Samantha Wood – Academy Principal
Samantha successfully won a full scholarship to train at Performers College in Essex and graduated with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre. She also completed her teacher training with, and is a registered teacher of, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D).
She has performed in many cabaret events at the Mayfair and Grosvenor Hotels in London as well as performing on “Top of the Pops” and she has travelled the world as principal singer for the “Headliners Theatre Company” working for P&O Cruises. She also enjoyed 3 years as Mezzo Soprano Swing for the “Thursford Christmas Spectacular” in Norfolk; the biggest Christmas show in Europe. Here, she had the honour of performing for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge at a Royal Gala Performance.
Samantha has been teaching for many years and as well as being Principal of her Academy in the High Peak, she runs long-established Musical Theatre workshops in and around London. She has a wealth of experience, passion and lots of energy. Her classes are great for building technique, strength, performance skills and confidence – and most of all, they are fun!
Sue Wood – Business Manager
Sue Wood holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is a very experienced senior corporate management professional who took early retirement, after working for many years for The Co-op and Post Office Ltd. Sue is now joint owner of the Samantha Wood Theatre Academy and a management consultant. She is responsible for the strategic and operational management of the Academy.
Laura Johnson – Dance Teacher
Laura graduated from Centre Pointe college in 2015 where she completed 3 years of professional dance training. In this time, she thoroughly enjoyed being a part of ‘The Company’ and appeared in ‘How to succeed in business without really trying’ and ‘The Wedding Singer’ at the Lowry Theatre, Manchester. As well as training to become a professional dancer, Laura is a fully qualified ISTD teacher. She has her DDE Ballet and Modern and DDI Tap qualifications.
Two weeks after graduating college Laura began her professional career. She started working for Cruise Maritime and Voyages until September 2016. She travelled to Norway, Iceland, Russia, Portugal, Canary Islands and the Caribbean to name a few places. In this time Laura learnt 13 shows which included African and Russian dancing. After this, Laura spent time in the UK continuing to develop her professional career and appearing at a charity event for breast cancer with ‘Lois Dynamic Dancers.’ She also spent 3 days filming as a dancer and background artist in Harrogate for a hit Bollywood movie ‘Ek Haseena thi Ek Deweena tha.’ Laura successfully auditioned in Manchester for a part as a professional dancer in ITV’s Cold Feet and worked alongside James Nesbitt in March 2017. Most recently, she completed a 7 month contract on board the Costa Victoria and visited Japan, China, Thailand and Vietnam. She returned home in November 2017 to spend time with her family after having little contact with them during the contract. Laura then went travelling around New Zealand for 5 weeks visiting friends and family. She used her time at home to add to her teaching career; getting creative and choreographing for local schools as they worked towards their summer shows. Laura has also used this time to set up her own very successful business within the fitness industry.
Emma McClean – Dance Teacher
Emma trained at the Northern Ballet School as an associate and then as a full time pupil on the Classical Ballet course. After graduating, she toured with a company around the UK. Later in her career she danced with Celebrity Cruises where she was also Dance Captain. She then moved to Canada where she taught ballet, pointe and jazz to a vast age range. Since moving back to Cheshire, she has taught at a number of dance schools, mostly ballet, and loves to develop technique, confidence and performance qualities in her students.