Re:ACT is based in South West England with branches in Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Cheddar and Burnham-On-Sea.
It trains pupils (aged 4 - 19) in all aspects of musical theatre, song, dance and drama, as well as straight acting classes, dance classes, private singing tuition, music and design. This training is taught by expert, qualified, DBS checked and first aid trained tutors who help to build confidence, increase interpersonal skills and create team players. Our ethos is to combine affordability, inclusivity and high quality, however, Re:ACT's main aim is to have fun!
Re:ACT’s blend of curriculum and industry led training offers regular workshops with Broadway, West End and other creative professionals, has key links and opportunities with established organisations such as The Tileyard Recording Studios in Kings Cross, London, discounted theatre trips and qualifications for those who wish to take their studies further.
Natalia Barrett | Director
BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance, Business (Marketing and Finance, Organisation and People) and Advanced Creative Writing
Having founded Re:ACT at 17 years of age following years of acting/musical leading roles, Natalia's success has been driven by her passion for the arts and her commitment to seeing potential in young performers.
Her studies across multiple genres of theatre and singing during her time at university allows her to deliver the highest calibre of training at Re:ACT, where she encourages every pupil to become intelligent and individual performers. Her experience as Somerset Fringe Director for two successful, consecutive years has given her invaluable insight into the current theatrical climate and how to thrive in the performing arts industry.
Natalia is the co-founder creative consultancy, Co:Lab Creative. Natalia is also developing brand new British musicals with composer, Stuart Brayson. Natalia has worked with, produced and directed the likes of: Theatre Royal Plymouth, Christina Bianco, Opera for All,
BBC (Bristol and Wales), Welsh National Opera, Ria Jones and Bristol Old Vic.
Rachel Kiley | Design Director
University of The Arts London course in Art, Design and Communication
From as young as she can remember, Rachel has always had a creative mind, finding inspiration everywhere and applying it within her work and play.
Rachel’s success within her work spreads across many genres from Fine Art, Photography, Modelling and Performing Arts. Having studied locally, Rachel completed her University of The Arts London course in Art, Design and Communication in 2011. Following this she found a passion for teaching and began her journey as an Art Director at a Summer Camp in West Virginia, USA teaching Art, Design & Crafts to children aged 5-16.
Rachel is an accomplished performer in her own right, working professional nationally and internationally.
Carl Whiteoak| Musical Director
BA (Hons) Band Musicianship, PGCE
Hailing from Manchester, England, Carl began his music career as musician in HM forces, performing at many prestigious events around the world. Upon leaving the Army, Carl enrolled onto the Band musicianship course at The University of Salford. As a trombone player he played with numerous ensembles from brass bands, orchestras, jazz/swing ensembles and pop/funk bands before turning his hand to musical directing. Specialising in conducting and arranging, Carl gained his BA (Hons) and soon gained national and international acclaim with ensembles under his direction.
After gaining his Post Graduate Certificate of Education in music education, Carl forged a highly successful career as a Head of Music and has brought about significant improvements to music teaching across a number of schools throughout his career. A number of former students have gone on to enjoy successful careers as musicians themselves and Carl continues to be sought after as a teacher, player and musical director. He is looking forward to working with the Re:ACT team and their members on future projects.
Jack Millier | Pianist
Jack frequently gigs around the area at weddings, events and also plays casual evening gigs at local hotels and restaurants.
His main instrument is piano but he is multi-instrumentalist! He has been playing music for five years and his training focuses on pop, rock and jazz. His performance and training has a particular focus on improvising and every one of his performances sounds unique!
He is driven by, and joined Re:ACT, for his passion and drive to produce the best performance possible, for whatever the audience. Jack loves being part of Re:ACT: every show and rehearsal has a great energy and he especially loves working with the cast and crew, making shows and their music come to life on stage!
Amelia Treble | Choreographer
Currently studying BA (Hons) Drama
Amelia began performing at the age of 7 which ignited her passion for the arts. She has participated in many shows including leading roles such as ‘Morticia’ in The Addams Family, ‘Audrey’ in Little Shop of Horrors, ‘Adelaide’ in Guys and Dolls and ‘Abigail’ in The Crucible.
