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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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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!
Cy has been a lover of all things theatre for as long as he can remember. He trained in Acting at the Arts University in Bournemouth and has experience in stage, short film, commercials and was lucky to be a part of the debut performance by Cowslip Theatre Company at Berry Pomeroy Castle in Devon. He has a specific interest in Physical Theatre and has extensive training in voice, movement, devising and even clowning. Cy took a different route after university focusing on Theatre Management but still flexes his creative muscles from time to time. He is super excited to be joining the Razzamataz Newbury team and can’t wait to teach and make some wonderful and exciting Theatre with the local talent!
Nate Simpson – Vocal Coach
Nate’s career has spanned many areas of the music industry, including his roles in the smash hit West End musical ‘Motown’ as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Berry Gordy. He has also played Simba in ‘The Lion King’ in Paris, and has toured nationally as Nat King Cole in ‘The Crooners.
His years in the industry have seen him perform live on national television and radio both in his own right as an artist and as background vocalist. In 2016, he reached the final 6 boys of the X factor UK, going on to achieve national airplay with his debut single and playing a host of high profile gigs both nationally and internationally.
His exceptional voice and unique and soulful artistry has afforded him opportunities such as to perform for HRH Prince Charles, and he has played on line ups that have included the likes of stars Corrine Bailey Rae, Beverly Knight, Jamie Cullum, Jessie J, Jacob Collier, Boy George and many more!