Act Now! Performing Arts - TEACHING TEAM
Act Now! - Performing Arts Academy

The Act Now! Teaching Team

Act Now! Performing Arts. Drama School St Albans Act Sing Dance Musical Theatre Free trial lessonSusan Russell-Curtis
Principal /Artistic Director
BA (Hons) Performing Arts; Cert. Acting GSMD; 
HND Performing Arts

Susan has been teaching Performing Arts for over thirty years and started Act Now! after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts.  She also has extensive experience in acting, has been the recipient of an acting award at the West Herts Drama Festival, and has performed in several stage plays including:  Tom Jones (Susan); Amadeus (Constanze); House and Garden (Jo); The Recruiting Officer (Melinda); Shakers (Adele); Our Country's Good (Dabby); Aladdin (Aladdin); Antigone (Antigone); Pride and Prejudice (Caroline Bingley); The Rivals (Lucy); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena); One for the Road (Pauline); Playboy of The Western World (Widow Quin); Don't Dress for Dinner (Suzette); Cinderella (Donna)  and Can't Pay, Won't Pay (Margherita), The History Boys (Mrs Lintot) - Ovo Theatre.

Susan has also directed many stage productions for both children and adults, including: Our Country's Good; Oliver; Little Shop of Horrors; The Pied Piper; Pride and Prejudice; Headstate; Annie; The Pirates of Penzance; The Sound of Music; Half a Sixpence; Summer Holiday; HMS Pinafore; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Bugsy Malone; Oliver!; Gregory's Girl; High School Musical and Les Misérables (School Edition); Sweeney Todd; Matilda (short version); Noises Off.

Having trained in contemporary theatre practice, devised theatre, musical theatre, mask, stage management, wardrobe and set design, Susan also does occasional voice over work, chaperones Act Now! children on TV and Film locations and is a peripatetic Lecturer in Performing Arts in higher education to degree level.

Act Now! Performing Arts. Drama School St Albans Act Sing Dance Musical Theatre Free trial lesson
Jamie Russell-Curtis
Vice Principal & Contemporary Theatre Tutor
BA (Hons) Theatre/Performance (yr 3)
British Sign Language (yr 3)
BTec Performing Arts
Trinity Guildhall National Award winning actor.
Agent: Julie Fox Associates 

Jamie has been brought up in the Act Now! family business and is currently completing a BA (Hons)in Theatre and Performance Paractice, alongside Level 3 BSL (British Sign Language).
Jamie has studied Contemporary Theatre, Physical Theatre and Devising with Complcite, Frantic Assembly and Superbolt Theatre and has volunteered with Deafinately Theatre.
TV credits include Third Assistant Director for "Small World" (Mutt & Jeff Pictures - E4) and a small appearance in Holby City.
Jamie has directed shows for Act Now! including Les Miserables, The BFG and Matilda.
Acting credits include Harry Brewer (Our Country's Good - Ovo); Enjoras (Les Misérables - Act Now!); Steve (Summer Holiday); Voice of the Plant (Little Shop of Horrors); Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd); Timms (The History Boys) - Ovo 
Jamie is also a photographer of all genres, including theatre and reasonably priced head-shots, under his own photography service Nomad Photography:


our patron Mr David Arnold

David Arnold

David Arnold is a Grammy and BAFTA Fellowship Award-winning film composer, best known for scoring James Bond films, the blockbusters Independence Day and Stargate and the television show Little Britain.

It was his collaboration with the Icelandic singer Bjork on her hit single "Play Dead" which first brought him to public prominence, and his debut score for the 1992 film "The Young Americans" (in which the song featured) followed soon after. Since then, Arnold has become one British film music's most sought-after commodities, switching seamlessly from orchestral grandeur on movies such as "Stargate" (1994), the Grammy-winning "Independence Day" (1996) and "Godzilla" (1998), to smaller-scale urban grooves on movies such as "Shaft" (2000), "Enough" (2002), "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003) and "Four Brothers" (2005). Also, and perhaps most importantly, Arnold is also the man who has successfully taken over from John Barry as the main James Bond composer, having written the music for "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), "The World Is Not Enough" (1999), "Die Another Day"(2002), "Casino Royale" (2006) and "Quantum of Solace" (2008). Away from the film world, Arnold maintains a career as a successful record producer, having worked with contemporary artists such as Pulp, Iggy Pop, Chrissie Hynde, David McAlmont and The Cardigans. He regularly works with orchestrator/conductor Nicholas Dodd, and has established long-standing relationships with directors such as Roland Emmerich and John Singleton. (