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Ally Cox

Artistic Director

Ally trained at London's Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA).

Theatre credits include Elvis - The Musical (National Tour), Playdays - A Puzzle for Mr Jolly, The Shagaround, City of Angels, Little Shop of Horrors, The Adventures of Paddington Bear, Lovers and Friends, The Heat is On, Fatal Attraction, I'll Be Back Before Midnight, Putting on the Ritz, Mrs Darling in Peter Pan at Lighthouse, Poole and most recently, Fairy Muddled in Once Upon a Princess.

Pantomimes include Peter Pan with Matthew Kelly and Tracey Childs, Peter Pan with Ron Moody, Snow White and Cinderella with Lynda Baron and Michael Medwin, Alice in Wonderland Nuffield Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk with Jack Wilde, Little Red Riding Hood, Aladdin and Cinderella Civic Theatre, Chelmsford.

TV credits include The Bill, Waiting for God, Am DramLet's Sing Nursery Rhymes and The Big Party with CBBC's Justin Fletcher. Voiceovers and recordings include Annie Get You Gun, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Keep the Kids Quiet with Justin Fletcher and Blossom the Bear for Crealy Theme Park. Ally was lead vocalist with The Ray McVey Orchestra and The String of Pearls Orchestra.

Ally has a post-graduated award in teaching Shakespeare to children and young people.

Ally founded Stagewise in 2000. Shows for Stagewise as director and producer include An Audience With, Shake Ripple and Roll, A Kind of Magic, Flesh and Blood, One Big Night, Idols, Blockbusters, Musicality, Chatroom and Grease Lightnin' Live.

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Jillie Willcock
Vocal Coach

Jillie joined the team in 2003 and is Head of Singing for Stagewise.

Jillie trained in Winchester at King Alfred's University College and graduated with a BA Honours degree in Performing Arts.

Theatre credits include Guys and Dolls, The Wiz, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Pantomimes include Babes in the Wood and Aladdin with Floella Benjamin and Bucks Fizz.

Jillie is the founder and vocalist for the fabulous jazz band, Jillie and the Love Cats.

Jillie is Musical Director for all Stagewise productions and our Performers workshops. In 2012, Jillie created our Witches of Eastwick exam piece and most recently, our Parade and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown performances, all of which received Distinction from Trinity Guildhall.

Caroline Barnes

Caroline trained at Laine Theatre Arts and has enjoyed a successful career as a performer in the West End and on TV.

Credits include Grease, Annie, Santa Claus the Musical and Chicago. Caroline was also in the original West End cast of The Producers.

As a choreographer, Caroline's credits include commercials for Loreal, Michael Barnes Styling, Easy Jet, Grey Goose Vodka, Mustang and IT Girls USA.

As a member of the Eurovision pop group, SCOOCH, Caroline has released 5 singles and 2 international albums including the hit Flying the Flag (For You).

TV appearances with Scooch include The Graham Norton Show, This Morning, Loose Women, Richard and Judy, Top of the Pops and The National Lottery.

This Christmas, Caroline will be choreography Aladdin at Lighthouse, Poole.

Stagewise Guest Creatives

We are fortunate to have a range of industry performers and creatives who visit Stagewise workshops regularly to work with our students.


 Justin Fletcher
Sparkle and Shine Patron

Justin is probably known most in every household as televisions, Mr Tumble! His TV credits include CITV's Fun Song Factory, and CBeebies Tikabilla, Spring Watch, Gigglebiz, Justin's House and the award winning, Something Special.

Justin was awarded the MBE in the Queen's 2008 Birthday Honours for Services to Children's Broadcasting and his charity work. He also received a BAFTA in the same year for his presenting work.

Stagewise Principal, Ally Cox met Justin whilst touring the country in BBC's Playdays and the pair have remained the best of friends ever since.

He is in great demand as a voice over artist and has created some of the most well loved characters on children's television including Jake and Doodles in The Tweenies, Growling Tiger/Sleeping Bear in Boo, Miguel in Finley the Fire Engine, Jim Jam and Slim the Giraffe in Jim Jam, Sonny and Chubba in BB3B and even Shaun the Sheep!

Justin has always been extremely supportive of all that we do at Stagewise. Despite his hectic schedule, he always finds time to visit Stagewise and work with our students.


Carl Tracey
Guest Tutor

Carl is most well known for being 'the yellow one with the hat' - one fifth of the popular children's musical group Go!Go!Go!.

Since launching in 2010, the band have completed two hugely successful West End runs and a season's residency at Alton Towers Resort.

In 2013 the band joined forces with Nickelodeon UK to film a series of pop videos for Nick Jr. Their songs can now be seen and heard daily on the channel as well as being regular faces on air.

Go!Go!Go! have toured the country and released their debut CD and DVD Radio Go!Go!Go! in 2014 which stormed the children's chart as well as being signed to Universal Music.

Carl's pantomime credits include Peter in Peter Pan in Southborough and Prince Charming in Cinderella for Shone Productions.

We are thrilled that Carl will be regularly visiting Stagewise students to pass on his knowledge of all things POP!


 Maureen Nolan
Guest Tutor

Maureen has been singing with her sisters, The Nolans, since she was nine years old. They became one of Europe's first successful girl bands, with phenomenal record sales worldwide. The Nolans have worked with some of the world's most respected artists including the legendary Frank Sinatra. Their music success ensured that The Nolans put an entire generation in the mood for dancing!

Now a familiar face in musical theatre, Maureen has played Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers both in the West End and on National Tour. She was the fourth of the Nolan sisters to play the part, earning them an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007.

Maureen has a wealth of credits, appearing as Sadie in the comedy musical Girls Behind, Mum's the Word, Footloose, Stardust and Over the Rainbow: the Eva Cassidy Story. In 2011, Maureen performed in the world premiere of the new musical Peter Pan at the Canal Theatre, Dublin.

Maureen is currently playing Vi in the National Tour of Footloose.

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