Meet the Staff
All our staff have extensive experience both in the performing arts and in working with children. Most importantly, our staff firmly believe in the main principle of Stage It! - that taking part in performing arts should be fun above anything else.
Helen Pitts - Principal
Helen has been involved in the dramatic arts for over 16 years. She was a founder member of the Theatre of the Unemployed, performing in a wide range of critically-acclaimed productions, ranging from pantomime through to Shakespeare. She has recieved positive reviews in The Stage and has won awards for acting. She works with children on a daily basis, and firmly believes in all children being given opportunities to develop themselves. Helen is the organiser of the team, and producer of all our shows. She's the one who always knows what's going on, when and where, so if you've got any questions, you know who to ask!
Chris Pitts - Principal
Chris's performing background is mainly in music. He plays the piano, guitar, saxophone and clarinet. Throughout school and university he was responsible for setting up and running a wide variety of bands, orchestras and choirs. He has also composed and arranged music in a range of styles. He has sustained an active interest in drama since school, having written the Tamworth Pantomime in 2011 and 2012, and worked with another youth theatre group based in Tamworth before setting up Stage It!. Completely passionate about giving young people a fun and positive experience of performing arts, he tells anyone who will listen that "If the lessons are fun, then the students won't even realise they are learning". Chris trained as a doctor, and currently works as a Medical Learning Director with a company based in Winchester. He spends most of the week looking forward to Stage It! Saturdays!
Jemma Mchale - Teacher
Jemma has been with Stage It! since the start, and is a vital element of the creative team behind the syllabus and the end of term performances. She has been passionate about the performing arts from a very early age, and greatly enjoys taking part both as a spectator and a performer. Jemma has attended a local dance school from the age of four, and has been a member of both the Modern Art Group and the American Association of Dance for over twenty years. Working in a wide variety of roles including performer, teacher and choreographer, Jemma has gained a vast wealth of dance experience and knowledge in a variety of areas, including modern, tap, ballet, lyrical, jazz, street dance and contemporary. She has performed in numerous competitions and galas held in some very prestigious theatres, including the London Colisseum, Blackpool Winter Gardens and the Royal Albert Hall. Jemma has a BA joint honours degree in Dance, Movement and Theatre Studies.
Emma Smith - Teacher
Emma is a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer who trained at Burton and South Derbyshire College (Performing Arts Specialist) and Staffordshire University where she gained a Foundation Degree in Dance and Theatre Arts. She is an Associate Teacher for the United Teachers of Dance association (known as UTD). Emma has taught cluster groups and Pre-school children through Staffordshire County Council. She has worked and performed extensively, including working as a dancer for an entertainments company in Greece, directing and producing numerous shows, dancing at Blackpool Winter Gardens, the Royal Albert Hall, Port Aventura Spain, Her Majesty’s Theatre London, and Birmingham NEC (The Clothes Show Live). She has been in the cast for various productions, including Summer Holiday, A Chorus Line, Cats, In Any Other World, Quadrophenia 2012 and 23.
Emma says “I love to share my knowledge of dance with others and I am still keen to learn new things myself."
Sam Ison - Teacher
Sam started singing at the age of six. She quickly achieved her singing grades through senior school and was selected every year from the age of twelve to eighteen to perform in the National Youth Musical Theatre. From the age of seventeen onwards, she enjoyed the lead roles in a number of musicals, including Blitz, Guys and Dolls, The King and I, Little Shop of Horrors and My Fair Lady. Sam was cast in the London production of Sunset Boulevard before leaving musical theatre to pursue another career back home in the Midlands.
While at university in Birmingham, she performed in all the university operatic society shows, and has continued her passion for singing since then. Sam is very skilled at teaching others the art of singing in all genres and is dedicated to encouraging all children to sing. She strongly believes that ANY child has the right to learn to sing, and is very grateful for the opportunity to help them.