Billy Creative Team

ADAM STAFFORD – Co-Director

Adam has been performing professionally since the tender age of six, when he attended part-time classes at Redroofs Theatre School, Maidenhead, England. His first major role was aged 9, when he starred as Michael Darling in Anthony Newley’s musical film of PETER PAN with Mia Farrow, Danny Kaye and Virginia McKenna.

Early hands on training came first as an actor and then as an assistant director to national children’s playwright David Wood OBE. Adam spent many years working with David on his original plays and then on David’s fabulous adaptations of the Roald Dahl classics, all on national tour and in the West End. Since then Adam has acted and directed in repetory theatre, touring productions, pantomimes, West End, commercials radio, television, voices for animation and presenting.

Adam has produced two musicals written by rock veteran Jim Hall, and he developed and manages the ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS show for Suspiciously Elvis which plays around the world. Adam has spent the last few years primarily in major musicals on national tour and in London’s West End, most recently playing Amos Hart in the West End production of Chicago. Adam is delighted to be Co-Directing Billy Elliot.

JULIETTE CATON – Co-Director & Choreographer

Juliette specialises in delivering voice and acting coaching to young performers working professionally in the film, television and theatre industry, She is a Certified Master Teacher in the Estill Voice Training System and has coached performing artists for over 15 years.

With a professional performance career spanning twenty five years, Juliette worked professionally as an actress and singer from the tender age of 11, with a career that began in the Original Company of Les Miserables; (presently the worlds longest running musical which makes her feel older than she cares to admit!) and she has appeared in over 200 theatre, musical theatre, film and television productions. Juliette’s film career started when she was directed by Martin Scorsese as Christ’s Guardian Angel in the controversial ‘The Last Temptation Of Christ’ and she went on to star opposite Charlie Sheen in the adventure epic Courage Mountain, produced by Michael Douglas. Most recently, Juliette was the children’s acting and vocal coach on the new Carey Mulligan & Kiera Knightley movie ‘Never Let Me Go’, which was released Autumn 2010.

In musical theatre, Juliette is best known for creating the lead role of Bertrande de Rols, playing opposite Iain Glen, in the original West End cast of Martin Guerre which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical. Juliette had the privilege of creating the role of Virginia opposite Steve Balsamo in the world premiere of Eric Wolfson’s Poe and of playing opposite Bertie Carvel and Razza Jaffrey in a gala performance of Victory at the Donmar Warehouse.

Juliette co-founded School Of The Arts (SOTA) in 2004 with the aim of delivering dance, singing and drama training to 3-18 year olds.

Juliette is thrilled to be bringing Billy Elliot to Berkshire and feels it is a very special project for the talented young performers of Berkshire and beyond to have the opportunity to be involved in. “I am really looking forward to bring together young talented performers who will hopefully be representing all of their fantastic dance schools, drama classes, gym teams, and performing arts schools in Berkshire. There is so much outstanding work that goes on and it will great to give those performers a vehicle to showcase their talent in. We want the production to be a real community event which brings together local talent in a new way where we can all get to work together to create something extraordinary.”

ZOIE GOLDING – Specialist Co-Choreographer

Zoie is the founder and choreographer of the highly successful FuzzyLogic Male Youth Dance Company. Founded in 2000, FuzzyLogic has grown to become increasingly popular and well received across the country. FuzzyLogic aims to push the boundaries of male dance through a unique style of high tempo and energetic contact work fused with exciting narrative contemporary dance.

The company now runs boys workshops in schools and referral units, develops projects that engage ‘at risk’ young males and creates performance repetoire for the main company. Zoie now also runs training on ‘how to engage boys into dance’ for Keynote and NDTA as well as holding inset days in schools around the country. Zoie Golding has also been the Producer of the national performing arts competition, Rock Challenge for the last 9 years.

As producer of the UK Rock Challenge, Zoie has seen first hand the powerful effects of the arts on mass. Her role as Producer includes organising and supervising all aspects of a 40 show tour held at prestigious venues around the country with over 400 schools and 26,000 young people participating in 2010. Zoie has also produced and worked on shows in Dubai, South Africa, Germany and Australia.

As well as the above Zoie is a freelance choreographer and has been commissioned to create pieces on youth dance companies across the country. Zoie has also choreographed the new Set Dance for the GCSE Dance Syllabus which has been rolled out this year.

All of these experiences have lead to a comprehensive understanding of the dance and arts industry in schools, colleges, the private and public sectors.

Zoie believes that building confidence, allowing freedom and giving support builds inspirational young people and dancers.

ANDY MILBURN – Musical Director

Andy completed his Music Degree at Reading University, specialising in composition and analysis, and on completion was awarded two University prizes for his achievements. Andy also completed a Postgraduate year at Reading and is currently employed as a freelance musical director and music teacher specialising in singing and piano teaching.

Andy is also a composer and has work published by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers. He enjoys writing new choral works and for musical theatre and has a growing list musicals to his name. His most recent project ‘Love Online – the musical’ has just been completed and the first performance of this will be in September 2011, in Ascot.

Andy has been Musical Director for many shows since graduating and relishes the challenges performing each new show brings with it. He has worked with youth groups to adult companies, between Hampshire to Oxford and all counties in between.

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