Lynn Sawyer - Principal
Lynn trained at the Arts Educational School in London having won a Scholarship and trained alongside Liz Crowther, Cheri Lunghi, Jane Seymour.
Being totally committed to the school and with a dedication of a wonderful team of teachers, the studios have flourished and become the success it is today.
Lynn’s work with television, theatre and teaching has given her the insight into the requirements of today’s professional performers, encouraging each student to develop their talents to their fullest potential.
Kim Barrand - Artistic Director
Kim trained with London Studios and has worked extensively in television and Theatre in London and Europe..
With credits such as 'Live at Her Majesty’s', 321 with Ted Rogers, Royal Variety shows, Kim also performed as one of The Brian Rogers dancers for many years alongside Jimmy Tarbuck, Jim Davidson.
As Artistic Director Kim has led many productions such as 'Fame', 'Bugsy Malone', 'Annie', 'Zodiac' at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London and The Disneyland, Paris Showcase.
Stuart Wren - Head of Drama L.G.S.M
As Head of Drama Stuart has work extensively with students covering many areas including LAMDA examinations. Stuart has written many scripts and directed productions such as ‘Time After Time’ Bloomsbury Theatre, ‘Stepping Out’ Towngate Theatre and ‘Mask of a Thousand Eyes’ Her Majesty’s Theatre.
LEE ORMSBY - Head of Musical Theatre
Born in Bristol, Lee spent early parts of his life moving between Ireland and England with his family. After settling in Bristol in 1980, he made his stage debut in 1984 in Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. This was followed by roles in the TV film 'Displaced Person' (HTV), 'The Weekend Starts Here', 'Going Live' (BBC) and 'The Democracy Game'. (C4). He was featured in several comedy sketches for 'The Josie Lawrence Show' (C4) that were subsequently cut before screening due to time.
After moving to London and graduating from Middlesex University and then Mountview Theatre school in London, he went on to appear in several stage shows including Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Sunset Boulevard' before appearing in BBC TV's 'Down to Earth' and then for several months as DS Anders in 'Emmerdale', going on to Playing The Big Bopper In 'Buddy The Buddy Holly Story' in London's West End and has recently performed in 'Lend me a Tenor' in Chichester.
Lee has been with Ridgeway for over ten years now working with many students who are now working in the West End.
Julia Vaughan – Head of Dance AISTD
Julia trained at The Arts Educational School in London and has gone on to performed in numerous professional shows in England and abroad.
As Head of Dance Julia works alongside the students helping them achieve their grades and major ISTD examinations.
Julia has been with Ridgeway for many years teaching Ballet, Tap and Modern Dance and during that time has choreographed many Productions including: The Nutcracker, Stepping out, The Little Mermaid and Alice in Wonderland.
Adam Armstrong - Director/Examiner
Jenny Hicks - Singing Tutor/Examinations
Claire Smith - Drama Tutor
Briony Dique - Street Dance
Victoria Chandler - Musical Theatre/
C J - Singing Tutor
Charlotte Willis - ISTD FDI Tap/Modern
Tracey Mair - Singing Tutor
Tony Ainsley - Latin American Dance/Zumba
Laura Godfrey - Jazz/Ballet/Tap Tutor
Keeley Malone - Commercial/Jazz Dance
Karen Smith - Wardrobe
We are delighted to have a wonderful team of staff who represent all aspects of the industry. All our tutors have worked in the field and are able to bring the most current techniques and styles to our students.