Showstoppers Teachers are all fully committed, experienced, CRB checked and most of all ENTHUSIASTIC! We have many freelance teachers who work for Showstoppers between professional performing engagements and who visit to run Masterclass Workshops. Below are a few of our regular team…
Jade Suryani Wijaya
DJ Micky B
Resident Director and Drama Teacher
Sarah Macmull – Principle
Sarah started dance at the age of 3 learning Ballet, Tap & Jazz and as a child trained under Pamela Freedman and Ex-Bluebell Girl Carol McGrath. She also attended Vanda Morgan Stage School and Jay’C Theatre Arts School for many years growing up.
Following this, Sarah went on to train professionally in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting and also has all of her LAMDA exams in Acting and Voice & Speech. She has completed courses in First Aid and Child Protection and regularly attends training in subjects such as Equal Opportunities for Clubs.
After graduating, Sarah toured the country in educational children’s plays, worked as a lead vocalist for Thomson Holidays in Hotels overseas, appeared in various TV commercials and even toured the country as “Podgy Pig” in Rupert & Friends! She has starred opposite many Soap stars in multiple pantomime seasons and even got taken by Limo to switch on the Redhill Christmas Lights! During this time, Showstoppers began as a few one-off workshops and organically grew into the successful and well-established school it is today.
Sarah has been teaching for over twenty years and producing shows since she was about 6 starting in her own back garden! She married to Simon together they have Noah, Zachary and Mia who all love Showstoppers!
Sophie Hiller – Teacher
Sophie began dancing at the age of 4, training in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Street Dance at the Lesley Hand School of dance, and training in Acting and singing at Bodens studios. She began teaching at Showstoppers aged 16 and loves still being part of the team! Focussing on a career as a Singer and songwriter, Sophie is currently in the process of recording her debut album. For the last year and a half Sophie has been touring the world as a backing singer for the Legendary Sir Tom Jones, appearing on shows such as Children in Need with the highlight being performing for the Royal Family at The Jubilee Concert 2012 at Buckingham Palace.
Jade Suryani Wijaya – Teacher
DJ Micky B – Technical stuff!
Micky B has been with Showstoppers since the very beginning and he even takes credit for coming up with the name “Showstoppers!” He has been working in the light and sound industry for over fifteen years and runs his own successful Entertainments Agency. We love it when the shows come around and we have Micky B on the team!
Toby Hampton – Resident Director and Drama Teacher
Toby is an experienced actor and director. As well as directing and co-directing over 20 shows he has been performing in all forms since the age of six. Toby has been involved with Showstoppers for over a decade. First as a student, then as a teaching assistant and now as a resident assistant director and teacher. Toby believes very strongly in giving young people a chance to shine on the stage and feels that anyone (no matter how old) with the right mentoring and direction can perform as well as any adult.
Toby’s passion for performing was nurtured as a showstoppers student in a warm, loving, safe environment where it was okay to make mistakes and learn from them. He has gone on to get a place at The Chickenshed Theatre Company as a student and has successfully directed his own shows.