Hall of Fame

Many of our students have completed their training here and gone on, through Stage School or University, to work successfully in the Performing Arts. Not all of them are actors, singers or dancers though; there are lots of careers that can benefit from a course in performance. Here are just a few of those alumni…

  • Laura Lonsdale

    Laura Lonsdale

    List your course(s) undertaken here at SRC (previously SBC/SBT).
    BTEC in Performing Arts

    When were you a student here at SRC?
    1997 – 1999

    What do you remember from your time here at SRC?
    I remember feeling this is where I belonged. Being creative and not very academic at school, I was desperate to work with like-minded people. Each morning I was more than happy to get two buses to college, I genuinely adored every minute of it, even when we were ridiculously tired after rehearsing long hours and performing two shows a day. However this did help me once I hit the real world of the performing arts industry, being able to maintain the unethical hours you have to put in. Or when I was getting told off for talking too much, I just loved it and would do it again in a heartbeat!

    What shows were you in and what parts did you play?
    I played a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, Mrs Danforth and Putnam in The Crucible and one of the brothers in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
    I never really had a lead role at college but it wasn’t about the part, although at the time it may have been, just being part of the production and the magic of it all was good enough for me. There are no small parts only small actors, I think the saying is.
    To be honest, I knew acting was my strength and I understood the parts I wanted to play – it was just a case of doing it.

    Where else have you studied after your time at SRC?
    ALRA – The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts – This was the next step for me, really honing my skills and discovering my capabilities. Discovering the world of agents and casting directors, which still terrifies me today!

    What was your first professional job and where?
    My first professional job was in a play called Studs at Hull Truck Theatre, which then went on tour around the UK. I finished at ALRA in the May 2002, got my agent – who I am still with today – in my third year showcase, auditioned for Studs in the August 2002 and went off on tour in the September 2002. 2002 was a great year!

    Where else have you undertaken roles within the performing arts industry?
    Television Credits
    Sandra, DALZIEL AND PASCOE, BBC Television, Alan Grint
    Barbara, MRS DAVID, Wall to Wall for BBC, James Kent
    Sara (Regular), ROCKET MAN, Coastal/ Touchpaper/ BBC, Jon East
    Tracy, BODIES, Hat Trick Productions, Sally Aprahamian
    Nancy, EUSTACE BROTHERS, BBC Television, Paul Harrison
    Denise, THE ROYAL, Yorkshire Television, Adriene Bean

    Theatre Credits
    Sheila, THE SHY GAS MAN, Southwark Playhouse, Garry Cooper
    Maxine, LIKE A VIRGIN, TABS, Carole Copland
    Mandy, STUDS, ARC, Gordon Steele
    Mandy, STUDS, Hull Truck Productions, Gareth Turdor Price
    Sandra, BEAUTIFUL THING, less is MORE productions, David Tuffnell
    Sarah, YOUR HOME IN THE WEST, less is MORE productions, David Tuffnell
    Helen Stott, A NIGHTINGALE SANG, less is MORE productions, Thomas Guest
    Jackie, WAITING FOR GATEAUX, lON productions, Gareth Hunter
    Carol, SHAKERS, less is MORE productions, Thomas Guest
    In September I will be playing Rita in Educating Rita at Customs House, I role have dreamed about playing for years. I can’t wait!

    Are you involved with any other performing arts organisations, and where?
    I currently run three performing arts academies and in October we will be opening a fourth. When I wasn’t acting, I wanted to do something creative and working with the next generation of performers was a great way of doing this. To be honest, I got sick of seeing young people and their families being ripped off, not receiving a solid training and not having the correct safeguarding checks, which was one of the reasons I went into partnership with The Pauline Quirke Academy. The kids keep me on my toes and more often or not teach me a thing or two! It gives you such a sense of achievement when you see them develop their skills and some of them have even been lucky enough to win awards at a film festival, I have high hopes for them.
    Another ex-SRC student and I run a theatre company called less is MORE productions. We have been running it for five years now and the company is going from strength to strength. When we started out it was one show a year and now we produce three shows a year, with a new writing festival alongside too. Over the summer we will be dabbling for the first time in children’s theatre, writing and creating a new piece of children’s theatre based on the Lambton worm.

  • David Tuffnell

    David Tuffnell

    List your course(s) undertaken here at SRC (previously SBC/SBT).
    GNVQ Advances in Performing Arts and Entertainment Industries

    When were you a student here at SRC?
    1998-1999

    What do you remember from your time here at SRC?
    The friendships and team work, we very rarely had days when we didn’t all spend a lot of time with each other. It’s very much my friends and fellow performers that fill my memories of my time at Stockton and Billingham.

