Michael Neri

Owner & Principal of Talking Props | Director, Producer & Acting, Dance Coach

Training | BA (Hons) Drama & Performance Studies

Level 4 Dance Teaching

London Academy Music and Dramatic Arts teacher

Level 6 Dance Teaching & QTLS (pending for 2022)

Certificate in Advanced Child Safeguarding

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 12 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.

Zailee Parmenter

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.

Victoria Biddle

Dance Instructor

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.


Russel Painter

Musical Supervisor 

Training: Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Russell is an examiner and teacher for London College of Music

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,