The Wild Things team
Meet the Wild Things team. Just click on an image to find out more about each member.
Nancy Monaghan (Director)
Nancy first found her love for drama in Paris, where she spent two years working for Disneyland as various characters such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. She has since gone on to study at the Laine-Johnson School of Theatre, Film and Television and has a First Class Honours degree in Performance from Huddersfield University.
Nancy’s professional performance work is varied and includes; live theatre performance, performance art, commercials, presenting and voice-overs as well as extensive corporate roleplay with a variety of organisations. Recent theatre work includes 'Inbetween' (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2011), 'Woman Scorned' (Tour, 2013), 'Gag' (Cornerhouse/Library Theatre 2013), 'Clunk' (in collaboration with Point Blank theatre), 'Stuff' (Oldham Coliseum Theatre, 2014) and 'Mind's a Labyrinth' (Lowry Theatre 2016). Nancy has worked on several commercials and presenting projects and has collaborated with Peshkar Productions and Huckleberry Films on a short 2D animation project.
Nancy has been teaching drama for many years now – at after school clubs, youth groups, in professional workshop environments and, of course, at Wild Things Drama School. She is Artistic Director of professional theatre company 'Dirty Laundry', and Director of 'Acting Up' – a Corporate Actors' Agency.
Having herself been a shy child, who dreaded the embarrassment and pressure of school drama classes, Nancy aims through Wild Things to make drama something that is accessible and most importantly enjoyable to everyone, whatever their age, background or capability. Nancy has two very grumpy teenagers who are the centre of her universe. Nancy is fully DBS checked (enhanced)
Claire Bennett – Drama Coach
Tom Hardman (Drama Coach - Oldham)
Tom’s interest in acting developed at school: taking part in extracurricular drama clubs, getting involved with the Oldham Coliseum’s youth groups and studying drama at school and at A-level. He has since graduated from the BA Acting course at the University of Central Lancashire. Through this course Tom has trained extensively with techniques including Theatrical Biomechanics, extended voice production, Shakespeare and Classical acting, acting for camera with Phillip Wood and Graeme Hawley, radio technique and more whilst performing in shows such as ‘Dying For It,’ ‘The Strangeness of Others’ and ‘Scenes From the Big Picture.’ Other training includes working extensively with Gennady Bogdanov, leading practitioner in Theatrical Biomechanics, as well as extended voice work with international company Pantheatre.
He has also been employed professionally as an actor, playing Archie in the BBC One drama ‘Our Zoo’ and Stee in ‘Doctors,’ performed a script pilot with Jonny Vegas, had experience with motion capture performance and voice recording for animation and radio. As well as this he is a co-founding member of ‘Dapertutto Theatre and Performance Company.’ Despite all these experiences Tom has never forgotten any of his drama teachers over the years, especially not Wild Things who he briefly worked with before leaving for university in 2013, and loves passing on his passion for acting.
Jenny Owen (Drama Coach - Hulme Grammar)
Jenny graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2012 with a First Class Drama degree, and has been striving to make good use of it since! Acting with a range of Northern theatre companies and societies, Jenny has enjoyed playing a variety of roles on stage, including Nora in 'A Doll's House', Stella in 'A Streetcar Named Desire', and even Hamlet in CattyWhamPuss Theatre's non-traditionally cast production. Besides the classics, Jenny is also excited by new writing, and toured with Postcard Theatre in the premiere production of 'Border Line' in April 2015. She has continued to practice new performance skills, such as stage combat, devising and clowning.
As well as continuing to train and perform herself, Jenny is an enthusiastic and experienced Drama Tutor and Workshop Leader. As a member of Byteback Theatre, she devises and tours Theatre in Education performances and workshops. Jenny identifies the Drama classes she attended as an awkward teenager to be the seed of her confidence and creativity. She is committed to nurturing this in the young people she works with today.
Jenny is fully CRB/DBS checked (enhanced).
Miranda Parker (Drama Coach - Cover, Audition Coaching, Adult Classes)
Miranda started her training at a very young age; she was a member of Oldham Theatre Workshop. After school she initially trained as a Stage Manager, starting on YTS at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre. She went on to train as an actor, leaving the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1997. During that time she worked as a youth theatre workshop leader and directed a number of productions for Bournemouth University. After finishing drama school she worked as part of a theatre company connected to the National Museums and Galleries of Wales. She acted, wrote, directed and devised a number of productions which interpreted the exhibitions of the various museums in Wales. She then moved to London and became involved in the TV and Film industry, working, initially for the BBC.
After relocating, back to the North, she retrained as a teacher, and she now works as a Performing Arts teacher at the Oldham College. Over the years she continued to direct work for small drama societies and youth theatres and now has the opportunity to direct a large number of productions each year, from Theatre in Education tours to full scale dramatic productions at the Grange Arts Centre. A few of years ago she was approached by the Real Life Theatre company to direct a number of the JB Short plays, working with professional TV writers from shows such as Emmerdale and Eastenders. She has recently directed plays at the Lowry, as part of the Replay season and the Contact Theatre for their Compact Contact Festival. She loves being part of the Wild Things team.
Natalie Greenwood (Drama Coach - Cover)
Natalie has been interested in drama since she was a small child and has been a member of the Oldham Theatre Workshop for a number of years. She has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in numerous productions throughout the North West. Natalie is a trained dancer and specialises in physical theatre.