In 2015, SOHO Productions cast Amelia as ‘Lucy’ in the film Mum’s List, working with high calibre actors such as Emilia Fox and Rafe Spall. Amelia has also featured in both BBC One’s Three Girls and Poldark as well as ITV’s Broadchurch. More recently she has been filming a Channel 4 drama starring Sarah Lancashire and continued her BBC work filming for Casualty and a new detective series.
Following her A levels, Amelia continued her professional training at The Actors Workshop. She is currently studying a BA (Hons) Drama degree at Exeter university.
Amelia is a trained dancer and singer, showcasing this at venues including The Royal Albert Hall. She also has a passion for working with performers with additional needs; providing physical theatre workshops for Rising Stars in Swansea and has provided specialised support for individuals during their drama/dance GCSEs.
Amelia relishes the opportunity to teach and work with Re:ACT; she has gained invaluable experiences which has included performing for West End composer, Stuart Brayson. Amelia loves working with the younger generation, imparting her knowledge and skills to aspiring future performers.
Danielle Fisher | Choreographer
BA (Hons) Law
Danielle has grown up around the arts, starting dance at the age of 2 and singing and acting shortly after. She has completed grade work to Advanced in multiple dance subjects including Ballet, Tap, Jazz and many more, as well as competing in eisteddfods all over the UK, including the All England Dance finals.
Since joining Re:ACT in 2012, she has partaken in many shows and worked her way up into the team. She has also performed in many other shows including Fame (Bristol Hippodrome), Sound of Music (Weston Playhouse) and Legally Blonde (Taliesin, Swansea).
She has recently completed a year as President of Swansea University Dance Society, providing dance classes and performance opportunities to all levels whilst also completing a law degree.
Maddie Board | Choreographer
Currently studying Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre
Maddie has danced from a young age studying all styles of dance and has gained many grades in these whilst competing in numerous regional and national competitions. Maddie then joined the Performing Arts Company - through which she has performed in various musicals.
Maddie continued her training further through her Dance A Level, Level 3 and 4 Performing Arts and was accepted in to Bridgwater and Taunton College’s reputable Dance Academy for 3 years being fortunate enough to take part in several performance opportunities.
Maddie has spent the last year auditioning for a multitude of performing arts schools around the country; she has been accepted at the prestigious Bird College on the Professional Dance and Musical Theatre course.
Elin Miles | Acting
Currently studying BSc Biochemistry
Elin is a university student who has spent half of her life involved in Re:ACT as both a student and a member of staff. Through her time learning and acting with Re:ACT she has experienced every aspect of performance and production, and studied the key influential practitioners and the theory of theatre inside out. As her education continued her passion for acting developed into an interest in directing which she was able to exercise within classes, driving her towards her current position as an assistant teacher.
Creative writing is another love of Elin’s, within the last year she has written commissioned material for productions such as An Evening With Stuart Brayson and Weston-super-Mare’s Armed Forces Day, as well as Re:ACT's recent original play, Private Property.
Outside of Re:ACT she refines her literary skills through writing and performing her own slam poetry. She looks forward to continuing to keep art, performing and writing at the centre of her life, and is excited for the challenges and inspirations that theatre will continue to bring her.
Dave Sims | Sound
BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts
Dave has worked as a freelance sound engineer and designer since the age of 16 and has had the pleasure of working on a wide variety of performances, from function bands to the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury Festival and touring with The Stranglers. Dave hires out his own audio equipment and has been designing and supplying audio for Re:ACT shows since 2016.
For the past 4 years, Dave has held the role of Technical Manager at The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater, a state-of-the-art flexible performance space which was a brand-new build when he started this job in 2015.
Dave also plays keyboards in The Haus Band, a popular function band, alongside facilitating their sound reinforcement. He is currently training to be a fully qualified electrician to enable him to further his career in designing and implementing systems for permanent installation. Dave is delighted to be working as a sound designer on forthcoming projects for Myriad Co. and continuing his work on the Re:ACT production team.
Alex Merrett | Lighting
BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology
Alex joined Re:ACT four years ago as a technician, designing and programming the lighting to accompany the Re:ACT shows. Before studying Lighting Design and Technology at the University of South Wales, Alex studied Production Arts at Bridgwater College. Alex’s studies included a wide range of modules within the theatre and entertainment production industry.
