The education faculty at The Garage has a wealth of experience from school and college teaching, managing performance projects, to lecturing at Higher Education. All of our staff have gained crucial experience within the industry and we use these real world skills to enhance our delivery. The team are highly energetic and work tirelessly to support and nurture the talent of our students to achieve their goals. We offer an inclusive approach to learning and treat each student as an individual within the overall cohort or team group.
As a professional performing arts organisation we are proud to offer something different to the normal education progression routes. we embed all our teaching and student development into the professional performing arts industry as well as offering extra benefits that traditional colleges and universities cannot provide.
ADAM TAYLOR (HE/HIM)
HEAD OF CENTRE
Adam has had a long relationship with the organisation, having attended drama courses at The Garage as a young person before joining the Trust in 2008 as Technical Manager after graduating from UEA with a BA(Hons) in Drama.
He later moved onto City College Norwich as Course Lead for Production Arts and achieved a Masters in Creative Producing at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Adam secured a reputation for supporting students to further their training or employment with a 100% progression rate from his courses.
In 2012 Adam returned to The Garage as Production and Operations Manager. He has been an integral part of the senior leadership team and in driving the organisation forward.
BETH NORMAN (SHE/HER)
Beth joined The Garage in 2019, as Learning Manager after working in the Further Education sector for 11 years.
She started as a Student Adviser at Easton College in 2008 after completing her studies at City College Norwich. After gaining her Level 6 qualification in Careers Guidance, Beth was promoted to become Student Services Manager, and then became Head of Student Services, over-seeing the Student and Careers service departments.
She has been involved in dance and performing arts, as a participant, student and teacher since the age of 5, and since joining The Garage delivers ballet for ages 2-7 as well as dance fitness on the participation programme. Beth is a strong believer in life-long learning and achieved a degree in English Literature (creative writing pathway) through the Open University in 2019.
CARRIE MANSFIELD (SHE/HER)
QUALITY ASSURANCE LEAD
Carrie is The Garage Trust‘s Executive Producer. She is the centre’s Quality Nominee and chairs the assessment board for the HNC Programme. Carrie has been working in the Creative industry for 25 years. She originally trained in Theatre and Arts Management at Dartington College of Arts and has worked as a director, performer, writer and project manager. Carrie is a qualified teacher, experienced in writing and delivering education programmes and is currently part of the Executive Team. Her role includes development and strategic work for The Garage Trust.
DANIELLE GARDNER (SHE/HER)
ACCREDITED COURSES LEADER (DANCE SPECIALIST)
Danielle has worked at The Garage since September 2018 as a Performing Arts Tutor and Producer in a part-time role, alongside a Head of Dance position in a local school. In January 2022, Danielle took on a full-time position at The Garage and The Workshop, (The Garage‘s sister venue in Kings Lynn), before becoming Accredited Courses Leader in August 2022. Danielle also teaches GCSE Dance.
Danielle is a dance specialist with a BA (Hons) Dance Degree from The University of Chichester, and is a qualified teacher with a PGCE in Secondary Dance, also from The University of Chichester. She teaches a range of classes on both The Garage’s and The Workshop’s class programme, with a keen passion for tap dance. Through her role as Producer and Tutor at The Garage, Danielle has harnessed a wide range of connections in both education and producing in Norfolk. Danielle is passionate about The Garage and education and is looking forward to both growing and developing the education programme.
SAM WEBBER (HE/HIM)
LECTURER (ACTING SPECIALIST)
Sam is a Norwich-based producer/director/tutor, who works across the county in theatres, schools and community groups to create accessible, exciting drama. As a co-founder /producer of the current iteration of the Norwich Fringe, Sam has brought paid performance opportunities to almost 200 local artists, as well as commissioning 5 brand new pieces of local work. Notable artistic projects include co-writing/starring in Death and the Data Processor, an adult puppet comedy which toured the UK Fringe scene, and editing/directing …and they whisper down the lane, a physical theatre ghost story, with SHUD Theatre. Outside of work, Sam co-hosts the podcasts Play Ground, Norwich Fringe Focus, and Sam & Molly Do The L Word, featuring a variety of academic discussions of plays, interviews with local creatives, and media analysis.
VICTORIA TAYLOR (SHE/HER)
LECTURER (DANCE SPECIALIST)
Georgia works across disciplines including film, theatre and spoken word, bringing the multi-disciplinary nature of her practice into all she creates and delivers. She specialises in directing, writing, and facilitation. Georgia holds a BA(Hons) in Film and Moving Image Production from Norwich University of the Arts, and is co-founder of multi-arts company Matipo Arts CIC, where she creates events, installations and theatre productions. She has developed productions with fringe and regional organisations across London and East Anglia. Georgia also teaches GCSE Drama.
HNC PROGRAMME VOCAL COACH
Andrés began his musical studies in Venezuela and was awarded a scholarship by The British Council (the first for a Venezuelan musician) to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Here he specialised in Early Music, where his teachers included Dame Emma Kirkby, before obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma from Trinity College of Music. He has performed extensively in both the UK and in continental Europe, as well as in South America and the Middle East. Highlight title roles include Handel’s Acis, Purcell’s Aeneas and Milhaud’s Le Pauvre Matelot, and he has also sung leading parts in operas by Monteverdi, Mozart, Delibes, Ravel, Holst and Poulenc, among others. He has appeared extensively with professional opera companies in the UK, including Grange Park Opera and Sounds Lyrical. Andrés is also in demand as a singing teacher and music history lecturer.
PARTICIPATION PRODUCER AND PERFORMING ARTS TUTOR WITH A DANCE SPECIALISM
LECTURER – PERFORMING ARTS (ACTING SPECIALISM)
Leigh began her training at the University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa) as an actress, dancer and director. She joined Phenduka Dance Theatre, training in African (Zulu) contemporary dance and choreography.
PERFORMING ARTS TUTOR
Grace, originally from Liverpool, has recently moved to Norfolk to join the team at The Garage and our sister venue The Workshop full-time on the Participation and Education programme as Performing Arts Tutor.
Her full-time professional training includes SLP College where she gained a Level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre and Guilford School of Acting where she gained a BA (Hons) in Theatre.
Since graduating, she has spent over a decade in the performing arts industry performing professionally all over the world in theatre, television and on-board cruise ships with Costa Cruises.During her career, Grace has taken on many roles including Production Dancer, Dance Captain, Choreographer and Production Manager.
After moving to Manchester in 2019, Grace gained a PGCE with QTS in Performing Arts (Dance) and has spent the past three years teaching in theatre schools and secondary schools specialising in BTEC and GCSE Dance.
Grace is very excited for her new adventure in Norfolk and looking forward to sharing her vast performing arts knowledge and professional industry experience with students at both The Garage and The Workshop.