BA (Hons), LISTD, Body Control Pilates Teacher (Active IQ Level 3 Pilates Certificate)
Charis completed her professional dance training at Bird College and gained a first-class honours degree in Dance and Theatre Performance. She worked as a professional dancer and dance captain for ten years, which took her all over the world.
Charis gained her Pilates matwork certification in 2010 with the renowned Body Control Pilates, and runs her own Pilates classes for adults in East Sussex. She was introduced to the technique as a teenager to compliment her dance training and is delighted to be working with the students at GAPA.
Charis also holds ISTD Licentiate status in Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance. Alongside teaching ISTD dance syllabi, she enjoys choreographing for Sussex Youth Ballet Company and guest tutoring for Dance2Advance teacher training centre. She frequently attends courses to further her training and professional development.
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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.
Born in Scotland, soprano Gillian Webster studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio.
Her highly successful professional opera career has her regularly performing at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, ENO at the Coliseum and many of the major International Opera Houses .
Her repertoire includes ; The Magic Flute (Pamina & First Lady), The Marriage of Figaro (Contessa), La Boheme (Mimi), Lohengrin (Elsa), Orfeo ed Euridices (Euridices) and Pearl Fishers (Leila) amoungst many others.
Her CD recordings include Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, Peter Grimes (2nd niece) and Paride ed Elena (Pallas Athene) and DVD recordings of Orfeo ed Euridices and the Magic Flute for the Royal Opera House. She has recently sung with Jessye Norman as 2nd woman in Dido and Aeneas at the Chatelet, Paris.
Gillian teaches at various schools in Sussex and specialises in LAMDA Musicla Theatre. She is delighted to be the Musical Theatre singing teacher at the Gielgud Academy.
Alex began dancing from the age of 6. He then went on to train at the Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge and then it’s Upper School from 1988-1995. During his last few years as a student he worked touring with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, dancing in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘The Nutcracker’. With the Royal Ballet, he danced in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Giselle’ at Convent Garden.
He joined Ballet Schindowski in Germany where two years later was promoted to Soloist. After 6 years with them he joined Ballet Kiel also as a Soloist expanding his contemporary dance knowledge and performed in new works such as ‘The Doors’, ‘Moazart’s requieM’ and ‘The Wall’ which were choreographed by Mario Schroeder. In 2005 Alex returned back to London and worked as a Freelance dancer. West End credits includes ‘Equus’ starring Daniel Radcliff and Will Tuckett’s production of ‘Pinocchio’ at The Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre. He then also joined the UK tour of ‘Equus’ which was then followed by performing and touring as Guest Soloist with Tetsuaya Kumakawa’s K Ballet in Japan, dancing in ‘Giselle’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Coppelia’.
Whilst in London Alex began teaching and on moving to West Sussex has completed his ISTD DDI and this year also his DDE Diploma.
Alex currently teaches in various schools including the Brighton Academy and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and Dance (London).