meet the team

At ESPA, we pride ourselves on the highly skilled and experienced staff delivering across all programmes. Staff are industry professionals - ranging from the West End, Tours, Music Videos, TV & Film and Cruises  - enabling students to learn from specialist tutors in all of their sessions. 

Kelly-Ann Gordon

Principal

Kelly-Ann has been delivering and running full time performing arts programmes for the past decade.  

After a varied performing career, ranging from TV & Film, Theatre, Music videos and Cabarets, Kelly-Ann found a passion for teaching. Teaching part time classes, to writing and developing the courses at ESPA. Kelly-Ann has previously worked as a peripatetic singing teacher in schools across the region along with delivering on creative partnership projects all over the country.  

Kelly-Ann is determined to offer high quality training led by industry professionals in funded education provisions. Focusing on well balanced courses, where students are prepared for drama school auditions, university or the world of work. 

Credits include:

Sunday Night Live - Her Majesty’s Theatre, Dancer - Lemar & Sway London Gig Circuit, Dancer - Latitude Music Festival, Lead Vocalist - Limelight Entertainment. 

TV:/Film: Catfish & The Bottleman  - Fallout Music Video, The Fashion Show,  Murder in Suberbia, Family Business, Kerching, The Mysti Show 

Along with performances at venues such as: The Royal Albert Hall, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Sadlers Wells.

Megan Kelly

Musical Theatre Coordinator

Megan trained at the Arts Educational School at Tring Park from the age of 12 and then continued on to the Arts Ed London Musical Theatre course. She then started on a very successful career in theatre performing across the country and in the West End including the original cast of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' with Jason Donovan, 'She Loves me' and 'Metropolis' to name a few. 

Megan has played West End leading roles including Cosette in 'Les Miserables' and Christine in 'Phantom of the Opera' and has worked alongside many prestigious directors and composers including Hal Prince, Declan Donnelan, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. She was part of the original London cast of 'Into the Woods' , 'Sunday in the Park with George' and 'Sweeney Todd' at The Royal National Theatre. Megan has also performed in concert venues such as the Albert Hall and Festival Hall and can be heard on many cast albums and recordings. 

Credits include:

The Turn of the Screw, Three Lost Souls, Dearly Beloved, La Belle Vivette, The 

Cunning little Vixen, Falstaff, Sweeney Todd, The King and I, The Rivals, The Crucible, The Winters Tale, A Midsummers Night Dream. 

eddie burton

higher education Coordinator

Eddie has spent his life in the Performing Arts.  After graduating from Arts Educational Eddie worked in the West End for ten years. 

After a career as a performer, Eddie became a lecturer/tutor/freelance Performing Arts leader.  Positions include: Head of Acting, Stella Mann, Head of Musical Theatre – London Theatre School, Singing tutor – The London Studio Centre, Singing/Acting tutor at Tring Park, Singing tutor at Bodywork, singing tutor at The Schools of the Science of Acting.  Eddie is also an academic – having gained a Masters Degree in Shakespeare, and currently doing a PhD in Shakespeare/Hamlet/Philosophy with Professor Gabriel Egan.  Eddie has successfuly coached students to gain places at: Arts Educational, East 15, LIPA, Urdang, Laine, Bird, Tring Park, GSA, RCS, Mountview and Trinity Laban, as well as universities across the country. 

Credits include:

Javert in Les Miserables, Greaseball in Starlight Express, Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire, Martin Guerre and Arnaud in Martin Guerre, Miss Saigon, The Gondoliers and Elvis the Musical.  Eddie has worked as an actor-musician, touring the UK with Bill Kenwright Productions, playing Cliff Richard in The Sound of Fury.  In The Royal Variety Performance Eddie sang with Andre Bocelli, Westlife, Barry Manilow and Cliff Richard.

Louise durrant

dance coordinator

Credits include: 

Performance- Team England Pom 2016-2018, Team England Jazz 2017 and 2019, Cheerforce Ladies of Ten 2018-2019, The Olivier Awards- Breakin Convention, World of Dance- Myself Uk 

Film/ TV- Woman in Gold, Testament of Youth, Frankenstein, MO-Hot music video

Coaching- Team England Paracheer Hip Hop 2017-2019

Louise spent a year studying a foundation course in dance at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts before continuing her training at Masters Performing Arts College. Since graduating she has trained and performed with all female hip hop company Myself Uk founded by industry professional Kloe Dean and currently performs with JMEDC founded by industry professional Jasmine Eccles. 

 

For the past 4 years, Louise has trained as a professional athlete competing as part of Team England at The World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida and The European Cheerleading Championships. She currently coaches various competitive pom, hip hop and jazz teams and has previously coached teams to an international level. 

Jess grew up training in a pre professional dance program in Michigan, USA. She went on to work as a dancer for Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line & Holland America Line where she was Dance Captain and also worked as a rehearsal director installing the Dancing With the Stars at Sea program. Jess lived in New York City for 6 years and filmed numerous workout DVDs, commercials, print work and videos for companies such as MTV, Dr Pepper and Mattel. She also toured around the US and Canada with the company Cirque Le Masque as a dancer. Since living in the UK Jess has worked as a rehearsal director for Bourne Leisure, teaching the production shows to the casts of Haven Holiday Parks and has danced and choreographed for British Airways’ Strictly Come Dancing events.

Jess glendinning

dance tutor

Michael is a local Theatre Maker and Director.  He is the Artistic Director of Stand By Theatre Company who specialise in devised work that unearths hidden stories. His shows have toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Incoming Festival in London and various theatres across the UK. 

Michael has also been part of creative and technical teams for theatre companies such as Zest Theatre, Egg Box Theatre and JMP Productions. In addition, Michael has also worked as a Producer, Programmer, Youth Theatre Director, Script-Writer and Lighting Designer, giving him a full and varied experience of working across the Arts sector. 

Michael woodhall

acting tutor

jo morgan

ballet tutor

Jo started dancing at the age of  3. Aged 11 Jo was awarded a Yorkshire ballet scholarship and attended weekly lessons with Miss Louise Brown (OBE) in York. When she turned 13 she was spotted by a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and was invited to extra training at the RAD Headquarters every Saturday. Aged 16 she was chosen to spend a week training and performing with the Scottish Ballet Company, and was the senior ballet champion at the East Coast Dance Festival. She furthered her professional training at Bird College of Performing Arts on a Full Scholarship gaining her Adv 2 exams in Ballet, Tap and Modern.  After graduation Jo worked professionally as a dancer and singer doing UK tours, world tours, on Cruise Ships and a stint performing in Vegas.  After settling down she became a qualified teacher with the RAD and ISTD and has been successfully running her own School for the past 15 years.  Past pupils of Jo's have successfully auditioned for large London Dance colleges and most have gone on a full scholarship.  Having relocated her family to Bourne she is eager to pass on her knowledge and joy of Dance to the students in the area.

CONTACT US

Eastern School of Performing Arts

Castle House

St Peters Hill

Stamford

PE9 2PE

OPENING HOURS

Monday - Friday:

8:30am - 5:00pm
 

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