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Rachel Adams - Principal

 

Rachel is the Academy's Founder and Artistic Director. With over 20 years experience of performing on stage, Rachel studied Acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, learning disciplines of the craft and has been involved with many theatrical groups, casts and directors. She has performed at the Fortune Theatre in London's West End, Bloomsbury Theatre, Kenneth More Theatre, Towngate Theatre and Brentwood Theatre, to name but a few and has enjoyed performing in a variety of roles and genres.


Rachel's passion for the 'Theatre Arts' began when she was just 11 years old  and at Primary School. Having succesfully secured the role of 'Fagin' in the school's production of Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist', she identifed her natural flare and talent for character acting and performing. After winning the school's award for performance, Rachel continued to be involved with this newly found love and since then, has enjoyed working with cast and crew from different backgrounds and with varying levels of experience in the industry
Theatre credits include:


Beverly (Abigail's Party),  Edith ('Allo 'Allo),  Linda (Stags and Hens),  Bertha (Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens),  Christa d'Amato (Murder In Play),  Mrs Pearce (Confusions),  Lesley (Two). 

 

She has performed in a 'Theatre In Education' piece for teenagers and has also enjoyed being part of the teaching team for several children's drama workshops.


Although Rachel has always had a love for the Arts, she decided to pursue a professional career in London's Financial Sector. Whilst working full time in London, she founded 'Beyond the Rainbow Theatre Company' with the desire of directing and producing high quality, professional shows, in order to raise money for Charity. This project reinforced the thrill felt by pure nervous adrenaline, as you take those first steps out on stage and into the spotlight, prompting a change in career that would allow her to share her passion and interest with future generations.


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Sophie Honeywell - Drama and Dance

 

Since a young age, Sophie has been very passionate about  the 'Perfroming Arts Industry'. She started her training learning Ballroom Dancing and was soon attending and successfully completing competitions and exams. When Sophie was 10 years old, she committed to broadening her skill set and performance ability by attending a Performing Arts School, where she studied Singing, Acting and various Dance genres, including Ballet and Tap. Sophie has achieved the British Medallion in Tap, Intermediate Ballet and is 'LAMDA' trained. Sophie was awarded 'Perforimng Arts Student of the Year' in her final year of studying her Diploma in Drama, where she graduated with 'Triple Distinction' and went on to continue her training at the Guildford School of Acting.

 

Sophie was soon successful in securing a place in the cast of ‘Oliver!’ at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and has also worked in television.

 

She has also played the role of ‘The Bride’ (Blood Wedding), ‘Lysander’ (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and ‘Rita’ (Billy Liar).

 

Sophie is delighted to be part of 'Beyond The Rainbow' and she looks forward to working with exciting new talent. 

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  Jamie Brown - Drama and Musical Theatre

 

''We must all do theatre to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become.” - Augusto Boal

 

Since Secondary School, Jamie has always been fascinated by Drama and Musical Theatre. He studied for three years at Havering College in a ‘Performing Arts and Acting’ Diploma. In his last year, he was awarded the college SUVA 'Student of the Year Award 2012'. His skill set also developed through his experience performing in a touring Essex Pantomime of 'Cinderella', around many Primary Schools in Essex.  During this time, Jamie joined local theatre groups and performed at many venues such as the Queens Theatre, Brentwood Theatre and the Thameside Theatre in Musicals: Sweeney Todd, Blood Brothers, Room 5, Paper Planes and Down The River and Up The Road.  This led to playing many comical characters.

 

Jamie was then successfully awarded a 2:1 in a four year 'Drama and Theatre Studies' Degree at Kent University. He studied various modules such as Puppetry, Stand Up Comedy, Shakespeare, Physical Theatre and Playwriting. In his third year, as part of his placement, Jamie worked at Havering College as a Drama Teaching Assistant. During his time at University, he had the opportunity to join the Kent Musical Theatre Society. Upon graduating, Jamie now performs in shows with Limelight Theatre Company.

 

Jamie is delighted to be joining ‘Beyond The Rainbow’ and looks forward to working with all the talented students.

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Amy Williamson - Head of Dance

 

Amy has been dancing since a young age, training in various styles of dance such as Ballet, Street, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Freestyle and has passed her IDTA examinations alongside this training.

 

Amy has performed in shows at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch, whilst being a member of their dance youth group and she has also performed in several dance showcases at Stratford Circus.

 

Having successfully graduated from the University of East London with a BA (Hons) in Dance: Urban Practice, Amy is also a qualified teacher with the IDTA at Associate level. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge and experience of Dance and looks forward to teaching the students of ‘Beyond The Rainbow’.