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.
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
DDI Modern/Jazz and DDE Tap, Acro Trix, Alixa Flexibility M1 & M2
Amie started her training at the age of 3 in ISTD modern and tap and RAD ballet at Busybodies Stage School in Dereham. Over her 13 years at Busybodies Amie took part in many dance festivals, charity events and school shows. Also achieving excellent results for exams in modern, tap, ballet, jazz, singing, drama and musical theatre.
At the age of 16 Amie continued her training at Masters Performing Arts College in Essex studying various styles of dance including contemporary, jazz, commercial jazz, also musical theatre, acting and singing.
Whilst at college Amie performed in a variety of shows and performances including a music video, Eastenders Children in Need Special 2011 and at Wimbledon for the opening of the Olympic tennis (a Flash Mob).
At the age of 13 Amie became a teaching assistant at Busybodies after school and at weekends, helping out with the younger children’s classes. She discovered a love of teaching and whilst at college took the opportunity to gain her ISTD teaching qualification in modern and tap. Amie has taught many children to exam standard all achieving excellent results.
Amie also had the opportunity to take part in the Recreation of Roy Castle’s world record attempt for The One Show in 2013. In 2014 Amie spent a year training with the Tap Attack Adult Company and was chosen to join their England team. As part of the England Team Amie attended the Tap Dance World Championships in Riesa Germany, where she gained a gold medal for their Adult formation routine.
Emma has always loved performing arts and enjoyed being in school plays and showcases.
Although life took her down a different path she’s now been able to return to what she loves after her daughter joined Greasepaint when she was 5.
Emma has also been lucky enough to edit some scripts for a Norwich based film company and even been producer on a few
of their films.
Emma also is a prop maker extrodinare, we are so lucky to have her as part of the team!