Meet our teachers
Principal - Kayleigh Melluish - BA Hons, PGCE
Kayleigh has been the principal of Stagecoach Colwyn Bay for over three years and thrives on seeing her students improve and progress. After completing her A Levels Kayleigh trained professionally at Studios La Pointe Musical Theatre College before graduating from the University of Surrey with a 2.1 BA Hons Degree in Dance and Culture. In 2010 Kayleigh moved back to the North West, making a name for herself as a choreographer and director amongst the amateur network. She also created her own performing arts youth group called The Gleeks who have a fabulous reputation in and around Flintshire. In 2014 Kayleigh graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a PGCE in Secondary Performing Arts education and has since started teaching Dance and Drama in a highly acclaimed high school in Liverpool. Kayleigh is thoroughly dedicated to being the Principal of Stagecoach Colwyn Bay and ensuring that all students get the best theatre arts education possible. The skills learnt by our Stagecoach students don't disappear when the curtain falls - they are skills for life.
Dance Coach - Claire Bailey Jones
Meet our fabulous dance teacher Claire.
Claire graduated from Merseyside Dance & Drama Centre as Head Girl with advanced ISTD dance qualifications as well as teaching qualifications in Drama, Modern, Ballet, Tap, National and Freestyle. She went on to have a professional career as a dancer, performing with pop music groups such as Steps and 5ive and subsequently the Dougie Squires Dancers. She danced professionally in stage and television shows across Europe and in the UK before a back injury cut this career short. Claire then enhanced her teaching qualifications with a Certificate in Education. Currently her busy schedule includes being Director of The Academy, a performing arts school she founded in 2004, Pilates instructor for the Nova fitness suites and choreographer for a number of groups, Chester Operatic, Debut and Buzz AH! to name a few. Most importantly Claire is now a mum to two boys. Claire has been involved with Stagecoach Theatre Arts since 2005 and is thrilled to be teaching at Colwyn Bay.
Early Stages, Singing Coach - Craig Price
Meet our fabulous singing teacher Craig.
Craig trained at Liverpool Hope University, where he gained a BA (hons) degree in Music and Theology. He is an experienced Musical Director, Pianist and Vocal Coach. He has worked as Musical Director on numerous productions across the Northwest, with a variety of professional and amateur production companies. Craig has been Musical Director of Footloose Musicals, a youth theatre company based on the Wirral, since its conception in 2001 and Musical Director of Ellesmere Port Musical Theatre Company since 2002. His recent show credits include The Producers, Sweet Charity, The Witches of Eastwick, The Full Monty, Anything Goes, Fame the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Kiss me Kate and Disney's Beauty and the Beast for which he was nominated as best musical director in the 2011 North West NODA Awards. He performs regularly as a pianist and is a familiar face in orchestra pits throughout Wirral, Chester, Merseyside and North Wales. Before joining the team at Stagecoach Colwyn Bay, Craig taught at Stagecoach schools in Wirral, Wrexham and Chester.
Drama Coach - Andrea Wilder
Meet our fabulous drama teacher Andrea.
Andrea Wider graduated with honours from London University and The Central School of Speech & Drama and since then has been fortunate enough to work in the fields of education and the performing arts for over 26 years, adding a PGCE to her qualifications. Her experience is comprehensive. She has worked in the UK and America as a director, actor, writer, producer, musician, agent and workshop leader with a wide range of groups and individuals, privately and in the public sector, covering all ages and abilities. When not teaching she runs a busy forum theatre company and agency. She is married with two children and, at the last count, seventeen pets!
Early Stages Coach - Grace Inskip
Grace started dancing at the age of two and a half. From a young age she danced with the Shirley School of Dancing and then moved on to do a variety of productions with Tip Top. After completing her A Levels, Grace studied Musical Theatre at Phil Winston's Theatreworks in Blackpool. After three years of training and gaining teaching qualifications, Grace was employed as a professional dancer by Warner Leisure Group. Grace currently works as a nursery nurse in Mold and hopes to go back into higher education next year. Grace loves coaching the Early Stages class.