Re:ACT Performing & Production Arts provides classes and theatre opportunities for young people in Somerset, North Somerset and Bristol. We welcome students (aged 4 - 19) to musical theatre classes, acting classes, dance classes, production arts classes and private singing and instrumental tuition. We do not only create performers, but writers, directors, choreographers and designers. 

 

This training is taught by expert, qualified, DBS checked and first aid trained tutors who help to build confidence, increase interpersonal skills and create team players. Our ethos is to combine affordability, inclusivity and high quality, however, Re:ACT Performing & Production Arts' main aim is to have fun!

 

Re:ACT Performing & Production Arts’ blend of curriculum and industry led training offers regular workshops with Broadway, West End and other creative professionals, has key links and opportunities with established organisations such as The Tileyard Recording Studios in Kings Cross, London, discounted theatre trips and qualifications for those who wish to take their studies further.  

TEAM

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Natalia Lewis | Director

BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance, Business (Marketing and Finance, Organisation and People) and Advanced Creative Writing

Currently studying MA Creative Events Management

 

Having founded Re:ACT at 17 years of age following years of acting/musical leading roles, Natalia's success has been driven by her passion for the arts and her commitment to seeing potential in young performers. 

Her studies across multiple genres of theatre and singing during her time at university allows her to deliver the highest calibre of training at Re:ACT, where she encourages every pupil to become intelligent and individual performers. Her experience as Somerset Fringe Director for two successful, consecutive years has given her invaluable insight into the current theatrical climate and how to thrive in the performing arts industry. 

Natalia is the founder of creative consultancy, Natalia Creative and co-founder creative consultancy, Co:Lab Creative. Natalia is also developing new British musicals with composer, Stuart Brayson. Natalia has worked produced, written for, facilitated and directed the likes of: Theatre Royal Plymouth, Christina Bianco, Opera for All, BBC (Bristol and Wales), Welsh National Opera, Ria Jones and Bristol Old Vic. Most recently, Natalia has composed and facilitated an Original Concept Album for her musical, Black Widows.

Rachel Kiley | Design Director

University of The Arts London course in Art, Design and Communication

From as young as she can remember, Rachel has always had a creative mind, finding inspiration everywhere and applying it within her work and play. 

Rachel’s success within her work spreads across many genres from Fine Art, Photography, Modelling and Performing Arts. Having studied locally, Rachel completed her University of The Arts London course in Art, Design and Communication in 2011. Following this she found a passion for teaching and began her journey as an Art Director at a Summer Camp in West Virginia, USA teaching Art, Design & Crafts to children aged 5-16.

Rachel is an accomplished performer in her own right, working professional nationally and internationally.

Jack Millier | Music Director

Jack is a pianist, composer and arranger, who frequently gigs around the area at weddings, events and also plays casual evening gigs at local hotels and restaurants. 

 

His main instrument is piano but he is multi-instrumentalist, playing things from bass to baritone in a concert band! He has been playing music for 6 years and his training focuses on pop, rock and jazz, but with a rounded understanding of the whole world of music. His performance and training has a particular focus on improvisation, and every one of his performances sounds unique! 

 

He is involved in bringing new musicals to fruition with West End composer, Stuart Brayson, and recently involved in composing an original musical, Black Widows. As of 2021, Jack will study a BMus in Composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, under the prolific composer John Hardy.

 

He is driven by, and joined Re:ACT, for his passion and drive to produce the best performance possible, for whatever the audience - he believes music has an immense power to draw you in, and create a moment that will never be experienced again, and this is particularly prominent when working with music for stage! Jack loves being part of Re:ACT: every show and rehearsal has a great energy and he especially loves working with the cast and crew, making shows and their music come to life!

Amelia Treble | Associate Director 

Currently studying BA (Hons) Drama

Amelia began performing at the age of 7 which ignited her passion for the arts. She has participated in many shows including leading roles such as ‘Morticia’ in The Addams Family, ‘Audrey’ in Little Shop of Horrors, ‘Adelaide’ in Guys and Dolls and ‘Abigail’ in The Crucible.

