READ College is very proud of its excellent team of teachers and support staff, all of whom are exceptionally experienced in their field.

To find out more about our teaching faculty, click on their names below, and read on to find out about our Board of Trustees and our Patrons…


Helen Read – Director of Dance Faculty & Joint Chief Executive
Ballet, Jazz, Body Conditioning, Tap

Jamie Read – Director of Voice Faculty & Joint Chief Executive
Private & Ensemble Singing, Vocal Tech, Tap, Brecht, Contextual Studies, Audition Preparation

Senior Leadership Team

Seamus Allen – Head of Acting
Improvisation, Physical Theatre, Classical Theatre, Acting Style, Speech & Voice

Claire Whitehead – Head of Sixth Form
OCR Studies, Stanislavsky, Audition Repertoire, Acting

Department Heads

Karl Stevens – Head of Jazz
Technical Jazz, Musical Theatre Jazz, Repertoire


Stefan Bednarczyk
British Theatre, Ensemble Singing, Private Singing

Tara Dungate
Commercial Jazz

Stephen King
Ensemble Singing, Private Singing

Sarah Martin
Contemporary Dance

Alex McWilliam
Improvisation, Acting

Ellie Verkerk
Ensemble Singing, Music Theory, Private Singing

Student Support

Michelle Rossi
Admissions & Office Manager

Michael Palfrey
Consulting Osteopath

Siobain Degregorio
Counsellor, Mental Health Awareness

Serena Tajima


 “ It always amazes me how dedicated the teachers were to each and every one of the students, and how personal the tuition was. I just simply wouldn’t be where I am now without them”

Sophia Nomvete – former student recently nominated as ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for The Colour Purple at the Menier.

Dame Judi Dench, Craig Revel Horwood, Bobby Cronin

Board of Trustees
David Ashley – Former Head of Music at Arts Ed
Chris Campbell – Theatre Administration Professional
Mandy Cole – Education Professional
Jan Ferrer – Theatre Marketing Consultant
Nick Flintoff – Technical Associate, National Theatre Studio
Carole Marsh (Treasurer) – Business Managing Director
Roger Missing – Media Company Director
Anne Munn – Charity Professional

Board of Advisors
James Beresford (Shepherd Management)
Alison Desbois (London Studio Centre, Head of Jazz and Tap)
David Ashley (Former Head of 1st Year, Arts Ed)
Sean McNamara (Head of GSA)
Matthew Reeve (Specialist Vocal Coach and Musical Director)
Mark Woolgar (Formerly Trinity/GSA/Drama Studio London/Theatre Director)