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Michael Neri

Artistic Director of Talking Props | Director, Producer & Acting Coach

Training | Guildford School of Acting

Masters Degree in Acting (Distraction)

BA (Hons) Drama & Performance Studies

London Academy Music and Dramatic Arts teacher

Certificate in Advanced Child Safeguarding


Michael is an Actor and Director. Michael works day to day between London and the studio but takes an active role in teaching at Talking Props. You can find him on Sundays 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.

Russel Painter

Musical Supervisor 

Training: Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Masters in Music

Bmus (hons) Music

Fellow of The London College of Music

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,

Zailee Parmenter


Training: BA (Hons) Dance Theatre *in 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.



Hannah Jane Wilkins 

Dance Instructor and Head of IDTA Exams

Training: Qualified Teacher Status

IDTA Level 4 diploma in Dance Teaching

Hannah is an exceptional dance teacher, having run her own studio for many years. A proud Mum she is now leading the way as our IDTA exam officer and Dance teacher. Hannah loves to choreograph and loves musical theatre too!



Vikki Vincent

Vocal Coach

Training: University of London

BA (hons) Music

Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Vikki specialises in voice, the clarinet and composition. She previously held both Deputy Head and Head of Music during her many years at Holy Trinity School in Kidderminster. In her role she was responsible for school production smashes such as Les Miserable and Hairspray. Vikki is also a teacher for the London College of Music and offers one to one tuition and enters students for exams in which her rate for distinctions is 95%. Vikki is also an examiner for Edexcel and AQA.


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