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Meet Our Team

Photography by Scott Rogers

 
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Ray Griffin

Section Manager & Music lecturer
Specialism - Double and electric bass. Lecturer at Uxbridge College since 2007

With a Masters in Music Psychology and his extensive knowledge of the music industry as a performer, Ray uses a humble approach within his teaching, allowing student's creativity to develop holistically while ensuring high standards and professionalism throughout the department.

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Anna Hosgood

Course team leader, Level 3 & 4 Lecturer in Acting
Specialism - Theatre Directing. Lecturer at Uxbridge College since 2009

Following her training as a triple threat, Anna has worked as a Performer, Director, and Theatrical Agent. Her connections with Casting Directors, Industry Professionals and her continuous work with professional actors keeps her up to date with current practices. 
Anna loves working and directing young people. Her passion for the Arts will never wane, and she believes that her knowledge of the industry will help students gain their full potential and understanding of industry expectations.

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Rob Lane

Advanced practitioner,
Lecturer in Acting Level 3 & 4.
Specialism - Shakespeare &
Meisnor Technique. Lecturer at Uxbridge College since 2015

Trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Rob has acted and directed professionally for over 30 years. He has performed with many companies highlights including Mappa Mundi, BBC, ITV, Sherman Theatre, Hijinx. Training the next generation of actors has been a passion and with Praxis has become a wonderful reality.

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Chrissie Viney

Choreographer & Dance Lead.
Specialism - Contemporary Dance. Lecturer at Uxbridge College since 2015

After her rigorous training at the RAD, Chrissie focuses on developing her students, replicating industry standards. Her Choreography provokes audiences and challenges the dancers to reach levels they thought were unattainable.

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Aimee Finnerty

Musical Theatre & Level 2 tutor
Specialism - Contemporary MT. Lecturer at Uxbridge College since 2018

Aimee's positive experience within our performing arts department, drew her back a number of years later. Her performance, knowledge and experience of Musical Theatre inspires the students as well as her passion for their success.

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Jacob Mutimer

Music Level 2 Tutor & Technician
Specialism - Lighting & Sound design. Lecturer at Uxbridge College since 2018

With a wealth of knowledge in Music, Sound and Lighting, Jacob was an obvious choice for our Theatre Technician and Music Lecturer. He is passionate about working and developing the skills of the musicians, and we all know we can depend on his creativity, to ensure the success of the music gigs and Performing Arts performances.

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Ivan Sanz

Music Level 3 Tutor
Specialism - Drums & Percussion. Lecturer at Uxbridge College since 2010

Working as active drummer in a band touring gigs and festivals, as well as playing at the 2012 Olympics, Ivan works tirelessly to ensure the musicians are creating and developing their skills. His work replicates industry which inspires the students to work independently and professionally.

Associate Lecturers

From the industry, embedding industry values

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Danny Whelan

We welcome Danny Praxis who is currently with us teaching Musical theatre, and will direct the Progress Theatre company final show. Danny trained at Mountview Theatre School and has appeared in many shows including THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

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Sarah Riches

Sarah grew up in Windsor and attended the Susan Handy School of Dancing. The continued her training at Laine Theatre Arts, where she gained a National Diploma in Dance.
Her theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (Lichfield Garrick); A Performance for Young People in the Arts (Buckingham Palace); Dick Whittington (Birmingham Hippodrome); Starlight Express (Bochum, Germany); The Royal Variety Show (Cardiff Millennium Centre).
Television and music video credits include: The X Factor for Cee Lo Green; Big Brother commercial (Channel 5); Grease Is the Word (ITV); Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV); Germany's Next Top Model for Katy Perry; Turn Your Back on Love (I Blame Coco); Hit'n'Run (Monrose) and You Are the Music in Me for the Disney Channel.

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Jamie Brown

Jamie teaches on the music courses, mentoring our students with his vast industry experience. Jamie has achieved multiple national radio playlists for artists as a producer and mixer. Including BBC radio 1, 2 and 6 music. He has worked with artists such as Will Heard, Two door cinema club, Lucy Rose, Razorlight and Scouting for girls. Jamie has recently received critical acclaim as Bloxx record producer and mixer. He can pretty much play every instrument in the world, enabling him to encourage great performances out of artists.

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Step into Dance

The programme aims to establish a creative environment in which young people can grow as dancers, artists and leaders. We will achieve this through building partnerships with schools, arts and social organisations, and independent artists to develop a broad dance programme with exciting artistic collaborations. We will constantly question and evaluate the way we work, offering engaging activities that build young people’s understanding of dance.
Step Into Dance is Royal Academy of Dance programme in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation, a grant giving youth organisation operating across London and Essex.