    What shows were you in and what parts did you play?
    I took part in two Induction shows and also played Uncle Henry in TRhe Wizard of OZ, John Proctor in The Crucible, Joseph in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Abe Lincoln/Tribe in Hair.

    Where else have you studied after your time at SRC?
    I studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts on the three-year Acting course.

    What was your first professional job, and where?
    I played Sir Hugh Evans in The Merry Wives of Windsor, which toured to the Globe Theatre in Neuss, then came back to Windsor and then to upstairs at The Gatehouse in Highgate.

    Are you involved with any other performing arts organisations and where?
    I run a professional company here in Teesside which has now been running for seven years. I started it alongside Stockton and Billingham alumni Laura Lonsdale. We work on classic texts as well as more modern plays and we also run a new writing festival which just celebrated its third year.
    I also assist at a number of weekend drama classes, as well as looking after the box office for both Middlesbrough Theatre and Middlesbrough Town Hall and was also Audience Development Officer for Middlesbrough Council.

    List your industry experience and roles you’ve undertaken. This may include any teaching or technical-theatre work etc.

    Theatre Credits
    Man Number 1, MISCAST: CABARET, Christopher Train, less is More
    Pete, THAT GAY PLAY, David Tuffnell, less is MORE Productions
    Various, FOR WANT OF A BOB, Michele Plews/Jeff Williams
    Master Page/Sir Hugh Evans, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Norman Murray, Chapterhouse
    Sir Hugh Evans, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Stephen Jameson, Wild Thyme Productions

    Workshop Credits
    Steve, +1, Rascally Scoundrels, ARC Stockton
    Various, THIRTEEN MINUTES PAST, less is MORE Productions, ARC Stockton
    David, MARIANNE, Anna Jordan, Without a Paddle Theatre Company
    Geoffrey Ingram, A TASTE OF HONEY, Julia Samuels, The Young Vic

    Film Credits
    Murray Matheson/Dr M’Gonigle, ONE WOMAN’S DREAM, Michele Plews, Boss
    Soviet Army Guard/NKVD Officer, THE IMPOSSIBLE ESCAPE, Fringe Productions Limited
    Dancing Butler, HOPELESS ROMANTIC, Jeremy Bond

    Radio/Recording Credits
    Backing Vocalist, ALADDIN, Shone Productions, Rotheram Civic Theatre
    Backing Vocalist, CINDERELLA, Shone Productions, Middleton Arena
    ‘Slim’ Gene Kiernan, MAGGIE MAY CAST RECORDING, Anne Durham and Stephen Jameson, BBC Radio 5

    Production Credits
    Writer, THE LAMBTON WORM, Middlesbrough Central Reference Library
    Producer, SHAKERS, less is MORE Productions, Middlesbrough Theatre
    Director, THE MISCAST BARD, less is MORE Productions, Middlesbrough Theatre
    Director/Writer, NEW WRITING FESTIVAL 2015, less is MORE Productions, Middlesbrough Theatre
    Writer, MISS ELLA, Middlesbrough Theatre

  • Jessica Daley

    Jessica Daley

    List your course(s) undertaken here at SRC (previously SBC/SBT).
    BTEC in Performing Arts (Theatre)

    When were you a student here at SRC?
    2008-2010

    What do you remember from your time here at SRC?
    Lots of amazing opportunities to perform, learning from fantastic lecturers and I made some friends for life!

    What shows were you in and what parts did you play?
    I played Sharpay in High School Musical and Charity in Sweet Charity which is still, to this day, one of my favourite parts I’ve ever been lucky enough to perform!

    Where else have you studied after your time at SRC?
    I went on to study a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre at Arts Educational Schools London.

    What was your first professional job and where?
    During my time at SRC, I played Tigerlily in Peter Pan at Sunderland Empire. Post ArtsEd, I played Ali in Mamma Mia! London (Novello Theatre).

    Where else have you undertaken roles within the performing arts industry?
    Professionally, I have covered and played Maria Rainer in The Sound of Music UK Tour and I’m currently playing Factory Girl/Cover Fantine in Les Misérables International Tour (Manila and Singapore).
    During ‘funemployment’, as I like to call it, I’ve stage managed and worked followspot on a couple of SRC’s past Christmas shows!

