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 lessonSusie Russell-Curtis
Principal /Artistic Director
BA (Hons) Performing Arts; 
Cert. Acting GSMD; 
HND Performing Arts
Senior Tutor Acting

Susie has been teaching Performing Arts for over thirty-five 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); Can't Pay, Won't Pay (Margherita), and The History Boys (Mrs Lintot) - Ovo Theatre.

Susie 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, Susie 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.

Jamie Russell-Curtis
Vice Principal & Contemporary Theatre Tutor
BA (Hons) Theatre/Performance
British Sign Language
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 has 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. He is also a playwright/director and is currently in rehearsal for his new work "Voice". 
Act Now! Performing Arts. Drama School St Albans Act Sing Dance Musical Theatre Free trial lesson
TV credits include Third Assistant Director for "Small World" (Mutt & Jeff Pictures - E4) and an 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); 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 Theatre.
Jamie is also a photographer of all genres, including theatre and head-shots, under his own photography service Nomad Photography:

Angela Connolly
Senior Tutor
BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Studies

Angela is our senior tutor specialising in singing and dance. Many years ago Angela was a student of Act Now! and has since studied further and returned to us as our senior dance and singing tutor!
Angela specialises in all genres of dance, with her favourite being contemporary lyrical. Angela uniquely choreographs all her dances for Act Now! with some stunning results, and our students absolutely love her creativity.

Singing is another great passion of Angela's and she specialises in group choral singing as well as encouraging solos. 

Angela very much follows the ethos of Act Now! which is to give students ownership of their work and to encourage them to create and contribute to dances and songs. 

Phoebe Mercer
Junior Tutor
Trinity Guildhall Grd. 8 (Performing Arts)
Theatre Studies A Level
Currently training towards ATCL Performing

Phoebe has one of the longest connections to Act Now! having started training with us fourteen years ago at the age of six!

Phoebe is currently studying for further exams with Trinity College London. We absolutely delighted that Phoebe has chosen to stay with Act Now!, where her energy, enthusiasm and natural teaching skills are a big hit with all our students.

Specialising in modern, contemporary and musical theatre dance, as well as drama for our younger ones, Phoebe has a passion for performing arts which radiates to the students she teaches.

Phoebe has appeared in several productions herself including: Fame!, The Sound of Music, High School Musical, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Blasted (CASS @ London Met), and is currently in rehearsals for a professional production of a new work "Voice", written by our very own Jamie Russell-Curtis!

Lois Fordham
Junior Tutor
Trinity Guildhall Grd. 8 (Singing)
Drama and Theatre Studies A Level
Currently training towards ATCL Performing

Lois has also been training with Act Now! for many years, eleven to be precise, having started with us aged eight!

An exceptionally talented young lady, Lois is proficient in many areas, having attained the highest marks in several Trinity College London examinations, including: Singing, Piano, Violin and Drama.

Lois is an amazingly energetic and encouraging young tutor, teaching singing, vocal technique, scales, harmonies and voice. Lois accompanies our students in singing on piano, which is a fantastic asset. 

She is also an accomplished dancer, having achieved high grades in Ballet and a Gold in jazz, and assists Phoebe and Angela with our dance training.

Lois has appeared in many productions including: High School Musical; Fame; The Sound of Music; Oliver (Nancy); Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey); Seussical (Gertrude); Beauty and the Beast (Belle); Bugsy Malone and Sweeney Todd.


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. (