Meet our teachers
Principal - Helene & Rob Reynolds - BA Ed (Hons) QTS
Stagecoach Bridgend and Cowbridge opened its first school in 1998 and Helene and Rob Reynolds became Principals in March 2008.
The husband and wife team (along with their twin daughters) are incredibly proud of their thriving, award-winning schools. They also took over Stagecoach Cardiff in January 2014 and, combined, welcome over 400 children to Stagecoach each week.
Helene studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, graduating with B.A. Ed (Hons) Drama, with Qualified Teacher Status. She is a specialist drama teacher and director, having taught in the UK and in Singapore. During which time she held positions of responsibility including Head of Lower & Middle School Drama, Head of Drama Curriculum and Arts Festival Producer. As a theatre-maker she has directed a vast number of plays and productions and as a choreographer she has co-ordinated arts festival dance shows, cultural dance events and musical theatre.
Helene is an Associate member of LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) and is experienced in preparing students for LAMDA examinations and 'Performance Arts Awards'.
Rob started his performing career as a professional drummer/singer/song-writer. He began performing in Musical Theatre and has played lead roles in over 60 productions and sang professionally as a soloist. His experience took him into directing, which he did professionally both in the UK and Singapore. Rob spent nearly 8 years as the Theatre Manager & Primary School Drama Advisor in an international college in Singapore. His many responsibilities included directing, producing and lighting design, as well as teaching and running workshops in stage management/lighting.
Early Stages, Dance Coach - Jaye Lawrence - BA (Hons) PGCE
Jaye started dancing at age 3, training in Tap, Modern, Jazz and Ballet up to teaching levels in I.S.T.D and R.A.D Examinations. At age 11 Jaye was an original member of Stagecoach Bridgend and trained at the school until age 15, also undertaking LAMDA examinations with distinction. She plays piano, completing exams with Associate Board of Music and has also acquired her Grade 8 Musical Theatre Singing Certificate from London College. Jaye performed from a young age in many productions and projects with a range of companies. She continued her professional training at Cumbria Institute of the Arts in Dance & Musical Theatre, adding Contemporary dance plus Hip Hop & R'n'B to her dance repertoire. After graduating she began work within the Rhondda Area, collaborating with Communities First and Communities Dance Wales. She is now a Dance Lecturer at Coleg Morgannwg, Rhondda Campus. Jaye also choreographs many productions in the Rhondda area including Treorchy Comprehensive's 'We Will Rock You' and 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Jaye will also be choreographing Selsig's Theatre Company's welsh premiere of 'Flashdance' the musical and Spotlight Theatre Companies welsh premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Cats' (Youth Version) Jaye brings great energy, creativity and enthusiasm to her lessons. Jaye also choreographs the Performance Troupe, who have performed at Her Majesty's Theatre, London on two occasions.
Singing Coach - Matt Hampson
Details to follow.
Singing Coach - David Winterbottom - BA Ed (Hons) Music QTS
David is an extremely talented performer and musician, playing both the piano and violin. He has achieved Grade 8 in both instruments and a Diploma in Piano Performance. David has a passion to share his skills and knowledge with the next generation. He studied at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, graduating with a BA Ed (Hons) Music with Qualified Teacher Status.
From a young age, David has taken part in shows both as a musician and as a singer. He has performed in many theatres and in the Edinburgh Festival with a variety of shows, from well known musicals and the UK Premiere of 'Yours Anne' based on the life of Anne Frank. David has great experience performing with choirs, solo singers and instrumentalists as an accompanist, currently accompanying ladies choir, the 'Phoenix Singers' and also 'The Siren Sisters', a female trio who perform 1940-esque material in 3 part harmony. David is also musical director for 'Llandaff Musical Society' in Cardiff.
David is excited to teach singing for Stagecoach and thoroughly enjoys working with and nurturing the singing talents of our students in Cowbridge and Bridgend.
Drama Coach - Chris Harding - BA (Hons) PGCE
With vast experience as a specialist drama teacher and director, Chris brings great knowledge, skill and enthusiasm to his sessions. Chris achieved a first degree from the University of Wales, specialising in English Literature and Fine Art, before going on to study a PGCE in Secondary Drama in Bretton Hall, Leeds. Throughout his career he has held positions of great esteem, most recently as Head of Drama and Theatre Studies for a large secondary school. He was also an external examiner for the Welsh Joint Education Council (WJEC). Chris is a talented, creative theatre-maker who has been responsible for directing and producing a vast range of highly successful theatre productions with students of all ages. He is excited to be part of the teaching team at Stagecoach Bridgend.
Drama Coach - Hannah Thomas - BA (Hons)
Hannah completed a BA Honours degree in Acting at one of the UK's leading drama schools, the Italia Conti Academy. Since graduating she has been involved in professional film and theatre productions throughout the UK. Hannah began performing at the age of five and is actually an ex-student of Stagecoach herself! She spent four years studying at Stagecoach Cardiff where she was given wonderful opportunities, including performing at Buckingham Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. She took LAMDA examinations at Stagecoach and passed with distinction. She left Stagecoach to work with the National Youth Theatre and National Youth Music Theatre of Great Britain. During and after her degree studies, Hannah taught drama for four years at the Italia Conti Academy, where alongside her weekly sessions she was responsible for directing end of term shows, teaching LAMDA exam pieces and preparing students for professional auditions. Hannah also spent a year travelling and working for a Performing Arts Academy in Sydney, Australia. She is delighted to return to Wales and be part of the teaching team at Stagecoach Bridgend and Cowbridge.
Early Stages Coach - Rhoswen Morgan
Details coming soon
Early Stages Coach - Kirsty Jones
Details to follow.