Meet The Team

Gary WIllis

Director of Performance

My passion has always been for all forms of performance art. I spent 25 years in the professional theatre as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and director in the West End, all over the UK and abroad in Spain, Holland and the USA. I love to share my passion with students and prepare them so that they can pursue their dream career, whatever that may be. “To live out loud!” Emile Zola.

Han Colthorpe

Theatre Manager and Production Arts Tutor

My love for Production Arts comes from a love of theatre and appreciating all the extra ‘behind the scenes’ elements which put the wow factor on a show! I’m not very good at sitting still and with technical theatre there’s no danger of that – I work long hours but they are packed full of creative moments!

Erica Dupuy

Course Director, Performing Arts Level 2

I am a professional actress who also has commissions as a writer and director. I have worked with touring improvisation groups including the Cambridge Improv Factory and am still working as a stand-up comic. I can’t stand monotony or boredom; luckily I don’t get this in my job!

Andy Guy

Lecturer, Music & Music Technology Level 3

Music and self-expression are extremely important for life and I push myself to reach the highest of dreams and goals. I don’t just teach, I do it. Writing, recording, performing and producing. My aim is to encourage young people to never give up on their dreams and to show them how to reach those goals, and to gain confidence in themselves.

Tony Haer

Technical Demonstrator, Creative Media

I have over 10 years’ experience working for clients including Sky TV and National Geographic. I have various credits at BFI for the corporate social video work and won the prestigious point prize for creativity in 2001 from “The Point” advertising agency. I love working at Conservatoire EAST because the focus is on unlocking the student’s creative inner vision and bringing it to life for everyone else to experience and appreciate.

Andrea Healey

Course Director, BA (Hons) Music Production

Classically trained in flute, piano and theory, I began teaching at 19 and have worked with various orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic. Whist studying Performing Arts and Music I signed to a small independent record company in London. After graduating with a First Class Hons in Music Production, I continued my research into commercial music, film, game and television scoring working with Disney/ABC network, Universal and Berklee College of Music.

Mark Jones

Technical Demonstrator, Media

With over 40 collective years of experience in the Music Industry, Theatre, Advertising and Design, Radio and Teaching…there’s clearly a very good reason my hair is this shade of life. I always like to get my hands dirty across the creative departments and there’s always a bit more space for new ideas…lets go ‘colour in’!..

Gary Kelly

Lecturer, BA (Hons), Music Production

I have a master’s degree in electronic systems engineering and environmental sciences. With 35 years’ experience of studio and live sound recording I am Interested in all things hi-fidelity and the pursuit of a cleaner signal path. UCS Bury St Edmunds allows me to indulge this passion, something I regularly share with the students.

Warwick Lowe

Course Director, Creative Media Level 3

With clients as diverse as the BBC, 2012 Olympics, international press, commercial advertising, fashion, and extreme sports, I have used my high-energy, highly adaptive approach to filmmaking and photography to travel the world. Now, at Conservatoire East, I enjoy sharing that energy and enthusiasm with passionate young people as they develop their own creative style.

Sarah Healey

Dance Tutor, Musical Theatre and Dance

I am an AIDTA accredited dance teacher with Advanced 2 Level ISTD Ballet, Tap and Modern. My professional dance work includes corporate/cabaret performance work with Siege dance agency and a featured dancer in various music videos, pantomimes and cheerleader for Bradford Bulls. I love teaching at Conservatoire EAST and contributing to the vast array of opportunities that learners have to gain experience in performing arts.

Joe Stocking

Course Director, Music & Music Technology Level 3

I have studied music since an early age, working through specific instrumental grades, a degree, PGCE and MA in Teaching and Learning. Having undertaken numerous studio, performance, pit and live sound jobs throughout my career, as well as being versatile on numerous instruments, I believe I have the skills to inspire and motivate my learners to become the best they can be both musically and as individuals.

Nigel Hooper

Course Director, Music Level 2

I have performed in venues such as the London Palladium and Her Majesty’s Theatre and developed music departments in various colleges throughout the UK as well as in the Faroe Islands. I have written books including ‘Learn to Play the Electric Guitar’ and ‘Learn Song writing’ and have been a resident session musician in Dubai. I enjoy performing and training the next up and coming stars of tomorrow.

Ben Pryke

Course Director, Creative Media Level 3

To be creative is in my DNA. Originally from a Graphic Design background, my enthusiasm for moving image started during my degree in the 90’s. I have never looked back. This career has taken me around the world, working with impressive and interesting people. I’m fortunate enough to live my creative experience through talented individuals who embark on the Creative Media Production course. No day is the same…

Helena Rudd

Course Director, Performing and Production Arts Level 3

For me, dancing has been my way to fully express myself and be the person I wanted to be. I teach so that I can inspire others to discover themselves through dance. A Trinity Laban graduate, I have performed, choreographed and taught nationally and internationally. I love the creative freedom we have here to work on real commissions to give students valuable vocational experience.

Paul Schofield

Musical Director and Musical Theatre Tutor

Following my BA in Music I worked professionally as a Musical Director, writing, arranging, recording and performing. Recent credits include Keith Jack, Clarke Peters and Kerry Ellis. In 2012 I established Three Pin Productions with Ruthie Henshall and Polly Inghan. I am passionate about Music and Musical Theatre and I look forward to getting students excited about their lives on the stage.

Linzi Stivey

Course Director, Creative Media Level 3

I studied at Chelsea School of Art and spend 10 years designing in London before moving into teaching at London College of Printing and Westminster University. In 2004 I started working with film, predominantly music videos, and alongside teaching media in Conservatoire EAST, I have work with young adults supporting progression into either education or employment through film therapy.

Lynn Whitehead

Acting Tutor

I have worked as a professional actor-musician for over 25 years in theatres including the Hull Truck, Stratford East and The New Vic in Stoke. I have also appeared in episodes of Eastenders, Emmerdale and Dinnerladies as well as spending six months on the BBC Radio Rep. I moved into theatre outreach working with National Theatre Education, The New Wolsey and The Theatre Royal BSE.