Tutors at AMTA

Our faculty are all current industry experts with many years experience performing and coaching on musical theatre classes. Call them what you like, they are your friends.

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Kenneth Avery-Clark
Co-Founder, Principal - London and New York
Kenneth is an accomplished West End actor, writer, director, producer and a co-founder and the Principal of AMTA. He has just finished directing the UK Tour of Godspell. West End credits include THE PRODUCERS, RAGTIME, SWEET CHARITY, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE & 125th STREET. Kenneth also performed in THE SINGING TEACHER which he co-wrote with Mark Goldthorp which had its premiere in London 2014. He is the mastermind behind what makes the classes at AMTA so special.

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Christie Miller
Co-Founder, Head of the Acting Programme - London and New York
Christie is a co-founder of AMTA and is an experienced Actor and Director in her own right. She has over thirty years experience of performance and has produced shows and tours both in the UK and North America. She recently Assistant Directed the UK revival of Godspell.

Mark Goldthorp
Vice Principal, Head of the One-Year Musical Theatre Programme - London
Mark is an experienced performer. His numerous West End credits include playing the Doctor/Escapologist in Matilda, Nicky/Trekkie in Avenue Q and 25th Anniversary concert of Les Miserables at the 02. He has recently premiered his new play, All Things Nice in London. Mark also performed in THE SINGING TEACHER which he co-wrote with Kenneth Avery-Clark which had its premiere in London 2014. Mark wrote and directed his play JANUS TABLE which premiered in London 2015. He is a notable part of our musical theatre school in London

Stephen Purdy
New York Associate Head; Chair of Voice Division, Song Repertoire Class Instructor - New York
Stephen Purdy is the Associate Head of the Musical Theatre Academy of New York, and is the founder and principal coach at the New York Vocal Coaching Studio. His students have been cast in the Broadway and touring companies of nearly every major Broadway musical of the last 15 years (including THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISERABLES, WICKED, KINKY BOOTS, BILLY ELLIOT, MAMMA MIA, IN THE HEIGHTS, HAIRSPRAY, THE LION KING, and many others) and are singing on concert stages worldwide. As a guest artist/instructor, he has taught extensively both nationally and internationally, most notably in China, Korea, and throughout Europe. He is active as a coach and musical director annually for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Camp Broadway, and The National High School Musical Theatre Awards. He is the vocal instructor for the very popular “Dancer’s Voice” series in New York taught in tandem with casting personnel from Broadway’s leading casting offices including Telsey and Company, Duncan Stewart, Tara Rubin, and others. Prior to his work as a teacher and coach, Stephen conducted and played for the Broadway and touring companies of many popular Broadway and off-Broadway musicals including THE FULL MONTY, PETER PAN (Cathy Rigby), THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, FRANKENSTEIN (Cast Album), and THE FANTASTICKS. He spent five years in Europe with 42nd STREET, A CHORUS LINE, and GREASE, including a year in Paris. American regional theatre credits include five years as resident Musical Director at Ogunquit, Westchester Broadway Theatre (19 shows), Alliance (Atlanta), Arena Stage, Helen Hayes, The York, Sacramento Music Circus, North Shore, Kansas City Starlight, Playwright’s Horizons. Stephen is the author of 'Musical Theatre Song: Selection, Preparation and Presentation for the Modern Performer' to be published and released by Bloomsbury in February 2016. His wife Kendall is an actress and fellow voice pedagogue, and they have two young sons, Caden and Rowan.

Luis Garcia
Head of Singing, Head of the Two-Year Musical Theatre Programme - London
Tenor Luis Garcia graduated from the Guildhall School and has performed all over the world. He is passionate about vocal training and is presently completing his PHD. Luis' students have been cast in many west end shows including Wicked, Book of Mormon and many more. He is head of singing for our musical theatre classes in London

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Richard Pryal
Senior Acting Tutor - London
Richard trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His theatre work includes Benedict Andrews’ critically acclaimed production of THREE SISTERS at the Young Vic, the New York production of FARM BOY, THE TEMPEST for the Oxford Shakespeare Company, TAMBURLAINE and EDWARD II – the inaugural productions at the recently unearthed Rose Theatre on Bankside. His film work includes NARCOPOLIS (T-Squared Film), the multi- award winning ZEBRA CROSSING (Crown Films), THE BASELINE (Finelight Films), SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (Sky Arts) and STARDUST (Paramount and MARV Pictures). Richard also has extensive television experience with the BBC.

Alice Fearn
Group Ensemble Tutor and Private Vocal Coach - London
West End credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Woman in White, Shrek and Les Miserables. Alice is a sought after session singer and appeared in the film version of Les Miserables.

