Sophie studied a BTEC in Performing Arts at Gorseinon College. As a child she performed at the National Urdd Eisteddfod where she won many first place prizes for singing and recital pieces. As a result of her interest in music and drama she joined the Swansea Grand Theatre Company and also worked with The Welsh National Youth Opera.
Sophie has been a dedicated member of the West Glamorgan County Youth Theatre Company for many years, where she performed in various plays and musicals - productions which achieved critical acclaim both nationally and internationally.
Sophie has also appeared on HTV and S4C television. Sophie's television credits include; BBC documentary with actor Michael Sheen, Get Your Own Back (BBC), Pobl y Cwm (S4C) and also television presenting for Sky Television. Sophie has also worked with comedians Owen Money and Freddie Star.
Sophie has taught for many local and national theatre schools including The Mark Jermin Stage School, Swansea, Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Guppy School of Musical Theatre, Cardiff and Ravenscourt Theatre School, London.
Samantha graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Performing Arts at Bath Spa. She previously trained at Gorseinon College and The Mark Jermin Stage School. Samantha has performed professionally since age 10 when she landed her first job with Warner Brothers for the soundtrack to the film with Madonna in Evita. Another of Samantha’s film credits include The Testimony of Taliesin Jones and About a Boy (Universal).
Samantha has expressed her passion for singing by appearing on television in Just up Your Street (BBC Wales), Mad For It! (ITV), Heno, Caerdydd and Y Pris (all for S4C). One of Sam’s most enjoyable achievements was performing at the Welsh Woman of The Year Awards at the CIA as front singer with the band Swing Shift. She’s also presented HTV’s What on Earth.
Theatre experience includes Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Bill Kenwright, UK Tour), Maria in West Side Story, Sandy in Grease, Grace in Annie, Cassie in A Chorus Line, Carol in Shakers, Amazing Grace (The Wales Theatre Company), Anita in West Side Story (Full Tilt Theatre Company).
Pantomime includes Cinderella in Buttons Undone, Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk and Robinson in Robinson Crusoe, Dick in Dick Whittington, Tiger Lily/ Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan (all for The Owen Money Theatre Company).
Sammi is also Production Director for Rainbow Valley Productions. Singing credits have expanded to resident studio session singer for Music Wales, and she is busy fronting function bands: John Oliver Live, Bogart, Classic Souldogs, Le Freak, Owen Money and the Cadilac Crew & her new venture Two 4 Joy.
Students have been fortunate enough to work with people such as BAFTA award winning stars James Corden & Julie Walters, CBBC presenters Sam & Mark, Les Miserables star Samantha Barks, West End producer Cameron Mackintosh and TV star Neil Morrissey... to name but a few.
Our group 'Musicality' were crowned winners of BBC television competition Sport Relief Does Glee Club 2014. Many students have also appeared as contestants on ITV's Britain's Got Talent & The Voice Kids.
Through our professional talent agency, students have taken on lead roles in:
Within each singing lesson, the class will be taken through a thorough physical and vocal warm up to prepare the vocal chords for singing.
The children will learn the importance of singing technique including breathing, diction, the diaphragm, projection, etc.
Students sing as an ensemble working on harmonies and performance. Each child will also be given the opportunity and choice to sing solo if they wish.
The dance sessions will cover a variation of styles and genres. It is a vital aspect for the class learn how best to warm up both physically and mentally.
We encourage our students to fuse both dance and performance together, creating characters and stories through the movement.
Ultimately our aim is to have FUN, dance gives us the opportunity to express ourselves freely and we will do just that through: street, jazz or musical theatre style.
Each Drama session begins with a full physical and mental warm-up. This includes improvisation, vocalising, concentration, accents, plus drama games to help stimulate the body and mind.
During these classes, students will have the opportunity to work on monologues and duologues, working on many genres of scripts, from musical theatre to TV & Film developing characters and learning the various acting techniques used by professional performers.
David graduated with a distinction in Musical Theatre aswell as achieving the “Student of the Year” award.
At a young age he attended The Mark Jermin Stage School, Swansea.
Theatre credits include lead role in Oliver!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour, Bill Kenwright), Lance in Piece of Cake (AMT-Wales), Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Riverfront Theatre, Newport), Peter in Peter Pan (Owen Money Theatre Company), Prince Charming in Cinderella (Forum Theatre, Barrow-In-Furness), Milton in Geek Tragedy (Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff), Neil Sedaka in Jukebox Heroes II (Wales Theatre Tour), Jersey Boys Tribute Show: The Valli Boys (Theatre Tour) and West-End showcases at The Criterion Theatre & Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.
As part of The Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre, David played Tommy Farr opposite Mal Pope in a Gala Concert production The Contender (The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff).
Television appearances include Hope and Glory (BBC), Showtime Wales! (BBC), Wedi 7 (S4C), Caerdydd (S4C/Fiction Factory) and Gavin & Stacey (BBC). Film credits; The Testimony of Taliesin Jones (Snake River Productions).
He has taught for Wales Millennium Centre and Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Wales and Barcelona.
Alongside Fame Factory Theatre School, David also works as a singer and won the ‘Best Male Vocalist’ award from the South Wales Entertainment Federation. He has performed all over the world for cruise liners such as P&O and Marella.
Past students have gone on to study at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), The Urdang Academy London, Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts (GAMTA), The Emil Dale Academy and Rose Bruford College.
Students have also performed at some of the World's most prestigious venues including Her Majesty's Theatre London, Wales Millennium Centre, Bristol Hippodrome, The Curve Leicester, Cape Town Opera, Disneyland Paris, Principality Stadium along with many other popular local theatres and venues.
The Stage School has also undertook master classes in TV and theatre with stars of hit West-End musicals 'Wicked' and 'Matilda' plus CBBC favourite 'Tracey Beaker' and BBC's 'Waterloo Road'. Many students are also members of the famous critically acclaimed choir 'Only Kids Aloud!'.
Les Miserables (International Tour), Oliver! (UK Tour), Finding Neverland (World Premiere), Billy Elliot - Youth (West-End), The King & I (UK Tour), A Christmas Carol (UK Tour), Peter Pan (Welsh Tour), Babes In The Wood (Welsh Tour), Cinderella / Jack & The Beanstalk / Snow White (Pantomime), Pop Factor (UK Tour).
Crash (BBC), Pianissimo (S4C), Basil & Barney's Swap Shop (BBC), Copycats (BBC), Comic Relief Does Glee Club (BBC), Loti Borloti (S4C), Camp Orange (Nickelodeon), Blue Peter (BBC), Clwb Cyw (S4C), Heno (S4C), Britain's Got Talent (ITV), The Secret Life of 4 Year Old's (Channel 4), The Voice Kids (ITV), Gavin & Stacey (BBC).
One Chance (The Weinstein Company), Summertime (Tornado Films).