Other people you might meet include:
Tina-Louise Liddle - Sessional Manager - Theatre and Choir Groups
Tina is a local parent who moved to Manchester, from Yorkshire, in 1990 to study at university. She has lived in Stretford for 17 years and is a parent at Victoria Park Infants School, where she is an active member of the PFTA. Tina also helps out as a volunteer reader and with the Family Learning Friday sessions at the school. She currently works part-time as a Sales Assistant, but her work history mainly consists of 30 years within the customer service and administration fields at: John Lewis, Waitrose, My Travel Airways/Airtours International Airways, Eurostar and Safeway (to name a few). She is therefore a very people orientated person and is looking forward to providing you with a very warm welcome at the Stretford Children's Theatre sessions.
Grace Hall - Volunteer - Infant Drama Group
Grace was undertaking some volunteering with us as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award scheme in the Infants classes and has stayed on as she has really enjoyed her time with us.
I am Grace Hall, aged 14 years and a Year 9 Student at Knutsford Academy. I have been dancing since I was 4 and performing on stage since I was 6. I am currently working towards Grade 5 Ballet and Tap. I have also had Ballroom, Latin and Freestyle lessons. My very first stage show was as a Munchkin in the Wizard of Oz at the Lowry where I performed alongside Danielle Hope and Bobby Davro, I was 6 ½ and from that day forward I have loved the Stage. I performed as a Lost Boy in Peter Pan at the Gracie Fields theatre with Nikki Sanderson. I am a member of 2 amateur dramatic groups JS80 and Urmston Musical Theatre and have performed in Annie (twice), Oliver, Our Day Out, The King and I, Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat and many pantomimes.
Debbie Olsen - Volunteer - Junior Drama Group
Debbie is the head of drama at St Patricks RC High School in Salford and has lived in Stretford for over 10 years. Debbie was raised in Blackpool where she studied dance and drama for many years, appearing in shows at the Winter Gardens, Opera House and Grand Theatre. After completing a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts she moved to London and started working front of house and backstage at the Adelphi Theatre. Debbie then gained a place at Rose Bruford College and completed 2 years of a BA Hons degree in acting before leaving to bring up her son Lewis. She completed the degree at St Martins College in Lancaster and then deciding to go in a new direction and complete her teacher training. Debbie has since worked in secondary schools directing shows from 'Little Shop of Horrors' to 'the crucible' and working on projects such as 'Shakespeare for schools' and with organisations such as The People's Museum. She is really excited to be working with the Junior section as it is a challenge different to her day to day job.
Thomas Byrne - Volunteer - Senior Drama Group
Thomas is an actor, musician, and puppeteer based in Manchester. Since graduating from Salford University in 2014 he has worked for companies throughout the UK including Whalley Range All Stars, Horse and Bamboo Puppet and Mask Theatre, Plunge Boom, Frolicked Outdoor Puppet Theatre, Z-arts, VIP Puppets, and Handmade Theatre. He is also one of the Co- Directors of Scallywags Theatre Company CIC and has a real passion for creating exciting and engaging work for family audiences.
You will also see our trustees around and about at sessions or performances as we support the groups.