Michelle won a scholarship to study at Laine Theatre Arts for three years where she gained her Associate in Cecchetti Ballet with Distinction. During her time there, she also won a scholarship to The Royal Ballet Summer School.
After her studies, she immediately gained a place as a Principal Dancer with Union Dance Company and during her time there, toured both nationally and internationally. Michelle then went on to perform in Andrew Lloyd webber's musicals 'Cats' (where she played the roles of Demeter, Bombalurina, Cassandra and Tantomile), and also 'Starlight Express', where she played the role of Buffy.
Michelle was also a Principal Dancer with The Carol Straker Dance Company, and has worked extensively in both Theatre and television productions.
In 2008, Michelle graduated from Middlesex University with a BA Hons in Dance Studies. Upon graduating, she continued to demonstrate Martha Graham Technique at Middlesex and went on to work very closely with Robert Cohan and Anne Donnelly on the first drafts of the 'Rescen' projects, documenting Martha Graham Technique for future resources.
Michelle has dedicated many years to teaching Ballet and Contemporary Dance at all levels to various Ballet Schools and Dance institutions, and in addition to her teaching roles, for the last two years has acted as assistant to the Artistic Director on the 'Classically British' Productions for Black History Month.
Since completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Musical Direction at Mountview Academy in June 2016, Rebecca has been working professionally as a musical director and teacher in and around London. She is currently focusing on new musical projects as she is passionate about bringing fresh works to the theatre. As well as her work on Remember, Remember, and Catch Me, she is also in collaboration with other writers and producers, supporting workshops and production pitches. Before attending Mountview, she received her Bachelor of Music from Goldsmiths College where she studied piano performance under Andrew Zolinsky and Danny Driver.
Rebecca joined the PAD in January 2017, and has recently taken over the Musical Theatre singing BTech. Rebecca’s teaching extends to private piano classes, repertoire coaching, and audition preparation. She also founded ‘The Musical Melodies Choir’, a musical theatre show choir, which successfully runs in Welwyn Garden City.
Samantha Underwood began dancing at the early age of four purely as an after school hobby. A few years later I realised I wanted to make dancing my career. After continuing to take tap, modern and ballet classes until the age of 16, I completed a BTEC National Diploma in Musical Theatre performance. This led me to gain a place on the three year Degree course at Bird College.
After completing Bird College I began my performing career. The jobs I have had include: pantomime at Brick Lane 'Dick Whittington', followed by four years of various different contracts onboard crusie ships and most recently a tap film shoot for a music video 'Style and Grace'.
Whilst at Bird College I gained my ISTD teaching qualifications and I have continued to teach inbetween my performing contracts. I enjoy bringing my performance experience to all the classes I teach.
Benjamin Archer had from a young age, a passion for words and language which lead to alove of Shakespeare. It was this passion which motivated him to pursue a career as a professional actor and in 2010 after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Acting he took to the stage working predominantly in classical theatre and roles which indulged his love of word play.
Whilst working on a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Benjamin was asked to facilitate educational workshops on how to perform Shakespeare’s plays. It was during this time that Benjamin realised he wanted to pursue a career in the world of academia and actor training. He returned to university to study a MA in Acting followed by a MPhil and PhD in Actor Training for Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century.
In 2018 Benjamin established his own theatre company Twenty First Century Bard which produces adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. The companies first production Hamlet in Session with Sigmund Freud opened in London, May 2018. Benjamin wrote, directed and produced the production which incorporated Shakespeare’s original text with original new content. Exploring what would happen if Hamlet had a therapy session with Sigmund Freud.
Whilst Benjamin’s current focus is in research, lecturing and teaching he remains active within the performing arts industry ensuring his students have the most relevant and up to date training to equip them for their future careers.