Vicky is the Artistic Director (and also a teacher) at The Willow Tree. She trained in Musical Theatre at The Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, London .
Originally trained as a touring actor, Greg has been involved in teaching drama for twenty years. An accomplished performer, singer and artist, Greg’s skills have taken him to New Zealand, Africa and New York where he has taken lead roles and run workshops in performance, voice and mime. “I aim to develop confidence and performance skills in students, discovering natural strengths and abilities, and providing a safe place to explore them. I like to balance traditional fun drama with more challenging acting, voice and improvisation classes.” As a singer Greg has performed solo and with bands in countless venues in the area.
He is also a very talented artist and….. You can check out his website too!
From student to assistant to teacher to Director, our Ella …. She brings superb knowledge, quality , compassion and kindness to our our eclectic team .”
Singing & Music Theatre Teacher
Heidi teaches Singing and Musical Theatre for Willow Tree and has done for nearly 19 years . She is a member of the well-known pop group Bucks Fizz. Heidi trained in singing, dance and drama at London’s top stage school Laine Theatre Arts becoming Laines “Student of the Year” as well as winning the prestigious award for “Most Outstanding Student.”
Emily’s love of dancing started at the age of 3 and when her family moved to Tiverton it was a must for them to find her the perfect dance school. This is when Emily attended her first classes at Willow Tree and that is where she stayed for the next 13 years!
Irene saw a spark in Emily and offered her the opportunity to assist in teaching tap and ballet. This was where her love for teaching began.
Since her early teens, Emily coached and choreographed routines for her family’s gymnastics academy, Exe Valley gymnastics school and at 18 she decided to further her dance training. Following succesfully auditioning, Emily trained for a year at Performers College, and then gained a scholarship to Masters Performing Arts on their three year professional dance and musical theatre course.
After graduating she accepted her first professional contract working as a dancer for Warner Leisure hotels. Here Emily got the opportunity to not only perform in the production shows, but also to learn the ballroom style and teach classes to the guests. She then went on to perform in a touring pantomime, the FA cup opening ceremony and also backing danced for Rita Ora at Soccer Aid 2019! Whilst living in London and auditioning for jobs, Emily rekindled love for teaching younger children and worked for the Diddi dance franchise. Now she is back home with a baby ballerina of her own and is thoroughly enjoying teaching for us here at Willow Tree.
Georgia started dancing at the age of 3, joining Willow Tree as a student in 2004. She has taken part in many company showcases and theatre productions over the years, living much of her life on stage with the Willows.
Georgia currently teaches Boys Jazz, Contemporary and HipHop and covers a range of classes at Willow Tree. She is a much loved member of our teaching team with some seriously cool moves and always some super slick choreo! Thank you Georgia for your fabulousness, we think you’re amazing.
Reception Desk/Cover Teacher
Helen has been involved with Willow Tree for a number of years in various roles such a pianist and chaperone. This year, she is excited to take on some new challenges including arranging the chaperoning for shows and supporting the students, parents and staff by working on the reception desk.
Helen studied music at Exeter University with a focus on musical direction, composition and music education where she was lucky enough to take the role of musical director for a production at the Northcott Theatre. She has more recently qualified with a Post Graduate Diploma in Early Years through Plymouth Marjon University and currently works as an Early Years Teacher at St Johns Primary School.
Helen is now studying for her Masters degree focussing on musical creativity in young children. Helen enjoys leading children’s choirs and performances and is committed to supporting creativity for our youngest children.
Lydia began training in ballet, tap and jazz at Willow Tree under Irene Holland when she was four years old. Throughout her school years she continued her performing arts education and performed in shows with Willow Tree as well as taking on roles in musicals within Tiverton Junior Operatics Club, Tiverton Amateur Operatic Society and performing with the English National Youth Ballet.Lydia has since worked with companies in Cardiff and South Wales including the Orbit Theatre Company and NBA Dancers in musicals and corporate and commercial events. Her passion for music has also led her to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, tour China with the CU chamber choir and play as part of a symphony orchestra at venues such as St.David’s and BBC’s Hoddinott Hall. Lydia trained vocally under Marilyn Rees, head of junior singing at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama, and worked as a choral scholar throughout her time at university.
After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in music, Lydia now works as the Music Assistant at Kings College, Taunton, as well as conducting St.Peter’s choir and accompanying local theatre companies and singing groups.