MEET THE TEAM

Scott Le Crass ~ Drama

Scott is a theatre director and young persons facilitator who enjoys both in equal measure. Originally from Birmingham, he trained as actor at Arts Ed and was a director on the Birmingham Rep’s first Foundry Programme. Recently, he directed the digital revival of Martin Sherman’s Rose starring Maureen Lipman.

 

Scott’s other notable credits include: Elmer (No1 UK/International Tour for Sell A Door), Country Music (Off West End winner for Best Actor 2020), Alice in Wonderland (Old Rep, Birmingham).

 

The productions he has directed with young people include: The Witches (Watford Palace/ Hertfordshire County Youth Theatre) and Stay Happy Keep Smiling by Anna Jordan (Miskin Theatre/Oval House). 

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Vanessa Heine ~ Music

Vanessa Heine is an opera singer and musical director. She has performed all over the world, from Beijing and Shanghai to Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as venues all over Europe. She’s also sung on over 100 film soundtracks and albums, both classical and pop, most recently on Coldplay’s Everyday Life.

 

As a Musical Director, she has worked with adults in the West End but it is working with young people that she most enjoys, having musically directed shows such as Annie, West Side Story and Into the Woods in both London and New York. 

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Tanisha Knight ~ Dance

Tanisha trained in Dance, Drama & Musical Theatre at BOA and later at the Royal Academy of Dance. As a performer she has featured in movies (such as Yamala Pagala Deewana), theatre productions (such as Send My Regards to Hollywood) and contemporary dance showcases (such as The Yellow Wallpaper).

 

She was the Co-Founder and Director of Halesowen Youth Theatre based in Birmingham for over 3 years and has freelanced for large Midlands based theatre companies such as Birmingham Hippodrome and Encore Theatre Arts - Worcestershire.

 

Tanisha is a specialist in Jazz technique and performance however has versatile experience choreographing in a range of styles such as Contemporary, Commercial and Ballet. Recent choreography credentials include: High School Musical, Honk & Once on this Island.

Jack Macdonald-Lucas ~ Technical Theatre

Jack is originally from Cambridge. His first role, aged 13, was assistant stage manager on a production of It’s a Scream (a new musical). He has toured the UK and Europe with companies such as Cirque du Soleil on Varekai and Cameron Mackintosh on Miss Saigon. He toured the Rocky Horror Show in 2003 (30th anniversary) and worked in the West End (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Thriller Live, RSCs Taming of the Shrew and Tamer Tamed, CyberJam) as well as other UK tours (Beauty and the Beast, Swan Lake on Ice) and the National Theatre & Sadlers wells.

Jack specialises in the stage department and has taught lighting, sound and rigging on a BTEC level 3 program in central London. He lives near CYTO and now wants to pass on his skills to the next generation, helping grassroots theatre and dance.