Natalie is currently based in North Wales, where she teaches Drama and English to secondary school pupils, but is back from time to time to cover sessions at Wild Things in both dance and drama. Natalie has a degree in performance from Huddersfield University.Natalie is fully CRB checked (enhanced)
Julie Brown (Singing Coach - Denshaw)
Cassie Lee (Singing Coach - Oldham)
Cassie is a passionate, ambitious and confident performer! She is a professional singer, musical theatre teacher and vocal coach. Throughout her childhood, Cassie joined many performance groups pursuing her dreams of singing, dancing and acting at companies such as Oldham Theatre Workshop, Trujons Dance School and Sunshine Studios. Cassie has worked in productions such as ‘Dreamers: The Musical’ at The Coliseum Theatre directed by Kevin Shaw; ‘The Water Station’ by Ota Shogo; and First Break Festival at The Oldham Coliseum Theatre directed by Tray Wilson.
Cassie has a BA (Hons) in Drama. Areas of practice included: theatre making, cultural industries, training sessions and advanced professional projects. Cassie has trained in Yoga and the Indian martial art Kalarippayattu as part of her actor training. As a freelance practitioner, Cassie is currently working as the associate tutor in musical theatre at Edge Hill University, as well as the musical theatre teacher at The Drama Mob. Cassie offers new and fresh learning approaches to teaching. She is enthusiastic and passionate about teaching performance and feels it is important to have an incredibly positive effect on individuals, boosting confidence and creating enjoyment with singing, dancing and acting.
Kirsty Green (Dance Coach - Denshaw)
Kirsty is an actor/choreographer who specialises in contemporary dance. She started dance at the late age of 13 and for the past 9 years has taught all ages, levels, and types of dance at various places. Some choreographer credits include "Encore"- Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Oldham's entry for Manchester International Festival 2015 & 2016; "Dulce Et Decorum Est", the winning dance for Mahdlo at the Onside Presidents Cup; and most recently Le Petit Artists tour "The Littlest Snowflake".
Above all Kirsty believes that dance should be fun for and accessible to all and is really enjoys teaching Musical Theatre dance at Wild Things!
Nicole Wilcox (Dance Coach - Oldham)
Dancing and performing has been a huge part of my life since I began participating in shows and taking grade exams in tap, jazz, street and muscial theatre from the age of 11. I've always been passionate about performing arts and absolutely love passing on this passion to young people. I enjoy working with kids so much - it’s extremely rewarding to see not only their skills, technique and creativity in dance grow but also their confidence grows too! And the teamwork skills young people get from dance is invaluable. I'm excited to be part of the team developing Wild Things Manchester and can’t wait to get started on some of the the many dances we will be developing for community performances and shows. l know that so many young people will discover their love for performance with us.
Jessica Pearson (Dance Coach - Oldham)
Jessica discovered performing arts at the age of 14 whilst attending Oldham Theatre Workshop and seized as many performing opportunities as possible. I landed my first TV role at the age of 15, which rolled into achieving more TV, theatre and radio credits on; CBBC, BBC, ITV, Oldham Colesium, New Vic Theatre and Radio 4, before going to 'Rose Bruford Drama School' in London where I achieved a 2.1 BA(HONS) Acting. After graduating from drama school I worked and lived in London and went on to achieve another TV credit on ITV and other theatre credits before embarking on my journey back up North. A true northern girl at heart. Since moving back I have worked backstage at ITV and Dock 10 studios in Media City as well as achieving a TV role on SNATCH on BT-TV/Sony Crackle and discovered my passion for teaching. I am now a freelance street dance and drama practitioner and facilitate across a variety of theatre/ dance schools across Greater Manchester, as well as running my own street dance class in Manchester 'JESSDANCE.'
My passion for the arts is driven through my teaching and I understand the importance of developing children's confidence and ability in a supportive, positive, friendly environment whilst most importantly, having fun. I believe you never stop learning and I continue to challenge my abilities by attending acting and dance classes in the North West. I am really looking forward to start working with 'Wild Things' and excited for the journey ahead.
Lizzi Lawrence (Dance Coach - Cover)
Lizzi started in the industry at the age of 3, competing in ballroom and latin competitions and training in ballet, tap, modern and commercial dance. From there she went on to being a chorus member in the Oldham Coliseum christmas pantomimes for 4 years. She is now constantly working with OTW, a youth theatre company, where she has just finished a new musical - 'The Visitors Book' at Hope Mill theatre, Manchester.
Her biggest achievement includes being a character and parade performer at Disney Land Paris last year, where she got the opportunity to perform every day to amazed audiences. As well as theatre credits, she has made numerous appearances on current television series, including ITV's Victoria, Cold Feet and Girlfriends. She has also been trained for screen acting at Act Up North. Her passion for dance and drama is her driving force and she loves passing on her skills to young people through her choreography and knowledge.
Sam Al-Hamdani (Design/Technical)
Sam is a graphic designer, lighting and sound engineer, performer, improviser and many other things. He has been working with Wild Things drama since it started. He has performed and taught as an improviser across the UK, Europe and US with Manchester's ComedySportz and Geneva's Renegade Saints. As a graphic designer, he has worked with companies including Sony, Waitrose, Tesco, Heinz and Le Creuset.
Jack Monaghan (Youth Drama Coach - Denshaw)
After being a student at Wild Things for a number of years, Jack now joins us as a Youth Drama Coach.
Ellie Whatmough (Youth Drama Coach - Denshaw)
After being a student at Wild Things for a number of years, Ellie now joins us as a Youth Drama Coach.
Lily Bills (Youth Drama Coach - Oldham)
After being a student at Wild Things for a number of years, Lily now joins us as a Youth Drama Coach.
Chloe Whatmough (Youth Drama Coach - Oldham)
After being a student at Wild Things for a number of years, Chloe now joins us as a Youth Drama Coach.
Grace Magee (Youth Drama Coach - Cover)
After being a student at Wild Things for a number of years, Grace now joins us as a Youth Drama Coach.