    Are you involved with any other performing arts organisations and where? (e.g. theatre schools, clubs etc.)
    I have a major love, as past alumni, for Middlesbrough Youth Theatre. I grew up there and truly believe that’s where I got the confidence to take my love for theatre further! If I’m ever in Middlesbrough when they have a show, I’ll always go along and watch.
    Whilst working on Les Mis over in Manila, Philippines, I visited a terrific foundation for street children called Tuloy Foundation. They focus on performing arts and I was blown away by their passion and talent. I keep in touch with the staff and I’m hoping to contribute to some fundraising events, when I’m back in London, with a friend of mine who does a lot of work for them!

    What was your favourite professional job?
    This is a tough one, I’ve really enjoyed all of them so far as they’ve all been completely different! Getting a West End contract was pretty special, I never ever thought I’d get to play Maria in The Sound of Music and Fantine in Les Misérables has always been a huge dream role of mine, so to have the opportunity to play her on a few occasions has been incredible. I’ve been very fortunate to work contracts that I’ve loved so much and each contract has been logistically and artistically different!

    List your industry experience and roles you’ve undertaken. This may include any teaching or technical-theatre work etc.
    Before graduating from ArtsEd, I made my professional debut in Panto at the Sunderland Empire, playing Tigerlily! I then appeared on BBC1’s ‘Over the Rainbow’, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV search for a Dorothy, for his production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.
    Since graduating in 2013: Snow White in pantomime at Middlesbrough Theatre with Extravaganza Productions, Ali in Mamma Mia! London (Novello Theatre), Tess in Tess of the D’Urbervilles (New Wimbledon Studio), Baroness Elberfeld/Cover Maria in The Sound of Music (UK Tour) and Factory Girl/Cover Fantine in Les Misérables (International Tour).

    List any other achievements or relevant information that will contribute to your profile.
    I am a proud LoveMiddlesbrough ambassador!

  • Tom Bainbridge

    Tom Bainbridge

    List your course(s) undertaken here at SRC (previously SBC/SBT).
    BTEC in Performing Arts

    When were you a student here at SRC?
    2009-2011

    What do you remember from your time here at SRC?
    The training and opportunities given to me and other students at SRC was a fantastic stepping stone to further fulfil my training in PA; I was fortunate enough to experience the new building with all the new facilities. It was also great to work alongside theatre professionals and ex-students and perform shows in working Theatres such as The Arc in Stockton.

    What shows were you in and what parts did you play?
    I played the title role of Peter in the Christmas show of Peter Pan, Nick Piazza in the summer show of Fame: The Musical and Joseph in the Christmas show of Rock Nativity.

    Where else have you studied after your time at SRC?
    During my final year of training at SRC I was offered a place and scholarship to The Arts Educational Schools London, where I began a 3 year BA Hons degree in Musical Theatre in September 2011.
    I also studied Motion Capture Performance in Video Game and Film at Rada School of Acting and Shepperton Film Studios in 2014.

    What was your first professional job and where?
    My first Professional job was, and still is, Billy Elliot the Musical UK & Ireland Tour 2015-2017. I’m currently Ensemble/1st Cover Tony/Acro Captain & Fight Captain.

    Are you involved with any other performing arts organisations and where? (e.g. theatre schools, clubs etc.)
    Before leaving to train at Drama School in London I was part of, and performed for, The North Ormesby Minstrels and Teeside Musical Theatre Company. I also helped compete in the Musical Theatre category for DanceWise Dance School.

    What was your favourite professional job?
    My favourite professional job has to be Billy Elliot the Musical; being part of the very 1st UK & Ireland touring company has been incredibly special and has given me some great responsibility. It’s such a powerful show and with it being set in the North East, it’s a perfect show to start my career.

    List your industry experience and roles you’ve undertaken. This may include any teaching or technical-theatre work etc.
    I performed twice at the Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in 2012 and 2013, performed alongside Theatre Professional, Peter Polycarpou at the Garrick Theatre in 2012 and also assisted the Technical Team on The Railway Children at Kings Cross Theatre in 2014.

  • Daniel Todd

    Daniel Todd

    As a Performing Arts student at Stockton Riverside College, Daniel always felt inspired by the many visits from former students who had gone on to industry success. Now a professional choreographer with a rich history of professional performance to his name, he is the one sharing his expertise. Regularly to be found working hard behind the scenes of the College’s Musical Theatre summer and Christmas shows, it’s astounding that Daniel, who has worked on some of the biggest UK and international tours, still finds the time to commit to the College’s upcoming performers.

