastics coach, she specialises in Acrobatic Dance and teaches this along with our Ballet, Tap and Jazz classes. Not to mention choreographing our musical productions. Zailee has been an established member of Talking Props for many years now, she is thrilled to be teaching in such a supportive and nurturing environment.
Training: BTDA Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Lryical
Victoria has been dancing for over 20 years and spent much of her time competing locally. Having taught for 10 years she has taken many students through graded examinations, specialising in ballet and jazz and worked closely with students choreographing competitive routines. Working with students to improve their technique and encourage creativity is Victoria’s passion and she is thrilled to be part of the Talking Props team.
Training: Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Russell is a fellow of the London College of Music. Russell is also a keen performer, most noticeably in the singing of the Evangelist in the Bach Passions, and all the tenor roles in the Gilbert & Sullivan Savoy operas. He works in many different capacities to music and is an examiner for the London College of Music. Russell is a well sort after Musical Director, he has worked in a professional capacity and works closely with Michael on a number of projects,
Acting Coach & Exams Officer
Training: BA (hons) Theatre
Lorna is a former student of Talking Props and has returned to us after gaining a first class honours degree in Theatre. Lorna is our acting coach and exams officer for the many exam bodies we operate as a centre for. Lorna is an experienced theatre professional who runs her own theatre company taking on the many responsibilities within that role, she is also a producion assistant for Michael Neri Theatrical.