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Alison Beveridge & Lynda Beveridge


A little about me...

Alison is a professional actress and received a first class honours degree from Teesside University in Performance for Live and Recorded Media. She trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London and after completing her Masters in Acting, she moved back to the North East to launch Razzamataz Durham. She has taught performing arts at a number of independent academies and after school clubs and is proud to be principal of her own branch of Razzamataz. “Welcome to our school! We are committed to providing a family friendly community which our students, parents and team love to belong to.”

Lynda Beveridge

Assistant Principal

Lynda completes the Razz Durham mother-daughter partnership. With many years in the teaching profession, Lynda has a wealth of experience working with children of all ages and abilities. She is delighted to be part of the Durham team and, after seeing the transformation performing arts has had on her own children's lives, enjoys supporting our students as they develop and grow in confidence.

Michelle Coulson

Director of Drama

Michelle has 38 years of performance experience and over the last 15 years has been directing pantomime, plays and musicals for local companies. As a drama coach, Michelle has directed full stage shows such as High School Musical, Wizard of Oz, Aladdin and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe as well as showcases at the Theatre Royal Newcastle. In 2015 Michelle updated her skills by completing a course for directing Youth Theatre. Currently Michelle is a Regional Representative and Youth Adviser for the National Operatic and Dramatic Association and is directing productions of Sweeney Todd and Spamalot.

Sharon Kerridge

Vocal Coach

As the song says, "Mother said I was a dancer before I could walk, she said I could sing long before I could talk." Sharon has made her career from performing and teaching, trained at Newcastle college doing a 2 year performing arts course followed by a 3 year classical music diploma, Sharon performed on cruise ships as head vocal/dancer for many years, returning to Durham were her love for musical theatre lead her in to several teaching posts, Sharon is looking forward to seeing the razzmatazz children learn and develop their skills in a fun and exciting way.

Rebecca Scott

Dance Tutor

Rebecca started in theatre when she was 12 years old with Dryburn Theatrical Workshop, a group that her mum has been in since she was a young girl. Whilst there, she discovered her love of dance, and since then, has danced in many pantomimes and musicals, as well as travelling around the North East performing in many different venues and theatres. She has recently taken on the role of dance captain within Dryburn, and is looking forward to developing her skills as a dance teacher and working with the students at Razzamataz.

Courtney Munro

Minis and Juniors Tutor

Courtney has always had a passion for the arts from a very young age, starting of as an Irish dancer and rhythmic gymnast and then going into musical theatre. Being part of a performing arts school in Northern Ireland where she is from, she has performed in many shows as well as travelling to Danville, Kentucky, USA to teach performing arts summer camps. She has completed her BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts and is now currently studying on the FdA Musical Theatre course at Newcastle College. Courtney loves to perform herself but her passion also lies within teaching the arts to children and young people and she is very excited about her future here at Razzamataz.

Hannah McGaun

Minis Tutor and Classroom Assistant

Hannah has previously been part of the Pauline Quirke Academy and Gala Theatre Stage School (GTSS), and has performed in a handful of musicals and performances. Hannah is currently in her first year of Sixth Form and is studying B-TEC Sport Level 3 Extended Diploma, due to having a great passion for sport and physical activity.

Janice McClean

Front of House Manager and Classroom Assistant

After studying Hospitality and Catering Management, Janice moved to London and was the manager of a large hotel near Heathrow Airport. It was here she developed a passion for exceptional customer service. Janice then went on to work as a Business Development Manager in the Metro Centre. Currently, she volunteers for Singing for the Brain; a service provided by the Alzheimers Society which helps people to recall memories through music. Janice enjoys taking her chocolate Labradoodle, Murphey, out for walks in the local park. He’s quite a character and has become quite famous in the neighbourhood!