Stephane Anelli
Dance Tutor - London
Stephane trained at Laine Performing Arts. His theatre credits include: THE PRODUCERS as Carmen Ghia (UK Tour), SINGIN' IN THE RAIN as Cosmo Brown (Palace Theatre and UK Tour), RAGTIME as Harry Houdini (Regents Park), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM as Mustard Seed (Regents Park), LEGALLY BLONDE as Nicos/Padamadan (Savoy Theatre). Stephane has had regular teaching positions at Laine Theatre Arts, Tiffany’s School of Performing Arts, D and B Performing Arts, Bodywork Performing Arts, PP Academy and AMTA. Classes taught include Jazz, Jazz double work, Audition Technique, Musical Theatre, Repetoire, Body Conditioning, Free Tap, Boys work. Stephane has also choregraphed and directed pieces and sections for showcases at Tiffany’s School of Performing Arts, D and B Perfroming Arts, Bodywork Performing Arts.

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Michael Freeman
Private Vocal Coach - London
Michael has both an ATCL and LTCL Diploma in Vocal Teaching with Trinity College London. His students include cast members from the West End production of Phantom of the Opera and the touring company of GHOST. As a performer he has performed throughout the UK and Spain, most notably for the British Royal Family in the Palace of Westminster.

Glen Snowden

Glen Snowden
Ballet Tutor - London
Trained at the Royal Ballet School, Glen Snowden has danced extensively with ballet companies in Europe, North America and South East Asia. Recent choreographic engagements include The Bacchae for Thiasos Theatre Company performed in the amphitheatres of Pafos and Limassol (Cyprus); La Cenerentola and The Love For Three Oranges for English Pocket Opera;The Saint of Bleecker Street for Trinity College of Music; teaching historical dance in Tokyo plus a recent ballet, Von Ewiger Liebe to music by Johannes Brahms. Glen works also at Drama Centre London where he is Ballet Master and also teaches social and historical dance. Future choreographic engagements include a ballet to Bach cantatas.

Kirsty Hoiles

Kirsty Hoiles
Acting and Rep Tutor - London
Kirsty has worked extensively in Theatre and Light Opera. Her West End Credits include BETTY BLUE EYES, GONE WITH THE WIND, and LES MISÉRABLES. Recent television work includes CALL THE MIDWIFE and a new three part Drama starring Michael Palin called REMEMBER ME.


Caryll Ziegler
Speech & Dialect Tutor - London
Caryll Ziegler worked in all aspects of the media before joining Joan Littlewood’s company at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, then in the West End with Miriam Karlin and Barbara Windsor. Biddy Espinosa asked her to formulate the Voice Department for the London Studio Centre. As Co-Founder and Principal of ALRA, she joined the Webber Douglas Academy and latterly became Head of Vocal Studies. As speech tutor, Caryll has coached at RADA, LAMDA, Rutger’s (Globe Educational) and LDA, Fordham Center, London. Among others, those coached by Caryll include Stockard Channing, Minnie Driver, Matthew Goode, Julia Ormond and Laura Michelle Kelly.


Tony Bayliss
Boot Camp Instructor - London
Tony is a graduate of AMTA and is currently working as an actor, musician and composer. He knows just what kind of shape students need to be in to get the most out of their physique. He is a personal trainer and has served as a soldier for 12 years, first in the Army then the Marines. Operational tours of duty include Iraq and Northern Ireland. He is also the recipient of the AMTA’s Musical Theatre Award for 2012. He WILL teach you DISCIPLINE!


Keith Wallace
Stage Combat Tutor - London
Keith works as a professional fight choreographer and stage combat tutor. Alongside his work at AMTA he has taught at East 15 Acting School and Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Recent theatre credits include fight choreography for Enduring Song at the Southwark Playhouse and His Dark Materials for the Royal & Derngate. Film credits include the upcoming features We Are Tourists and Containment.

Luke Fredericks

Luke Fredericks
Acting Tutor - London
Luke trained as an actor-musician at Rose Bruford College. For ten years he worked as a performer where some of his credits included Brad Majors in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW - European Tour, Rolf in THE SOUND OF MUSIC – London Palladium, Dick in DEBBIE DOES DALLAS – E4 Udderbelly, Edinburgh, Lysander in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Open Air, Greenwich, and Lord Mountararat in the critically acclaimed all male production of IOLANTHE - Wilton’s Music Hall. Luke has moved into theatre directing / producing with his company Morphic Graffiti that he co-founded with Stewart Charlesworth. His directing and producing credits include JEKYLL AND HYDE (Union Theatre), THE REVENGE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES! (Hoxton Hall) (nominated for three Off West End Awards, including Best Musical Production), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL (Arcola Theatre) (9 Broadwayworld.com nominations and 4 Off West End Awards). Other directing credits include BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL (Southwark Playhouse), Timberlake Wertenbaker’s ASH GIRL (Northbrook Theatre), A SERVANT TO TWO MASTERS (OnO Theatre – tour), as well as adapting and directing a promenade production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND for children. Luke has taught and directed with various stage schools and theatre companies, and regularly teaches acting technique and acting through song.

