BA (Hons) Theatre Studies, LAMDA PcertLAM
Rachel launched Greasepaint over 10 years ago after having dreamt about it all her life (proving that dreams really can come true!). Having been performing herself from a young age, Rachel has appeared in numerous stage productions and on-screen, credits include Silent Witness, Kingdom, Obsessions and various adverts.
Rachel trained on the Norwich Theatre Royal Arts Course and later at Pineapple Dance and Rose Bruford Drama College both in London, gaining a BA (hons) first class degree in Theatre Studies and English Literature.
Rachel set up Greasepaint soon after her second son was born with the intention of providing professional performing arts training for those aged between 4 and 18 years, in a welcoming, inspiring and inclusive environment. Rachel is a firm believer in the life and well-being benefits taking part in activities such as dance, drama and singing can provide such as increased confidence and self-esteem, tolerance, trust and resilience.
Rachel carefully selects amazing freelance practitioners not only for their excellence in their specific field, but also for their exceptional teaching abilities and inspirational natures, allowing students to feel free to express themselves within the safe, encouraging environment.
Rachel is also an Arts Awards adviser and has gained Distinctions in her LAMDA Acting and Speaking of Verse and Prose exams, including the teaching PCERTLAM.
DDI Modern/Jazz, Tap and Ballet. AAC1 RAD Ballet
Lara started dancing at the age of 2 learning ballet, modern and tap at Busybodies Stage School in Dereham. Continuing her studies Lara gained a place as a junior associate at the Royal Ballet School in London. During her training she took many exams in RAD (ballet) ISTD (modern, tap and jazz), singing, piano and drama (LAMDA), performed in many shows, festivals and fetes. At 16 Lara moved to Essex to start her 3 year training at Masters Performing Arts College. Whilst at college she learnt many more styles of dance, performed in shows at the Bloomsbury Theatre
in London, danced at the NHS awards and at the Hannah Montana
Her professional career started shortly after graduating from Masters, taking her to her dream job working in Disneyland Paris, She appeared as many different characters and danced in parades. After 2 years in Paris, she also worked in Disneyland Tokyo for a year in Japan.
Lara's love of travelling has seen her working in Greece for three years (Rhodes and Kos) working as a dancer and entertainer and dance captain.
When Lara was 11 she started helping out in the junior dance classes and her love of teaching grew from there. Lara's always dreamed of running her own dance school - which she has achieved, through her school with her sister Amie - Perfect Performers School of Dance.
Lara's teaching qualifications include RAD ballet, ISTD ballet, modern and tap, Acrobatic Arts Certified and also her LAMDA gold.
BA (Hons) Acting
Alisha has been acting and singing all her life, and since graduating with an BA Hons degree in Acting, has pursued her career as a performer professionally. Alisha was a member of the National Youth Choir for 5 years, including televised performances at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Alisha is a Grade 8 qualified singer, with experience across a range of genres (although Musical Theatre is easily her favourite!), and locally can often be found performing with The Intellectual Hooligans across Norwich.
Alisha has been teaching children for 6 years, and has been part of the Greasepaint Academy team for 3. She loves seeing children gain both skills and confidence through drama and performing, and loves challenging the children to achieve things they would never have
BA Drama, Diploma in Modelling
Jen Alexander is a freelance performing arts practitioner and teaches acting and musical theatre at Greasepaint Performance Academy. Further to taking A Levels in Performing Arts and Theatre Studies, Jen trained as a model with the Sandra Reynolds Modelling & Make-up College and worked as a film and television extra through the Jaclyn Casting Agency, before studying drama at the University of East Anglia.
As a performer and director Jen’s stage experience includes work with: Stage Two/Norwich Theatre Royal in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Maddermarket Theatre, the Sewell Barn Theatre, Phoenix Opera Company, Norwich Pride, Intermedia East Dance Company, SIX15's Norwich Medieval Mystery Plays at Norwich Castle, Moss Banks Productions, Rackheath Players, Planet Theatre Productions, Fossick Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, UEA Drama Studio, East Norfolk Operatic Society, Tuneful Tots, Dereham Theatre Company and Limelight Theatre Company.