Upstage Theatre

Training the *stars* of tomorrow

 

Laura Elizabeth Ellis BA (Hons) PGCE (Hons), A.I.D.T.A (F)

 

Biography: 

Laura began her training at the age of 3 at Joyce Pearman Dance Studios.  Her first professional performance was playing the role of Agnes in 'Wallop Mrs Cox' (Birmingham REP), a role she repeated a year later when 'Wallop' returned after its sell out success.  Laura has trained in all areas of dance including Tap, Ballet, Theatre Craft, Musical Theatre, Latin American, Ballroom, Classical Sequence, Country and Western, Street, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Freestyle and is a qualified dance teacher with the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association.)  She achieved Honours in her Freestyle Associate exam and a mark of 97% and Honours in Grade 6 Musical Theatre (LCMM) and has had vocal training for the  past 8 years. 

 

Laura went to Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls and then went onto University to get her degree (BA Hons 2:1) in Communication and Media (specialising in Television.) Laura currently works at Step In Time school of Dance, Upstage, David Lloyd Fitness Centre, Rialto Dance Academy, Birmingham City Univercity and Stagecoach (Lichfield) as a Performing Arts Teacher.   Laura sings in girl group 'Voiceshop' and is a member of the Birmingham Midland Operatic Society.  She regularly performs in musicals and concerts and has appeared on Television in Doctors (BBC1) and ballet changed My Life - Ballet Hoo! (Channel 4.)  Laura has modelled for Studio Freestyle and recently performed as a soloist in the opening ceremony of the Birmingham Town Hall.  Laura is also a freelance choreographer and has worked for Stagecoach, Birmingham school of acting (BSA), BMOS, Birmingham City University and Birmingham Hippodrome.  

 

Theatre Credits Include:

 

Agnes in 'Wallop Mrs Cox' (Birmingham REP), Little Moth in 'Ridin the Number 8' (Birmingham REP), Principal Hot Box in Guys and Dolls (Alexandra Theatre), 'Agnes', 'Little Moth' and herself in 'A Brummie Christmas' (Alexandra Theatre), 'Angie' in Summer Holiday (Alexandra Theatre), 'Velma' in West Side Story (Alexandra Theatre), 'Waitress' in Me and My Girl (Old REP), Principal Dancer in 42nd Street (Birmingham Hippodrome), 'Alice' in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Birmingham Hippodrome), 'Prinicipal Havana Girl' and 'Lolas friend' in Copocabana (Alexandra Theatre), 'Agnes and Gladys Cox' in Wallop Mrs Cox - The Concert (Birmingham Town Hall), 'Sally' in Shirt and Tie - The Musical (Midlands Arts Centre), 'Debs Friend and Principal Dancer' in Boogie Nights (Alexandra Theatre), 'Serena Katz' in FAME (Old REP Theatre) and 'Agnes Cox' and Dance Captain in Wallop Mrs Cox (Birmingham Hippodrome 2010)

 

Television/Film/Radio Credits include:

Doctors (BBC1) David Hare Triology (Extra - Absence of War), BBC Documentary - The Innocents, Ballet Changed My Life - Ballet Hoo! (Channel 4), Entertainment News (Switch FM)

 

Jennie O'Toole A. I. D. T.A (F)

Biography:

Jennie began her dance training at the age of 5 at Step in Time school of Dance.  She has danced for the past 18 years and become a qualified teacher with the I.D.T.A specialising in Freestyle.  Jennie has performed in 'Guys and Dolls' (Alexandra Theatre), 'Fame' (Alexandra Theatre), Summer Holiday (Alexandra Theatre), West Side Story (Alexandra Theatre) and Copocabana (Alexandra Theatre.) Jennie has studied in many areas of dance including Latin American, Street, Freestyle, Line Dance, and Ballroom. 

                           Pauline Ellis A.I.D.T.A (La) (RnR) (GDP)

Biography:

Pauline has been teaching dance for the past 40 years and has been teaching Dance at Hodge Hill primary for 20 years.  Pauline is qualified in Latin American, Rock and Roll and the General Dance Programme in the National Curriculum with IDTA.  Pauline studied all areas of dance from an early age and has a 100% pupil pass rate with the IDTA.  She trains pupils to become dance teachers and all trainee teachers have achieved over 86% in their teaching exams.