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Kendall Purdy
Private Voice Instructor, Song Repertoire Class Instructor - New York
Kendall's USA credits include the Donny Osmond National tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, International/World Tour of West Side Story (Maria). National Tour: Cats as Jellylorum/Griddlebone and A Wonderful Life. She was a finalist in the Lotte Lenya competition and holds degrees from Boston University and The Manhattan School of Music..

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James Kinney
Dance Instructor - New York
Broadway credits include: Fosse, Dance of Death, Barry Manilow’s Harmony and Sweet Charity, starring Christina Applegate. He has just been named one of the top ten best choreographers to watch in 2015.

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Guest Tutor - New York
Richard J. Hinds is the Associate Director for DISNEY'S NEWSIES (Broadway/National Tour) and the associate director/choreographer for HERE LIES LOVE at the Public Theatre (NYC) and the National Theatre (London). He was the associate director/choreographer for the recent Broadway revival of JEKYLL AND HYDE and the assistant director of IL DIVO: A MUSICAL AFFAIR. Richard's directing and choreography credits include SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE (Capital Repertory Theatre, New Theatre), FAME (Macau International Music Festival), THE FIG LEAVES ARE FALLING (Connelly Theatre), CABARET (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), JOSEPH... (Capital Playhouse), THE SOUND OF MUSIC, ALL SHOOK UP, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, HAIRSPRAY (New Theatre), MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, and GOOD AFTERNOON AMERICA featuring Liza Minnelli. As a performer, Richard has appeared in the national and international touring companies of FOSSE, CATS, GREASE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, and was a member of the original american company of WE WILL ROCK YOU. Ricky has also been seen in numerous regional productions including WEST SIDE STORY, WAITING FOR THE MOON, EVITA, CHICAGO and THE PIRATE


Alex Nordin
Dance coach - New York
Alex Nordin has been working professionally throughout United States since the age of 17. He has toured the US in productions of The Rocky Horror Show Live, Singin' in the Rain, West Side Story, The Fantasticks, Footloose, and Oklahoma.

Matthew Bonifacio

Matthew Bonifacio
Guest Tutor - New York
Matthew Bonifacio's directorial debut, LBS, was an official selection of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Alfred P. Sloan Award. LBS, which was co-written and produced by Matthew, had a limited release in 2010 with the number one per-screen-average in the country its opening weekend. The film went on to play in seven cities, earned a ninety percent fresh rating by top critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and was selected by Bilge Ebiri as a New York Magazine Critics’ Pick. In 2011, LBS was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Matthew directed and produced his second feature film, AMEXICANO, which made its world premiere at the 2007 TribecaFilm Festival. The film had a limited theatrical release and was highly praised by critics from Variety, The New York Times, Village Voice, and New York Daily News. DELIVERING THE GOODS, his third feature film as director and producer, starred Thomas Ian Nicholas, Dominic Fumusa, Andrea Martin, Mike Starr, and Dominik Garcia-Lorido. The film was recently released on Amazon Prime. Matthew’s award-winning short films have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013), Palm Springs International Shortfest, Aspen Shortsfest, Florida Film Festival, Williamstown Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, Maui Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, and many others. His recent shorts, MIGRAINE (featuring Nathan Lee Graham and Laverne Cox), and FORTUNE HOUSE (starring Michael Aronov), are distributed by Shorts International. Matthew has directed and produced commercials that have won a Telly Award and a Cine Golden Eagle Award. He won a Special Achievement Award for Direction at the Intercom/Chicago International Film Festival. THE QUITTER, Matthew’s fourth feature, marked his first film as an actor and director. THE QUITTER had an exclusive theatrical engagement at Regal Cinemas in Times Square, NYC, and received positive reviews in The New York Times, New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, Film Journal International and many others. THE QUITTER will be released worldwide across all platforms in 2015. As an actor, Matthew studied at The William Esper Studio with Maggie Flannigan. He made his film acting debut as the lead role in PISHADOO. The film won the Princess Grace Award (from the Princess Grace Kelly Foundation) for Best Narrative Short in the country, and was distributed by Canal Plus Europe, Sundance Channel, Atom Films, and United Airlines. Matthew also played various roles in the New York Off-Broadway hit show, TONY N' TINA'S WEDDING for several years. Matthew was born, raised and resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Garrett Taylor

Garrett Taylor
Guest Tutor - New York
Garrett Taylor is a multifaceted performer and conductor. He has sung with symphonies in the US and in Europe, concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Washington D.C.'s Constitution Hall, and at numerous recitals and cabarets in New York City. Mostly recently he was praised by the New York Times for his "bravura vocals" in Gateway Playhouse's production of CATS starring Ken Page. Garretts Broadway credits include, WICKED and ANNIE. His national tour credits include, IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS, GREASE, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SWEET CHARITY. Regional credits include, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Carbonell Award Nominated for best musical director), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, CHICAGO, and MY FAIR LADY. TV credits include, A NEW YORK CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER - CBS (conductor).