Meet our teachers
Principal - Luan Davies - PGCE Cert. Ed. BA. Dip. UKA
Luan trained at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and completed her Degree in Dance Theatre at the Laban Centre. Luan's teaching experience includes lecturing dance GCSE, A level, BTEC Performing Arts courses and jazz to BA students at The Welsh College for Music and Drama and Stagecoach. Luan regularly delivers training in leading dance in Early Years and Primary school settings. Her performance and choreographic work has varied from pantomime to multimedia projects and credits include the film 'Very Annie Mary', S4C's Planed Plant, Theatr Na N'og and Mapa Mundi.
Luan has a keen interest in seeing children's dance drama and singing talents develop. She undertook a PGCE Certificate in Education to discover more about how children learn and how to achieve the very best from classroom management and behaviour. Luan regularly consults Early Years teachers in Swansea and Cardiff in how to put on interesting, theme based performances and/or assemblies. She has also mentored teachers in how to teach quality Dance in Education on a practical basis and also in planning schemes of work.
Luan keeps up to date with continued professional development, first aid and child protection issues.
Dance Coach - Kelly-Marie Hook - Diploma in Musical Theatre
Kelly trained at The Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) in Guildford as she was lucky enough to be offered 3 year Intensive Sponsorship to train for her National Diploma in Dance & Musical Theatre. Her course focused on all three major aspects of musical theatre - acting, singing and dancing. She has been trained in all the major styles of dance including jazz, lyrical jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, street, musical theatre, commercial, modern and her personal favourite contemporary. Other dance related training includes choreography, tumbling, Pilates, doubles work, body conditioning. She has studied William Shakespeare, Meisner Technique, improvisation, script work, directing and stage combat. She has taught ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, acting and musical theatre at PPA Kids in Guildford. She was the choreographer for The Triple Threat stage school and she has a lot of experience with teaching for Stagecoach. Since graduating in 2012 Kelly is currently working as a choreographer, performer and teacher. Kelly is very excited and delighted to be working with Stagecoach and cannot wait to help her students grow and improve on their talents.
Dance Coach - Laura Jeffs - BA(Hons)
Laura has been working as an actress and freelance choreographer and dance teacher since graduating with a first class Honours Degree in Theatre and Media from The University of Glamorgan in 2009. She also undertook training as a creative performing artist at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She currently leads workshops as part of Shine Creative Arts and also Bigfoot Arts Education in Cardiff primary schools as well as teaching dance at Performers Theatre School in Cardiff. Laura's experience has taken her as far afield as Cambodia, where she worked at New Futures Orphanage. Laura has been dancing from a very young age and over the years has trained in a number of different styles, which she now likes to mix up and experiment with to create big, energetic routines.
Singing Coach - Claire Hammacott - LWCMD
Claire graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1992. Since then she has developed a career spanning all walks of musical life, from Opera to Musical Theatre, and from concert work to TV and Radio. She regularly appears as a guest soloist and recently made her debut on BBC Radio 2's "Friday Night is Music Night". She has played "Cosette" in the London production of "Les Miserables". Most recently, she completed a two-year run playing the lead role of Christine Daae in "The Phantom of the Opera" at Her Majesty's Theatre, London.
Singing Coach - John Quirk - BA(Hons) Music
John is a freelance Musical Director, composer, arranger, conductor and performer who has worked extensively on stage, in the concert hall and on television. His list of credits includes televised concerts and shows featuring such diverse talents as Aled Jones, Katherine Jenkins, Status Quo,Toyah Wilcox and Leo Sayer. He has conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in several Radio Cymru concerts and has composed a number of original works for the Music Theatre. John also lectures in the the performing arts having worked at Gorseinon College for 14 years. He lectures currently at Trinity College, Carmarthen.
Drama Coach - Phil Stockton - BA, MA (Hons)
After 20 years experience in local theatre, Phil undertook university courses as a mature student. He graduated in 2006 with a First Class BA in English and Theatre at The Swansea Metropolitan University, followed by a Master of Arts in Creative and Media Writing in 2007 at Swansea University.
He has written and directed four plays for professional theatre and has had work produced by ITV Wales. Phil has written for radio and won a Dylan Thomas award for spoken performance. He has also performed professionally in a wide range of roles for stage and television, including BBC's Dr.Who, High Hopes, Casualty, S4C's Salt in The Blood and Game of The Century and ITV Wales series Mind to Kill.
Phil has acted as script advisor with the Shakespeare for Schools Programme and teaches drama at Ffynone House School, Swansea.
Phil is married and has two school age children.
Drama Coach - Huw Davies
Huw has been a professional actor for over twenty years and has taught for Stagecoach for 12 years. He also writes Stagecoach Swansea's main school shows and oversees the LAMDA tuition to the students.
His TV credits include 'The Bench', 'A Mind To Kill', award winning films, 'Care' and 'Streetlife' as well as many S4C series including several stints on the Welsh soap 'Pobol-Y-Cwm'. His theatre work includes 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'Kes', 'Table Manners', 'The Corn is Green' with Patricia Routledge, 'Stowaway' and 'Romeo and Juliet'.
He is also married to Stagecoach Principal Luan.
Early Stages Coach - Cerys Dixie - BA(Hons) Dance in Education, I.S.T.D Cert.Ed., Diploma in Dance, PGCE Primary Teaching
Cerys started dancing at an early age in her hometown of Swansea. At 16 she received a three year scholarship to the Northern Ballet School in Manchester where she trained in all aspects of dance and gained a Diploma in Professional Dance and Performing Arts.
Since graduating in 2004 Cerys has travelled all over the world performing for Costa Cruise Lines, Gala Shows in India, Belinda King Creative Productions onboard Queen Elizabeth 2 and Princess Cruise Lines as well as a little closer to home with the touring Welsh Pantomime company, Cwmni Mega.
She has always enjoyed working with and teaching children and over the years has been involved with the Halle Orchestra Outreach Project in Manchester, The Academy of Musical Theatre in Portsmouth, 'Pop Idol' and Junior Ballet summer schools, leading dance workshops to primary schools in South Wales, tutored disco dancing for the Eisteddfod as well as teaching Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap for Counterpoint School of Performing Arts and Kreative Kids in Swansea.
Cerys has recently gained her PGCE with QTS in Primary School Education and teaches at our Summer Schools and specialist workshops.
Early Stages Coach - Linzi Nimmo - BA(Hons)Performing Arts
Linzi began performing aged eleven after joining her local youth theatre in Llanelli, and since then she has never looked back! Linzi studied at Royal Holloway University of London and The Central School of Speech and Drama. Immediately following graduation in 2006, Linzi secured a twelve month contract with a Christian based theatre company where she performed numerous productions on tour in the UK, culminating in two productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007. Since then, Linzi has worked professionally on many other projects ranging from Pantomime to Theatre in Education as both a performer and Musical Director. In addition to leading music and drama workshops for Stagecoach, Linzi also works in a Nursery when she is not performing!