Meet the Team

Judith Barker (Principal and Head of Drama)

opt-judith-barkerJudith is a well known face and name within the acting profession and during her long career has performed in over 250 plays in professional theatre. Her television credits include Peak Practice, Holby, Heartbeat, Coronation Street, Brookside, Hollyoaks as well as numerous one off dramas, several films and also multiple radio plays. Recent credits include, National tours of Calendar Girls and Early Doors, Everyone’s a Winner (Manchester Royal Exchange), Shameless, A Passionate Woman (opposite Billie Piper), Lesley Sharps mum in Scott and Bailey and Miss Potter with Rene Zellweger. Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre alongside our patron Amanda Holden. You can currently see Judith as Agatha Finn in Emmerdale.

Adele Parry (Principal and Head of Movement and Dance)opt-Adele-Parry

After training at the Guildford School of Acting, Adele worked as an actress appearing in a number of shows at the Coliseum theatre in Oldham and Manchester’s Royal Exchange and a number of television programmes including Grange Hill and Coronation Street. A qualified dancing teacher, Adele is also a professional choreographer working on a number of shows including 20 pantomimes at Nottingham Playhouse and Oldham Coliseum theatres, Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, 4 shows for Oldham Childrens Theatre, Forever Young, Private Lives, Arcadia and The Cherry Orchard (Nottingham Playhouse). Choreography for television includes, The Worst Witch, The Village, Wanderlust, Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC), Last Tango in Halifax, Years and Years, The Five (Red Productions), and Curfew with Billy Zane. Adele is a Licentiate of the London Academy of Dramatic Art and a Member of the National Association of Teachers of Dance.

Dave Bintley (Head of Singing)

Trained at LeThe team_clip_image002 (2)eds College of Music where he attained a first-class Diploma in popular music. Since then, he has been a professional musician for some 26 years, working mainly, but nwith many well-known stars of the entertainment world and has worked on TV productions at the BBC in London.

UK Tours include Prisoner: Cell H The and The Lily Show, both starring Paul O’Grady, Carousel with Sam Kane, Jekyll & s, which went on to play the West End. Dave has also dNorman Pace as their Musical Director and Arranger. Dave has been Musical Director for many Director for the Oldham Coliseum pantos for the last 22 years.

Dave specialises in harmony, theory, vocal technique and aural perception as well as composition and arrangement and preparation for recital. Alongside his professional theatre engagements, Dave is Musical Director and singing teacher at Tameside College and has also been guest Musical Director for several sixth-form college productions, recently Sweet Charity and Fame The Musical.

Helena Ferreira (Advanced Commercial Teacher)

Heléna has trained in dance for 23 years and has worked professionally in the UK and Paris over the last 8 years, teaching and choreographing, as well as performing in numerous musical theatre productions in and around Manchester.

Most recently Heléna lived and worked in Paris where she was a part of the character/parade and show department at Disneyland Resort Paris. Her work included daily parades and shows in both parks as well as character performances.
For 2 years Heléna performed in the award winning musical ‘Mickey and the Magician’ as a dancer and first cover Rafiki in the Animagique Theatre.
Upon her return to the UK Heléna filmed for the new film adaptation of the musical ‘Everybody’s talking about Jamie’ which is to be released next year.
In addition to this, Heléna is part of Disney London special events and casting, which is an external performance/entertainment branch of The Walt Disney Company outside of the parks.
After choreographing pantomimes at the M&S Bak Arena in Liverpool and The Gaiety Theatre in the Isle of Man. Helena is thrilled to be back working with Adele and Judith, where it all began.
Eloise Jones (Dance Teacher)
I have been dancing since the age of 4, and am a member of the KDA senior elite team, as well as Torque Youth Dance Company. I train in all styles of dance, including modern, ballet, tap, contemporary and commercial to name a few, and am very passionate about dance and performing. I have danced in many conventions and shows across the country, taking part in national troupe competitions such as Thats Showbiz and Can You Dance? I also recently performed in the Barbara Sharples Choreography Awards with my team. I also have experience in solo competitions, competing and gaining awards from solos in styles such as modern, ballet, song and dance etc. and have also performed in many local shows such as Dance Splash and the annual Kirsten’s Dance Academy productions. I was also a part of the Oldham Colesium panto ensemble in 2017&18. As well as this, I have appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and performed at Wembley and at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2019. I am very passionate about teaching dance as I love to watch people learn and grow and discover themselves as dancers. I think that it is inspiring to see the improvement and passion a dancer continues to find when taking classes, and rewarding to watch them lose them self whilst performing on stage, as this is something I love to do.
Joseph Taylor (Administrator

Joseph began attending Saddleworth Drama Centre at the age of 5. Joseph has preformed at The Royal Exchange, Manchester in “Husbands and Sons” and “That Day We Sang”. He has also appeared at the Octagon Theatre Bolton, playing Morten in “An Enemy Of the People” and John Reed in “Jane Eyre”. Joseph has appeared on numerous episodes of Coronation Street.

Libby Taylor (Assistant)