MEET THE TEAM.
KATIE RUTHERFORD - TALENT AGENT/DRAMA COACH
Katie is the company manager of KR Management, a sister company to Theatre School of Scotland. Reece and herself work constantly together to ensure kids are being represented fairly and being seen by casting directors throughout the UK and internationally.
Katie has trained in both Drama and Dance from a young age, as a teenager she trained at some of Scotland’s top institutions including RCS and then went onto achieve her BA Hons Drama and Dance from the University of Cumbria. Katie has experience throughout the industry as a young performer and has just recently finished her first Professional Musical Theatre Tour with a Scottish Production company as a 2017 Graduate.
Katie is extremely passionate about Scottish Children being opened to bigger opportunities in the industry, she is thrilled that KR Management and Theatre School of Scotland have joined to create a strong platform for the children we represent and coach.
JASMIN RIGGINS - HEAD OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Jasmin Riggins is an actor and drama coach based in Glasgow. She has worked across various roles within the TV, Film, Theatre and Commercial sector. Her credits include, The Angels Share,BBC River City, BBC Two Doors Down, Empty and completed a sold out run at The Edinburgh Fringe with Commonwealth Theatre co. Jasmin is an asset to the Theatre School Of Scotland team.
Jasmin is extremely passionate about teaching kids new skills, life lessons and the growing acting their ability. Jasmin and our principal teacher have been a duo in the acting industry since 2013 working alongside each other across various Theatre, Pantomime and community outreach jobs and they have continued this relationship to grow and develop Scotlands next generation of talent. Jasmin is an asset to the team and her coaching and director skills are second to none.
Lynsey brown - HEAD OF DANCE
Lynsey Brown began her professional training at Knightswood MTC and completed it at Laine Theatre Arts in London graduating top of her year in dance.
Since then Lynsey has had an extensive career as a performer travelling the world and performing with the likes of Shirley Bassey, Peter Andre, Panos Kiamos, Andrea Bocelli, Still Game, S Club 7 and Michael Flatley, but no one more important than her majesty the Queen who Lynsey performed for on a few separate occasions.
Since Lynsey stopped performing she has been choreographing around the globe you may have seen her work whilst visiting Europapark Germany, Cirque Imagine Lyon and the world famous Hot Ice show in Blackpool. Lynsey was also the resident choreographer for the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow for 5 years before moving to become the Entertainments Director for Blackpool Pleasure Beach, during her time in this position she created various pieces of work and worked closely with companies on events such as Nickelodeon, Aardman , Clubland, Journey to Hell and Slimefest.
Lynsey is so excited for the next chapter in her life and to be part of the TSOS team.
Lynsey is very passionate about nurturing young talent and giving them every opportunity to grow and explore their creativity.
DAVID MAHONEY - EXAM COORDINATOR/ VOICE & ACTING COACH
(GLASGOW & EDINBURGh)
BROOKE THOMPSON - SINGING AND VOCAL COACH (GLASGOW)
Brooke began performing and training from a young age and was featured on CBBC Glee Club for Comic Relief, after graduating from Jazzartuk, the star then went straight on to performing the lead role in pantomime with Arkeen Theatre Company.
Since graduating Brooke is a resident show girl dancer with Paltinum Rock Showgirls production. Brookes credits include CBBC Glee Club, Comic Relief, 9to5 The Musical and Boogie Nights.
Brooke is an asset to the team with her great ability to teach singing and vocal coaching.
David trained at the Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre. Since graduating he’s worked in many Theatre and Television productions and was proud to be in ‘A New Order – An Evening at the Cabaret Voltaire’ which won the Manchester Evening News award for best fringe production.
Amongst other work He appeared in the Rep season at Pitlochry Festival Theatre appearing in three Ayckbourn plays and the much-loved musical Carousel.
David is also proud to have worked in such television productions as Coronation Street, Emmerdale, London’s Burning (ITV), The Passion, Jonathan Creek (BBC). More recently, David filmed a docu-drama called ‘Atomic Espionage: The Race for the Bomb’, for the Japanese broadcaster NHK in which he played General Leslie Groves; the man responsible for building America’s atomic bomb. On a cheerier note, last year he played Edna Turnblad in Hairspray the Musical for Royal Caribbean.
CARLY ANDERSON - MUSICAL THEATRE COACH (EDINBURGH)
Training: The Dance School of Scotland and Arts Educational Schools London Television credits: Traces Alibi/UK TV; Trust Me BBC/Red Productions
Theatre credits include: Glinda Wicked International Tour; Sunset Boulevard (ENO); Kira/ Clio in Xanadu (Southwark Playhouse); Gwen in Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter and Hampstead Theatres); Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory); Kate Monster/ Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q (Charlotte Theatre, Korea); My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible); South Pacific (UK Tour and The Barbican); The Sound of Music (UK No. 1 Tour)
Holly trained in both Drama and Dance from a young age, and on leaving school went onto achieve her Bachelor of Arts with Hons. Acting from Northumbria University.
On finishing her studies, she spent several years as a successful event manager in the Events Industry where she managed and planned several of Scotland’s most prestigious Industry award events. Including running events for news outlets such as The Herald and Times group.