 

In 2015, SOHO Productions cast Amelia as ‘Lucy’ in the film Mum’s List, working with high calibre actors such as Emilia Fox and Rafe Spall. Amelia has also featured in both BBC One’s Three Girls and Poldark as well as ITV’s Broadchurch. More recently she has been filming a Channel 4 drama starring Sarah Lancashire and continued her BBC work filming for Casualty and a new detective series.

 

Following her A levels, Amelia continued her professional training at The Actors Workshop. She is currently studying a BA (Hons) Drama degree at Exeter university.

 

Amelia is a trained dancer and singer, showcasing this at venues including The Royal Albert Hall. She also has a passion for working with performers with additional needs; providing physical theatre workshops for Rising Stars in Swansea and has provided specialised support for individuals during their drama/dance GCSEs. 

 

Amelia relishes the opportunity to teach and work with Re:ACT; she has gained invaluable experiences which has included performing for West End composer, Stuart Brayson. Amelia loves working with the younger generation, imparting her knowledge and skills to aspiring future performers.

Hannah Lowrie | Education and Outreach Officer

BA (Hons) Acting

She began professional vocal training whilst at junior school, receiving grade eight by the time she’d finished her GCSEs. Hannah has trained in acting at Falmouth University, gaining a first class honours degree, and with The National Youth Theatre in London, as well as receiving one to one training from Mark McGann and Toby Clarke. Her training includes improvisation, voice acting, solo performance, screen acting, and classical performance. She recently played the role of Paulina in a Netflix Original series, and has worked on productions with the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV.

Her musical theatre experience includes roles as Grace Farrell in Annie, Nancy in Oliver and Sandy in Grease, all performed at Weston-super-Mare’s Playhouse Theatre. Hannah has also performed in extensive music competitions, such as Churchill’s Young Musician of the Year, as well as at singers concerts held at Bristol Cathedral and at St George’s on Park Street.

Hannah is the co-founder of two award-winning theatre companies based in Bristol, namely Transparent Theatre and DuckGoose.

She played the role of Millie Walsman in The Halfling Laws in 2019 and 2020, partaking in Bristol’s One-Act festival at the beginning of this year. Hannah anticipates the opportunity to share her performance knowledge and experiences with the students of Re:ACT, and is excited to expand her skill base through working with such a talented group of performers and staff.

Karin Latham | Musical Theatre

PCE Musical Theatre

Karin trained in Musical Theatre at Italia Conti Arts Centre, Guildford where she became Head Girl. During her training she also focused upon teaching and graduated with a PCE, DDE in ISTD Tap and a LAMDA acting qualification.

 

Karin is passionate about performing and has been fortunate enough to gain credits in both Theatre & TV. Since graduating she has worked on many different projects including performing as part of Show Teams in various hotels across the UK and abroad, at many corporate events and singing all over the world upon Fred. Olsen and SAGA cruise lines. Behind the scenes Karin works as a Production Assistant for Explosive Productions Ltd and helps vocally arrange and teach some of their shows. Most recently she can be found working as a Lead Vocalist on stage with the new UK tour of ’80’s Live!’ See if you can spot her as Cyndi Lauper! Her passion for music developed in early childhood from watching musicals and she is so grateful to be pursuing her dream.

 

Karin is thrilled to be part of the Re:ACT Performing & Production Arts family and very much looks forward to having some fun and working with you all!

Elin Miles | Acting 

Currently studying BSc Biochemistry

Elin is a university student who has spent half of her life involved in Re:ACT as both a student and a member of staff. Through her time learning and acting with Re:ACT she has experienced every aspect of performance and production, and studied the key influential practitioners and the theory of theatre inside out. As her education continued her passion for acting developed into an interest in directing which she was able to exercise within classes, driving her towards her current position as an assistant teacher.

 

Creative writing is another love of Elin’s, within the last year she has written commissioned material for productions such as An Evening With Stuart Brayson and Weston-super-Mare’s Armed Forces Day, as well as Re:ACT's recent original play, Private Property.

 

Outside of Re:ACT she refines her literary skills through writing and performing her own slam poetry. She looks forward to continuing to keep art, performing and writing at the centre of her life, and is excited for the challenges and inspirations that theatre will continue to bring her.

