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Debbi Ledwith is an accomplished performer, teacher and singer, holding a Performing Arts degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Debbi also studied Music Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music and then enjoyed several years as a professional performer across a range of varied roles. She has appeared on the London stage and developed a number of roles in new musicals. For 13 years Debbi was the lead singer of award-winning duo Silhouette.
Debbi is currently the Head of Performing Arts at an arts specialist school in Basingstoke, a job she’s held since 2000 and still loves today. Working with young performers is her passion, making her move into Razzamataz a natural next step when the opportunity arose in early 2015.
“When I discovered Razzamataz Theatre Schools I was immensely excited about the possibilities. I love sowing into the next generation of performers, watching them grow in confidence and develop important creative skills which can be used in many ways throughout life. It’s an honour to be a part of their journey, and so rewarding.
There’s one recurring message I hear from the children who join us which sums it up beautifully – they’re enthralled with the experience and there’s no looking back!”
Debbi Ledwith, Principal
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In September 2019, Debbi also became Principal of Razzamataz Reading and is very excited to be a part of the development of this school.
Surrounded by a family of dancers and dance teachers, Ayeisha was taught to dance as soon as she could stand. As a child she studied Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary and Street Dance, then continued her training at Laines Theatre Arts and trained as a teacher under Paddy Hurlings in Portsmouth. Ayeisha began her professional career with commercial companies such as Nike and Disneyland Paris before deciding to take an alternative route. She performs with Vaudeville Cabarets at festivals around the world and runs a small circus where she is the principal performer, choreographer and teacher. As well as dance, she also performs acrobalance, fire-hoop, fire fans and fire staff, and plays a variety of instruments and sings within a band. Ayeisha is incredibly excited to be teaching at Razz and hopes to impart some of her passion to her students.
Sasha has been dancing and performing for the past 20 years. Starting her training locally at Steps Ahead Dance School and NCYDC, she then moved on to the University of Winchester obtaining a degree in Choreography and Dance. She has taught a variety of different styles and age groups over the years, mostly with Nomads Musical Theatre Society, choreographing large musicals such as Grease, Summer Holiday and Oklahoma. In her spare time Sasha loves treading the boards with Nomads herself and experiencing all the backstage work that goes in to putting on local theatre.
Sasha joined the team in 2018 and is really enjoying the opportunity to work with such a talented group of students.
Shauna Saunders is a mum of 2 beautiful girls and has been involved in musical theatre throughout her life. As well as having a background as a director, she has been onstage performing in musicals such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes plus many more. Shauna has a background in child care ranging from early years up to 18 years as well as training in special educational needs, teaching drama and an array of other subjects. Shauna joined the Razz Newbury Team in 2017 and really enjoys helping your children showcase their talents!
Lauren has been singing for as long as she can remember, growing up participating in all sorts of talent contests. During her time at primary school she also developed a love for acting and performing. She loves the entertaining aspect of it all, seeing people’s faces light up with happiness from witnessing the shows.
Lauren has recently finished school and is now working towards achieving her ambition of working in the entertainment industry at a holiday park. She has been a Teaching Assistant at Razz Newbury for 3 years and has recently taken on the role of Drama Teacher.
Amy has recently graduated from READ College where she studied a Level 4 Diploma in Musical Theatre. She has been singing throughout her life and took up singing lessons as a teenager, learning Classical repertoire before expanding in to a variety of Musical Theatre and more Contemporary music styles throughout her education. Amy has been teaching Performing Arts for 2 years and thoroughly enjoys the aspect of giving back all that she has learnt, as well as learning new things from the students she teaches. Alongside teaching, Amy is also pursuing a career in Musical Theatre Performance.