Upstagers Academy

Our teachers

Bethany Gregory

Bethany is our Upstagers Academy Principal, teaching all three performing arts disciplines at Upstagers Academy for almost two years.

Bethany is a professional musical theatre actress with a first class honours degree in Musical Theatre from The Hammond. Alongside her teaching work, she is represented by Keddie Scott Associates and has most recently completed a run in Blackpool Grand pantomime.

During her training, Bethany received tuition from West End and Broadway industry professionals in all three performing arts disciplines. Her favourite roles played to date include ‘Carlotta’ in The Phantom of the Opera and ‘Fraulein Schneider’ in Cabaret. She has also performed as a lead vocalist in Yeadon Town Hall’s annual ‘A Night at the Musicals’ and ‘Christmas Spectacular’ productions.

Bethany has been teaching for seven years in and around her professional training and career, taking on her first teaching roles at Stagecoach at the age of 18. She teaches at four Stagecoach schools alongside the wonderful Upstagers Academy. She loves to bring her knowledge and experience of the performance industry to our Upstagers Academy students!
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Niamh Stacey

Niamh is our newest team member at Upstagers Academy, teaching acting and singing.

Niamh has been a professional performer for five years, performing in the UK's largest Bavarian Oompah band, and now owns her own party princess business.

As part of her Oompah touring, Niamh headlined the UK Brass Band Finals, and the UK Darts Final. Niamh's princess company has quickly grown, and is now representing eight characters with more on the way!

Niamh is also a Nursery practitioner and has significant experience with children, and one to one with special education children.

Niamh is very excited to start the second year of her Upstagers journey and continue to bring some interesting industry experience to the team!

Alex Wright

Alex leads our Saturday Upstagers Academy Drama classes and teaches at our Wednesday Performance classes.

He has been a member of Upstagers since the age of nine, performing in many shows. He has developed his dancing, singing and acting skills over the years moving from chorus to principal roles.

Amongst many highlights Alex performed as Michael in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre, West End in a one-off performance with Upstagers.

Recently he has performed as Mark in A Chorus Line (GAOS) at The Spa Theatre Bridlington for NODA 2019, for which he was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical. Alex was also Dance Captain for Upstagers' 2019 Pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

Alex also regularly performs with other local societies including Guiseley Amateurs, Brassneck Theatre, Futurist Productions, Ilkley Playhouse and Bingley Amateurs.
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Hannah Green

Hannah is our former Upstagers Academy Principal.

Hannah is a Performing Arts teacher and Voice Specialist with over five years experience working within the education sector. She also works in the arts industry as a professional singer.

Hannah undertook five years of classical training as a Chorister in the Chapel Choir of Harrogate Ladies College and attained her Grade 8 in Singing with Trinity Guildhall at age 17. She has an Honours Degree in Performing Arts (2.1) from Northumbria University. In her first year she starred in the university's annual musical production, The Wedding Singer (as Julia) and subsequently became the vocal director for future shows. Working on her craft and teaching skills in Singing, Dance and Drama she has played a wide variety of roles from Clarice, in Servant of Two Masters, to Audrey, in Little Shop of Horrors. She has experienced busking in Leeds city centre and has toured the UK in a theatre in educational pantomime Robin Hood. She then went on to study education and received her PGCE from Teeside University.

Hannah has completed professional singing contracts for the Malmaison Hotel in Leeds, Park Dean resorts and many more. She is currently singing in a professional 1940s Wartime trio 'The Hummingbirds UK'.

For the last several years Hannah has been teaching performing arts and music theory across the country at stage schools, colleges and recording studios namely; Theatre Train, Leeds City College, Stagecoach, City Sound Studios and Principal at the Upstagers Academy classes! Though other commitments mean Hannah is no longer our Academy Principal she remains a member of our wonderful Academy team.

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