It’s this much needed level of expertise she brings to TSOS, with her role covering most things “back office” to ensure smooth running of our ever-growing operation Holly joined TSOS to fulfil the ambition of bringing her creative flair and operational expertise to the industry, with the aim of helping to create something special.
We think Holly is the perfect fit for us with her performance background, but crossing over her event management and operations side Holly will help run TSOS Glasgow and Edinburgh operations, admin and logistics.
Holly rutherford - OPERATIONS
CHIARA SPARKES - ACTING COACH (GLASGOW)
Alana cook - SINGING & voCAL COACH (GLASGOW)
Chiara is a Scottish actor, from Glasgow. She trained at The Dance School of Scotland, and graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a BA in Musical Theatre. She was a part of the Dundee Rep graduate scheme in 2018 and was the winner of the Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year 2017.
Theatre credits include: MAMMA MIA! (Uk and International tour), Glasgow Girls 2019 & 2017 (Uk and Ireland Tours), The Yellow on the Broom, The Snow Queen, Rep Stripped Festival (Dundee Rep), Eddie and the Slumber Sisters (Catherine Wheels/NTS)
TV credits: ‘Scotland is Now’ campaign, ‘The Famous Grouse’ advert 2021
Voice credits: Recurring voice for Scot Gov Coronavirus updates, ‘Orphans’ vocalist (NTS), STV, Sky Sports
Sean connor - Acting coach (Glasgow)
Sean started his acting career at a young age, appearing in numerous commercials and stage performances.
At the age of 17, he joined New College Lanarkshire where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in acting.
Since then he has went on to appear in numerous film and television productions such as Schemers, Still Game, One of Us, Anna and the Apocalypse and River City.
Andrew joined The Dance School of Scotland in 2006 for 5 years before graduating to Elmhurst’s Upper School, In association with Birmingham Royal Ballet. In between his vocational training Andrew auditioned for scholarships at Yorkshire Ballet Seminars and won, for consecutive summers where he was taught by ex Royal Ballet & Birmingham Royal Ballet principles in many repertoires.
In 2019 Andrew was awarded The Headley Trust on behalf of The Royal Academy of Dance which goes to only one aspiring male ballet teacher every 2 years to become a registered, qualified teacher with the RAD.
Andrew was also chosen to dance alongside Vanessa Hudgens in a Netflix original premier of The Princess Switch: Switched Again.
Andrew Giblin - DANCE coach (Glasgow)
Holly has been a member of the Theatre School of Scotland for 4 years and graduated with a NPA in Musical Theatre here at TSOS. She is currently in her second year of studies at New College Lanarkshire studying Musical Theatre.
After doing great work as a class assistant, Holly is our first teacher in training! She is currently taking part in a 12 month programme where she works with heads of each department and has weekly check ins with our Principal to grow her teaching skills.
She has an extremely bright future here at the Theatre School of Scotland!
holly thornton - teacher in training (Glasgow)
Favour started a performing arts interest at a young age. Dancing for Y Dance from school to dancing competitively with her local community dance group, Favour has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe alongside these groups and has also taught dance to young students. From secondary school, she studied Travel and Tourism at Glasgow Kelvin College then went to University of West for College and graduated with a BA in Business.
After university Favour worked in customer service jobs including being a VIP Hostess at the SEC Hydo in Glasgow and then gained a role as a Marketing, Sales and Event Executive for an event company travelling around the UK and Ireland providing 250-1000 guest events.
She started with TSOS in July 2021 using the skills she learned along her life journey to provide a welcoming, supportive service to TSOS.
favour radebe - admin and accounts assistant
Lisa laidlaw - marketing assistant
Alana graduated from New College Lanarkshire in affiliation with Northumbria University with a BA Hons in Musical Theatre. Before pursuing musical Theatre, Alana was originally trained in classical singing and was a Soprano 1 in the NYCoS National Girls Choir which gave her the fortuity to perform at such prestigious events as BBC Proms in The Park and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. She also had the opportunity sing as part of the choir on their CD “A Ceremony of Carols”.
Upon graduating, Alana performed as Tinkerbell in Imagine Theatres pantomime Peter Pan at Eden Court in Inverness. She then went onto work at Disneyland Paris as a Face Character and Parade Performer for 2 and a half years.
Alana is delighted to be back doing what she loves with the best team and students.
Lisa has always had an interest in Theatre and has been involved in a theatre company in Paisley, Starlight Youth Music Theatre for over 15 years. During her time at SYMT she starred as Grizabella in Cats, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and Rapunzel in Into the Woods. She also took part in multiple Solo Cabarets and live performances.
She studied International Fashion Business at University where she was not only taught about pattern cutting and sewing but also valuable marketing and communication skills, marketing strategies and the importance of good social media marketing.
Over the first lockdown, she successfully set up and ran a small Instagram business 'Studio 18' with two of her fellow graduates where she designed and produced sustainable womenswear and then designed social media content to market on their page.
She started with TSOS in February 2022 and is in charge of all social media channels and marketing emails.