Performing Arts Team
Our staff across the performing arts department are dedicated to delivering the best standard of education, ensuring our students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and potential fulfil their dreams.
Sonya Curle (Course Leader - BTEC Acting)
Sonya is our Course Leader for BTEC Level 3 Acting, Film & TV and Production Arts and also works alongside our Level 3 Film & TV and Production Arts tutors to create industry relevant, cross curricular projects, including music video and film productions, and live public performances.
After graduating from Leeds University with a BA Hons in Performing Arts, Sonya then went on to study at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Theatre with Young People & Directing Text (in association with The Royal National Theatre) and is working towards her MA in Applied Theatre.
She has a wide range of professional theatre and TV credits including large scale performances for the Great North Run Opening Ceremony and the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony as a physical theatre performer and has undertaken various acting, dance, performance and presenting roles for CBBC, BBC1, and Sky 1. Her National tours also include Aladdin and Robinson Crusoe for The Panto Company, and The Reader and Wide Sargasso Sea for Cow in the Shed Theatre Company.
She has also been associated with numerous workshops in association with The Royal National Theatre, The RSC, Frantic Assembly, The Barbican, The Unicorn Theatre, London City Ballet, Dance City, Clean Break and Northern Stage.
Sara Durkin (Course Leader - BTEC Performing Arts)
Sara is our Course Leader for our BTEC Musical Theatre course here at Stockton Riverside College.
As a Musical Theatre graduate of the London Studio Centre, Sara has a rich background in the industry spanning over twenty years. Her most notable roles have been in both the West End and German re-editions of Starlight Express, the UK tour of Charles Dickens ‘David Copperfield’ and has spent time as a backing vocalist for Tony Christie, along with taking part in various corporate films and voice-over work.
Having since returned to Teesside, Sara has enjoyed a successful career in teaching, having taught in a range of public and private establishments specializing in singing and vocal work, and has also been a choreographer for Middlesbrough Football Club.
Leanne Jeffries (Instructor - BTEC Performing Arts)
Leanne is one of our BTEC Performing Arts tutors and holds a 1st class honours in Performance and Events Production.
Leanne’s experience mainly lies within choreography, having worked across the UK since 1997 in a range of dance establishments, schools and colleges. Some notable chorography roles have been with UK Motor Cross, Catwalk Model Management, Sunday Night Live at Her Majesty’s Theatre and Help the Heroes at the London Palladium.
As well as being a tutor at SRC, Leanne also teaches at her own private dance school, teaching the subjects of tap, ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, singing, acting and acrobatics. She also has taught at various primary and secondary school establishments throughout the Tees Valley.
Jade Wilcock (Course Leader- Foundation Degree Performing Arts)
Jade is the colleges Course Leader for the degree programme delivered in partnership with Teesside University. She is a First Class Honours Bretton Hall graduate with a passion for inclusive access to the arts for all. Jade has worked on many drama projects in the wider community including performance work with children, adults, those with additional needs, ESOL learners and beyond. Jade has organised many performance festivals bringing together the community to celebrate a shared love for the arts and will continue to do so during her time here. Jade has worked within further and higher education for many years specialising in classical theatre, contextual studies and using the voice as an actor as well as many other disciplines including theatre for children and theatre in education allowing her to use her theatre skills right across the curriculum.