    “I have been very lucky in my career but I have worked hard for it. I love being able to come back and pass on my experience. The talent in the North-East is second to none.”

  • Trevor Fairclough

    Trevor Fairclough

    List your course(s) undertaken here at SRC (previously SBC/SBT).
    GNVQ & AVCE Performing Arts

    When were you a student here at SRC?
    2003-2005

    What do you remember from your time here at SRC?
    I loved it. I got to meet a lot of people who were on the same wavelength as me, my confidence grew with every performance piece, and it’s also where I started taking an interest in the technical and backstage aspects.

    What shows were you in and what parts did you play?
    I worked as Lighting Operator on Hair The Musical at Middlesbrough Little Theatre, a Followspot Operator for Alice in Wonderland, Lighting Operator for HND final performances
    and performed in a few shows like “Lady Chill”, “Alter-nativity” and “More a way of Life” Directed by the late Geoff Hardisty.

    Where else have you studied after your time at SRC?
    I went on to Newcastle College at Ryehill Campus and studied a BTEC in Advanced Stage Management and Technical Production.

    What was your first professional job and where?
    I was offered a full time job as a Theatre Technician at Arc (Stockton Arts Centre) a month before leaving Newcastle College, I had been working there since my days at Riverside College and moved up from casual to part time then on to full time. I occasionally worked at the @rena and the Empire in Middlesbrough on club nights.
    I had also worked at the Carling Academy (now O2) in Newcastle as local crew during my studies.

    Where else have you undertaken roles within the performing arts industry?
    To give a summary of the most notable companies in my career:
    I worked for 7 months with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a Lighting Technician.
    Worked for 6 months with Thomson Cruise Lines as Head of Lighting. Both of these jobs allowed me to travel the world, developing my skills as a technician.
    I was recruited as a UK Technical Sales Manager in London by Avolites Ltd., who are a global leader in the lighting control industry, meeting and working with the biggest names in the entertainment world.
    I recently returned from living and working in Dubai for 18 months with the Middle East’s premier lighting department for a world renowned production company, PRG. Designing and rigging concerts, events and corporate functions for global, high end brands and businesses.
    As a freelancer, I work with a multitude of companies nationwide and I have been on a number of European and national tours for bands, DJs and corporate events and festivals.
    I also look after all lighting requirements for a successful Grade II music venue in Islington, London.

    What was your favourite professional job?
    I’ve been very lucky to have had so many… But I’d have to choose:
    Stage LX for Bullet For My Valentine’s co-headline slot at Download Festival mainstage 2013
    Programming Lights for the famous Mott The Hoople at the 02 Arena, London 2013
    Rigging for Sensation White Dance Festival at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai 2014 & 2015
    And lighting the Infinity Bridge in Stockton for the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012

    List your industry experience and roles you’ve undertaken. This may include any teaching or technical-theatre work etc.
    2007-2009: Theatre Technician at Arc, Stockton.
    2009-2011: Head of Lighting with Royal Caribbean and Thomson Cruise Lines
    2011-2012: UK Technical Sales Manager for Avolites LTD, London.
    2014-2016: Senior Lighting Technician at PRG Gearhouse, Dubai.
    2012- Present: Self-employed at TF Sound & Light LTD.
    2012: Lighting Technician for Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite DVD shoot, London.
    2012: Lighting the Infinity Bridge for the Queen’s 60th Anniversary Jubilee. Stockton-On-Tees.
    2012: LD for bands across 3 stages at Download Festival.
    2013: Stage LX for Bullet for my Valentine on co-headline mainstage at Download Festival, Donnington.
    2013: Lighting Technician for Shangri-La at Glastonbury Festival.
    2013: LD for UK tour with Seether.
    2013: Console Programmer for Mott The Hoople at O2 Arena, London.
    2014: Lighting Technician for Shangri-La at Glastonbury Festival.
    2014: LD for European Tour with Heaven’s Basement and Black Veil Brides.
    2014: LD for UK Tour with the Inspiral Carpets.
    2014: LD for The Pretty Reckless co-headline slot Stage 2 at Download Festival, Donnington.
    2014: LD and programmer for Stage 3 & 5 at Sonnisphere Festival, Knebworth.
    2015: Site Technician for Greenwich Docklands International Festival, London.
    2016: LD for DJ Chicane at Sunset Sessions. Morzine, France.
    2016: Production Technician for European tour with Facebook.
    2016: LD Stage 2 for Wireless Festival, London.
    2016: LD for the Arcadia Afterburner, Ultra Music Festival. Croatia.