JAM THEATRE - Key Persons

Alison Mansfield

Alison Mansfield trained at the Royal Ballet School, and after completing her professional examinations was awarded Associate Membership of the Royal Academy of Dancing. Whilst at Royal, Alison performed solos for Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake for Dance Ninette de Valois and The Company. She enjoyed dancing at both the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and the Sadler's Wells Theatre. Alison was very privileged to be selected to complete part of her training at the prestigious Kirov Ballet Company in Russia, where she also attended classes at the Bolshoi Ballet company in Moscow. Alison visited other companies in Europe including Stuttgart Ballet company and the Paris Opera Ballet company. Alison now enjoys sharing her extensive experience by teaching ballet to all age groups and abilities.

AmyJo Grainger

Amy-Jo started dancing at the young age of 3. Her passion for dancing continued and at the age of 16 attended the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts where she graduated with a diploma in Musical Theatre. After graduating, AmyJo traveled the world with P&O Cruise Liners performing complex shows as a Singer/Dancer and spent time filming Bollywood Movies in Mumbai and Goa in India. AJ has appeared in various Television Commercials and Music Videos appearing on MTV, BBC and ITV and has featured in many corporate shows performing with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Lu Lu. Along the way AJ found a passion for Choreography and has since choreographed for numerous corporate events, pop concerts and fashion shows. Including NHBC Awards Ceremony, Concerts at the HMV Forum London, Gems TV. After gaining a wealth of experience choreographing and performing in the corporate entertainment industry, AmyJo co-founded Ultimate Event Dancers where she now provides dancers and specialty acts for corporate entertainment nationwide.

Charlotte Miranda-Smith

Theatre Credits include: Susan in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Camilla in CRUSH, West Side Story (playing Maria), Betty Blue Eyes, Godspell, Our House, Brigadoon, Songs for a New World Concerts include: Jason Robert Brown & Guests; West End Live; Matt Lucas and Friends Charlotte was the Winner of The Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize, and finalist for The Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year Award.

Chris Czornyj

Job Titles:
  • Music Production
Originally one of our first students at JAM, Chris has gone on to study music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and recently completed his Master in Musical Theatre writing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

David Young

David has twenty years experience of playing classical guitar at weddings, dinners and private functions. He played lead guitar in the hugely successful West End Queen musical We Will Rock You from 2007 until its closure in 2014. He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall as well as most major theatres in the UK. He produced the classical guitar album "Magical Mystery Guitar Tour" by Carlos Bonell which featured classical guitar arrangements of Beatles songs. The album went to number 1 on iTunes in 2012. He has also produced the classical guitar album Queen Guitar Rhapsodies by Carlos Bonell and the Lara Symphony Orchestra from Venezuela. He transcribed the classical guitar book "Essential Classics for Guitar" and has written guitar technique books on Iron Maiden and Metallica. As well as teaching privately, David teaches nylon/classical guitar to third year degree students at The Institute in London and is the guitar course writer for Gigajam.

Edexcel BTEC Verifier

Job Titles:
  • Consultant

Hilda Cronje

Job Titles:
  • Acting & Voice
Hilda grew up on a rural family farm in Natal with a love for arts. She studied drama, musical theatre and various genre of dance at the Waterfront Theatre School. She graduated with triple honours in 2006. She is a qualified drama teacher, actor, stage manager and writer. She started her professional career as a National Corporate Trainer for below-the-line marketing company TCC in Johannesburg. Subsequently she has appeared in children's theatre, drama, industrial theatre and corporate theatre across South Africa and Brazil. She has performed at the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg and Brazil. She has worked with Luke Ellenbogen, , Charles Fourie, Yael farber, Bongile Mantsa, Thoko Ntshinga, nelisiwe Xaba and Tandiwe Nofirst Lungisa. Film and Television includes Twee Grade van Moord (2016) and Bundu Buddies (2009) Theatre highlights are The Incredible History of Dr Faustus, The Adventure of Sam Swallow, Die Trans van Petrous Pansegrou, Pride and Prejudice and has received several award nominations for her portrayal as Julie in Yael Farber's Mies Julie, 2012, 2013 and again in 2016 due to demand at the Edinburgh Festival to 5 star reviews.

