Drew Varley

Lecturer in Cabaret (Dance) Associate Lecturer in Musical Theatre Triple Threat (Dance)

About

Drew trained at Bridget Espinosa’s London Studio Centre and on graduating, has performed and held numerous positions within the dance and musical theatre industry. His current and past teaching commitments include Chichester University, Guildford School of Acting, Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre, Bodywork Studios, Italia Conti, and Woking College.

He has choreographed various productions and workshops for GSA, including; Rent, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be, Godspell, Guys and Dolls, Me and My Girl and The Boyfriend. Choreographic credits also include; Footloose and Guys and Dolls (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage), Awakenings (Bodywork Studios), Sweet Charity and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Questor’s Theatre, Ealing), the Middle Eastern premiere of Disney’s High School Musical (Centrepoint Theatre, Dubai) West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar (St. James Theatre, Watford), Fame, (Beck Theatre, Hayes) Annie (Madinat Theatre, Dubai), Oliver! and Gypsy, (The Minack Theatre, Cornwall) Seussical the Musical (Newcastle College) and various pantomimes for Paul Holman Associates. Drew was local Cast Director for the Scandinavian tour and Beijing premiere of Cats for The Really Useful Group.

Drew played Mungojerrie in the film version of Cats and appeared in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, both for Really Useful Films.

His West End performing credits include; West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre), Cats (New London Theatre and New Zealand Tour), She Loves Me (Savoy Theatre), Crazy For You (Prince Edward Theatre), Mack and Mabel (Piccadilly Theatre), Peter Pan – The Musical (Cambridge Theatre and UK Tour), Dr Dolittle (Hammersmith Apollo) and Aladdin (Hackney Empire). Drew’s additional credits include; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Gypsy (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and the International Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (as Lefou). In addition, Drew was part of the Dance Ensemble for the Royal Opera and English National Opera and appeared in The Mikado, The Queen of Spades and The Cunning Little Vixen.

Drew has choreographed Am Dram, The Secret Garden, Annie Get Your Gun, The Wedding Singer, Kiss Me Kate and Flora The Red Menace for the University of Chichester, along with The Last Kiss, Autarky and Moonlight Club – three devised, immersive productions for the University’s Musical Theatre Commission Company. He has also choreographed numerous floor shows for the Cabaret Performance Company at The University of Chichester. Drew has also choreographed the final year students in their graduate showcase at The Arts Theatre and Bridewell Theatre, London.

Other department members

Paula OSullivan
Associate Lecturer – Vocal Tutor

Paula teaches a variety of genres of singing, both privately and in academic settings, and combines with Choir Directing and performing to build a busy musical life.

Ian Massa-Harris-McFeely
Associate Lecturer in Music — Vocal Tutor

Ian has appeared at London Coliseum, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Opera Holland Park, The Round House, Royal Albert Hall, The Lyric Theatre, The Bloomsbury, The Apollo Theatre (Shaftsbury Avenue),  The Warehouse, Il Duomo (Florence), Rome (various venues), Arcola Theatre, and many more.

Bob Thompson
Associate Lecturer — Acting for Film

Having originally trained as an actor/teacher at Bretton Hall College, Leeds University and then graduating in Drama and Film Studies at Bristol University, Bob became a lecturer first at Glasgow University and Bretton Hall, specializing in theatre and film skills.

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