Alex’s experience is very wide from festivals, to dance to corporate to theatres. Working his first show in 2013 and his first Glastonbury festival in 2014. Since then he has worked on many events in different roles up and down the UK. More recently joining the venues management team at Cardiff Students union as technical coordinator for their public and student events.
Orion Grant | Film & Graphic Design
A Level Music Production
After finishing college at dBs Music in Plymouth, Orion began working with audio production for use in films. However, being unsatisfied by people's lackluster filmwork, one thing lead to another and very quickly he finds himself, not only writing in the
3rd-person, but also filming (and editing) work that works for him.
In 2019, Orion moved to Clifton, Bristol to start Clifton Digital, a small IT consultancy company that integrates into the heart of Clifton, and that offers a huge range of services which find him working on many ambitious projects. Orion's media work has a reputation for often being dark and often surreal, where each detail of each scene is carefully looked at, to ensure that each screenshot is almost a perfect photo in-itself.
Recently, Orion has been working closely with Harriet Aston, who is well-known in the art community for building extravagant creatures and large, other-worldly sculptures, as they a series of prepare film projects to display a The Cube in Bristol.
Ben McCollum | Vocals
Ben has been an avid performer since a young age; Ben's Re:ACT journey started in 2012 at the age of 11. Having little performing experience prior he has made his way up through Re:ACT playing roles such as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Tony in West Side Story, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast and many more.
Ben's passion for music has been amplified by the extenisve vocal training he has had from being a student of Re:ACT. Having been gigging regularly since the age of 14 he has a wide range of performing different genres of music. He has played gigs such as Daz's Rock for Charity where he shared the same stand as the 70's hit band Racey. He currently gigs regulary with a brand new function band as part of Warble Entertainment agency. They can turn any party into a night you'll never forget!
Harrison Moore | Administration
Harrison has been a part of Re:ACT since the age of 14, starting as a student and working his way up to becoming a member of the team. With 11 years of performance experience prior to Re:ACT, Harrison has both discipline and experience on his side to deliver quality performances and teaching. Harrison completed his Level 3 Performing Arts BTEC.
Harrison has been an actor in numerous short films for the Bristol Film Festival, offered West End ensemble jobs for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, opened The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater with Spamalot and most recently went on a professional regional tour as a pantomime Dame. Harrison has performed all across Somerset and the South West, making a name for himself as a respected performer.
Whilst Harrison assists and facilitates the administration aspect of Re:ACT he continues to seek auditions for work in order to develop and progress further as a performer.
Katie Middlebrook | Safeguarding
Katie is brand new to the Re:ACT team this year but has had a huge passion for theatre since a very young age. She is a frequent visitor to West End Theatres, enabling her to gain experience in professional performance whilst enjoying a high calibre of shows.
When growing up, Katie performed in the family loved Bugsy Malone, sparking her love of the theatre both on and off the stage. Katie has always had a huge passion for singing. During school she was a part of her choir where she would regularly sing in front of an audience average of 2000 people at St Albans Abbey, during the Abbey services. Growing up, Katie attended singing lessons where she primarily learnt operatic technique, whilst establishing a pop and musical theatre etiquette.
Katie has three years childcare and teaching experience, completing her Level 3 qualifications in Childcare and always encourages fun, engagement and enjoyment; thus, stimulating a proactive and passionate environment for the children that she teaches.
Katie is really looking forward to being a part of the coming productions with Re:ACT and sharing her passion of theatre with the amazing kids involved.
Ben Bloxham | Acting Assistant
Ben has been practicing the art of performance from a young age and continued to study it throughout his early teens, however it was at Re:ACT where he wanted to take it further. He applied for the level 3 UAL Performing Arts Acting pathway at Weston College and left with a Distinction and is now at UWE (Bristol) where he is taking his craft into a more naturalist and intimate approach through the Drama and Acting course.
Ben has been chosen personally by Stuart Brayson to perform in Bess, a brand new musical and is thriving assisting in directing in the Re:ACT projects and is looking forward to the challenge.