Our Coaches

Courtney

Drama Teacher

Courtney Freckleton was brought up in a musical family and has sung and acted from a very young age. Having watched her father perform with band “Chunky Butt Funky” she knew that the ‘business’ was in her blood. At such a tender age still, Courtney has credits which include, Space 2 Charity event (WYP), Jesus Christ Superstar, Voices of the Day Choir, Young Theatre Makers (WYP) and Limetree Festival. Albeit her strengths in comedy are apparent, she has wowed tutors and spectators alike with her dark, intense side of her work. Courtney appeared in the first series of C4’s new drama written by Paul Abbott “NO OFFENCE” in 2015.
Training through the ranks, Courtney is now a fully qualified drama coach with TLA and can be found mostly in the theatre on a Saturday!

Will

Drama Coach

Will found his love of performing whilst at junior school. He sang a little song, the audience applauded and he was hooked! He has performed in various stage productions including playing Pickwick in ‘Pickwick’, Sir Joseph Porter in ‘HMS Pinafore’ and has been in the Joseph choir in the touring production in Sheffield Lyceum Theatre.
He is proud to have appeared in all the TLA Show Team productions, including playing Uncle Billy in the recent “It’s a Wonderful Life” and 2015’s play Waiting for Godot’. He has appeared on TV in the series of ‘Rocket’s Island’ on CBBC. Filming has been one of the best experiences of his life – he has learned so much. He loves all aspects of the world of theatre, film and TV. His ambition is to one day be a Film Director. Will is currently TLA Head Boy and will be filming TLA’s documentary in 2017.

Amelia

Drama Coach

Amelia has a passion for Drama and Musical Theatre and has loved performing and singing from an early age.

Amelia currently studies A level drama, has completed her LAMDA training up to Gold medal and is currently working on her musical theatre grades. She recently was awarded an acting role in a local short film. Amelia loves being at TLA every Saturday and is at her happiest when immersed in all things ‘performing’. Her ambition is to be on stage and is she looking to continue her training doing a performing arts degree in the future.

Lorcan

Dance Coach

Lorcan has been training in Level 3 Dance at Leeds City College since September 2016 and has already been part of the Phoenix project; won a place with his team at the ‘Breakin Convention’ and has been offered an opportunity to apply for the CAT scheme at NCSD. He has been involved with performing arts since he was 4, performing in Falstaff with Opera North and all the TLA Show Team productions. Lorcan is a dance coach at TLA and can be found assisting Dani Grierson in her dance classes. Lorcan would like a career in choreography in the future.

Megan

Dance Coach

Megan has been dancing since the age of 3. Having completed IDTA ballet and tap grades 1-5, she is now currently training at CAPA college studying A-Level Dance, A-Level Drama and Performing Arts. She hopes to continue her training at University later this year.
Megan has featured in many shows including Mamma Mia, Footloose, Sweeney Todd, Equus and Professional Pantomimes/ Musicals at the Grand Opera House in York to mention a few. She has been on the dance competition scene on weekends with solos, duets, trios and troupes and hopes to continue in the industry as a career.

Izzy

Dance Coach

Izzy has been dancing since she was 4 and is currently studying Dance and Performing Arts at A-level, covering Jazz and Contemporary. She takes weekly classes in Commercial/Street Dance and has been doing Tap for about 6 years and is now working towards her intermediate grade.
Izzy has taken part in many of the TLA shows including Mamma Mia and Lion King, and has been part of the TLA Showcase team for 2 years. By training from a young age, studying at school and taking classes at TLA, her techniques are constantly improving.
She has taught a number of classes at school and has now been asked to choreograph two dances for a TLA show.

Lucy

Singing Coach

Lucy is currently studying Music as one of her A-levels and has been involved with music since the age of 7. Starting by learning to play the Clarinet, she is now working towards her Grade 6. She has also self-taught to play the piano and ukulele.
She take part in singing for a number of choirs, and as singing has formed a big part of her life, joining TLA has opened up various opportunities to help with her singing ability. She has even conducted a school choir made up of her teachers!
Being part of a school choir and a close harmony group at school, Lucy put together and conducted a music festival for Year 8’s, including writing the scores and deciding on the choir arrangements.
She also has a interest in media, which she has taken as an A-level option, as she enjoys filming and putting movies together.