Staff Profiles

Andrew Curphey

Having worked extensively delivering theatre workshops and performing myself for over 15 years, I have been able to develop myself as a committed theatre practitioner, performer and entertainer.

Over the past eight years I have created and continue to manage and direct the Andrew Curphey Theatre Company with more than 200+ children and young people enrolled across evening and weekend classes in Widnes, Runcorn, Frodsham and Warrington. Each year the company produce various showcases and musical productions that are staged at The Brindley Theatre. Also as a qualified teacher I deliver drama/theatre workshops in many schools and colleges. My teaching also includes LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) training to children, young people and adults.

My experience as a Practitioner is supported by my enjoyment for performing. This continued practice embeds industry experience into my teaching. I have just completed a series of ‘sold out’ one man shows at the Brindley Theatre. I have also recently played ‘Chester The Jester’ in Polka Dot Pantomime’s seasonal production of Sleeping Beauty to excellent reviews.

I am so excited to be returning to the Brindley Theatre this Christmas as ‘French Franc’ in Polka Dot Pantomime’s production of Beauty and the Beast. It is a real treat to be able to perform in my local theatre which I am so fond of.

My teaching and learning centres around the notion that children and young people are provided with a safe environment to develop and learn. They are given a platform to be who they are, showcase their talents, and encourage their confidence. The essence of the company has always been, and will forever be, that all of the children and young people have fun and create life long memories.

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  • Qualified Teacher
  • BA hons Drama and Theatre Studies degree
  • Associate of LAMDA
  • Enhanced DBS (CRB)

Charlotte Newall

I have recently graduated with a first class honours degree in Musical Theatre from Lancaster University. Throughout the duration of my studies I have taken part in many professional productions including Carousel, West Side Story, Anything Goes and Cabaret. I produced the choreography for Cabaret and enjoyed the production aspect of the show, as well as learning the necessary requirements that are needed to bring a show to life.

As well as productions I have had the honour to take part in workshops to develop my skills as a performer, including a vocal workshop with Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher, and a contemporary dance workshop with Mathew Bourne’s company ReBourne.

My performance specialisms are the voice (singing), acting and dance (Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Ballet and Tap).

In July 2017 I qualified as a secondary drama teacher at Chester University.


  • BA hons Musical Theatre
  • Enhanced DBS

Debbie Southern

I have been dancing since the age of 5 and I am thrilled to have turned my passion into a career. Over the years I have had many experiences that have helped shape the dancer and teacher that I am today. My experiences include performing in many local productions such as in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at The Brindley Theatre, where I played the principle role of ‘Alice’.

In 2012 I graduated from Edge Hill University with a BA hons in Dance and most recently graduated as a qualified teacher. Being able to promote dance and help children and young people develop their own skills gives me huge satisfaction. I am trained in many styles such as: contemporary, jazz, tap, ballet and modern. All these styles are promoted in my teaching and learning.

  • BA hons Dance degree
  • Qualified Teacher
  • Enhanced DBS

Rachel Sutton

In 2015 I graduated from the university of Central Lancashire with a first class BA hons degree in music theatre.

During my time at university I featured in productions such as Jesus Christ superstar as ‘Anna’s’, Songs for a new world as ‘Woman one’, and Just so as ‘Kolokolo bird’. All of these productions challenged me with different singing styles and techniques. University amplified my love for singing, especially as the course explored the anatomy of the voice and Estill technique; which guarantees safe, durable and effective singing.

After graduating I have followed the route of being a vocal teacher and have been doing so since. I have worked with students at Hope Academy Performing Arts on their seasonal showcases, and production of Alice in Wonderland (July 2016) and Priestley college with voice and singing workshops and their production of Annie (June 2016).

Working with students in performing arts is an incredibly rewarding experience and career that I will always want to follow.

  • BA hons Music Theatre
  • Enhanced DBS