Jo Noel-Hartley

Job Titles:
  • Artistic Director
Jo Noel-Hartley and Mark Hartley. Both had worked in the music and theatre industry professionally and had now come to amalgamate their knowledge and experience to form Jam Theatre. Jo started her life journey as a child prodigy musician at the age of 3 and a half learning from a top Russian concert pianist at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Jo finished her studies with an Honours degree specialising in music education at Elder Conservatorium of Music, South Australia & a Diploma in Professional Accompanying. During her school years she took up Art and Design, studied Psychology and Acting at University and directed her first show at 19. Having always written music, she wrote her first play at 22, which was performed the same year. As her life started very clearly as a classical musician, Jo was very confused as to which pathway in life to take. She had a very creative mind, could compose, direct, teach, write, design but didn't know where that belonged in a seemingly academic world. Being a 'Creative' didn't really exist. In 1992 Jo was invited to bring her unique teaching style to work alongside her ex-university professor in the UK (Dr. Paul Rickard-Ford), teaching in two major Prep schools in London. While enjoying this challenge, Jo expanded and set up small music & arts training schools in West London, North London and Chiswick, driven by her belief that people could do far more than they realised, if they were just shown how. Alongside her desire to teach, Jo has worked professionally in the music and entertainment industry for the past 22 years, working on TV shows such as BBC series Fame Academy, Comic Relief does Fame Academy, German Pop Idol, Big Brother, Little Britain, BBC's The One and Only, and Terry Gilliam's film starring Heath Ledger & Johnny Depp, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. During her career as a composer, musician and singing coach she has worked with artists including Sting, M People, Damage, Shania Twain, Lionel Ritchie, Lemar, Spice Girls, Mel B, and currently trains and directs individual West End singers. Jo's Vocal Workout CDs sell worldwide and she has also worked alongside TV Vocal Coaches Carrie and David Grant for the past 16 years in Business Management training. To date Jo has been directing shows for the past 25 years and has written 12 musicals. Her songwriting success has led her to write for TV commercials and for Faber Music with the Governments Sing Up campaign. Jo's theatre creations include: Big Fluffy Slippers, Dream Street (published by Samuel French Ltd), The Unloved Pickle, The Mouse Who Didn't Like Cheese and The Lazy Elf (West End), Santa's Secret Escape, Spots and Stripes, Red Riding Hood and the 7 dwarfs, and the new adult concept musical The Green Room (West End 2015) As Artistic Director of Jam Theatre Company, Jo has found a place to use ALL of her creative skills. Bringing her own experience of personality profiling (Myers-Briggs), the learning styles taught through her educational training & psychology, her years of working in Business Management training where academic intelligence is being replaced with emotional intelligence... mixed with her breadth of industry experience, and her Aussie honesty (!) has made Jo a very passionate and charismatic person. Jo's classes, workshops and masterclasses sell out quickly, and the results and quality she gets out of pupils is astonishing. Jo is a visionary with the ability to make happen what she sees! She has a wonderful team of people around her to help her achieve what many would think impossible, but with Jo's strong belief in people, knows IS possible, if communicated the right way. Jo's strengths pastorally come from being a mother of three children (aged 21, 19 and 11) and having taught hundreds of very different kinds of learners in Australia & the UK, backed by her faith that God has created everyone wonderfully and uniquely, and each one deserves the chance to shine.

Julia Cave

She has been in pantomimes all over the UK from the South Coast right up to Inverness, and has played Principle Boy for the past six years. Choreographic credits include: Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), Angels Punks and Raging Queens (Criteron Theatre, West End), Cinderella (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), Everything's Coming Up Roses (Electric Theatre, Guildford), King Lear (The Space), Thank You Haters (#1 in itunes Comedy Chart winner of ‘Best Music Video' at the LA Comedy Awards), Women Of Troy (The Blue Elephant), The Gruffalo(Intrepid Theatre), Latecomers Will be shot -Four Screws Loose (Edinburgh Fringe), Tribe (Brighton Festival), Step LIVE (Southbank Centre and Sadler's Wells) and Jubilee (Tabard Theatre). Julia has always had a passion for teaching and works at a number of colleges such as Mountview, London Dramatic Academy, West End in Schools, and is thrilled to be joining the fab teachers at JAM!

Kayla Carter

Kayla grew up in Marlow and attended part time classes at Jam Theatre Company, before moving on to full time eduction at the Jam Academy. After gaining a Level 3 BTEC in performing arts, she went on to study acting at The Oxford School of Drama, and continues her study at the highly regarded Associated Studios. Theatre credits include: Dogfight, Into The Woods (Jam Theatre), The Lazy Elf (WEST END), Audition Sessions Live, ‘A' For Effort and Ryca: Refresh. TV and Film include: feature film ‘The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus' and ‘Sing Up Voice Recordings". Kayla currently works as a scriptwriter, freelance session singer and actor alongside teaching the gorgeous students at Jam.

Lucy Cavendish

Job Titles:
  • Counsellor
LUCY Is a trained counsellor with a Level 4 diploma in Advanced Integrative counselling. Trained in psychoanalytic counselling as well as using a person-centred approach, she deals with the day-to-day and immediate problems and challenges that young people can face. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, gender identity, panic attacks, mild psychotic incidents, suicide ideation, couples, adolescents, anger issues and support for couples at every level of their relationship including better endings. JAM believes that mental health is as important as physical and emotional health, and we are thrilled to have Lucy as part of the JAM team.

