Katherine Steffan studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. After graduating she worked in musicals before continuing her classical training on the postgraduate opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Katherine has a wide experience across the musical spectrum, and has appeared as a principal singer in both classical and musical roles in the UK and overseas, including a number of recordings and live broadcasts. She has sung as a soloist with Glyndebourne, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, the European Chamber Opera, City of Birmingham Touring Opera and the Royal Ballet. She sang in the British premières of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and Nightingale by Charles Strouse, the composer of Annie, alongside Sarah Brightman.
She started in ensemble in repertory theatre in a number of musicals, swiftly progressing to principal roles. Shows in which she has appeared include Annie, Mr. Cinders and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and South Pacific. For York Theatre Royal she sang in Jesus Christ Superstar and Cinderella, in which she played Prince Charming.
Special productions include A Night in Paris (the Life and Music of Jacques Offenbach) with soprano Rosemary Ashe, and a gala of musicals for Opera Interludes. Katherine also has a wide experience as a session singer, and was a regular off-stage singer for Starlight Express in the West End.
Katherine’s teaching career has taken her from teaching ballet dancers to sing at the Royal Ballet School, to musical theatre singing at Italia Conti and for the last 13 years at Colet Court Preparatory School/ St Paul’s Junior School in London. Katherine has a 100% pass rate for all her pupils in their ABRSM and Guildhall singing exams and her private pupils have performed in the West End. Katherine has recently qualified in the Estill Technique Stages One and Two.
David Corbett is a working, professional actor and drama teacher. He trained at the Lee Strasberg Institute In New York City for 3 years and then lived and worked in L.A for seven years, in film and television.
David also wrote and directed short films and sketch shows that he starred in. He chalked up over 50 TV commercials. Recent theatre credits include, ‘Judd’ in Bouncers, by John Godber and ‘Phil’ in Mammals, by Amelia Bullmore, for which he received an L.A weekly award for best actor. He has just played Jack Worthing in The Importance of being Earnest.
David teaches acting and audition techniques to all ages of students. He leads a comedy improv class, for actors to develop new writing. He is presently writing his own TV comedy series.
David has most recently starred in the BBC1 drama, ‘WPC 56’.
David is delighted to be working at the Gielgud Academy teaching screen acting and Lamda drama and encouraging others to discover their own love of acting.
Rebecca Dowden L.R.A.M., Professional Certificate (Hons)
Rebecca trained on the Opera Course at The Royal Academy of Music as a performer, teacher and conductor. Her career has encompassed all three as well as her love of stage direction. Many of her singing students have gone on to study at the leading conservatoires and performing arts colleges and performed leading roles in the West End, most recently in “The Sound of Music”, “Oliver” and “Billy Elliot”. She has coached children many times for national tours of “Joseph”, “Whistle Down the Wind” and worked on the new production of “The Cunning Little Vixen” at Glyndebourne. In 2013 two of her students played leading roles with NYMT and many continued to have audition, competition and exam successes. Rebecca has run vocal courses for over 20 years, firstly “Let’s Make a Musical!” and now her “Young Professional Singers’ Workshops”.
As a teacher she strives to bring out the full potential in each student by helping them with the technicalities of singing and helping them find the meaning within a song and emotional courage to enable them to be a strong performer. As well as at GAPA, Rebecca teaches privately, at Ardingly College and Central Sussex College. She is also very proud to Chair the Mid Sussex Competitive Music Festival held in Burgess Hill every November and be musical director of the only Stroke Association Chorus in the UK.
Corrina trained at Janice Blake Dance Studio in Bexhill where she obtained her Equity Card performing a variety of principal roles in professional pantomime productions at the De La Warr Pavillion.
She went on to gain a BA Hons in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at The University of Plymouth, achieving a First-Class Honours for her performance work and performing original work in both the Edinburgh and Galway Arts Festivals.
Following university, her dancing career took her around the world as a member of The Stadium Theatre Company onboard several P&O cruise liners where she was a company dancer and Entertainments Officer.
After her performing career, Corrina studied at Central School of Speech and Drama and gained a PGCE in Drama. Corrina’s teaching career spans over 12 years to date and has seen her teaching Drama, Theatre Studies, Musical Theatre, Dance and LAMDA examinations. She has taught at Roedean School and has been Head of Department at a large secondary school with sixth form.
She is a certified LAMDA tutor and currently teaches Drama, Theatre Studies and Dance in a large secondary school in East Grinstead as well as private LAMDA tuition in a local prep school.
Corrina is delighted to be joining the GAPA Teaching Faculty.