Lucy Holloway trained at the Italia Conti Academy. Lucy has 20 years experience as a performer and associate director/choreographer for many shows, in London and on tour. Her theatre credits include: Cabaret, Cover Sally Bowles – Chichester Festival Theatre; The Ratpack, Live From Las Vegas (resident director U.S.A/London); Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang (dance captain); Chicago (resident choreographer) World Tour; West Side Story – cover Maria UK Tour; Cats; Barnum; Hollywood And Broadway – Dance Captain. She has also choreographed many pantomimes.
She is founder and director of Dance Shack.
She is passionate about helping performers develop successful and lasting careers.
Garth supervised the casting of Chicago 2018 at the Phoenix Theatre, continuing a relationship with this show that has lasted since 2001.He was musical director of Chicago for several years, both at the Adelphi Theatre and on tour in the UK and world-wide. He trained the five winners of the Channel 4 show ‘Musicality’, and has acted as supervisor on European and national tours, including the last two UK tours. He helped prepare the 2017 Danish-language production of the show.
He was associate conductor of The Sound of Music, at the London Palladium, and musical director for Denise Van Outen’s one-woman show, Some Girl I Used To Know.
Other credits include: musical director of Sister Act, South Pacific, Anything Goes, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, & Me and My Girl (Kilworth House Theatre); musical director of West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre) and Cabaret (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Garth has taught as vocal coach at the Guildhall, Arts Educational Schools, Mountview Academy, Italia Conti, Urdang Academy and Performers College.
With his huge and varied knowledge of the industry, Garth is committed to the professional development of all Shack Artist's clients.
Natalia has a fantastic background in the performance world, first as British Champion Sports Acrobatic Gymnast and later going on to win the World Championships in Moscow. She then went on to become a Flying Trapeze Artist, Aerial Acrobat, Hand Balancer, Dancer and Elephant Rider in the world-famous Barnum and Bailey Circus in the USA. We think this is more than enough preparation to cope with anything this industry can throw at her. She has had extensive experience in the TV/Film and Theatre industry (on both sides of the screen), growing up with the industry in the family for over 30 years.
We are delighted to welcome Josie this year. Josie brings a wealth of experience with her and is a brilliant addition to the Shack Artists team.
JON S BAIRD
We are extremely lucky to benefit from the advice of one of this country's most respected film directors.
Jon is a BAFTA award winning director. He has worked with numerous high profile producers including: Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Jim Carrey, Terence Winter and has directed a host of award winning actors including; James McAvoy, John C Reilly, Steve Coogan, Melissa Leo, Jamie Bell and Jim Broadbent.
Baird’s latest film Stan & Ollie was nominated for 3 BAFTA film awards and a Golden Globe. The movie was number one at the UK box office on its release and went on to make $25m worldwide from a budget of $10m. Baird also recently won best director at the BAFTA Scotland awards for Stan & Ollie.
His previous feature FILTH (2013), which he wrote, directed and produced, was based on the bestselling novel by Irvine Welsh and starred James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Jim Broadbent. FILTH won numerous awards and is in the top ten highest grossing UK 18 certificates of all time.
Baird’s Television work includes HBO’s VINYL where he formed a fabulous relationship with Martin Scorsese, who has continued to be a mentor throughout Baird’s career. He also worked on Showtime’s I'M DYING UP HERE produced by Jim Carrey, where he directed Melissa Leo. Baird worked closely with another mentor of his Danny Boyle on Channel 4’s BABYLON, which was written by SUCCESSION creator Jessie Armstrong.