Mark Hartley

Job Titles:
  • Company Director
  • Producer
Mark trained at the internationally acclaimed music conservatoire - The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, majoring in Jazz & Classical Trumpet and Music Technology Composition. His extended dissertation at music college on how Dyslexia could effect the learning of music, kick started Mark's passion to understand how we learn. Production credits include: Miss Julie (UK Tour & London); Trainspotting (UK Tour); The Railway Children (UK Tour); The Illustrated Games People Play (London & UK Tour). Before leaving to set up Spark-Media, Mark worked on casting for three large-scale touring shows - Into the Woods, Romeo and Juliet, and The Comedians. With his own company Spark-Media, Mark's productions include; Noah (The Old Fire Station, Oxford); Fantastic Mr Fox (Civic Centre, Aylesbury); Big Fluffy Slippers (The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham); The BFG (Civic Centre, Aylesbury). Over the last 5 years alongside professional production of original theatre shows, Mark has continued to work as a consultant and writer for vocational/work-related education. Mark has been an Edexcel BTEC Verifier, a consultant for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust for the new Creative and Media Diploma, a writer for the largest educational publisher in the world - Pearsons, completing 6 writing projects, including published books and training DVDs. He has just been appointed a Centre Quality Verifier for Edexcel BTEC, and will therefore be traveling the country inspecting other schools and colleges for the management and leadership of their BTEC qualifications. Mark is an active teacher of both ‘academic' and ‘vocational' qualifications.

Millie-Rose Drew

Millie has been performing as a professional dancer for the past 8 years, following her training and graduation at Laine Theatre Arts. Her career has taken her all over the world, dancing all styles of music, from theatre residences to TV. She even performs on stilts and can eat fire!! We are thrilled to have Millie part of the JAM team!

Rachael McAllister

Rachael comes from a small town on the outskirts of Glasgow and grew up with a love of all things Musical Theatre. After training at the Dance School of Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rachael has moved to London to become more involved with the industry she loves. As a singer and musician, Rachael plays many instruments including Trombone, Saxophone and Piano and is always eager to share her passion for music as well as theatre. Theatre Credits include - The Little Mermaid, Urinetown, Godspell, West Side Story, Our House, A Man of No Importance, Once on this Island.

Roddy Peters

Job Titles:
  • Acting & Voice
Roddy began acting aged 10 at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, in Willy Russell's major rewrite of Our Day Out. He went onto perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company in The Merry Wives of Windsor with Leslie Phillips and Cyrano de Bergerac starring Sir Anthony Sher. He then attended the Carlton Television Workshop in Birmingham, which he was asked to join after bellowing his audition for the first Harry Potter: rather giving away a theatrical bent. After studying History at the University of Durham, Roddy went onto train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. There he helped set up the Bristol Old Vic's 2010 24-hour plays festival, was awarded the Laurence Olivier Bursary and represented the school in the BBC's Carleton Hobbs radio drama competition. That love of audio work has since led to recording an episode of The Archers for Radio 4, and various audio books for the RNIB. For Jam, Roddy has played Smarty in The Lazy Elf (Arts Theatre, West End) and Martin in The Elves and the Shoemakers (Jam Theatre Studios, Marlow). Other credits since training include Twelfth Night (Reading Between the Lines), The Lost World (Bristol Old Vic), Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse), Richard II (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory), A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Lord Chamberlain's Men), The Forgotten (Newport Riverfront), and the forthcoming feature Eight Minutes Idle (BBC Films/South West Screen). He is currently working on Two Bald Blokes Do Shakespeare for Jam, is reviving the 2012 five-star Edinburgh show East of the Sun, West of the Moon in which he played a Troll Queen, and rehearsing two shows for Tucked In, ready for a small UK tour.

Ryan Carter

Ryan Carter started his training at Jam Theatre, completing it with a scholarship in Dance and Musical Theatre at The Urdang Academy. Ryan now works as a performer, choreographer and producer with his own company RycaCreative, organising video shoots and live shows. Having performed many times for JAM, he is excited to now be one of their regular teachers. Ryan has performed at the Hackney Empire, Bloomsbury Theatre, Shaw Theatre, Wycombe Swan, Oxford Playhouse, played the lead in the musical Ragtime at the Pleasance Theatre, and is currently in the cast of MOTOWN in London's West End.

Teresa Grimsditch

Teresa has over 10 years of accredited training; She is a qualified acting coach and trainer (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), a trained actress (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) and a trained theatre director (Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing). Teresa has had extensive training with Karren Wentworth (a student of Sandford Meisner and Stella Adler) and with Sam Kogan (a student of Maria Knebel, herself a student and close friend of Stanislavski), and she has attended courses and workshops led by Emily Gray (Trestle), Graham Dixon (Michael Chekhov), Mel Churcher (Voice), Bella Merlin (Psycho-Physical Acting) and Simon McBurney. For the past 15 years, she has been teaching actors, directors, VFS supervisors and digital effects animators at RADA, Central School of Speech and Drama, Bristol Old Vic, ALRA, the Kogan Academy, Drama Centre London, the NFTS, the London Film School, the Actors Centre… and designing bespoke performance courses for several independent theatre groups, Warner Brothers and the Men's British Hockey Team! Teresa specialises in imagination training and have recently delivered an Imagination Training and Development Masterclass for the NFTS.