Ben Bloxham | Acting 

Currently studying BA (Hons) Drama and Acting

 

Ben has been practicing the art of performance from a young age and continued to study it throughout his early teens, however it was at Re:ACT where he wanted to take it further. He applied for the level 3 UAL Performing Arts Acting pathway at Weston College and left with a Distinction and is now at UWE (Bristol) where he is taking his craft into a more naturalist and intimate approach through the Drama and Acting course.

 

Ben has been chosen personally by Stuart Brayson to perform in Bess, a brand new musical and is thriving assisting in directing in the Re:ACT projects and is looking forward to the challenge.

Farhath Siddiqui | Film 

BA (Hons) Film Media Production

 

Farhath graduated from her BA in Film Media Production & headed into the commercial video world as a Visual Content Executive for Speed Communications. During her time there she has worked with international & national brands such as Nestle, IAMS, Revlon, BRITA & many more working on their video content. Growing up, Farhath loved theatre; she'd organise events & write/produce her own shows. This then led her into media and the filmmaking world, where she has able to cultivate her creative passion further.

 

Farhath has recently ventured into the freelance world as a videographer & editor, starting her own business ‘Siddiqui Media’ where she works with music, corporate, events, arts, fashion & many more clients. It was a difficult year to venture on into the freelance world, however she has relished every challenge and hurdle, hoping to one day to fully go freelance and run her own hub/media business. Additionally, she aims to continue her social dilemma work, working with under privileged groups and people, helping them by giving them a voice through video.

Dave Sims | Sound 

BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts

 

Dave has worked as a freelance sound engineer and designer since the age of 16 and has had the pleasure of working on a wide variety of performances, from function bands to the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury Festival and touring with The Stranglers. Dave hires out his own audio equipment and has been designing and supplying audio for Re:ACT shows since 2016.

 

For the past 4 years, Dave has held the role of Technical Manager at The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater, a state-of-the-art flexible performance space which was a brand-new build when he started this job in 2015.

 

Dave also plays keyboards in The Haus Band, a popular function band, alongside facilitating their sound reinforcement. He is currently training to be a fully qualified electrician to enable him to further his career in designing and implementing systems for permanent installation. Dave is delighted to be working as a sound designer on forthcoming projects for Myriad Co. and continuing his work on the Re:ACT production team.

Alex Merrett | Lighting 

BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology

 

Alex joined Re:ACT four years ago as a technician, designing and programming the lighting to accompany the Re:ACT shows. Before studying Lighting Design and Technology at the University of South Wales, Alex studied Production Arts at Bridgwater College. Alex’s studies included a wide range of modules within the theatre and entertainment production industry.

 

Alex’s experience is very wide from festivals, to dance to corporate to theatres. Working his first show in 2013 and his first Glastonbury festival in 2014. Since then he has worked on many events in different roles up and down the UK. More recently joining the venues management team at Cardiff Students union as technical coordinator for their public and student events.

Ben McCollum | Vocals

 

Ben has been an avid performer since a young age; Ben's Re:ACT journey started in 2012 at the age of 11. Having little performing experience prior he has made his way up through Re:ACT playing roles such as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Tony in West Side Story, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast and many more.

 

Ben's passion for music has been amplified by the extenisve vocal training he has had from being a student of Re:ACT. Having been gigging regularly since the age of 14 he has a wide range of performing different genres of music. He has played gigs such as Daz's Rock for Charity where he shared the same stand as the 70's hit band Racey. He currently gigs regulary with a brand new function band as part of Warble Entertainment agency. They can turn any party into a night you'll never forget!

Harrison Moore | Administration

 

Harrison has been a part of Re:ACT since the age of 14, starting as a student and working his way up to becoming a member of the team. With 11 years of performance experience prior to Re:ACT, Harrison has both discipline and experience on his side to deliver quality performances and teaching. Harrison completed his Level 3 Performing Arts BTEC.

 

Harrison has been an actor in numerous short films for the Bristol Film Festival, offered West End ensemble jobs for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, opened The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater with Spamalot and most recently went on a professional regional tour as a pantomime Dame. Harrison has performed all across Somerset and the South West, making a name for himself as a respected performer.

 

Whilst Harrison assists and facilitates the administration aspect of Re:ACT he continues to seek auditions for work in order to develop and progress further as a performer.