When putting this team together, Stephen wanted powerful therapists, kind and generous with their time and knowledge who would nurture and support those in need of recovery. One of the requirements to be a therapist on this team was, Professional credits and training in Musical Theatre, Dance or Voice.
Simply put, this means any member of the team knows and understands where you’re coming from and what it is you need of your body to succeed in the entertainment industry.
There are only a handful of practitioners in the world who are qualified manual therapists and singing teachers, using a multidisciplinary approach to singing training and Stephen is one of them.
Stephen specialises in the area of honing in on tension, and eliminating it in his singing teaching across the UK and worldwide having worked with Hollywood and Disney Celebrities to The 2018 World Champion Beatboxer.
Stephen understands singers and dancers alike after he studied ballet at the Central Ballet School and then transferred to the Musical Theatre BA(hons) at Arts Educational Schools, London. After sustaining a serious knee injury (and leaving performing behind) he has coached on The Voice – Belgium, and has been a guest lecturer at UCLH London and Goldsmith’s University, as well as regularly teaching at The Urdang Academy.
As a Musical Director/Vocal Coach, Stephen has worked on some 20+ productions including Legally Blonde, Les Mis, Sister Act and Bring It On as well as resident teaching at courses across London including London Studio Centre, Read College and The Emil Dale Academy. Stephen was also the resident Musical Director for Spirit Young Performers Company. With SYPC, Stephen was creating YouTube content reaching millions of viewers each month and gained substantial recognition from Disney Records for his viral arrangement of “How Far I’ll Go”. Stephen regularly engages in professional development and has trained with Dr Jenevora Williams and ENT Consultant Declan Costello in both vocal health, and anatomy and physiology, and is continuing his work in becoming a fully recognised, BVA approved Vocal Rehabilitation Coach.
He has trained with leading voice researcher Jeanie LoVetri (Somatic Voicework) as well as leading voice coach, Anne-Marie Speed (3+ years of Estill Voice Training). Stephen was also personally mentored by Dr Meribeth Dayme who is the prize winning researcher and author of Dynamics of The Singing Voice in her CoreSinging methodology.
As a Manual Therapist, Stephen holds Level 6 modules in Advanced Myofascial Release and Advanced Clinical massage from the Jing School of Massage in Brighton. Stephen has also attended Voice Workshop’s, Jacob Lieberman training event around Muscle Tension Dysphonia and Laryngeal Manual Therapy (2017, 2019) and holds a certificate in osteopathic spinal manipulation.
He is now an Educational Director with Modern Vocal Training where he trains singing teachers in Anatomy and Physiology and Vocal Massage. With a quest for knowledge and understanding it is clear Stephen’s breadth of work and appreciation of vocal pedagogy and Manual Therapy only keeps expanding.
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Deep Tissue Massage Therapist, Vocal Massage Therapist
Qualified from the Brandon Raynor International School of Massage, Ronan specialises in Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage. Recognising that no client is the same, Ronan can provide a tailored massage to suit each individual whether they have a particular injury. repetitive strain or just need an hour to destress.
Having trained in Musical Theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (M.A) , Ronan understands the needs of those in the Performing Arts Industry. Whilst his clients work in various sectors, Ronan often works closely with performers, athletes and some A list celebrity singers to help them recover from injuries, eliminate physical and emotional tension and reach their full potential.
Also having been a theatrical director, producer and actor, Ronan understands all sides of treatments and has been successfully running the London Raynor Massage company based in Tooting since 2017.
Ronan is also part of the first cohort of Vocal Massage therapists to be trained by King Manual Therapy in the Certificate in Vocal Myofascial Release.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapist
Vocal Massage Therapist
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Since graduating from ArtsEd’s Musical Theatre BA(hons), Poppy has furthered her training, with Masters level research into injured voices at Drama Schools with a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (Voice Pedagogy). She is presenting her research at the 2nd Voice Geek Conference in London in 2019.
Poppy has performed non stop since graduating too, and knows the demands of a performer in the Musical Theatre industry. After Poppy graduated from the Brandon Raynor International School of Massage, she then furthered her studies with an Advanced Certificate in Myofascial Release, as well as reflexology and aromatherapy training.
Poppy is always around to answer any questions you may have, and point you in the direction of what treatment may be suitable for you.
Associate Mindfulness and Meditation Coach
Associate Mindfulness & Meditation Coach
Mindfulness and Mindset Coaching
Mindset success coach. Brenda works predominantly in London’s West End coaching performers, singers, dancers, actors pre-stage, TV and film productions. Covering everything from: confidence, stage nerves, loss of voices, forgetting lines, sleeplessness, learning to relax, injury recovery, anxiety, panic attacks, fears, the list is endless!
Brenda works full time with students in one of London’s top performing arts universities on performance mindset training, coaching them on overcoming old habits, fears and emotions, and building resilience and positive futures. When not at The Urdang Academy, Brenda runs meditation classes in London and Belfast for both kids and adults. With Brenda’s specialism in Children’s mindfulness her extensive career has seen her working with 5-12 year olds from primary schools to specific one to one coaching. As well as her mindfulness coaching, she is a published author and was named Business Woman of the Year 2012. She won an Outstanding Contribution award from Princess Ann for 5 years charity work for Save the Children and was also the chair of Ballyhackamore Business Association for 6 years.