Our People

The Theatretrain Creative Team

Theatretrain has helped thousands of young people find their voice, find joy in movement and discover a passion for performing. What makes Theatretrain stand apart from other performing arts groups is that we have an Artistic Director with decades of experience in all aspects of theatre, and he leads a like-minded team of creatives. At its heart, Theatretrain is based on our core values of striving to make performing arts accessible and exciting for everyone.

Meet The Team

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Kevin Dowsett

Artistic Director

Kevin has 50 years of experience in two key areas that benefit the development of Theatretrain – education and the theatre. Using this combined knowledge, Kevin has created a unique performing arts tutoring experience for young people.

Kevin has written plays and published books about theatre training. He has taught theatre and stagecraft at all levels to the likes of Catherine Tate and Denise Gough. He has also produced and directed a wide range of productions. 

 

Kevin has become a leader in the field of educational theatre for children and young people by showing how space, storytelling, sound, movement and atmosphere come together in theatre. He also leads the national productions that showcase the work and progress of both the students and the team.

Theatretrain’s stage is an oasis that young people return to every week, eager to learn a range of theatre and performance skills.

Robert Hyman

Musical Director

Since 1993, Robert has conducted and arranged the music for every large-scale production.

He is a conductor, composer, lyricist, musical director and performer.

As a composer, he has written music and lyrics for Theatre Royal Stratford East for the last 24 years, including Cinderella  (Olivier Award nominee 2007) and Rapunzel (Olivier Award nominee 2017), for which he won a Great British Pantomime award. He is also company composer for Image Musical Theatre Co. with 20 musical adaptations of classic stories.

In the West End, he has been Musical Director for the hit musicals The Big Life, Come Dancing and Reasons To Be Cheerful, from which he performed at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in 2012.

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Sue Colgrave

Creative Consultant

Sue has been a Theatre Practitioner for over 30 years and has worked extensively in Theatre, TV and Radio.

For over 12 years, Sue has premiered and revived shows for the Edinburgh Fringe. She has a passion for inspiring performers of all ages to find their voices and become the next generation of expressive artists.

She continues to work at many of the UK’s leading Drama Schools as both Acting Coach and Director. Sue has worked on a number of Theatretrain productions dating back to 2006.

Owen Smith

Director of Dance and Movement

Owen leads the respected Post 16 Full Time Performing Arts course at the Redbridge Drama Centre. 

 

Owen Smith began his career in the arts as a dancer and performer, and as a director, he has gained many credits, including; The Magic of Eurovision, P and O Cruises, Summer Season in the Isle of Man, the Kenneth More Theatre, The Arts Theatre London and Sadler’s Wells. 

As an instructor, Owen has taught in schools and colleges around the country, including Italia Conti, just as Kevin did. Owen has taught at Theatretrain for many years.

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Tamsin Dowsett

Assistant Artistic Director

Tamsin trained at the Royal Academy of Music and is an Actor and Director. 

She is an associate artist of the National Youth Theatre and regularly teaches at Drama Schools in London and around the UK. 

Tamsin’s performing credits include Hex (National Theatre), Bat Out of Hell (International Tour), and Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre). Tamsin has taught at Theatretrain for many years.

Anastasia Velikorodnaya

Creative Support

Anastasia is an Actor and Acting teacher. She trained at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. For 8 years she was the lead actress at Brusnikin Studio Theatre. She has performed as a guest actor in 28 plays from 2012 to 2022. She has come to work in London as part of the British Council’s Global Talent Awards.

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Jason Kew

Stage and Technical Manager

Jason is currently the Acting Technical Manager and Head of Lighting at the Barbican Concert Hall. Alongside his work at Barbican, he has freelanced as a lighting designer including acts such as Take That, Little Mix, S Club 7, Westlife, Kylie and Elton John.

He has also worked on TV and Film from Ant and Dec, Big Brother, Harry Potter, Marvel Films and James Bond. He is currently working on a number of Netflix productions.

Jess Fairfield

Backstage Director

Jess trained at The Urdang Academy before working in the UK and travelling the world, as both a singer and dancer. This was followed by many years choreographing for UK shows and cruise ships. Jess has been running her Theatretrain companies in Hertfordshire since 2013. 

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Tiffany King

Tiffany King

Creative Support

Tiffany trained at RADA and is an experienced theatre maker: director, choreographer, writer and actor.

Credits include directing, choreographing and writing the Concert show RESPECT: THE ARETHA FRANKLIN SONGBOOK (UK Tour and Arena Tour);

PUNCHY: THE MUSICAL (Courtyard Theatre) AN EVENING WITH MRS TERRELL (The British Library); JUNGLE BOOK: THE GAME; ALICE IN WINTER WONDERLAND (Vision Arts).

She is an associate director for British Youth Music Theatre: CABARET HAVANA (Mountview) and PETER PAN (Powderham Castle).

Tiffany has worked for Theatretrain for over 16 years, leading Theatretrain Reading as Company Director for 15 years.

Our Centre Directors

Our Centre Directors are the heart of Theatretrain, and they do an amazing job of coordinating teachers, parents, students and end of year performances, while ensuring that the core values and ethos of Theatretrain are at the forefront of everything they do. If you have any questions or queries, your Centre Director is the person in the know. 

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Learn More About Our Companies…

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