Tarquin Shaw-Young (F.E.A.A.)
Managing Director & Head of Casting
Tarquin began working for The Stagecoach Talent Agency in 2000 running their drama audition workshops. Since then he has probably auditioned well over 30,000 students. He has now been running the Stagecoach Agency for five years and loves every minute of it.
Born into a theatrical family he began working professionally as an actor at the age of two and a half, touring in Old Time Music Hall and as part of a Magic Act. With numerous other roles as a child performer he felt destined to tread the boards as an adult.
Tarquin’s early work in theatre allowed him to play a wide range of roles, with several weekly rep seasons at Sidmouth, four years for Jill Freud at Southwold Rep and pantos at Chipping Norton. He has toured throughout Britain, Europe and even New Zealand.
Theatre Roles include: Boldwood and Joseph Poorgrass in Far From The Madding Crowd, Albert Godsby in the much accalaimed national tour revival of Brief Encounter, Father, Stationmaster and The Russian in The Railway Children, Jack in A Visit From Scrooge, Henry Lypiatt in Present Laughter and as Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband.
Other national tours and shows include: Pip in Great Expectations, Alan Bratter in Come Blow Your Horn, Touchstone in As You Like It, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ricard in Rattle of a Simple Man, Oscar Wilde at the Arts Club, Ham in David Copperfield, Tristram Watson in Taking Steps, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, William Russell in The Actor, Jeweller and Oliver Cromwell’s Head, Monkey Tonks in Come On Sinderby, Crispin in Bob Carlton’s production of A Chorus of Disapproval and Earthman in Totem for the RSC Stratford. He also performed with the New Zealand comedy impro company ‘On The Spot.’ For BBC Bristol he wrote and appeared in 2 series of the popular food and drink comedy show Chefs Extraordiniare!
T.V credits include: The Brittas Empire, Martin Chuzzlewit, Back-Up,Black Hearts in Battersea, Pirates, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Casualty,Crimenight, Invasion Earth, Dangerfield, Tess of the D’Urbervilles.Films: Mrs. Brown, Wing Commander and the award winning Men Wrestling in Suits. Tarquin has also written the successful farces Notta Lottery, Luke Warm, the supernatural thrillers Murderous Intent, Murder by Deception, Blood on the Canvas and for children,The Hound of Music, Dick Whittington (Abba Style) and the children’s book Captain Kiwi and The Possum Pirates.
Deputy Manager. Casting Booker
There’s not much that Louise does not know about casting, having worked firstly for South West Casting and then for the last ten years for Stagecoach Agency UK. With her experience and knowledge she is an integral part of the Agency having seen it grow and change over the last few years.
Louise is no stranger to performing, having had several cameo roles in Casualty and Teachers. And working as a chaperone on several of the Harry Potter Movies.
Her encyclopaedic knowledge of the students each year is invaluable when casting for film and television and she has many successes behind her. Each year she attends all the workshops helping audition all of our students. In the office she ensures alongside her colleagues the smooth day-to-day running of events.
Started dancing at the age of five performing in amateur shows and doing examinations she then went onto Kidderminster College studying for 2 years on a performing arts course. Successfully graduating she continued her training at the world famous ‘Stella Mann School of Dance London’ for a further 3 years, gaining top grades in ISTD Advanced & Associate teaching qualifications in Ballet, National, Modern & Intermediate Tap, together with an RAD Student Teaching Certificate & Advanced Ballet. She is also trained in Jazz, Contemporary Dance, drama & singing and RAD (Anatomy).
Since 1993 she taught at acadamy’s in London teaching all styles of dance to children from age four to 16 years. She has been resident Dance teacher for Stagecoach Worcester for the last six years.
Recently Corinda qualified as a fully registered teacher for the RAD.
Her knowledge of Dance is a valuable tool when casting and auditioning for all areas of the industry.
Having majored in Communication, Psychology, Drama & Theatre Studies at College she went on to graduate from Birmingham University with a joint honours degree in English & Drama. Here she was able to specialise in European Cinema and the impact of Theatre in Politics and Physical Theatre. No stranger to the stage, Louisa performed in several acclaimed musicals, and in lead roles in new works, 'Find Me', ' The Visit' and 'Tender.' She also spent time working as a compère for several large dance and fashion shows whilst studying.
Louisa studied the history of Linguistics and it's use in present discourse, looking at how new words/meanings of words are shaping our modern discourse, the way we speak today, and how it is shaping future language choices.
For a few months Louisa worked alongside the writers and editors of 'Hello Magazine' as a journalist, one of her more interesting assignments was interviewing 'Verne Troyer' (Mini Me from Austin Powers)
A sometime Radio DJ – a brief spell co -hosting the RNIB radio station was a real highlight. Amongst her many talents Louisa sites 'scarf juggling' as one of her qualifications received from Jerry Cottle's circus!
With a degree in Drama & Performance from University of Portsmouth, Kate specialised in the discipline of Interdisciplinary Theatre. Here, she delved into the world of the Avant Garde, and how it pushed the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the 'status quo', primarily in the cultural realm. A ground-breaking promenade version of Romeo and Juliet, saw Kate perform as a lesser known but integral role of 'the fish in the fish tank' through which Romeo and Juliet first glanced eyes at each other. Critics described her performance as 'Off the scale.' No stranger to theatre she performed in stage productions of both Annie and Oliver and numerous Pantos (Oh yes he did!) Whilst serving as Head Girl, Kate hosted co-hosted the prestigious annual talent contest, "Monmouth's Got Talent" even roping in a real life 'Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist' as a guest judge. Kate is a keen netball and lacrosse player and was awarded her 'Full Colours Award' at university for her unstinting contribution to the Athletic Union as Publicity Manager.
M.A.D Photography London - Mark A. Davis
Mark's original artistic background is in Musical Theatre. During the eighties he worked as a performer in the West End in musicals such as Starlight Express, Pirates of Penzance and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Having always enjoyed taking photographs, when he decided to hang up his roller skates, he became an actors photographer. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1995 when he formed M.A.D Photography.
With a unique style; a mix of rapport, direction and a flare for capturing natural expression, Mark's photographs expose emotion, character and confidence.
This has resulted in Mark becoming one of Spotlights most prolific and well respected photographers. Mark says he is delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with Tarquin and the Stagecoach Agency team and looks forward to meeting their young performers this spring on the photographic shoots up and down the country.